Once again, due to rain, ALL scheduled games tonight at West Albany Pocket Park are canceled.
Your coach will reach out to you with any possible make-up dates.
Hopefully Mother Nature starts cooperating with us all soon!
A team was recently created consisting of some of our softball Mini Minors (8U) players that will be moving up to the Minors (10U) next year. Our ‘Mini Raiders’ we be playing a short series of games against a similarly created team from the Latham Lassies. The games will be played on the larger 10U field using modified rules from both 8U and 10U to give the girls an idea of what the game will be like next season.
The first two games will be this coming weekend on Friday and Sunday. Friday, June 19th, will be at Latham “under the lights” at 6:45 PM and Sunday, June 21st, will be at South Colonie at 1:00 PM. So come on out to the games and support our Mini Raiders!
Come out on Friday 6/12 to the pocket park to see the South Colonie 9u travel team take on Clifton Park. The two teams pair off at 8:15 pm under the lights on the Cal Ripken field directly following a SC intermediates rec game. The concession stand will be rocking and the weather looks to be terrific. So come out and cheer on your Raiders! The Raiders boast a record of 3-2-1 while Clifton Park comes in at 1-4.
Opening Day 2015 turned out to be a special one for South Colonie Youth Baseball / Girls Softball. The sun was out, the fields were ready, and it was finally time to play ball. Our annual parade kicked off the festivities as the boys and girls marched down Sand Creek Road toward the park. It was awesome to see the local businesses and neighbors come out to wave and show their support. The parade procession then made its way through the park to the Cal Ripken Field where the boys and girls, assisted by their coaches sat around the infield. The sound system was on and it was time to hear from our Co President Jeff Hellkamp.
On hand were:
Paula Mahan – Supervisor
Greg Mack – Eastern NY Babe Ruth Assistant State Commissioner
Donald Dugan – Central Area District Commissioner
Michael McLaughlin, Director for Research for Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
Joseph O’Brien, County Legislator
Richard Jacobson, Colonie Legislator
The first pitches were thrown out by our distinguished guests and the National Anthem was sung beautifully by Melissa Mele. Greg Mack was on hand to remind the crowd, “This is your program. All of it is made possible because of the volunteer support given by its parents and core board members. Get involved and keep this program going.” It rings true, because following that message, Don Dugan honored the 8u SC All-Star team that made it to the State Tournament in Rome, NY. Without the support of the community and the dedication from the parents and coaches, none of it would have been possible. It was a special moment for those kids who made that journey together to meet again in the middle of the diamond to receive a plaque and commemorative pins noting their accomplishment. It was even more special to those kids as they felt the recognition and applause from the community wash over them on this glorious day.
Once the ceremony concluded, it was time to play ball, and all the fields were buzzing with activity as teams began preparing for their upcoming games. The concession stand had full support of all volunteers and breezed through order after order. It was also great to see familiar faces and friends walking around the park again. The raffle tables were set up and there was something for everybody, from Professional Baseball game tickets to Xbox cards, movie baskets to restaurant gift cards. Not to mention the Derek Jeter plaque and Yankee seat back. Special thanks to Tricia Savoca for organizing and arranging all the amazing raffle items on hand.
This day belonged to the kids though. As volunteers we do a lot to make sure days like this are special. But it’s up to all of us as a community to continue to make South Colonie a strong program for years to come. Next time you’re down at the park, see how you can help make a difference. Volunteer and join the team.
South Colonie Youth Baseball and Girls Softball will be collecting for our annual bottle drive on Sunday March 29th from 9 am to 12 noon. Please leave your empty bottles out by 9 am and we’ll come by to pick them up.
Or, you can stop down at our pocket park off Exchange Street, between Fairfield Ave and Everette Road to drop off.
Or, friend us on Facebook, leave us a message, and we’ll come pick them up!
If you cannot make it on Sunday, please donate your bottles and cans to Colonie Beverage Center under our name and we’ll get the donation. Every little bit helps.
There will be open tryouts for spring travel baseball this Friday at Shaker Road El from 5:30-8PM. The tryouts are for 8,9 and 10 year old players. we are using the tryouts to see how many kids are interested in playing. Please plan on attending to tryout and learn more about the teams. If you want your player to play more baseball and have a great time learning then come out to the tryout. There is no cost for the tryout. Bring sneakers and a glove and we will do the rest. See you Friday!
If you are thinking about it or your player wants to play but cant make the tryout please email me and let me know you are interested! firstname.lastname@example.org
Our indoor practice schedule for the Spring 2015 season is available in our calendar section here.
Please familiarize yourself with our calendar application. We will use this to schedule important dates for Baseball and Softball as we move forward. All indoor practices will be held at the Shaker Elementary gym. The dates run from the beginning of February through March. Please be advised that we may need to reschedule because of weather. So check our Facebook page and website for up-to-date information. These indoor practices are set up for ONLY those who have registered for the 2015 Spring Season. If you have yet to register, please do it now here.
Monday nights from 5:30-6:30 pm and Friday, February 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Girls Softball (The division will be announced the week of)
Tuesday nights from 5:30-6:30 pm and Friday, February 27th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30 pm and Friday, March 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Girls Softball Mini Minors
Thursday nights from 5:30-6:30 pm and Friday, March 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
South Colonie Youth Baseball fielded two Fall Ball teams in 2014 to compete locally from September through October. Hot off their All-Star summer, Adrian Ayala managed the 8u team and won the American and National league divisions with an impressive record. South Colonie also fielded a 10u team managed by Ed Stevens. Although their win/loss record was not what they hoped, all the boys progressed and grew as we look forward to the Spring.
It is our intent to continue to field teams for the Spring and Fall travel seasons. It’s a great way for the kids to continue to sharpen their skills and play competitive baseball. Travel baseball is always a bit more competitive, but the kids tend to enjoy it more too. It gives them an opportunity to represent their program and community on the field.
For information about the 2015 season please contact Ed Stevens. Thank you!