Category Archives: FW Baseball Federation

Shady Nook Jackers to NABF World Series

From the Journal Gazette:

The Shady Nook Jackers, from Fort Wayne, are heading to the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series.

The Jackers defeated the Chicago Clout 7-4 Sunday at Carrington Field to win the NABF Regional Tournament.

Zack Hatfield, a Concordia graduate, hit a two-run home run for the Jackers, and Rich Berich, a New Haven graduate, had two RBI.

Drake Everson, a Snider product, picked up the win, and Jeff Mault, a Central Noble graduate, got the save in the title game.

The Jackers will be making their second trip to the World Series, which begins Thursday in Louisville, Ky. The Jackers play in the NABF Major Division, which is an unlimited age group.

In the regional, the Jackers went undefeated with a 3-1 win over Toledo in the quarterfinals and a 15-5 win over Crumback-Symons Chevrolet, also from Fort Wayne, in the semifinals.

Mayor Dedicates New Federation League Baseball Diamond

The following was provided to WANE-TV by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department:

Fort Wayne, IN: Mayor Tom Henry and Director Al Moll were joined by representatives of the Fort Wayne Baseball Federation, Fort Wayne Community Schools and the City Council as they dedicated the City’s newest park and baseball diamond. Named the Daryl B. Cobin Memorial Park, Home of Carrington Field, the 6.3 acre park replaces an old development on the north side of Coliseum Blvd. by Lakeside Golf Course.

“Creating a park and ball diamond here is a great use of this land,” said Mayor Henry. “The site is on a flood plain and now absorbs flood waters with the removal of asphalt, concrete, a trailer park and apartment buildings. Impervious materials were recycled and now the community has a great new green space to enjoy.”

The Parks and Recreation Department completed demolition and clean up in 2007, removing 89,467 square feet of asphalt, concrete and old trailers. Green building practices were used in the creation of this park, including recycling the concrete and asphalt that was removed, and the use of biosolids to make the lawn healthy. Low energy sports lighting and recycled construction materials were also enlisted in the Department’s efforts to create a new home for Carrington Field.

The original Carrington Field was located at Johnny Appleseed Park, but was displaced by the building of Memorial Baseball Stadium in 1992. A new field was created across Coliseum Blvd. on IPFW property in 1993, where it hosted amateur baseball games for 15 years. Lease of IPFW’s land came to an end this year, and good fortune occurred when three business men donated the property at 742 N. Coliseum Blvd. to the Department, and the new Daryl B. Cobin Memorial Park will be open in time for baseball this summer.

Steve Cobin, Harold Belkin and Jeffrey Cagan are the former owners of the 6.3 acre site. Mr. Cobin attended today’s ceremony, as the park was named in memory of his son Daryl B. Cobin.

“The Fort Wayne Baseball Federation and Fort Wayne Community Schools have been our partners in creating this new park,” said Al Moll, Director of Parks & Recreation. “During our planning phase, the Federation was very active in helping us determine the configuration of the diamond. Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Anthis Construction Trades students helped with construction of the dug outs and installation electrical wiring to the scoreboard and dugouts.”

Amateur baseball will be seen this year with Fort Wayne Baseball Federation games. Next year, the North Side High School baseball will call Carrington Field home.

The scoreboard was donated by Crumback Symons Chevrolet, Inc., and the posts were donated by Omni Source. Erie Haven provided services, and consultants included GAI for engineering plans, Palermo Construction for demolition and Brooks for construction. The project received funding assistance from the Fort Wayne Park Foundation, the Park Bond, the Mayor’s CEDIT pledge and City Council District 1.

“With the donation of land and shared costs for the project, this new park and baseball diamond are great examples of a true public-private partnership,” said Moll.

Update – 5/31/08: Benjamin Lanka has more coverage over at the Journal Gazette.

Fort Wayne Baseball Federation Launches Website

Fort Wayne Baseball Federation ScreenshotThe Fort Wayne Baseball Federation (FWBF), having developed roots in the Summit City that dig back to 1931, has launched a website.

This new resource provides the public with information about the league, its officials, rules, team information and more. It’s divided into two sections: one for the Colin Lister League (age 19 and under) and the Red Carrington League (age unlimited).

FWBF is one of the most storied baseball franchises in Northeast Indiana and the whole state for that matter. Formed in 1931, the league has fielded teams that have gone on to win state, national and even global championships.

The site can be found at I’ve also added it to the links section on this site.

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FW Baseball Federation Scheduling Meeting on Sunday

The Fort Wayne Baseball Federation will conduct its scheduling meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Crumback-Symon Chevrolet in New Haven. The Federation includes teams in the Colin Lister League (age 18 and younger) and the Red Carrington League (unlimited age).

For information, e-mail Brent Windmiller at dustydap22 @ or call 260-749-8674.

(Note: Windmiller’s e-maill address should be entered without the spaces, which were added to reduce instances of being picked up by spam robots)

Lakeside Demolition Bids Opened

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation has opened bids for the demolition of Lakeside Apartments to make way for the new Carrington Field. Parks Director Al Moll said he hopes to have the demolition complete by February. Even so, the field likely will not be ready for play until next year.

Carrington Field, currently located across from Memorial Coliseum and home to the Fort Wayne Baseball Federation, will be relocated to six acres on Coliseum Boulevard, at the northwest corner of Lakeside Golf Course.