|With season done, JBLN now looking forward to the BBF Championships|
Published: Jun 06, 2012
For the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) it was a long but exciting 2012 season.
With a total of 37 teams making up the JBLN this year, there was never a dull moment at the Field of Dreams Complex at St. Andrew’s. In the six divisions for baseball there were 32 teams. In the T-Ball Division (5-6), the Mario Carey Real Estate Blue Claws took the championship. The Ports International Diamondbacks took the crown in the Coach Pitch Division (7-8) with a tremendous undefeated season. The Green Parrot Astros upset Evan Sweeting and the Multi Discount Furniture team in the Minor Division (9-10). Probably the most exciting games of the championship series took place in the Major Division (11-12). The defending champions Jackie Wright and his Coca-Cola Reds took on Bertie Murray and his Equity Trust Bahamas Rangers. That series went a full three games but the Rangers came out on top as the champs. For Coach Terran Rodgers, it was an exciting season crowning the Cement Depot Dodgers as champions of the Junior Division (13-15), and in senior league action (16-25), the third place John’s Elite Nationals rose to the occasion and beat the Kellogg’s Giants to win the title. Behind ace pitcher Jashanno Sweeting they were able to close out the series winning two games to one.
The league is looking forward to a difficult but exciting summer of baseball as they are preparing to attend the Bahamas Baseball Federation’s (BBF) Annual Andre Rodgers Tournament in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The JBLN has been competing in this for many years, since it started, and is looking to send six teams off to play in every division. JBLN also has a 13-only team traveling to the 13 Only Pony World Series in Fullerton, California, July-August, along with trips to Miami.
“This 2012 season was a success for the league as we were able to host two huge events to raise funds for league support including our annual cook-out and fun day and the JBLN Dinner Dance,” said a JBLN spokesperson. “Thank you to all the sponsors for without you, none of this would have been possible. Thanks to all those hard-working umpires who came out game after game to call for the kids and those who worked the concession stands that served food and drinks at the park. The JBLN really is one family and the atmosphere shows just that.”
The league is asking the public to continue to support, and follow the league on its website, www.jblnbaseball.com, and on facebook under the search word ‘JBLN’.