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3/10/14 - Mariners and Hurricanes Claim League Titles

Pegged by many as the underdogs before the final, the Greystones Mariners pulled off a huge upset as they became the first team all year to beat the Dublin City Hurricanes, ending their long wait for a championship.
The Wicklow club saw off the defending champions, the Dublin Spartans, in their semi-final and took on the heavily-fancied Hurricanes in a best-of-three series in Corkagh Park. Ireland pitcher Daniel Woodburne held the Hurricanes offense in check in game one, limiting them to just one run as the Mariners scored three times to come from behind.
Buoyed by their first-game performance, and anchored by terrific defense from Tommy Hernandez, Gareth Donnelly and Jack Fairbairn, the Mariners got behind pitcher Jaime Cuevas early and raced to an 8-1 lead in game two. Enrique Verea was among the big hitters, as everything came together for the Greystones 9. Despite a late rally from the Hurricanes, Cuevas dug deep and got himself an 8-4 win and a title at last for the oldest baseball club in Ireland.

In the B League Championship, the pennant winning Hurricanes managed to go one better than their A League colleagues and win the championship, their second in succession and fourth B League title overall.
Veteran Cormac Eklof tossed a gem in game one as he held the Belfast Northstars, who came off a slugfest victory over Cavan in the semi-final, to just one run as the Canes bats exploded into life early. Game one went by in a heartbeat, 13-1 to the Canes.
Venezuelan pitcher José Martinez took the hill for game two and was just as dominant as his teammate, giving up just one unearned run in a solid performance. With the game moving inexorably toward a conclusion, Eklof was sent back to the mound to see the game out. This he did, escaping a bases-loaded jam to seal a 14-1 victory and his first B Championship, to add to his A League accolades.


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September 2014 - B League Final

The B League Finals is a rematch of last season with the Belfast North
Stars taking on the Dublin Hurricanes on Sunday September 28th in Corkagh Park.
First game at 11:30 with the second game following shortly after.


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September 2014 - A League Final

A League Finals - Saturday September 20th, Corkagh Park

For the first time in 9 years, the Irish Baseball League will have a new champion. The undefeated Dublin Hurricanes take on the Greystones Mariners in Ireland's Fall Classic.

The action starts at 11.30am and we encourage all fans of baseball to come along!


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October 2014 - Baseball Ireland Awards Night 2014

The 2014 Baseball Ireland Awards Night will take place Saturday October 11th in the Generator Hostel in Smithfield. Start time is 8pm. See you all there!


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25th August 2014 - Movie Competition!

Want to win 2 tickets to a gala screening of Disneys new baseball movie "Million Dollar Arm" in Cineworld, Parnell Street, Dublin 1 on Wednesday August 27th at 7.30p.m. ?

Based on a true story, MILLION DOLLAR ARM is an inspirational and uplifting journey packed with funny moments which celebrates teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family. With business failing, struggling US sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) travels to India in a last ditch effort to save his career by finding a young cricketer to turn into a major baseball star. With the help of a cantankerous retired talent scout (Alan Arkin) JB sets up a national contest called “The Million Dollar Arm” and discovers Rinku (played by Life of Pi's Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Slumdog Millionaire’s Madhur Mittal), two 18-year-old boys who have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to make a quick buck he brings them to LA to train, however the boys, who have never left their rural villages before, struggle as they try to adjust to their new life and cope with the pressure being heaped on them. His livelihood on the line and relationship with the boys at stake, with the help of his friend Brenda (Lake Bell) JB realizes that family and friendships are more important than sealing the deal.

Find us on Facebook for information about how to enter!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baseball-Ireland/123146674396805


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20th August 2014 - Statement by Baseball Ireland President

Dear Members,
It is with regret that I announce that the Dublin Tigers Baseball Club, in the midst of their début season, have decided that they cannot continue to field a team in the Irish Baseball League. The National Executive Committee have offered to work with the Tigers to help them fulfil their remaining fixtures, but to no avail.
While the rules of the Irish Baseball League would normally prohibit players moving clubs after August 1st, and the same rules do not currently legislate for clubs withdrawing from the League, the National Executive Committee have decided it would be unfair to punish those members of the Dublin Tigers who want to continue playing baseball because their team's management have decided to withdraw from competition. As such, all members of the Dublin Tigers Baseball Club are encouraged to contact Baseball Ireland, who will contact other baseball teams in the League and help them to move to teams who need players.
We all want to create a stronger league and a better standard of baseball. The National Executive Committee will work to ensure this regrettable occurrence does not happen again.

Yours in sport,

Peter Kavanagh
President
Baseball Ireland


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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...