The Buckeye Baseball League will be having our first organizational meeting for the 2024 season on Wednesday, November 8th at 7pm at the Chagrin Falls Library located at 100 E. Orange Street (44022). The meeting will last approximately 1 hour.
The following events will be local Northeast Ohio events for 2024.
1) May 17---19 (9U & 11U)----The Aviator---Cleveland Airport fields, Brooklyn---12 teams per Age Division
2) May 31---June 2 (10U & 12U)----Lake Erie Championship--Brooklyn, possibly Cleveland Airport fields---12 teams per Age Division
3) June 14---16 (9U---13U)----The Underdog----Venue TBA---12 teams per Age Division
4) June 21---June 23 (9U---13U)---KING OF THE CITY----Cleveland Airport fields, Brooklyn---12 teams per Age Division
***Once I am solidly told cost for field rental, the price of the Tournament will be included. This will happen soon.**
Please contact T.C. Murphy with questions or registration requests at (216)551-0728 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckeye Baseball Plays at Progressive Field--9/19
On Tuesday, September 19, TWENTY TEAMS from the Buckeye Baseball League will demonstrate their skills on the Major League Baseball Field at Progressive. Good Luck to ALL teams!
Buckeye Fall Baseball Standings---post WEEK 5
Geauga Knights 2-0
Chagrin Falls Tigers 4-3-1
CLE Wildcats 4-2
Aurora Green 0-5-1
Lyndhurst Lightning 3-5
Premier Baseball 7-3
Chagrin Falls Tigers 5-4-1
Geauga Knights 2-5-1
NC USA Rebels 2-6
Rawlings Tigers 3-7
Ohio Tide 8-0
NC USA Rebels 4-2
Saturday, August 19
Geauga Knights (Cramer)9U/10U (46x65) at Premier at 12pm and 2pm at 8938 Broadview Rd., Broadview Hts., Ohio
NC Rebels (HiggSat) vs. 428 Athletics (46x65) (Mayfield) at 10am and 12pm
CF (T) at Aurora Green
Ohio Tide (50x70) at GK © at 9am and 11am at Munson Twp. Park located at 12641 Bass Lake Rd., Chardon, Ohio 44024
NC Rebels (Swag) at Lyndhurst (50x70) at 9:30am and 11:30 am at 1840 Brainard Rd., Lyndhurst, 44124
Rawlings Tigers at CF (Drum)
Mentor Cardinals idle
WEEK 5 Results
Geauga Knights (12U) 6 Chagrin Falls 5
Geauga Knights 4 Chagrin Falls 4
Premier (11/12) 12 Rawlings Tigers 3
Rawlings Tigers 7 Premier 6
Chagrin Falls (10U) 16 Aurora Green 7
Aurora Green 11 Chagrin Falls 11
WEEK 4 RESULTS
Ohio Tide (13U) 15 Rawlings Tigers (12U) 1
Ohio Tide 7 Rawlings Tigers 2
Premier Baseball (11U) 9 NC USA Rebels 7
Premier Baseball 7 NC USA Rebels 6
Geauga Knights (10U) 18 Chagrin Falls 6
Geauga Knights 16 Chagrin Falls 6
Lyndhurst Lightning (12U) 5 Chagrin Falls (11U) 1
Chagrin Falls 8 Lyndhurst Lightning 3
Buckeye Fall Baseball Results---Week 3
Premier (11U) 8 Chagrin Falls (11U) 5
Chagrin Falls (11U) 6 Premier (11U) 4
Ohio Tide (13U) 3 NC USA Rebels(13U) 2
Ohio Tide (13U) 6 NC USA Rebels (13U) 5
CLE Wildcats (10U) 12 Chagrin Falls (10U) 5
Chagrin Falls (10U) 5 CLE Wildcats (10U) 4
Lyndhurst Lightning (12U) 4 Rawlings Tigers (12U) 3
Lyndhurst Lightning 9 Rawlings Tigers 5
Geauga Knights (12U) 17 NC USA Rebels 7
NC USA Rebels (12U) 7 Geauga Knights 6
Buckeye Fall Baseball Results----WEEK 2
Ohio Tide (13U) 11 Lyndhurst Lightning (12U) 1
Ohio Tide (13U) 10 Lyndhurst Lightning (12U) 9
Premier (11U) 9 Rawlings Tigers (11U) 2
Rawlings Tigers (11U) 6 Premier (11U) 3
CLE Wildcats (10U) 7 Aurora Green (9U) 5
CLE Wildcats (10U) 8 Aurora Green (9U) 7
Chagrin Falls 11u - 6 NC Rebels- 5
Chagrin Falls 11u - 10 NC Rebels - 1
BUCKEYE FALL BASEBALL RESULTS---WEEK 1
NC Rebels(11U) 6 428 Knights(10U) 4
428 Knights(10U) 7 NC Rebels(11U) 1
Ohio Tide(13U) 17 Geauga Knights(12U) 2
Ohio Tide (13U) 14 Geauga Knights(12U) 0
Chagrin Falls (11U) 5 Rawlings Tigers(11U) 2
Rawlings Tigers(11U) 3 Chagrin Falls(11U) 2
Premier Baseball (11U) 5 Chagrin Falls (10U) 4
Premier Baseball 15 Chagrin Falls 2
NC Rebels(13U) 15 Lyndhurst Lightning(12U) 4
NC Rebels (Swag) 11 Lyndhurst Lightning 1
Chagrin Falls(10U) 11 Aurora Green(9U) 11
Chagrin Falls 17 Aurora Green 12
2023 Buckeye Fall Baseball Divisions
Aurora Green Chagrin Falls (Drum)
Chagrin Falls Geauga Knights(Corradi)
GK (Cramer) Premier—(Restifo)
428 Athletics NC Rebels (Higg)
Mentor Cardinals Lyndhurst Lightning
Ohio Tide (Garrett)
NC USA (Swag)
The Buckeye Baseball League will be hosting 20 of their Teams playing at Progressive Field on Tuesday, September 12th. Check out the Lineup below and come out and join the fun!
530----8U---Mentor Cardinals (Overton) vs. Geauga Knights/ 8U Aurora Green vs. Mentor Cardinals (Jerin)
630---9U---Solon Stampede vs. Aurora Green/ 9U Mentor Cardinals vs. Stow
730----11USolon Stampede vs. Aurora Green/ 10U Solon Stampede vs. Lyndhurst Lightning
830---11U Streetsboro Rockets vs. Mentor Cardinals/ 11U White Caps Baseball vs. Euclid Panthers
930---12U Solon Stampede vs. Diamond Dogs/ 12U Geauga Knights vs. Willoughby Wildcats
The Buckeye Baseball League is hosting a Fall Baseball League for all teams interested.
The Divisions that your Team can play in are as follows:
8U, 8U/9U, 9U, 9U/10U, 10U, 11U, 11U/12U, 12U, 13U, 13U/14U
The League will have you select a primary day of Saturday or Sunday and place your squad according to that need.
We will use Mayfield Fields, Aurora Field and Brooklyn Fields. We will likely have more venues as teams join as well for your convenience.
Labor Day Weekend---No Games
September 30/October 1
Playoff/Championship October 7/October 8
Fall Baseball is about development and having your players improve.
The price for Fall Baseball is $425 which provides fields for your games. If you wish to use your own home field for 2 weekends or more, the price is $325.
Please contact T.C. Murphy for your Registration Form and more details at email@example.com or at (216)551-0728
2023 8U League Championship Playoff Bracket
#4 Riverside Baseball Club 1 at #1 Aurora Green 3
#3 Chagrin Falls 0 at #2 Mentor Cardinals (Overton) 7
#2 Mentor Black (Overton) 6 at #1 Aurora Green 4
#4 Kenston (Koterba) 0 at #1 Geauga Knights 8
#3 Mentor Cardinals (Jerin) 3 at #2 Solon Stampede o
#1 Geauga Knights 6 #3 Mentor Red (Jerin) 1
#2 Mentor Black (Overton) 11 vs. #1 Geauga Knights 11
8U Championship End in Tie; Co-Champions Crowned
The 8U Championship game between Division Champion Geauga Knights and the Mentor Cardinals (Overton) was one for the ages! This epic contest went back and forth all game. During two points in the game, it appeared that the Knights were prepared to snatch the crown from the tight grip of the relentless Cardinals. However, this tough Mentor group would not give in. It was a sight to see!
Heading into the bottom of the 6th inning, the Knights needed to shut down Mentor to claim victory, but the resilient Cardinals would not let that happen! The young Mentor club came back with key hitting and baserunning to force the game into extra innings. In the top of the 7th inning the Geauga Knights added a few more runs and it seemed as though their victory was certain. Once again though, these gritty Cardinals answered with some great hitting and ended up evening the score once again.
As night fell on these two mighty foes, the game had to be called on account of darkness in order to ensure the safety of the youngsters. Had this game been able to continue, they may still playing now because this spectator doubts that either team would loosen their tight grip on the desired trophy. What a game!
Great job by both teams and a shout out to both healthy in number fan bases. The crowd was boisterous in their support of their respective team, but classy in the end in reference to their respect to their opponents. Great job, Buckeye League faithful!
2023 9U League Championship Playoff Bracket
#4 Willoughby Wildcats 3 at #1 Solon Stampede 4
#3 Chagrin Falls Tigers 18 at #2 428 Athletics 12
#1 Solon Stampede 12 #3 Chagrin Falls 4
#4 Kenston Bombers (W) 6 at #1 Mentor Cardinals 15
#3 Knights Baseball 3 at #2 Aurora Green 4
#2 Aurora Green 12 Mentor Cardinals 9 (extra innings)
#1 Solon Stampede 4 #2 Aurora Green 2
Undefeated Solon Stampede Holds on to Capture the 9U League Championship
It is a rare and wonderful thing to walk away from a game and season with the strongest of feelings for a team in defeat. That is exactly what happened last night in the 9U League Championship Game. The tenacious Aurora Green 9U squad earned the utmost respect from everyone lucky enough to be in attendance for last night's Championship. The Aurora Green team endured a juggernaut of a playoff bracket winning narrowly twice to earn their way to the Championship beating a tough Geauga Knights team 4-3 and then, beating the Ruth Division Champion, Mentor Cardinals in extra innings. Last evening, the Aurora Green displayed how and why they were there to represent their home community in their backyard.
While the Aurora Green played flawlessly in the field and challenged the Stampede's outstanding pitching all game long, it just wasn't enough. The undefeated Solon Stampede vanquished Aurora 4-2 with great defense of their own and some powerful hitting. This game came down to the very last out and the Solon boys could once again breathe as they preserved their undefeated gem of a season. The outstanding and pinpoint pitching on the part of the Solon Stampede proved to be the difference in order to claim victory.
After the last out suddenly occurred, the 9U Solon Stampede racously celebrated. Normally, because of the level of the Stampede jubilation, spectators might find that a tad annoying. Not last night! Whoever came away victorious, the plentiful crowd understood, created a well-deserved opportunity to joyously celebrate because both teams are truly so skilled. The Solon Stampede deserved their "fiesta" upon victory.
Baseball has the ability to "bring the kid out" in everyone and last night's game served this eternal, American truth. The faithful and classy crowd appreciated and acknowledged the great effort of both teams all night long. It was refreshing that while each spectator of course was there to support their team, a high level of respect for their mighty foe was observed throughout this contest. This is a testament to the players, their coaches, their parents and all of the fans. Last night made me very proud to be the Director of this great League in having the ability to sit back and witness not just a great battle of two outstanding teams, but the level of respect and class demonstrated by one and all who were there.
On the long drive home from the beautiful Aurora Park, I smiled as I reflected on what just took place. I recalled with admiration the resolve and skill that the Solon Stampede displayed to earn the victory and a large part of me felt a sadness for the Aurora team who also gave all that had with their great effort. When this happens to a person, one knows that they observed something special. All of us "can't wait" for next year's Buckeye Baseball League's 10U Upper Division battles. It will be special!
A special thanks goes out the City of Aurora, the Aurora Parks and Recreation Department and Nick Miller for providing and decorating such a beautiful field for the kids. Thank you!
2023 10U League Championship Playoff Bracket
#4 Mentor Cardinals 6 at #1 Aurora Green 14
#3 Solon Stampede 6 at #2 Geauga Knights 2
Semi-Final Game is Solon at Aurora on Thursday, July 6 at 6pm at Hartman Park on Field #18
#3 Solon Stampede 4 #1 Aurora Green 2
#4 Ohio Rebels 2 at #1 Willoughby Wildcats 12
#3 Bobcats Baseball 11 at #2 Lyndhurst Lightning 5
#1 Willoughby Wildcats 8 #3 Bobcats Baseball 7
#1 Willoughby Wildcats 8 #3 Solon Stampede 4
Willoughby Wildcats Win League Championship
The 10U Willoughby Wildcats came off of their 2022 9U Campaign will the resolve of Sisyphus. (The myth of Sisyphus is the story of the man who over and over pushed a huge boulder to the top of a large hill only to have it keep rolling back down the hill as the challenge was repeatedly too great.) However, the mighty Wildcats pushed that boulder up the hill and over to the other side last night.
The Willoughby Wildcats outlasted a scrappy Solon Stampede team 8-4 to claim the 10U Buckeye Baseball League Championship. The calm Wildcats seemed to be in control all evening, but in that calm, the Stampede were not going to relent. In the end, the Stampede surged with some great hitting including a screaming shot down the left field line in the last innings, but it just wasn't enough.
The game was played with great pitching on both sides and stupendous defense. The game showed the crowd some Major League plays in the field. At one point in this fierce contest, the Willoughby Left Fielder made a great sliding catch in the gap that stopped a potential Stampede rally. The Willoughby Second Baseman made an unusually 'brave' play when when a hard hit ground ball took an unusual bounce that might have "taken his head off" had it been missed. The poised Wildcat 2B handled the play as if it were routine by calmly fielding the missile and throwing the runner out. The defensive play of the evening was provided by the Stampede Center Fielder. On a crisply hit ball hit out to CF, the Stampede defender sprinted in, dove on his stomach to make a diving circus catch for the out. I have never witnessed such a great catch by 10U player!
Congratulations go out to both teams who fought diligently. Great job, boys!
2023 11U League Championship Playoff Bracket
#6 Perry Pirates at #3 Mentor Cardinals; winner versus #2 Streetsboro Rockets
#6 Perry Pirates 12 #3 Mentor Cardinals 2
#6 Perry Pirates 9 Streetsboro Rockets 8
#5 White Caps Baseball 0 at #4 Willoughby Wildcats 7
#1 Euclid Panthers 4 #4 Willoughby Wildcats 1
11U League Championship
#6 Perry Pirates vs. #1 Euclid Panthers on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:15pm at Field 17 Hartman Park at 305 Towline Road
2023 12U League Championship Bracket
#4 Kenston Bombers (Home) vs. #5 Mentor Diamond Dogs; winner vs. #1 Willoughby Wildcats
#5 Diamond Dogs at #1 Willoughby on Tuesday, July 11 at Grant
#6 Geauga Knights at #3 Lyndhurst Lightning; winner versus #2 Solon Stampede
10U Silver Bracket
#4 Perry Pirates 7 at #1 Ohio Tide 11
#3 Aurora Aces 12 at #2 Chardon Eagles 20
#4 Kenston Bombers 3 at #1 CLE Prospects 31
#3 Dugout Baseball 4 at #2 Chagrin Falls 9
11U Silver Bracket
#8 BHM 1 at #1 Aurora Geen 9
#5 Mentor Cardinals 8 at #4 Lyndhurst Lightning 12
#7 Geauga Knights 0 at #2 Solon Stampede 7
#6 Kenston Bombers at #3 Ohio Rebels
2023 Bronze 11U Bracket
#5 Chagrin Falls 16 at # 4 Stow 4 ; winner versus Kento Colonels
#6 Auroa Aces at #3 Nordonia (Wednesday, July 5)
#7 Ohio Tide 8 at # 2Hudson White 16
2023 Silver 12U Bracket
#4 NP Hornets 0 at #1 Aurora Athletics 7
#3 Ohio Tide 16 at #2 Mentor Cardinals 7
“Perfect 10” Tournament Scoreboard
Lyndhurst Lightning 15 Kenston Bombers 0
Lyndhurst Lightning 14 White Caps Baseball 5
North Royalton Bears 15 Kenston Bombers 3
North Royalton Bears 5 White Caps Baseball 2
Sunday, June 4
Third Place Game at 10:30am
Kenston Bombers (3rd Base dugout) vs. White Caps Baseball
Championship Game for Perfect 10 at 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Lightning (3rd base dugout) vs. North Royalton Bears
The Kenston Bombers 10U team went 0-2 today in tournament play, but not due to poor play. They are unquestionably the "unluckiest" team in baseball right now. The Bomber players bashed pitch after pitch in both of their contests today, but every single time they did, it was hit right at someone or the fielders made outstanding plays on their smacks. Unlucky!
Tomorrow, the Kenston Bombers will square off against a very talented White Caps Baseball (0-2) squad at 10:30am at Fenway Park. The White Caps are 0-2 in tournament action as well, but they played some great baseball! The White Caps were beaten 14-5 in their first contest versus the formidable Lyndhurst Lightning club, but came back strong in the 2nd bout.
The fiesty White Caps team were beating the tough North Royalton Bears team 2-0 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning with the Bears coming to the plate. With two outs, the score now 2-2 and the bases "juiced," a Royalton batter smashed a double to CF clearing the bases making the score 5-2. The White Caps threatened in the top of the last inning, but were unable to put up the necessary runs for victory.
Two top tier teams will square off in the Championship Game tomorrow at 1pm. The Champion team from the Buckeye Baseball League, the Lyndhurst Lightning, will play the CVBA power North Royalton Bears. Come out tomorrow to see this great contest for all the marbles!
On Sunday, June 17th at 6pm, the 10U Willoughby Wildcats and the 10U Geauga Knights will play an Exhibition Game at Progressive Field where the Cleveland Guardians play! In early May, this opportunity began as a conversation between myself and a Company out of Long Island, N.Y. who is hosting the event. This is one of many perks that Buckeye Baseball League teams can take advantage of!
This fantastic opportunity is being offered for FREE through the Buckeye Baseball League! I am being told that in the future that there will be other opportunities like this. If/When that occurs, I will open the opportunity up League-wide on a first come basis.
The Buckeye Baseball League makes things happen! The Buckeye Baseball League makes Baseball Dreams come true!
Please click on the 2023 Tournament tab on the Home Page to review the exciting Tournaments that are upcoming in 2023!
We want you in!
Give T.C. Murphy a call at (216)551-0728 to discuss the great opportunities available.
The 12U Willoughby Wildcats defeated a very tough Impact Baseball Club in the Aviator Tournament Championship 10-8. Impact Baseball jumped out to a 4-1 lead, which inspired Willoughby to come from behind all game long. The score was deadlocked after 5 innings 7-7 with Willoughby at the plate in the top of the 6th. Some great hitting and savvy baserunning produced the 3 deciding runs for the Wildcats. Of course, the mighty Impact team was not going to go away without a fight. Impact had multiple baserunners on base in the bottom of the last inning and scored one run to get within striking distance. However, solid defense on the part of Willoughby ended Impact's bid by throwing a runner out at 2nd base to close out the victory.
Impact Baseball was the #1 Seed going into the final day in the Elimination Round. Heading into the Championship Game, Impact had only relinquished a stingy 3 runs in 3 contests. Although Impact Baseball was disappointed in finishing as the Runner-Up, they are a great baseball team and have much to be proud of. Keep your eyes on this talented group out of Impact Baseball. They have quality, committed players along with a veteran, caring coaching staff.
The Willoughby Wildcats had to win three games in a row on Elimination Sunday in order to capture the Aviator Championship. The Wildcats defeated a resilient and up and coming Mentor Cardinals team 15-6. The Wildcats then, had to play their arch-rival Lyndhurst Lightning in the Semi-Final game. In a very exciting game, Willoughby once again had to come from behind to seize the win from the talented Lightning team.
Friday, May 5 Pool Play
6:15 pm Memorial #1 Lyndhurst Lightning 15 vs. North Coast White 5
6:15 pm Memorial #2 Willoughby Wildcats 5 vs. North Coast Red 3
Saturday, May 6 Pool Play
10:00 am Memorial #1 Impact Baseball 8 vs. North Coast Red 0
12:00 am Memorial #1 Mentor Cardinals 4 vs. Lyndhurst Lightning 16
1:00 pm Memorial #2 Willoughby Wildcats 3 vs. Impact Baseball 4
2:30 pm Memorial #1 Mentor Cardinals 8 vs. North Coast White 14
Sunday, May 7 Single Elimination
Game #1: 10:00 am Memorial #1 #5 Seed: North Coast Red (3rd Base dugout) vs. North Coast White (#4 Seed--Home)
Game #2 10:00 am Memorial #2 #6 Seed: Mentor (3rd Base dugout) 6 vs. Willoughby Wildcats (#3 Seed--Home) 15
Game #3 12:00 pm (Memorial #1) North Coast Red 0 vs. Impact Baseball (#1 Seed---Home) 6
Game #4 12:00 pm (Memorial #2) Willoughby Wildcats 9 vs. Lyndhurst Lighning (#2 Seed---Home) 8
2:45 pm Memorial #1 Willoughby Wildcats 10 Impact Baseball 8
The Buckeye Baseball League will have its annual Scheduling Meeting on Saturday, February 18th. This season's meeting will be held at The Hub located at 4734 Topps Industrial Parkway in Willoughby (44094).
8U at 8am
9U at 9am
10U at 10am
11U at 11am
12U at noon
Each team needs a representative present. If the Head Coach cannot make the meeting, please send an Assistant Coach. You will need to have your dates for your home fields at the meeting. You will be given a informational packet and a copy of a Calendar will be provided for you.
Mentor Black (O) Riverside Baseball Club
Kenston Bombers(T) Geauga Knights
Chagrin Falls Aurora Green
Solon Stampede RD Diamond Dawgs
Impact Baseball Mentor Black (J)
Kenston Bombers(K) Willoughby Wildcats
Ohio Rebels Chagrin Falls Tigers
Aurora Green CLE Prospects
Willoughby Wildcats Cleveland Renegades
Mentor Cardinals Kenston Bombers(Gerber)
Solon Stampede PN Hornets
Geauga Knights 428 Athletics---H H
Kenston Bombers (Wright) Lyndhurst Lightning
Riverside Baseball Club Diamond Dogs
Chagrin Falls (Ny) Crestwood King Cobras
Cle Prospects Chardon Eagles
Geauga Knights Mentor Cardinals
Perry Pirates Willoughby Wildcats
Lyndhurst Lightning Aurora Green
Chagrin Falls Tigers Kenston Bombers
Solon Stampede PN Hornets
Ohio Rebels Bobcats Baseball Club
Midwest Stars Aurora Aces
Hudson White © Solon Stampede
Stow Bulldogs Streetsboro Rockets
Euclid Panthers Ohio Tide
Mentor Cardinals(Ellis) Geauga Knights
Ohio Rebels Kent Colonels
Lyndhurst Lightning Perry Pirates
Aurora Green Chagrin Falls
Kenston Bombers BHM
Willoughby Wildcats Hudson Blue (B)
Aurora Aces Nordonia Knights
White Caps Baseball
Lyndhurst Lightning Willoughby Wildcats
Solon Stampede Diamond Dogs
Aurora Athletics PN Hornets
Mentor Cardinals Aurora Green
Kenston Bombers Geauga Knights
The January Organizational Meeting for the Buckeye Baseball League will be held via Zoom on January 18th at 7pm. Teams who have committed to the League or have expressed interest will receive the link to the Meeting on the afternoon of January 18th.
2023 League Champions will (including Silver Bracket Champions) will receive a PAID BERTH to the Top Gun Southeastern World Series in North Carolina on July 28---30 or a future Top Gun event TBD.
If you would like to be part of the Meeting, please contact T.C. Murphy at (216)551-0728 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lyndhurst Lightning were relentless in their pursuit of the 9U crown on Tuesday evening. The Lightning were playing from behind all night long until the top of the last inning. Lyndhurst was down to their final 3 outs and down by 1 run. With aggressive baserunning and clutch hitting, Lyndhurst took the lead 4-3 as Aurora came to take their swings in the bottom of the 6th inning. As Aurora attempted to mount a comeback, the Lyndhurst defense would not "give an inch" and earned their precious Championship.
The Aurora Greenmen had a great season by winning the Gehrig Division in the Regular Season and by earning the #1 Seed for the League Championship.
Circle the date in 2023 when these two teams will fight it out again next season. These contests will be "must see" events!
The hot-streaking Mentor Cardinals were stopped 2-1 in the 8U Championship game by the Solon Stampede. The Cardinals came a long way this season after a slow start. The young Mentor group worked together and earned their way to the Championship by beating the overall #1 team (at the time) in the Semi-Final. What a great season for these young Cardinals!
The Solon Stampede earned their Championship victory with great pitching, outstanding defense and timely hitting. The victory was won in the bottom of the final inning with Solon scoring the deciding run just in time.
Congrats to both teams!
League Championship Playoff Races Heating Up
The 9U division is always a fan favorite because generally this is many players' and parents' experience in Travel Baseball, and because the fans truly enjoy watching these teams vastly improve over a season. In the Buckeye Baseball League, this year is no different.
The Ruth Division in 9U has 3 teams still alive with the Gehrig Division having 1 team remaining. The upstart 9U Geauga Knights were the #4 Seed who knocked off the #1 Seed to advance to the Semi-Finals. The Knights will play the #2 Perry Pirates this coming Monday in Perry. The Pirates had to outlast a pugnacious Crestwood Red Devils team 9-6 to earn their way to the Semis. On the other side of the 9U Bracket, this coming Monday on July 5, the #1 Euclid Panthers will host the #2 Solon Stampede. The winner of what promises to be a battle royale will earn the right to test either the Perry Pirates or the Geauga Knights.
In the 9U Semi-Finals, the Euclid Panthers showed the Solon Stampede why they were the frontrunners all year long. The Panthers beat the Solon Stampede 6-0 on the strength of a great outing by Joey Godina who earned the shutout. The Perry Pirate-Geauga Knights Semi-Final game was an exciting endeavor. With Perry leading going into the top of the final inning, but in true Geauga Knight form, the Knights would not go down easily. The Knights came back in the final inning to tie the game up at 6-6. Unfortunately for the Knights, the great offensive machine that is the Perry Pirates could not be stopped and Perry was victorious 7-6.
In the 10U Race for the League Championship, the 10U Geauga Knights have weathered many storms to earn their way all the way to the League Championship. Under the Guidance of Coach Hejduk, the Knights have been a team to watch all season long. In order to earn their way into the Playoffs, these crafty Knights had to vanquish a tough Willoughby Wildcat team in a "play in" game 1 day before the actual Playoffs started due to being tied with Willoughby in the regular season. The next day, Geauga showed up to play the #1 mighty Streetsboro Rockets only to have wait out the unrelenting weather. As a result, the Knights had to return to Streetsboro on Thursday to play. In a bitter battle, the Knights outlasted the Rockets 5-3. What a game! The following evening, the Knights traveled to play #3 seeded Kenston Bombers where the Knights pounded out 17 runs to defeat the Bombers.
On the other side of the 10U Bracket, the #1 Cleveland Buckeyes defeated the #4 Aurora Athletics 8-0 to earn their way to the Semi-Finals. The #3 Lyndhurst Lightning traveled to Solon Community Park to play the ultra-talented Solon Stampede squad. The Lightning found enough "juice" to hold off a great Stampede team 7-6 to advance to the Semi-Finals. The Lyndhurst Lightning will travel to Painesville on Wednesday, July 7th to take on the 1 loss and #1 Cleveland Buckeyes.
Mentor Cardinals (V)
Chagrin Falls Tigers
Mentor Cardinals (J)
Game Day Bulls
Lake County Rangers
Lake Erie Storm
Chardon Mad Batters
Chagrin Falls Tigers
North Coast USA
Lake County Crushers
Beasts Baseball Solon Stampede
Streetsboro Rockets Kenston Bombers
Solon Stampede Streetsboro Rockets
Chardon Mad Batters Geauga Knights
Aurora Green Aurora Green
Willoughby Wildcats Willoughby Wildcats
Perry Pirates Perry Pirates
Chagrin Falls Tigers BHM Buckeyes
Kenston Bombers Game Day Bulls
Euclid Panthers Mentor Cardinals
Ohio Rebels Diamond Dogs
Geauga Knights Ohio Tide
Crestwood Red Devils Orange Lions
2023 Rainout/Make-Up Policy Buckeye Baseball League
March 31---May 7: Games that are rained out during this time period should be rescheduled within 3 weeks of the originally scheduled date.
May 8---June 11: Games that are rained out during this time period should be rescheduled within 2 weeks of the originally scheduled date.
June 12 and after: Games need to be rescheduled as soon as possible!!
The 11U Lyndhurst Lightning outlasted the mighty Willoughby Wildcats to earn an 8-7 victory in the League Championship. The Lyndhurst Lightning won their 16th game in a row to take the League Championship from the claws of the Willoughby Wildcats. The game itself was a real "nail biter." The game was back and forth throughout the contest. Lyndhurst went up by 3 runs in the 4th inning only to feel the fierce resolve of Willoughby who cut the lead to 1 run heading into the final inning. In the bottom of the last inning with Willoughby down by one run with two outs and a runner on 3rd base, the Lightning secured the final out and the Championship.
The Willoughby Wildcats are well known as one of the top 11U teams in Northeast Ohio. This season, on their way to their 11U Division Championship in the Buckeye League, the Willoughby Wildcats won a multitude of Tournaments. The Wildcats finished in the top spot in The Opener, the Streetsboro Memorial Day Tournament, the North Canton Summer Shootout and the Dugout Qualifier. The Wildcats finished as Runner-Up in the Lyndhurst Dad's Club Tournament. As mentioned, while the Wildcats fell in the League Championship Game, they have much to be proud of. Great job, Willoughby!
The Lyndhurst Lightning have some fine credentials to add to their 11U Buckeye Baseball League Championship. The Lightning also claimed Championships in two Tournaments: the Streetsboro Classic and the Bay Village Independence Day Tournament. Of course, it should be noted once again that Lyndhurst ended its season with an incredible 16 wins in a row! That's some "thunder and Lightning!"
Circle the date in 2023 when the schedules come out for the Lyndhurst-Willoughby contests! You will not want to miss these epic 12U battles!
The mighty Euclid Panthers strolled their undefeated record into the League Championship Game after dominating their competition all year during the Regular Season. However, the League Championship brought out the "turbo power" in the Streetsboro Rockets as Streetsboro defeated Euclid 9-3.
The game was close until the 4th inning when the Streetsboro let their arsenal of hits loose. Streetsboro pounded out 10 hits on their way to their League Championship. The Rockets proved to have too much firepower on this night for the superb Euclid squad.
Euclid finished their fantastic season with one loss and look forward to 2023 with vengeance on their mind. Opponents beware!
2022 Buckeye Baseball League Playoff Match-Ups—8U
The stage is set for the League Championship Game! In the Semi-Finals, the Solon Stampede secured a 3-1 victory over Aurora Green while the Mentor Cardinals (T) defeated the #1 Geauga Knights 8-0. As a result, the hot-streaking Cardinals will travel to play the Solon Stampede in the finale. The 8U Championship will be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Solon Community Park Field #9 at 6:15pm.
#8 Chagrin Falls 1 at #1 Geauga Knights 13
#5 Willoughby Wildcats 0 at #4 Mentor Cardinals (T) 12
#4 Mentor Cardinals 8 at #1 Geauga Knights 0
#7 Mentor Cardinals (D) 5 at #2 Aurora Green 6
#6 Impact Baseball 3 at #3 Solon Stampede 6
#3 Solon Stampede 3 at #2 Aurora Green 1
2022 Buckeye Baseball League Playoff Match-Ups—9U
In 9U Semi-Final action, #1 Aurora Green outlasted a resilient Solon Stampede squad 12-11 in a thrilling contest. The other Semi-Final game was equally exciting with skilled baserunning and timely hitting propelling the Lyndhurst Lightning to 2-1 victory over a very tough Willoughby Wildcats team.
The 9U Championship promises to be a good one! The Aurora Green will square off against the Lyndhurst Lightning at 6:15pm in Willoughby at Todd Field #3 on Tuesday, July 12th.
#8 Mentor Cardinals 0 at #1 Aurora Green 7
#5 Solon Stampede 19 at #4 Chardon Eagles 6
#5 Solon Stampede 11 at #1 Aurora Green 12
#7 Kenston Bombers 0 at #2 Willoughby Wildcats 13
#6 Geauga Knights 10 at #3 Lyndhurst Lightning 11
#3 Lyndhurst Lightning 2 at #2 Willoughby Wildcats 1
2022 Buckeye Baseball League Playoff Match-Ups—10U
In the Semis, the #1 Euclid Panthers beat the Perry Pirates while the #2 Streetsboro Rockets defeated Andy's Niners 10-6. The #2 Streetsboro Rockets will play the #1 Euclid Panthers on Tuesday, July 12th at Todd Field #4 at 6:15pm for the League Championship.
#1 Euclid Panthers----BYE
#5 Perry Pirates 17 at #4 Hudson Explorers 8
#5 Perry Pirates 1 at #1 Euclid Panthers 13
#7 Geauga Knights 9 at #2 Streetsboro Rockets 14
#6 Aurora Green 6 at #3 Andy’s Niners 7
#3 Andy's Niners 6 at #2 Streetsboro Rockets 10
2022 Buckeye Baseball League Playoff Match-Ups—10U
Silver Bracket Championship
#8 Solon Stampede----BYE
#12 Kenston Bombers (Camp) 2 at #11 Kent Colonels 11
#8 Solon Stampede 10 #11 Kent Colonels 8
#9 Ohio Rebels---BYE
#13 BHM Buckeyes 12 at #10 Chagrin Falls 11
#9 Ohio Rebels 10 #13 BHM Buckeyes 5
Solon Stampede 20 Ohio Rebels 14
2022 Buckeye Baseball League Playoff Match-Ups—11U
The #1 Willoughby Wildcats continues their reign of terror on the other 11U team to win their way to the Championship Game. #3 Lyndhurst Lightning team beat #6 Mentor 4-2 in a very close balled game and then, survived a tight contest with #2 Geauga Knights 3-2. The 11U Championship Game will be played on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:15 pm at Todd Field #1 where the Willoughby Wildcats will face the Lyndhurst Lightning.
#8 Aurora Green 0 at #1 Willoughby Wildcats 15
#5 Kenston Bombers 7 at #4 Aurora Athletics 15
#4 Aurora Athletics 7 #1 Willoughby Wildcats 16
#7 Gameday Bulls 0 at #2 Geauga Knights 12
#6 Mentor Cardinals 2 at #3 Lyndhurst Lightning 4
#3 Lyndhurst Lightning 3 #2 Geauga Knights 2
The Buckeye Baseball League, the premier League on the East Side of Cleveland and parts south to Geauga, Portage and (northern) Summit Counties, has partnered with USSSA Baseball!
USSSA Baseball is the finest and largest Travel Baseball Organization in the United States.
Please check out the Tournament action that will be hosted by the Buckeye Baseball League. Events will be posted soon!
10 game season beginning on the weekend of August 24th and 25th.
Championship for the top 2 Teams in each Division with team and individual trophies.
Teams may use their Home Field, play away games or have fields arranged for them (some are free & some at a small fee).
Teams will be provided with game balls.
Certified Umpires will be assigned through the League.
The cost for the League is $275 per Team
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Buckeye Baseball League 2019
The 2019 Regular season is underway!
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