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Thank You!

The St. Joe's team would like to thank the league and teams for all of the comradery and competition over the last 17 years in the Over 35 Niagara League. We made many friends over the years, and will definitely miss being at the fields on Friday nights! Good luck to all teams this year! 

 



Hilltop Wins Over 35 State Title!

Hilltop Beer of the Niagara League won the 2013 PA Over 35 Modified State Championships held in Butler PA. Congratulations!



St. Joe's Club & Lombardi Chiropractice declared 2012 Co-Champions

St. Joe's Club and Lombardi Chiropractic have agreed to be Co-Champions of the Niagara League Playoffs, ending the longest season in the history of the Niagara League.




Finals Finally Set!!

In the longest lasting Niagara League season in history, the Championship Series is finally set! Lombardi Chiropractic defeated Greengarden Lanes 27-22 to win their semi final series 2-0. St. Joe's Club defeated South Erie Turners 12-10 to win their series 2-1. The best of 3 Championship series is set for Friday, Sept. 28th, starting with a DH; 6:00 @ 13th & Wayne. If this series is rained out, the 2 teams will be declared 2012 co-champions.



Semi final Series Results

Lombardi defeated Greengarden Lanes, while St. Joe's defeated South Erie Turners to take 1-0 leads in their respective series. Series play resumes next Friday.


Semi finals are set!

Both Greengarden Lanes and St. Joe's Club came back from 4-0 deficits to reach the semi finals of the Niagara League Playoffs. Greengarden advanced by scoring 6 runs in the 6th inning to win 6-4 over Jimmy Z's, while St. Joes came back to win a 9-7 decision over Burbules Tree Service.
Greengarden will meet Lombardi Chiropractic Friday @6:00 at 13th & Wayne, while St. Joe's will take on regular season Champion South Erie Turners at 7:30. Both games are the first of the best of three series, with the series resuming Next Friday, Sept 24. See the enclosed bracket in the handouts section.


Playoff Bracket Change

Due to the Make A Wish tournament scheduled for this coming weekend, changes had to be made to the playoff bracket. Semi final series will now start with single games on Friday, both at 13th & Wayne. See the updated bracket in the handout section.


First Round Playoff Winners:

Jimmy Z's defeated Miller Lite; Greengarden defeated Dynamite Don's. Burbules defeated Uptown Brown's; St. Joe's defeated Polish Falcon's.
Schedule:
Wednesday, September 5th @ 13th & Wayne:
6:00 Greengarden vs. Jimmy Z's
7:30 St. Joe's vs. Burbules



South Erie Turners wins Regular Season!

Congratulations to SET for winning the Niagara League regular season with a fantastic 12-1 record. Below are final records with seeding going into the playoff bracket. The playoff bracket is now located in the handouts section. Good luck to all teams!

1 South Erie Turners/ High Pressure 12- 1
2 Lombardi Chiropractic/Oasis Pub 10- 2
3 Greengarden Lanes 9- 4
4 St. Joe's Club 7- 6
5 Burbules Tree Service 6- 7
6 Miller Lite 6 -7
7 Jimmy Z's 6 -7
8 Uptown Browns 4 -9
9 Polish Falcon's Nest 610 3 -10
10 Dynamite Don's 1 -11




OVER 35 STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULED!!

The ASA 10 Man Over 35 Modified Class "B" State Championship tournament will be held in Erie, PA August 18 & 19. Call John Davis @ (814)273-0117 for information/registration.



2012 Season to Expand to 10 Teams!

The Niagara League is growing! 7 of last years teams are returning, with 3 new teams being added.
Waterford American Legion is the lone non returning team - leaving us after many years in the league. We will certainly miss their competitiveness and comradery. Thanks goes to Darrel Mook for all of his many years of coaching and supporting the league.
The new teams are Uptown Brown's (Matt Beraducci coach), Miller Lite (Brian Dewey),and Dynamite Dan's (Ralph Byerly). Welcome!
The additional teams brings on a new format for both the regular season and playoffs this year. In order to continue to play only one night (Fridays); it was necessary to split the league into 2 divisions; with the returning teams being seeded by last years regular season record. A draft copy is located in the handouts section. Team numbers have not been drawn for yet, but will be done at the next league meeting, April 26th. The playoff draft format is also in the handouts section, and will have all 10 teams making the playoffs, with seeds 1 and 2 receiving a bye to the semi finals. The remaining 8 teams will play single elimination games to earn the berth in the semi finals. This format will be offered for vote at the meeting. Please peruse the schedule and playoff bracket, and contact your manager if there are any questions.
Good luck to all teams for the upcoming year!


Oasis Pub wins Post Season!



Oasis Pub defeated South Erie Turners/High Pressure 9-1 behind
Greg Blairs two hitter on the mound to win the 2011 Niagara League Post Season Championship. Jeff Benedict, Tom Lewis, John Giles and Greg Collins each hit home runs to lead Oasis.

Congratulations to all Niagara League teams on another successful season. See you all in the spring!



Night Flights Wins Post Season Playoffs

Night Flights defeated St. Joe's Club 13-10 and 12-7 to win the 2010 Niagara Leagues Post Season Playoffs. Jeff Benedict hit 3 Home Runs for Night Flights; Greg Rhoades and Pat Greer homered for St. Joe's. Congratulations to Night Flights, and thanks to all teams for another successful season!


St. Joe's Claims Share of State Championship


St. Joe’s Club of the Niagara League was declared Co-Champions in the 2010 ASA of PA Over 35 Modified State Championship tournament held recently in Erie. St. Joe’s shares the championship with PPC Lubricants of Butler/Saxonburg due to a rain shortened tournament. St. Joe’s went 3-1-1 in the tournament. After a first round bye, St. Joe’s opened the tournament with a 5-4 win over Hilltop. After losing a tough 11-10 decision to PPC Lubricants in the winners bracket finals, St. Joe’s went on to defeat the Bonnell Legends 14-3, and PPC 16-1 to force the deciding game. After an hour long rain delay in the championship game, the teams were declared Co-State Champions with the teams tied at 7 in the 6th inning.



South Erie Turners Makes Fine Showing at State Championships!

South Erie Turners from our own Niagara League finished 3rd recently at the 2009 ASA Class "C" State Championships. South Erie went 5-2 on the weekend. Way to go SET!


SET/High Pressure Wins Championship


South Erie Turners/High Pressure won the 2009 Niagara League postseason championship by defeating Night Flights/ Lombardi Chiropractic 2 games to none. SET/HP won the first game 26-23 in 8 innings. SE/HIP was led by Scott Zaksheske's 2 hr and Lenny Kruszewicz's grand slam. Mike Orr had 5 hits including a HR. Ryan Munson also homered for SET. NF/LC was led by Greg Blair's 5 hits. Jody Dickerson and Eric Weglin each homered.
SET/HP won the 2nd game 14-0. SET was led by Sean Spinelli and Brian Walkers' homeruns. Glenn Holland picked up both victories on the mound for SET/HP.
Congratulations to both teams on great seasons!





Burbules Tree Service Wins Regular Season!


Congratulations to Burbules Tree Service for winning the 2009 regular season. Burbules and St. Joe's Club tied at 10-4, but Burbules wins by tie breaker. Congratulations to Elmer for sealing the championship on his birthday!




The Niagara League is the premier Over 35 True Modified Softball league in Pennsylvania. The league plays on the City of Erie fields, and plays mainly on Friday nights.
The league started in the late 1980's, with Len Hopkins first organizing the league. Bruce Baumann became the league president in the early 1990's. In the late 90's, Bruce went on to start the "Viagara League", now known as the "Codgers", an over 50 softball league, and handed the helm in 1999 over to current Niagara League president Dan Prichard.
The Niagara League became the ISA's (Independent Softball Organization) first modified league in the nation, debuting in 2002. In 2010, the Niagara League became affiliated with the ASA (American Softball Association).