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31/07/2014 - WOODBURNE GEM SEES IRELAND INTO SEMI-FINALS

Ireland capped off a two-game day with a second victory in their rearranged fixture with Hungary this evening. Daniel "Woody" Woodburne was given the ball and pitched a complete game to net a 6-2 victory.

Jimmy Pita (2-4, 2R), Mike Ferrato (2-3 2B, HR, RBI, 2R) and Nat Anglin (3-4, 2 RBI) did the damage with the bat, while three defensive errors were costly for the Hungarians. Ireland advance to play hosts Slovenia on Friday evening.

Winning Pitcher: Daniel Woodburne (9.0 IP 11 Hits 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 10 K)
Losing Pitcher: Varkonyi Attila (6.2 IP 7 Hits 4 R 3 ER 5 BB 0 K)

Notes: Rookie Joe Cunningham made the final play, throwing home to catch Hungarian baserunner Goor Czaba at the plate.

Pinch runner Frank Geoghegan was picked off at third base, the first Irish baserunner to be picked off or caught stealing in the tournament.

Box score and play-by-play available here


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31/07/2014 - Ireland Rock Romania to Remain Undefeated

Ireland remained undefeated in their European C Pool Championship campaign with a standout win over Romania in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Jaime Cuevas had a complete game victory, and was buoyed by 15 runs of support.
Nat Anglin, fresh from a pitching victory two days ago, was dominant at the plate (3-4, 2B, HR, 7RBI, BB, R), mashing a grand slam in the first inning, an inning that saw Ireland score eleven runs in total.
Winning Pitcher: Jaime Cuevas (9.0 IP 13 Hits 6 R 4 ER 1 BB 6 K)
Losing Pitcher: Klaus Nikolic (0.1 IP 6 Hits 9 R 9 ER 3 BB 0 K)
Notes: Ireland were 8-15 with runners in scoring position and 3-5 with the bases loaded in the game.
Irish baseball league player Andrei Apostoaei (Dublin Spartans) played against his country of residence. The pitcher/outfielder/first baseman threw 2.1 innings of relief and went 2-4 at the plate with a steal of home.

Box score available here.


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29/07/14 - Ireland Dominate in Euro Championships Opener

Ireland took the opening game of their European C Pool Championship campaign with a dominant performance against Norway in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Nat Anglin threw six strong innings, scattering two hits and shutting out his opponents, while Daniel Woodburne capped the performance with an inning of relief for just one run.

At the plate, Ireland were led by the impeccable form of Michael-Anthony Ferrato (3-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 R), whose two-run dinger was a batting highlight. Nat Anglin helped his own cause with an RBI double, and Tommy Hernandez (2-4, 2 RBI, BB) drove in the killer run in the seventh to win it 11-1.

Winning Pitcher: Nat Anglin (6.0 IP 2 Hits 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 8 K)
Losing Pitcher: Emil Fjellvang (3.2 IP 6 Hits 9 R 6 ER 6 BB 3 K)

Notes: Brendan Power (1-3, RBI) and Joe Cunningham (1-1) made their senior international debuts.



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July 2014 - Dublin Tournament

We have top quality youth and adult baseball in Corkagh this weekend! Come down and see the Irish National Team and the future of Irish baseball!

Dublin Tournament in Corkagh Park Clondalkin.

Saturday 19th on LL field
11.00 T-ball Ashbourne Giants v Sutton Red Rox
12.00 Little League Ashbourne Giants, Tullemore Tigers and Sutton Red Rox.
On Adult field
11.00 PD Baseball v Rota Blue Devils
14.30 Rota Blue Devils v Ireland

Sunday 20th on Adult field
11.00 Rota Blue Devils v Presidents Nine
14.00 Rota Blue Devils v Ireland
17.00 The Boys of Summer v The Young Ones ( Will Beglane 50th birthday game)

Baseball Summer Camp
Then starting Monday 21st and running to Thursday 24th Baseball Camp will be on in Corkagh Park from 11am-2 pm each day €10 per day and open to little league and cadets.


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June 2014 - League Stats

The current Baseball Ireland 2014 league stats are available here to view: Download

The remainder of the stats are still being compiled and will be online as soon as possible


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May 2014 - Youth League Update


TeamGames WLDPoints
Jays  1091037
Giants1063129
Mariners 1257023
Tigers12151016


May 10th

Mariners 13 Tigers 10
Mariners 8 Tigers 7

May 17/18

Jays 8 Tigers 0
Jays 7 Tigers 0

Giants 11 Mariners 3
Giants 12 Mariners 3


June 14th

Giants 9 Tigers 8
Giants 7 Tigers 6

Jays 6 Mariners 1
Jays 6 Mariners 1


Playoffs (June 21st)

Mariners at Giants (11am)
Tigers at Jays (12:30 pm)

Finals at 2:15 PM


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25th Arpil 2014 - League Preview

The Spartans have a chance to leapfrog the Hurricanes and take second place in the A League with three games in hand in Corkagh Park this Sunday. Standing in their way are the table-topping Tigers, looking to bounce back and create some breathing room at the summit.

In the B League, the 2-0 Hurricanes take on the 1-2 Giants. Will the Canes' streak continue, or will the Giants take top spot in the early going?

It's all happening at Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, this Sunday from noon.


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5th June 2014 - Table Quiz




Baseball Ireland will be running a table quiz in aid of the National Team on Thursday 5th of June.
Location: Bradys Pub, Shankill
Teams of 4 @ €40 per team

Location:
http://www.johnbradygroup.ie/index.php/bradys-of-shankill/





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April 2014 - European Championships Qualifier C Pool Schedule







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12th April 2014 - Announcement from Baseball Ireland


It is with great sadness that Baseball Ireland has learned of the death of Richard Murray, former Youth Baseball Coordinator and longtime member of the Cavan Comets Baseball Club. Richard also built his own diamond for a Little League blitz, a move that brought happiness to many throughout the country. Richard was a big Boston fan, a keen collector of baseball cards and a dear friend to many in the Irish baseball community. The thoughts of everyone involved in baseball in Ireland are with his wife Diana and his family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


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April 2nd 2014 - Irish National Team Announced

Irish National Team Manager Sean Mitchell has announced the 2014 squad that will be traveling to represent Ireland at the European Championships Qualifiers (C Pool) taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Nat Anglin
Dan Barry
Jamie Cuevas
Tom Enright
Jack Farrell
Leo Farrell
Michael-Anthony Ferrato
Alan Fox
Frank Geoghegan
Tommy Hernandez
Brendan Hourihan
Pete Molloy
T.J. O'Leary
Jimmy Pita
Brendan Power
Sal Rizo
Mark Treacy
Daniel Woodburne

In addition he has named a number of players that will not be traveling but will take part in all other National Team events:

Paul Carey
Paul Coombes
Jack Fairbairn
Alex Holloway
Darran O'Connor
Forrest Pierce
Brendan Scott


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March 2014 - Baseball Ireland Poker Tournament

Baseball Ireland are holding a Texas Holdem Tournament on Saturday 29th of March 2014.
You can pre-register below to avail of 20% extra chips!





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February 15th 2014 - Baseball Ireland AGM



Remember, Baseball Ireland is your organisation and we want you to have your say!

The AGM of Baseball Ireland will be held in Generator Hostels, Smithfield, Dublin on Saturday February 15th at 11am. Come along have have your say.


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January 2014 - A Sad Loss For Baseball Ireland



Kara McCole


It was with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Kara McCole in a work related accident. I had the pleasure and privilege of coaching Kara when he played in our youth league after his family returned to Donegal from the US. He was a player of immense talent and motivation.

A little league All Star in NY where he grew up, he represented Ireland when we took a team of cadets to the UK. He was by far the stand out player of the trip. Kara took part in The MLB academy in France. The coaches and scouts were greatly impressed with his talent.

I will retain many fond memories of this young man.
All of the Baseball Ireland family wish to extend their profound sympathies to Kara's family.

Will Beglane
President
Baseball Ireland


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January 2014 - Spring Training 2014

Baseball Ireland will be holding their Spring Training at Ashbourne Donaghmore GAA Hall, Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

Dates:
Sat Jan 25: 2pm - 4pm
Sat Feb 1: 2pm - 4pm
Sat Feb 8: 2pm - 4pm
Sat Feb 15: 2pm - 4pm Sat Feb 22: 2pm - 4pm Sat Mar 1: 2pm - 4pm Sat Mar 8: 2pm - 4pm Sat Mar 15: 2pm - 4pm Bats, balls etc will be provided. These training sessions are open to all skill levels from complete beginners to seasoned players. More info to follow...


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January 2014 - * Winter Clinic - 19th January 2014 *





Sunday, 19th January

Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA club indoor hall (http://www.donashgaa.com/)




11:00 Registration

11:30 - 13:30 Kids clinic (ages 4 - 14)

13:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Coaches clinic

15:00 - 17:00 Adults clinic (ages 13 & up)



Entry fee:


Kids: 5 Euro

Coaches (attending only the coaches clinic): 5 Euro

Adults: 15 Euro



There are 7 coaches from the US including scouts from the Chicago White Sox and a former Major League pitcher.


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October 2013 - Belfast Northstars Open Practice






The Belfast Northstars baseball club will be hosting open practice sessions over the coming months as they seek to recruit new members and introduce participants to the game of baseball. Sessions will be held on the following dates:

- 3rd November, Aurora Centre, Bangor

- 7th December, Lagan Valley Leisureplex, Lisburn

- 11th January, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Castlereagh


These sessions are an ideal opportunity for anyone to come and have a go at the sport, whether they have an interest in baseball, or are curious to learn more about it. Coaching will be provided by members of the squad, including Head Coach Jon Carter, who has represented Britain. Equipment will be provided and no experience or indeed knowledge of baseball is necessary as all the basics will be covered through drills focused on throwing, fielding and hitting.

The club has been in existence since 1996 and has made great inroads in recent times, both on and off the field. Interest and knowledge of the sport is on the up and this is a chance to become involved in an exciting sport that will continue to grow.

Please do not hesitate to contact the club at belfastnorthstars@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to know more about the club.




The Northstars are very excited about this series of open practices. We feel these will be hugely beneficial in exposing more people to the sport of baseball and in developing the game in Ireland


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17th September 2013 - Baseball Ireland Awards Night

Baseball Ireland's annual Awards Night will be held on Saturday October 12th



Location:

O'Donoghues Pub

15 Merrion Row

Dublin

(Upstairs on the left over the old bar)



www.odonoghues.ie




Start Time is 7:30pm


Click here to see the previous Award Winners



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14th September 2013 - Champions 2013

The Dublin Spartans notched up their 8th title in a row (and 12th over all) with a double victory over the Black Sox at Corkagh Park. The Spartans took game 1 by a score of 6 to 3. The difference being a massive bases clearing 3 run triple from centre fielder Jan Pojer.

The Spartans then had to battle back from 3-0 down to win game 2 (and the title) by a score of 4 to 3.


Phenomenal complete game pitching displays from Robert Cavicchioni (Black Sox), Brendan Scott (Black Sox), Scott Karnes (Spartans) and Andrei Apostaoie (Spartans).






The B League final was contested by the Hurricanes and the Northstars, the top two teams in the pennant race. With the season series split at 2-2 going into the finals, it was anyone's game. John Sculli, player-coach and contender for the A League's strikeout crown, took the hill for the Stars and matched up against Venezuelan fireballer William Pena. Despite the game finishing 10-0 to the 'Canes, it was a closer-run affair than the scoreline would suggest. The Northstars had runners on third base in four separate innings, and Pena escaped several jams on his way to a complete game victory.



In Game Two the Hurricanes raced into a lead behind veteran pitcher Pete Ruotolo before a combination of defensive errors and solid hitting by the top of the Northstars order, in particular John Sculli and Mark Smith, saw the Belfast club claw back a nine-run deficit to trail 11-9 by the end of the fifth inning. Relief pitcher Garret Pearse steadied the ship as the Hurricanes made some defensive substitutions, and Joe Hirakuri and Enrique Verea scored to give the Dubliners a four-run lead. The Northstars starter Mark Smith then rediscovered his ace pitch to make light work of the Canes in the top of the seventh. Player-manager Jose Santos led off the Stars' last chance for a rally with a double to opposite field. With the tying run in the hole, the 'Canes brought in lefty Sean O'Shaughnessy for the save. The Stars rallied hard, scoring three times and bringing it to a one-run game with a man on first, but catcher Danny Babcan caught a foul tip third strike to end the game and give the Dublin City Hurricanes their third B Championship.







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September 2013 - Baseball Ireland Grand Final 2013

The Dublin Black Sox will take on the reigning champions The Dublin Spartans in this years A League Grand Final. This is a best of 3 series with the 1st 2 games being played this Saturday 14th September at 11am and 2pm, Corkagh Park.



On Sunday, we will have a new B league Champion when the Dublin Hurricanes take on the Belfast Northstars. Games at 11am and 1.30pm.


Bring the family and enjoy the best of baseball in Ireland!


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September 2013 - League Stats 2013

Click here to download the final stats for the 2013 season


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September 2013 - 2013 Pitching Stats

2013 Baseball Ireland League Pitching Stats


























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Dublin Hurricanes
Player W L Saves Innings Hits Runs ER BB SO WHIP ERA
Cormac Eklof 7 3 0 80 84 44 34 43 58 1.588 3.825
William Pena 0 2 0 8 10 7 7 6 13 2.000 7.875
Roberto Marquez 1 2 0 24.1 25 17 11 12 17 1.869 4.108
Dan Barry 0 0 0 3 5 7 3 4 5 3.000 9.000
Steve DiVito 0 0 0 1 5 4 4 1 0 6.000 36.000
 
Greystones Mariners
Player W L Saves Innings Hits Runs ER BB SO WHIP ERA
Chaime Cuevas 1 4 1 44.2 62 40 25 11 31 2.118 5.090
Leo Farrell 0 0 0 2.2 4 1 1 2 2 3.194 4.091
Jack Fairbairn 0 2 0 10.1 14 12 10 7 7 2.079 8.911
Jack Farrell 2 4 0 40.3 44 30 27 33 21 2.144 6.030
Miguel 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 4 5 2.483 0
 
Dublin Spartans
Player W L Saves Innings Hits Runs ER BB SO WHIP ERA
Andrei 2 0 0 21 9 5 4 6 39 0.714 1.714
Scott Karnes 9 2 0 87 79 42 33 31 58 1.264 3.414
Sean Mitchell 0 1 0 9 10 5 5 2 4 1.333 5.000
Wes Willets 0 1 0 1 3 5 2 2 0 5.000 18.000
 
Dublin Blacksox
Player W L Saves Innings Hits Runs ER BB SO WHIP ERA
Robert Cavvichioni 4 0 2 31.2 29 11 9 14 58 2.045 2.596
Woody 3 2 0 43.2 56 34 28 10 30 2.194 5.833
Brendan Scott 1 3 0 37.2 36 18 13 13 33 1.984 3.145
Carlos Ramirez 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 6 2 2.667 0.000
Jesus Suniaga 1 1 0 9 14 18 10 4 6 2 10
 
Munster Warriors
Player W L Saves Innings Hits Runs ER BB SO WHIP ERA
Jon Lerner 0 3 0 32 24 25 19 14 28 1.188 5.344
Eric Kelly 0 0 0 1 4 4 4 2 1 6.000 36.000
Kyrstop Dupol 2 2 0 32 36 18 15 11 23 1.469 4.219
Bill Keaney 1 0 0 12 12 10 7 5 5 1.417 5.250
Sully 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.000
Peter Young 0 1 0 9 8 9 8 14 4 2.444 8.000
 
Belfast North Stars
Player W L Saves Innings Hits Runs ER BB SO WHIP ERA
Jon Carter 3 2 1 35.2 42 35 26 20 36 1.995 6.648
Gordon Cuthbert 0 1 0 7.2 16 13 6 6 9 3.056 7.500
Colin Powers 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 4 1 5.000 9.000
Jonathan Sculli 3 2 0 52.2 33 36 24 37 59 1.808 4.138
Mark Smith 1 1 0 14.2 13 9 8 11 19 2.157 5.070


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30th August 2013 - Playoffs!

This weekend sees the start of the 2013 Baseball Ireland playoffs.

1st up is the A league fixtures on Saturday Spartans v Black Sox (11am). The winner will go straight through to the A league final. Following that, the Northstars will face the Hurricanes in a 'do or die' clash (2pm).


The fixtures for the B league on Sunday are the same but in reverse order. The league topping Hurricanes face the Belfast team 1st (11am) followed by Spartans v Sox at 1.30pm.


Can the Spartans make it 8 titles in a row?

Will we have a new finalist in the A league?

Who will be the new B league champs?



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14th July 2013 - Ireland Dominant in First Ever Peter O'Malley Tournament

The Irish national baseball team warmed up in perfect fashion for their European 'B' Pool Championships in Vienna next week, as they went undefeated in the inaugural Peter O'Malley Invitational Tournament in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin.

Facing US Navy team the Rota Blue Devils and the back-to-back British Baseball League champion Liverpool Trojans, as well as a team of international baseball players from all around the globe, the Irish team claimed three wins from their three preliminary games to make the final against Los Barbaros - an invited team of international all-stars representing the USA, the UK, Venezuela, Japan, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Canada and other nations - a game they won by a score of 13-7 to lift the Peter O'Malley Trophy.
Tournament organiser Mike Kindle was thrilled at the level of support the event received. "We had hundreds and hundreds of people come out to the ballpark over the course of the weekend to cheer Ireland on, many of whom didn't even know Ireland had a baseball team!"

"The standard of competition was very high, and it should stand to Ireland manager Sean Mitchell and his squad that they went undefeated and dominated the tournament," said Kindle, "and it's heartening that the Irish-based played such an important part in the victory."

Team Ireland's win was inspired by tournament Most Valuable Player Jimmy Pita, who plays his baseball in Dublin. Pita's performance was backed up by strong showings from his fellow domestic-based position players Tommy Hernandez, Leo Farrell and Jaime Cuevas, and by Dublin Black Sox pitcher Brendan Scott, whose complete game victory on day two was a tournament highlight. The Irish squad was boosted by American- and Canadian-based players Brendan Hourihan, Mike Ferrato, Nat Anglin and pitchers Tommy Enright and Rob McKendry.

"This was Ireland's first ever IBAF-sanctioned tournament," said Kindle, "And it sets this young team up nicely for a tough game against Russia next Monday (22nd). The Irish team are all amateurs, who play for the love of the game, but their professionalism and athleticism shone through this weekend."
Ireland will fly to Vienna on Sunday, and will play Russia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Belarus and hosts Austria over the course of five days.






Peter O'Malley Tournament Results




Day 1

Rota Blue 4-5 Ireland

Liverpool Trojans 13-3 Rota Blue Devils

Los Barbaros 5-0 Liverpool Trojans





Day 2

Ireland 5-4 Liverpool Trojans

Rota Blue 1-9 Los Barbaros

Ireland 5-2 Los Barbaros




Day 3


Liverpool Trojans 4-7 Rota Blue Devils

Ireland 13-7 Los Barbaros


more to follow...


July 2013 - Map of Corkagh Park



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July 2013 - The Gathering 2013

International Baseball in Ireland!



The first Peter O'Malley International Invitational Baseball Tournament will be played at Corkagh Park in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland from July 12-14. Named for O'Malley, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1970-1998, the four-team tournament features the host Irish National Baseball Team, Rota Blue Devils, representing the United States Navy, British Baseball League entrant Liverpool Trojans and Los Barbaros, a team comprised of international players who have traveled from all over the world to compete in the tournament.





The tournament is Baseball Ireland's contribution to "The Gathering Ireland 2013," a year-long celebration of all things Irish - culture, tradition, sport and fun. Three games will be played on Friday, July 12, three games on Saturday, July 13, with the third-place and championship games set for Sunday, July 14.





"It is an honour and privilege to return to Ireland for this special baseball tournament and I salute the organizers for putting it together," said O'Malley. "Baseball in Ireland continues to grow and succeed with about 250 youth players around the island. The success of the Irish National team has generated interest in the game and it is gratifying that there are more fields being developed."





The international tournament is named for O'Malley, who is a friend and significant contributor to the success of baseball in Ireland, according to Mike Kindle, Chairman of Baseball Ireland.





"We are very excited to have Peter O'Malley return to the site of O'Malley and Dodger Fields, which he built in 1998," said Kindle. "We appreciate Peter's generosity and foresight in helping baseball to grow in Ireland. The fields he built for youth (O'Malley Little League) and adults (Dodger Baseball) have touched many lives in the past 15 years. Peter is in constant contact with us and is very interested in the development of baseball in Ireland and indeed, the world."





O'Malley had previously privately built fields in two countries - "Dodger Baseball Field" in Tianjin, People's Republic of China in 1986 and "Little League Friendship Field" in Managua, Nicaragua in 1992. He also privately built what was considered a leader in the field, a state-of-the-art baseball academy "Campo Las Palmas" near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

O'Malley's first meeting with Baseball Ireland was in 1994, with the goal of getting more people involved with the game.





By July 4, 1998, two fields built strictly for baseball were dedicated at Corkagh Park - a regulation-sized adult field (Dodger Baseball Field) and an international standard Little League field (O'Malley Little League Field), which serve as the centerpiece of baseball in Ireland and have been used continuously for adult and youth regular season and international games.





At the time of dedication, O'Malley said, "In the past, children have been playing baseball on the corners of rugby and soccer fields in Ireland, frequently being asked to relocate during the game. Now the children and families of Dublin have their own field of dreams to enjoy the game of baseball uninterrupted."




The tournament will add an international element to Baseball Ireland's traditional midsummer classic, usually consisting of games against a single touring side, as it will see two non-Irish teams playing baseball in Dublin for the first time since 1946, when two American teams returning from service in Britain in WWII played an exhibition game in Croke Park. Kindle is hopeful the game's appeal can grow in Ireland. "Baseball is the second most widely played field sport on the planet, behind soccer, and there are approximately 120 countries that are affiliated with the International Baseball Federation and actively play internationally. We're hoping people will see it being played for the first time and get involved, or get their kids playing Little League. I mean, who doesn't like to hit something with a bat? It's the greatest feeling in the world!"



"South Dublin County is the home of Irish Baseball," said Kindle, "and thanks to South Dublin County Council, our main sponsors SoftCo and Generator Hostels and of course, Peter O'Malley, it's going to be home to a festival of sport and fun for all the family."






Schedule:



Friday (July 12)

12:00 Rota Blue Devils vs. Ireland

15:00 Liverpool Trojans vs. Rota Blue Devils

18:00 Los Barbaros vs. Liverpool Trojans



Saturday (July 13)

11:00 Ireland vs. Liverpool Trojans

14:00 Rota Blue Devils vs. Los Barbaros

17:00 Ireland vs. Los Barbaros



Sunday (July 14)

11:00 Third Place Game

14:00 Championship Final


More info is available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/559316954098864/



Click here to find out about Mike Kindle, one of the founders of Baseball Ireland and the organiser of the tournament.



More information on The Gathering and the tournament can be found here: www.thegatheringireland.com




























Listen to Mike being interviewed on the Last Word with Matt Cooper
Listen to the Baseball Ireland Gathering Radio Advert








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July 2013 - SoftCo sponsor Baseball Ireland




Dublin, Ireland. SoftCo are delighted announce that it will sponsor Baseball Ireland in the forthcoming Peter O'Malley International Tournament in Dublin and European Championships in Vienna. Baseball Ireland is a competitive association with a history of achievements over the last 17 years in Ireland and internationally. The association is responsible for the development and promotion of baseball throughout Ireland.



As part of Tourism Ireland's "The Gathering 2013" the tournament will take place from 12th to the 14th of July 2013 in Corkagh Park Clondalkin, the home of Irish Baseball. Teams representing the United States and Great Britain will take on the Irish national team as part of Baseball Ireland's contribution to the Gathering. The three days of games are free to attend.



"We are delighted to be sponsoring Baseball Ireland as part of The Gathering 2013", said Susan Spence, Executive Chairman, SoftCo. "We wish the Irish team the very best of luck in the tournament."



Mike Kindle, tournament organiser, welcomed SoftCo's involvement. "It's great that an Irish company has given its backing to the tournament and to the National Team," he said "With SoftCo batting for us, we can move on and achieve great things on and off the diamond."
































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8th July 2013 - Game Week 16 Round Up

In the final games before the Gathering break, the Irish league provided some more cracking games.



A League

The Spartans beat the Hurricanes (7-3) and the Black Sox defeated the Mariners (6-3) in the A league.
This moves the Spartans 7 points clear at the top of the A league and the Sox leapfrog the Northstars into 3rd place.
Defeat by the Black Sox was a blow to the Mariners chances of making the playoffs but nothing is decided yet!



B League

The Hurricanes continued their fine season with an 11-0 win over the Spartans at Corkagh Park.The B league mirrors the A league with the Spartans top followed by the Hurricanes. The Black Sox and Northstars hold the last 2 playoff spots. Like the A league the Mariners are also in 5th place in the B league.



Click here to see the League tables



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July 2013 - The O'Malley baseball fields in Dublin, Ireland - a short history of Ireland's home of baseball

By Cormac Eklof


Ahead of The Peter O'Malley International Invitational tournament, a part of The Gathering, we take a quick look at the baseball field funded by Peter O'Malley of LA Dodgers fame



The O'Malley Fields at Corcaigh Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin are the main home of Irish Baseball. The fields are named after legendary LA Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, who generously funded their construction in 1998. The majority of league games are held at the fields, along with playoff games and Ireland National Team games and practice sessions.



Peter's father, Walter Francis O'Malley (October 9, 1903 - August 9, 1979) was an American sports executive who owned the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers team in Major League Baseball from 1950 to 1979. Calling him a baseball executive, however, is not paying him anything close to his full due, he is a Dodgers legend. The Dodgers were initially successful under O'Malley's leadership, winning National League pennants in 1952, 1953, 1955, and 1956. In 1958 he brought major league baseball to the West Coast, moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. They remained successful on the field, winning the World Series in 1959, 1963, and 1965.



On March 17, 1970, Walter turned over the presidency of the team to his son Peter. Peter O'Malley held the position until 1998 when the team was sold on. In that time he became friendly with legendary baseball Ireland emissaries Anne Murphy, Mike Kindle and Mick Manning, a trio who have worked tirelessly championing the sport in Ireland. Through that friendship, Peter generously funded the construction of the O'Malley baseball Fields at Corcaigh Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin in 1998 and those fields have been the home of Irish Baseball ever since.



The fields are not only the logistical home of baseball in Ireland, they are the spiritual home of same also. Since their constructions in 1998 thousands of moments and memories have been born at that field, quite literally hundreds of great games of baseball have been played there. It is safe to say that people's lives have been elevated by those fields, and most people who have played ball in Ireland owe a great debt to the generosity of Peter O'Malley and his family.



Baseball Ireland, proudly supported by The Gathering Dublin and Fingal Leader Partnership, will be holding the inaugural Peter O'Malley International Invitational Baseball Tournament from July 12-14, 2013 in Corkagh Park, West Dublin. Participating teams are expected from Ireland, continental Europe, and the UK.





From: http://www.irishcentral.com/story/sport/from-the-bleachers/the-omalley-baseball-fields-in-dublin-ireland-213852461.html



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27th June 2013 - Halfway Report for Baseball Ireland League

By Jack Farrell



As the international break approaches, the 2013 Baseball Ireland League is shaping up to be one of the tightest in recent memory. The Dublin Spartans, Belfast Northstars and the Dublin Hurricanes are all still right in the contention for the league title and there remains an even tighter push for the final playoff spot between the Dublin Blacksox and the Greystones Mariners.



Leading the table are the Dublin Spartans with a record of 7-3, the standout performer in the first half of the season for the Spartans has been Wes Willetts who leads the league in batting in both hits (15) and average (0.536) Following closely are the Belfast Northstars with 6 wins and 4 losses. The Northstars have been well drilled and have come out this year as one of the surprise packages of the league due to the great coaching and performances from Jonathan Sculli (who leads the league in K's (50) and Mark Smith. The Dublin Hurricanes sit in third place with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses. Pitcher Cormac Eklof has again been a dominant force for the Hurricanes and possesses the lowest ERA in the league (2.50).



All eyes are on the fight for the last playoff spot between the Dublin Blacksox and the Greystones Mariners. Currently, the Mariners hold 4th place with a record of 4-7 but have played two games more than the Blacksox who play with 4 wins and 5 losses. This playoff battle culminates with a much anticipated crunch match between the two on the 6th of July in Blacksox Park. Stand-out performers for the Mariners this year are Leo Farrell who leads the league in stolen bases (14) and Jaime Cuevas with an impressive 0.464 batting average. Robert Cavvichioni and Jeremias Osio have impressed for the Blacksox in the first half of the year with an ERA of 1.76 and a batting average of 0.429 respectively. The Munster Warriors sit at the bottom of the table with a record of 2-6. Eric Kelly and Michael O'Sullivan lead the team in hitting with averages of 0.321 and 0.429



Stretching back from 1995, the Adult Baseball League has gone from strength to strength in recent years with the current format of 6 "A" League teams spread out across Ireland and 7 "B" League teams (one in Wicklow (Greystones Mariners), one in Munster (Munster Warriors), one in Belfast (North Stars), and 3 in Dublin (Dublin Black Sox, Hurricanes, and Spartans).



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