Britain’s youth baseball teams are about to enter the most exciting part of the season as they battle for the national title. The action begins with the playoffs for both the Under-17 and Under-14 leagues. The British Baseball Federation announced that this event will be held on Saturday, 31 August 2013. It will be hosted by Herts Baseball Club at their ballpark in Hemel Hempstead (click for venue details).
6 teams from the Southern conference of the U17 League and 5 teams from the U14 League will go into Saturday’s Playoff Quarter-Finals. They have been seeded based on their regular season league record and the format and games schedule is as follows (seeding shown in brackets).
U17 Playoffs (‘home team’ shown second)
10.30am, Bracknell Tornadoes (5th) @ London Mets (2nd) (winner progress to YNBCs)
1.00pm, Leicester Blue Sox (6th) @ Herts Harriers (1st) (winner progress to YNBCs)
3.30pm, Horsham Hornets (4th) @ Cobham Cougars (3rd) (winner progress to YNBCs)
U14 Playoff (‘home team’ shown second)
10.30am, (Game1) Herts Cardinals (5th) @ Forest Glade Redbacks (4th) (winner goes to game 4, loser goes to game 3)
10.30am, (Game2) London Sports (3rd) @ LYBL Bulldogs (2nd) (winner progress to YNBCs, loser goes to game 4)
1.00pm, (Game3) Loser of game 1 @ London Mets (1st) (winner progress to YNBCs)
1.00pm, (Game4) Winner of game 1 @ Loser of game 2 (winner progresses to YNBCs)
Herts U11 Championship Series
The event will also include the Final of the Under-11 Series between the Herts Dodgers and the Herts Giants. The series are perfectly poised with the teams tied 4.5 wins to 4.5 wins. This will be a do-or-die 7-inning decider with the winner declared Herts U11 Champion. The game will start at 11am.
Food, drinks and more
Admission is free and fans and families can enjoy the baseball action along with traditional baseball snacks which will be on offer including hot dogs, Krispy Kreme donuts, Big League Chew and other snacks and drinks. Baseball gloves, bats, bags, and other merchandise including baseball memorabilia will also be on offer at the retail outlets around the ballpark.