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!
First hand account by board member and parent, Rich Currao
The 2014 South Colonie Raiders qualified to play in the 8U Mid Atlantic Regionals in Rome/Utica, NY. This tournament is recognized among Cal Ripken Baseball as the equivalent to Little League’s World Series.
The journey began in early June when a 3-day tryout was held. 12 spots would be filled with the best 8U players our small area had to offer.
The Raiders first test was at the District 1 Tournament. With an impressive field that included perennial power houses like Niskayuna, North Colonie and Spring (Troy, NY). They rolled off an impressive 5-game win streak and captured the District 1 Title. This allowed them to advance to the NY State Tournament as District Champions.
Our boys fought hard in State pool play, went 4-0 and earned a bye in the Championship bracket. After storming out to a 3-0 record and with a trip to the Regionals on the line; they found themselves pitted against the Northern District Champions, Saratoga-American in a “win or go home” game. Fate did not appear to be on the Raiders side early on as they trailed 3-0 in the 3rd inning. Realizing that this could have been the end of the line the bats finally woke up after some steady defense calmed everything down. They went on to win 8-3 in a game that finished far closer than the final score indicated. A victorious jubilation filled the field as the boys began a call and response chant of, “Where we going?!?!” to which the reply was a triumphant, “UTICA!!!”
The Raiders arrived at the Mid Atlantic Regionals in Rome, NY to face off against teams from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In the end, the condensed game schedule proved to be too much on our Raiders tired pitching staff. The bats held strong, while the faithful still cheered, but their young arms had already given all they could.
The 2014 8u South Colonie Raiders magical run ended on a humid Friday afternoon in Rome, NY. But from the ashes and tears what was born was so much bigger than any victory they could have achieved. Lifelong friendships were galvanized among school mates. Pride in community and neighbor was restored among a generation of adults where such an ideology has been left to die on the vine. But above all else, the love of America’s past time was resurrected here in South Colonie. Baseball is no longer America’s #1 sport, and in the communities its enrollment dwindles each year due to the popularity of Soccer and Lacrosse. However, because of this amazing experience, these outstanding 12 boys will always choose baseball…..
“…..And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Field of Dreams
The team was later celebrated in the local Spotlight newspaper, Times Union and the Valley Cats in a game in late August. It was a great summer for this team and their families. Certainly one they’ll never forget.