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BOULDERS TO HOST ARMY-NAVY BASEBALL GAMES

By New York Boulders Baseball 04/27/2021, 10:00am EDT

Back-to-back twinbills in Rockland County

Rockland County, NY (April 27, 2021) – The New York Boulders and the United States Military Academy announced today that Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County will host Army and Navy baseball doubleheaders on May 8th and May 9th.

Game time for the first game on May 8 is set for 1 p.m., while May 9’s first pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for the single-admission doubleheaders are $10 for one day, while admission for both days will cost $15 when purchased in advance.  Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 28 at www.nyboulders.com and at the Palisades Credit Union Park box office.

Members of the military attending in uniform will receive free admission to that day’s games.

“We are honored to host the Army/Navy baseball games this year,” Boulders’ Team President Shawn Reilly said. “We welcome the families and classmates of the Cadets along with fans from throughout the New York area to come to our beautiful ballpark in Rockland County to cheer on our nation’s best!”

Reilly added, “I think I share the sentiment of many when I say I can’t wait to sit outside and watch baseball again.”

Army and Navy both play in the Patriot League.  This season, with the Patriot League divided into two divisions, Army sits atop the North, while Navy is second in the South. Barring a post-season meeting, these four games will be the only time the two service academy rivals will face each other on the diamond this year.

The Army-Navy baseball series began in 1901. Since then, Navy holds a 126-118 advantage over the Cadets. The games at PCU Park will be the first between the two teams since the 2019 season. That year, Army took three of four regular season Patriot League contests from the Midshipmen – splitting two games at West Point and sweeping a two-game set at Annapolis.

In May of 2019, the two teams squared off in the Patriot League championship with Army winning the best-of-three series, two games to one.

The two were scheduled to play in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park in 2019 but did not play due to COVID.  They played in Fenway Park in Boston in 2018 and Baltimore’s Camden Yards in 2006.

CBS Sports Network is set to televise the 2:30 p.m. game on Sunday, May 9, while the remaining three games will be available on the ESPN3 network.

After an exhibition game on May 22 against the NYPD – game time is set for 6:30 p.m., the New York Boulders’ much anticipated Frontier League debut will arrive on May 27 when they host the New Jersey Jackals at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona.

Game time for Opening Day is 7 p.m.

The Boulders will conclude their two-game opening series with New Jersey the following day. That game is also a 7 p.m. start.

A complete New York Boulders’ 2021 schedule, as well as information regarding season tickets and packages for the 2021 season are available by calling 845-364-0009 or sliding to www.NYBoulders.com.

Individual game tickets, including the exhibition against the NYPD and the Israeli Olympic Baseball Team’s game against the Boulders on July 12 are on sale now. Game time for the Team Israel game is set for 6:30 p.m.

Attendance at all home games at PCU Park is subject to New York State Department of Health guidelines and protocol.

US-CANADA BORDER CLOSING LEADS FRONTIER LEAGUE TO ADJUST SCHEUDLE

By New York Boulders Baseball 04/17/2021, 8:05pm EDT

Boulders to now open versus New Jersey

Due to the uncertainty regarding the reopening of the United States-Canada border, the New York Boulders and Frontier League announced today that the Ottawa Titans and Trois-Rivieres Aigles will not field teams for the 2021 season.

To complete the 2021 schedule, the Frontier League said that a team from the Province of Quebec will absorb players from the Titans, Aigles and Quebec Capitales and will be managed by Capitales’ manager Pat Scalabrini.

“After having to suspend our 2020 season, we were excited to play 2021 with our full 16 teams and to bring the tremendous market of Ottawa into the Frontier League,” said Frontier League Deputy Commissioner Steve Tahsler. “Unfortunately, the continued and understandable impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are causing us to change our plans. Our three Canadian members have proven to be tremendous additions and great partners. We look forward to resuming a full league schedule in 2022.”

The league schedule for the 14 remaining franchises, while remaining 96 games in length, sees the Boulders, who were slated to open this season on May 27 at home against the Washington (PA) Wild Things, now beginning their inaugural Frontier League campaign at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona versus the New Jersey Jackals.

The subtraction of Ottawa and Trois-Rivieres also leaves three teams in the Atlantic and Northeast Divisions. The Atlantic, which housed Trois-Rivieres, is now comprised of the Boulders, Tri-City Valley Cats and the newly formed Province of Quebec team, while the Northeast, which was home to Ottawa, will include the Jackals, Sussex County Miners and Wild Things.

This Province of Quebec team will be composed of the Canadian players from the Titans’, Aigles’, and Capitales’ current rosters along with the remaining players under contract to Quebec. Non-Canadian players on the Ottawa and Trois-Rivieres rosters will be subject to a dispersal draft among the 13 United States-based teams on Thursday afternoon.

The new team will spend the first half of the 2021 season on the road and visit each of the 13 other stadiums, beginning with a game against the Gateway Grizzlies in Sauget, IL, on May 27.

Should the border open, they will play what would have been their home games at Stade Canac in Quebec City and Stade Quillorama in Trois-Rivieres. Up to 27 home games are possible. If the border has not reopened by July 23, these games will be played at the opponent’s stadium.

A complete New York Boulders’ 2021 schedule, as well as information regarding season tickets and packages for the 2021 season are available by calling 845-364-0009 or sliding to www.NYBoulders.com. Individual game tickets will go on sale April 19.

After an exhibition game on May 22 against the NYPD – game time is set for 6:30 p.m., the New York Boulders’ much anticipated Frontier League debut will arrive on May 27 when they host the New Jersey Jackals - game time for Opening Day is 7 p.m.

The Boulders will conclude their two-game opening series with New Jersey the following day. That game is also a 7 p.m. start.

Meanwhile, tickets for the NYPD exhibition game on May 22 are on-sale now.

Attendance at all home games at PCU Park is subject to New York State Department of Health guidelines and protocol.

BOULDERS TO HOST TEAM ISRAEL BASEBALL TEAM

By New York Boulders Baseball 03/25/2021, 12:00pm EDT

FOUR-TIME MLB ALL-STAR IAN KINSLER LEADS TEAM IN FINAL TUNE-UP FOR TOKYO

Click for tickets to July 12th: Boulders v. Israel National Team

 

Rockland County, NY (March 25, 2021) – The New York Boulders announced today the Team Israel National Baseball Team will train and play an exhibition game at Palisades Credit Union Park this July as they prepare to compete for a medal in Tokyo this summer.

Team Israel, with a number of former Major League players including four-time All-Star Ian Kinsler, will play the Boulders in an exhibition game on Monday, July 12.  They will also have a free workout on Saturday, July 10 from 8-10 p.m. 

Team Israel won the round-robin tournament featuring Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the Czech Republic, the top 5 teams from the 2019 European Championship, in Italy, Sept. 18-22, 2019. As the winner of that tournament, it qualified to be one of the six national teams that will compete in Tokyo.

Japan automatically qualified as the host country while Mexico qualified as the best team in the Premier 12 tournament from the Americas.  South Korea qualified as the best team in the Premier 12 from Asia (other than already-qualified Japan). The two remaining spots in the six-nation field will be determined in tournaments this June.

Team USA will compete in an Americas qualifier in Florida in early June, along with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia. The dates and sites of the Americas qualifier are yet to be determined.

The winner of that tournament lands a spot in the Tokyo Games, while the second and third place finishers in the event will get a chance to earn the sixth spot by joining Chinese Taipei, the Netherlands, Australia and China in the final qualifying tournament hosted in Taichung, Taiwan in late June.

Kinsler, 38, broke into the major leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2006 and also played with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres in a career that spanned 14 years. He retired after the 2019 season with the Padres. Kinsler was an All-Star in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Kinsler won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2018 and the World Baseball Classic with Team USA in 2017 and is going for the trifecta with Team Israel in the Olympics.

Team Israel’s roster also includes infielders Ty Kelly and Danny Valencia, as well as catcher Ryan Lavarnway. 

Kelly, 31, saw time with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies between 2016-18, while Valencia, 34, logged time with six teams from 2010-18. Lavarnway, 33 and a member of the Cleveland Indians, has seen time with seven other MLB teams in a career that began in 2011.

Tickets for the exhibition games are scheduled to go on sale on April 26 and are subject to New York State Department of Health guidelines. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Israel Baseball Association to help offset their expenses and help grow the sport of baseball in Israel.

“I am quite excited to be coming to Rockland and being hosted by the Boulders as Team Israel begins its workouts to prepare for competing for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics,” Peter Kurz, Israeli Association of Baseball general manager, said. “We were ready to come last year, and the anticipation now is that much greater.”

He added, “As someone who grew up in the New York Metropolitan area it will be a true homecoming, and to bring Olympic Team Israel along is a dream come true.  I look forward to meeting the fans, and the players are itching to get back on the ballfield.” 

Team Israel was scheduled to play two games in Rockland last July - one versus the Boulders, the other against the NYPD Finest. However, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, those games were cancelled.

Boulders’ team president Shawn Reilly said, “We are pleased and honored to host Team Israel as the Olympics are one of the world’s great sporting events and Team Israel is sure to be one the great storylines of Tokyo. They had many options to choose from to train in other locations so we are thrilled they chose our wonderful community so our local residents can come and cheer on Team Israel before they head overseas.”

Team Israel team will possess a local flavor with Westchester County resident Eric Holtz as the team’s manager. Additionally, Yorktown Heights native Jonathan DeMarte, 27 and a pitcher in the Chicago Cubs’ organization, is expected to represent Israel. 

“As a Westchester resident for 30 years and the head coach of the Israel National team, playing the Boulders in Rockland could not possibly get any better for me,” Holtz said. “Like a homecoming where both of my worlds collide. I couldn't be more excited to get out there and also get the Rockland community behind our boys in blue and white.”

To be eligible to represent a country at the Olympic Games, a person must hold citizenship in that land. 

After their game in Rockland, Team Israel will continue their tour of the Northeast United States before heading  to Tokyo on July 21.