New league formed for high schoolers

High school students from the Monadnock region will have the opportunity to play in the newly formed New England Independent Baseball League this summer.

The league will take the place of the Senior Babe Ruth Baseball program. Tom Newbury, coach of the Babe Ruth team for the past 8 seasons spearheaded the founding of the independent league.

“The Southern ew Hampshire Senior Babe Ruth program has taken a hit the past few years due to Junior Legion teams, AAU, summer soccer, among other things,” he said.

The independent league will step out from under the Senior Babe Ruth umbrella and allow additional teams to join the league.

“The core group of teams are the same, Nashua, Londonderry, Hollis/Brookline, Salem, Walpole and us (Monadnock),” said Newbury.

According to Newbury, Keene, Souhegan, and a Nashua team had dropped out from the Babe Ruth league during the last couple of years. “With our new program we have eliminated the Babe Ruth boundaries and added teams from Laconia, Concord, Mass.and Manchester,” explained Newbury.

The core group of players that make up the Monadnock roster come from ConVal, Milford, and Conant, according to Newbury.

The New England Independent Baseball League has been certified by the State of New Hampshire, making it official, and ConVal has agreed to allow the team to play its home games on the varsity field. Newbury has also booked umpires for the team’s upcoming schedule.

The league will be wooden bat and will have a 16-game regular season schedule, starting June 17 and running through the last weekend in July.

“The goal is to have the kids play through the summer and have fun. Over the years our team has gotten up to a level that is competitive, it’s great baseball,” said Newbury.

For any further questions or to sign up for the league, contact Tom Newbury at 831-2758.

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