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Thoughts, news and notes from the sports staff of The Saratogian newspaper, located in historic Saratoga Springs, New York. The gang in the corner office on Lake Avenue give you the post-game wrap-ups, news and notes from the games we cover and opinions about the sports we read about every day.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saratoga women's rugby recruiting for fall season

The Saratoga Stallions Women’s Rugby Team is looking for new players to join us for our fall season, which begins on August 31 and you don't need any experience. Just a desire to have some fun and be part of a team!

No Rugby experience is necessary – We are a teaching team. Age and fitness level do not matter. We will get you into shape and teach you what you need to know to play!

You can contact us at the following websites: and or join us for team practices at Shenentaha Creek Park, East Line Road, Ballston Spa on Mondays and Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m.

For mroe information, contact Mary Bet Bolduc at 810-2994.


Saratoga National LL fall baseball registration

Saratoga National Little League, in cooperation with Saratoga American Little League is accepting registrations for our Fall Baseball League and is open to residents of Saratoga Springs, Greenfield and Wilton.

Children between the ages of 7 to 12 that will be playing in the Majors or Minors in either League next spring are encouraged to sign up for Fall Ball. Registrations will be accepted now through August 26, 2008.

Please go to our website at to printout the registration and medical forms. Please mail both the registration and medical forms to the address listed by August 24, 2008.

Fall Ball will stress the instructional aspects of the game as well as encouraging children to have fun and try new positions. There will be five weeks of instructional clinics by Extra Innings along with weekend games.

If you have any questions, please contact Bret McArthur 583-9691 or via email

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Saratoga National Bank Cross Country Classic Oct. 18

The ninth annual 5K cross country race/walk will be held in the Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs October 18. The race will be held on the home course of the state and national champion Saratoga High School Blue Streaks Cross Country Team.

Race begins at 10 a.m. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers and to the top three male and female finishers in five year age divisions.

The Cross Country Classic is proud to host the USATF Adirondack Association 5K Cross Country Championships. Registration is $20. Day of race, registration is $25. Moisture wicking T-Shirts will be given to the first 300 registered for the 5K.

Race day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 8 a.m. in the administration building, adjacent to the Spa Little Theater. There will also be a Kids Classic 1K Run at 11 a.m. for $5 with finishing medals to all runners under 11-years old.

Proceeds benefit the Saratoga Center for the Family.

For further Information call 583-3114 or email To download an application, take a virtual tour, or to register on-line for the Classic, visit


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wilton Red Sox heading to Cooperstown Aug. 15

The Wilton Red Sox are a local baseball team made up of boys aged 11 and 12 from Saratoga Springs, Schuylerville and Wilton.

"This is a group of players that really appreciate the sport of baseball," head coach Jim Bennett said. "It has been a goal of mine for quite some time to be able to pull them all together and help make this experience happen."

The Wilton Red Sox are just one team of the 25 that will be arriving in Cooperstown's All-Star Village on Saturday. Teams are coming from as far
away as Illinois and California.

"It's going to be a good time," Wilton Red Sox pitcher Matt Wells said. "It doesn't really matter if we win or lose, we are going to have a lot of fun playing baseball and being with our friends"

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Ready to step onto the big field, 13-yr-old baseball registration

Fall Baseball registration for Saratoga Baseball players ages 13 to 15 will be held at Geyser Field on Tuesday, August 18th at 6 p.m.

Games are played on weekends beginning early September through late October. Players who were 12 in Spring, playing in Little League or Cal Ripkin, are now eligible for the 13 Prep team playing on regulation size fields for the first time.

Players who were 13 and 14 in the spring are now combined on the 15u team.

Registration forms may be downloaded from the website at
Registration fees are $150 with $50 to be credited to players who register in the spring at Saratoga Babe Ruth.

Please bring a copy of your birth certificate if new to the Saratoga Babe Ruth League. For more information check the website at or email

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Wilton Youth Baseball fall ball program Sept. 12 to Oct. 24

Wilton Youth Baseball will be running a FALL BALL program on Saturdays beginning September 12th through October 24th. There will be skills clinics for our T-ball and Rookie level players and games for Minor and Major level players. Practicing or scrimmages during the week will be left to the discretion of the coach. A fall ball season is primarily an instructional season with the emphasis on developing baseball techniques without the pressure of winning.

WYB will need coaches/volunteers for the T-ball and Rookie skills clinics, along with coaches for the teams in the Minors and Majors. Coaches/parents will umpire the Minor and Major games.

If your son/daughter is interested in playing fall ball travel, please indicate that on the registration form. Once details have been provided by the Cal Ripken Baseball organization, the details will be forwarded to those players who are interested in playing fall travel.

The completed registration form and registration payment can be mailed to WYB, P.O. Box 2269, Wilton, NY 12831 or dropped off in the office at Gavin Park. There is a drop box specifically for WYB. Registration deadline for the fall ball season is Monday, August 20th. Registration have to be received by this date so that uniforms can be ordered and received by the first day of clinics and games.

If you have any additional questions on fall ball, or Wilton Youth Baseball, please contact Mike Herman at

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Saratoga Phillies playoff game rained out tonight

The Saratoga Phillies New York Collegiate Baseball League East Division playoff game scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight has been postponed to 1 p.m. on Monday.

If Saratoga is unsuccessful in closing out the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in the afternoon, both squads will head up the Northway to East Field for the deciding game at 7 p.m.

On the other side of the East Division playoffs, Amsterdam holds a 1-0 lead over Mohawk Valley after an 11-0 win last night and are scheduled to face off tonight at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.

In the West Division, Hornell and Alfred were first round winners and face each other 7 p.m. tonight in the first game of the division title round.

Thanks to Andy Santillo for the numbers updates.