Welcome to the new Baseball Tasmania website!

10th September 2014

Welcome to the Raine & Horne, Hobart Summer Baseball League (updated 10/9/2018)

For the third season in a row, I am proud to announce that Raine & Horne have agreed to be our Platinum Naming Rights sponsor for the upcoming season. Thank you very much to Ron, Paul & David Brooks for their continued support of baseball in Hobart. David (10/9/2018) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Very pleased to announce that Raine & Horne have agreed to continue as our Platinum Naming Rights Sponsor for season 2017/18. Once again, thank you very much to Ron, Paul & David Brooks for supporting baseball. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Over the last three to four seasons, we have been actively seeking sponsors for the league, in particularly, a sponsor which would take up a naming rights' option. I am thrilled to announce that Raine & Horne Hobart have today come on board as our first Platinum Sponsor which means that our league will now be known as the Raine & Horne, Hobart Summer Baseball League. Thank you very much to Ron, Paul and David Brooks. David (29/9/2016) http://www.raineandhorne.com.au/hobart

Baseball Tasmania Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Thank you to all those members who contributed to the compiling of this document.

Baseball Tasmania Strategic Plan 2016-2021

David Searle


Baseball Tasmania

0468 927 363

Exciting news for the north west coast

Following on from discussions between Andrew Barton, the Burnie City Council and myself, a site has been proposed for the establishment of baseball league which would take in the area from Devonport through to Smithton, tentatively called the North West Tasmanian Baseball League (NWTBL). By agreement with the council, the location will be withheld for the moment but the site is certainly large enough to cater for a baseball field. It is envisaged the league would cater for all genders with seniors (16 and above), juniors (12 to 15 inclusive) and t-ball from 7 to 11 inclusive. A Facebook page for NWTBL will be set up shortly but in the meantime, if you are interested in playing baseball and/or assisting with coaching, admin etc, please contact Andrew on 0455 969 511 or at baseballnw@hotmail.com. Thank you very much to Andrew for all his time, effort and enthusiasm...go Tassie baseball!

Facebook page @northwestbaseballtas

David (15/5/19)

Baseball Tasmania AGM: 15th June 2019

The AGM for 2019 will be held on Saturday 15th June.

Venue: Hobart FC clubrooms TCA Ground Davies Ave Hobart

Time: 4pm till 6pm

The AGM will be held on a Saturday this year to allow for the attendance of members/supporters from Launceston and the north-west coast.
The venue and time have yet to be confirmed but to allow for reasonable traveling times, it is anticipated the meeting will commence late afternoon.
Nominations for positions on the executive (President, Snr Vice President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) close with our secretary, Gene Wheeler, on 1st May 2019.
Nominations must be made in writing by two (2) members of the league and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate.
There will be a brief "open" general meeting following the AGM to discuss both the past season and 2019-20.

David (10/5/2019)

Momentum Baseball-Tas

I would like to introduce you to the Momentum Baseball-Tas Facebook page.


This page has been set up by our former president and now umpiring coordinator, Nigel O'Brien.

Nigel seeks out FB baseball skills training clips from around the world and puts them into one central, accessible point. As baseball continues to gain momentum, not only in Hobart but throughout Tasmania, current and prospective players need a central point from which to gather information on improving their skills.

I would encourage members and potential members alike to check out the Momentum Baseball - Tas page.

David (10/5/2019)

Connor Pearcey wins the inaugural division two Player of the Year Award

Congratulations to Connor Pearcey who won the inaugural division two Player of the Year Award at Saturday night's Baseball Tasmania Presentation Night and Dinner.

Connor (16 yrs old) of the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays, won the count with the 21 umpire votes from Terry McCulloch of the Northern White Sox who polled 18 votes.

Final top six in the voting:

Connor Pearcey (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays)        21 votes

Terry McCulloch (Northern White Sox)                       18 votes

Shane Davies (Pirates)                                               13 votes

David Searle (Northern White Sox)                             10 votes

Joel Ketchel (Pirates)                                                   9 votes

Zack Harris (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays)                 8 votes


David (8/4/2019)

Ben Neilson wins the Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year Award for division one

Congratulations to Ben Neilson from the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays who won the division one Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year Award on Saturday night. 

Ben polled 22 votes to defeat the hot favourite Jason Baurycza on 18 votes.

Final six in the voting:

Ben Neilson (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays)                                22

Jason Baurycza (Banjos Orioles)                                                 18

Sam Morrison (Eastern Athletics)                                                 15

Richie Law (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays)                                   13

Peter Hubble (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays)                                10

James Wolfe (Eastern Athletics)                                                     9

David (8/4/2019)

Baseball Tasmania Presentation Night and Dinner

This Saturday (6th) sees the annual Baseball Tasmania Presentation Night and Dinner to be held at the Hobart FC Clubrooms commencing around 7pm.

Catering will be provided by Golden Roast with the following awards up for grabs:

Div 2:

Player of the Year

Batting champion

Pitcher of the Year

Raine & Horne Defensive Player of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Div 1:

Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year

Batting champion

Pitcher of the Year

Raine & Horne Defensive Player of the Year

Rookie of the Year

David (1/4/2019)

2019 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival: Ballarat: 15th to 17th March

The dust has settled on the final training session as tension mounts for the upcoming Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival from 15th to 17th March.

The players representing Tasmania in the tournament are as follows:

Over 50's

Michael Hegarty
Peter Hubble
Steve Harris
Steve Millington
David Searle
Stuart Smith
Chris Morrison
David Humphries
John Langenberg
Grant Stump
Bob Permyakoff
Peter McManus
Jamie McIntyre

Over 35’s

Jason Allie
Jimmy Clout (debut)
Aaron Jarvis
James Wolfe
Paul Muller
Colin Webber (debut)
Richie Law
Jeff Faulkner (debut)
Shane Davies (debut)
Andrew Sullivan
John Kasz (debut)

Nigel O'Brien will be accompanying the squad as an umpire and Paul McIntyre will be assisting the teams.

Good luck to all members.

David (12/3/2019)

Tassie Tigers Masters games: 2019 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival

Over 50's:

Friday 15th: 8.30 to 10 am: V Werribee

10.15 to 11.45 am V Diggers

Saturday 16th: 3 to 4.30 pm V Big Cat Tomatoes

Sunday 17th: 11.30 am to 1 pm V Doncaster
Over 35's

Friday 15th: 3.30 to 5 pm V Big Cat Tomatoes
7.15 to 8.45 pm V Ballarat

Saturday 16th: 1.15 to 2.45 pm V Sloths

Sunday 17th: 9.45 to 11.15 am V Bald Eages


The finals of each age group will be played on Sunday 17th from 5 to 6.30 pm.

Updates and information about the tournament can be obtained from the Victorian Masters Baseball website:


David (12/3/2019)

Congratulations to the Banjos Orioles, division one champions for 2018/19

Behind a stellar pitching performance by eventual MVP, Jason Baurycza, the Orioles eventually got on top of the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays to record a 9 - 3 victory. For six innings it was a pitchers' duel between Jason and Ben Nielson of the Blue Jays but a home run by Jimmy Clout to lead off the top of the seventh spurred on the Orioles to add six runs in the last three innings for a famous victory. 

Top performers on the day:

Jimmy Clout (Banjos Orioles) 3 for 4, home run
Nick Fenton (Banjos Orioles) 2 for 4;
Andrew Dykes (Banjos Orioles) 2 for 3;
Ryan Fenton (Banjos Orioles) 2 for 3;
Stuart Smith (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays) 2 for 4


Jason Baurycza (MVP)

9 IP, 6 hits, 1 BB, 3 runs allowed, 11 K's ??

Ben Nielson

6 IP, 5 hits, 4 BB, 4 runs allowed, 3 K's

Orioles winning team:

Beau McNeil

Paul Johns

Jimmy Clout (c)

Tyrone Earley

Nick Fenton

Chris Harris

Jason Baurycza

Colin Webber

Jeff Faulkner

Andrew Dykes

Ryan Fenton

Tom Lamberton

David (4/3/2019)

Congratulations to the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays, inaugural division two champions!!

The Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays were crowned division two champions yesterday after their thrilling 17-15 victory over the Banjos Orioles. In a game which seesawed throughout, the Blue Jays got on top with a five run top of the sixth innings then withstood a fight back by the Orioles to prevail.

Shawn Sartori from the Blue Jays was awarded the President's Medal for the GF MVP.

Best performers from the day:

Shawn Sartori (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays) 3 for 4, MVP
Paul Muller (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays) 2 for 3
Luke Van Emmerik (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays) 2 for 4
Brad Howlett (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays) 2 for 3
Scott Goodman (Banjos Orioles) 2 for 3;
Brad Mabb (Banjos Orioles) 2 for 3
Marc Hoyle (Banjos Orioles) 2 for 2;

Winning Blue Jays team:

Connor Pearcey

Shawn Sartori

Paul Muller (c)

Jaime McDonald

Luke Van Emmerik

Steve Lovegrove

Tim Jacobs

Michael Campbell

Rob Permyakoff

Zac Harris

Brad Howlett

Josh Byrne

Ian Wood

Roly Trustum

Prue Easton

David (4/3/2019)


Another Raine & Horne HSBL season comes to a close.....

As the sun sets on another Raine & Horne HSBL season, I would like to thank all those who participated in yesterday's games, to David Edwards, Aaron Jarvis and Nigel O'Brien for plate umpiring, for Shane Davies, Gene Wheeler , Chris Morrison and James Wolfe for base umpiring.

Thank you to all the following:

Josh Byrne and Aaron Jarvis for MC
To all those who worked on the BBQ
To Jacob Stump and the Lions Club of Glenorchy for the gazebos;
To Geoff Hutchinson and Southern Softball for the use of their PA system;
To M & J Butchery on Clarence for their donation of meat; 
To Goodman Fielder for their donation of bread;
To all those people who came to watch today's game;
Jared Rush, his Clarence Angels and Chalky's Chicks;
To Raine & Horne for their continued sponsorship of baseball;
To the Glenorchy City Council for their continued support and maintenance of our ground;
To Glenorchy Knights for access to their shed for power;

Thank you to one and all.

David (4/3/2019)

Boom!! Banjos Orioles to clash with Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays in both Grand Finals!!!

So it is....two of the biggest clubs will go head-to-head in both of Sunday's HSBL 2018/19 Grand Finals.

Yes, the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays will take on the Banjos Orioles in two games which promise great baseball and lots of tension.

Program for the day:

Gates open: 9 am

10 am to 11 am:

Clarence Angels juniors V Chalky's Chicks

11.30 am to ? (7 innings with 7 run maximum and 10 run mercy rule)

div 2 Grand Final:

Banjos Orioles V Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays
Umpires: David Edwards plate: Shane Davies, Nigel O'Brien, Gene Wheeler base

At the conclusion of the GF, medals will be presented for the MVP and to the winning team members

Not before 2pm:

Div 1 Grand Final ( 9 innings, no limits on runs per innings, no mercy rule)
Umpire crew: Nigel O'Brien, Chris Morrison, James Wolfe, David Edwards

At the conclusion of the GF, medals will be presented for the MVP and to the winning team members

Good luck to all participating teams:

David (28/2/2019)

Finals results round one: Sunday 24th February

Congratulations to the Banjos Orioles div 2 team, which, with its 12-11 victory over the Northern White Sox, advanced straight through to next Sunday's div 2 Grand Final.

The Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays defeated the Pirates 15-3 in the other div 2 semi final to advance to tonight's preliminary final against the White Sox.

In the div 1, Banjos Orioles will take on the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays in the Grand Final at 2pm next Sunday after an 8-3 victory against the Eastern Athletics. 

Tonight's game will be an interesting one. The White Sox were minor premiers but will be missing some key players and the Blue Jays have a 3-1 record against the Sox in regular season games. The Jays will be considerably strengthened by the return of Connor Pearcey, Tim Jacobs and Jaime McDonald so would be slight favourites.

David (27/2/2019)

On behalf of Baseball Tasmania.......

That's it folks.....the home and away portion of the Raine & Horne HSBL 2018/19 season is done and dusted.
On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank all those who participated this season, particularly as it was a season of trial and error with running a two tiered competition.
I would like to thank all the team managers and administrators, particularly Shannon Davies and Aaron Jarvis for introducing the Pirates to our league.
Thank you to the executive committee and general committee for your work during the season and to Michael Hegarty, Steve Harris, James Wolfe, Chris Morrison, Jimmy Clout and Jamie McIntyre for all your work formalising the two tiered competition.
Thank you to Nigel O'Brien for all his umpire work/organising the umpire roster and to all those who umpired. Special thanks to Gene Wheeler who base umpired almost all the division two games this season.
Thank you to those who scored this season, particularly Ray Cochrane, without whose help I would not have been able to play a lot of games this season.
Thank you to Jared Rush and his work with the Clarence Angels juniors.
Thank you to all those organisers and coaches of Batter Up T-ball teams.
Thank you to Gus Troup, Matt Little, Matt Barnett and Hank Peterson for all their time and hard work getting the Launceston Baseball League up and running.
Thank you to Raine & Horne and Haymes Paints Ballarat for your continuing generous support of Hobart baseball and to all team sponsors.
Thank you to Goldman Fielder and M & J Butchers on Clarence for your generous supplies of bread and meat, respectfully.
Thank you very much to the Glenorchy City Council for your continued support of baseball, maintenance of our ground and your work/support with the new baseball diamond.

Special thanks for this season must go to Michael Crooks and Garry Everson from Baseball Australia for all your support, coaching and advice and to Stewart Howe and David Milton from Baseball Victoria for taking time out from their busy schedules to conduct a pre-season umpiring course. 

Finally, thank you to all those supporters who venture out to watch our great game.

David (21/2/2019)

Raine & Horne HSBL 2018/19 finals' series

Following the results from yesterday, the finals series for this season will be as follows:

Sunday 24th February:

10 am: div 2 first semi final: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Pirates

12.15 pm: div 2 second semi final: Northern White Sox V Banjos Orioles

2.30 pm: div 1 preliminary final: Banjos Orioles V Eastern Athletics


Wednesday 27th February:

5.45 pm: div 2 preliminary final: loser of second semi final V winner of first semi final


Sunday 3rd March:

(times TBC)

div 2 Grand Final (7 innings): winner of second semi  V  winner of preliminary final

div 1 Grand Final (9 innings) Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V winner of preliminary final

For each Sunday series, Baseball Tasmania, in conjunction with the Tassie Tigers Masters Baseball teams, will be operating BBQ's.

David (18/2/2019)

Northern White Sox: division two minor premiers

Congratulations to the Northern White Sox, who with their 10-4 victory over the Banjos Orioles on Wednesday night, claimed the division two minor premiership.

With the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays 17-6 victory over the Pirates last night, the division two standings now read as follows:

Northern White Sox                        23 pts      (15 games played)                   173.08%

Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays         22pts        (16 games played)                   122.03%

Banjos Orioles                                20pts         (15 games played)                  127.72%

Pirates                                            11pts          (15 games played)

Eastern Athletics                             0pts            (15 games played)


What all the above boils down to is that if the Orioles defeat the Pirates in Sundays 10am game, they will reclaim second on the standings, if they lose, the Blue Jays will stay second.

David (15/2/2019)

Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays division one minor premiers for 2018/19

Congratulations to Michael Hegarty and the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays who, with their 16-3 victory in last night's game against the Tassie Tigers, secured the division one minor premiership.


There is one more game for the Blue Jays this Sunday against the Banjos Orioles but after that, they are straight through to the division one Grand Final to be held on Sunday 3rd March.

The division one finals will be as follows:

Sunday 24th February: 2.30 pm: Banjos Orioles V Eastern Athletics

Sunday 3rd March: TBA: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V winner of preliminary final


David (13/2/2019)

Pointy end of the 2018/19 season

Remaining roster games in the Raine & Horne HSBL 2018/19 season:


Tuesday 12th: div 1: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Tassie Tigers: umpires: Nigel O'Brien & Paul McIntyre

Wednesday 13th: div 2: Banjos Orioles V Northern White Sox: umpires: David Edwards & Gene Wheeler

Thursday 14th: div 2: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Pirates: umpires: Chris Morrison & Gene Wheeler

Sunday 17th:

10 am: div 2: Banjos Orioles V Pirates: umpires: Steve Lovegrove & Gene Wheeler

12.15 pm: div 1: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Banjos Orioles: umpires: Nigel O'Brien & Shane Davies

2.30 pm: div 1: Tassie Tigers V Eastern Athletics: umpires: Jimmy Clout & Rob Permyakoff

Wednesday 20th: div 2: Northern White Sox V Eastern Athletics: umpires: Steve Harris & Gene Wheeler


Standings as at 7/2/2019

Div 1

Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays        20pts             (played 14)

Banjos Orioles                               19pts              (15)

Eastern Athletics                            12pts              (14)

Tassie Tigers                                   7pts               (14)

Div 2

Northern White Sox                        21pts              (14)

Banjos Orioles                                20pts               (14)

Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays          20pts               (15)

Pirates                                             11pts               (14)

Eastern Athletics                              0pts                (15)



So, what does the above mean?

Firstly, if the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays div 1 side and the Northern White Sox div 2 side win their respective games next week, they will be crowned minor premiers of their respective divisions.

If the Blue Jays lose, they will play off against the Banjos Orioles on Sunday for the minor premiership.

If the White Sox lose and the Banjos Orioles win both their division two games next week, the Orioles will be crowned minor premiers and the Sox will fall into a battle with the Blue Jays for second position. If the Sox win and the Blue Jays win on Thursday, they will be hoping for an Orioles loss on Sunday. If the Sox lose, the Orioles win their Sunday game and the Blue Jays win, the Jays will be hoping for an upset win by the Eastern Athletics in the final roster game to snatch second from the Sox.

Quite a boring couple of weeks it would seem! 

David (8/2/2019)

Raine & Horne HSBL 2018/19 standings as at 4/2/2019

What a finish to the season is in the offering in both divisions. 

In division one:

Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays (20pts) (14 games played); Banjos Orioles (18)(14); Eastern Athletics (11)(14); Tassie Tigers (7)(14)

Remaining games:

February 7th: Banjos Orioles V Eastern Athletics

February 12th: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Tassie Tigers

February 17th: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Banjos Orioles

                         Tassie Tigers V Eastern Athletics

Whilst the finalists are guaranteed, the minor premiership is still very much alive with both the Blue Jays and Orioles fighting for a direct passage into the div one grand final on 3rd March.

In division two:

Northern White Sox (21pts) (14 played); Banjos Orioles (20)(13); Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays (18)(14); Pirates (9)(13); Eastern Athletics (0) (14)

Remaining games:

February 5th: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Banjos Orioles

February 6th: Eastern Athetics V Pirates

February 13th: Banjos Orioles V White Sox

February 14th: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Pirates

February 17th: Banjos Orioles V Pirates

February 19th Northern White Sox V Eastern Athletics


Again the finalists have already been determined but the battle for the minor premiership is very much alive with the White Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays all in the hunt. This Tuesday's game between the Blue Jays and Orioles becomes vital for both teams.

David (4/2/2019)

Launceston V Banjos Orioles Sunday February 3rd 2019

Having lost to the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays 11-1, the Launceston representative side will be looking for a better showing against the reigning HSBL champions, the Banjos Orioles, when they visit Launceston this Sunday.

Game hits off 1 pm at Churchill Park Invermay.


David (30/1/2019)

History making: Launceston V Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays

History will be made on Sunday January 20th 2019 when an HSBL roster game will played for points in Launceston.

The Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays division one team will travel to Launceston for the big clash against a Launceston Baseball League side.

Game will be held at Churchill Park Invermay, on the diamond closest to the entrance, commencing at 1pm.

Thank you to Launceston Baseball League, Gus Troup, Michael Hegarty and the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays for making this happen.


David (11/1/2019)

Free baseball pitching course (updated 12/10/2018)

Thank you to all those members and juniors who have already put up their hands to participate in this weekend's free umpiring and pitching courses. There are three vacancies still available for tomorrow's umpiring course and numerous opportunities to participate in the pitching course. Thank you to Stewart Howe and David Milton for agreeing to conduct the umpiring course and to Garry Everson, who is cutting short his holidays to visit, for agreeing to conduct the pitching course. If members have any interest in pitching this season, I would strongly recommend they attend one of the four sessions available over the weekend. David


Baseball Tasmania is thrilled to announce that Baseball Australia's Head of Coach Development will be conducting a free pitching clinic over the weekend commencing 13th October 2018.

Course times are as follows:

Saturday 13th October:      11 am to 2 pm   &  2.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Sunday 14th October:         9.30 am to 12.30 pm  &  1 pm to 4 pm

This is a great opportunity for members to learn the art of baseball pitching and I would encourage as many as possible to attend one of the listed sessions. I would suggest possibly nominating two session times as your first choice may not be available due to numbers.

David (25/9/2016)

Hobart V Launceston 7th October 2018

In the first intrastate baseball game in decades, representatives from the Raine & Horne Hobart Summer Baseball League prevailed 17-9 over representatives from the Launceston Baseball League. Thank you to all who participated, to Nigel O'Brien for plate umpiring and to Chris Morrison, Jamie McIntyre and David Edwards for base umpiring.

Movers and shakers from Sunday's game:


Brad Bell: 2 hits for 5 at bats
Hank Peterson: 2 for 4
Matt Barnett: 2 for 3
Steve Lovegrove 2 for 4
Sam Morrison 3 bases on balls (walks)


Jason Baurycza 2 for 4
Jimmy Clout 2 for 3, 2 home runs
Ryan Fenton 2 for 3

The success of big days like today is as much about the tireless work of volunteers and I would like to thank Ray Cochrane, Kate Greenhill and Jimmy Clout for helping to set up this morning thank Ray, Kate, David Wightman, and Chris Morrison for helping with the BBQ and thank Katrina & David Edwards for organising the food etc 

David (7/10/2018)

HSBL V Launceston: we are back!!!

Sunday 7th October will see a return to the halcyon days where representatives from the Launceston Baseball League would take on reprentatives from the Hobart Baseball League in a baseball game.

Venue: Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Reserve

Times: Game time:       2.30 pm to 5 pm 

           Gates open        11 am

           Warm ups:          1.30 pm

            BBQ:                 12 pm to 3 pm

The Raine & Horne HSBL squad to take on Launceston is as follows:

Jason Baurycza (Banjos Orioles Orange)
Jimmy Clout (Banjos Orioles Orange)
Shane Davies (Pirates)
Ryan Day (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays)
Tyrone Earley (Banjos Orioles Orange)
Jeff Faulkner (banjos Orioles Black)
Nick Fenton (Banjos Orioles Orange)
Ryan Fenton (Banjos Orioles Orange)
Scott Goodman (Banjos Orioles Black)
Chris Harris (Dragons)
Luke Hoyle (Banjos Orioles Orange TBC)
Steve Lovegrove (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays)
Paul McIntyre (Northern White Sox)
Beau McNeill (Banjos Orioles Orange)
Nick O'Rourke (Eastern Athletics Gold)
Jared Rush (Pirates)
Dean Vervaart (Northern White Sox)

Managers: Jimmy Clout, David Searle
Plate umpire: Nigel O'Brien

David (3/10/2018)

Health & Fitness, proud supporter of baseball

Pleased to announce that members are still able to get a 10% discount on baseball gear purchased from Health & Fitness, now located on the corner of Melville and Murray Sts. Thank you to Jordan for continuing to support the game of baseball.

David (4/10/18)

Launceston Baseball League promotion and training

From this Sunday (26th August), there will be baseball training for the Launceston Baseball League every week at 1pm at Churchill Park Invermay. For further information message Gus at the Launceston Baseball League Facebook Page

David (21/8/2018)


Launceston Baseball League training:

Sunday 1st July 2018: 1pm at Churchill Park Invermay Launceston

No previous experience necessary

David (18/6/2016)



Article in today's Examiner relating to Sunday's training session at Churchill Park Invermay.

If any HSBL members wish to take the journey to Launceston to train, meet the Launceston people, training commences at 1pm.

David (15/6/2018)

Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival 2019 - three proposed teams

One of the items discussed at the recent AGM and subsequent meetings was the possibility of entering three teams in the 2019 Victorian Masters Carnival at Ballarat. These teams would be in the over 35, over 45 and over 50's. If you would be interested in participating in any of these teams, please contact Chris Chalker. Age categories are as follows:

35 PLUS. To qualify to play in this division, a person must have turned 35 in the year of competition (IE by 31 December 2019).
45 PLUS. To qualify to play in this division, a person must have turned 45 in the year of competition (IE by 31 December 2019).
50 PLUS. To qualify to play in this division, a person must have turned 50 in the year of competition (IE by 31 December 2019).

David (17/5/2018)

Two-tiered competition to debut 2018-19

Over the last few seasons, there has been much discussion regarding the formation of a two-tiered competition where one tier would be for those players who wish to play our game with intensity and the other tier for those either new to the game or wishing to play in a more social and less intense competition. 

As there seems to be some information circulating already, I can advise that a recent decision was made by the executive committee to introduce a two tiered competition for the 2018/19 season. Further details regarding rules, teams etc will be provided as they become available. This is an opportunity for baseball in Hobart to move forward and I would ask members' patience and understanding as we finalize details etc.

David (23/5/2018)

2018/19 registration form

Click here for 2018/19 registration form


David (4/10/2018)

Finalising teams and roster for 2017/18 season (updated 28/9)

Based on the actual and perceived situations of each existing team, we will have an eighth team as part of this upcoming season. I am still compiling the eight team roster but at this stage, the opening round on Sunday 8th October will be as follows: (first named home team in third base dugout)

Round 1

10am:  Banjos Orioles Black V Northern White Sox

12.15 pm: Dragons V Banjo Orioles Orange

2.30pm: Eastern Athletics V New Team

BBQ: Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays or Raiders



On the basis of the turnout at last Sunday's "Come n Try" Day, there is every chance we will have enough players to field eight teams in this season's competition. As we are only a couple of weeks away from the scheduled start of the season (8th October), it is important for those existing members to confirm their intentions for the 2017/18 season with their managers. Similarly, it would be appreciated if those people who are new to the league, would confirm their intentions by Monday 25th September, particularly if you are unable to attend the training sessions on Sunday or they are cancelled due to the weather. Thank you.

David (21/9/2017)

0468 927 363

Eight team competition plus important note re fees

With the commencement of the 2017/18 season next Sunday, I can confirm that we will have eight teams competing in the Raine & Horne Hobart Summer Baseball League. More information relating to this will be provided over the next couple of days and new members will be advised of their teams before Wednesday.

Members are reminded that $55 of the season fees MUST be paid prior to playing your first game. This payment can be made in cash or via EFT, details of which are as follows:
Account: Baseball Tasmania
BSB: 037-001
Account number: 481722

Reference: your name

To enable inputting of details onto the Baseball Australia database, completed registration forms must be handed in on the day of payment.
David (2/10/2017)

New mound has landed

In June, Baseball Tasmania was successful in acquiring a grant from the State Government for some improvements to the baseball infrastructure at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Reserve. The first part of this came to fruition last Sunday (15th) when the new pitching mound was used for the first time. Thanks to Chris Chalker and Ian Holthouse from Specialised Industrial Products for organising the construction of the mound and to Haydn Dodge from Synthetic Grass Solutions for adding the final touches. David (17/10/2017)

Banjos Orioles Orange Champions 2017-18

The Banjos Orioles Orange are the Raine & Horne HSBL champions for season 2017-18 after defeating the Dragons 5-0 in yesterday's Grand Final. The President's Medal for the MVP of the Grand Final went to Andrew Dykes, the Orioles starting pitcher, who dominated the Dragons allowing just one hit over four innings. In fact, the hit allowed by Dykes was the only one managed by the Dragons as Jimmy Clout followed with four innings with five strikeouts. The Dragons made some uncharacteristic errors in the field which compounded their situation and unlike last season, the Orioles took advantage of them. The Orioles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as they took advantage of some wayward pitching by Patrick Miller, and held this lead as Dykes and Clout weaved their magic. On the other side, Tim Holland dominated the Orioles bats until the top of the eighth innings when a two out single by Ryan Fenton drove in his brother Nick for the Orioles' fourth run then Tyrone Earley drove in Jimmy Clout to pad out the Orioles lead. This would be all the Orioles offence needed as Tyrone Earley closed out the ninth to send the Orioles jumping for joy at their success. Congratulations to Jimmy Clout, Jamie McIntyre, Chris Chalker and the Banjos Orioles Orange team. David (5/3/2018)

Executive committee for 2018/19 season

Thank you very much to all who attended this evening's AGM at Hotel Soho. All sitting executive members were returned unopposed therefore your executive for the 2018/19 season will be:

President: David Searle
Senior vice president: Chris Chalker
Vice presidents: Aaron Jarvis; Steve Harris
Secretary: Gene Wheeler
Treasurer: Peter Hubble

Congratulations to all.

David (16/5/2018)

Baseball scoring course: 19th September

Norman Johns has kindly offered to run a two hour course for members and supporters to learn how to score a baseball game. With Jared "Popstar" Rush unvailable to score this season and a need to spread the baseball scoring load a bit, we certainly appreciate Norman agreeing to run this course and would encourage as many people as possible to attend.

Details of the course are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 19th September 2017

Venue: VMAC Employment Solutions: Unit 3  1 Stanton Place Cambridge

Time: 7 to 9pm

Cost: Free

David (8/9/2017)


First Come n Try Day: Launceston Baseball League

Thrilled to announce that the first "Come n Try" Day to gauge interest in forming a Launceston Baseball League will be held on Sunday 22nd October as follows:

Venue: Prospect Vale Sports Park (soccer pitches 3 & 4) 2 Harley Parade Prospect

Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm


David (11/9/2017)

Launceston Baseball League Come n Try Day #1

History will be made this Sunday (22nd) when Prospect Sports Park will see the first "Come n Try" Day for the proposed Launceston Baseball League. Things will hit off at 10.30 am and conclude approximately 12.30 pm. No previous experience is necessary just a desire to learn about the game of baseball and to enjoy playing it. David (17/10/2017)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Matt Little's (Launceston) poster design for the upcoming inaugural "Come n Try" Day for the Launceston Baseball League. Great job Matt!!! David (16/9/2017)

Grant success 2017

On behalf of Baseball Tasmania and the Raine & Horne Hobart Summer Baseball League, I can officially announce that we have been successful in obtaining a $45,000 grant from the State Government. Thank you to Elise Archer MP and the State Government. Thank you also to Terese Millhouse for all her work in compiling and submitting the original application, and to Louise Carr and Aaron Jarvis for participating in today's photo shoot to officially announce our success. Upward and onward for baseball in Tasmania. ------------------------------------------------------Comment from Elise Archer MP's Facebook page: "Great to ‘catch’ up with baseball players David Searle (Northern White Socks), Aaron Jarvis (Dragons) and Louise Carr (Eastern Athletics) this afternoon to announce a $45,000 Community Infrastructure Fund grant from the State Government to Baseball Tasmania for ground improvements at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground. The money will be used to provide a new and more appropriate back netting for the batting area; a batting cage in which to practise batting, pitching and the catcher's role; and a new pitching mound. I look forward to coming back and checking it out when it’s all complete!" David (23/6/2017)

Coach training with Garry Everson from Baseball Australia

In a first for Hobart baseball, Garry Everson from Baseball Australia, will be visiting Hobart on the weekend of 23rd September to conduct a Coach training course.This is a great opportunity for members to advance their skills and to guarantee we are efficient in coaching our juniors and new players. Details are as follows:

Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Venue: Lightwood Park Kingston (ground with cricket pitch on it)
Time: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Cost: $120 pp

There is preliminary online work to do prior to the course and as Garry needs to register participants ASAP, it would be appreciated that, if you are interested, you let me know by COB today.
I appreciate it is late notice and I apologise but the format, hours etc were not finalised until this week.

Once one successfully completes the course, the coaching qualifications are valid for four years.

David (1/9/2017)


2018 Victorian Masters Carnival

VIC MASTERS 2018. The twenty-second annual Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival has been scheduled for Prince of Wales Reserve (Ballarat) from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March 2018. While the dates are subject to approval by City of Ballarat, we do not expect any issue in that regard. http://www.vicmasters.baseball.com.au/

David (17/5/2017)

Smoking policy

As we near the start of the 2016/17, I would just like to remind members and spectators about the law regarding smoking around sporting events.

"Tasmanian legislation (Public Health Act 1997) bans smoking within 20 metres of competition, seating or marshalling areas at outdoor sportsgrounds while a sporting event is being conducted. This includes the period 30 minutes before and after the sporting event. It does not include informal or impromptu sporting activities.
Coaches, players, officials and volunteers will refrain from smoking while involved in an official capacity for the Association and affiliated club, on and off the field. No images of Association volunteers, members, officials, coaches and players smoking at Association-related activities are to be placed on social media."

It is the responsibility of managers and administrators to ensure these rules are adhered to. (The full document is located under New Member Information "Health & Safety"

David (13/9/2016)

TCA nets training session (updated 11/9/2017)

Once again the TCA nets are available to individuals, groups and teams for training during the off season. Baseball Tasmania has been offered a session from 4.45pm on a Saturday and the next of these will be this Saturday (16th September). Depending on how many people participate and how many nets are used, the cost per person is generally around $10-20. Please note those attending are not covered by insurance. 

David (11/9/2017)

Launceston Baseball League Facebook Page Online: Going north....(updated 30/8/2016)

The Facebook page for the Launceston Baseball League is now up and running. Thank you very much to Nicole Perry for setting up and advertising the page. David (30/8/2016)

Launceston Baseball League Facebook page


Huge thanks to Nicole and Andrew Perry for catching up this evening to discuss starting up a baseball competition in Launceston. Andrew has kindly agreed to be the contact for anyone (male or female) interested in playing baseball in Launceston and he can be contacted by email at perry.andrew83@yahoo.com.au. 

David (6/6/2016)


The Australian Masters Games have been awarded to north west Tasmania and a baseball competition will be held at the Spreyton ground in October 2017. I shall be meeting with members of the Devonport City Council next week and will take the opportunity to meet with people who have shown interest in playing baseball in Launceston. For further information on this trip, either email me at baseballtasmania@yahoo.com or call me on 0468 927 363.

David (31/5/2016)

Cricket Tasmania go to bat

Thanks to John Hayes and Rhett Lockyer from Cricket Tasmania for catching up this morning to discuss future collaborations between Cricket Tasmania and Baseball Tasmania. Discussions included baseball sessions with Brad Harman from the Melbourne Aces and a baseball game between members of the Tassie Tigers' cricket squad and the HSBL. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available. David

David (25/5/2016)

Multicultural Council of Tasmania

As we continue to build our league, with the aim of making baseball accessible and enjoyable for people from all walks of life, I am pleased to announce that we have been approved as a member of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. Their website now has a direct link to ours and we welcome people of all nationalities to experience the game of baseball.

Multicultural Council of Tasmania



Player availability

Just a reminder to players; it helps your team immensely if you can advise your manager of your availability to play....well in advance of the game. I appreciate there are unavoidable last minute reasons to be unavailable but all players have access to a roster and in the majority of cases, would know of their availability in advance. It should not be left to the manager to constantly run after players to check on their availability.

Early notification means your manager can reach out to the manager of the team which has the bye in that week to see if anyone from his or her team is interested in filling in.


Fill-ins should initially be sourced from the team which has the bye for that week. If no-one is available then alternatives can be looked at.

Rules regarding fill-ins: (from previous seasons)

  • Fill-ins must be placed last in the batting order to ensure that regular team members have the best game opportunities
  • Fill-ins cannot pitch or catch unless with prior arrangement between the competing team managers

David (9/12/2015)

New Tassie Masters' Teams sponsor

More big news from the weekend, Chris Chalker has secured sponsorship for the 2016 Tassie Masters' teams with Park Hotel Bistro in Ballarat. On Thursday 17th March 2016, those members of the two teams will be attending the bistro for a feed, drinks and the presentation of caps sponsored by the hotel. Thanks again to Chris for all his hard work.

David (7/12/2015)

2017/18 Fees

Very pleased to announce that our membership fees for season 2017/18 will remain as per last season:

Seniors (over 18):                                                            $230

Juniors (under 18)/unemployed/full time students:     $170

Once again, full payment of fees will be required by the last roster game in 2017 UNLESS:

  1. a payment arrangement has been approved by an executive committee member PRIOR to the last game in 2017, or 
  2. a member is paying an amount per game due to work/family commitments 

Notwithstanding 1., a member who has an arrangement will be required to have paid the full amount of their fees ($230 or $170) by the last roster game of the 2017/18 season.

NB: the above MAY be subject to change as Baseball Australia has indicated payments must now be made online, I will advise further once I have more details.


David (11/9/2017)

HSBL sponsors (Updated 1/5/2017)


Platinum & Naming Rights Sponsor: Raine & Horne Real Estate Hobart


Hobart Blue Jays:      Hotel Soho

Northern White Sox:  Tas Keno

Eastern Athletics: Customs House Hotel

Orioles:                    Banjos Bakery


                               Kennedy Bros Painting

                               Claremont Hotel

                               Kentucky Fried Chicken

                               One on One Financial


Haymes Paints Ballarat

Kennedy Bros Painting

Bennetto Finance

Park Hotel Bistro Ballarat

Scorers, base umpires and umpiring co-ordinator requested...

Our committee works tirelessly to help our season progress and the enthusiasm for our upcoming season and our future is amazing. In the last couple of seasons, we have seen the benefits of having scorers and plate umpires (as opposed to catchers umpiring). As the league continues to expand, it is a no-brainer that we need to improve the integrity of our game by including base umpires. In the absence of any alternatives, the base umpires will be sourced from the teams. Members of the Masters' teams have plate umpired the bulk of our games for a number of years but it is important that we have an umpiring roster so that both umpires and teams know where they stand. I support Chris Chalker's post on Facebook calling for someone (other than a committee member) to help organise an umpiring roster. Whilst I believe the Master's players would once again be willing to plate umpire, it is unfair to both them and the teams not to have some idea (in advance) as to when they will be umpiring. The alternative is to have me umpiring each game....hmmm...could be interesting!!

David (24/9/2016)


One of the success stories of the 2014/15 season was the Presentation Night held in March. This night, and the awards presented thereon, would not have happened without the statistics obtained from the scoring of our games by Jared Rush and Norm Johns. There is a strong chance Norm will not be scoring in the 2015/16 season so I am inviting expressions of interest from not only members but also supporters to learn how to score and thus spread the load of scoring our games. Peter Hubble has volunteered his services to teach people how to score.

David 22/6/2015

Breaking news

Following on from tonight's general committee meeting, I am happy to announce some exciting news about the upcoming 2015/16 HSBL season. 

  • On the weekend commencing 31st October, a team from the Wollongong Pirates (NSW) will play a series of games against teams representing the HSBL. Other activities will be planned for the weekend so stay tuned for further details. Thanks to Chris Chalker for organising this. 
  • The 2015/16 season will be played over 15 rounds with a preseason lightning competition to allow new players to find their feet and to determine final teams for the season proper. This preseason competition will be held in conjunction with open days which will be scheduled for earlier in October, further details to be provided shortly.

David 29/7/2015

News headlines

HSBL Gala Day 2018


The HSBL Gala Day for 2018

Oh what a night: Baseball Tasmania Presentation Night 2018


Award winners from 2018 Presentation Night

2017/18 Finals series


Games and results from 2017/18 finals series

FInal list of members eligible for this evening's draw


Winner of fees refund draw for 2017/18: Grant Stump (Eastern Athletics Gold)

Cam Vale Mercury article


Mercury article from Cam Vale CEO Baseball Australia on the potential direction of baseball in Tasmania

2016-17 Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year Award


Andrew "Sully" Sullivan wins 2016-17 Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year Award

Dragons are premiers again!!! 2016-17


Dragons go back to back in 2016-17

Baseball Tasmania Presentation Night: 1st April; change of venue


Change of venue for presentation night

Banjos Orioles Orange minor premiers for season 2016-17


Banjos Orioles Orange minor premiers

Statistically speaking


Last advertised stats prior to Presentation Night on April 1st

Registration form for HSBL 2018/19

Baseball Tasmania EFT details

Account: Baseball Tasmania

BSB: 037-001

Account number: 481722


Tasmanian Masters Baseball banking details

Tasmanian Masters Baseball Association

BSB: 633 108

A/C: 1301 92453

Details: name of player or sponsor

David 5/2/2015

Upcoming games Raine & Horne HSBL 2018/19

Sunday 13th January 2019

10am: Pirates V Eastern Athletics

12.15pm: Northern White Sox V Banjos Orioles

2.30pm: Tassie Tigers V Banjos Orioles

David (21/12/2018)

Latest Results 2018/19

Sunday 13th January 2019: 

Div 2: Pirates 18 defeated Eastern Athletics 6

Div 2: Northern White Sox 16 defeated Banjos Orioles 11

Div 1: Banjos Orioles 8 defeated Tassie Tigers 3

David (14/1/2019)




Facebook (updated 25/11/2016)

500 "likes" on our Facebook page!!! Thank you very much to all those supporting baseball in Hobart.

David (25/11/2016)


I am pleased to announce that today we reached 400 likes on our Facebook page. On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank all those people who have "liked" our page because it is through your interest that we are able to spread the word, not only about baseball but also softball and the new t-ball league.

David 26/8/2016


Launceston Baseball League Facebook page

Hot off the breakfast grill at Hotel Soho


Back to where we belong!

Opening Day Hobart Summer Baseball League 2014/15

Statistically minded

The Home of Baseball: Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground

Socially Speaking

This section is for the promotion of social events being conducted round Hobart. Anyone wishing to promote an event, please contact us. David.