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April Updates

By SJYB President, 04/11/17, 8:00AM CDT


St. John Baseball Families, 

Good evening, I have several items that need to be addressed:

  • ST. JOHN BASEBALL LEAGUE FIELD MAINTENANCE DAY: Saturday, April 15th @ 8:00am Everyone that registered for the 2017 Spring season paid a $25.00 Field Maintenance Fee. Everyone (At least 1 adult per family) that attends & works the field maintenance day will receive their $25.00 Back after our projects are completed.  This is an important day where we clean up both complexes in advance of Opening Day (APRIL 22ND.) 
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH: St. John Baseball Annual Dinner Dance: at the Great Oaks After Four Club, Cedar Lake, 6:30pm-Midnight.   All that registered for the 2017 Season have received their two tickets.  Additional tickets are available for $25.00. You can go to our website at  We will have great prizes that will be  raffled off, good food and drinks.  It is a great way to catch up with everyone off the baseball fields. 
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH: Senior Babe Ruth (16-18yr. old) registration Deadline
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 18TH:League Picture Day All teams will report to Kolling Elementary School. Your team manager will inform you of the assigned time. 
  • SATURDAY, April 22nd: Opening Day!

    Games begin at 10:00am. Opening Ceremonies tentatively slated to begin at 9:30am.

    • We will have a Kolling Student singing the National Anthem
    • Bounce Houses for all the younger children will provided
    • Freshly grilled Drago Bobs
    • Mascots
    • Guest to throw out the Ceremonial 1st Pitch

    Even if you are not playing at 10:00am or that day please come out and join us. It will be a fun filled day for all.

    Lastly we will have the 1st HOME RUN DERBY that begins at 6:00pm. The ages/divisions break down as follows:

    14U-13 and 14 year olds on Field 1

    12U-8 through 12 year olds on Field 2

    Both Division Home Run Champs will receive A PRIZE FROM ST. JOHN BASEBALL

    All St. John Baseball Kids are welcomed. You can preregister or register the night of beginning at 5:30pm. 

    Part of the proceeds from concessions during the HRD will be going to a great cause. Southbend East Side is another league attached to Cal Ripken Baseball with us.  Recently the League President's son was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma Cancer.  I met the family during the 8u State Tournament this past July that was held in St. John.  Pierson a.k.a. "Sunshine" is 9 years old.  I do not think I am a philosopher by any means. With that being said,  Baseball is great, but at the end of the day what we are able to contribute back to society and show compassion to others will truly matter in the end. If you cannot attend the HRD all I ask is to keep "Sunshine" in your thoughts and prayers.

    I would also like to please ask that all the coaches PLEASE make sure the fields are cleaned, dragged and all items are returned to either the garage or the dugout sheds.  Once you leave the field for the evening all Locks need to be secured. There have been various issues arising throughout both complexes that the dugouts and fields being left a mess.  We spent a lot of money this past off season renovating all of the fields. If any coaches/managers or parents need to know how to run the dragger or the correct way to rake/drag the fields please contact Ken Swinarski.  His email address is: Our fields need to be taken care of by all. We have one of the best facilities around.  We need everyone to maintain them. 

I look forward to seeing everyone at Field Maintenance and the Dinner Banquet this coming Saturday.  If you are unable to attend I wish all of you a Blessed Easter. 



Joe Bonato

President,  St. John Baseball