30

March 2017


Opening Day 2017
April 2nd sees the start of the 2017 Baseball Season

The 2017 Jaguars season gets underway this Sunday 2nd of April with a home double header against Hull Scorpions.

The games will take place at John Mills Ballpark, Runcorn. First pitch will be at 12:00pm

This year will see teams playing in the newly formed Northern Baseball League

 

03

Jan 2017


Indoor Training News
Indoor training for Pony and Jaguar teams resumes this Wednesday - January 4th 2017.

The sessions will be held at The Heath School (Sports Hall) in Runcorn, starting at 7:00pm.

New players are always welcome, you can join by coming along to one of the sessions or if you would like to know more about the club get in touch via our Contact Us page.

 

 Click here for directions  to The Heath School.

 

The club would like to thank our newest sponsors 'Dowhigh Limited' for their generous donation of field materials. Dowhigh are a Northwest based company with satelite depots across the region who are currently serving the needs of over twenty local authorities (and one baseball club).

 

28

June


Halton Jaguars v Manchester Torrent
Jaguars Winning Streak Continues

 

The club would like to thank our newest sponsors 'Dowhigh Limited' for their generous donation of field materials. Dowhigh are a Northwest based company with satelite depots across the region who are currently serving the needs of over twenty local authorities (and one baseball club).

 

 

The Jaguars next scheduled game is Sunday 26th of June against Manchester Torrent at Wythenshawe Park. First pitch is at 12:00 noon.

 

21

February


Opening Day 2016
April sees the start of the 2016 Baseball season

After a long winter break and a period of rebuilding for the Jaguars team, Baseball is back in Halton for the 2016 season.

 

The Halton Jaguars will start their 2016 campaign on Sunday April 10th at John Mills Ballpark against Manchester Torrent. First pitch will be at 12:00pm

 

This year will see teams playing in the newly formed Northern Conference.

More details on the competing teams and League structure can be found at the BBF's website - www.britishbaseball.org.

 

Details of the Junior  Leagues are still to be announced.

 

02

June


Great Britain call up for Polecat players

 

 

Halton Baseball and Softball Club would like to congratulate two of our U14 team members on their call up to the Great Britain Cadets.

 

Josh Perrin and Conor Baker-Latham will be part of the Cadet Squad travelling to Belgrade, Serbia this July for the European Championship qualifying rounds.

 

Both players were in action at RAF Menwith Hill last weekend as both our junior squads made the journey to Yorkshire for Menwiths annual tournament. The U14 Broncos had to settle for a 50/50 type day as the early start saw them loose to Menwith 10 - 0.

With the early morning cobwebs blown away Halton took Game 2 against Hull behind solid pitching from Jaymeson combining with his catcher Will to build an early lead that never looked under threat, final score 10 - 6 to Halton.

 

Haltons U17 Ponys broke their run of split DH's winning both games on the day.

Game 1 saw Halton come out on top against Hull, winning 14 - 2.

Halton faced Cartmel in Game 2 to carry on their league rivalry. It was to be Haltons day though as they took the win with a final score of 16 - 8.

Main highlight of the day was an in the park home run and grand slam from Dan Entwistle.

 

Many thanks to Menwith for their hospitality and our parents for their continued support.

17

May


Polecats on the Road - Blue Sox Away

 

 

Haltons junior squads took the trip to Leicester for a double matchup that mirrored opening day.

 

With two wins from their opening weekend, the Polecats U14 Bronco squad were confident of stretching their winning streak deep into the season. Game one went to plan with an 18 - 5 victory to the away team and everything looked good for another sweep.

Leicester had other plans though, the Blue Sox dug deep and put in a game winning performance to split the series with a 5-3 win.

 

Haltons U17 Pony squad came into this series with a 1 - 1 record after splitting their home double header on opening day. Both teams battled hard in game 1, but when the dust settled it was Leicester who were vicorious by the narrowest of margins. Game 1 to the Blue Sox 15 - 14.

 Game 2 was a lower scoring affair, but once again the Polecats were just edged out of the win by one run. Leicester took the U17 series with a 9 - 8 victory.

 

We would like to thank Lecester for their warm welcome and hospitality, and the Halton parents for their continued support and dedication to the cause.

27

April


Opening Day 2015 - The Results!

 

 

Opening day brought sunshine and showers to John Mills Ballpark, but spirits remained high as our junior teams finally got the 2015 season under way.


With both age groups playing host to the Leicester Blue Sox Juniors it was the U14 Broncos who claimed the series 2-0 with the U17 Ponys splitting their double header.

 

The U14 Broncos ran out easy winners in both games, despite an understandibly nervous start.
Final scores were - Game One 18 - 8 / Game Two 18 - 5.

 

U17 Ponys had mixed fortunes on the day giving up Game One to Leicester 9 - 6.

Game Two saw Halton dig deep to earn the split with a 17 - 11 victory.

 

Next games are scheduled at Cartmel on May 9th

 

20

April


Update - Opening Day 2015

 

 

It has been a long long winter, but finally the baseball season starts this coming weekend.

On Saturday April 25th, Halton's youth teams take to the field for the first time this year in a season opener double, double header extravaganza.

 

The U14 Broncos will take the field  to start their 2015 campaign against Leicester Blue Sox.

Game one first pitch at 11:00am with game two scheduled for 1:30pm

 

Our  U17 Pony team will also be looking to get the season off to a winning start with games against Leicester Blue Sox at 11:00am and 1:30pm.

 

With pre-season training now over, it's up to the players to show their respective managers that all the hard work and effort put in over the winter / Spring months will produce results.

 

The Club hope everyone has a great day of baseball, no matter what the results. Go Halton!!!

 

 

14

April


Halton Jaguars - Important Announcement

 

It is with some reluctance that the Halton Baseball and Softball Club Committee have made the decision not to field a AAA team this year in the league. Unfortunately we have had some significant changes this season within our AAA team and even with a number of 17U players willing to play up we cannot guarantee to complete a full seasons league schedule.

 

We have developed a plan to increase adult numbers through attracting new players and encouraging 17Us to transition to the JAGS, whilst at the same time regaining interest and involvement of existing players.

 

Although the Jaguars will not be playing competitively in 2015, a structured adult training programme will be maintained together with a number of friendly games played throughout the summer.

 

This decision will not impact on our junior teams, who will continue this seasons league programme as planned.

 

The HSBC board would like to thank other teams and clubs for their understanding.

14

March


2015 Winter Training

Indoor training for our junior teams continues on Wednesday evenings.

The sessions are held at our new Winter training facilities - Sandymoor School, Wharford Lane, Runcorn, WA7 1QU.

 

Broncos / U14 - 7:00pm till 8:00pm

Ponys / U17 - 8:00pm till 9:00pm

 

Jaguars training is continuing on Sundays 10th at our home diamond - John Mills Ballpark.

The sessions run from 10:00am till 11:30am

 

New players are always welcome to attend these sessions, for more details please get in touch via our contacts page. For upto date info regarding sessions check out our Facebook page.

 

 

22

September


An open Letter from Your Coach

Well, everybody, it's the end of the season and the end of the line for me as Bronco coach. It's been a privilege to lead you boys this season, which has been one of big changes for all of us. We had a steady stream of players joining us throughout the season, some with baseball experience and some without, but no matter what the level of experience the common factor was that everybody wanted to do well and work to the best of their ability. From a coach point of view you can't ask for anything more.

 

As you are well aware, we played - and beat - a Cartmel team who had bigger and more experienced players and I can't tell you how special an achievement that was. It was certainly the last thing they expected! But you did it. Unfortunately at the end of the season Cartmel's experience told against us, but boy, did they know they'd been in a game! Manchester Saints probably had a similar level of experience to us and we won every game we played against them. The big word here is "experience" and in my view it's such a big thing at Bronco level. But now we have gained some of that experience, we're getting to know more about batting, fielding, base running and the game of baseball in general, and this will make us a team to be feared next season.

 

I know some players will move up to Pony, which happens every year, but the Bronco team will I hope go on and win their tournaments next season in some style - as long as each of you continues to try hard for each other. Keep that enthusiasm lads, always give it your best shot out there and fear nobody. Don't forget what I always told you, that a huge part of the game is played in your head - always stay switched on and never, EVER, let those heads go down. You are all too good for that. And remember how good you can be when all the pieces fall into place. Get out there next season and be the best! Oh, and always remember that the only reason you can play this great game is because people who love you make the effort to bring you to training and games in the first place. They also buy and wash your gear (I'm betting you players don't!), get food ready, help with the field and lots of other things that make this whole club work. And all for you. Make them proud.

 

And from me to all of you who bring the boys, a big, big thank you for all your season long support help, and encouragement. The club would not be as vibrant as it is without you playing your part, believe me.

 

And on the point of the club in general, Alan Moran our General Manager (Youth Section) put in a phenomenal amount of work behind the scenes to liaise with other clubs as well as all of us. It's a thankless job if I'm honest but Alan never complained and always had a smile for everyone no matter what problem was dumped on him... And let's not forget that as well as all this he was our home umpire! If I tell you that at the start of the season Alan had hair like Elvis in his prime - well, you can see how it all took its toll on the lad! Alan mate, thank you so, so much.

 

Let's also not forget the club committee who deal with so many of the behind the scenes issues - finance, field maintenance, fundraising, players' uniforms and gear etc. It's so easy to overlook these things but the committee is the core of the club, without them I doubt if there would even be a Halton club. Thank you on behalf of the Bronco team for all your efforts.

 

On the coaching side I think I won the lottery in having Paul and Kirsty on board. In all honesty I had a little trepidation at the start of the season as my coaching background is football, but I needn't have worried because the help Paul and Kirsty gave was first class. I know how difficult it was for Kirsty to make it given her other commitments and not driving! Paul led a lot of the outdoor training sessions (before you got your dinner eh, mate) and was absolutely invaluable on game days, lifting me up when I needed it (not physically, behave yourselves) and always having wise words for the boys. He's such a great character to have around and I always felt better with him there. Paul, Kirsty, respect to you both!

 

Finally, back to the team. I am so very proud of every one of you. Every one. I couldn't have asked for more from you, thank you so much and always do your very best for your new coach just like you did for me. If you strike out, no problem, get up there on your next at bat and show that pitcher who's boss. Even the great MLB players have days when things don't go so well so never get discouraged and keep those heads up no matter what. There'll always be a next time. Be the best, because you CAN do it. But most of all, enjoy every minute you play.

 

It's been a great season and thank you so very much to everyone involved with our Broncos.

Kevin

5

July


U14s Back to Winning Ways on the Road

The Polecats showed up at Manchester on Saturday determined to bounce back after our last game reverse against Cartmel. And that determination showed from first pitch - the first inning ended 5-0 for us. Get in!

That inning put a marker down for us in terms of batting because for the rest of the afternoon we were absolutely outstanding on the bat. Every player swung well and got their bat on the ball - the warmup batting drill from Coach Williams paid off big time. We gave the pitching over to Danny and Jaymeson, neither of whom had pitched in a game this season, and sure enough, they didn't let us down.

After putting on another 2 runs in the second we were coasting, but the afternoon heat and maybe taking our foot off the gas soon took its toll and by the bottom of the third inning we found ourselves 8-7 down. So it was time to ask the lads to dig deep,step up to the plate and show the character we know they have.

You can guess the rest. They got up there and hit big with some cheeky base running. Little Olly summed up the spirit of the team, he popped up twice and was caught at second base with almost identical catches. But he was determined to make a base hit and in his last at bat he sent the ball well over the same player's head into the outfield! Like the rest of the team he did it when it mattered.

That's what these lads can do. I should mention too that Josh had already played in the tough morning Pony game so this was his second appearance and we were also without Conor who was playing Pony.

Now the Polecats nearly put their coach into cardiac arrest when Manchester came back to 8-7 but I know I can rely on this team's spirit and battling qualities to come through. So the lads got on with the business and we ran out 16-8 winners. Great job lads!

We also had the usual solid support from the parents, thank you. Believe me when I say that this support is a major factor in establishing our spirit - it's not just about the team, we're all in this together. Go Broncos!

 

Halton Polecats 19 Manchester Saints 8

21

June


U13s Battling Broncos Lose Out To Cartmel
 

A  great effort by Halton Polecats Broncos today, who just came up short against an experienced Cartmel in a 15 - 6 loss.

Cartmels pitching was particularly strong and quick, keeping Halton under pressure right from the off. The team stepped up to the challenge and scored 6 runs, despite missing several players involved in the game at Cartmel which they won well. A first class running catch from Olly in right field and 2 outstanding throw outs from Ethan had Coach Latham describing the plays as - "real MLB stuff!!"

The team battled away against a more experienced - and in many cases taller - side, but couldn't turn it around, even though a one point Halton were within a single run of Cartmel.

Well done to the team for showing big hearts when it mattered and thank you to each and every one for their efforts.

As ever a big thank you to the parents for your continued support and help in setting up the field.

Go Broncos!

 

Cartmel Valley Lions 15 Halton Polecats 6

 

31

May


U13s Take the Win while U17s Split Double Header
 
Halton U17 (Pony) Share Double Header with Cartmel

Two games for the not so local rivals ended in honours even, both teams claimed a win in the Polecats first trip of the season to Cartmel

Game 1 - Halton Polecats 7 Cartmel Valley Lions 3

Game 2 - Halton Polecats 10 Cartmel Valley Lions 13

 

Halton U13 (Bronco) Claim Their First Win of the Season

Halton Polecats were on the road this weekend taking an away win at Cartmel. Team manager, Kevin Latham, said afterwards that the teams impressive performance and strong showing in the field were the decisive factors in the 16 - 10 victory.

Halton Polecats 16 Cartmel Valley Lions 10

10

May


U17 - Polecats Winning Streak Continues
 
Halton U17 (Pony) Take two wins from Leicester on the road

Game one turned into a close run thing, with the Blue Sox Juniors just falling short by one run.

At 6 - 5 in the final innings, three great defensive plays at home plate sealed the win for Halton.

Halton got off to an early lead in game two, but determined play by Leicester in the final stages required Halton to re-focus taking the win 14 - 9.

Thank you to Leicester for being great hosts.

 

Game 1 - Halton Polecats 6 Leicester Blue Sox 5

Game 2 - Halton Polecats 14 Leicester Blue Sox 9

4

May


U17 Opening Day - 2014
 
Halton U17 (Pony) Take Two Wins On Opening Day

The Halton Polecats U17's started their season with a pair of wins against Leicester Blue Sox.

Game one turned into a close run thing, with the Blue Sox Juniors just falling short by one run.

Halton had an easier outing for game two taking the win 13 - 3. Leicester only have a 7 day wait to try and get revenge as next weeks games are a rematch at Western Park.

 

Game 1 - Leicester Blue Sox 15 Halton Polecats 16

Game 2 - Leicester Blue Sox 3 Halton Polecats 13

 

13

April


AAA Opening Day - 2014
 
Halton Jaguars Sweep the Tigers on Opening Day

The Harrogate Tigers and Halton Jaguars took centre stage on opening day of the 2014 AAA North Season. After two exciting games the Jaguars narrowly edged two wins, topping the Tigers by one run in both of their games.

The postponement of the Hull and Liverpool opening day matchup put Halton and Harrogate in the spotlight, and both teams did not disappoint. The two games were exceedingly disparate in nature - the first a tense pitching duel and the second a high scoring affair – but both games were excitingly close, with Halton earning walk offs in both games.

Game 1 - Halton Jaguars 4 Harrogate Tigers 3

Game 2 - Halton Jaguars 18 Harrogate Tigers 17

More...

 

18

March


Fundraising News
 
MBNA Community Grant

Halton Baseball and Softball Club have received a grant through The MBNA Foundation – the credit card lender’s charitable giving arm – and used the money to purchase new uniforms for all youth players in the club.

Ian O’Doherty, Chief Executive of MBNA and an MBNA Foundation Trustee, said: “Through the MBNA Foundation, we’re committed to supporting organisations and projects that have a positive impact in our communities. Our employees are involved with many worthwhile causes across the region, so we’re very pleased to play our part and contribute to their ongoing success.”

Keep an eye out for the new look Polecats this coming season.

11

March


Training Update
Changes to Training Times

Due to player availability issues the Jaguars team will now be training from 12:00 noon till 2:00pm on Sundays. All outdoor sessions are being held at our home field - John Mills Ballpark.

 

25

February


Jaguars Training Update
Outdoor Training Begins

The Halton Jaguars will begin spring training this Sunday, 2nd March at John Mills Ballpark. The session will start at 10:00am and all players are expected to attend. Please let your coach know if you are unavailable.

New players are welcome to come along to these sessions.

With opening day not too far away, the 2014 season starts now!

12

January


Fundraising News
Fundraising - Grant Award

Halton Baseball & Softball club are pleased to announce that Howdens Joinery have awarded the club £500.00 to help provide new equipment for our junior teams. Howdens are one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of kitchen and joinery products and have a local production facility in Runcorn. The club would like to thank Howdens for their generosity and look forward to putting the money to good use during the 2014 season.

 

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