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JBLN set for annual steak-out and all-star games

The Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) is now preparing for the second phase of its 30th anniversary celebrations, which will be in the form of the league’s annual steak-out and all star games at the JBLN Field of Dreams Complex in Nassau East.

This coming Saturday, the best talent in the league will be on display as all star games in all seven divisions will be held. The regular season games this week are a few make-up games in the Major League (12-and-under – 12U) division, but only the all-star games are set for Saturday. Also, a parents/coaches softball game will be held.

“These games are always exciting and we have an opportunity to see the league’s best on display,” said league president Jeffrey Walcott. “Also, we will be playing our parents versus coaches softball game, and that is always a fun event. We just want to encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the festivities. It should be very exciting.”

The steak-out is the league’s major fundraiser for the year, and will be staged from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Steak and chicken dinners will be on sale at a cost of $12 each. Games get underway at 10 a.m. and will run all day.

The Coach Pitch (8U) and Junior League (14U) all-star games will start the action off at 10 a.m. The Tee Ball (6U) and Minor League (10U) all-star games will get underway at noon, and the Senior League (15-and-over – 15O) all-star game will start at 12:30 p.m. The Major League (12U) all-star contest will begin at 2:30 p.m., and the parents/coaches softball game will be held at 3 p.m. Finally, the girls softball (12O) all-star game will start at 5 p.m.

The league’s fundraising committee has scheduled a number of activities for the kids while the steak-out and all-star games are ongoing, and players not selected for the all-star teams are encouraged to come out and support the league and their teammates.

“It will be a complete fun day – an outing for the entire family,” said Jodell Roberts, assistant secretary of the board of directors of JBLN. “What you would find here at JBLN is that it is a safe environment and the atmosphere is conducive for everyone. We just want to encourage everyone to come out and take part in the festivities.”

In all divisions, the president’s teams will compete against the commissioner’s teams. Following All-Star Saturday, the league will take a break for the Easter holidays, and then return the following week for the conclusion of its regular seasons. There are just two weeks remaining in the regular season, and teams are battling for playoff spots, and jockeying for playoff position.

Already this year, the league celebrated a second place finish at the Freedom Farm 12U (Under-12) Invitational Tournament, and staged a successful 5K (five kilometer) fun run/walk event.

Roberts said that there will be other events during the year in celebration of the league’s 30th anniversary of youth baseball. The league, featuring boys baseball teams, was launched in 1989, and a girls softball component was added later.

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