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July 27th Update: Juniors Season Comes to and End

NP Juniors battled again to the final inning, with a 2-2 tie going into the 7th. Opponents pushed across a run in top of the inning, and NP could not do the same in it's time at bat. As such, a great run comes to a close at PA Regionals. While today's loss hurts, the players, coaches and families can be proud of all they accomplished, including an 18-3 regular season Main Line Title followed by a Main Line Playoff Championship. Thanks to all for a wonderful and memorable season!

July 26th Jrs Update: 10-3 Loss Moves Nether to Loser's Bracket

July 26th update:  NP Juniors battle to 3-3 game through 6, but a rough top 7th undoes the Bulldogs and sends them to the losers bracket for Monday's game at Regionals.  They take the field again 10 am at Boyertown.  Let's go Bulldogs!

Juniors Boyertown Regional Update

July 25 - NP Junior Legion wins first game at Regionals on Saturday, 4-3 against Kennett Square.  Billy Corcoran pitches complete game and Ryan Meyer executes squeeze bunt bringing home Luke Mutz with the go-ahead run in the bottom of 6th.  Junior Bulldogs play again at Boyertown Regional, Sunday 1:30 pm.  Go Bulldogs!

July 22: Seniors Finish Season as Region 3 Finalists

A great run comes to an end as NP battles to the final at bat, but in the end, falls to Downingtown, 3-0, in the PA Region 3 Championship.  Many thanks to the players, coaches and families for their commitment and support this season!

July 21 Update: Seniors in Region 3 Finals and Prep Season Comes to Close

 

Sr Legion (16-19) wins semi final for Region 3 with a decisive 11-0 complete game shutout behind Will Carey.  Offense abounded but the real story was Carey's dominance on the mound.  The Bulldogs play for the championship on Wednesday.  In order to bring home the trophy and earn a berth to States, they will have to win 2 games against undefeated Downingtown.  First game at 12 pm, and if necessary, game 2 will start 30 minutes after completion of game 1.

 

Prep (13s) bowed out of playoffs with a loss to Whitemarsh tonight.  Many thanks to the players, coaches and families for your efforts in your first Legion season.

Seniors Make Way to Regional Semi Final

The Senior (16-19s) Bulldogs win 5-3 today at the PA Region 3 Tournament at Cairn University.  Ash Raines goes all 9 innings.  The team plays in the SemI Final on Tuesday, 12 pm.

Prep (13s) plays under the lights at Whitemarsh (Miles Park) Tuesday, 7 pm.

Independent team season ends in third round of playoffs against Upper Darby.  Thanks to those players, coaches and families for a wonderful season.

 

Legion Update: July 19th Update

NP Legion update 7-19-15, with 4 Teams in action today.

Seniors (16-19s) lead off the day with a 4-2 win at PA Region 3 Tourney.  Tyler Lashley leads the way with 7 strong innings on the bump.  Team plays 10 am Monday at Cairn University..

Sandlot (14s) bows out of the State Tournament shortly thereafter.  A repeat of the previous day's game, a tight one going into the 6th (0-0) turns one-sided and ends with a 7-2 loss.  Thanks to Sandlot players, coaches and families for a stellar 2015 campaign.

Independents win their playoff game behind the strong pitching of Adam Schultz, 8-1.  Team plays again Monday night at Upper Darby, 6 pm.

Prep (13s) closes out the day with a 10-0 Mercy win over Norriton (6 innings).  David Merz pitches complete game shutout and battery mate Justin Morris throws out 4 opponents on the bases.  Offense was on fire with Jake Saunders, Jake Mon, Luigi Malo and Emmet Young leading the charge.  Prep plays Tuesday night at Whitemarsh.

Juniors Win Main Line Championship!

July 18, 2015

Jrs (15s) sweep league and Main Line playoff championships by winning 5-0 over Mt Airy tonight.  Drew Robinson pitches complete game shutout and collects game winning RBI with a 6th inning squeeze bunt.  Congrats to the team, coaches and families.  The team moves onto Regionals at Boyertown next weekend.

Seniors (16-19s) take a tough loss in the 12 inning, 3-2, at Regionals.  Play Sunday at Cairn University at 9:45 am.

Sandlot (14s) battles for 5 innings down 1-0, but then a tough 6th inning ultimately leads to a 7-0 loss in first game at States.  Team plays again Sunday 10 am at Avon Grove HS.

Prep (13s) battles to 6-3 loss in opening round of playoffs.  Plays at SHMS at 5:30 pm.

Independents also battle but succumb in extra innings.  Play at SHMS at 2:30 pm.

Congrats and good luck to all!

Juniors Force Championship Game 2, All NP U 19 Teams in Action!

July 17, 2015
A quick update that the Jr Legion Team beat Mt. Airy Friday night, 9-3, in order to force a winner take all Championship game Saturday, location and time TBA.
 
As was already reported, Seniors begin their Regionals at Cairn University 4 pm, Saturday.
 
Sandlot opens its Regionals at Avon Grove High School at 10 am.
 
Prep opens its league playoffs tomorrow at 1 pm at Wayne's Odorisio Park.
 
Finally the Independent team won its first playoff game Friday night vs. Conestoga, 8-2, and plays at Lionville   Saturday, 11 am.
 
What an exciting weekend for our 13-19 year old division.  Thanks to all players, coaches, families in the program and here's to more success this weekend and beyond!

Junior Bulldogs Make It to Championship Game!

NP Junior Legion wins improbable playoff game vs. Upper Darby Thursday night, earns berth to Main Line Championship on Friday Night @ Mt. Airy!  Down 3-0 going into bottom 7, the Bulldogs scored 4 runs including a walk off suicide squeeze to win 4-3.  Chase Davis and Henry Dawes pitch Bulldogs to the Championship.
 

July 15th Update: NP Seniors Main Line Champs!

NP Senior Legion Bulldogs win the Main Line Playoff Championship last night. They have earned a spot at the PA Regionals starting this weekend at Cairn University. Congrats to players and coaches!  Click HERE for the article in the The Delco Times.

In other news, Junior Bulldogs lose a hard-fought game last night in winner's bracket final. They are still alive and well positioned to make it to Championship Thursday night. The Bulldogs will play tonight, weather permitting, at SHMS @ 5:30pm.

July 11th Update

 
A phenomenal day in NSB/NPAA Legion Baseball:

Seniors kicked off the day (10 am) with winning its 3rd straight complete game shutout in the Main Line Playoffs.  Will Carey went the distance and helped extend opponents' scoreless streak to total 6 games (3 in playoffs and 3 final regular season games).  With the win today, the Sr. Bulldogs secure a spot in the Championship game on Tuesday night, 5:30 pm, Haverford High School.  Come out and make some noise!

Jrs. followed suit at 1 pm in the team's Main Line playoff home opener against Roxborough, winning 9-0.  Chase Davis (5 innings) and Henry Dawes (2 innings) combined on the shutout.  The Jr. Bulldogs play again Sunday, 4 pm at SHMS.  Will we see you there?

Finally, it took the Sandlot team 2 games and 4 1/2 hours to do it (3:30 and 6 pm), but the 14 year old Bulldogs won the Southeastern PA Sandlot Playoff Championship against Aston-Media.  AM, coming through the losers-bracket, took the first game in a well played, hard fought game (5-4), which forced the second championship game.  In the second game, the Bulldogs won 8-1 behind two majestic bases-clearing doubles by Gabe Malek, and a rocket RBI double by Jake Fisher.  Pitching and defense continued to be a strength for Nether as Noah Atsaves (3 innings) and Dan Crossan (4 innings) threw strikes and let catcher Brady Mutz and the defense do the heavy lifting.  The Sandlot team has secured a place in the State Tournament at Oxford (Lincoln University) starting next weekend.

 

Many thanks to all players, coaches, families and supporters for making today a wonderful day for our community!  We are, as they say, just getting the party started!

END OF REGULAR SEASON & PLAYOFFS!!

July 10, 2015

As the regular season has finished for 3 of our 5 teams and playoff season is upon us, here's a brief recap on an impressive season so far.

Seniors had a solid regular season with a 9-4 record, which earned them the 4th seed (thanks to a strong 4-0 finish).  2 games into the playoffs, Seniors continue the hot streak with back to back complete game shutouts by Matt Eiel and Ash Raines, which puts Coach Shane Raines and the squad in strong contention for the playoff title.

Juniors completed the regular season with a second consecutive Main Line League championship (18-3) and an automatic birth to Regionals in Boyertown!  Skipper Joe Martin has the team poised for success in the playoffs with the goal of adding another playoff championship belt to the showcase.  What story will be written at Regionals?

Sandlot worked an impressive regular season with a 12-8 overall record (winning 5 of the last 6).  The team only lost 2 games within its league, which gave the team the second seed in the playoffs and a first round bye.  The team's winning ways have continued in the playoffs with back to back complete game wins by Dan Crossan and Noah Atsaves.  The team has earned the right to play in the Playoff Championship on Saturday July 11th. Coach Josh Throckmorton and the squad have also earned a spot at States by virtue of meeting up with League Champion Aston-Media in the Championship.

First year Prep coach, Andrew Wiley has the team playing great ball with 4 games left in the regular season.  After a 1-5 start, the team has won 6 of its last 8 games and is hitting stride at the right time and is climbing up the playoff seeding ranks.  Playoffs start July 17.

Finally, our Independent U19 team led by Coach Tom Donohue has had a respectable campaign, with a 5-6 record and 5 games left to play.  Playoffs start July 18th and the team looks forward to make some noise.

Thanks to the players, coaches, families and NSB/NPAA Community for all the great support so far.  Good luck in the post season to all of our teams!

2015 LEGION SEASON IN UNDERWAY!

 

Here are links to this season's schedules.  Enjoy, and have a great summer of baseball everyone!

Senior Legion click here

Junior Legion click here

Sandlot Legion click here

Prep Legion click here then in the drop down for League/Team, select "Nether", then click on "Nether Providence Bulldog Schedule" under the red NP logo.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND THANKS!

May 25, 2015
 
 
Friends - a very sincere word of appreciation to the players, families and coaches who made this Memorial Day weekend baseball experience a special one.
 

Our Sandlot and Prep teams competed in Memorial Day Tournaments this year on WSSD and Conestoga fields, respectively.

Deepest appreciation to our Sandlot team, whose families, under the direction of Sandlot GM, Kevin Yates and Coaches Josh Throckmorton, John Demucci and Matt Malek, executed a flawless game plan in welcoming 7 other teams from around the region for 2 days of baseball.  Glenmoore beat Westtown 8-5 in a well played Championship game yesterday.  Kevin, to you and the Sandlot families and friends that led our effort in staffing, donating time and treasure, and serving as gracious hosts, many thanks for a job well done on what was our 6th annual tournament.

In addition to the two teams that met in the Championship, we thank the teams that rounded out our 8 team tourney:  Avon Grove, Haverford, Malvern-Paoli, Perk Valley and Spring City. 

Many thanks to the sponsors whose contributions helped make the Sandlot event a success:  Ampro, Wawa, Target, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Pennoni & Associates, Jacobsen Sports Advisors, Media Florist, Penn Museum, Home Health Advisors and Martin's Landscaping.

Meanwhile in Conestoga . . . .

Our Prep team got it's first taste of 60'-90' tournament ball as a team in Conestoga's annual tournament.  While the team didn't place in the win column across the tourney, it did see some great competition (lost a 2-1 extra inning nail biter right out of the gate) and gained a feel for playing baseball on the big field.  Thanks to Coaches Andrew Wiley and Joe Martin, and GMs Lynne Alvarez and Bob Burock, for leading the charge this weekend .  We look forward to a season of fun, development and competition. 

It takes the work and commitment of all of us in the NP Legion baseball community to make weekends like this (and the seasons that follow) a success. Again, I say thanks to all of you on behalf of the NSB league and the Legion program for your efforts and your dedication on a weekend when many others you know are at the beach or generally "getting away for the weekend." 

As always and most importantly, please join me in remembering the true significance of this weekend:  it is a memorial to those in our armed services who sacrificed their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms afforded to us as citizens of this country.  To those lives lost for the cause that we honor, and to the families that the left behind, let us always remember and appreciate the significance of what Memorial Day represents.

 

Thanks for a great weekend of baseball and Happy Memorial Day.

How does the American Legion Baseball program work

 

For those of you who are new to the American Legion Baseball Program, here is a snapshot of what we offer as a program and a brief accounting of how our season and the NP Legion program works.

Nether Legion is offered to all Wallingford - Swarthmore School District age eligible residents, as well as the portions of Ridley.  In general, Ridley Township west of Rt 420 and North of MacDade is in our territory, and the portions of Ridley Park west of Morton/Swarthmore Ave and North of I-95.   Families in Ridley living east of these boundaries are part of the Glenolden-Clifton program.  
 
For exact territory borders, please contact bobdawes@yahoo.com, who can share how to use the Census maps to see which census tract you reside in.   Nether's territory includes census tracts 4016.01 and 4016.02 (essentially Folsom) and 4041.01 and 4041.02 (Swarthmorewood and Woodlyn).  Ridley Park tracts (4039.01 and 4039.02) are shared with Glenolden using Morton/Swarthmore Ave as the dividing line.  


2015's Legion program will offer the Legion "Prep" Team (primarily 13 year olds, 12 year olds may qualify if they are currently on the 7th grade school roster), a U - 14 Team (Sandlot), and our Main Line Jr. Legion League Team (13-15) and for our 7th year we will also offer a Sr. Legion program for players 16 to 19 years of age. Ideally, the Prep Team and the U-14 Team are key elements and venues to prepare players for the Jr. Legion Team. The Sr. Legion team is designed for players who want to continue to play baseball at a very high level throughout the summer and keep their skills sharp for the upcoming high school or college baseball season.

In January and February we will hold indoor practices and tryouts for all players interested in travel baseball who will still be no older than 15 on April 30th 2015. Senior Legion tryouts will also be held for players that are still 19 or under as of January 1, 2015.

From these tryouts the coaches will evaluate all participants and determine the talent level of each player. As a result of the tryouts and indoor practices, players that make the travel program will be assigned to a pre-season roster on either the Prep team (made up of mostly 13 yr olds), the Jr. Legion pre-season roster (13-15's) and or the U - 14 "sandlot league" Team. Understand that as the pre-season evolves players may be moved from one roster to another based on their skill levels until final rosters are determined. Senior Legion rosters will be set later in the spring as this league does not generally begin practice or games until all school ball has concluded.

Our preseason schedule will include weekly clinics at Swarthmore College with the coaches and players of Swarthmore College. This has proven to be a great tool to our success to sharpen our skills prior to the regular season. We intend to also offer special clinics for players who wish to attend that will be sponsored by our professional coaches.

In March, April and May we may play (on weekends) scrimmages and tournaments as schedules and weather permit. Understanding there are many conflicts with other activities, school ball and social events, the preseason rosters allows us to continue to evaluate our candidates for the Legions regular season rosters. Legion, Prep and the U - 14 "sandlot league" travel team will not conflict with any School baseball schedules as the regular season schedule will not start until just before Memorial Day and go through mid-July and possibly late July and or early August, if a team advances to states in any playoff competition.

As this is the most competitive baseball for this age group, we expect a commitment from the players and parents to have their son available throughout the entire season and especially playoffs which could run through July and possibly in early August. (please do not schedule any family vacations until August if you plan to have you son play on the Prep, Jr Legion or Sr. Legion teams)

The scrimmages, practices, clinics, and your performance will decide who actually makes the final roster on any of the the travel teams. Final announcements of team assignments will be made prior to roster deadlines outlined by each program. Regardless of your assignment, players may be dual rostered and schedules will be carefully planned to maximize playing time and minimize conflicts with another team (should your son be dual rostered). NPAA Baseball has capped the number of teams you may play on to two. This may include two travel teams or a travel team and our NPAA Senior league. Generally, all rising 13's (Prep Team players) will also be rostered on the NPAA Senior League. 14s and 15s that are not dual rostered on the Jr. Legion team are encouraged to also play NPAA Senior League in order to maximize playing time and gain valuable extra "reps" and experience to sharpen their skills.

The cost of Legion or travel baseball is more expensive than our intramural league due to the type of baseballs used, umpire fees, Clinics, Insurance, and uniform requirements. In an effort to keep prices as low as possible, we will hold our annual fundraiser "tag/bat-day" on the Saturday before Easter, and all players are expected to participate, while parents are encouraged to participate as well. Each year we also sponsored a U-14 tournament over Memorial Day and hosted a snack bar on multi-game weekend days that generated additional funds. As this is a volunteer organization, all parents are asked to get involved and volunteer for one or more of our fund-raising programs.

Registration will begin just after the new year and all participants will first register for NPAA and those making the travel and or legion progams will be assessed the difference between NPAA senior program and the Legion fee. If you make a travel program roster (and pay the Legion fee), you will not have to pay extra to play NPAA Senior league and or a second travel team. NPAA will have a registration table at our tryouts.

If you have any questions regarding our program, please contact NPAA Legion Coordinator, Peter Atsaves, for details. Cell: 610.608-7344, patsaves@gmail.com.