The Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) has completed its 30th regular season, and is now gearing up for the playoffs and championships.
The playoffs get underway in all seven divisions this week, and the best-of-three championships will begin on Saturday.
“Our 30th anniversary year of baseball and softball was extremely successful as we were able to accomplish all of our goals,” said league president Jeffrey Walcott yesterday. “We grew our volunteerism base, we were able to clay our fields, expanded our fundraising activities and lastly the competition was extraordinary. As we move into playoffs and championships we expect the same enthusiasm to carry over and these series should be exciting. The board (Board of Directors) and I are extremely pleased with this season and we look forward to planning for next year which will begin at our next board meeting.”
In the Tee Ball (6-and-Under – 6U) Division, the Green Parrot Bears is the team to beat. They breezed through an undefeated regular season, winning 10 of the 12 games by the mercy rule. The only blemish on what was an otherwise perfect regular season, was a tie against the second place team in the league, the Snapple Thunder Cats, in the penultimate game of the season.
In JBLN’s postseason format, the pennant winner automatically advances to the best-of-three championship series where they will play the winner of the sudden death playoff game between the second and third place teams. The second place Thunder Cats will play the third place Island Wholesale Hot Fries in the playoff game on Wednesday at 5 p.m., and the winner will face off against the Bears. The Hot Fries are the two-time defending champions.
Game one of the championship series is set for Saturday at 12.
The Bears, who came within a game of winning the championship a year ago, are coached by this writer, Sheldon Longley.
The Coach Pitch (8U) Division was a cakewalk for the Super Value Rays this season. The only blemish on their record was a loss by default to the second place team, the Tropical Shipping Cubs.
The pennant-winning Rays will host the winner of the sudden death playoff game between the second place Cubs and third place Tropicana Pirates on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Cubs and Pirates will play their playoff game on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Rays, who also came within a game of winning the championship a year ago, are coached by Duran Bethell.
For the second year in a row, the John Bull Astros have won the pennant in the Minor (10U) Division. They will take on the winner of the sudden death playoff game between the second place Fidelity Bank Diamondbacks and the third place Blue Bird Royals. The playoff game is set for this evening at 6:30 p.m., and game one of the championship series will be held Saturday at 12.
The defending champions Astros are coached by Curtis Robinson.
The Solomon’s Athletics dropped their final two games of the season, but still had enough to hold of the FYP Marlins for the pennant in the Major (12U) Division. The Marlins finished second in that division, and the Equity Trust Yankees is the third playoff team. The sudden death playoff game is set for this Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and the Athletics will host game one of the championship series will be held on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Athletics are coached by Kenny Mondesir.
Winning the pennant in the Junior (14U) Division this year is the Equity Trust Dodgers. The runners-up from a year ago held off the defending champions Scotiabank Phillies for the pennant in this division. The second place Phillies will be challenged by the third place Pinder’s Customs Orioles in the single elimination playoff game. That game is set for Wednesday at 5 p.m. Game one of the championship series will be held on Saturday at 12.
The pennant-winning Dodgers are coached by Warren Levarity.
Levarity actually has two teams in the finals as he also coaches the pennant-winning Snack Pack Rangers in the Senior (15-and-Over – 15O) Division. The Rangers will face either the second place Multi Discount Brewers or the third place Caribbean Landscape Braves in the championship series. The sudden death playoff game between the Brewers and the Braves is set for this Thursday at 5 p.m., and the Rangers will host game one of the championship series on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Dairy Queen Distributors have been unbeatable all season in the Girls Softball (12O) Division. Like the Bears in Tee Ball, the only blemish on their record is a tie. They will face either the second place McCormick Spice Girls or the third place Academic Skills Crushers in the championship series. The sudden death playoff game between the Spice Girls and the Crushers will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m., and game one of the championship series is set for next week Monday at 6:30 p.m.
The Distributors are coached by Shane Albury.
All of the playoff and championship games will be played at the JBLN Field of Dreams Complex in Nassau East.
In celebrating its 30th year of youth baseball with an added girls softball component, the league will stage its final fundraiser for the 2019 season, a Cuban-style ‘Havana Night’ on Saturday May 18 at the Bahamas National Trust. The event will get underway at 8 p.m. and run until about midnight. There will be Cuban cuisine, a live DJ, casino-style games, cigar rolling, salsa prizes and much more.
Tickets are available at the JBLN Field of Dreams Complex.
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