JBLN wraps up exciting second week of season
The Junior Baseball League of Nassau(JBLN) produced another exciting display of Youth Baseball this past weekend at the Field of Dreams Complex at St. Andrew’s.
With a league filled with over 375 youth baseball players from all around the island, both boys and girls, there is non-stop regular season action in the league. The league has games in every division of baseball under Pony League Rules, from ages 5-20. This past weekend, regular season action started Friday Evening with a Minor Division showdown between the Multi Discount Furniture Rockies and the Dairy Queen Tigers. The Tigers put up a good fight through the first two innings but the dominating Rockies took over in the third and never looked back.
The Friday and Wednesday night games vary from week to week, from the Minor Division, ages 9-10, to the Major Division, ages 11-12. Games on Saturdays and Sundays feature a mixture in all of the divisions. The 11-12 All-stars had their first game this past Saturday, and suffered a loss to the French’s Yankees, which compete in the 13-14 division. A league spokesperson said that presents a great opportunity for Bahamian national teams to grow and develop. He said that not only do players partake in their own full team schedules in the Major 11-12 Division, but select players out of that division also compete in another game every weekend against teams in the 13-14 Junior Division. He further said that in time, it will improve the players abilities and confidence when the JBLN competes in the Bahamas Baseball Federation(BBF)
Championships, and PONY sanctioned tournaments in the Caribbean.
In the Junior Division this past weekend, the Insurance Management Rays were able to pull off a victory against the Cement Depot Dodgers. Winning pitcher Tyler Eldon was able to hold off the Dodgers in the game to come away with the win. The Rays win/loss record now improves to 2-0 in that division. Also, in senior action, the Castrol White Sox suffered a tough loss to the Snapple Phillies, 13-5. Junior Division pitcher Michael Sands, pitching in his first Senior Division game, came away with the win against the White Sox. According to reports, the White Sox pitching gave up too many walks in the game.
Sunday was a day for the Mahatma Cardinals in the 11-12 division as they defeated the 9-10 All-star team. The winning pitcher for the Cardinals was Jamal Davis. On Sunday in the Senior Division, the Kellogg’s Giants took a victory from the Nationals, 16-9. Action continues for the JBLN this coming Wednesday with a Minor Division game featuring the Multi Discount Furniture Rockies and the Super Value Orioles at 7:00 p.m.