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The Home Plate (Extra Innings in the Miami Valley)

Greetings readers,

It’s probably no secret that I love broadcasting baseball. From Wright State of the NCAA to the Richmond RiverRats of the Prospect League, and bits and pieces of the Cincinnati Reds and Dayton Dragons, I’ve seen a share of baseball. While this cold weather is nice to have for a limited time, I find myself getting anxious for warmer weather and hearing a bat crack when a ball is laced high in the air towards left field.

If you remember my last post, I talked about a new baseball team moving into Springfield. This post is about baseball that’s been in the area for some time now. I am talking about Southwest Ohio Roy Hobbs Baseball and the Miami Valley Adult Baseball League. I mentioned the Angels a tad in the last post about the new Springfield team.

The Miami Valley Adult Baseball League has been around since 1995. The league has teams ranging from Camden to Springfield. Currently (as of 1/21/13), there are thirteen teams listed. The newest team for the 2013 season will be the Wright Knights, who have not picked a home field as of 1/21/13. As of this post, there are three teams with the Miami Valley location tag (the Bats, Marlins, and Thunder) and one called the Ohio Mariners. There’s also teams in Fairborn, Beavercreek, Huber Heights, Kettering, Dayton, South Dayton, Springfield, and Camden (right by my hometown, actually.) You have Sox, Redlegs, Braves, Rangers, Athletics, Slammers, Royals, and Indians, along with the other four I mentioned earlier.

The thing I remember about the MVABL is the fact that the Dayton Daily News actually had the standings listed in the paper. I also remember a couple of teams in Dayton and a few in Kettering (I remember the Royals and Outlaws a few years back.) I don’t know if these standings are still ran in the paper, but I remember seeing the Beavercreek Sox name a lot.

Some of the locations on the website include high schools including Preble Shawnee (where Camden plays, maybe 5 minutes from that town and 5 from Gratis), Valley View, Bellbrook, New Lebanon Dixie, Fairborn, Greeneview, Northmont, Oakwood, and a couple of others. Along with Wittenberg’s field, there’s a couple of city parks listen (like Beavercreek’s Rotary Park.)

Back to the SWOHRH, there are six teams in the league. Two are in Clark County (Springfield and Enon), while the other four call Dayton home. The Southwest Ohio Roy Hobbs League has been around since 1989. The league has an age rule, where teams can only carry five players that are between 25 and 28. The rest of the team has to be older than 28 years old. The SWOHRH league is affiliated with the top level, in Roy Hobbs Baseball. There’s Cardinals, Braves, Diamondbacks, and Wolves in Dayton, as well as Angels in Springfield and Reds in Enon.

Locations for Roy Hobbs Baseball in the Miami Valley include Miamisburg High School, Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Kings and Lebanon High Schools, McBride Stadium in Richmond, and both the University of Dayton and Wright State University’s fields, along with more.  The overall organization has over 600 teams in the United States, Canada, Europe, and in the Caribbean. The name Roy Hobbs is the 1952 book and 1984 film “The Natural.”

For the MVABL, the season is slated to start April 7th. The season for the SWOHRH league starts in Mid-to-Late May. Both leagues have yet to release the 2013 schedules.

If you’re looking for baseball in the Miami Valley, you will have tons of choices to go see. From the pros to amateur, you have a lot of teams to root for and watch. It’s another reason that it’s good to live in Southwest Ohio.

Picture from the Camden Redlegs Facebook page. Sources of information from Roy Hobbs Dayton, Roy Hobbs Baseball, and the Miami Valley Adult Baseball League.

Until next time,

Lee

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