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Code of Conduct
The Captains of the Bridgewater and Area Mixed League teams met on September 3 in response to a Code of Conduct complaint resulting from incidents during the Misfits/Orange Crush game on August 29.

As a result of the meeting, Linsay Daniels (Orange Crush) and Logan Cleveland (Misfits) each received two-week (four game) suspensions and are put on probation for one year -- discipline that was supported unanimously by the nine voting teams.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Thu Sep 4, 2014

Meeting Minutes from January and March 2014
MEETING MINUTES - January 2014

All teams present and represented.

Field costs rising
    - Impact on teams
    - Options

MODL doubled the prices from $10/hr to $20/hr. The cheapest it could be is $18/hr.

The projected league fees if the hike is taken could be as high as ~$780. Last year's league fees were $625. This is assuming that other fields do not raise their fees as well. If all facilities wind up raising their fees to match, league dues could go as high as $950.

Steve has suggested cutting the Year-End Banquet budget, which would save $1,000. No one wanted to keep $1,000 for the banquet in the budget.

Pat, Steve, Calvin and reps from other leagues will meet with MODL to discuss the situation.

Rule Review Requests:

- Request to consider allowing new thumbprint USSSA-stamped bats, so as to bring rules in line with men's league.
This was approved by way of motion (moved by Steve, seconded by Terry), by an 11-1 vote, Charlie's Pizza only team to vote against.


- Request to consider moving to 7/3 format.
    - Three-guys-in-a-row addition
Consensus was that we should stay 6/4 in the name of promoting a mixed league.

- Request to expand roster to 27.
Consensus was to maintain roster at 25.

- Request to consider alteration to 4-straight ball rule so that the girl behind must hit.
Consensus was to keep the rule as it is.

- Request to change home run rule to straight plus-two.
This request was approved by way of motion (moved Brian, seconded by Hiltz) by an 11-1 vote, BWI the only team to vote against.

- Request to change the age rule to "turn 18 during the calendar year."
This request was approved by way of motion (moved Alishia, seconded by Andrew) by an 10-2 vote, Charlie's Pizza and Renegades the only team to vote against.


Scheduling:

- Request to consider making the Upcountry Classic the 2014 Batting Against Breast Cancer fundraiser.

The mid-season

Josh asked if we should consider supporting any other charities as a point of discussion. Terry put forward a motion that we have. Motion was passed by an 11-1 vote, Bridgewater Insurance was the only contrary.

- Request to consider a change to Year-End Tournament Format.
    Josh said that he doesn't understand the rewarding of teams two to six with a softer schedule. Josh said he feels it's still a fun league. Brian said he empathizes with the question of why the bottom teams get a rougher schedule. Terry pointed out that the reason we went to this format was because it made the games meaningful. S option. And a three-division, double-knock out.

We will settle on a format at the March meeting. Devan and Josh

Regular season schedule:
May 9 - September 12*/19*




Terry suggested considering having a designated "umpire pool" for the Year-End Tournament.

Pat asked everyone to consider providing two names of people who are willing to umpire as part of the pool during the Year-End Tournament.

Calvin suggested that the girl can't be thrown out from the outfield rule be reviewed.

A discussion about how to deal with teams who are forfeiting too much during the season.


Next meeting will be the second or third week of February/early March.

Adjourned.



MEETING MINUTES MARCH 2014

All teams are represented, excepting Northfield.


- League fees
  - Rate and Payment Date ($675 - APRIL 13 and next meeting will be that day too)
  - Ball supply pick-up

- League regular-season schedule
  - Circulate May 9-September 12 Schedule Slots
  - "Draft" schedule placement

- Batting Against Breast Cancer Upcountry Classic
  - Date (JULY 5 and 6 proposed by Steve)
  - Verify desired location NG and BC

- Year-End Tournament Format
  - Two proposals
    - Revert to two-groups, snake format. Five round-robin games with one played on Friday, four on Saturday, standard top-12 playoff format on Sunday.
    - Go with three groups, snake format. THREE round-robin games, all on Saturday (Friday, September 19 would be used to make up any rainouts). Followed by standard top-12 playoff format on Sunday.

2014 Draft Schedule order:
Team Slotting Draft
1 - Bridgewater Insurance
2 - Charlie's Pizza
3 - Freaks
4 - Superior
5 - Northfield
6 - Alers
7 - O'Regan's
8 - Parsons
9 - Renegades
10 - Naturals
11 - Misfits
12 - Sociables


Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Wed Mar 26, 2014

January 2013 League Meeting Minutes
Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League Meeting

Rules Meeting

January 20, 2013


Regrets from: Sociables, Northfield, Steve Nauss (VP), Tammy Nauss (Treasurer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Steve Nauss is looking at holding a snow ball tourney locally in late February or early March. Details will follow and all captains were encourage to consider forming a team.

SCHEDULE
- For the most part, the regular season schedule was well-received; questions were asked by Chris McCarthy (Misfits) regarding tournament dates and Bridgewater Insurance requested two game location changes due to a high number of games in Mahone Bay.

Regarding the Year-End Tournament, Chris moved and Terry Croft seconded that the league executive contact Casey Publicover of the Tuesday night league to investigate switching September tournament weekends (with the goal of moving our 2013 tourney from September 20-22 to September 13-15). One vote, Charlie's Pizza, was cast against.

The Executive will attempt to ascertain if switching dates is an option as soon as possible. If the Thursday night league is unable to switch, the Mixed League tournament will remain as originally scheduled.

Chris McCarthy moved and Calvin Laffin (Image Design) seconded that the Upcountry Tournament be moved one week later (June 8 and 9) to accommodate Michelin schedules. Approved unanimously and the final schedule will reflect the change in dates.

FIELD LOCATIONS
After a brief discussion, the Captains agreed by consensus not to change any field locations for 2013, citing the logistics and the conditions of other field options as being a concern.

RULES
The following rule modifications were made on consensus of the Captains and will be reflected in the 2013 rules document:

    OVERTHROWS - An overthrow that goes out of bounds from any location on the field shall result in base runners being awarded the base they are going to plus one additional base EXCEPT in the event of a caught flyball and an attempted throw to get a runner who failed to tag up. In the event that, at the time of the throw, the runner has not yet tagged up and the ball is thrown directly out of play, that runner shall return to the bag, tag up, and then proceed only to the next base.

    MID-SEASON TOURNAMENT ROSTERS - For mid-season tournaments (such as the Upcountry Classic) teams shall be permitted to:
    i) "Pick up" enough female players so as to permit the team to field the minimum number of eight players on the field OR
    ii) "Pick up" enough female players so as to meet the minimum requirement of females to play a game (three).
   
    Teams are not permitted to "pick up" male players who are not on their roster, nor are they allowed to "pick up" females to give them four or more female players.

    In cases of injury replacements, the Captains involved in a game may come to their own terms.

    FEMALE WALKS RULE - After much discussion, reviewing different alternatives to the current rule in place related to a female batting behind a male who walks on four straight pitches, no changes are made for 2013.
    A male batter, with a female following, who walks on four straight pitches advances directly to second base and the female who follows has the option to take her at-bat or walk to first base.

    PITCHING TO OWN TEAM - The idea of modifying existing play format so that teams would "pitch to themselves" was raised as one possible avenue to improve pitchers' safety.
    The Captains unanimously agreed that the 2013 Upcountry Tournament - in addition to being wooden bat - will also be played in this format.
    A full rules document will be presented in the future, but teams playing defensively in the field MUST field a minimum of three females (with six males). The pitcher has no more than four pitches to each batter. If, after the fourth pitch, the batter has not hit, he/she is out. If a pitcher plays a batted ball - intentional or not - the batter is automatically ruled out and upon contact with the pitcher play is considered dead and runners may not advance.

ADMINISTRATIVE
A brief discussion on balls for 2013 was held, including an information session on Grey Dots versus Hot Dots. Terry Croft and Steve Nauss will lead a more detailed discussion at the next meeting regarding which balls should be used in 2013, at which time a decision will be made by the league.

Tammy Nauss advised through correspondence that a draft budget will be presented at the February meeting and that it is likely dues will decrease to $600/team this year, because of the removal of the Twilight Tournament from the schedule.

Meeting adjourned.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Jan 20, 2013

2012 Year-End Meeting Minutes and Elections
2012 Year-End BAMS Meeting

All teams present, except for Northfield.

Election of President
Pat Hirtle and Chris McCarthy are nominated for president.
Pat Hirtle wins election as President by a 7-4 margin for 2013.

Election of Vice-Presidents
Stephen Nauss, Terry Croft, Ted Peters and Chris McCarthy are nominated.
Stephen Nauss and Chris McCarthy are elected as vice-presidents for 2013.

Appointment of treasurer
Tammy Nauss agrees to serve as treasurer for 2013.

Competitive nature of league/Year-end tournament
A discussion was held about the year-end torunament format and the competitive nature of the league. Brian (Charlie's Pizza) suggested we consider including the word competitive in the league name as a reflection of the increasingly competitive nature of the league. The idea of changing the league name was put aside, however all Team Captains in agreement agreed by consensus that the league has become more than a simple "fun" recreational league.

Pertaining to scheduling, after a lengthy discussion, Jody (Renegades) moved and Calvin (Image Design) seconded that the year-end tournament format - based on regular season standings - be used again in 2013.

Additionally, the President was directed by a concensus of Captains to craft a regular season schedule that is weighted so that the top six teams in the league play each of the top nine teams two nights, and face only one of the bottom three (randomly chosen) on two nights during the season.


2013 Fields
An open discussion took place about which fields we wish to use for the 2013 season. Western Shore and Lunenburg were brought up as possible alternatives to either Michelin or LaHave Street.

Steve and Tammy Nauss volunteered to look into costing at Lunenburg plus the condition of the field and that the Captains would commit to field usage after additional discussion at the next meeting, either in December or January.


Year-End Banquet
All Captains agreed by consensus that arrangements for the year-end banquet should be made well in advance this year - particularly for those who work shift work and need to book time off to enjoy the event.

The Captains agreed by consensus that the date for the Year-End Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The Captains agreed that a location that has easily accessible rooms for over night stays may be best. Tammy Nauss and Alishia McCarthy indicated they would be interested in helping to research and book a location. Options suggested included: the Days Inn, the Bridgewater Legion, Osprey Ridge and the Best Western.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sat Jan 12, 2013

August 31 League Update
Final tally coming due
Third-place battle, OCR's undefeated season on the line this Friday

It was a harrowing week in the Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League.

In last Friday night's play, OCR Motorsport scored a double-points (makeup) win over Parsons ICF Construction to bring them within one week of playing a perfect season.

Superior Rain Gutter swept their games against Charlie's Pizza to clinch second place.

In the battle for third place, the Alers swept Bridgewater Insurance, the Misfits took two forfeit wins over the Sociables, and Image Design claimed two wins over the Naturals. The results mean that the Alers and Misfits have identical records, with the A's being ahead on the strength of a 3-0-1 season record against the Misfits.

Image Design also elected to split two missed games with the Renegades, pulling them to within two points of third place with one week to play.

Elsewhere, the Renegades took two games from Northfield Home Heating.

In other makeup decisions, without a chance to replay a doubleheader from earlier this year when Parsons Construction couldn't field a team, Bridgewater Insurance added four points to their total, pulling them into a dead heat with Charlie's Pizza for 11th. Those two teams have split their season series, meaning that if nothing is decided in the final week of the regular season, seeding for the round robin playoffs will be decided by a coin toss.

For the updated league standings, click the link on the lefthand navigation panel.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Wed Sep 5, 2012

August 3 League Update

The days get shorter
Sociables host another successful Memorial Tournament; six teams earn sweeps in league play

In the Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League, OCR Motorsport's undefeated season remained in tact after the August 3 games, thanks to a pair of forfeit wins this week over the Sociables.

The Sociables were getting ready to host their annual memorial tournament in Barss Corner on August 4, which this year raised more than $600 for a local charitable cause that has yet to be determined.

Second-place Superior Rain Gutter kept pace in the mixed league standings with a pair of victories over the Renegades.

The Bridgewater Alers, meanwhile, tightened their grip on third place with a pair of key wins over the fourth-place Joudrey's Automotive Misfits.

Elsewhere, Image Design captured a pair of wins over Bridgewater Insurance, Parsons ICF Construction swept Charlie's Pizza and Oickle's Enviro Depot Naturals tallied their 28th point of the season with a pair of forfeit wins over Northfield Home Heating.

OCR Motorsport, with a 24-0-0 record, sits atop the standings, followed by Superior Rain Gutter (22-3-1) and the Bridgewater Alers (17-10-1).

Joudrey's Automotive, with 30 points, remain in fourth, followed by Oickle's Enviro Depot (28), Image Design (27) and Parsons ICF Construction (26).

The Renegades (24) sit in eighth place, followed by Northfield Home Heating (21), the Sociables (16), Charlie's Pizza (12) and Bridgewater Insurance (eight).

Coming up on August 10, there are a handful of important games as teams jockey for position down the final five weeks of the season.

At the MARC in Dayspring, on Field 1, Bridgewater Insurance visits with the Renegades; Field 2 will see Northfield Home Heating try to break up OCR Motorsports' undefeated season; while on Field 3, the Sociables will host Parsons ICF Construction.

In Mahone Bay, Image Design will welcome Charlie's Pizza at the Clairmont Street Field. While in Bridgewater, the Alers will challenge Oickle's Enviro Depot at LaHave Street Field and, at Michelin Field, Joudrey's Automotive will welcome Superior Rain Gutter for a pair.

For complete league standings and schedules, visit http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Aug 5, 2012

July 27 League Update


Second-half softball surge
Sociables climbing back up standings after tough first half


In the Bridgewater and Area Mixed League, OCR Motorsport maintained its perfect season on July 27, while the Bridgewater Alers and Joudrey's Automotive Misfits changed places in the battle for third.

OCR Motorsport ran its record to 22-0-0 with a pair of wins over Charlie's Pizza.

Second-place Superior Rain Gutter split their contests with the Image Design Braves, winning the front end of the double header, but dropping the second.

The Alers (15-10-1) leapfrogged over Joudrey's Automotive with a pair of wins over Northfield Home Heating to land in third place.

Joudrey's Automotive split with the Renegades to bring their record to 14-10-2 on the year.

Elsewhere, the Sociables took both games against Oickle's Enviro Depot, while Bridgewater Insurance and Parsons ICF Construction postponed their games.

The results mean that OCR Motorsport sits in first place with 44 points, followed by Superior Rain Gutter (41), the Alers (31), Joudrey's Automotive (30), with Oickle's Enviro Depot and the Renegades (24) tied for fifth place.

Image Design (11-12-1) are in seventh with 23 points, one point ahead of Parsons ICF Construction (10-10-2) and two points up on Northfield Home Heating (10-15-1).

The Sociables are enjoying a strong second half and now have a 7-17-2 record, good for 16 points, followed by Charlie's Pizza (12 points) and Bridgewater Insurance (eight points).

August 3 will see the next round of key league games.

In Dayspring at the MARC, on Field 1, Northfield Home Heating will host Oickle's Enviro Depot; on Field 2, the Alers and Joudrey's Automotive will face off; and, on Field 3, the Renegades are scheduled to host Superior Rain Gutter.

In Mahone Bay, OCR Motorsport will take on the Sociables, while over in Bridgewater, at Michelin Field Image Design will host Bridgewater Insurance.

Finally, at LaHave Street, Charlie's Pizza will welcome Parsons ICF Construction.

For complete league details, please visit www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.



Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Jul 29, 2012, Updated Mon Jul 30, 2012

JULY 20 LEAGUE UPDATE


Pursuit of perfection
OCR Motorsport connects for 20th win of the year; Superior Rain Gutter keeps pace

OCR Motorsport maintained its so-far unblemished season on July 20, in Bridgewater Mixed Softball League action.

They knocked off Bridgewater Insurance to bump their record to a sterling 20-0-0 on the season.

Superior Rain Gutter kept pace in second place by sweeping a pair of games from Parsons ICF Construction.

Joudrey's Autmotive and the Bridgewater Alers held steady in third and fourth places, respectively, as each team split their contests - the former against Image Design and the latter against the Renegades.

The Sociables, meanwhile, swept their contests with Northfield Home Heating and, likewise, did Oickle's Enviro Depot over Charlie's Pizza, those wins coming by forfeit.

The league play means the standings are as follows after 12 weeks of the 2012 season:

OCR Motorsport (40 points) is followed by Superior Rain Gutter (19-2-1, 39 points), Joudrey's Automotive (13-9-2, 28 points), the Bridgewater Alers (13-10-1, 27 points) and Oickle's Enviro Depot (12-12-0, 24 points).

Parsons ICF Construction and the Renegades are knotted up in sixth place with 22 points, followed by Image Design and Northfield (21 each), Charlie's Pizza and the Sociables (12 each) and Bridgewater Insurance (eight points).

Coming up on July 27, in Mahone Bay, Bridgewater Insurance will visit with Parsons ICF Construction. In Bridgewater, at LaHave Street Field, the Renegades will host Joudrey's Automotive, while at Michelin Field, the Sociables will welcome Oickle's Enviro Depot.

Elsewhere, at the MARC in Dayspring, on Field 1, Charlie's Pizza will take on OCR Motorsport; on Field 2, Image Design will welcome Superior Rain Gutter; and, on Field 3, Northfield Home Heating will host the Alers.

For complete league standings and schedules, visit http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Jul 22, 2012

JULY 13 LEAGUE UPDATE

Fighting for positioning on the diamond
Mixed continues to be tight from third place through ninth


Joudrey's Automotive Misfits and the Bridgewater Alers continued their jousting for third place in the Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League on July 13.

Joudrey's Autmotive took both ends of their double header against Parsons ICF Construction, while the Alers swept the Sociables.

Meanwhile, Northfield Home Heating took both games from Charlie's Pizza and Oickle's Enviro Depot did the same against Bridgewater Insurance.

Meanwhile, two games were postponed. OCR Motorsport and Superior Rain Gutter agreed to put their games off, likewise did Image Design and the Renegades.

The results from the week mean that OCR Motorsport (18-0-0, 36 points) holds on to first place while Superior Rain Gutter sits in second (17-2-1, 35 points).

Joudrey's Automotive (12-8-2) is in third place with 26 points, followed by the Alers (25 points), Parsons ICF Construction (22), Northfield Home Heating (21), Oickle's Enviro Depot  and the Renegades (20 each) and Image Design (19).

Charlie's PIzza has 12 points, while Bridgewater Insurance and the Sociables each have eight.

July 20 will be a big week int he mixed league.

At the MARC in Dayspring, on Field 1, Parsons ICF Construction will host Superior Rain Gutter. On Field 2, Charlie's Pizza will welcome the Naturals. While on Field 3, Image Design will host Joudrey's Automotive.

In Mahone Bay, Bridgewater Insurance will play the Freaks, while in Bridgewater at Michelin, the Alers will host the Renegades and, at LaHave Street Field, the Sociables will welcome Northfield Home Heating.

For complete standings and results, visit http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.

Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sat Jul 14, 2012

JULY 9 LEAGUE UPDATE

Back on top
OCR Motorsport caps week with 5-3 Twilight Tourney win over Joudrey's Automotive


A hectic week of action int he Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League saw some shifts in the top seven of the league standings.

On July 6, the Image Design Braves, Northfield Home Heating, OCR Motorsport, and Superior Rain Gutter each swept both ends of double headers against the Bridgewater Alers, Bridgewater Insurance, Joudrey's Automotive and Oickle's Enviro Depot, respectively.

Elsewhere, Charlie's Pizza and the Sociables split their games.

Parsons and Renegades, meanwhile, played to ties in both of their games.

In other action, OCR Motorsport and the Renegades used a weekend tournament game in the 2012 Twilight Tournament as a double-points make-up game for a postponed regular season engagement.

The slew of action means that OCR Motorsport is back on top of the league standings with an 18-0-0 record, good for 36 points.

Superior Rain Gutter slips to second (17-2-1) with 35 points.

Parsons ICF COnstruction (10-6-2) with 22 points pulled percentage points ahead of Joudrey's Automotive (10-8-2) for third place.

The Alers sit in fifth (21 points), followed by the Renegades (20), Image Design (19), Northfield Home Heating (17), Oickle's Enviro Depot (16), Charlie's Pizza (12), Bridgewater Insurance and the Sociables (eight points each).

On July 7 and 8, the return of the Twilight Tournament, which was put on hiatus the past two years, was a resounding success.

Despite early rains on Saturday, some jostling of the schedule resulted in all round-robin games being completed around 1 a.m.

The finals of the unique mixed league event - which featured male players use wooden bats, setting aside composite and metal technology - saw OCR Motorsport claim its second tournament win of the season with a 5-3 victory over Joudrey's Automotive Misfits.

Regular season play gets back under way on July 13 with a slate of significant games.

In Dayspring at the MARC, on Field 1, Northfield Home Heating will take on Charlie's Pizza; on Field 2, Oickle's Enviro Depot will welcome Bridgewater Insurance; and, on Field 3, the Alers will tangle with the Sociables.

In Mahone Bay, the Renegades will host Image Design, while in Bridgewater at Michelin Field, Joudrey's Automotive will take on Parsons ICF Construction in what should be an entertaining contest.

Finally, in what will surely be the game of the night, first-place OCR Motorsport will visit with Superior Rain Gutter at LaHave Street.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Jul 8, 2012

June 29, 2012 League Update

Movement at the top
Superior Rain Gutter jumps into first place; OCR Motorsport holds four games in-hand

The brooms were out this past week in Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League action.

Five of the night's six double headers resulted in sweeps.

Joudrey's Automotive Misfits took both games over Oickle's Envrio Depot; the Alers took both from Charlie's Pizza; Parsons ICF Construction claimed a pair of wins over Image Design; the Sociables took a pair from Bridgewater Insurance; and Superior Rain Gutter swept away Northfield Home Heating.

The only other contest, OCR Motorsport versus the Renegades, was postponed.

The results mean a change in leadership atop the standings.

Superior Rain Gutter now sits in first place with a 15-2-1 record, good for 31 points.

OCR Motorsport drops to second place (14-0-0 for 28 points). They hold four games in hand now over Superior Rain Gutter.

The race for third place is equally tight. Joudrey's Automotive holds the edge with 22 points (10-6-2), followed hotly by the Alers (10-7-1, 21 points) and Parsons ICF Construction (10-6, 20 points).

The Renegades sit in sixth place (18 points), followed by Oickle's Enviro Depot (16), Image Design (15), Northfield Home Heating (13), Charlie's Pizza (10), Bridgewater Insurance (eight) and the Sociables (six).

Coming up on July 6, in Mahone Bay Superior Rain Gutter will visit with Oickle's Enviro Depot.

In a match involving two top-five teams, OCR Motorsport will challenge Joudrey's Automotive at the MARC in Dayspring on Field 3.

On Field 2 at the MARC, the Rneegades will host Parsons ICF Construction and, on Field 1, the Image Design Braves will visit with the Bridgewater Alers.

Meanwhile, in Bridgewater, the Sociables will play the Charlie's Pizza Longshots at Michelin Field and, at LaHave Street, Northfield Home Heating will welcome Bridgewater Insurance.

Friday night's contests will be followed by the July 7 and 8 Michelin Twilight Tournament.

The revisiting of the classic twilight tournament format - which features games running on July 7 from 7 a.m. to midnight - will be made even more intriguing by the fact that male players will be restricted to using only wooden bats.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Mon Jul 2, 2012

June 22 League Update

Logjam on the turf
Six mixed softball teams within three points in race for third place


It was a busy night in the Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League this past Friday night.

Six teams split their double headers, including Bridgewater Insurance and Charlie's Pizza, the Bridgewater Alers and Parsons ICF Construction, and Oickle's Enviro Depot and the Renegades.

OCR Motorsport continued its run atop the league standings with a pair of wins over Image Design.

Superior Rain Gutter took three out of four points, winning and tying against the Sociables.

Finally, Joudrey's Automotive took both games over Northfield Home Heating.

The results mean that 14-0 OCR Motorsport stands atop the league still, followed by Superior Rain Gutter (27 points), Joudrey's Automotive and the Renegades (18 each), and the Bridgewater Alers (17).

Oickle's Enviro Depot and Parsons ICF COnstruction are tied for sixth with 16 points a piece, followed by Image Design (15), Northfield Home Heating (13), Charlie's Pizza (10), Bridgewater Insurance (eight) and the Sociables (two).

Play continues on June 29 with a full slate of games, including what should be a couple of barn burners.

In a battle of first and third seeds, the Renegades will host OCR Motorsport on Field 3 at the MARC.

Also at the MARC, on Field 2, the Sociables will take on Bridgewater Insurance and, on Field 1, Joudrey's Automotive will welcome Oickle's Enviro Depot.

In another hotly contested game, at LaHave Street Field, Image Design will take on Parsons ICF Construction.

In Mahone Bay, Northfield Home Heating will take on Superior Rain Gutter.

And, finally, at Michelin Field, the Bridgewater Alers will visit the Charlie's Pizza Longshots.

For complete league standings and the schedule for the upcoming Michelin Twilight Tournament, visit http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Jun 24, 2012

June 15, 2012 League Update


It was a busy week in local softball that saw some shuffling in the standings in the Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League.

In the mixed league on June 15, Superior Rain Gutter jumped into a tie for first place with OCR Motorsport following a pair of victories over Charlie's Pizza.

The game between OCR Motorsport and Parsons ICF Construction was postponed due to a scheduling conflict at the Michelin Field.

The Bridgewater Alers leapt into a tie for fourth place following a pair of victories over Bridgewater Insurance.

Oickle's Enviro Depot climbed into a tie for sixth place with a pair of wins over Image Design.

The Renegades and Northfield Home Heating split their games, while the Sociables finally got their first point of the year with a tie and a loss to Joudrey's Automotive Misfits.

The results mean the standings look like this:

OCR Motorsport remains percentage points ahead of Superior Rain Gutter by virtue of having two games in hand. Both teams have 24 points.

The Renegades sit in third place (16 points), followed by the Alers and Image Design (15), and Joudrey's Automotive, Oickle's Enviro Depot and Parsons ICF Construction (14 points each).

Northfield Home Heating is in ninth (13 points), followed by Charlie's Pizza (eight), Bridgewater Insurance (six) and the Sociables (one).

This Friday will see a fistful of high-octane games that could have ramifications in the league standings.

In Mahone Bay, Northfield Home Heating will host Joudrey's Automotive. At Michelin, in what is a rematch of the Upcountry Classic Championship game, OCR Motorsport will visit with Image Design.

At LaHave Street Field, in a battle of two top-six teams, Oickle's Enviro Depot will take on the Renegades.

At the MARC in Dayspring, on Field 1 the Sociables will host Superior Rain Gutter. On Field 2, the Bridgewater Alers will welcome Parsons ICF Construction for a pair of games. And, finally, on Field 3, Charlie's Pizza will challenge Bridgewater Insurance.

For complete schedules and standings, visit http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Mon Jun 18, 2012

JUNE 10 League Meeting Minutes

June 10 Regular Meeting
Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League

Agenda

Welcome


Alers, Misfits, Freaks, Sociables, Image Design, Renegades, Charlie's Pizza and Naturals in attendance. Regrets from Superior Rain Gutter, Bridgewater Insurance, Northfield Home Heating, Parsons ICF Construction.

Twilight Tournament
BAT UPDATE:
- VP Steve Nauss, who was unable to attend, sent along word that the league has bought four bats for the tournament, which will be left at the backstop and accessible to all. A minimum of a half-case of new balls will be left to use too. Steve will be delivering these.

BBQ at Twilight Tourney
Two groups approached the mixed league about conducting a fundraiser BBQ at the Twilight Tournament.

One group, represented by Alishia McCarthy (Misfits) wishes to conduct a BBQ, auction and yard sale in support of a nine year old (name withheld from minutes for medical privacy) who may be requiring leg/hip surgery at the IWK. Alishia noted that Don Dodman at the Michelin Social Club had been preliminarily contacted and was supportive of the idea.

The other group, led by Terry Lilly, was seeking to raise funds for the Titans mixed softball team's trip to nationals later this year. Terry was not present at the meeting.

Ted Peter (Sociables) moves that Alishia's plan for a BBQ and auction be approved and that any funds generated be donated turned over to the family of the child in question. Brian seconds Himmelman (Charlie's Pizza) seconds the motion. Motion approved unanimously.

BASES AT TOURNEY
Brian will throw down an old set of bags to start play on Saturday.

Bat Raffle
DISCUSSION:
- Devin Corkum has approached the mixed league and the Women's League about doing a bat raffle. He has a $350 bat that he wants to raffle at $5 a ticket. People can choose to buy tickets or not and he's looking for clearance to do so and have the opportunity advertised on the league website. Women's league is on board. It is an opportunity, Devin said in a letter, for teams who may not be able to afford an expensive bat to win one for a very affordable price.

Ted Peters (VP and Sociables) mentioned that you have to have a permit to do a raffle; raises the question of does this effect the league. Should we be advertising it?

The Captains present agree, by consensus, that if Devin wishes to raffle off a bat during Friday night play, he will do so on his own and without formal league endorsement, unless he files for any necessary permits required to conduct a raffle.

General information and sundry
REMINDERS:
Reminder June 30, 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for male player changes. Any changes received after that date to males on rosters will not be permitted.

Ted Peters circulated a hard copy of the phone list for Captains.

Ted Peters issued a reminder about the annual Sociables Memorial Tourney in the first weekend in August. A drop box locale for names will likely be at Boston Pizza, but it's not confirmed yet.

Reminder that no alcohol is tolerated at Michelin Field. Other leagues have recently had issues with that and we were kindly reminded by management there.

OTHER ITEMS:
Jody Meisner (Renegades) advised that he and Ann Benoit will likely not be running the Renegades next year. Currently, feelers have been sent out within the team to see if anyone is interested in taking the group over.

Next meeting date is to be determined.

Meeting adjourned.

Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Jun 10, 2012, Updated Sun Jun 10, 2012

JUNE 8, 2012 League Update


Game on
Image Design Braves jump into third place in mixed softball with three-point night


A hectic night in the Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League on June 8 produced a handful of sweeps, including a couple of unexpected results.

OCR Motorsport maintained their perfect season, running to 12-0 with a pair of wins of the Bridgewater Alers.

Superior Rain Gutter kept their firm grip on second place with a sweep against Bridgewater Insurance.

The Renegades also swept the Sociables, while Charlie's Pizza notched their third and fourth wins of the season by taking both contests from Joudrey's Automotive.

Image Design took three of four points by tallying a win and a tie against Northfield Home Heating.

And, finally, Parsons ICF Construction and Oickle's Enviro Depot Naturals split their games.

The results mean that OCR Motorsport (24 points) and Superior Rain Gutter (20) are followed by Images Design (15), Parsons ICF Construction (14), the Renegades (12) and the Bridgewater Alers, Joudrey's Automotive Misfits and Northfield Home Heating (11) are in a dead heat for sixth place.

Oickle's Enviro Depot (10) sits in ninth, followed by Charlie's Pizza (eight), Bridgewater Insurance (six) and the Sociables, who are still searching for a win.

Coming up on June 15, OCR Motorsport will have their perfect season challenged by Parsons ICF Construction at Michelin Field.

At LaHave Street, Charlie's Pizza will host Superior Rain Gutter.

In Mahone Bay, the Sociables will try to get on track against Joudrey's Automotive.

At the MARC in Dayspring, on Field 1, Bridgewater Insurance will host the Bridgewater Alers; on Field 2, the Renegades will take on Northfield Home Heating; and, on Field 3, Image Design will welcome Oickle's Enviro Depot.

For complete league standings and schedules, visit www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Jun 10, 2012

June 1, 2012 League Update

In the Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League on June 1, Oickle's Enviro Depot dropped both ends of their double header with OCR Motorsport in a pair of hotly contested games.

Likewise, second-place Superior Rain Gutter kept pace with first-place OCR Motorsport by posting two tight wins over the Bridgewater Alers.

Meanwhile, Joudrey's Automotive took both of their games against Bridgewater Insurance. Northfield Home Heating and Parsons ICF Construction split their twin bill.

The Renegades snatched two victories away from Charlie's Pizza and, in a pair of fun contests, Image Design took both games from the Sociables.

The results mean that the league standings are as follows:

OCR Motorsport (20) and Superior Rain Gutter (16) top the standings, followed by Image Design (12) and Parsons ICF Construction (12), the Alers (11) and Joudrey's Automotive (11), Northfield Home Heating (10) and the Renegades (10).

Oickle's Enviro Depot (eight points) has the ninth seed and they are followed by Bridgewater Insurance (six), Charlie's Pizza (four) and the Sociables, who have yet to notch a win this year.

Coming up this week, on June 8, there are a full slate of games planned, including a couple of particularly juicy matchups.

In Dayspring, the game of the night may be on MARC Field 2, where the Image Design Braves will host Northfield Home Heating.

Also at the MARC, the Renegades will visit with the Sociables on Field 1 and, on Field 3, Charlie's Pizza will welcome the Joudrey's Automotive Misfits.

In Bridgewater, at LaHave Street Field, the Bridgewater Alers will host first-place OCR Motorsport.

Over at Michelin Field, Bridgewater Insurance will welcome Superior Rain Gutter.

And, in an interesting contest that should have ramifications in the league standings, in Mahone Bay Oickle's Enviro Depot will visit will Parsons ICF Construction.

For complete mixed league results, visit www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sat Jun 2, 2012

May 27 League Update

Running the table
OCR Motorsport strengthens hold on top spot; takes Upcountry Classic Tourney

It was a hectic week in local mixed softball.

OCR Motorsport captured the 2012 Upcountry Classic title, going 6-0 for the tournament, including an exciting finals victory over the Image Design Braves in Barss Corner on May 27.

Two nights earlier, OCR Motorsport also strengthened their hold on first place, running their record to 8-0 with a pair of wins over Northfield Home Heating.

Elsewhere, the Bridgewater Alers took two games over the Oickle's Enviro Depot Naturals, Bridgewater Insurance took a pair of forfeit wins over the Renegades, Superior Rain Gutter took both games against the Joudrey's Automotive Misfits. Likewise did Parsons ICF Construction take two contests over the Sociables.

Finally, Charlie's Pizza and Image Design split their Friday evening contests.

The results mean that the Freaks (16 points) sit atop the standings, followed by Superior Rain Gutter (12), the Alers (11) and Parsons ICF Construction (10).

Image Design, Northfield Home Heating and Oickle's Enviro Depot (8) are tied for fifth place.

Joudrey's Automotive (7) is in eighth place, followed by Bridgewater Insurance (6) and the Renegades (6), Charlie's Pizza (4) and the Sociables (0).

There are a number of key games coming up on Friday.

In Bridgewater, at Michelin Field, Parsons ICF Construction hosts Northfield Home Heating. At LaHave Street Field, Image Design hosts the Sociables.

At the MARC in Dayspring, on Field 1, Bridgewater Insurance will welcome Joudrey's Automotive; on Field 2, Charlie's Pizza hosts the Renegades; and, on Field 3, the Naturals will visit with OCR Motorsport.

Finally, in Mahone Bay, the Alers will take on Superior Rain Gutter.

For more exciting league info, visit www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun May 27, 2012

LEAGUE UPDATE FOR MAY 15, 2012

Doubling up
Two teams remain undefeated after two weeks of mixed ball


After week one in the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League, four teams were tied for top spot with perfect records - that number has now been whittled down to two.

OCR Motorsport ran their record to 4-0 on May 11 with a pair of wins over Charlie's Pizza. Meanwhile, Oickle's Enviro Depot took both games over the Sociables to earn a share of first place.

Elsewhere, Superior Rain Gutter took both ends of their double header against the Image Design Braves, the Bridgewater Alers notched their first two wins of the year, taking down Northfield Home Heating and Parsons ICF Construction split their contests with Bridgewater Insurance.

Meanwhile, Joudrey's Automotive Misfits handed the Renegades their first two defeats of the young season.

This Friday night, a full slate of games is scheduled for the fields of Lunenburg County, including a couple of marquee matchups.

At the MARC in Dayspring, on Field 1, Oickle's Enviro Depot will host Northfield Home Heating. On Field 2, Joudrey's Automotive will welcome the Alers, while, on Field 3, the Renegades will visit with Superior Rain Gutter.

In Bridgewater, Parsons ICF Construction will take on Charlie's Pizza at LaHave Street Field and, at Michelin Field, Image Design will visit with Bridgewater Insurance.

Finally, in Mahone Bay, OCR MOtorsport will take on the Sociables.

For full league standings and the complete year schedule, visit www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Thu May 17, 2012

April 22, 2012, League Regular Meeting Minutes


Regular Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball League - Meeting Minutes - April 22, 2012

Welcome

All teams have representation present

Dues - Treasurer Tammy Nauss received dues ($615) from teams.

Team Sponsor Change - Bowlarama will now be known as Parsons ICF Construction.

Rosters - President Pat Hirtle reminded all team Captains or reps that preliminary league rosters are due today. As of the time of these notes being drafted all teams, save for the Misfits, have provided a preliminary roster.

Tourney Update - The Captains were updated on the change in venue from Springfield to Western Shore as the third locale for this year's Upcountry Tourney. The cost will be zero for the Western Shore field this year, saving the league a significant sum of money. All playoff games will still be played in Barss Corner and New Germany on Sunday, as is traditional.

Ball Update
- VP Steve Nauss said that the balls are expected to delivered shortly and he will see that they will be distributed to Captains.

Schedule Update - The league schedule is now online and available by visiting http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.

Rain Dates - Tammy asked that any teams that cancel games because of weather inform her as soon as possible. For each rained out night, the league gets a field rental credit, which can carry forward and be applied to our dues next year.

LaHave Street Field - A deposit cheque will be issued to the Town and the keys will be distributed prior to the start of the regular season.

Other events - VP Ted Peters reminded people that the annual Memorial Tournament will be held during the first week of August and that more information will be forthcoming for this great forthcoming event.

Wooden Bats for Twilight - Steve and Charlie Rawding will head up pricing of wooden bats for the Michelin Twilight Tourney and report back at the regular May meeting.

Dugout Update
- Pat gave a brief update on the installation of dugouts at the MARC's upper two fields. The dugout expenditure will be approved as part of the usual budget process with the Municipality of Lunenburg; the project will then likely go out to tender and if the timetable stays in place, they should be installed by July. Notions of installing chainlink-sided dugouts, as proposed by the municipality, were not warmly received. Pat communicated clearly to the municipality that the dugouts must provide shelter on the sides because of the way the wind whips across those upper fields.

Contact list - The Captains provided contact info for 2012 which, when complete, will be circulated by e-mail.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Apr 22, 2012

Febraury 19, 2012, League Regular Meeting Minutes

Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball Mtg
February 19, 2012 - Regular Meeting

Absent - Bridgewater Insurance

Welcome

Discussion
League draft schedules
    Regular-season schedule - The regular season schedule was presented. It is unbalanced. After much discussion about using three "double points" weeks to balance the schedule, it was moved by Ted Peters (Sociables) and seconded by Graham Carver (Bowlarama) that the schedule be adopted as presented, with no modifications or double-points weeks. Motion approved 10-1. Charlie's Pizza voting against.
    Upcountry Tournament - Tourney will take place on May 26 and 27, schedule was accepted, except that the Freaks and Renegades will be switching divisions, with the former playing in Springfield and the latter going to Barss Corner. Modified rule for the tourney will pertain to the Walk Rule.
    Michelin Twilight Tourney - A draft schedule was presented. Captains are to go to their teams for feedback and report back to Pat Hirtle (President) for tweaks to the schedule as presented. Each team is asked to supply a wooden bat for use during this tournament. At a future meeting, using this tourney as a fundraiser for the league (BBQ, 50/50 draws, etc.) will be discussed.
    Closing Tournament - The Year-End Tournament will take place September 14, 15 and 16.

Home Run Rule
    The question of modifying the existing home run rule was discussed. A proposition to move to a format that would allow each team to hit a maximum of six or seven home runs per game, with every one hit thereafter an out.
    Lots of good discussion ensured, including exploring the pros and cons of having each home run hit after the limit is reached be a single, rather than an out; the benefits of a max of four home runs per game; and the strategy involved in the current 2+1 system.
    Ultimately, NO TEAM made a motion to change the existing rules, thus the 2+1 rule will govern home runs hit for 2012.

Reminders
    Captains were reminded that the league dues this year are set at $615. Dues will be due at the April 22 meeting, as well as preliminary rosters.

Sundry
    Roster Sizes - Mark Smith (Naturals) asked if the league should consider reviewing existing roster sizes. No clear consensus came forward and no Captain present made a motion.
    Fixed Date for Male Roster Addition Deadline - Chris McCarthy (Misfits) brought up the roster deadline for adding male players and expressed his concern about its proximity to the July tournament. The nature of that was discussed and the reason for the mid-summer dates was talked about.
    Ultimately, two things came from the discussion:
    First, that for TOURNAMENT PLAY (Upcountry and Michelin only), Captains are reminded to pick up OTHER LEAGUE PLAYERS as needed in order to field a team. The end goal is to ensure that no forfeits take place and everyone gets to play
    Second, a motion was put forward by Jody Meisner (Renegades) seconded by Calvin Laffin (Image Design) that June 30 be permanently established as the deadline to add male players to one's roster. Motion passed 11-0.

Updates
    MARC Dugouts - Pat Hirtle (President) was in contact in January with Trudy Payne, the director for parks with the Municipality of Lunenburg. The planning for dugout construction there is going ahead. The Municipality's budget will be approved in the spring and a tender or RFP (depending on which is applicable) will go out for their construction thereafter. It is anticipated the dugouts will be completed by July. The portajohns at the MARC were also discussed and the Municipality expressed an interest in moving them off the hillside to the parking lot in support of accessibility. Ted Peters (Sociables) has agreed to serve as liaison with the Municipality regarding cleanliness of portajohns.
    Women's League - Renée Roast (Alers) gave a brief update about the South Shore Women's Softball League. The women's league has a lot of momentum behind it and what was originally going to be a four-team league is now expecting to have six clubs begin play in May. Visit www.sswsl.teamopolis.com for more info on that league.

The next league meeting is tentatively set for March. An online poll will be sent out in the coming weeks to determine the date.


Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Feb 19, 2012, Updated Sun Feb 19, 2012

BRIDGEWATER & AREA 2012 RULES MEETING MINUTES

Welcome


2012 BAMS League Rules Meeting - January 8, 2012

All Team Captains (or designate) in attendance.

Review of Agenda

Items:

- Minimum innings

Brian Himmelman moves and Ted Peters seconds that there be no minimum number innings a player must play in the field during a game in order to be an eligible player.

Motion PASSED unanimously.

- Women's Walk Rule
After much discussion, no motion was put forward to change this rule. A clear majority of Team Captains had no interest in altering the rule which states: When a male batter walks on four straight balls with a female batter behind him, the male advances to second base and the female batter behind has the option of walking to first base or batting.

The league agreed by consensus to consider implementing a modified Women's Walk Rule as a trial during one of our tournaments this year. This will be discussed at a future meeting.

- Bat rule
Each Team Captain and member of the executive was given the opportunity to speak and voice their team's position on whether the league should look at moving toward a wooden-bat based league. Issues raised range from the cost of trying wooden bats, to perhaps changing balls, to policing composite bats and the difference between the league being competitive or for fun.

Jody Meisner moved that our league adopt a hybrid bat rule (guys use one-piece wooden, women use any bats under he 2009 rules) for the 2012 season. The motion was seconded by Ted Peters. The motion was DEFEATED by an 8-4 vote.

A brief discussion about changing balls ensued, but the Team Captains decided we are happy with the performance of the Grey Dots.

The league also agreed by consensus to consider implementing the hybrid wooden bat rule as a trial during one of our tournaments this year. This will be discussed at a future meeting.

- Three versus four women in the field
Steven Nauss moved that the league move from a 6-guys-4-gals format to a 7-guys-3-gals format. The impetus for this motion was to increase safety by reducing the number of women on the field, thus making it easier not to put them in uncomfortable fielding positions.

After some discussion, the motion was put to a vote and was DEFEATED 11-1.


- Outs from outfield throws

Terry Croft put forward a motion that stated: No batter can be thrown out at first base by an outfielder. The impetus for that motion was, primarily, to eliminate potentially dangerous throws from the outfield.

After much discussion, the motion was put to a vote and DEFEATED 8-4.

- Pitching Rubber
Chris McCarthy brought up the matter of the pitching rubber and pitchers having to make contact with the rubber during delivery. He felt that if pitchers could move away from it and not make contact during delivery, they may be able to better protect themselves.

Mark Smith moved and Chris McCarthy seconded that the league modify its existing rule to allow a pitcher to move as much as two bat lengths (apx 6 ft) in a north/south direction (behind) the pitching rubber. Prior to the start of a game, Team Captains are encouraged to measure and mark an indicator line (like the third base commitment line) on the field.

Motion was PASSED unanimously.

Next meeting:

The next meeting will be held at a date to be determined in February.

Please forward any agenda items to the league president, Pat Hirtle, or the two VPs, Steve Nauss and Ted Peters.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Jan 8, 2012

BRIDGEWATER & AREA 2012 RULES REVIEW MEETING DATE SET

The Bridgewater and Area Softball League will conduct its annual Rules Review on Sunday, January 8, beginning at 12 noon at the second floor committee room of Bridgewater Town Hall.

Each year, the league sets aside a meeting to discuss and review the current rules and regulations that govern the league and its players.

As part of this year's agenda, several key items will be discussed:
- Review of current bat rules/request to explore men using wooden bats
- Review of current balls being used
- Review of the "The Walk" rule - i.e., a gal batting behind a guy has the option of walking if the guy batting in front of her walks on for straight pitches; regardless, a guy walking on four straight pitches with a gal batting behind automatically advances to second base.
- Review of how many innings a player MUST play in the field each game

A reminder that ALL league meetings are open to the public and any player is welcome to attend and view proceedings, however ONLY team captains or appointed designates may cast votes on motions OR address the Captains Committee, unless special dispensation to speak is issued by the President.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Tue Dec 13, 2011

MINUTES - SEPTEMBER 23 LEAGUE MEETING (ELECTIONS)
September 23, 2011 - Annual Election of the League Exectuive

All teams represented, except for Charlie`s Pizza, which pre-submitted their ballots for the election

Agenda

Call to Order

Election of President
The 2011 President, Pat Hirtle, steps aside and Steve Nauss, as VP, assumes the chair and calls for nominations for the position of League President.

Ted Peters nominates Pat Hirtle. Pat Hirtle accepts the nomination.

Les Snair nominates Steve Nauss. Steve Nauss declines the nomination.

No further nominations are made.

Pat Hirtle is acclaimed League President for 2012.

Election of Vice-Presidents (2)
The President calls for nominations for the two positions of Vice President.

Jody Meisner nominates Steve Nauss.

Steve Nauss nominates Terry Croft.

Mark Smith nominates Ted Peters.

Alishia McCarthy nominates Chris McCarthy.

No further nominations are made. Each Team Captain or designate receives two ballots to cast.

The results of the vote are: Steve Nauss (11) and Ted Peters (8) are elected. Terry Croft (2), Chris McCarthy (3).

Captains are reminded that the date of the banquet is Saturday, October 1, at 7 p.m. at Tomorrow's Lounge. The presentation of the trophies will take place at approximately 9 p.m.

Captains are also reminded to turn in their LaHave St. Field keys, if they already haven't.

A Rules Meeting will be planned for early 2012.

Meeting adjourned.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Fri Sep 23, 2011

The 2011 POST SEASON BEGINS

The Bridgewater and Area Mixed League will hold its annual election of the executive on Friday, September 23, at 7 p.m. at the Committee Room in Bridgewater Town Hall.

Team Captains - or a designated rep - are asked to attend to cast their ballots and put forward nominations for league president and two league vice presidents.

The 2012 executive will officially take over their duties at the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League Banquet, to be held October 1 at Tomorrow's Lounge in Bridgewater.

All league players are invited to attend the end-of-season festivities, which will include the formal trophy presentations to the regular season and playoff champions.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Tue Sep 20, 2011

SUNDAY PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
FIRST-ROUND PLAYDOWNS AND QUARTERFINALS

8 a.m.
MARC 1  Charlie's Pizza (7) vs NOrthfield (10)
MARC 2 Naturals (5) vs Image Design (12)
MARC 3 Misfits (8) vs Sociables (9)

9:30
MARC 3 BW Insurance (6) vs Alers (11)

MARC 1 Bowlarama (4) vs TBD
MARC 2 Renegades (2) vs TBD

11 a.m.
MARC 2 Freaks (1) vs TBD
MARC 1 Superior (3) vs TBD
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sat Sep 17, 2011

LEAGUE UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9 & YEAR-END SCHEDULE
Last gasps of summer
Superior Rain Gutter snares regular-season title

On the strength of a boost from an unrecorded early season double-points game against the Sociables and a 4-0 final weekend record, Superior Rain Gutter posted a 73-point season (36-3-1 in 40 games), enough to give them the edge over OCR Motorsports (34-4-2 for 70 points in 40 games) for first place in the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League regular season.

The top seed wasn't the only one to change hands the last weekend of play. Bowlarama jumped to third place on percentage points (24-12-3, 51 points) by sweeping two games in a head-to-head battle with the Renegades (23-11-5, 51 points).

Joudrey's Automotive Misfits (20-17-3, 43 points) held on to fifth place and the Image Design Braves (20-19-1, 41 points) secured sixth place.

The Bridgewater Alers (15-21-2, 32 points) jumped into seventh place, based on percentage points, ahead of Oickle's Enviro Depot (14-22-4, 32 points) on the strength of a double-points win over Bridgewater Insurance.

The Sociables claimed ninth place (10-23-4, 24 points) after a split with the Naturals, while Charlie's Pizza finished in 10th place (9-25-4, 22 points).

Bridgewater Insurance (8-30-0, 16 points), claiming one double-points game against the Alers, jumped into 11th place, followed by Northfield Home Heating (7-31-1, 15 points).

The different races and jockeying for position made for one of the most exciting regular-season finishes in the Mixed League in recent memory.

Based on the results, the schedule for the year-end round robin and playoffs is as follows:

Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball
Year-End Tournament Schedule
September 16-18, 2011

 
 
 
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sat Sep 10, 2011, Updated Mon Sep 12, 2011

LEAGUE UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2
That clinching feeling
OCR Motorsport on verge of fourth consecutive regular-season title


The week of September 2 saw a number of regular games, makeup games and decisions to split points in the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League.

On the fields, in a head-to-head of the top two teams in the league, OCR Motorsport and Superior Rain Gutter each took a game.

Elsewhere, the Renegades took two wins over the Bridgewater Alers, Bowlarama claimed all the points against Image Design and Northfield Home Heating did likewise against Oickle's Enviro Depot.

Also scoring sweeps were Charlie's Pizza, which took both games over the Sociables, and Joudrey's Automotive, which scored a pair of wins over Bridgewater Insurance.

In makeup games, the Misfits continued their roll, taking two wins over Image Design in a late game at Michelin.

Meanwhile, the Sociables agreed to split points with Bowlarama and Bridgewater Insurance, rather than makeup games. So, too, did Charlie's Pizza and the Renegades.

The array of results mean the standings are as follows heading into the last week of the season:

OCR Motorsport (32-4-2) sits in first place with 66 points. Despite holding a five-point edge, they have not yet mathematically clinched the regular-season title.

They are followed by Superior Rain Gutter (30-3-1, 61 points), the Renegades (23-9-5, 51 points) and Bowlarama (22-12-3, 47 points).

Joudrey's Automotive Misfits hold down the fifth seed (20-15-3, 43 points), followed by the Image Design Braves (19-18-1, 39 points), Oickle's Enviro Depot (13-21-4, 30 points) and the Bridgewater Alers (13-17-2, 28 points).

The Sociables (9-22-4, 22 points) are percentage points ahead of the suddenly surging Charlie's Pizza Longshots (9-23-4, 22 points) in the race for ninth place.

Those clubs are followed by Northfield Home Heating (6-30-1, 13 points) and Bridgewater Insurance (6-28-0, 12 points).

The playoff schedule for the Year-End Tournament (September 16-18), was released on September 11, following the conclusion of regular season games.

For the full playoff schedule and a complete table of the league standings, please visit http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.

Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Tue Sep 6, 2011, Updated Fri Sep 9, 2011

MINUTES - SEPTEMBER 4 LEAGUE MEETING
Bridgewater & Area Mixed Softball

Regular Meeting Minutes
September 4, 2011

Welcome


Treasurer Update:
Current balance in the account is $2,093 and there are still outstanding bills from Michelin. The estimated year-end balance is $816 (+650 from Haven), for a total of $1,466.

Year-end Banquet:
Plans for a final Year-End Banquet were discussed. General comments and observations included:

Ted Peters (Sociables) - Several years ago we rented the Kinsmen Club ... this year we could rent a hall and bring your own liquor. Banquets have been getting smaller, so the crowd thing might not be an issue. It was a good atmosphere.

Crystal Myra (Freaks) - The idea of doing a BBQ at the MARC was to keep everyone together, since we're already there to play ball, and it's a big cost saver compared to renting a DJ, hotel banquet room, etc.

Steve Nauss (Image Design) - Is against the Days Inn banquet because it seems like a waste of money; Doing it at the MARC would encourage people to celebrate together.

Jody Meisner (Renegades) - If we had a banquet at a hall, you'd get the socialization.

Ted Peters (Sociables) volunteered to call around and get prices on halls.

Steve Nauss (Image Design) - Tomorrow's Lounge would consider hosting our banquet; a DJ would already be there; inexpensive liquor, opportunity to talk on the mic and the Lounge may be able to be closed down on a Saturday night; it's still central location.

Kim Veinotte (Bowlarama) moved, and Jody Meisner (Renegades) seconded, that an unofficial subcomittee led by Ted Peters and Steve Nauss pursue arragnements at the Lounge for either October 1 or 8 or, failing that, inquire about the rental of a community hall on one of those nights for the Year-End Banquet. MOTION UNANIMOUSLY PASSED.

Update on year-end tournament:
    - Teams were reminded that round-robin games are six innings, playoff games on Sunday the 18th will be seven innings.

Bats/Safety:

Jody Meisner (Renegades) requested to address the issue of bats and bat technology in the league:
    - Jody suggested using wooden bats for guys and composites for girls beginning in the 2012 season
    - Brian Himmelman (Charlie's Pizza) said a composite, solid-core bat is on its way to try out, if we desire to pursue that
    - Mark Smith (Naturals) said the wooden bat approach works well as a way of enhancing fielder safety on Thursday nights.
    - Don Taylor (Bridgewater Insurance) said that he's supportive of the idea and it's being tried in many different leagues
    - Pat Hirtle (Alers) said that his team has seen a number of players injured, including two pitches, injured by balls coming back fast off bats this year and that trying wooden bats for a year might be a worthwhile experiment.
    - The matter has been referred to the 2012 Rules Meeting, slated to take place in late 2011 or early 2012.

MARC Dugouts
:
The matter of finishing the final four dugouts at the MARC was broached again by Jody Meisner (Renegades). Pat Hirtle (Alers) will touch base and pursue the matter of dugouts with Trudi Payne and the Municipality of Lunenburg through their budget process as the fall proceeds, once the season has come to an end.

It was suggested and noted that the Mixed League work in conjunction with the Tuesday and Thursday Night Leagues in order to make a strong pitch to have the dugouts finished.

Makeup Dates/Year-End Schedule:

Finally, teams are reminded that any make up games must be played and reported to Pat Hirtle (Alers) by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, to count toward the Year-End Standings.

Adjourned.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Sep 4, 2011, Updated Tue Sep 6, 2011

LEAGUE UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 26
LEAGUE MEETING AT 11 A.M. AT THE RIVER PUB IN BRIDGEWATER ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th ... LAST DAY FOR MAKE-UP GAMES IS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th.
Late-season swings

Renegades pull ahead in tight mixed softball battle for third


A busy week in the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League had little impact in the overall standings, meaning three tight races are still in play as the final two weeks of the regular season approach.

On August 26, OCR Motorsports maintained what is now a five-point lead over Superior Rain Gutter in the standings, thanks to a pair of wins over the Sociables.

Superior Rain Gutter, meanwhile, kept pace by taking both their contests against Bridgewater Insurance.

The Renegades crept closer to securing third place with a pair of big wins over the Image Design Braves, while Bowlarama lost ground to the Renegades with they split their contests with Oickle's Enviro Depot.

Joudrey's Automotive and the Bridgewater Alers stayed the course, splitting their games and holding court in sixth and eighth places, respectively.

Finally, the suddenly hot Charlie's Pizza Longshots scored two wins over Northfield Home Heating to creep within striking distance of the Sociables for ninth place.

The results mean the standings are as follows:

OCR Motorsports (64 points) leads the way, followed by Superior Rain Gutter (59), the Renegades (45), Bowlarama (41), Image Design (39), Joudrey's Automotive (35), Oickle's Enviro Depot (30) and the Alers (28).

The Sociables retain hold of ninth (18 points) and are followed by Charlie's Pizza (16), Bridgewater Insurance (10) and Northfield Home Heating (nine).

September 9 will be the final week of regular season play in the Bridgewater and Area Mixed League.

That night, at the MARC in Dayspring, on Field 1, Oickle's Enviro Depot will visit with the Sociables.

On Field 2, Northfield Home Heating will host Image Design.

On Field 3, Charlie's Pizza will welcome Superior Rain Gutter.

At Michelin, the Alers will visit with Bridgewater Insurance in a double-up game to make up for a June 17 postponement.

In Mahone Bay, in what could be the game of the night, Bowlarama will host the Renegades.

And, finally, in another interesting contest, OCR Motorsports could be looking to wrap up the regular-season title against Joudrey's Automotive.

Captains and players should note that the final day to make up postponed regular season games will be September 10. Results from an makeups must be e-mailed to the lague president by the end of that day in order to count toward the year-end standings.

The schedule for the year-end tournament - which is based on the regular season standings - will be posted on the league website at http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com by noon on September 11.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Tue Aug 30, 2011, Updated Tue Aug 30, 2011

LEAGUE UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 19


Locking horns
Battles for first, third and sixth rage on in mixed softball

It was an interesting week on August 19 in the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League.

OCR Motosports extended its lead in the overall standings by posting two wins over Northfield Home Heating.

Second-place SUperior Rain Gutter's game against the Bridgewater Alers was postponed. So, too, was the Sociables contest against Bridgewater Insurance.

The Renegades took both games against Joudrey's Automotive to leap into third place.

Image Design split their contests with Oickle's Enviro Depot and Bowlarama did the same against Charlie's Pizza.

The results mean the following:

OCR Motorsports sits in first place (60 points) followed by Superior Rain Gutter (55 points), the Renegades (41 points), Bowlarama and Image Design (39 points each).

Joudrey's Automotive is in sixth place with 33 points, followed by Oickle's Enviro Depot (28) and the Bridgewater Alers (26).

The Sociables sit in ninth with 18 points, followed by Charlie's Pizza (12), Bridgewater Insurance (10) and Northfield Home Heating (nine).

The upcoming games on September 2 could have ramifications for the overall standings as we roll toward the Year-End Tournament.

The game of the night will see OCR MOtorsport and Superior Rain Gutter go head to head at the MARC of Field 3.

On Field 1, Bridgewater Insurance will host Joudrey's Automotive and, on Field 2, the Renegades will try to close in on second place with a pair against the Alers.

In Mahone Bay, the Sociables will host Charlie's Pizza, while at LaHave Street Field, Northfield Home Heating will take on Oickle's Enviro Depot.

Finally, at Michelin Field, in another hot contest, Bowlarama will take on Image Design.

For all the latest in league information, including full stnadings and schedules, please visit http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Wed Aug 24, 2011

LEAGUE UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 12
Multiple fronts
Battles for first and third hotly contested in mixed softball

In Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League action on August 12, OCR Motorsport took both games against Bowlarama to maintain their one-point lead in the overall league standings.

Superior Rain Gutter kept pace as they took both their games against Joudrey's Automotive.

The Alers claimed both contests from the Sociables.

In a pair of twin bills that were worth double points because of a rainout in May, Oickle's Enviro Depot took a point from the Renegades in the first game with a tie, before dropping the second.

In the other double-point game, Bridgewater Insurance took two games from Northfield Home Heating to notch eight points in the standings.

Elsewhere, Image Design won and tied against Charlie's Pizza Longshots.

All those outcomes mean that we have a tightening of things in the standings, as teams are getting clumped together.

In the battle for first place, OCR Motorsports holds a one-point edge (56 points) over Superior Rain Gutter (55).

The battle for third place is being hotly contested by three teams - Image Design, Bowlarama and the Renegades all have 37 points.

Joudrey's Automotive Misfits are alone in sixth place with 33 points.

The Bridgewater Alers and Oickle's Enviro Depot are deadlocked with 26 points in seventh place. They are followed by the Sociables (18).

Bridgewater Insurance, on the strength of their double-points wins over Northfield Home Heating, have leapfrogged into a tie for tenth place with Charlie's Pizza (10 points), while Northfield Home Heating has nine points.

The upcoming schedule gets interesting as the season now winds slowly into its final three weeks.

On August 26, there are a number of potentially key games.

Image Design and the Renegades will battle at the MARC on Field 1 in the quest to secure third place.

At LaHave Street, Joudrey's Automotive and the Alers play a critical twin set which could either end or intensify the race for sixth place coming down the stretch.

Superior Rain Gutter and Bridgewater Insurance will be playing in Lunenburg to accommodate PeeWee baseball playdowns at Michelin Field, while OCR Motorsport will host the Sociables at MARC Field 2 in a pair of doubleheaders that could have first-place implications.

In Mahone Bay, the Naturals will look to keep pace when they visit with Bowlarama and, on Field 3 at the MARC, Northfield Home Heating will host Charlie's Pizza.

For more information on the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League, including full standings and news, visit http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Tue Aug 16, 2011

LEAGUE UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 5

Big points, big movements
OCR Motorsports edges ahead in mixed league softball

There were a lot of points on the table on August 5 in the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League and the results have caused a bit of a stir in the standings.

At the MARC, the three doubleheaders played on August 5 were each for double points, part of making up for lost games earlier this season.

On Field 1, Bowlarama took all eight points from Bridgewater Insurance, as the latter lacked the females required to field a team.

Meanwhile, on Field 2, the Naturals took eight points from Charlie's Pizza. And, on Field 3, OCR Motorsport swept away all the points against Image Design.

Elsewhere, in regular games, in Mahone Bay, Northfield Home Heating and the Alers split in a couple of high-scoring games.

At Michelin, Joudrey's Automotive won and tied against the Sociables.

And, at LaHave Street Field, Superior Rain Gutter took both games from the Renegades.

The results mean that OCR Motorsport has jumped into first place (52 points), followed hotly by Superior Rain Gutter (51 points).

Bowlarama now sits in third place (37), followed by Image Design (34), Joudrey's Automotive (33)
and the Renegades (31).

Oickle's Enviro Depot, on the strength of their eight-point wins, vault into seventh place with 24 points, ahead of the Alers (22), Sociables (18), Charlie's Pizza and Northfield Home Heating (nine) and Bridgewater Insurance (two).

All this means that the upcoming games on August 19 are that much more important as teams jockey for positioning down the stretch.

In Mahone Bay, Charlie's Pizza will visit with Bowlarama.

In Bridgewater, at Michelin Field Image Design will welcome OIckle's Enviro Depot, while at LaHave Street Bridgewater Insurance will host the Sociables.

Elsewhere, at the MARC in Dayspring, Field 1 will see OCR Motorsport visit with Northfield Home Heating. On Field 2, the Renegades take on Joudrey's Automotive. And, on Field 3, the Alers host Superior Rain Gutter.

For complete information on league standings and much more, visit the league website http://www.bridgewatersoftball.teamopolis.com.
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Mon Aug 15, 2011

Regular Meeting Minutes and Notes, April 17, 2011
Regular Meeting Minutes and Notes
April 17th Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball Meeting


WELCOME

CONTINUING ITEMS:

Schedule
- Dates for the season wer everified and no further changes were required, the schedule beng accepted by consensus.

Submission of Rosters
Rosters were submitted. It was agreed by a consensus of the Team Captains that, going forward, the final date for submission of changes to the roster will be July 7.

NEW BUSINESS:

Length of games
-Discussion was held over the length of games. Steve Nauss (Braves) made a motion that all games be seven innings beginning this season. That vote was tied 6-6. Patrick Hirtle President, as per protocol, cast a deciding vote, defeating the motion, and recommended that the Captains consider splitting the difference and going to all games being six innings in length. Jody Meisner (Renegades) made such a motion, seconded by Jonathan Hiltz (Alers). Motion was unanimously approved.

Home runs by women
- Proposal by Pat Hirtle to adjust rules so that any home runs hit in tournament or regular season play by women do not count against a team's home run total for a game. Motion made by Jody (Renegades) and seconded by Brian Himmelman (Charlie's Pizza). Motion passed unanimously.

League Constitution
- Proposal to adopt a League Constitution, clearly spelling out roles for Captains, elections, discipline, etc. There was little subsequent discussion on the Constitution except for one additional amendment - the president shall be elected annually instead of every two years. Steve Nauss (Braves) made a motion to accept the Constitution, seconded by Jonathan Hiltz (Alers). Motion passed unanimously.

Ball supply
- Update from Brian; balls are being supplied locally through Cleve's this year and will be available for the start of the season.

Payment of field dues occurred.

SUNDRY:

Next meeting date, time and location is set for Sunday, June 5, at the River Pub at 2 p.m.

Adjornment
Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sun Apr 24, 2011

Schedule for May 7 and 8 Opening Tournament
The final schedule for the May 7 and 8 Opening Tournament, to be held at Michelin and Mahone Bay ball fields has been released.

The first four games each team plays will count toward the regular season standings.

The games as are follows:

Saturday May 7th

Mahone Bay Field

Image Design
Superior
Misfits
Renegades
Boston Pizza
Northfield

8:00am            Misfits               vs  Renegades

9:15am            Image Design  vs  Boston Pizza

10:30am          Superior           vs  Northfield

11:45am          Renegades        vs  Superior

1:00pm           Boston Pizza    vs  Northfield

2:15pm           Image Design   vs  Misfits

3:30pm           Misfits               vs  Boston Pizza

4:45pm           Superior           vs  Image Design

6:00pm           Renegades        vs  Northfield

Michelin Field

Charlie’s Pizza
Freaks
Alers
B’water INS
Bowlarama
Naturals

8:00am            Bowlarama        vs  Naturals

9:15am            Alers                   vs  B’water INS

10:30am          Freaks                 vs  Naturals

11:45am          Bowlarama        vs  Alers

1:00pm           Charlie’s Pizza  vs  Freaks

2:15pm           B’water INS       vs  Naturals

3:30pm           Charlie’s Pizza  vs  Bowlarama

4:45pm           B’water INS       vs  Freaks

6:00pm           Charlie’s Pizza   vs  Alers

Sunday, May 8th

Mahone Bay

Image Design
Alers

Freaks

B’water INS

Renegades

Bowlarama

8:00am            Freaks                   vs  Bowlarama

9:15am            Image Design   vs  Renegades

10:30am          Bowlarama      vs  B’water INS

11:45am          Alers                 vs  Freaks

1:00pm           Bowlarama      vs  Renegades

2:15pm           Alers                 vs  B’water INS

3:30pm           Image Design   vs  Freaks

4:45pm           Renegades        vs  B’water INS

6:00pm           Alers                 vs  Image Design

Michelin Field

Charlie's Pizza
Naturals

Superior

Northfield

Misfits

Boston Pizza

8:00am            Charlie’s Pizza  vs  Naturals

9:15am            Superior             vs  Misfits

10:30am          Naturals             vs  Northfield

11:45am          Charlie’s Pizza  vs  Superior           

1:00pm           Boston Pizza     vs  Northfield

2:15pm           Misfits                 vs  Naturals

3:30pm           Charlie’s Pizza  vs  Boston Pizza

4:45pm           Misfits                 vs  Northfield

6:00pm           Boston Pizza     vs  Superior


Posted by Patrick Hirtle, Created Sat Apr 16, 2011

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