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Old New Hampshire Senior Babe Ruth evolves into new league

By TOM KING

NASHUA – Holman Stadium has always been the home of baseball independence.

After all, the Nashua Pride were part of the big minor league movement back in the 1990s. ...

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NASHUA – Holman Stadium has always been the home of baseball independence.

After all, the Nashua Pride were part of the big minor league movement back in the 1990s.

Well, that concept has reached the youth levels as well.

On Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., the New England Independent Baseball League kicks off with a four-game jamboree at Holman.

“We’re really hoping to make this a special event,” NEIBL
Director-at-Large Mike Coy said.

The league is composed of teams with players ages 15-19 from the now-defunct Southern Senior Babe Ruth League.

What happened? Coy and others saw dwindling participation, and felt that the competition with AAU programs, Junior American Legion and others, was too much to combat.

“The name ‘Babe Ruth’ made it seem like a rec league,” Coy said. “Kids just weren’t playing Babe Ruth baseball. We’re offering more than Senior Babe Ruth offers, anyway. We found out that there wee a lot of towns in the same boat.”

The league has 11 teams, and Coy says interest is so high that three teams had to be turned away at the last minute.

There are two divisions, East and West.

In the East will be A&B Nashua, Belmont, Derry, Londonderry, and the Nashua Chiefs, with Coy as manager.

In the West will be Concord (Mass.), Hollis Brookline, the New Hampshire Knights, Walpole and the Weare Nationals.

Five of the teams were originals from the Southern Babe Ruth League.

There will be weekly clinics, mainly on Wednesdays, at the various locations.

“We’re looking for fields for those that have the cache of a Holman Stadium,” Coy said.

Sunday’s jamboree will start with the Chiefs against Londonderry at 10, then three more games at noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

Baseball won’t be a game without a clock on this day as there will be a two-hour time limit for the games (seven innings or two hours, whichever comes first).

The league games will be seven innings, with a 20-game schedule (mainly Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), with playoffs to follow.

Will it have a chance to become more regional?

“There’s been a lot of interest from other teams and towns in Massachusetts,” Coy said. “We could (have) as many as 15 teams next year.”