The Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) has been involved in organized youth baseball in the country for nearly three decades.
The league will begin its 30th season this week, starting with preseason games at the JBLN Field of Dreams Complex at St. Andrew’s in Nassau East.
A total of five weeks of preseason games will be played through December 9, leading up to the 2019 season opening on January 12. The league, which also features a girls softball component, will encompass 35 teams this year, playing in seven divisions. Altogether, a total of 450 boys and girls are set to compete in the league this year.
The preseason gets underway this Wednesday November 7, with the champions in the Minor Division (10-and-Under), the John Bull Astros, taking on the Fidelity Diamondbacks. That game will get underway at 6:30 p.m. The Astros finished unbeaten a year ago. On Friday, the runners-up from a year ago in the Major Division (12-and-Under), the Coca-Cola Red Sox, will face off against the Kiddi Pharmaton Athletics. That game will also get underway at 6:30 p.m.
A total of 13 games are set for Saturday, and there will be four more on Sunday.
One of the featured games on Saturday will be a championship rematch in the Tee Ball Division (6-and-under) as the runners-up from a year ago, the Green Parrot Bears challenge the two-time defending champions, the Chester Cheetos Hot Fries. That game is set for 10 a.m. on the Tee Ball Field at the JBLN Field of Dreams Complex. The Hot Fries outlasted the Bears two games to one in last year’s Tee Ball championship series.
In other games on Saturday, the Blue Bird Royals will take on the CBC Services Angels in a Minor Division contest at 10 a.m., the defending champions Scotiabank Phillies and the Equity Trust Bahamas Dodgers will battle each other in a championship rematch in the Junior Division (14-and-Under) at 10 a.m., the Subway Spartans and the Family Guardian Knights will go at it in girls softball (12-and-over) at 10 a.m., the Snapple Thunder Cats and the Summit Insurance Blue Claws will play each other in a Tee Ball contest at 12 noon, the FYP Marlins and the Equity Trust Bahamas Yankees will go head-to-head in a Major Division game at 12 noon; the FirstCaribbean Bank Mariners and the Pinders Customs Orioles will play each other in a Junior Division game at 12 noon.
The McCormick Spice Girls and the Bahamas Waste Crushers will tangle in a girls softball game at 12 noon, the Tropical Shipping Cubs and MES Heavy Equipment Tigers will go at it in a Coach Pitch Division (8-and-under) at 12:30 p.m, the defending champions Sunshine Insurance Giants and the Mets will battle in a Major Division game at 2 p.m.; the Snack Pack Rangers and the Insurance Management Blue Jays will play each other in a Senior Division (15-and-over) game at 2 p.m., the Sports Centre Players and the Dairy Queen Distributors will battle each other in a girls softball game at 2 p.m., and finally the Ice Spring River Rays and the Tropicana Pirates will go at it in a Coach Pitch game at 3 p.m.
On Sunday, the Athletics and Marlins will play each other in a Major Division game at 12:30 p.m. Also playing on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. are the Phillies and the Orioles in a Junior Division game. In senior baseball, the Multi Discount Furniture Brewers and the Caribbean Landscape Braves will play each other at 2:30 p.m., and finally in girls softball the Spice Girls and the Spartans will battle each other starting at 3 p.m.
There are five teams in the Tee Ball Division this year, four in the Coach Pitch Division, four in the Minor Division, six in the Major Division, five in the Junior Division, five more in the Senior Division and six in the Girls Softball Division.
Organizers are hopeful that the level of play continues to improve as the league heads into what is expected to be a competitive season of youth baseball and girls softball.