2009 4th: Chadron Titans-Grasslands South Hills League
2009 3rd: Yutan Pilots-Dodge County League
CLASS A State in Kearney, Memorial Field, tournament results
Pool A: Kearney Kernels, Lincoln Reds, Council Bluffs IA Bluejays
Pool B: Lincoln Diablos, Omaha Braves, Scottsbluff Valley Bruins
(A) Friday Aug. 14, 8:00pm: Lincoln Reds 8 Kearney Kernels 5
(B) Saturday Aug. 15, 10:00am: Scottsbluff Valley Bruins 10 Omaha Braves 0
(A) Saturday Aug. 15, 12:30pm: Kearney Kernels 7 Council Bluffs IA Bluejays 0
(B) Saturday Aug. 15, 3:00pm: Lincoln Diablos 11 Omaha Braves 1
(A) Saturday Aug. 15, 5:30pm: Council Bluffs IA Bluejays 8 Lincoln Reds 5
(B) Saturday Aug. 15, 8:00pm: Lincoln Diablos 5 Scottsbluff Valley Bruins 0
3rd/4th place game
Sunday Aug. 16, 11:00am: Scottsbluff Valley Bruins 10 Council Bluffs IA Bluejays 0
Sunday Aug. 16, 2:00pm: Lincoln Diablos 3 Kearney Kernels 0
CLASS B State in Wakefield, Eaton Field, tournament results
Pool A: Cairo, Hartington, Yutan
Pool B: Chadron, Haxtun CO, Wakefield
(A) Friday Aug. 14, 8:30pm: Hartington 5 Cairo 2
(B) Saturday Aug. 15, 10:00am: Haxtun 4 Chadron 3
(A) Saturday Aug. 15, 12:30pm: Yutan 6 Cairo 1
(B) Saturday Aug. 15, 3:00pm: Chadron 7 Wakefield 0 (by protest)
(A) Saturday Aug. 15, 5:30pm: Hartington 1 Yutan 0
(B) Saturday Aug. 15, 8:00pm: Haxtun 13 Wakefield 10
3rd/4th place game
Sunday Aug. 16, 11:00am: Yutan 6 Chadron 1
Sunday Aug. 16, 2:00pm: Hartington 9 Haxtun 0
2009 4th: Council Bluffs Iowa Bluejays-Nebraska Adult Baseball League-Omaha
Class A State Champions: Lincoln Diablos-Lincoln Adult Baseball League
2009 Class B State Champions: Hartington Bankers-Cedar County League
2009 Runner Up: Haxtun Colorado Bombers-High Plains League
2009 3rd: Scottsbluff Valley Bruins-High Plains League
Tim Higgins: 2009 NBA Roy & Ross Speece Umpire of the Year
Umpire of the Year Tim Higgins, and the family of Roy & Ross Speece presenting the award in Kearney at the Class A state championship game.
The NBA is focusing on the following Class A towns for teams. If you are from one of the following towns and want a team, contact the NBA at 402-219-3553: Fremont, Colombus, Norfolk, South Sioux City, Beatrice, Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney.
Class B Towns Needing a Team
The NBA is also in search of Class B towns (under 8,000 population) throughout the state wanting to get a team going.
Contact the NBA at 402-219-3553 for information about getting on a team or starting a team in your area.
Lincoln Reds, Kearney Kernels Gear Up For Cubby Invite This Weekend
Top Teams from NE, SD, ND, and MN Meet at the Cubby's Invitional Tourney in Brookings, SD This Weekend. Kearney, the 2009 runner-up in the Cubby's Invitational and 2008/2009 runner up in the Class A Nebraska State Tournament take the field Friday night at 8:00pm against Moorhead, MN. Their second game is against Pierre, SD. Kearney is in the "C" pool. The Lincoln Reds are regulars at the Class A Nebraska State Tournament finishing runner up in 2007, made it to the semi finals in 2008, and lost the tie breaker to Kearney and Council Bluffs, IA last year in pool play. Lincoln's first game is Saturday at 3:00pm against Blue Earth, MN. Their second game is against the Dells Mudcats, SD. Lincoln is in the "B" pool.
There are four pools of three teams. The champions of each pool advance to the Sunday semifinals. Winners stay to play for the championship, losers get to watch.
Scottsbluff-Memorial Holiday Tourney Champs
Scottsbluff holds off Sidney's last inning rally to win the Memorial Holiday Weekend Classic 3-2.
Saturday May 29
9:00am Pool B Scottsbluff 6 Haxtun 3
11:00 Pool B Scottsbluff 6 Chadron 2
1:00 Pool A Sidney 14 Custer 6
3:30 Pool A Custer 9 Lincoln 5
5:30 Pool B Haxtun 11 Chadron 4
7:30 Pool A Lincoln 18 Sidney 10
Sunday May 30
10:00am 5th: Lincoln
1:00 3rd: Haxtun 15 Custer 1
4:00 Championship: Scottsbluff 3 Sidney 2
Where is this field at?
Something to do while we're waiting for spring...the weekly "guess this field" game. When someone guesses the field, a new one will be put up. Some will be harder than others. To answer, go to the forum and post your guess.
NOW IS THE TIME TO START A TEAM. EMAIL THE NBA FOR HELP IN GETTING STARTED OR CALL 402-219-3553.
The following NEW teams are looking for players. Contact the individuals listed for more information.
Wauneta-Palisade: (HPL)Jess, or call 308-883-0100.Sioux City: (CCL)Michael, or call 712-204-5482.Norfolk: (CCL)Jeremy, or call 402-841-5840.Ponca: (CCL)Brad, or call 402-638-2001, 712-490-2429.McCook: (HPL)Andrew, or call 785-821-1144, 308-345-1981.St. Helena: (CCL)Robert, or call 402-640-3272.Kearney Crusaders: (CNL)Stephen, or call 308-627-3745.Beatrice: (LABL or SNL)Nate, or call 402-806-7186.Ravenna: (CNL)Ron or Luke, or call 308-830-0952, 308-750-1467.Crete: (SNL)Chris, or call 402-450-8250.
Lincoln Bombers Dennis Theye swings at a pitch against Falls City in the Southeast Nebraska League.
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Class A Rankings
1. Lincoln Diablos 10-1
2. Kearney Kernels 13-1
3. Lincoln Dons 10-1
4. Omaha Red Sox 6-1
5. York County Knights 12-2
6. Lincoln Reds 8-2
7. Scottsbluff Valley Bank Bruins 4-1
8. Council Bluffs Bluejays 5-2
9. Omaha Tigers 7-2
10. Lincoln Dirtbags 8-4
Class B Rankings
Wakefield's Greve Loses Life In Accident
Max Greve of Wakefield was killed Thursday in Russell, Kansas when two grain bins collapsed. Max was a standout athlete in high school and played baseball at Colby Community College in Kansas. He was a member of the Wakefield town team that claimed the Class B state championship in 2008. He earned the state tournament MVP honors that same year. Your prayers will be appreciated by the family and friends of Max. If you would like to send flower arrangements, the NBA has been provided with the following florist:
Lazy Acres Design, 402-287-3542.
Memorial funds are being coordinated through Bob Wiebelhaus. If you would like to donate money, mail to:
PO Box 111
Fordyce, Ne. 68736
2010 Roy & Ross Speece Umpire of the Year Nominations Being Taken
Go to Umpire of the Year link on the left to receive information on how to nominate someone. Send nominations to the NBA. Nominations are due by July 21, 2010.
2010 Max Greve Player of the Year Nominations Being Taken
Nominations are due by July 21, 2010. Send nominations to the NBA, or follow the Player of the Year link on the left for more information and to submit your nomination. The annual award was established this year in memory of Max Greve who lost his life on June 24, 2010.
Lincoln district playoffs Lincoln Lugnuts vs. Lincoln Dragons at Col. Densmore Park.
Lincoln district playoffs Pleasant Dale vs. Lincoln Naturals at Col. Densmore Park.
KEARNEY CAPTURES CLASS A, HAXTUN WINS CLASS B
Kearney jumps out to 11-2 lead, holds on to beat the Lincoln Reds 13-8. Haxtun beat Chadron 8-2 to claim 1st title. More details and pictures on the way. The website will be updated when information is received.
Class A: #2 Kearney 13 #6 Lincoln Reds 8
Class B: #2 Haxtun 8 #4 Chadron 2
2010 Class A State Tournament MVP-Kyle Kraska, Kearney Kernels
The 2010 Class A state championship will be the third meeting between the #6 ranked Reds of Lincoln and #2 ranked Kearney. In the 2008 state tournament, Kearney beat the Reds 4-3 in extra innings in the semifinals but were denied the state championship 7-4 at the hands of the Lincoln Dirtbags. In 2009, the Reds got revenge beating the Kernels 8-5 in the opening round of the state tournament. But the Reds were upset by Council Bluffs and all teams in the pool ended 1-1 after pool play. State tournament criteria awarded the Kernels as winners of their pool and moved on to the state championship for the second straight year. They were again denied the state championship by losing to the Lincoln Diablos 3-0. The Reds were state runner up in 2007, losing to the Lawlor Polecats 3-1. Both clubs are storied franchises. A nucleus of the Reds have played together since 1990 and played in the former Central Nebraska League before the league folded in 2004. The Reds have been in the Lincoln Adult Baseball League since then and have been a front runner in the league every year, claiming the league title this year. A formidable number of Kernels played together at UNK in the late '90s through 2003. The Kernels formed in 2008 and play in the Central Nebraska League that was established in 2007. Both teams have deep, talented pitching, excellent defense, and a stong batting lineup from top to bottom. The Roy & Ross Speece Umpire of the Year will be awarded to Mike Davis of Yutan and the Max Greve Player of the Year will be awarded to Travis Boyll of the Kearney Kernels prior to the state championship. Distinguished guest and Nebraska Baseball Hall of Famer, Larry Bornschlegl will be awarding the state championship teams and the state tournament MVP awards.
2010 will mark the first year two western Nebraska league teams meet in the state championship, Chadron who competes in the Grasslands-South Hills League and Haxtun who competes in the High Plains League. Both leagues formed in 2008. The Class B state championship game will be the first time the Cedar County League will not be represented. In 2007, the Hartington Bankers lost in the finals to the Ogallala Moose Lodge #1624. Wakefield beat Yutan in 2008, and Hartington beat Haxtun Colorado in 2009. Chadron and Sidney opened up the tournament and Chadron pulled away for a 7-3 victory. Chadron then went on to pull the biggest upset of the tournament by beating #1 ranked Yutan 7-5 in a thrilling seasaw battle of the heavyweights. Haxtun disassembled Aurora 16-0 and left little doubt they came for the title. In the semi's they met a staunch new team to the NBA in the Cedar County League, the Crofton Crows. Haxtun escaped with a 3-1 win, using three pitchers as the Crows threatened to score loading the bases in the final frame. Sidney and Aurora will meet at 9:00am, Yutan and Crofton play at noon, and Chadron will take on Haxtun at 3:00pm for the state championship. The state tournament MVP will be awarded after the game.
State Tournament Results
Pool A: #2 Kearney Kernels, #1 Lincoln Diablos, #7 Scottsbluff Valley Bank Bruins
Pool B: #8 Council Bluffs Iowa Bluejays, #6 Lincoln Reds, #5 York County Knights
Friday, Aug. 6, 7:30pm (Game 1) Kearney 3 Scottsbluff 2
Saturday, Aug. 7, 11am (Game 2) Council Bluffs 11 York County 4
Saturday, Aug. 7, 1pm (Game 3) Lincoln Diablos 14 Scottsbluff 0
Saturday, Aug. 7, 3pm (Game 4) Lincoln Reds 3 York County 2
Saturday, Aug. 7, 5pm (Game 5) Kearney 10 Lincoln Diablos 6
Saturday, Aug. 7, 7pm (Game 6) Lincoln Reds 13 Council Bluffs 0
Sunday, Aug. 8, 11am (Game 7) Council Bluffs 10 Lincoln Diablos 8
Sunday, Aug. 8, 1:30pm (Game 8) Kearney 13 Lincoln Reds 8
Legion Park Field
Pool A: #5 Sidney Sluggers, #4 Chadron Titans, #1 Yutan Pilots
Pool B: Aurora Mudcats, #2 Colorado Bombers, #6 Crofton Crows
Friday, Aug. 6, 7:30pm (Game 1) Chadron 7 Sidney 3
Saturday, Aug. 7, 9am (Game 2) Haxtun 16 Aurora 0
Saturday, Aug. 7, 11:30am (Game 3) Yutan 3 Sidney 1
Saturday, Aug. 7, 2pm (Game 4) Crofton 7 Aurora 4
Saturday, Aug. 7, 5pm (Game 5) Chadron 7 Yutan 5
Saturday, Aug. 7, 8pm (Game 6) Haxtun 3 Crofton 1
Sunday, Aug. 8, 9am (Game 7) Sidney 7 Aurora 4
Sunday, Aug. 8, 12pm (Game 8) Yutan 5 Crofton 4
Sunday, Aug. 8, 3pm (Game 9) Haxtun 8 Chadron 2
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2010 Class A State Champions-Kearney Kernels (Central Nebraska League)
2010 Max Greve Player of the Year Award-Travis Boyll, Kearney Kernels
2010 Class A State Runner Up-Lincoln Reds (Lincoln Adult Baseball League)
2010 Roy & Ross Speece Umpire of the Year-Mike Davis
2010 Class B 6th-Aurora Mudcats (Central Nebraska League)
2010 Class B Runner Up-Chadron Titans (Grasslands-South Hills League)
2010 Class B State Tournament MVP-Jake McLain, Chadron Titans
2010 Class B 4th-Crofton Crows (Cedar County League)
2010 Class B State Champions-Haxtun Colorado Bombers (High Plains League)
2010 Class B 5th-Sidney Sluggers (High Plains League)
2010 Class B 3rd-Yutan Pilots (Southeast Nebraska League)
2010 Class A 3rd-Council Bluffs Blue Jays (Nebraska Adult Baseball League-Omaha)
GREAT PLAINS BASEBALL TOURNAMENT CANCELLED
Due to the rain, the tournament has been cancelled.The tournament is going to be rescheduled for this spring at the beginning of May. Teams looking for some preseason games in 2011, enter the tournament by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tournament will be in Syracuse, Peru, and other surrounding communities.
The NABL-Omaha fall league concludes today (10/24/10) with the tournament semifinals and championship games. The Omaha Tigers beat the Council Bluffs Bluejays in the first semifinal. The Lincoln Lugnuts beat the Papillion Pirates in the second semifinal.
Papillion Pirates leaving the field after a single by the Lincoln Lugnuts brings in the winning run in the bottom of the 7th. The Lugnuts won 3-2, setting up the Nebraska Adult Baseball League's fall league championship game against the Omaha Tigers.
Hall of Fame Banquet Nearing SelloutEmail Larry Bornschlegl immediately if you plan to attend the Hall of Fame banquet. A capacity of 300 is nearing but there are still tickets available. Don't miss the baseball event of the year.
Seven Hall of Fame Inductees
Hall of Fame Banquet Feb. 13 in Beatrice
Wayne's Zeiss wins scholarship
Mark Ahmann - Master of Ceremonies
The annual Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame banquet is right around the corner. The event will be held Sunday, February 13, 2011 in Beatrice. It is being held at Aunt Mary's Restaurant & Event Center (formerly the Eagles Club) on the southwest corner of 8th and Court St. The banquet will feature former major leaguers Ralph Terry of the '61 Yankees and Russ Snyder of the Baltimore Orioles. Doors open at 4:30pm with a social hour followed by dinner and award ceremonies. Hall of Fame Inductees include players Mike Metz-Omaha, Ron Douglas-Crete, Floyd "Flip" Dawson-Magnet, Gene Stohs-Grand Island, and Jerry Kamler-Geneva. Hall of Fame manager's award goes to Don Hagemoser-Crete and Bruce Allen-Omaha will be inducted as an umpire. Jacob Zeiss of Wayne will be presented with a $500 scholarship from the Hall of Fame. Nebraska Baseball Association all-state recipients being recognized at the banquet are Mike Bogseth-Omaha Red Sox, PJ Bunyard-York County Knights, Tim Butler-Gretna Brewers, Austin Chambers-Lincoln Mets, Casey Culhane-Lincoln Diablos, Matt Domangue-Lincoln Dirtbags, Mike McLaughlin-Yutan Pilots, Dan Romans-Ashland Flying Squirrels, John Sayles-Custer Granite, Dustin Townsend-Council Bluffs Blue Jays, Adam White-Syracuse Rockets, Luke Woster-Yutan Pilots. Get more information below in the Hall of Fame newsletter.
On February 13, friends and family across Nebraska and this great country gathered to honor those being inducted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame. Seven inductees were enshrined that evening as others received recognition for their achievements on and off the fields of Nebraska's diamonds.
Pictured above is 2011 inductee Gene Stohs of Grand Island and his family.
This website is going to be updated over the next several days so be sure to check back. There will also be an added page in the "photo album" link for the 2011 Hall of Fame. If you have pictures of the banquet and would like them displayed on this website, email them to the NBA.
Zeiss Exemplifies Baseball
In the above photo, Jacob Zeiss from Wayne, makes his way to the podium to accept his scholarship on behalf of the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame. Jacob will be playing baseball for Midland Lutheran College in Fremont. His accomplishments on and off the field are unequaled. The Nebraska Baseball Association and the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame wishes Jacob all the best.
Neb. Baseball Association All State
Photo op after the banquet for the NBA all staters. L-R: Luke Woster-Yutan Pilots, Mike McGlaughlin-Yutan Pilots, Dan Romans-Ashland Flying Squirrels, Adam White-Syracuse Rockets, PJ Bunyard-York County Knights, Tim Butler-Gretna Brewers, Austin Chambers-Lincoln Mets, Casey Culhane-Lincoln Diablos, Dustin Townsend-Council Bluffs Bluejays, Matt Domangue-Lincoln Dirtbags, Mike Bogseth-Omaha Red Sox. Not pictured-John Sayles-Custer Granite.
Floyd "Flip" Dawson in the Hall of Fame
Honoring his grandfather, Marc Dawson addresses the banquet and accepts the Hall of Fame award with his father, Danny (background).
Ron Douglas Jr., Crete-2011 Inductee
At the podium, Douglas is inducted into the Hall of Fame and gives his acceptance speech.
Geneva's Jerry Kamler Inducted
Brian Kamler, son of the late Jerry Kamler, accepts the Hall of Fame induction on his father's behalf.
Omaha's Mike Metz in Hall of Fame
Mike with Hall of Fame award after being inducted into the Hall as a player.
Hall of Fame Manager Don Hagemoser Inducted
Don Hagemoser was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager Sunday evening. With many of Don's former players over the years in the audience watching on, his son Corky accepts the award.
3rd Annual Memorial Holiday Weekend Classic
May 28-29 marks the 3rd Annual tournament in Sidney, Ne. The tournament has room for 3 more teams. The 2011 field so far includes Sidney, Haxtun, Scottsbluff, Custer, and Lincoln Lugnuts. Call Brandon at 218-521-0302 for more details.
Yutan-Syracuse Tournament April 16-17
The first annual Yutan-Syracuse tournament is full. Saturday pool play in Syracuse: Lincoln Lugnuts, Omaha Tigers, Syracuse. Saturday pool play in Yutan: Omaha Red Sox, Mead, Yutan. Championship on Sunday at 2pm in Yutan.
WOSTER WALKOFF GS IN THE 13TH LIFTS YUTAN OVER VALLEY
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(Brookings, SD)The Gamblers of Gibbon open the Cubby's Invitational with a 5-4 win over Dell Rapids PBR (SD). Next they face the Redfield - Jamestown winner to get to the championship.
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1. Gibbon Gamblers
2. Lincoln Reds
3. York County Knights
4. Lincoln Diablos
5. Carter Lake Nationals
1. Valley Roughriders
2. Chadron Titans
3. Haxtun CO Bombers
4. Yutan Pilots
Farwell Fencebusters vs. Ord Tigers, the best of Nebraska Vintage Baseball circa 1910. Keeping baseball alive. See more vintage photos under Farwell Fencebusters in the photo album.
Played in Ft. Hartsoff.
Class A: Omaha; Brown Park - John Stella Field
State Championship and 3rd/4th place games
Omaha Tigers win Class A crown in the 9th, 5-4, over the Lincoln Reds.
Valley's McMahon solo bomb in the 5th defeats Mead in the Class B finals 1-0.
website will be updated with details and pictures over the next two days
Class A 3rd: Lincoln Mets, Lincoln Adult Baseball League
2011 Class A State Tournament MVP: Caleb Zimmer-Omaha Tigers (Four Aces American Legion/Omaha Central) *1st American Legion player to be awarded MVP
2011 Max Greve Player of the Year: Kevin Hanley, Lincoln Diablos
Class A Runner Up: Lincoln Reds, Lincoln Adult Baseball League
Class A State Champions: Omaha Tigers, Patriot League
2011 Roy & Ross Speece Umpire of the Year: Ray Manske
Class A 4th: York County Knights, Central Nebraska League
2011 Class B 3rd: Cairo Camels, Central Neb. League
2011 Class B 4th: Chadron Titans, Grasslands-South Hills League
2011 Class B 6th: Haxtun (CO) Bombers, High Plains League
2011 Class B 5th: Custer Granite, Grasslands-South Hills League
2011 Class B Runner-Up: Mead Steam Engines, Southeast Neb. League
2011 Class B 7th: Pierce, Cedar County League
2011 Class B 8th: Sidney Sluggers, High Plains League
2011 Class B State Champions: Valley Roughriders, Southeast Neb. League
Hall of Fame Banquet Set for February 12 in Beatrice
The 2011 Hall of Fame banquet set a new attendance record as 359 people converged to witness the newly inducted Hall of Famers, town team all-state selections, baseball scholarship award winner, and listen to MC Mark Ahmann and MLB greats Ralph Terry and Russ Snyder. The 2012 banquet is expecting an even larger crowd as Husker baseball head coach Darin Erstad will be the guest speaker and is bringing the entire Husker coaching staff. More details on the banquet can be found in the November 2011 newsletter below. Rounding out the 2012 inductees into the Hall of Fame to be honored are, Umpire: Jerry Janousek - Omaha; Players: Mark Honnor - Lincoln, Dick Geier - Lincoln, Gene Torczon - Humphrey, Wayne Kaeding - Sutton; Manager: John Stella - Omaha. Town team all state selections and the baseball scholarship award winner will be announced shortly. The banquet is at Aunt Mary's Restaurant on the southwest corner of 8th and Court Street in Beatrice. Doors open at 4:00pm for cocktails. Dinner and presentations will begin at 6:00pm. There will be a silent auction, chat with Husker coaching staff, and tour the new Hall of Fame permanent home. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for high school and under.
The Hall of Fame has finally secured a new home in Beatrice at the banquet site where baseball photos and memorabelia will be on permanent display. The Hall of Fame is asking for everyone's help in contacting an inductee or any family member of an inductee to obtain an 8" x 10" photo for the display. If you have information, you can email the Nebraska Baseball Association and information will be forwarded to the Hall of Fame, or you can contact Hall of Fame board member Bob Steinkamp. Bob's information is on page 1 of the November newsletter. Any and all donations to the Hall of Fame are greatly appreciated, especially now that the Hall of Fame display is under construction. The Hall truly appreciates all support and donators will be recognized. More information on donating can be found in the newsletters.
Sign up to receive the Hall of Fame newsletter by contacting Larry Bornschlegl at 402-463-1071 or email email@example.com.
NBA ALL-STATE RECOGNIZED AT NEBRASKA BASEBALL H.O.F. BANQUET
A sellout crowd of over 400 baseball fans packed Aunt Mary’s Event Center in Beatrice, the new permanent home of the Nebraska Baseball Hall of fame, for their annual induction banquet, Sunday, February 12.
The event began with a tour of the impressive Hall of Fame display adjacent to the dining room facilities. At this juncture, the project is about sixty percent completed. Space has been provided to include a display case dedicated strictly for the Nebraska Baseball Association and other appropriate memorabilia.
A silent auction was conducted along with a social hour, and a tasty pork Windsor loin meal was served prior to the main program.
Master of Ceremonies, Bob Steinkamp kicked off the program with a welcome, and general announcements.
Shortly thereafter, the Nebraska Baseball Association announced and awarded plaques to the 2011 season All-Staters.
Following was the presentation of the $500 Scholarship Award and the induction of the 2012 Hall of Fame former players:
Scholarship Award: Lance Spongberg, Sutton
Player: Wayne Kaeding, Sutton
Player: Mark Honnor, Lincoln
Manager: John Stella, Omaha
Player: Gene Torczon, Humphery
Player: Dick Geier, Lincoln
Umpire: Jerry Janousek, Omaha
The featured speaker, Darin Erstad, the new Husker baseball coach, and former Husker baseball, football, and major league standout, knocked another one “out of the park”. His stirring speech on what to expect from the Huskers during the coming seasons, was centered on the mind set and culture he is bringing to the program: playing with intensity on every pitch, playing hungry, and playing for the team.
It was a grand evening indeed, and a reminder along with a few robins that have returned, that baseball season is just around the corner.
Bob Steinkamp served as Master of Ceremonies for the induction of five players into the 2012 Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame.
2007 CLASS A STATE RUNNER-UP
2007 CLASS A 3RD PLACE
Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame: nominations being accepted, deadline is February 29, 2008
Nominations are being accepted for the 2008 inductees into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame. Information about nominating individuals can be found by visiting the Hall of Fame link on the left.
OGALLALA MOOSE LODGE #1624
2007 CLASS B STATE CHAMPIONS
CHADRON TITANS SPONSORS MAKE IT HAPPEN
Remember these names:TACO JOHNS OF CHADRON, DONALD'S HOT STUFF PIZZA, AND NEBRASKALAND TIRE CO.If it weren't for these businesses, the Titans would not be allowed to play any of their "three" scheduled home games in Chadron. Without going into detail, the Titans were issued a "Friday closing time" deadline to come up with insurance coverage. The insurance company (name withheld), sensing desparation, gave a quote that exceeded $500. In short, thank you Taco Johns of Chadron, Donald's Hot Stuff Pizza, and Nebraskaland Tire Co. for backing this fine team, enabling the Titans to play their three games on their home field, in front of their home crowd.
The Chadron junior, senior, future Legion players, parents, and fans should keep this all in mind. This year's Titans have paved the way for teams in the future once Legion careers come to an end. They have bridged the gap for ball players to continue well beyond high school. For some reason, the Titans are not welcome to play in Chadron. This is something you'll have to get used to when you're done playing Legion in Chadron. You have no value compared to Legion. The years you've put in, sacraficing for your coach and team will come to an abrupt end once you graduate. Take a minute to think about the four short years you play Legion compared to the thirty-plus years you will have to continue playing town team ball. It's time that the community leaders recognize these opportunities and encourage them instead of discouraging them. To the parents of Legion players: baseball doesn't have to end at Legion or even college. A big thanks goes out to Ty, Charlie, and Jessica for their diligence and vision. NBA Class A rankings
1. Lincoln Dirtbags (LABL)
2. Lincoln Reds (LABL)
3. Kearney Kernels (CNL)
4. Council Bluffs (IA) Bluejays (NABL)
5. Lincoln Diablos (LABL)
6. Crete Diamond-Cats (SNL)
7. Lincoln Cardinals (LABL)
8. Gretna Brewers (NABL)
9. Hastings A-1 Fiberglass Tigers (CNL)
10.Grand Island Mineros (CNL)
Unbeaten in Class A
Council Bluffs (Ia) Bluejays, NABL (6-0)
Lincoln Dirtbags, LABL (10-0)
NBA top batting average Class A (min. 20 AB's)
1. Luke Weedin, Lincoln Mets, LABL .609
2. Juan Ramirez, Hastings A-1 Fiberglass Tigers, CNL .538
3. Marc Brown, Lincoln Cardinals, LABL .520
4. Jeremy Cox, Lincoln Cardinals, LABL .500
4. Chase Osborn, Lincoln Reds, LABL .500
5. Kyle Kamler, Lincoln Mets, LABL .476
6. Nate Bruner, Kearney Kernels, CNL .458
7. Brad Palu, Kearney Kernels, CNL .435
8. Brett Curran, Lincoln Mets, LABL .429
9. Chad Grossnicklaus, Lincoln Reds, LABL .417
9. Michael Uhland, Lincoln Giants, LABL .417
10.Tyler Gossart, Lincoln Reds, LABL .400
10.Greg Richey, Kearney Kernels, CNL .400
NBA top 10 ERA Class A (min. 15 IP)
1. Marc Brown, Lincoln Cardinals, LABL 0.56
2. Jeremy Fries, Lincoln Dirtbags, LABL 1.00
3. Nick Abegglen, Kearney Kernels, CNL 1.06
4. Mike Randoni, Hastings A-1 Fiberglass Tigers, CNL 1.20
5. Kevin Hanley, Lincoln Diablos, LABL 1.44
6. Xavier Waller, Lincoln Reds, LABL 2.35
7. Dave Gillan, Lincoln Mets, LABL 2.74
8. Bryan Salonis, Gretna Brewers, NABL 2.84
9. Brandon Hesser, Lincoln Cardinals, LABL 2.86
10.Adam Williamson, Lincoln Mets, LABL 3.43
NBA Class B rankings
1. Ogallala Moose Lodge #1624 (PVL)
2. Wakefield (CCL)
3. Haxtun (CO) Bombers (HPL)
4. Chadron Titans (GHPL)
5. Yutan Pilots (DCBL)
6. Cairo Camels (CNL)
7. Nebraska Yankees (28+) (LSBL)
8. Sidney Clausen Bros. 'Headin Home' (HPL)
9. Lincoln (28+) Bombers (LSBL)
10.Nebraska City Riverhawks (SNL)
Unbeaten in Class B
Chadron Titans, GSHL (10-0)
Haxtun (CO) Bombers, HPL (5-0)
Nebraska (Lincoln) Yankees 28+, LSBL (8-0)
Ogallala Moose Lodge #1624, PVL (11-0)
Wakefield, CCL (15-0)
NBA top 10 batting average Class B (min. 20 AB's)
1. Eric Bissonette, Chadron Titans, GSHL .722
2. Adam Carlson, O'Neill, CCL .625
3. Ty Bissonette, Chadron Titans, GSHL .605
4. Tanner Soderberg, Wakefield, CCL .600
5. Adam Walkenhorst, Wakefield, CCL .583
6. Colter Clarke, Wakefield, CCL .581
7. Darrin Schultz, Imperial Crush, HPL .577
8. Matt Brodrick, Chadron Titans, GSHL .560
9. Luke Henderson, Wakefield, CCL ..556
10.Brandon Wiebelhaus, Wakefield, CCL .553
NBA top 10 ERA Class B (min. 15 IP)
1. Ty Bissonette, Chadron Titans, GSHL 0.00
1. Peyton Lewis, Yutan Pilots, DCBL 0.00
1. Frank Stidd, Nebraska City Riverhawks, SNL 0.00
2. Colter Clarke, Wakefield, CCL 1.08
3. Paul Anderson, Chadron Titans, GSHL 1.12
3. Riley Chandler, Ogallala Moose Lodge #1624, PVL 1.12
4. Zach Weiss, Newcastle A's, CCL 1.62
5. Tyler Gorecki, Cairo Camels, CNL 2.28
6. Robbie Mcewen, Pleasant Dale White Sox, LABL 2.61
7. Seth Grant, Chadron Titans, GSHL 2.81
8. Sean Curtis, Tekamah-Oakland, DCBL 3.10
9. Codey Ertz, O'neill, CCL 3.12
10.Luke Woster, Yutan Pilots, CCL 3.18
Class A towns have populations of at least 8,000. The following towns do not have teams: Beatrice (12,510), Columbus (20,971), Fremont (25,174), Norfolk (23,516), South Sioux City (11,925), and York (8,081). These are the only Class A towns that do not have teams. Any reasons why? We'd like to know.
A newly-formed men’s adult baseball team in Syracuse got a big lift in the form of a donation from the family of Tyler Clabo last week. Clabo, who played with the Syracuse American Legion program, was killed in a fatal pedestrian accident on April 11, 2006. Since then, the Clabo family has set up scholarships in honor of Tyler at Syracuse-Dunbar-Aovca High School. Sam Haag, Tyler’s mom, said she saw last week’s story on the Syracuse baseball team and was moved to donate some of Tyler’s memorial fund to the effort. It’s something Tyler would have wanted. “My son had played baseball in Syracuse since he was five years old,” Haag said, adding that Tyler would have played baseball all year long if that would have been possible. The summer prior to Tyler’s death represented his last year of eligibility in the Legion program and Haag said Tyler spoke of his wish that some other program be available to former Legion players outside of slow pitch softball. “He would have loved it and I know he would have been a part of it if he was still alive,” Haag said. Haag said contributing to the adult baseball team is a good way to honor her son. “It makes me feel good to do something in his name,” Haag said. An exact donation amount hasn’t been finalized, but Haag said she hopes to contribute $250 to the Syracuse adult baseball team. Ben Steele, who is organizing the baseball team, said the donation is very much welcomed and said that the players on this year’s adult team will honor Tyler’s memory by wearing his initials or Legion jersey number on their jerseys. “I want to show how much we appreciate that,” Steele said. Tyler Clabo was the son of Sam and Russ Haag and Randy Clabo.
2007 CLASS B STATE RUNNER-UP
2007 CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONS
HASTINGS A1 FIBERGLASS TIGERS
2007 CLASS A 4TH PLACE
Second-ranked Wakefield's Coulter Clark (currently ranked second in the state with a .733 batting average) watching the pitch as he leads off second base. Wakefield beat the Newcastle A's 13-3 and leads the Cedar County League with a 5-0 record.
Imperial Crush's Scott Way rounds third base and gets a congratulatory handshake from teammate Marc Mroczek after Way's
homerun Sunday, June 29, in action in Imperial against Sidney.
Fourth of July action: Tekamah-Oakland hosting the Lincoln Reds. Tekamah-Oakland's Matt Hovendick & Pete Casarotto check out play while waiting to bat.
Shannon McCartney crosses home to add to Sidney Clausen Bros. lead against Kimball.
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ANOTHER CRAZY WEEK. TOP TEAMS STUMBLE.
Class A #1 Lincoln Dirtbags #2 Lincoln Reds, Class B #1 Ogallala Moose Lodge #1624 #2 Wakefield suffer losses. More upsets below.
The Lincoln Giants of the Lincoln Adult Baseball League posted the two biggest upset wins yet this season. Last week the Giants knocked off the top ranked Lincoln Dirtbags 11-10. This week they continued their tear by stopping Class A second ranked Lincoln Reds 13-9.
Class A fifth ranked Lincoln Diablos were upset by unranked Class B Pleasant Dale White Sox 9-7.
A Class B interleague matchup between defending state champions Ogallala Moose Lodge #1624 (Platte Valley League) and the Cairo Camels (Central Nebraska League) saw Cairo hand top ranked Ogallala their first loss in two years 7-1.
Sidney Clausen Bros. 'Headin Home' ranked 8th in Class B upset third ranked Haxtun (CO) Bombers 5-4 in High Plains League action in Colorado.
In the Lincoln Adult Baseball League, unranked Lincoln Giants upended the Lincoln Dirtbags, ranked #1 in Class A, 11-10.
Unranked Hartington/Fordyce beat Wakefield, ranked second in Class B, 13-8 in the Cedar County League tournament semifinals.
Unranked in Class B, Hickman won a showdown against Southeast Nebraska League rival Crete, ranked 6th in Class A, 6-5 in 10 innings.
Southeast Nebraska League:
The Crete Diamond-Cats had a late inning rally to erase a one-run lead by Nebraska City and went on to win the SNL tournament championship 3-1. In the semi's, Nebraska City beat Hickman 10-0 and Crete beat the Syracuse Rockets 3-1.
Dodge County League:
In the first round of DCBL tournament, fifth ranked Yutan Pilots beat the Tekamah-Oakland Renegades 8-2. Yutan faces the Dodge Diamondbacks in the semi finals. The other semifinal game is the Arlington Spartans vs. the West Point Bombers, the no. 1 seed in the DCBL.
Yutan escapes Dodge 3-2, meets #1 seed West Point in DCBL finals.
Yutan tops West Point 5-3 to claim the DCBL league championship crown.
Class A State Championships-Kearney, Ne. Aug. 16-17
(Game 8) Sun. Aug. 17, 2pm
2008 State Champions CLASS A - LINCOLN DIRTBAGS
CLASS B - WAKEFIELD
CLASS A MVP - Jeremy Fries, Lincoln Dirtbags
CLASS B MVP - Max Greve, Wakefield
2008 Class B 4th
2008 Class B 3rd
2008 Class B State Champions
2008 Class B Runner-up
CLASS B STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: YUTAN VS. WAKEFIELD
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2008 Nebraska Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
PlayersRay Novak, Omaha. Ray was a pitcher and first baseman at UNL who was active in the Nebraska Independent League.
Don Brown, Omaha. Don now lives at Lake In the Hills, Illinois and was an All American at UNL who hit for an average of .446 his senior year.
Dennis Beckmann, Bellevue. Dennis was an infielder at Garland and West Point who was a member of several State Championship teams.
Gary Neibauer, Scottsbulff. Gary had a Major League career with Atlanta and Philadelphia.
ManagersBob Steinkamp, Beatrice. Bob is the long time successful leader of the Beatrice Bruins.
Bill Beebe, Stromsburg. Bill was a strong supporter of the Central Nebraska League and Manager at Stromsburg.
UmpireBill Kinnamon, Lincoln. Bill was a catcher for UNL who played with the Sandy's semi-pro team out of Lincoln but also worked many years as an American League Umpire and who was behind the plate when Roger Maris hit home run #61.
Medal of HonorBernard Becker family, St. Helena. Bernard and his 6 sons all played for the St. Helena Saints at the turn of the 20th century. The reputations of brothers Marcus (Mike), Rudolph (Puddy), and Bruno (Chalk) in the Cedar County League are still acknowledged today in northeast Nebraska.
OldtimersHoward Waltman, Crete. Howard was active in the organization and work for 20 years with Crete youth baseball programs.
2008 Class A State Champions
2008 Class A State Runner-up
GETTIN' READY FOR SOME BASEBALL
Baseball season is almost here and leagues are starting to have their spring meetings. Above, the Southeast Nebraska League discusses the 2009 season at TC's Bar & Grill in Syracuse. The SNL grows to 9 this year with new teams from Ashland and Plattsmouth. The Lincoln Bombers (25+) and Lincoln Rangers (25+) joined the SNL this year as well.
Memorial Day Weekend Holiday Tournament
Friday, May 22 - Sunday, May 24
CASH PAYOUTS FOR 1ST, 2ND , AND 3RD PLACE TEAMS
for more information and to register, contact tournament director:
Brandon Sykora, 218-521-0302
Get away for the weekend and play some hardball!
PRESEASON TOURNEY IN YUTAN-1 SPOT OPEN
Call now to reserve the last open seat in the Yutan pre-season tourney.
402-719-6636: Luke Woster
Tournament is April 24-26.
Ten people were inducted into the Nebraska Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame on March 22, 2009 in Garland, Ne. Photos of the induction ceremonies and banquet are on the "Photo Album" page.
Brothers Lou, Terry, and Bob Waltman accept the induction of their father, Howard, into the Hall of Fame. President Bob Prokop gives the award.
Pre-season games are officially underway. Last week, the Nebraska (Lincoln) Braves, newcomers to the Lincoln Adult Baseball League tied tied the U. of Nebraska Huskers club team 3-3. Last Sunday, the Lincoln Bombers of the Southeast Nebraska League overcame an 8-3 deficit late in the game and held on to beat the Braves 10-9 in Hickman. Pictured is the Braves' Colby Conover after blasting a 6th inning shot over right field.
Opening Day LABL: Lincoln Dons 5 Pleasant Dale 3
Lincoln Mets' Chambers stymies defending Class A state champs, Lincoln Dirtbags, recording 12 K's in Mets 4-3 victory last week.
NBA affiliation fees and insurance fees are due by May 15. You can pay online with a credit card. The forms are on the right site for online payment. You can pay the affiliation fee and insurance fee separately or all at once. District and state bids will be available after all fees are collected.
McCool Jct. York County defeats Grand Island 2-0 in one of Nebraska's best kept secrets, Northside Park in McCool Junction.
Haxtun crowned champs at Sidney's Memorial Weekend Invite
Haxtun rolled to claim the 1st annual championship in Sidney with a 4-0 record. Scottsbluff Valley Bruins were runner-up with a 2-2 record. Sidney and Granite/Custer ended the tournament at 1-3. Scores and pictures coming soon.
CALL IN SPORTS SCORES TO THE OMAHA WORLD HERALD.
I was taking care of calling in the scores the past two years but due to the influx of teams, it has become a huge chore. From now on, the winning team needs to call in the score. When you call, announce that you are calling in a score for the Nebraska Baseball Association and tell them the name of the league you play in. Then give the score. The OWH number to call is 402-444-1201. The toll free number is 800-284-6397 ext. 1201. Program the number into your phone.
Class A State Rankings
1. Lincoln Diablos
2. Crete Diamond-Cats
3. Kearney Kernels
4. McCool Jct.-York Co. Knights
5. Omaha Red Sox
6. Council Bluffs Bluejays
7. Lincoln Reds
8. Lincoln Dirtbags
10. Lincoln Mets
Class A State Championships: Memorial Field, Kearney Aug. 14-16
Class B State Championships: Eaton Field, Wakefield Aug. 14-16
Class B state tournament games broadcast live on KTCH 104.9 FM-1590 AM in Wayne.
August 1st is the deadline to submit nominations for Umpire of the Year. If you know someone deserving of this award, take the time to send in a nomination. For more information, visit the "Umpire of the Year" link on the left.
CLASS B CHADRON HIGHLIGHTS
Chadron taken to limit against Custer, pulls out victory 6-4. Chadron earns repeat trip to state.
Custer avenges loss to Rushville 7-5, sets up championship game against host Chadron.
(Consolation first round)
Custer over Sundance 15-5, advances to consolation finals.
(Championship bracket finals)
Chadron takes it to Rushville 15-4.
Chadron over Sundance 14-0.
Rushville stops Custer 5-1.
CLASS B IMPERIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Haxtun gets by Imperial 6-3 to earn second straight trip to state.
Haxtun over Sidney 11-3. Championship game vs. host Imperial.
An unfortunate accident, Sidney pitcher breaks arm during the game in 3-1 Imperial victory.
CLASS B GIBBON HIGHLIGHTS
Kearney goes up early 6-0 with the help of a Walker grand slam. Grand Island chips away and sends the game into extra innings. Grand Island comes away with the victory in ten innings 10-7. Sets up final game slated for 8:00pm tomorrow. Winner take all Monday night in Gibbon.
Grand Island beats Hastings again 6-1, in championship with Kearney.
(Consolation first round)
Hastings over Lexington 7-6. Lexington eliminated, Hastings in rematch with Grand Island in consolation finals.
(Championship bracket finals)
Kearney comes from behind to beat Grand Island 8-7, advances to finals.
Kearney 10-0 over Lexington, advances to championship bracket finals.
Grand Island blanks Hastings 3-0.
CLASS A ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHTS
(Game 2 in best of three series)
Scottsbluff downs Alliance 10-3 to secure the Alliance district and advance to the Class A state tournament.
(Game 1 in best of three series)
Alliance surrenders 4-2 lead. Scottsbluff mercy's the Steam 19-6, is 1-0 in the series.
CLASS A LINCOLN HIGHLIGHTS
Reds top Crete 7-1. Gossart goes the nine for the win. Next stop is in Kearney at the state tournament.
(Consolation third round)
Reds post third consolation round victory with win over McCool Jct. 15-5. Waller goes the distance. Osborne goes 4-5 with 2 doubles and a triple. Last game is against Nebraska #2 ranked Crete in the consolation finals. Winner of the game goes to state.
Diablos end Crete win streak, capture championship 4-1. Kevin Hanley went the distance for the Diablos. Crete doubled up the Diablos on hits 8 to 4, but had four errors. Diablos head to state. Crete drops to the finals of the consolation bracket for one more shot. Their next game is Friday at 7:30pm against the Thursday night winner between the Reds and McCool Jct.
(Consolation second round)
McCool Jct. stops defending state champs, Dirtbags, 6-3. Bunyard goes the distance recording one earned run. Meet the Reds in the third round on Thursday at 7:30pm.
Reds keep hopes alive with second consolation bracket win by sending the Mets home with a 11-2 win.
Crete moves to 18-0 with come-from-behind victory and sends the Dirtbags to the consolation bracket. Next game is the district championship against Nebraska's top ranked Lincoln Diablos who are 19-2.
Diablos mercy the Mets in the Sunday nightcap 15-0, set stage for Nebraska #1 vs. #2 in district finals Wednesday night at 7:30pm.
Reds mercy the Dodgers, have long fight ahead through the consolation bracket where all four teams are ranked in Nebraska's top 10. Next game is against the Mets Monday night at 7:30pm.
McCool's Schultz hits grandslam, ousts the Dons 10-1. Next for McCool are the Dirtbags Tuesday night at 7:30pm.
Nebraska #2 ranked Crete stops Lincoln Dodgers 12-2, face defending Class A state champions and Nebraska #8 ranked Lincoln Dirtbags Sunday at 5:00pm.
Lincoln Dirtbags avenge an earlier loss to Nebraska #7 ranked Lincoln Reds. The Reds thumped the Dirtbags last week in the LABL league championship game 11-3. This time it was the Dirtbags 14-4.
The first upset of the tournament goes to the Lincoln Mets, ranked #10. They knocked off Nebraska #4 ranked McCool Jct.-York County 6-5. Mets stopped McCool threat in the bottom of the 9th when they had one out with bases loaded. Mets' next stop is to knock off Nebraska top ranked Lincoln Diablos Sunday at 8:00pm.
Nebraska #1 ranked Lincoln Diablos end 2-game skid with 6-2 win over the Lincoln Dons. Last week the Diablos were knocked out of the LABL league tournament with back-to-back losses to the Reds and Dirtbags.
Lincoln Bluejays blow 9th inning lead with three errors. Dodgers come from behind to win and face Nebraska #2 ranked Crete on Saturday at 11am. Bluejays eliminated.
Norcik, Uhland two-hit the Braves, Dons roll 9-1. Braves eliminated. Dons meet Nebraska's top ranked team, Diablos, in quarterfinal matchup Saturday night at 8pm.
**Lincoln district narrowed to eight teams, six of which are ranked in Nebraska's top ten: #1 Lincoln Diablos, #2 Crete, #4 McCool Jct.-York County, #7 Lincoln Reds, #8 Lincoln Dirtbags, #10 Lincoln Mets. Dirtbags-Reds at 2pm, McCool-Mets at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday: all day pass is $2.00. Games you don't want to miss.
CLASS B ASHLAND HIGHLIGHTS
Plattsmouth jumps to early lead but Yutan ties game 4-4 in the 8th. In the 9th, a wild pitch hits the plate and bounces over the backstop. Yutan runner on second awarded two bases on the play. Game over. Yutan beats Plattsmouth 5-4. Yutan's next stop is Wakefield.
Plattsmouth scores four in top of ninth, holds on to beat Gretna 10-8. Plays Yutan next in district championship.
(Consolation third round)
Plattsmouth over league rival, Hickman, 7-2. Advances to consolation bracket finals against Gretna.
(Winner's bracket championship)
Yutan loads up, blasts Gretna 25-1. Yutan breaks all-class playoff records set in 2007 with the win for most points scored and margin of victory.
(Consolation second round)
Plattsmouth stays alive, advances to third round with win over Ashland.
Hickman upsets Nebraska City 7-2, meets Plattsmouth in third round.
Gretna doesn't hesitate this time, blasts Hickman 16-1. Next battle is against Yutan in the finals of the championship bracket.
Yutan pulls out victory against against Plattsmouth 6-2 and advance to district championship bracket game against Gretna Wednesday night at 7:30pm.
Ashland avenges another Southeast League foe and advances in the consolation bracket. Syracuse swept Ashland in league play but it was Ashland coming away with the victory when it counted 10-7. Ashland will have their hands full with Plattsmouth as they lost to Yutan Sunday in the semifinals 6-2.
Down 8-0, Nebraska City finds a way to pull out a victory by beating the Lincoln Bombers in a slugfest 14-13. Nebraska City faces Hickman Tuesday night at 7:30pm. The two teams split earlier this season.
Nebraska #5 ranked Gretna survives Ashland upset bid in 11 innings, 7-6. Gretna faces Hickman Sunday at 5:00pm.
Hickman turns table on Syracuse after getting swept in regular season. Hickman wins 5-2.
Nebraska #6 ranked Plattsmouth stops Lincoln Bombers 6-2, face #3 ranked Yutan in semi-finals Sunday at 8:00pm.
Nebraska #3 ranked Yutan mercy-runs Nebraska City 17-3.
Ashland pitching strong, bats alive as they oust Hamburg 12-2. Next up is #1 seed, Gretna, who is ranked #5 in Nebraska. Game time is 11am on Saturday. Hamburg eliminated.
Lincoln Bombers' Morse goes the distance, outlasts longtime interleague foe Lincoln Logs late inning surge, 8-6. Logs out, Bombers advance to meet #3 seed and Nebraska's #6 ranked team, Plattsmouth, Saturday at 5:00pm.
Nebraska City reliever, Ferguson, shuts down Pleasant Dale bats. Nebraska #8 ranked NC moves on with 6-4 win. Pleasant Dale eliminated. NC meets Nebraska #3 ranked Yutan in quarterfinal showdown Saturday night at 8pm. SNL vs. DCBL. Don't miss this game.
**Four top 10 teams in Nebraska play Saturday: Yutan, Gretna, Plattsmouth, Nebraska City.
CLASS B CAIRO HIGHLIGHTS
Cairo will be making a repeat trip to Wakefield for the state tournament in two weeks after downing Scotia 3-0 to win the district finals.
Scotia sends Aurora packing 7-3, make it to district finals in rematch against Central Nebraka League rival, Cairo.
(Championship bracket finals)
Major upset as Cairo hands #4 ranked Scotia Sandhills an 11-2 loss. Cairo plays the winner of the Scotia Sandhills-Aurora game for the championship on Sunday at 5:30pm. If a second game is needed, it will be played Monday evening.
Cairo hitting stride, wins 10-0 over Aurora.
Friday night game Scotia Sandhills vs. Ord postponed to Saturday due to rain out. Scotia came away with the win 8-1.
Aurora eliminates Ord in the loser's bracket in wild 24-13 contest. Next up for Aurora is Nebraska #4 ranked Scotia Sandhills in an elimination game.
CLASS A OMAHA HIGHLIGHTS
Braves save best for last in fighting through the consolation, upset Nebraska #5 ranked Red Sox in the finals 3-1 to earn a trip to the state tournament.
(Consolation third round)
Omaha Braves roll through the consolation bracket and end Mariner's season 8-6, advance to consolation finals in hopes of an upset against Nebraska #5 ranked Red Sox. Winner advances to state.
The Council Bluffs Bluejays got revenge against the Omaha Red Sox in a come-from-behind win 7-6 and advance to the state tournament. The Red Sox loss sends them to the Friday finals of the consolation bracket where they will face the winner of the Thursday Mariners-Braves game.
(Consolation second round)
Mariners topple Braves, 11-1, advance to third round and face the Braves.
Omaha Braves pull through to beat the Omaha Giants 11-6. Will face the winner of Mariners-Indians in the third round.
Nebraska #5 Red Sox waste no time disposing of the Indians 18-3. Head to district championship against Nebraska #6 ranked Council Bluffs Bluejays.
Bluejays down the Omaha Giants 9-2 to advance to the district finals Wednesday night at 7:30pm.
Omaha Mariners topple the Bellevue Cubs 17-2, face the Omaha Indians Tuesday night in an elimination game.
Omaha Indians get past the Omaha Braves 5-2. Nebraska #5 ranked Omaha Red Sox is next for the Indians Sunday at 3:00pm.
Omaha Giants upset Omaha Mariners 5-2 to set up game against Nebraska #6 ranked Council Bluffs Bluejays Sunday night at 6:00pm.
Council Bluffs Bluejays mercy the Bellevue Cubs 13-1.
CLASS B WAKEFIELD HIGHLIGHTS
Hartington earns repeat trip to state with win over Stanton 9-3. Next, district championship on the line with Wakefield.
(Consolation third round)
Stanton jumps out to 7-0 lead, holds on for win over O'Neill 11-8. They face Hartington in consolation bracket finals.
(Winner's bracket finals)
Tanner Soderberg has three hits in Wakefield's 12-2 win over Hartington. Wakefield advances to the district finals. Hartington will face the winner of the O'Neill-Stanton game that's played Thursday night.
(Consolation second round)
O'Neill scores three in the bottom of the 8th and holds on to beat Pierce 6-4.
Stanton's Oestrich throws 2-hit gem, records 17 k's in 11-1 win over Newcastle. Jason Maclousky records one of Newcastle's hits, getting Newcastle's lone RBI.
It takes Hartington 11 innings to beat Stanton 5-4. Face Wakefield in winner's bracket finals.
Wakefield mercy's O'neill 15-2. Next test is Hartington in winner's bracket finals.
Newcastle wins by forfeit over Tilden, faces Stanton next.
Pierce receives a bye. Will play O'Neill next.
Stanton gets by Pierce 9-6, faces Hartington Sunday at 5:00pm.
Nebraska #7 ranked Wakefield mercy's Newcastle 11-1. Game played in Newcastle due to scheduling conflict. Wakefield faces O'Neill Sunday at 8:00pm.
O'Neill mercy's Tilden 13-3 to force showdown with Wakefield.
View Class A Omaha district tournament action at historic John Stella Field in Brown Park by going to the "Photo Album" link. (If anyone has photos of district and state tournament action, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Class A Lincoln district tournament pictures now available in the "Photo Albums"
Class B state tournament teams available. They will be posted as the pictures become available.
Keep the pictures coming!
Class A Lincoln District Champions, Lincoln Diablos, Lincoln Adult Baseball League
Class A Omaha District Champions, Council Bluffs Bluejays, Nebraska Adult Baseball League-Omaha
Class A Omaha District Runner Up, Omaha Braves, Nebraska Adult Baseball League-Omaha
Class B Wakefield District Runner Up, Hartington Bankers, Cedar County League
Class B Wakefield District Champions, Wakefield Capitals, Cedar County League
Class A Lincoln District Runner Up, Lincoln Reds, Lincoln Adult Baseball League
Class A Alliance District Champions, Scottsbluff Valley Bruins, High Plains League
Class B Imperial District Champions, Colorado (Haxtun) Bombers, High Plains League
Class A Gibbon District Champions, Kearney Kernels, Central Nebraska League
2009 Class A State Champions: Lincoln Diablos-Lincoln Adult Baseball League
Class A Runner Up: Kearney Kernels-Central Nebraska League
Class A 3rd: Scottsbluff Valley Bruins-High Plains League
Class A 4th: Council Bluffs IA Bluejays-Nebraska Adult Baseball League-Omaha
2009 Class B State Champions: Hartington Bankers-Cedar County League
Class B Runner Up: Colorado (Haxtun) Bombers-High Plains League
Class B 3rd: Yutan Pilots-Dodge County League
Class B 4th: Chadron Titans-Grasslands-South Hills League
pictures coming soon
The Nebraska Adult Baseball League in Omaha has a fall league that starts September 13. All games are on Sundays. The season is abbreviated. If you are looking to get on a team or want to enter a team, email Steve Minchow immediately or call 402-480-0300 for more information. The league already has six teams.
NEBRASKA BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
2010 Awards Banquet, Sunday Feb. 21
111 S. 8th St. (corner of 8th & Court St.) Beatrice, Ne.
18 & under-$10
Manager: Arden Rakosky-Omaha
Umpire: Steve Farlee-Norfolk
Player: Bob Rine-Seward
Player: Bob Herald-Omaha
Player: Buddy Hunter-Omaha
Special Guests: Bob Cerv & Ralph Terry
Baseball Memorabilia: Raffle & Silent Auction
For tickets call: Larry 402-463-1071 or Rich 402-759-4621
Hall of Fame Inducts Five
In less than desirable weather conditions, the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame pulled off another memorable event at the Eagles Club in Beatrice in front of a sold out house. Guests of honor were major leaguers Bob Cerv and Ralph Terry. Memories were shared, stories were told, people were honored, and the game was preserved as though it were yesterday. Congratulations to the newest members of the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame. L-R: Bob Rine (deceased. Son, Charlie Rine accepts award), Buddy Hunter, Steve Farlee, Bob Herald, Arden Rakosky.
Keeping Baseball Alive
For nearly 40 years, the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame has recognized individuals for their contributions to baseball in this great state. The Hall of Fame is growing in popularity by virtue of their cause and the board members involved relentless pursuit of honoring those that gave so much to the game. Hall of Fame Board of Directors L-R: Rich Mueller, Larry Bornschlegl, Bob Lohrberg, Ron Douglas, Bob Steinkamp.
Hall of Fame Awards Scholarship
AJ Jarvis of Beatrice High School was awarded a college scholarship from the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame.
2007 Homerun Derby Champion
August 10, 2007 . Dunlap Field . Cairo, Ne
Presenting award is tournament director Ryan Rathke
The NBA needs help in identifying the players, coach, and the year this photo may have been taken. If anyone has information about this photo, please contact the NBA.
Welcome aboard college interns! The NBA has several internship positions in Coaching (head coaches, assistant coaches), Journalism (team journalists, league jounalists, authors), Communications (broadcasting, NBA spokesperson), and Organizational Development (vice president, director of interns, sponsor coordinator, history center coordinator, marketing, advertising, Nebraska Women's Baseball Association (NWBA) commissioner). Contact the NBA for more details.
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NEBRASKA TEAMS LOOKING FOR COACHES
Where there's a coach, there will be a team. Do you want to be a person that makes a difference in your community? If you do, call 402-560-5709 and be on your way to coaching a baseball team for your community's enjoyment for years to come! Players are ready, you just need to make the call.
(AP) January 8, 2007
STORIED CEDAR COUNTY LEAGUE ONLINE
The Cedar County League (CCL) celebrates it's 77th birthday this year and is now aligned with the NBA. Established in 1930, the CCL is Nebraska's oldest league. Current teams participating in the CCL are the Fordyce Flyers, Creighton Bulldogs, and the Newcastle A's. All teams will be competing in Class B. The CCL is looking to add a couple teams to the league and have their eyes on Wakefield, Hartington, and Wayne. All teams have competed in the CCL at one time.
(NBA) December 28, 2006
CLASS C MERGES WITH CLASS B
Anticipating a slower rate of growth in Class C, Nebraska's 28+ division, the NBA's board of directors voted unanimously to postpone Class C for the 2007 season and merge it with Class B. The move will increase competition throughout the state by adding more teams in Class B. Class B teams must be 1) from cities under 8,000 in population, or 2) comprised entirely of players that reach at least 28 years old by the end of the current year.
(AP) December 6, 2006
NBA SEEKS HISTORICAL PHOTOS
The NBA will be adding a scrapbook to the website and visitors will be able to view historical photos about baseball in Nebraska. The NBA is seeking team, individual, and action photos as well as photos of fields of Nebraska baseball diamonds to display. When submitting photos, try to include the name of the team or individual, year or approximate year, league, position, where the photo was taken, and any other relevant information for verification. Be sure to include your name. When submitting photos, use a .jpg format and email to email@example.com. The NBA is seeking any Nebraska amateur/adult, town team, and semi-pro photos ranging from the 1800's through the 1990's.
(AP) November 17, 2006
CENTRAL NEBRASKA ADULT BASEBALL LEAGUE CHARTERS THE NBA
The NBA opened its doors three weeks ago and has its first affiliated league, the Central Nebraska Adult Baseball League (CNABL) based in Grand Island. CNABL president Spencer Larsen also manages the Grand Island Stars, the NBA's charter team, that will compete at the Class A level in 2007. Larsen started the CNABL in the spring of 2006 with teams from Nebraska and Kansas. The CNABL has another team in Grand Island waiting to be announced. According to Larsen, the CNABL is a college-based league. CNABL league play begins in mid-May. The CNABL has a capacity for six teams and will play an assortment of regular season games and inter-league games with other teams in the NBA. Larsen and the CNABL are looking for Class A and B teams to play that are affiliated with the NBA to round off their non-league schedule for 2007.
(AP) November 14, 2007
HASTINGS A1 FIBERGLASS TIGERS CAPTURE CNL TOURNAMENT TITLE
The Hastings Tigers, sponsored by A1 Fiberglass, claimed the Central Nebraska League tournament championship in a best of three series with the Grand Island Outlaws. Earlier in the year, the Outlaws won a 9-7 contest during regular season play. However, it was the Tigers who came out on top in this best-of-three series. Game 1 went to the Tigers 3-2. The Outlaws answered with a 4-3 victory in game two. The Tigers won the rubber match 6-1 to capture the CNL's inaugural tournament championship. The Tigers closed out the season with a 16-7 record that also included a runner-up finish in state regional action at Hasting's Duncan Field and a 4th place finish at the Nebraska State Tournament in Cairo.
(AP) August 13, 2007
OGALLALA OPENS DOOR FOR HARDBALL IN THE WEST, FORMS "HIGH PLAINS ADULT BASEBALL LEAGUE"
Bob Reynolds, manager of 2007 Class B State Champions Ogallala Moose Lodge #1624, announced the formation of the High Plains Adult Baseball League (HPABL) and their entry into the Nebraska Baseball Association beginning in 2008. Baseball after Legion is virtually non-existant in western Nebraska. That is soon to change. Organizational meetings are slated to be held this fall. Communities wanting to form teams need to email inquiries to Bob Reynolds. Like the other leagues in Nebraska, the HPABL is affiliated with the NBA, teams will play a 12-15 game regular season and participate in the State Tournament. With the HPABL being a border league, Colorado teams may possibly comprise a portion of the teams. We'll see in May!
(AP) August 18, 2007
NEBRASKA ADULT BASEBALL LEAGUE COMMITS TO NBA FOR '08
NABL president Steve Minchow announced the league's commitment to the NBA starting in 2008. The NABL, based in Omaha, began in 2005 and will add eight teams to the Class A field and the association's first out-of-state team, the Council Bluffs Blue Jays from Iowa. Other teams in the NABL are: Nebraska Tigers, Gretna Brewers, Omaha Braves, Omaha Red Sox, Bellevue Cubs, Omaha Dodgers, and Gretna Twins. The NABL is affiliated with the National Adult Baseball Association (NABA). NABL teams compete in the Mile High Classic each year, winning the championship in '00 and placing runner-up in '06. Visit the NABL website for more information.
(AP) August 18, 2007
NBA ANNOUNCES NEW TEAMS IN THE STATE ASSOCIATION FOR 2008
New leagues in the state association has drawn new teams that will compete in various leagues in 2008. New teams in Class A thus far will be the Kearney Kernels, managed by Greg Richey. The Kernels will be playing in the Central Nebraska League. Another newcomer to Class A is Beatrice, managed by Pat Marlatt. Beatrice will compete in the Southern State League. In Class B, manager Ryan Rathke announced the Cairo Camels entry into the Central Nebraska League. Other Class B teams include Hickman-Norris, managed by Chad Essink and Crete, organized by Aaron Steffensmeier. Both teams are in the Southern State League. The Southeast Nebraska League has added Nebraska City, managed by Dan Ferguson; Plattsmouth, managed by Tim Winters, and; Auburn, managed by Ryan Thomas. The website will be updated as new teams are announced.
(AP) August 13, 2007
NEBRASKA CITY OFF AND RUNNING WITH SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA LEAGUE
One day after the conclusion of the NBA State Championships, Nebraska City was the second town to announce a new league in the NBA for 2008. Leading the charge in the Southeast Nebraska League (SNL) is former Nebraska City Legion coach Dan Ferguson. Ferguson will also be managing one of the Nebraska City teams. The SNL received word that Plattsmouth will be joining the league in 2008. Plattsmouth will be managed by Tim Winters. The SNL has been corresponding with potentials from Nehawka; Auburn; Syracuse; Tecumseh; Sidney, Ia; Hamburg, Ia, and Rockport, Mo. There is an organizational meeting set up for this month. Teams wanting to field a team in the SNL for 2008 need to email Dan Ferguson or call 402-873-7989.
(AP) August 8, 2007
BEATRICE, CRETE CHARTER THE SOUTHERN STATE LEAGUE
Beatrice' Pat Marlatt stepped up with Crete's Aaron Steffensmeier to form the Southern State League (SSL) that will be affiliated with the NBA next year. The initial planning stages are underway. The SSL and the NBA will be in contact with representatives from Wymore, Fairbury, Seward, and Seneca, Kansas. If there are communities within 75 miles of Beatrice and Crete that are looking to field a team next year, email Pat Marlatt or call 402-228-9332. The SSL is looking to schedule some interleague games with neighboring leagues next year.