Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Register Now for Fall Ball!

It's time to think about Fall Ball again!

  • Fall baseball will be for ages 9-14. Ages 9-11 will play on the small fields. Ages 12-14 will play on the big field. If you played as a 12-year-old in the majors this year you will play on the big field as preparation for next season. This is a fun and instructional season.
  • The season will start on August 30 with Labor Day weekend off and continue for 7 weeks after Labor day, with the final games on October 25.
  • All games will be played on Sunday afternoons between 1:00 and 6:00pm depending on the number of teams.
  • The cost is $65 and includes a shirt. This fee helps us cover the costs of umpires, baseballs, etc.
  • You can sign up online here. To help us organize teams, recruit coaches and order shirts, we ask that you please sign up online as soon as possible. The final day of online registration is August 20.
  • We will hold one in-person sign-up session on Tuesday, August 4, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Southern Little League office behind the senior field.
  • If you have any questions contact:
    Bob Hams, league director (
    Joe Mead (
    Ethan Rohen (
  • We need coaches! Please contact Joe or Ethan if you are interested in coaching.
  • If enough girls are interested in playing fall softball we will make that available. Please do not sign up now. Instead just contact Steve Parks ( and let him know you are interested. Then Steve will let you know once there is enough interest.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Majors All-Stars Bow Out

The Southern West Major All-Stars wrapped up pool play Monday with a 3 to 1 loss to Commerce Little League from District 4. This eliminates Southern from the State Tournament to cap off a great season. A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS GOES OUT TO ALL OF THE PLAYERS AND COACHES. Thank you also to all of the parents who helped organize and plan the trip to the state tournament.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Update from State Tournament

Southern's Majors Baseball West All-Stars lost Sunday to Penokee Range Little League 7 to 6. They play Commerce Little League from District 3 Monday at noon. It's a must win game to move on in the tournament. Good luck Southern!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Majors All-Star State Run Begins

Southern's Majors Baseball West All-Stars defeated White Lake 3-0 Saturday in the first game of pool play in the state championship tournament in Jackson, MI. They take on Penokee Range from the Marquette area Sunday at 1:00pm. You can follow along on the Michigan Little League website.

Big League Season Ends at Regional

Read the story in Saturday's Grand Rapids Press. It also mentions the Seniors All-Stars.

Seniors All-Stars Take Second Place

Congratulations to Southern's Seniors Baseball All-Stars who also finished second in their district tournament on Friday night with a 6-5 loss to undefeated Western. Great season, seniors!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Big League Regional Tonight at Pinery Park

District 9's Big League baseball team advances to the regional finals tonight at Pinery Park at 5:00pm and 8:00pm after an exciting win over Indiana. Trailing 4 to 2 going into the seventh inning, Southern’s Ben Cok hit an RBI single, Western’s Seth Holton followed with another RBI single, and Southern’s Tyler Lewis hit an RBI sacrifice fly to take the lead 5 to 4. The team then held on in the bottom of the seventh with Jeff Victor from Holland getting the save. Come out to Pinery to watch the finals tonight.

Seniors All-Star Championship at Southern Tonight 5:30pm

After a commanding 10-4 victory over Zeeland last night, Southern's Seniors Baseball All-Stars play against undefeated Western tonight in the district championship. If they can hand Western their first loss in the 5:30pm game, they'll play again for all the marbles at 7:30pm. Come out to Southern and cheer on your all-stars tonight!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

All-Star T-Shirts For Sale Again Tonight

Joe Mead will be selling Southern All-Star t-shirts again tonight from 7:00 - 8:00pm.These t-shirts commemorate the Southern Major League West All-Stars' district championship. Adult sizes M, L and XL are available. They are gray with the Southern Little League logo on the front. The back lists the names of the all-stars. Look for Joe in the equipment shed at Southern.

Thursday Night's Game: Seniors at Georgetown

Southern's Seniors Baseball All-Stars play tonight against Zeeland at Georgetown in the consolation bracket. The winner moves on to the championship against Western.
  • Thursday 6:00pm, Georgetown: Southern Seniors vs Zeeland

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

All-Star T-Shirts For Sale Wednesday

Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 8:00pm we'll be selling t-shirts commemorating the Southern Major League West All-Stars' district championship. The t-shirts are in kids sizes. They are gray with the Southern Little League logo on the front. The back lists the names of the all-stars. Joe Mead will be selling the t-shirts from 6-8pm in Southern's picnic shelter near the concession stand.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wednesday Fund Raiser for State-Bound All-Stars

To help defray the costs of traveling to the state tournament next week, Southern's Major League West All-Stars are holding a fund-raiser on Wednesday evening at Southern. From 6:00 - 8:00pm on Wednesday, they'll be collecting your cans and bottles at the equipment shed. Please consider donating your cans and bottles to help support your Southern All-Stars. You can watch them take the field for their practice while you're there and wish them good luck in their state tournament run.
  • Wednesday, July 22, 6-8pm: donate cans and bottles at the equipment shed

Tuesday's Game at Southern

Southern's Seniors Baseball All-Stars won Friday against Rockford and again on Sunday against Grandville. They play in the winners bracket final on Tuesday at 6:00pm at Southern vs. Western. Should be a great one.

Coaches: Equipment Return Night Tuesday

Coaches, we have scheduled an equipment return night this Tuesday, July 21, from 7:00 - 8:00pm at the equipment shed at Southern.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Southern All-Stars Win District Championship!

Southern's West Majors All-Stars defeated Zeeland in back-to-back games to take the District 9 Championship. They now advance to the state tournament starting Saturday, July 25. What a great team effort! Good luck in the state tournament!

Also today at Pinery Park, Southern's 10/11 All-Stars took second place in the district after being defeated by Western by a score of 5 to 4. Congratulations on a great tournament run.

Sunday's Tournament Action

On Sunday, Southern's Senior Baseball All-Stars take on Grandville at 1:00pm at Grandville.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Southern Fans, We Need You at Pinery Park Saturday

On Friday night, Southern's Major League West All-Stars defeated Zeeland in dramatic style. Alec Hollern and Sam Jansen hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to force a final championship game.

Meanwhile, Southern's 10/11 All-Stars defeated Georgetown Friday night to enter the championship round against undefeated Western.

Don't miss this chance to see Southern play for championships back to back Saturday:
  • Saturday at 10:00am at Pinery Park: Southern Majors West All-Stars vs Zeeland
  • Saturday at 12:30pm at Pinery Park: Southern 10/11 All-Stars vs Western
Come out and support your all-stars!

Friday Night Tournament Action

Over at Pinery Park tonight, some of Southern's teams continue to battle toward the district all-star crown:
  • The Southern West Majors All-Star Team defeated Western last night 9 to 1 with a great team performance and advance to tonight’s championship game at Pinery Park field #2 at 5:30pm vs Zeeland.
  • The Southern 10/11 All-Star Team defeated West Ottawa last night to advance to the semifinals tonight at 7:30pm at Pinery Park field #2 vs Georgetown.
One game at Southern tonight:
  • The Southern Seniors All-Stars play their first game in tournament action tonight at 5:30pm at Southern against Rockford

Congratulations Senior League All-Stars!

Travis Kraai
Zach Malewitz
Nick Mulhall
Sam Nystrom
Alex Huizenga
Wes Vaughn
Nate Thompson
Brent Primus
James Karsten
Grant Page
David Warners
MJ Oshinski

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday Night's Games

No games at Southern tonight, but we do have two exciting games being played at Pinery Park.
  • 5:30pm – Southern West Majors vs. Western Majors in the semifinals at Pinery Field #2
  • 7:30pm – 10/11 Southern vs. West Ottawa in the round of 4 at Pinery Field #2

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wednesday Night's Games at Southern

  • 5:30pm - 9/10 Baseball All-Stars - Northeastern vs Western - East Diamond
  • 5:30pm - Seniors Baseball Class B - Southern (Malewitz/Kraai) vs Kellogsville - Henwood Field
  • 7:30pm - Majors Baseball All-Stars - Southern West vs Northern - East Diamond
  • 7:30pm - Seniors Baseball Class A - Southern (Primus) vs Western - Henwood Field
  • Also tonight at 5:30pm, Southern's Juniors Baseball West All-Stars play in the Championship round against Western at Pinery Park.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday's Action at Southern

  • 5:30pm - 9/10 Baseball All-Stars - Byron Twp vs Northeastern - West Diamond
  • 5:30pm - 10/11 Baseball All-Stars - Byron Twp vs Western - East Diamond
  • 5:30pm - Seniors Baseball Class C - Southern (Huizenga) vs Holland - Henwood Field
  • 7:30pm - 9/10 Baseball All-Stars - Southern West vs Georgetown - East Diamond
  • 7:30pm - Juniors Baseball All-Stars - Southern West vs Rockford - Henwood Field
  • 7:30pm - Majors Baseball All-Stars - Grandville vs Northern - West Diamond

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday Night Baseball at Southern

  • 5:30pm - 10/11 Baseball All-Stars - Southern East vs Byron Twp - East Diamond
  • 5:30pm - Seniors Baseball Class D - Southern (Banasczak/Lewis) vs Zeeland - Henwood Field
  • 7:30pm - 9/10 Baseball All-Stars - Southern West vs Rockford - West Diamond
  • 7:30pm - Majors Baseball All-Stars - Southern West vs Western - East Diamond
  • 7:30pm - Seniors Baseball Class A - Southern (Primus) vs Holland - Henwood Field

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sunday's Action at Southern

  • 1:00pm - 9/10 All-Stars - Southern West vs Northeastern - East Diamond
  • 1:00pm - 9/10 All-Stars - Caledonia vs Grandville - West Diamond
  • 1:00pm - Juniors All-Stars - Pinery vs Northwestern - Henwood Field
  • 3:00pm - Juniors All-Stars - Southern West vs Northview - Henwood Field
  • 3:00pm - 9/10 All-Stars - Zeeland vs Byron - East Diamond
  • 3:00pm - 9/10 All-Stars - Southern East vs Rockford - West Diamond

Saturday's Games at Southern

  • 9:00am - Senior Class D (Banasczak/Lewis) vs Northern at Henwood Field
  • 11:00am - Southern West 9/10 All-Stars vs Grandville - West Diamond
  • 11:00am - Southern East 9/10 All-Stars vs Byron Twp - East Diamond
  • 11:30am - Senior Class C (Huizenga) vs Holland at Henwood Field
  • 2:00pm - Southern West Juniors All-Stars vs Western - Henwood Field
Come out and cheer on your Southern teams!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tonight's Action at Southern

  • 5:30 - Senior Class B (Malewitz/Kraai) vs Northern - Henwood Field
  • 5:30 - 10/11 All-Stars - Southern vs. Western - East Diamond (Field Change)
  • 7:30 - Senior Class A (Primus) vs Byron Twp - Henwood Field
  • 7:30 - Majors All-Stars - Southern West vs Northern - East Diamond

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Great Night for Baseball

Five great games tonight at Southern:
  • 5:30 - Majors - Caledonia vs Grandville - East Diamond
  • 5:30 - Majors - West Ottawa vs Lowell - West Diamond
  • 6:00 - Juniors - Southern West vs Belding - Henwood Field
  • 7:30 - 9/10 - Southern East vs Allendale Red - West Diamond
  • 7:30 - Majors - Southern West vs Holland Am - East Diamond
Wednesday was an exciting night for Southern's all-Star teams. Southern West Majors moved in to the finals round after defeating Zeeland 5-3 in Zeeland. With a 3-0 record we wish them good luck. Southern's 10/11 All-Stars played their first game last night and won. The 9/10 East and West All-Stars both won last night and are both undefeated in Pool Play which wraps up tomorrow night. Southern West Juniors won and continue tonight in the winners bracket at Southern.

Though they both lost tough games last night and are now eliminated from tournament play, we would like to congratulate all of the players and coaches who participated on the Southern East Majors and the Southern East Juniors. CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT YEAR.

Whether at home or away, go out and support your Southern All-Star teams tonight.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

More Baseball Excitement at Southern Tonight

  • 10/11 All-Stars - Southern vs Caledonia - East Diamond
  • Senior Class B (Malewitz/Kraai) vs Kelloggsville - Henwood Field
  • 9/10 All-Stars - Southern West vs West Ottawa - East Diamond
  • 9/10 All-Stars - Southern East vs Lowell Red - West Diamond
  • Big League - Southern (Molegraaf) vs Holland - Henwood Field

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tonight's Tournament Action

Three games at 5:30pm:
  • East Diamond: Southern Majors East All-Stars vs Northeastern
  • West Diamond: Southern Majors West All-Stars vs Kellogsville
  • Henwood Field: Seniors (Huizenga) vs West Ottawa
Two more games at 7:30pm:
  • East Diamond: Minors (9/10) West All-Stars vs Belding
  • Henwood Field: Juniors All-Stars vs Caledonia

Monday, July 6, 2009

Five Tournament Games at Southern Tonight

  • At 5:30pm on the Henwood Field, Southern's Juniors Baseball West All-Stars take on Zeeland
  • At 5:30pm on the East Diamond, Southern's Minors Baseball West All-Stars take on Allendale
  • At 7:30pm on the West Diamond, Southern's Majors Baseball West All-Stars take on Greenville
  • At 7:30pm on the East Diamond, Southern's Majors Baseball East All-Stars take on Hamilton
  • At 7:30pm on the Henwood Field, the Southern Senior Baseball team coached by Jim Primus will take on Grandville in a team tournament match-up
Come out to Southern, enjoy the nice weather and cheer on your tournament teams!

Schedule Change for Big League Sun-12-Jul

Wooden Bat Sunday will take place on Sunday, July 12. Please review the updated schedule to see the changes on that day.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Congratulations to Southern's Tournament Teams

Congratulations to Southern's team tournament participants. Here are some of the top finishers in their respective district team tournaments:
  • Class A Major Baseball - Horjus/Orthopedic Associates - Champions!
  • Class E Junior Baseball - Tolonen - Champions!

  • Class B Major Baseball - Lubben/Secure Alarm - Runner-Up
  • Class E Major Baseball - Kuperus/Shoe Carnival - Runner-Up
  • Class G Major Baseball - Casey/Fox Motors - Runner-Up
  • Class J Major Baseball - Rossi/Yesterdog - Runner-Up

  • Class F Major Softball - 3rd Place
  • Class A Major Baseball - Henkey/Metal Tech - 3rd Place
  • Class E Major Baseball - Vaughn/Crazy Charlies - 3rd Place
  • Class D Junior Baseball - Cothern - 3rd Place

Congratulations on a fantastic team tournament showing for Southern!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Congratulations Southern All-Stars!

The coaches have selected the teams of Minors, 11-Year-Olds, Majors and Juniors Baseball All-Stars to represent Southern in the District 9 All-Star Tournaments. You can follow along as our teams make their way through the tournament brackets on the District 9 website.

(If you see any spelling errors, please email the webmaster.)

2009 Minor League East All-Stars
Mike Malewitz
Jack Liszewski
Kevin Korte
Teddy Russo
Kevin Seville
Ethan Sullivan
Brady Oosse
Dave Sayfie
Noah Groen
Josh Rabideau
Kevin Vulpetti
Jack Tietema
Rocky Vulpetti, Head Coach
Matthew Sullivan, Coach

2009 Minor League West All-Stars
Caleb Corell
Will Berglund
Tommy Alkema
Johnny Southwell
Ben Burrows
Emmet Warners
Mark Primus
Harrison Rohen
Brennan Burke
Johnny Oostindie
Ben Loos
Easton Schultz
Mark Warners, Head Coach
Ethan Rohen, Coach

2009 11-Year-Old All-Stars
Jim VanDyke
Sean Leonard
Brendan Oosse
Will Kortz
Sean Campbell
Tristan Ogdhal
Quentin O’Connor
Alex Jennings
Jack VanGessel
Jonathan Winkle
Sam McCulloch
Lucas Thompson
Dave Kortz, Head Coach
Eric O’Connor, Coach

2009 Major League East All-Stars
Dan Lubben
Kyle Vulpetti
Spencer Near
Rylan Jaglowski
Trey Fields
Jacob O’Donovan
Bryce Henkey
Drew Henkiewicz
Jacob Rabideau
Brendan Boman
Matthew Baas
Jonathan Olsen
Rob Henkey, Head Coach
Tom Olsen, Coach

2009 Major League West All-Stars
Zach Markham
Zach Corell
Ben Brouwer
Casey Horjus
Sam Jansen
A.J. Zawacki
Sam Vaughn
Lucas Kirkwood
Ben Wollet
Matt Reglin
Alec Hollern
Mason Banbury
Mike Horjus, Head Coach
Dan Vaughn, Coach

2009 Juniors East All-Stars
John Boman
Brian Cain
Max Cothern
Chris Dickow
Connor Genther
Taylor Smith
Christian Tepper
Kyle Tietema
Ben Van Scoyk
Chris Winkelmann
Nick Wojcynski
Eliott Zimmerman
Keith VanScoyk, Head Coach
Gregg Cothern, Coach

2009 Juniors West All-Stars
Alex Hicks
Jake Maurer
Josiah Buffinga
Joe Craven
Nathan Markham
Jeff Smith
Mike Priest
Joe Whalen
Nate Hollern
Adam Jennings
Taylor Martin
Bower Snedeker
Austin Batka
Ben Balke
Ted Hollern, Head Coach
Jay Martin, Coach
Lance Buffinga, Coach

Four More Games at Southern Tonight

Come on out to Southern on Wednesday evening and watch the exciting action taking place. On the East Diamond, two of Southern's Majors Baseball teams play for their respective team tournament championships at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. On the Henwood Field at 5:30pm, Southern's Seniors Baseball wraps up with their final game of the regular season. Then at 7:30pm on that same field, one of Southern's Juniors Baseball teams plays against Zeeland in a team tournament semifinal matchup.

Come on out to the park tonight and cheer on your Southern teams!