Monday, August 13, 2018

Still Room in Fall Ball Minors, Majors, and Softball

Thanks to everyone who signed up before the deadline.

Coach Pitch and Juniors Baseball are now closed to new registrations. Late registrants will be charged a $20 late fee and placed on a first-come-first-served wait list.

We still have a few spots open in Minors and Majors Baseball and also in Softball. So if you're on the fence on those, please sign up ASAP to avoid the late fee.

Please click here to sign up.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Register for Fall Ball Before Midnight Tonight!

Please click here to sign up.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

It’s Time to Welcome Them Home

We have come to the end of a remarkable run by 16 special young men and their 3 equally special coaches.

Since winning the District 9 title, we have traveled 2400 miles over 21 days to end up at the 2018 Senior League Baseball World Series in Easley, SC.

There have been as many as 50 family members cheering them on from the stands of nearly every game.  It has been an exciting time for everyone in the Southern Little League family.

Now, we’d like to invite you to show your appreciation of this team’s outstanding accomplishments by meeting them as they return home to Southern.

The team is due to arrive on Sunday afternoon around 4:30 PM via chartered bus from O’Hare Airport. Let’s all be there to give them the welcome they deserve.

Spread the word and bring out that Southern spirit for the 2018 Southern Senior All Stars.

See you Sunday!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Today's World Series Game Now Delayed Until 7:30pm

Today's World Series Game Delayed Until 5:00pm

Southern's Senior All-Stars play today at the World Series in Easley, SC. Because of weather, the game has been delayed until bout 5:00pm.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Southern All-Stars Defeat West In Pitcher's Duel

Both teams were strong on the hill Monday, but Central (Southern) defeated West 3-2. Central pitchers allowed just nine hits to West.

West fired up the offense in the first inning, when Keelan Yagi singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

Myles Beale was credited with the victory for Central. He lasted six innings, allowing nine hits and two runs while striking out two and walking one. Ben Whiteside threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Whiteside recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Central.

Adam Yamashita took the loss for West. He allowed four hits and three runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out two and walking one.

Billy Bernecker led Central with two hits in three at bats.

West tallied nine hits on the day. Ross Panlasigui, Kevin Varner, and Isiah Kekahuna each collected multiple hits for West. Panlasigui went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead West in hits.

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Next World Series Game Today at 4:15pm

Southern Seniors take on the team from Hawaii (West Region) at 4:15pm today. You can follow along on game changer here or watch the live feed on Wendi Moore's Facebook page. You'll need to friend Wendi first.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Southern All Stars Fall Short in First World Series Matchup

Central Loses Lead Early In Defeat
Central fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 7-3 loss to Southeast on Saturday. Southeast scored on a double by Caleb Cyr in the first inning and a walk by Jahn Ledezma in the second inning.
Southeast opened up scoring in the first inning, when Cyr doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.
Central notched three runs in the third inning. Keegan Batka and Kyle Tepper each drove in runs during the inning.
Matt Hendrix was the winning pitcher for Southeast. He allowed seven hits and three runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out three and walking one. Luis Fuentes and Jake Fagan entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Fagan recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Southeast.
Batka took the loss for Central. He lasted three innings, allowing six hits and five runs while striking out one.
Central scattered seven hits in the game. Jake Passinault and Robbie Stuursma each collected multiple hits for Central. Stuursma and Passinault all had two hits to lead Central.
Southeast had eight hits in the game. Joey Campbell and Timmy Manning each had multiple hits for Southeast.
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Southern Seniors Begin World Series Run Saturday

It's been 42 years since Southern sent a team to the World Series. Here's a photo of that team, which includes the brother of Southern's current president as well as the uncle of one of the players on this year's team. (click to enlarge)

And here's a note of well wishes from Dan Veneklase, one of the players on that 1976 team:
To the Players, Coaches and Parents:
Wow… congratulations on your many accomplishments.
You have competed with some of the best players in the district, the state, and the region, and have come away champions!!!
You’re now headed to the World Series and will be competing against some of the best baseball players and athletes from across this great country and the world!!!
How blessed are you to play this game at a high level and how proud are we that can follow this journey.
As someone who was fortunate enough to have had that same opportunity 42 years ago, I can tell you that these memories and some of the friendships that you have made on this journey will last a life time. Play hard but enjoy and take in the atmosphere as very few young men of your age get this opportunity.
Be very proud of your accomplishment individually but also collectively as a team, for you have reached the heights very few teams will ever realize.
You now will be representing this great country, your proud state and city, your district and local communities, your schools and churches, but most importantly your parents, family, and friends and let’s not forget the coaches and their families. All have been supportive and instrumental getting you to the point that you are at today.

To the Coaches and Southern Little League Board and Staff:
Thank you for the countless hours spent NOT only on the diamond but also sitting in on meetings and in phone conversations. You have been chosen to lead these young men not only because of your love and knowledge of the game but also because of the great counsel you have proven to provide. Your influence will last a lifetime!!
Continue the great work!!

To the Parents:
Southern Little League has always been richly blessed with a group of parents that have been very involved and very supportive. Thank you for the constant support and countless hours that have been volunteered over your sons entire baseball career up to this point. Without your support, involvement, and encouragement these opportunities would not take place.

To the Players:
I do believe you have some work in front of you!! Bringing home that championship trophy!!!I can’t wait to keep any eye on your progress (on ESPN) and welcome you home.Play hard/have fun.. and remember whatever your role is on this team it’s important.Know that were all very proud of each and every one of you and excited for you!!Now go play like the champions that you are!!May God bless and keep you safe in your travels.

Sincerely,
Dan Veneklase
Here's one more photo of this year's team, Midwest Regional Champions: (click to enlarge)
back: Coach Scott Bernecker, Matt Moore, Ian Walschotts-Dana, Jake Passinault,
Ben Whiteside, Billy Bernecker, Davis Jennings, Keegan Batka, Kyle Kirk,
Coach Jim Weiss, Manager Pat Batka.
front: Patrick Burns, Myles Beale, Robbie Stuursma, Jack Mundell, Kyle Tepper,
Josh Weiss, Alex Kolk, Henry Wassink
Their first game takes place Saturday at 9:00am.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Shoe Carnival Shopping Party July 28 & 29


1976 To 2018 Southern Seniors Advance To The World Series For First Time In 42 Years

Keegan Batka, Myles Beale, Patrick Burns, Kyle Kirk, Kyle
Tepper, Ben Whiteside, Jacob Passinault, Billy Bernecker, Davis
Jennings, Matthew Moore, Robbie Stuursma, Ian Walschots-Dana,
Henry Wassink, Alex Kolk, Jack Mundell, Josh Weiss.
Manager Pat Batka, Coach Scott Bernecker, Coach Jim Weiss
Congratulations Southern Senior All-Stars!

On a hot and humid day in Oglesby, Illinois, the Southern Senior All-Stars started the day off needing two wins to advance to the
Senior League World Series. Game 1 in the semi finals Southern played the Illinois State Champion from Burbank (Chicago), IL.Keegan Batka, Myles Beale and Josh Weiss led the way with 3 hits apiece. Batka had 4 RBIs while Beale and Kyle Tepper added two RBIs each. Beale had two doubles and Robbie Stuursma had a triple. Southern stole 8 bases during the contest. Southern led 8-1 after 5 innings then scored 4 in the 7th to finish with a 12-2 win. Myles Beale pitched a gem, pitching 6-1/3 innings allowing only 2 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 6. Alex Kolk got the save getting the last two outs on a ground out and a fly out.

Game 2 featured Southern playing the Host team from Peru, IL. And what a start Southern had putting the game away in the bottom of the first inning. After Peru stranded two runners in the top half of the inning Southern came to bat ready to go. A walk to Stuursma, a single by Batka, a single by Beale, a sac fly by Tepper, a home run by Jake Passinault, a walk to Jack Mundell, and a single by Matt Moore. Southern led 6-0 after 1 inning. As it turned out that was all they needed in this match up. Kyle Tepper pitched 3 innings of scoreless ball while walking one and striking out 2 on 4 hits. Ben Whiteside then pitched the last two innings, striking out two with one walk and allowing 3
unearned runs. The final out was a pop up to Keegan Batka, and the dog pile ensued. The parents and grandparents and supporters all had cameras out to celebrate the win.

During the run on The Road to Easley the entire team contributed and everyone at Southern is extremely proud and happy for all of the players and coaches.

Good Luck at the Senior League World Series in Easley, SC!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Southern Senior All Stars Win Regional!

 Southern’s Seniors All-Stars won the regional today in Illinois. They now advance to the World Series in Easley, SC. Congratulations Southern Seniors!  Full story to come tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Southern Senior All-Star Advance to Semis in Regional

The Southern Senior All Stars completed pool play last night in Peru, IL, with an exciting win over
the Kentucky State Champion 8-1. In the run to the semis Southern has defeated Missouri 26-0, Indiana 15-0, Ohio 14-0 and now Kentucky 8-1. Two combined no hitters were pitched by Southern along the way.

In last night’s game two pitchers combined for the win and allowed 6 hits and no walks to a good hitting Kentucky team. Myles Beale went 3-1/3 innings allowing 5 hits and no walks with 1 run. Kyle Tepper finished the game pitching 3 2/3 innings allowing 1 hit with no walks and no runs. Southern was led in hitting by Jake Passinault 2-3 with 2 doubles, Robbie Stuursma 2-3 with 2 singles, Kegan Batka 2-4 with a single and a double. Jack Mundell and Kyle Tepper each had a hit. The fireworks started later in the game when Billy Bernecker hit a monster 2-run home run to finish the scoring. Congratulations and good luck in the final 4. You can follow here on Wednesday at
11:00am EDT. If they win that the final is at 4:00pm EDT also Wednesday. The team is represented by:

Keegan Batka
Myles Beale
Patrick Burns
Kyle Kirk
Kyle Tepper
Ben Whiteside
Jacob Passinault
Billy Bernecker
Davis Jennings
Matthew Moore
Robbie Stuursma
Ian Walschots-Dana
Henry Wassink
Alex Kolk
Jack Mundell
Joshua Weiss

Manager: Pat Batka
Coach: Scott Bernecker
Coach: Jim Weiss

Friday, July 20, 2018

Sign Up Now for Fall Ball

Fall Ball includes baseball for ages 6-14 and softball for ages 8-11. We play on six Sunday afternoons starting in late August. We're working on a brand new website for Southern Little League, and we're using that new website for Fall Ball registration. (Stay tuned for more info on that transition.)

The signup deadline is August 12, after which a $20 late fee is imposed.

Please click here to be taken to our new website, where you can read all the details about Fall Ball and get registered.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Southern Seniors in Regional Play Starts Saturday

Good luck to the Southern Senior All-Stars who will compete in the Central States Senior League Baseball Central Regional Tournament in Peru, IL, starting Saturday, July 21, at 1:30pm CDT. The winner advances to the World Series in Easley, SC, starting July 28. Follow all of the action for Southern’s games on Game Changer here.

ALL GAME TIMES ARE CDT
  • Saturday July 21 – 1:30pm vs. Missouri at Ogelsby field
  • Sunday July 22 – 1:00pm vs. Indiana at Ogelsby field
  • Monday July 23 – 1:00pm vs. Ohio at Ogelsby field
  • Monday July 23 – 6:00pm vs. Kentucky at Peru Washington Park
  • Tuesday July 24 – 6:00pm seed 3 vs seed 6 and seed 4 vs seed 5
  • Wednesday July 25 – 10:00am seed 1 vs winner seed 3/6 and seed 2 vs. winner seed 4/5
  • Wednesday July 25 – 3:00pm Regional Championship Game at Ogelsby
Good Luck Southern!

Keegan Batka
Myles Beale
Patrick Burns
Kyle Kirk
Kyle Tepper
Ben Whiteside
Jacob Passinault
Billy Bernecker
Davis Jennings
Matthew Moore
Robbie Stuursma
Ian Walschots-Dana
Henry Wassink
Alex Kolk
John Mundell
Joshua Weiss

Manager: Pat Batka
Coach: Scott Bernecker
Coach: Jim Weiss

Monday, July 16, 2018

All-Star Updates and Tonight's Action

Congratulations to the Southern Junior All-Stars: Runner-up in District 9

Congratulations to the Southern East Major All-Stars: Final Four in District 9

Congratulations and good luck to Southern East 9/10 year old all stars who
play tonight at Southern at 6:00pm in the finals round.

Good luck to Southern East and West 10/11 year old all stars who start tonight.
Southern East at Western at 6:00pm and Southern West at Southern at 6:00pm.

Come out and cheer on your Southern all star teams.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Southern's Seniors Win State Championship!!

Southern Senior All Stars defeated Niles this afternoon 15-5 to capture the state title and to advance to the regionals in Peru, Illinois, Friday, July 20.
  • Southern was led by a 5-inning, 2-hit shutout by Ben Whiteside, who also had 6 strikeouts.
  • Leading the hitting attack was John Mundell who went 3 for 4 with a single, double, and a home run with 2 RBIs while scoring 3 runs.
  • Myles Beale was 1 for 2 with a home run and 3 RBIs.
  • Robbie Stuursma went 1 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBIs.
  • Jake Passinault had two doubles.
  • Matt Moore hit a triple.
A great game and tournament by the Southern Senior All-Stars. State Champions for the 3rd consecutive year. Congratulations to the Southern Seniors coached by Pat Batka, Scott Bernecker, and Jim Weiss. Good luck at the Regional on the road to Easley, SC.

Please come out and watch Juniors Baseball All-Stars at Pinery Park at 7:30pm tonight and the Majors Baseball East All-Stars at Southern at 6:00pm.

The grill will be fired up at Southern!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Southern's Senior Baseball Wins First Two in State Tournament

On Wednesday, Southern defeated Niles 15-1 in the opener and then came back this afternoon to defeat Macomb Township 8-0. Southern plays in the winner bracket final Thursday at 10:00am against St. Clair. Good luck to Majors East all-stars in finals round Thursday at 6:00pm at Georgetown. Good luck Junior all-stars Thursday at Pinery vs. Western.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Coming Soon: Fall Ball

Southern's Fall Ball season is just around the corner, with games beginning August 26 and wrapping up October 7. Stay tuned for more information. We'll be sending out info on registration around July 20.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Southern's Seniors Baseball All-Stars Begin State Tourney Play

After winning the District 9 tournament, Southern's baseball seniors all-starts begin the state tournament in Taylor, Michigan, Wednesday morning at 9:00am against Niles. You can follow along on GameChanger here.

Friday, July 6, 2018

All-Star Action Tonight at Southern

The grills will be fired up so come out and cheer for your Southern All-Stars!

Senior Baseball
  • All-Star District Championship game: Southern vs. Georgetown: Henwood Field 5:30pm
  • You can follow along on GameChanger here.
Major Baseball
  • Southern East vs. Lowell: Southern East 6:00pm
  • Southern West vs. Hudsonville: Southern West 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Senior All-Stars Win 19-2, Advance to District 9 Finals!

The Southern Senior Baseball All-Stars defeated Georgetown Thursday at Georgetown 19-2 to advance to the finals at Southern's Henwood Field Friday at 5:30pm. They will play the winner of Western vs. Georgetown who would have to beat Southern twice while Southern needs only one win to advance to the state tournament in Taylor, Michigan.

Come out Friday and support your Senior Baseball All-Stars at 5:30pm!

Monday, July 2, 2018

All-Star tournament Schedule Thru Thursday

Senior All Stars continue at Georgetown tonight at 7:30pm against Georgetown.
With a win they are in finals on Friday. With a loss they play at Southern Thursday at 7:30.
We will post the score here.

Major Baseball at Southern Thursday

  • Southern East vs. Allendale at Southern East – 6:00pm
  • Southern West vs. Hamilton at Southern West – 6:00pm

Have a Happy 4th of July!!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Seniors All-Stars Saturday at 9:00am

Southern’s Seniors Baseball All-Stars kick off tournament play TODAY at 9.00AM at Southern against Western. Come out and cheer on your all-stars!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Congratulations Juniors Class D Champions!

Coach Passinault's Juniors Baseball team won the Class D District Team Tournament Championship. Their team is sponsored by Bleakley, Cypher, Parent, Warren & Quinn, PC. Great job, guys!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Congratulations Majors Class C Champions!

Coach Bertke's Majors Baseball team won the Class C District Team Tournament Championship. Their team is sponsored by Huntington Bank. Congrats, boys!

Congratulations Majors Class J Champions!

Coach VanGessel's Majors Baseball team won the Class J District Team Tournament Championship. Their team is sponsored by Sean Cox Law. Nice going, fellas!

Congratulations Majors Class H Champions!

Coach Stadel's Majors Baseball team won the Class H District Team Tournament Championship. Their team is sponsored by Web Traffic Partners. Way to go!

Congratulations Majors Class D Champions!

Coach LaMange's Majors Baseball team won the Class D District Team Tournament Championship. Their team is sponsored by The Omelette Shoppe. Great job, boys!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Congratulations East 11-Year-Old Baseball All-Stars!

Luke VanGessel
Patrick O'Malley
Cameron Maley
John Bakker
Parker DeHoek
Henry  Kwiatkowski
Daniel Klein
Jonah Workman
Myles Gabridge
Zach Caswell
Tommy Rosmarin
Sean Murray

Manager: John VanGessel
Coach: Brian DeHoek
Coach: Rob Murray

Friday, June 22, 2018

Congratulations West 11-Year-Old Baseball All-Stars!

Zac Fouch
Theo Kirchgessner
Carson Stadel
Harris Kehr
James Henry Deboer III
Nigel Doyle
Mark Koster
Colin Stay
Eli Meyer
Casey Shelton
Michael Dugan

Manager: Nick Stadel
Coach: Matt Fouch
Coach: Jason Kehr

Congratulations East Minors Baseball All-Stars!

Ben Gott
Carter Vriesenga
Andy Jeakle
Michael Wolford
Ryer Olsen
William Bush
Will Doezema
Josh McCune
J.P. Levan
Will Klein
Michael Kuzner
Joe Cuncannan
Jackson Green

Manager: Tom Kuzner
Coach: Matt Klein
Coach: Bob Wolford

Congratulations West Majors Baseball All-Stars!

Austin Baxter
Levi Bodziak
Isaiah Bos
Tommy Cavanaugh
Axel Cummings
Micah Daniels
Logan McCahill
Ethan Ogle
Drew Sova
Nate Sova
Matt Stotts
Will Vanderboegh
Leland Whinery

Manager: Lyn Sova
Coach: Greg Sova
Coach: Andy Vanderboegh

Congratulations West Minors Baseball All-Stars!

Brandt Alles
Max Bishop
Ben Stotts
Emmett Vance
Max Gaiser
Richardo Perez
Ethan Sova
George Haan
Cooper Rohen
Quintin Thomas
Brendan Hinojose
Dylan Daniels
Ethan Holzgren

Manager: Kevin Stotts
Coach: Ethan Rohen
Coach: Mike Bishop

Congratulations East Majors Baseball All-Stars!

Jameson Beale
Luke Bertke
Ben Billo
Zach Clark
Frank Debartolo
Jackson Groen
Zeke Heerema
Peter Heintz
JT Lamange
Scott Millman
Reiden Mcintosh
Parker Seth
Alexander Scofield

Manager: Steve Seth
Coach: Matt Bertke
Coach: Jose Rodriguez

Congratulations Seniors Baseball All-Stars!

Keegan Batka
Myles Beale
Patrick Burns
Kyle Kirk
Kyle Tepper
Ben Whiteside
Jacob Passinault
Billy Bernecker
Davis Jennings
Matthew Moore
Robbie Stuursma
Ian Walschots-Dana
Henry Wassink
Alex Kolk
John Mundell
Joshua Weiss

Manager: Pat Batka
Coach: Scott Bernecker
Coach: Jim Weiss

Congratulations Juniors Baseball All-Stars!

David Bernecker
Jack Bertke
Christian Burgess
Brendan Burns
Connor Callahan
Luke Conway
Alec Koval
Luke Kuzner
John Passinault
Ryan Reszka
Cam Seth
Mitchell White
Matt Ydenburg

Manager: Jack Conway
Coach: Mark White
Coach: Jim Passinault

Tonight at Southern

The grills will be fired up, so come join us for great baseball and a great meal!

Major Baseball
  • Class A – Southern Seth vs. Grandville – East – 7:30
  • Class B – Southern Sova vs. Byron TSP. – East 5:30
  • Class H – Southern Stadel vs. Western – West 5:30
  • Class I – Southern Vanderboegh vs. Algoma – West 7:30
Junior Baseball
  • Class B – Southern Marshall vs. Northwestern – Henwood – 7:30
  • Class D – Southern Conway vs. Northern – Henwood – 5:30
Southern will also host the Junior Class B softball championship game.

Good luck to all of the teams on the road as well!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tonight at Southern Due to Weather

Tonight at Southern we have TEN team tournament games. Note time changes in red. WE WILL HAVE THE GRILL FIRED UP!

Major Baseball
  • 5:00pm East – Class D – Southern Lamange vs. Georgetown
  • 6:30pm East – Class E – Southern DeHoek vs. Rockford
  • 8:00pm East - Class A – Southern Seth vs. Rockford
  • 5:00pm – West – Class J – Southern VanGessel vs. Northern
  • 6:30pm – West – Class I – Southern Vanderboegh vs. Grandville
  • 8:00pm – West - Class H – Southern Stadel vs. Rockford
Major Softball
  • 5:30pm – JC West – Class E – Southern Klop vs. Byron TSP #2
Junior Softball
  • 7:30pm – JC West – Class B – Southern Peterson vs. Georgetown
Junior Baseball
  • 5:30pm – Henwood Field – Class C – Southern Conway vs. Georgetown
  • 7:30pm – Henwood Field – Class E – Southern Burgess vs. Northern

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Congratulations, 2018 Juniors Baseball Champions!

This year's champion of the juniors baseball division is Coach Tucker's team, sponsored by GLT Packaging, with a record of 11-1. Great season, boys!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Weather update

Due to weather today's games have been
delayed. The 9:00 Class A and Class E games will now start at 11:00. The 11:30 Class E and Class I games will now start at 12:30. The 2:00 Class B and Class C games will now start at 2:30.

If you are on the road please contact that league which can be found on the District 9 site.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Congratulations, 2018 Minors Baseball Champions!

This year's champions of the minors baseball division is Coach Kuzner's team, sponsored by Betten Baker Chevrolet, with an undefeated 13-0 record! This is their second consecutive championship in the minors baseball division.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Schedule Change in Baseball/Majors/Minors for Wednesday, June 13

Because of an accidental double-booking of the East field on Wednesday, June 13, we have made the following changes to the schedule for that day:
  • Lamange vs Bertke: Your 13-Jun-5:30pm game has been moved up to start at 5:00pm.
  • Stotts vs Rohen: Your 13-Jun-7:30pm game has been moved up to start at 6:30pm.
  • Seth vs Sova: Your 13-Jun-7:30pm game has been moved back to start at 8:00pm.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Final Week Matchups Are Set for Baseball Majors

The matchups for Baseball Majors in the final week of the season are based on the standings. We have now determined the matchups for this week. Please review the schedule page for Baseball Majors to see what time your team plays. These final games do not count in the standings.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Re: Family Day weather update

Play Ball. All games on. Come out for Family Day.



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Family Day weather update

The 8:30AM 10;00Am games have been cancelled due to rain. Please stay tuned for further updates and join us for lunch

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TODAY IS OUR 31ST ANNUAL FAMILY DAY!

TODAY is Family Day! Dozens of ball games and lots of other activities will be going on all day long, so bring the whole family - Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, and uncles.
    Join us for lunch or dinner, and enjoy our expanded menu:
    • Marinated sirloin steak-on-a-stick
    • Teriyaki chicken kabobs
    • 1/3 pound jumbo hamburgers, jumbo hot dogs, and fresh brats
    • Famous sauteed onions and all your favorite condiments
    • Corn-on-the-cob
    Activities for the kids:  free!
    • Double water slide
    • Bounce land
    Raffle:
    • Reminder: Please sell your raffle tickets and turn in the money and stubs before the deadline at 2:00pm on Saturday. Look for the raffle table near the concession stand.
    • The big raffle drawing will take place at 7:00pm.
    All-Star Games:
    • Plan on staying for the Minors and Majors Baseball All-Star Games at 7:30pm.
    Volunteer:
    • It's not too late to volunteer to help out: click here.
    • We have a separate sign-up for grill volunteers here.
    Weather Updates:
    • Sign up to get notified by text message of any cancellations or schedule changes due to the weather. It is SO simple to sign up. Click here.

    Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Cancellation TONIGHT in Baseball/Seniors: Stuursma

    • Team Stuursma: Your 6-Jun-5:30pm game has been canceled. 

    IMPORTANT! Raffle Tickets

    Please sell your raffle tickets and turn them in by 2:00pm on Saturday!

    The 2:00pm deadline is for those who wish to be eligible for prizes.

    Otherwise, you can still turn in your raffle tickets until 6:00pm on Saturday.

    We cannot stress enough how important the raffle fundraiser is for Southern Little League.
    Thanks in advance for all of your support!

    Thanks again,
    Sara Stadel
    Kari DeBoer
    Wendi Moore

    Tuesday, June 5, 2018

    Family Day is Saturday, June 9

    Saturday, June 9, is Family Day. Dozens of ball games and lots of other activities will be going on all day long, so bring the whole family - Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, and uncles.
      Join us for lunch or dinner, and enjoy our expanded menu:
      • Marinated sirloin steak-on-a-stick
      • Teriyaki chicken kabobs
      • 1/3 pound jumbo hamburgers, jumbo hot dogs, and fresh brats
      • Famous sauteed onions and all your favorite condiments
      • Corn-on-the-cob
      Activities for the kids:  free!
      • Double water slide
      • Bounce land
      Raffle:
      • Reminder: Please sell your raffle tickets and turn in the money and stubs before the deadline at 2:00pm on Saturday. Look for the raffle table near the concession stand.
      • The big raffle drawing will take place at 7:00pm.
      All-Star Games:
      • Plan on staying for the Minors and Majors Baseball All-Star Games at 7:30pm.
      Volunteer:
      • It's not too late to volunteer to help out: click here.
      • We have a separate sign-up for grill volunteers here.
      Weather Updates:
      • Sign up to get notified by text message of any cancellations or schedule changes due to the weather. It is SO simple to sign up. Click here.

      Monday, June 4, 2018

      Make Up Games and Schedule Changes in Baseball/Majors This Saturday

      • Batka vs Passinault: Your rained out game from 30-May has been rescheduled for Family Day, 9-Jun-7:00pm.

      Family Day Matchups Are Set for Baseball Juniors

      Every year on Family Day, the matchups for Baseball Juniors are set based on the standings. We have now determined the matchups for this year. Please review the schedule page for Baseball Juniors to see what time your team plays.

      CORRECTION: Family Day Matchups for Baseball Majors

      The times we posted earlier today for Baseball Majors matchups on Family Day were incorrect. Please review the schedule page again for Baseball Majors to see what time your team plays.

      Congratulations 2018 Majors Baseball Family Day All-Stars!

      Come watch these teams play in the Majors All-Star Game on Saturday at 7:30pm on the East Field.

      American League:
      Manager Steve Seth

      From Team Seth
      Parker Seth
      Zeke Heerema
      Joe Waalkes
      From Team Moore
      Jameson Beale
      Micah Daniels
      Leland Whinery
      From Team VanderBoegh
      Ethan Ogle
      Quintin Thomas
      Will VanderBoegh
      From Team Stadel
      Harris Kehr
      Logan McCahill
      Carson Stadel
      From Team VanGessel
      Jackson Groen
      Alexander Scofield
      Luke VanGessel
      National League:
      Manager Matt Bertke


      From Team Bertke
      Luke Bertke
      Zachary Clark
      Harry Reed
      From Team Sova
      Scott Millman
      Nate Sova
      Matt Stotts
      From Team Bernecker
      Ben Billo
      Tommy Cavanaugh
      Morrison Maher
      From Team Lamange
      Isaiah Bos
      Glenn Green
      JT Lamange
      From Team DeHoek
      Peter Heintz
      Nigel Doyle
      Mark Vogel

      Congratulations 2018 Minors Baseball Family Day All-Stars!

      Come watch these teams play in the Minors All-Star Game on Saturday at 7:30pm on the West Field.

      American League:
      Manager Tom Kuzner

      From Team Kuzner
      Maxwell Gaiser
      Carter Vriesenga
      Michael Kuzner
      From Team Tocco
      Andrew Owings
      Noah Reed
      Ethan Holzgen
      From Team Bishop
      Ryer Olsson
      Andy Jeakle
      Max Bishop
      From Team Wolford
      Casey Shelton
      Mikey Wolford
      Dylan Daniels
      From Team Clark
      Chase Voorhees
      Will Deblecourt
      Eli Clark
      From Team Meinert
      Joe Cuncannan
      Hudson Meinert
      William Bush
      National League:
      Manager Kevin Stotts


      From Team Stotts
      Brandt Alles
      Luke Ekkens
      Ben Stotts
      From Team Wisinski
      Ethan Sova
      Cole Bertke
      Jackson Greene
      From Team Rohen
      Cooper Rohen
      J.P. Levan
      Tripp Hoekstra
      From Team Klein
      Drew Young
      Will Klein
      Ben Gott
      From Team Scholten
      George Haan
      Sam Heintz
      Emmett Vance
      From Team Sage
      Pablo Alzamora
      Jake Hedeman
      Henry Seufert

      Family Day Matchups Are Set for Baseball Minors & Majors

      Every year on Family Day, the matchups for Baseball Minors and Majors are set based on the standings. We have now determined the matchups for this year. Please review the schedule page for Baseball Minors and Majors to see what time your team plays.

      Sunday, June 3, 2018

      Schedule Changes in Baseball/Minors: Wolford, Scholten, Meinert & Sage


      • Wolford vs Scholten: Your 14-Jun-5:30pm game has been rescheduled to 14-Jun-7:30pm.
      • Meinert vs Sage: Your 14-Jun-7:30pm game has been rescheduled to 14-Jun-5:30pm.

      Schedule Change in Baseball/Seniors: Batka vs Weiss


      • Batka vs Weiss: Your 6-Jun-7:30pm game has been pushed back to start at 8:00pm.

      IMPORTANT! Raffle Tickets

      Please sell your raffle tickets and turn them in by 2:00pm on Saturday!

      The 2:00pm deadline is for those who wish to be eligible for prizes.

      Otherwise, you can still turn in your raffle tickets until 6:00pm on Saturday.

      We cannot stress enough how important the raffle fundraiser is for Southern Little League.
      Thanks in advance for all of your support!

      Thanks again,
      Sara Stadel
      Kari DeBoer
      Wendi Moore

      Schedule Change in Softball/Juniors


      • Southern vs Northview: Your 4-Jun-6:00pm game has been rescheduled to 12-Jun-6:00pm at Northview.

      Friday, June 1, 2018

      Family Day is Saturday, June 9

      Saturday, June 9, is Family Day. Dozens of ball games and lots of other activities will be going on all day long, so bring the whole family - Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, and uncles.
        Join us for lunch or dinner, and enjoy our expanded menu:
        • Marinated sirloin steak-on-a-stick
        • Teriyaki chicken kabobs
        • 1/3 pound jumbo hamburgers, jumbo hot dogs, and fresh brats
        • Famous sauteed onions and all your favorite condiments
        • Corn-on-the-cob
        Activities for the kids:  free!
        • Double water slide
        • Bounce land
        Raffle:
        • Reminder: Please sell your raffle tickets and turn in the money and stubs before the deadline at 2:00pm on Saturday. Look for the raffle table near the concession stand.
        • The big raffle drawing will take place at 7:00pm.
        All-Star Games:
        • Plan on staying for the Minors and Majors Baseball All-Star Games at 7:30pm.
        Volunteer:
        • It's not too late to volunteer to help out: click here.
        • We have a separate sign-up for grill volunteers here.
        Weather Updates:
        • Sign up to get notified by text message of any cancellations or schedule changes due to the weather. It is SO simple to sign up. Click here.

        Thursday, May 31, 2018

        Make Up Games and Schedule Changes in Baseball/Majors This Saturday

        • DeHoek vs Stadel: Your 2-Jun-9:00am game will now start at 8:30am.
        • Bertke vs Sova: Your rain-suspended game from 30-May will be resumed 2-Jun-10:00am on the East field.
        • Bertke vs Sova: Your 2-Jun-11:00am game will now start at 11:30am.
        • Seth vs Moore: Your 2-Jun-1:00pm game will now start at 1:30pm.
        • Bernecker vs VanderBeough: Your 2-Jun-3:00pm game will now start at 3:30pm.
        • VanGessel vs Lamange: Your 2-Jun-5:00pm game will now start at 5:30pm.

        Wednesday, May 30, 2018

        7:45pm Juniors Softball and 8:00 Minors Baseball Games Canceled

        The 7:45pm Juniors Softball and 8:00 Minors Baseball games have been canceled due to rain.

        Tuesday, May 29, 2018

        Family Day is Saturday, June 9

        Saturday, June 9, is Family Day. Dozens of ball games and lots of other activities will be going on all day long, so bring the whole family - Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, and uncles.
          Join us for lunch or dinner, and enjoy our expanded menu:
          • Marinated sirloin steak-on-a-stick
          • Teriyaki chicken kabobs
          • 1/3 pound jumbo hamburgers, jumbo hot dogs, and fresh brats
          • Famous sauteed onions and all your favorite condiments
          • Corn-on-the-cob
          Activities for the kids:  free!
          • Double water slide
          • Bounce land
          Raffle:
          • Reminder: Please sell your raffle tickets and turn in the money and stubs before the deadline at 2:00pm on Saturday. Look for the raffle table near the concession stand.
          • The big raffle drawing will take place at 7:00pm.
          All-Star Games:
          • Plan on staying for the Minors and Majors Baseball All-Star Games at 7:30pm.
          Volunteer:
          • It's not too late to volunteer to help out: click here.
          • We have a separate sign-up for grill volunteers here.
          Weather Updates:
          • Sign up to get notified by text message of any cancellations or schedule changes due to the weather. It is SO simple to sign up. Click here.

          Family Day Volunteers Needed - Sign Up Here

          We need a whole lot of volunteers on Family Day, Saturday, June 9. Please click here to sign up for a 90-minute slot. It's a whole lot of fun!

          Thursday, May 24, 2018

          Make Up Games in Baseball/Majors: Sova, VanGessel, Seth & Bertke

          • Sova vs VanGessel: Your rained out game from 19-May will be made up Sun-3-Jun-1:00pm on the East field.
          • VanGessel vs Sova: Your rained out game from 21-May will be made up Mon-11-Jun-5:30pm on the East field.
          • Seth vs Bertke: Your rained out game from 19-May will be made up Mon-11-Jun-7:30pm on the East field.

          Make Up Games in Baseball/Minors: 10 teams

          • Wolford vs Scholten: Your rained out game from 2-May will be made up 14-Jun-5:30pm on the East field.
          • Meinert vs Sage: Your rained out game from 11-May will be made up 14-Jun-7:30pm on the East field.
          • Stotts vs Tocco: Your rained out game from 19-May will be made up 15-Jun-5:30pm on the West field.
          • Rohen vs Bishop: Your rained out game from 21-May will be made up 15-Jun-5:30pm on the East field.
          • Kuzner vs Clark: Your rained out game from 21-May will be made up 15-Jun-7:30pm on the East field.

          Wednesday, May 23, 2018

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Juniors: Burgess & Tucker


          • Burgess vs Tucker: Your 7-Jun-7:30pm game has been rescheduled to 1-Jun-7:30pm.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Seniors: Passinault, Batka, Stuursma & Weiss


          • Passinault vs Batka: Your 30-May-5:30pm game has been rescheduled to 8:00pm.
          • Stuursma vs Weiss: Your 30-May-7:30pm game has been rescheduled to 5:30pm.

          Rosters and Schedule for Baseball Seniors Now Available

          The rosters and schedule for Baseball Seniors are now available online. Click the Rosters and the Schedules links on the right sidebar.

          Tuesday, May 22, 2018

          Make Up Games in Baseball/Minors: Kuzner, Bishop, Clark, Scholten, Klein


          • Kuzner vs Bishop: Your rained out game from 19-May will be made up Thu-24-May-7:30pm on the East field.
          • Bishop vs Clark: Your rained out game from 11-May will be made up Sun-3-June-1:00pm on the West field.
          • Scholten vs Klein: Your rained out game from 22-May will be made up Sun-3-June-3:00pm on the West field.

          Team Parents: Pictures are Ready

          Team Parents, please pick up pictures for your team from the concession stand. Please note, this is for Team Parents only, not for every parent. The Team Parent is the one parent from each team assigned to handle pictures, raffle tickets, etc. The Team Parent should pick up all the pictures for the team and distribute them to the team members.

          Cancellation in Softball/Coach Pitch: Marshall


          • Team Marshall: Your 24-May-7:30pm game has been canceled.

          Monday, May 21, 2018

          All Games at Southern Canceled Today Due to Weather

          All games at Southern's fields are canceled on Monday, May 21, due to the rainy weather.

          Saturday, May 19, 2018

          Schedule Change TODAY in Baseball/78ers: Cheverny & Kohlmescher

          • Cheverny vs Kohlmescher: Your 19-May-5:30pm game has been rescheduled to 13-Jun-5:30pm.

          All Games on JC FIELDS Canceled

          All games on the JC East and West fields are canceled. Games on the East, West, and Henwood fileds are still ON as scheduled.

          10:15am and 11:00am Games Canceled

          10:15am and 11:00am games today are canceled. All 12:00pm and later games are still ON as scheduled.

          8:30am and 9:00am Games Canceled

          8:30am and 9:00am games today are canceled. All other games are still ON as scheduled.

          Thursday, May 17, 2018

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Juniors: Marshall & Passinault

          • Marshall vs Passinault: Your 19-May-10:00am game has been changed to a 5:30pm start time.

          Friday, May 11, 2018

          All Games at Southern Canceled Tonight

          Rain, people. You know the drill.

          Picture Day is TOMORROW, Rain or Shine!

          Please note that the rain is supposed to move out in the morning. McConomy Photo will be set up in the pavilion behind the West field, and they will also have tents set up. Please make sure to come as a whole team so everybody is in the photos.

          Note: As always if severe weather is present we will delay. You can sign up for weather alert texts on the right sidebar.

          Seniors Baseball is Open Again for Signup

          Please sign up here as soon as possible. The deadline is Sunday, May 13 at 11:59pm.

          Wednesday, May 9, 2018

          Picture Day is Saturday, May 12

          Sat-12-May is picture day.
          • Each team has been given a specific time slot for pictures, and by now your coach or team parent should have contacted you about what time you need to be there. If not, please contact your team parent for details.
          • There's also an opportunity for players to have individual pictures taken.
          • Even if you're not planning on purchasing a team or individual photo, as a courtesy to others on the team, please make sure your child is present for the team picture anyhow.
          • Pictures are taken over near the Mackay Jaycee soccer fields, under the pavilion in the woods, near the playground.
          • They run a tight ship, so be on time for your team's scheduled slot.
          • RAIN OR SHINE! Regardless of any possible weather-related game cancellations, picture day will go on as scheduled unless otherwise announced.

          Tuesday, May 8, 2018

          Seniors Baseball is Now FULL

          Seniors Baseball is now full and registration has been closed. If you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact Rob Henkey at rob@metaltechbuildings.com or 616-293-1607.

          Monday, May 7, 2018

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Tocco, Wisinski, Stotts & Meinert

          • Tocco vs Wisinski: Your 23-May-8:00pm game has been changed to a 4:30pm start time.
          • Stotts vs Meinert: Your 23-May-4:30pm game has been changed to a 8:00pm start time.

          Attention Juniors Baseball Players, Coaches & Parents

          Hello Junior Baseball Players, Coaches and Parents.

          With the season starting tomorrow we wanted to pass along this bat regulation material. All material and information can be found at www.littleleague.org. In Junior league you may use the new USA standard bats. However, you may also use the old BBCOR standard bats as well. Please see the note below from Little League for Intermediate and Junior Baseball Divisions.

          NOTE 2: Also, permitted for the Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League Division are bats meeting the BBCOR performance standard, and so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

          Hope this helps, and have a great season.

          Southern Little League

          Friday, May 4, 2018

          Important: Decertified Easton Bat

          Easton Ghost Decertified Bat
          On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed youth organizations, including Little League, that effective immediately, the bat identified as the Easton Ghost X YBB18GX10 30/20 2 5/8" (or the "Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8" at retail) has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard. This applies to the 30-inch drop 10 variation of the Easton Ghost X only. Pursuant to Rule 1.10, this is now an illegal bat. At the time of this decertification notice, all other lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X bat remain approved for play.

          All parents, coaches, and umpires must check their bats and remove these bats from play if they are in possession of these bats.

          Any questions regarding returns, refunds, or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton at ghostreturn@easton.com.

          Please visit USABat.com/Decertified-Bats for more information.

          More information on how the USABat Standard impacts Little League can be found at LittleLeague.org/BatInfo.

          We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you all for your attention to this matter.

          Thursday, May 3, 2018

          Please Sign Up NOW for Seniors Baseball

          It is now time to sign up for Southern's Senior League Baseball.

          The season starts AFTER the high school baseball season concludes, so there are no conflicts with your school team.

          The deadline is May 15 at 11:59pm, after which you will be assessed a late fee.

          PLEASE DON'T PUT THIS OFF. WE NEED YOU TO SIGN UP RIGHT AWAY SO WE CAN ARRANGE TEAMS AND COACHES.

          Click here to sign up.

          Schedule Change in Softball/Juniors: Peterson


          • Team Peterson: All your games at Northeastern (9-May, 23-May, 11-Jun) will start at 6:30pm instead of 6:00pm.

          Make-up Game in Baseball/Majors: LaMange & Bertke

          • LaManage vs Bertke: Your rained out game from 2-May has been rescheduled for 4-Jun-5:30pm.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Majors: Bernecker, LaManage, VanGessel & Bertke

          • Bernecker vs Lamanage: Your 7-May-7:30pm game has been changed to 8-May-5:30pm.
          • VanGessel vs Bertke: Your 8-May-5:30pm game has been changed to 7-May-7:30pm.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Passinault & Burgess

          • Passinault vs Burgess: Your 11-May-7:30pm game has been changed to 17-May-7:30pm.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Tocco, Meinert, Scholten & Stotts

          • Tocco vs Meinert: Your 16-May-7:30pm game has been changed to 18-May-7:30pm.
          • Stotts vs Scholten: Your 18-May-7:30pm game has been changed to 16-May-7:30pm.

          Wednesday, May 2, 2018

          Complete Schedule for Softball Juniors Now Available

          The complete softball schedule for Juniors is now available online. Click the Schedules link on the right sidebar.

          All Games Canceled

          All games are canceled for the rest of Wednesday evening.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Juniors: Passinault & Conway

          • Passinault vs Conway: Your 14-Jun-5:30pm game on the Henwood Field at Southern has been changed to 13-Jun-6:00pm on the Remington Field field in East GR.

          Schedule Changes in Softball/78ers: Postma & Marshall

          • Team Postma:
            Your 4-May-7:30pm game has been changed to 7:00pm.
            Your 5-May-3:00pm game has been canceled and will be rescheduled TBD.
          • Team Marshall:
            Your 5-May-1:00pm game has been canceled and will be rescheduled TBD.

          Tuesday, May 1, 2018

          Found Bat

          This bat was found on the West field. Easton 30-inch brand new bat. Please stop by the concession stand to claim it if it's yours.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Scholten & Bishop

          • Scholten vs Bishop: Your 5-May-5:30pm game has been changed to 9:00am on the JC West field. This is a time and field change, same date.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Scholten & Sage

          Due to a change in circumstances, we need to revert the most recent schedule change for Scholten and Sage. We apologize for any inconvenience. The online schedule is up to date and now shows the correct times.
          • Team Scholten: Your 5-May-8:30am game vs Kuzner has been changed back to the original 5:30pm time vs Bishop.
          • Team Sage: Your 5-May-5:30pm game vs Bishop has been changed back to the original 8:30am time vs Kuzner.

          Schedule Change in Softball/Juniors: Peterson

          • Team Peterson: Your 2-May-7:45pm game has been changed to 5-May-1:00pm.

          Monday, April 30, 2018

          Schedule Change in Baseball/78ers: VanderPloeg & Dublis

          • Team VanderPloeg: Your 15-May-7:15pm game vs Kohlmescher has been changed to 17-May-5:30pm vs Calnan.
          • Team Dublis: Your 17-May-5:30pm game vs Calnan has been changed to 15-May-7:15pm vs Kohlmescher.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Scholten & Sage

          • Team Scholten: Your 5-May-5:15pm game vs Bishop has been changed to 8:30am vs Kuzner.
          • Team Sage: Your 5-May-8:30am game vs Kuzner has been changed to 5:30pm vs Bishop.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Rohen, Meinert, Bishop & Kuzner


        • Rohen vs Meinert: Your 19-May-8:30am game has been changed to 3:30pm.
        • Bishop vs Kuzner: Your 19-May-3:30pm game has been changed to 8:30am.
        • Friday, April 27, 2018

          Partial Schedule for Softball Juniors Now Available

          Softball schedules for Juniors are now available online. We'll be adding more games as soon as the district schedule is finalized. Click the Schedules link on the right sidebar.

          Thursday, April 26, 2018

          Schedule Corrections in Baseball/78ers: Calnan, Cheverny, Dublis & Kohlmescher

          • Calnan vs Cheverny: Your 2-Jun game has been corrected to show a start time of 4:00pm.
          • Dublis vs Kohlmescher: Your 2-Jun game has been corrected to show a start time of 5:30pm.

          Schedule Change in Softball/Minors: Ager

          • Ager: Your 10-May-6:30pm game has been changed to 30-May-6:30pm.

          Schedule Change in Softball/Majors: Klop

          • Klop: Your 10-May game has been changed to start at 6:30pm.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Majors: VanGessel & Seth

          • VanGessel vs Seth: Your 4-Jun-5:30pm game has been changed to 29-May-7:30pm.

          Wednesday, April 25, 2018

          Road Construction on Kalamazoo Ave

          The city of Grand Rapids will be resurfacing Kalamazoo Ave between Alger and 28th Street this summer. The city is working on schedules and will update us once finalized. We will have access to Southern, but it will be very congested. We'll keep you posted as we learn more. In the meantime, you can view the city's updates here.

          Schedule Corrections in Softball Minors

          The online schedule for Softball Minors had incorrectly shown all game times as 6:00pm. We have corrected a number of game times to their proper time now. Please review the schedule again here. Sorry for any inconvenience.

          Monday, April 23, 2018

          Please Sign Up NOW for Seniors Baseball

          It is now time to sign up for Southern's Senior League Baseball.

          The season starts AFTER the high school baseball season concludes, so there are no conflicts with your school team.

          The deadline is May 15 at 11:59pm, after which you will be assessed a late fee.

          PLEASE DON'T PUT THIS OFF. WE NEED YOU TO SIGN UP RIGHT AWAY SO WE CAN ARRANGE TEAMS AND COACHES.

          Click here to sign up.

          Friday, April 20, 2018

          Opening Day is TODAY!

          Welcome to Opening Day at Southern. The grills will be fired up tonight and all day Saturday. Enjoy opening weekend and the spring weather!

          Thursday, April 19, 2018

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Majors: Bernecker, LaMange, VanderBoegh & Moore

          • Bernecker vs LaMange: Your 7-May-5:30pm game has been changed to 7:30pm.
          • VanderBoegh vs Moore: Your 7-May-7:30pm game has been changed to 5:30pm

          Practice Fields are Open for Business!

          The practice fields at Southern and at Lakeside Elementary are ready for use for scheduled practices. At Southern, the grounds crew will be cleaning leaves off the fields, so please be patient and share space as needed. Opening day tomorrow evening and Saturday are a go, weather permitting.

          Wednesday, April 18, 2018

          Opening Day Update

          The winter weather continues, and all fields remain unplayable. So practices are canceled again for today at both Southern and Lakeside Elementary.

          The season is slated to start on Friday evening and Saturday. We're hopeful the snow will melt by then, and we'll do our best to get the fields ready in time. We'll let you know by 2:00pm on Friday whether or not we'll be going ahead with opening day.

          SPRING HAS TO COME EVENTUALLY!

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Majors: LaMange & VanGessel

          • LaMange vs VanGessel: Your 29-May-7:30pm game has been changed to 31-May-5:30pm.

          Tuesday, April 17, 2018

          All Southern & Lakeside Practices Canceled AGAIN Today

          The winter weather continues, and all fields remain unplayable. So practices are canceled again for today at both Southern and Lakeside Elementary.

          Monday, April 16, 2018

          Softball Majors, Minors, and Coach Pitch Schedules Now Available

          Softball schedules for Majors, Minors, and Coach Pitch are now available online. Click the Schedules link on the right sidebar.

          All Southern & Lakeside Practices Canceled Today

          Due to weather, all fields are unplayable. So practices are canceled for today at both Southern and Lakeside Elementary.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Bishop, Wisinski, Wolford & Scholten

          • Wolford vs Scholten: Your 2-May-5:30pm game has been changed to 7:30pm.
          • Bishop vs Wisinski: Your 2-May-7:30pm game has been moved to 5:30pm.

          Coaches ONLY: Practice Field Slots Added

          Coaches ONLY: You can now sign up to reserve practice fields at Lakeside School thru May 19. Click the Coaches link on the right sidebar to make your reservations.

          Friday, April 13, 2018

          Cleanup Day is Canceled

          Cleanup Day was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 14. But the weather forecast is terrible, so Cleanup Day has been canceled.

          Thursday, April 12, 2018

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Majors: DeHoek, Moore, VanGessel & Bernecker

          • DeHoek vs Moore: Your 3-May-5:30pm game has been changed to 7:30pm.
          • VanGessel vs Bernecker: Your 3-May-7:30pm game has been moved to 5:30pm.

          Schedule Change in Baseball/Minors: Rohen & Scholten


          • Rohen: Your 23-Apr-5:30pm game vs Wisinski has been changed to 25-Apr-5:30pm vs Sage.
          • Scholten: Your 25-Apr-5:30pm game vs Sage has been changed to 23-Apr-5:30pm vs Wisniski.

          Tuesday, March 27, 2018

          Baseball Minors and 78ers Rosters Now Available

          If you're signed up for 78ers (coach pitch) or Minors baseball, you can now see the official rosters online. Click the Rosters link on the right sidebar.

          Monday, March 26, 2018

          Softball Rosters Now Available

          If you're signed up for softball in coach pitch (78ers), minors, majors, or juniors, you can now see the official rosters online. Click the Rosters link on the right sidebar.

          Sunday, March 25, 2018

          Majors Baseball Rosters Now Available

          If you're signed up for majors baseball, you can now see the official rosters online. Click the Rosters link on the right sidebar.

          Saturday, March 24, 2018

          Baseball Schedules Now Available

          Baseball schedules for 78ers, Minors, Majors, and Juniors are now available online. Click the Schedules link on the right sidebar.

          Juniors Baseball Rosters Now Available

          If you're signed up for juniors baseball, you can now see the official rosters online. Click the Rosters link on the right sidebar.

          Friday, March 23, 2018

          Coaches ONLY: Practice Field Slots Added

          Coaches ONLY: You can now sign up to reserve practice fields at Lakeside School thru April 19. Click the Coaches link on the right sidebar to make your reservations.

          Tryouts are TOMORROW, March 24

          TOMORROW is tryout day at East GR High School Gym. Not every child needs to attend, but attendance is MANDATORY for some kids. Please take the time to read all the details here. If parents are fully informed, it really makes a huge difference in how smoothly this busy day runs.

          Wednesday, March 21, 2018

          20% Off at Dick’s Sporting Goods THIS WEEKEND!

          Get 20% off throughout the store with this coupon on Saturday through Monday, March 24-26, 2018.

          Coaches ONLY: Practice Field Signup is LIVE!

          Coaches ONLY: You can now sign up to reserve practice fields at Southern. We will be adding more slots for Breton Downs and Lakeside schools in the coming weeks. Click the Coaches link on the right sidebar to make your reservations.

          IMPORTANT: PEASE READ: Tryouts are SATURDAY, March 24

          SATURDAY is tryout day at East GR High School Gym. Not every child needs to attend, but attendance is MANDATORY for some kids. Please take the time to read all the details here. If parents are fully informed, it really makes a huge difference in how smoothly this busy day runs.

          Monday, March 19, 2018

          Registration Update

          Softball: Registration is now closed for girls softball. If you are desperate to register for softball, you'll need to contact the director, Joe Sarnicola at joesarnicola@gmail.com.

          Baseball: We still have some openings in the baseball divisions, but the $25 late fee is now in effect. If you still haven't registered, please do so immediately here. The deadline is Tuesday, March 20, at 11:59pm. As of the time of this announcement, we still have the following openings in baseball:
          • Coach pitch (78ers): room for 2 more players.
          • Minors: room for 10 more players.
          • Majors: room for 7 more players.
          • Juniors: room for 6 more players.
          Seniors Baseball: if you haven't registered yet, no problem. Please hold off on doing so until we post a final deadline for you. Your deadline is not until mid-May, so you won't pay a late fee until that deadline passes. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks, seniors.

          Sunday, March 18, 2018

          Tryouts are THIS SATURDAY, March 24

          Saturday is tryout day at East GR High School Gym. Not every child needs to attend, but attendance is MANDATORY for some kids. Please take the time to read all the details here. If parents are fully informed, it really makes a huge difference in how smoothly this busy day runs.

          Wednesday, March 14, 2018

          20% Off at Dick’s Sporting Goods March 24-26

          Get 20% off throughout the store with this coupon on Saturday through Monday, March 24-26, 2018.

          Monday, March 5, 2018

          Calling All Umpires!

          If you are passionate about the game of baseball or softball will be playing juniors level baseball/softball or higher, this year then you are invited to a meeting at East Grand Rapids High School's gym on Saturday, March 24th, at 2:00pm, or immediately after the juniors evaluation ends – so don’t be late. This meeting will last about 15 minutes to collect your name and number and cover a few topics.

          Jack Conway, Southern's Umpire Director, will host this meeting and address several topics including mandatory training dates, how to sign-up for games, pay scale, etc. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn a little money this spring, get a unique SLL umpire hat/shirt, take on the responsibility of umping a baseball game, and enhance your future college/job applications by becoming an umpire.
          If you have umped before you don’t have to come to this meeting as Mr. Conway will be reaching out to last year’s umps. Also, take note of Mr. Conway’s cell phone number of 616-916-4911.

          Still a Few Openings

          Our registration deadline has passed, but we still have openings for all ages in baseball and coach pitch and juniors in softball. You can still sign up on line. If you have any questions, you can email Bob Hams at bhams@roofmelt.com. The $25 late fee will be charged. All signups now are first come first serve.

          Those wanting to sign up for seniors baseball and seniors softball should now wait until after March 24 to sign up. We'll send out another announcement reminding you of your later deadline.

          Saturday, March 3, 2018

          Sign Up Before Midnight TONIGHT!

          The deadline is Saturday, March 3, at 11:59pm. The price goes up by $25 after that deadline. Click here to read all the details and to sign up.

          Friday, March 2, 2018

          Sign Up Deadline is TOMORROW!

          The deadline is TOMORROW, March 3, at 11:59pm. The price goes up by $25 after that deadline. Click here to read all the details and to sign up.

          Tuesday, February 27, 2018

          Please Sign Up NOW

          The deadline is March 3, and the price goes up by $25 after that deadline. Click here to read all the details and to sign up.

          Saturday, February 24, 2018

          Lead Off Party is TONIGHT!

          Yes, you can buy tickets at the door!
           

          Annual Fundraiser
          for Southern Little League

          2018 Lead Off Party

          Saturday
          February 24th
          2018

          newly renovated
          Applause Event Center
          (behind Pietro's)
          7:00 11:00 PM

          THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
          Our deepest gratitude is extended to those
          who have generously donated to
          Southern Little League 2018 Lead Off Party

          Applause
          Dick’s Sporting Goods
          Hungry Howie’s
          Mick DeKorver
          Larry Ike, Diamonds
          Harry Berrios
          Wenger’s Bowling Alley
          Blimpie
          Jeff Hoppman
          Fox Motors
          Kate Foy
          Patterson Ice Center
          Grand Rapids Christians High School
          East Grand Rapids Schools
          EGR Baseball
          Coach Longo & EGR Varsity Football
          Holwerda-Snoap Sporting Goods
          Catholic Central Varsity Football
          Catholic Central HS Athletic Department
          Grand Rapids Christians High School
          Tobi Beale, Meghan Hislop, The James Salon
          Coach Peter Stuursma & Hope College
          Alto Gas
          Mike Knuble
          Smitter Pest Control
          Buy Bats.com
          Brad Ditmar
          Founders Brewing
          Metal Tech
          Roof Melt
          Scott & Natalie Bernecker and Family
          Sean Cox Law, PLLC
          Welch Allyn
          Detroit Pistons
          Mark & Allison White
          Great Wolf Lodge
          Air Time of Grand Rapids
          Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen
          Michirondack, Jason Nagher
          Newaygo General Store
          NOCO
          Jose Babushka’s
          Rose’s
          Derby Station
          Wolfgang’s
          Manna Cafe
          The Green Well
          Bistro Bella Vita
          Restaurant Partners
          Foremost Graphics Group

           

          • Cash Bar and Hors d'oeuvres

          • $60 per couple / $35 per person
          • RSVP and buy your tickets in advance via the
          website: www.southernll.org or send checks payable to:
          Southern Little League
          Grand Rapids 49506

          Tuesday, February 20, 2018

          Buy Your Tickets Now for the Feb 24 Lead-Off Party



          Purchase Tickets Now
           
           
          - OR -

          Make a Donation Now

           

          Wednesday, February 14, 2018

          2018 Bat Regulations

          Here are a couple of useful links for those making bat purchases for the upcoming season:

          2017-2018 Bat Comparison Chart
          Minors & Majors
          2017                                                                                       2018
          BPF 1.15 marking/ 2 ¼” barrel maximum                                USA Baseball marking
                                                                                                          2 5/8” barrel maximum

          Intermediate (50/70) & Junior
          2017                                                                                       2018
          1) 2 ¼" alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15                   USA Baseball marking
          2) 2 5/8" alloy/metal barrel (no marking required)                  2 5/8” barrel maximum
          3) 2 5/8" composite barrel with BBCOR stamp                         NO BBCOR ALLOWED

          Senior
          2017                                                                                       2018
          ALL bats must be BBCOR                                                         ALL bats must be BBCOR

          ____________________________________________________________

          Rule 1.10 - Baseball

          The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).
          Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League divisions shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.

          Tee Ball:

          Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.

           

           

           

          Minor/Major Divisions:

          It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.
          NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

          Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League:

          It shall not be more than 34" inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.
          NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

          Senior League:

          It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

          Rule 1.10 - Softball

          The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.
          An illegal or altered bat must be removed.




          In all divisions, non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.
          NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.
          NOTE 2: The use of pine tar or any other similar adhesive substance is prohibited at all levels of Little League Baseball and Softball. Use of these substances will result in the bat being declared illegal and removed from play.
          NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼. The 2⅝-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2⅝.


          NOTE 4: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play.PENALTY - See Rule - 6.06(d).