The waiting is over. The boys and girls of summer will get the 2012 youth baseball league season underway this Saturday, 14 April 2012, at Grovehill Ballpark in Hemel Hempstead. Players from across Hertfordshire, London and as far as East Anglia will be putting on the Herts jerseys as the race for the championships begins.
The season will open with several mouth-watering match-ups. In the British Under-17 League Herts will start their season against the Harlow Stars at 11am. The Stars will then play against the Forest Glade RedBacks, and the final U17 game will see the Herts All Stars meet the RedBacks in a repeat of the heart-breaking playoff game which Herts lost 11-10 in extra innings last season.
In the Under-14 League Herts welcome the RedBacks’ U14 team. First pitch is at 11am. Both teams reached the National Baseball Championships last year. The RedBacks finished in third place overall while Herts were the runners-up after losing in the final to LYBL. In the second U14 game the RedBacks will face the Bracknell Wildfire and in the third game Bracknell will play the Herts All Stars.
Under-11 League opens up with the Herts Giants and Herts Dodgers playing against the RedBacks U11 team which means that there will be a Herts-versus-RedBacks rivalry in every age group on Opening Day. In total nine teams will be on show with baseball from 11am to 6pm.
As always, at the start of every season, there will be many new faces with free agents joining the League and players moving to a higher age group, so it will be a fascinating opening day.
It will be the first opportunity for the Herts youth teams to play at their home, Grovehill Ballpark in Hemel Hempstead, after the recently announced upgrade funded by BSUK as part of the long-term project to turn it into the best baseball venue in Great Britain.
There isn’t a better way to spend Saturday then at the ballpark enjoying a hot dog and all sort so of other snacks and drinks which will be on offer. The games begin at 11am. Free admission for all.
NEW PLAYERS CAN JOIN AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR
Many new players have signed up with the teams over the last few weeks and it is not too late for new players to start playing in the League. Herts Baseball club welcomes new members at any point of the season, boys and girls from 6 to 16 years of age, from complete beginners to experienced players. For more details contact Herts Baseball Club.
OPENING DAY SCHEDULE – Saturday, 14 April
|DATE||TIME||LEAGUE||VISITING TEAM||HOME TEAM|
|14-Apr-12||11:00||BBF (U14)||Forest Glade RedBacks||Herts All Stars (U14)|
|14-Apr-12||16:00||BBF (U14)||Bracknell Wildfire||Herts All Stars (U14)|
|14-Apr-12||11:00||BBF (U17)||Southern Stars||Herts All Stars (U17)|
|14-Apr-12||16:00||BBF (U17)||Forest Glade RedBacks||Herts All Stars (U17)|
|14-Apr-12||11:00||U11||RedBacks (U11)||Herts Giants|
|14-Apr-12||13:30||U11||RedBacks (U11)||Herts Dodgers|