Game ReportsPosted by admin Tue, September 19, 2017 16:47:17
SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
Three excellent and dramatic finals were played
today at Farnham Park as National Champions for 2017 were crowned in the
British Baseball Federation’s Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A divisions.
The first game to get under way, at 11.00 am on a cool and cloudy
morning, was the Double-A final between the Leicester Blue Sox and Tonbridge,
both teams that had won the Single-A National Championship in recent seasons.
This turned out to be a tense and well-pitched game that was in doubt until
Leicester scored four runs in a bizarre top of the ninth inning to turn a 5-4
lead into a much more comfortable 9-4 advantage. It’s not often that one player
can be said to win a baseball game single-handed, but in this case the evidence
was pretty clear. Read the report below to find out why the MVP award could
only have gone to Leicester’s Rikson Martina.
DOUBLE-A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Leicester Blue Sox 9,
This final was in doubt until Leicester pulled away
in what became a nightmare top of the ninth inning for Tonbridge, but in truth,
this game was the Rikson Martina show.
The mercurial Leicester star, who was a live-wire
catcher in Saturday’s semi-final win over the Latin Boys, took the mound in
this game and threw the full nine innings and 139 pitches, giving up only three
hits and five walks while striking out five. Tonbridge had baserunners in seven
of the nine innings, but Martina used his curve ball to good effect and got 13
infield ground outs.
“I didn’t want to go more than 140 pitches,”
Martina said after the game. “And I beat it by one!”
But that was only half of Martina’s contribution;
the rest came with the bat.
Martina had four hits in five trips to the plate,
including a triple, a double and three RBIs, plus two stolen bases and two runs
If Tonbridge never see Rikson Martina again, it
will probably be too soon.
Neither side scored during the first three innings,
and to begin with, it was Tonbridge starter Cristian Secareanu who held down
the Blue Sox. But Secareanu had pitched the full game during Tonbridge’s
semi-final win on Saturday, and he left the mound with one out in the Leicester
third inning, replaced by Sorin Puiu.
Puiu finished off the third inning without
difficulty, but ran into trouble in the top of the fourth as Leicester opened
the scoring with three runs. Rikson Martina’s triple was the big blow, but
three Tonbridge errors helped the Blue Sox cause.
Leicester stretched the lead to 4-0 with a run in
the top of the fifth inning. Rob Seward singled, stole second, and came in,
inedvitably, on Rikson Martina’s double.
But in the bottom of the fifth the Tonbridge
offense finally got going and cut the deficit to 4-3 on singles by Matt Styles
and Laurence Hodgkins plus two Leicester errors.
Over the next three eventful innings, each team had
plenty of chances but could only add one run each, and so Leicester held a
slender 5-4 lead when they came to bat in the top of the ninth inning, knowing
that Tonbridge would have the final turn at the plate.
But everything that could go wrong for Tonbridge
did so in a long and painful half-inning. Leicester had three hits, and none of
them left the infield. Sorin Puiu committed a balk that sparked a long argument
that got Tonbridge Manager Amanda Murphy ejected. There was also a hit-by-pitch
and a throwing error by Puiu when he had a Leicester runner dead to rights
between second and third. The result of all this mayhem was four big runs for
Leicester that took the wind out of the Tonbridge sails.
A tiring – and no wonder – Rikson Martina walked
pinch-hitter Gen Edwards to open the bottom of the ninth inning, and Ben Carter
followed with a single. But Leicester’s good fortune continued. Laurence Hodgkins
hit a soft liner to Giedrius Janulevicius at third, and even though
Janulevicius threw the ball into right field trying to double off Gen Edwards,
Leicester got the out anyway when the ball was returned because Edwards had
never tagged up.
When Martin Barker hit a one-hopper back to
Martina, Rikson held the ball for a second in silent celebration, then fired to
first to end the game and cue the real celebrations, with Leicester players
forming a mass on the mound.
“We definitely played to our strengths,” Leicester
Manager Alan Edington said afterwards, “and micro-managing the players today
gave them the freedom to do this. Cool heads prevailed – at least most of the
time! And Rikson Martina telling me he wanted to pitch the whole game made
things easier – I just had to let him do it!”
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
Semi-final games in the BBF’s Single-A, Double-A
and Triple-A National Championships started at 9.30 this morning and finished
in the cold, dark and damp, well after 7.00 pm. But we now know who will play
the finals on Sunday.
Six semi-finals were played on the two baseball
diamonds at Farnham Park today in weather which was mostly cold and cloudy, but
with a few fleeting glimpses of the sun and one short but vicious rain and
hailstorm -- weather more suited to March than mid-September.
Leicester Blue Sox 17,
Latin Boys 3 (7 innings)
The Latin Boys probably came into this game as
favourites, and at the end of three innings they only trailed 3-2.
The threat of a big inning by Leicester in the top
of the third was averted when the Latin Boys brought in Yefri Aguilar to
replace starter Alex Lopez with one out and the bases loaded, and Aguilar
struck out Scott McMillan and Chris Mee to end the threat.
But that was really the end of the road for the
Latin Boys, as Leicester scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning and
steadily pulled away for a mercy rule win after seven innings, scoring three
more in the top of the fifth, two in the sixth and a final three in the
Catcher Rik Martina had a single, a double and
three walks for Leicester while Rob Seward and Andy Davidson each had three
But the main reason for Leicester’s unexpectedly
easy win was pitcher Justinas Raupenas, who pitched the full seven innings,
struck out 13 Latin Boys and gave up only four hits and four walks. The Latin
Boys had at least one baserunner in every inning but the sixth, but Raupenas
came up with big pitches when he needed them, ending five of the seven innings
Long before the end, it was clear that the Blue Sox
would be at Farnham Park on Sunday.
Game ReportsPosted by admin Tue, September 05, 2017 20:00:41
The stage was set for the BBF Double-A quarter-final between Leicester Blue Sox and Long Eaton Storm on Sunday just gone.
The magnitude and importance was felt across both squads leading
up to first pitch, with signs of rain sure to fall.
A solid start to the game was made by the Sox,
with Long Eaton falling behind by four runs coming up to the
mid-way point of the game. Justas Raupenas was in control of the game at this stage but could the Storm battle back?
In the latter stages of the game, the pressure was starting to tell and nerves were beginning to mount in the Leicester dugout as Long Eaton clawed their way back into the game.
With the rain now in full flow, Blue Sox went into the bottom of the last inning holding onto a 9-5 lead.
Two more runs crossed the plate but Martin Andrews turned the screw on Long Eaton with a vital outfield catch for the second out of the inning and Raupenas held his nerve to strike out the last batter to secure 9-7 win for the Light Blues.
The Sox march onto Farnham Park on the weekend of the 16/17 September for the 2017 Double-A National Baseball Championships. First up on the Saturday is a semi-final encounter against the top seed from the south. Based on current standings that could mean the East London Latin Boys although they need to overcome their own quarter-final playoff this weekend.
With the final set for the Sunday 17 September, Leicester are theoretically two wins away from securing their third National Championship in eight seasons and they will relish going into these finals as underdogs.
Still a lot of baseball to go!
Photo: Julia Upton @JulesU13
Report: Rob Seward
EventsPosted by admin Sun, May 28, 2017 20:30:37
Four Leicester youngsters are travelling to Prague this half term week to play at an international baseball tournament.
Reuben Crawshaw, Ben Fox, Arnav Rai and Megan Rollins from the Leicester Blue Sox have been selected for the inaugural United Kingdom under-10s team, along with 10 other players from around the country.
The team flies out to the Czech Republic on Thursday 1 June, with three days of baseball action between Friday 2 June and Sunday 4 June.
It is the first time a UK national team has been formed in this age group. In addition to the top teams from the Czech Republic they will be joining teams from countries such as Austria, Belarus, China, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia and Spain.
Team UK has been drawn in Group C, alongside the Belarus national team and four Czech Republic teams. In order to progress further in the tournament they will need to finish in the top two places in their group after the first couple of days' play.
Matt Crawshaw, Junior Teams Manager at Leicester Blue Sox said “what a fantastic opportunity for four of our talented youngsters. They have been training for this tournament since February including national team practice in London on the bank holidays. It will be a proud moment seeing our Team UK players putting on a national team jersey for the first time!”
Team UK’s first game is against Klasik Frydek-Mistek from the Czech Republic at 10am (UK time) on Friday 2 June.
You can follow their progress in the European SuperCup via the official tournament website:
NewsPosted by admin Wed, April 05, 2017 06:42:38
Little Sox is
a baseball and softball development programme for boys and girls aged 4-9. Our
sessions are split into two age-groups Tee Ball (ages 4-6) and Coach Pitch
happens at the sessions?
teach your child how to:
*Hit the ball
off ‘tee’ or a ‘coaches pitch’
understanding of the basic rules
minimally competitive development games
At the end
of each session, the kids huddle together for a big ‘Blue Sox high five’ and
coaches hand out sweets and MLB baseball cards to keep. Our main focus is on
having fun, making friends and being a good team-mate.
just as important as the kids – we want you to get involved too and not just
like you to play an active role in Little Sox; assisting the coaches (or
becoming a coach), encouraging the players, helping tidying up equipment and
when we have our special event days, helping running our hot dog stand,
fundraising and generally help create a warm and family friendly atmosphere at
super-volunteer help creates an enjoyable and sustainable programme. The more
you put into it, the more your child will LOVE Little Sox!
does it cost?
Little Sox session is free and we then have a membership scheme of £20 per
player (for the season) that helps meets the running costs of the programme.
The cost can be spread in two monthly £10 instalments.
have great deals on official Little Sox T-shirts, hats, hoodies and baseball
pants, which are re-sold on a pass-through cost basis.
where are your sessions?
are weekly on Sunday afternoons as follows:
ages 4-6 (12.30pm-1.30pm)
ages 7-9 (1.30pm-2.30pm)
If you are
uncertain which age group is suitable for your child then please get in touch.
We are happy to play kids up or down age groups, when considering size, ability
and circle of friends.
session this season will be on Sunday
23 April 2017 and sessions
run weekly (except Fathers Day) until mid-July.
have a short break at the onset of the school summer holidays before returning
mid-August and closing the season in September.
diamond is located at:
Blue Sox Baseball Club
should my child wear?
clothing is fine and trainers. If the pitch is on the soggy side, you may want
to consider investing in a pair of basic football boots. Be prepared to get
equipment; bats, balls, gloves, helmets/safety equipment is supplied by the
How do I
complete the following parental consent form and bring to your first session
(only applies to new players):
In addition, players want to register now as members should complete the following online form (this applies to new and existing players wanted to sign up for the whole season):
questions? Simply drop us an email:
EventsPosted by admin Tue, April 04, 2017 13:49:22
The 2017 baseball pre-season gets underway this month in our
region, courtesy of the Midlands Spring League (MSL)
Planned by the new BBF Central sub-committee, the MSL will
organise a schedule of games over three consecutive Sundays, starting on 9th
The schedule of games for each Sunday is as follows:
Leicester - Western Park
10.00-12.00 Leicester Blue Sox v Birmingham Bandits
12.15-14.15 Milton Keynes Bucks v Stourbridge Titans
14.30-16.30 East Midlands Wolfpack v Northampton Centurions
10.00-12.00 Milton Keynes Bucks v Leicester Blue Sox
12.15-14.15 Birmingham Bandits v Long Eaton Storm
14.30-16.30 Leicester Blue Sox v Stourbridge Titans
10.00-12.00 Leicester Blue Sox v Long Eaton Storm
12.15-14.15 Long Eaton Storm v Stourbridge Titans
14.30-16.30 Milton Keynes Bucks v Birmingham Bandits
Birmingham - Marston Green
12.15-14.15 Northampton Centurions v Birmingham Outlaws
14.30-16.30 Birmingham Outlaws v East Midlands Wolfpack
EventsPosted by admin Mon, December 05, 2016 18:24:42
REGISTER/PAY FOR YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP VIA
Boys and girls aged 5 to 9
will be having great fun, learning new skills and making friends at the Leicester
Blue Sox Youth Baseball Camp 2017! Our camp is being held during the February half-term
week between Monday 13 February and Friday 17 February 2017.
What is the Youth Baseball Camp?
The Youth Baseball Camp is a pre-season
half-term activity suitable for children who would like to give the sport of
baseball a try and also for existing Little Sox members who wish to improve
The Camp consists of five sessions
during the half-term week between 9.30am-2.30pm. You can book your child onto
the camp for 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days.
Our lead coaches are DBS-checked and child welfare trained. In addition, Leicester Blue Sox are a Club Mark accredited club by Sport England, in recognition of the quality of our junior programme.
Who are you looking for?
The Camp is suitable for both boys and
girls, ages 5 to 9. Whether they are complete beginners or have
some existing experience in baseball, softball or tee-ball.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the Youth Baseball Camp is
1 day (£20)
2 days (£30)
3 days (£40)
4 days (£50)
5 days (£60)
Included within the price, your child
will also be provided with their very own 2017 Leicester Blue Sox Youth
Baseball Camp t-shirt at their first session to keep.
When and where are your sessions?
Our five sessions will be held 9.30am-2.30pm
on the following days:
Monday 13 February 2017
Tuesday 14 February 2017
Wednesday 15 February 2017
Thursday 16 February 2017
Friday 17 February 2017
All sessions are held at the following
West Gate School Indoor Sports
Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/m8sndu6EF1u
What do I need to bring?
All equipment is provided, your child
simply needs to attend wearing appropriate comfortable indoor clothing (ie
t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms/joggers/shorts and indoor trainers).
Bring a bottle of water for hydration
and plenty of enthusiasm!
There will be a set lunch break each
day, between 12pm-12.30pm. Please ensure your child brings a packed lunch and enough still drinks for the day (i.e. water, squash or fruit juice but not fizzy drinks).
Changing facilities and toilets are available on
How do I register and pay?
Registration is simple! All you need to
do is complete the following online registration form
REGISTER/PAY FOR YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP VIA THIS LINK
There are a number of payment options
available including electronic banking, cheque by post and PayPal. Full details
are on the registration form.
Don’t miss out!
Please note due to the size of hall,
places will be limited. Registration will be closing on Friday 20 January to allow for the fulfillment of our t-shirt order. Registration could
actually close sooner than this if the camp is fully subscribed beforehand.
Frequently asked questions
My child is over the age of 9,
what pre-season training is happening for that age group?
We will resume outdoor practice for our
u13/u16 age-groups earlier than previous seasons. We expect them to be held on
selected Saturdays or Sundays from mid-March.
We also are arranging a trip to the
baseball batting cages near Wembley on Sunday 26 March.
Finally, if your child is age 14 or
older in 2017, they are eligible to attend our Baseball & Softball Boot
Camp being held on selected Sundays during February 2017.
If you do have any queries about which
sessions are appropriate for your child please email us: email@example.com
What about Little Sox sessions,
when do they start outdoor?
Little Sox opening day is Sunday 23
April, we will be running three age groups on Sunday afternoons during the
spring and summer. Under 7’s/tee-ball 12.30pm-1.30pm, Under 10’s/coach-pitch
1.30pm-2.30pm and Under 13’s/player-pitch 2.30pm-3.30pm.
Do you have an online calendar
showing all known dates for 2017?
Yes - you can keep updated here throughout the season, once we start adding known dates.
Any further questions?
If you need any further information
please feel free to email the club
Or call us 07583 863325
We look forward to seeing you during our
February half-term Youth Baseball Camp!
EventsPosted by admin Sun, December 04, 2016 16:19:16
To celebrate the start of the 2017 youth baseball season, Leicester Blue Sox are organising a joint Juniors & Little Sox club trip to Wembley on Sunday 26 March 2017.
The day has been planned as follows:
Morning - Trip to the Baseball batting cages at Northwick Park (near Wembley)
Playgolf London is home to the UK’s first automatic American-style baseball and softball batting cages. The venue boasts authentic USA style pitching machines set up for all levels of player.
- Slow Pitch Softball: suitable for ages 6+
- Fast Pitch Softball: grown-ups, 3 speeds
- 3-speed Baseball: small balls, harder to hit
No need to bring anything down, equipment (helmet and baseball bat) is provided with our booking.
Afternoon - England vs Lithuania at Wembley Stadium
With Christmas now just around the corner, the FA are pleased to let everyone know that they’ll be running a special offer on tickets for England v Lithuania – the Three Lions’ first home match of 2017.
If you book before 12 December, as well as receiving your tickets in time for Christmas Day, you will also receive the following special gifts with each order:
• One voucher to collect a free match day programme on the day of the game
• One exclusive England Christmas card from the Senior Men’s England team
Tickets are now on general release and are £20 adult and £10 child in the family enclosure.
Link to purchase tickets here (you can enrol as an FA member for free)
Once the club knows how many members have booked tickets for the England game, we will then arrange a club booking for baseball batting cages for those who are interested and then divide the cost between those attending.
Note: if you only want to do one of the activities that's fine, once we know final numbers we will arrange a location for a pre-match lunch with interested members to toast the beginning of the 2017 season.
If you have any queries about this upcoming event please email us:
EventsPosted by admin Sun, December 04, 2016 15:01:56
BaseballSoftballUK have organised a fastpitch softball pitching coach CPD course that will be held at New College, Leicester on Sunday 5 February from 10am-1pm.
Fastpitch softball coaches from around the country are hereby invited to attend this much-needed course where they will gain an understanding of the drills, teaching methods and rationale that the Great Britain National Softball programme used when developing fastpitch softball pitchers.
Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to take your fastpitch coaching to the next level! Places are limited and can be booked via the following link (course price is £35).
A full breakdown of the course content can be found below:
This course has been developed specifically for
fastpitch softball coaches looking for an introduction to developing
pitchers, using the same techniques and methodology as Great Britain
Who is it suitable for?
who wish to get an understanding of the drills, teaching methods and
rationale Great Britain Softball uses when developing fastpitch softball
who want to share knowledge in a practical environment.
coaches who wish to become specialist fastpitch pitching coaches.
who wish to learn more technical information on how they can help their
child develop as a fastpitch softball pitcher.
What are the pre-requisites?
must be a minimum of 16 years old.
is advised that very inexperienced coaches should take either 'The
Activator Award' or 'Drills for Beginner Coaches - CPD Clinic'.
working towards their 'Coach Award - Level 2' must take either this course or
one of the other pitching CPD clinics in order complete their award.
By the end of the course, learners will be able
the basic mechanics of the fastpitch pitching delivery.
a four-seam fastball and change-up.
and correct common mistakes in the pitching delivery.
drills to develop arm strength.
players with basic pre- and post-throwing arm care to reduce the risk of
Why do this course?
course will give you practical ideas on how to work with and improve the
pitchers you coach.
course will give you a basic understanding of what Great Britain Softball
looks for and implements when developing fastpitch softball pitchers.
Through this course, you
will learn how to improve your players’ arm strength while reducing the risk of