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November 03, 2014

Sous Nadrierion Wins SC Trophy

Monday, June 3rd, 2030 Sous Nadrierion is respected by most Bywater Bounders fans for his no-frills style of play. The 28-year-old first baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

October 20, 2014

Star of the Week Selected in SC

Monday, May 6th, 2030 This past week the best batter in the Shire Conference was Sous Nadrierion, who banged his way to the Player of the Week Trophy. During the week the Bywater first baseman compiled a .524 batting average...

October 13, 2014

Nadrierion Bashes 5 Base Hits

Friday, April 19th, 2030 Today the Bounders downed the Merry Fellows 11-4 as Sous Nadrierion sprayed hits all over Shire Greens Stadium in a 5-hit explosion, finishing with 5 hits in 5 at-bats. The Bywater first baseman said to reporters...

June 11, 2014

League Suspends Powers and Elarandel for Brawl

Thursday, September 27th, 2029 Lake Town's Crazy Powers and Bywater's Tavja Elarandel have been handed 3-game suspensions for their parts in yesterday's upheaval at Lake Town Park. The teams were notified today that the suspensions would go into effect immediately....

May 15, 2014

Star CL Signs Pact with Bounders

Friday, August 3rd, 2029 The Bywater Bounders have finished a deal with All Star-caliber closer Jose Day that will extend his stay in Bywater at least 4 years and will pay out $24,000,000....

May 12, 2014

Bywater Swaps Tunnelly to New New York for Day

Monday, July 23rd, 2029 Everybody is overjoyed with a trade consummated today by the Bywater Bounders and the New New York Blernsballers. In the deal Bywater got 27-year-old reliever Shane Dunn and 29-year-old closer Jose Day from New New York...

March 28, 2014

SC's Star Player Named

Monday, May 21st, 2029 Veteran Irene Ploughman had a great week at the plate for the Bounders to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 33-year-old Bywater left fielder built a .480...

October 17, 2013

SC Premier Player Picked

Monday, June 26th, 2028 When it came to hitting the baseball, Elendil *L'pu was in a class by himself in the Shire Conference this past week. Nobody did it better. The outstanding right fielder for Bywater tagged opposing pitchers for...

October 15, 2013

Tremblay Hears from Medical Staff

Monday, June 19th, 2028 Ecth Tremblay could soon be placed on the disabled list. The Bywater starting pitcher told reporters that he expects to be "out of commission" for 8-9 months because of a fractured elbow. He hasn't played since...

September 26, 2013

SC's Top Player Named

Monday, May 22nd, 2028 26-year-old Sous Nadrierion sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Nadrierion made the establishment sit...

September 23, 2013

Smashing Success: *L'pu Wallops 3 HR

Friday, May 12th, 2028 Erebor won't soon forget the display of raw power put on today by Elendil *L'pu of the Bywater Bounders. He victimized the Eagles by pounding three pitches out of The Eyrie. The homers sparked his club...

September 12, 2013

Star 1B Signs Extension with Bywater

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2028 Fans hailed the signing of Gilgaril Salad today as the Bywater Bounders first baseman came to terms with the club. Set to make $16,500,000 over the upcoming 3 years, Salad signed primarily out of loyalty to...

August 29, 2013

SC Star of the Week Named

Monday, April 10th, 2028 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Nunus Oathrender, the Bywater right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

August 05, 2013

Bywater Fired up over Signing of MR Eregion

Tuesday, January 11th, 2028 The Bounders today announced that they have come to terms with Eillf Eregion, a 27-year-old reliever they've been scouting for a while. Eregion will earn $11,640,000 a year over 4 years and is expected to play...

July 15, 2013

Bywater, Old Forest Agree to Deal

Wednesday, December 1st, 2027 The general manager of the Bywater Bounders has signed off on a trade for Old Forest's 26-year-old first baseman Dagan Geomli. To complete the deal, the Bounders will send 32-year-old third baseman Minto Mulhall to the...

May 09, 2013

*L'pu Raps 400th Roundtripper

Wednesday, August 4th, 2027 It was a historic day for Bywater's fine right fielder Elendil *L'pu. He slammed home run number 400 in the Bounders 4-3 loss to the Erebor Eagles at The Water Park. He told reporters after the...

May 06, 2013

Eläril Slugs 300th Home Run

Sunday, August 1st, 2027 A big sigh of relief erupted from Meli Eläril after he hit his 300th career homer. The Bywater catcher said, "I'm glad it's over...now I can go back to just playing baseball." It was quite a...

April 25, 2013

Shire Conference's Best Batter Announced

Monday, July 5th, 2027 Speak softly and carry a big stick and you could win the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award just like Gilgaril Salad. He really dazzled on the diamond this week with a .563 average to...

February 21, 2013

SC Names Best Player

Monday, April 19th, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Meli Eläril, the Bywater catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

November 26, 2012

Bywater's *L'pu Gets SC Player of the Week

Monday, September 14th, 2026 At the age of 28, Elendil *L'pu might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bywater right fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

October 01, 2012

Ploughman on Fire, Named Player of the Week

June 1, 2026 - Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Irene Ploughman was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Bywater Bounders center fielder hit .550 while collecting...

June 18, 2012

Veteran Mulhall, Bywater Complete Deal

Saturday, November 29th, 2025: The Bywater Bounders have called a press conference later today to announce the signing of third baseman Minto Mulhall to a 6-year, $106,800,000 contract. Both Mulhall and the Bounders are said to be very pleased to...

May 31, 2012

Glodunter Bromburg Enters Hall Of Fame

Friday, October 24th, 2025: After all these years Glodunter Bromburg has finally reached his limit -- the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. The Baseball Writers Association voted him in and he was inducted today. During his induction speech Bromburg acknowledged...

May 17, 2012

Minas Ithil Befuddled by Elarandel

Saturday, September 27th, 2025: The Minas Ithil Wyrms met their match today in Bywater hurler Tavja Elarandel. He kept them guessing the whole game and spun a 1-hit shutout. "He just worked us over," the Minas Ithil skipper said. "He...

February 23, 2012

*L'pu Wallops #300

Thursday, May 8th, 2025: At The Water Park Elendil *L'pu smashed his 300th career home run in a game against Lake Town today. The 26-year-old right fielder had a hand in the Bywater Bounders 4-3 victory with 2 home runs...

December 22, 2011

Bywater Wins CF Ploughman Sweepstakes

Friday, December 27th, 2024: Irene Ploughman and Bywater put the finishing touches on a $11,432,000-a-year deal that will keep the 29-year-old in a Bywater uniform for 5 years. Team officials reportedly held their breath at the last moment, since Ploughman...

November 16, 2011

Bucklebury defeats Bywater in epic Game 7

BUCKLEBURY - The Bucklebury Fairies took their first round playoff series against the Bywater Bounders in dramatic fashion, as Scarlett *III hit a massive, 501-foot, 2-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning of Game 7 to win the...

October 20, 2011

Elvywyn Hittin' on All Cylinders

Friday, August 16th, 2024: "To hit for the cycle" is one of the rarest of feats in a baseball game. This occurs when a player hits a single, double, triple and home run in the same game, getting every type...

August 22, 2011

Bounders Tinuriand Strikes out 16

Friday, April 26th, 2024: Celaron Tinuriand of the Bywater Bounders was something to behold at The Water Park. He was on fire and fanned 16 Witch Kings en route to a 10-2 victory. Tinuriand shackled Weathertop on 6 hits and...

August 18, 2011

Bywater's *L'pu Gets SC Player of the Week

Monday, April 22nd, 2024: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Elendil *L'pu, the Bywater Bounders 25-year-old right fielder, put himself in...

July 18, 2011

$1,800,000 Lands DH Earilmarion for Bounders

Wednesday, January 31st, 2024: The Bounders and Gomsh Earilmarion appeared before the Bywater media today as the two sides emerged from marathon contract talks. Earilmarion, a designated hitter, is poised to make $1,800,000 over 1 year. Earilmarion boasts a career...

May 19, 2011

*L'pu Hits 3 Homers Against Old Forest

Tuesday, August 29th, 2023: Elendil *L'pu went on a hitting rampage at Shire Greens Stadium today and got membership in the select club of hitters who have hit three home runs in a game. He walloped three into the stands...

April 25, 2011

Bywater's Dilir Iceywater Suffers Setback

Sunday, July 30th, 2023: Bywater Bounders starting pitcher Dilir Iceywater informed reporters that he will be missing additional time because of a setback in his recovery from a torn triceps. "It's a bit frustrating, sure," Iceywater admitted. "I want to...

April 21, 2011

Bromburg Beats Wyrms for 200th Win

Monday, July 17th, 2023: The Bounders Glodunter Bromburg wrote his name in the league history books by picking up career victory number 200 today against the Minas Ithil Wyrms. In the Bywater 6-4 triumph at Silmarillion Cellular Field, the 37-year-old...

April 18, 2011

Big Bat Pays Off, *L'pu Player of the Week

Monday, July 17th, 2023: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Elendil *L'pu, the Bywater Bounders 25-year-old right fielder, put himself in...

3B Rockcrusher Opts for Extension

Friday, July 14th, 2023: A throng of media gathered as Lobur Rockcrusher announced that he had come to terms with the Bounders and that he would be sticking around town another 4 years. Rockcrusher is set to draw $18,440,000 in...

March 17, 2011

Bounders Starting Pitcher Iceywater Hurt

Sunday, May 21st, 2023: Bounders starting pitcher Dilir Iceywater was hurt throwing a pitch during today's Merry Fellows game and suffered a torn triceps. He will be laid up about 3-4 months. His record this season is 3-3 in 11...

February 10, 2011

Bounders Bromburg Out of Action

Monday, March 13th, 2023: Bywater fans will be disappointed to learn that Glodunter Bromburg suffered biceps tendinitis while throwing a pitch in today's game. After the doctor informed the Bywater Bounders manager that Bromburg was expected to miss 2-3 months,...

January 25, 2011

$13,620,000 Lands SP Cavernmasher for Bounders

Monday, February 6th, 2023: Word of a huge deal between Begrin Cavernmasher and Bywater broke on BNN minutes before a deal was officially announced. The premiere starting pitcher will play for an estimated $3,405,000 per year. He is definitely capable...

January 23, 2011

C Eläril Signs with Bywater for $68,100,000

Sunday, January 22nd, 2023: In what local scribes are hailing as huge, the Bounders inked a $68,100,000 deal with catcher Meli Eläril. Team Officials expect Eläril to fill an immediate void on the roster and felt the deal would make...

September 27, 2010

Bounders Lose Makk the Knife

Friday, June 17th, 2022: The Bywater Bounders will have to make do without Makk the Knife for 10 months. He suffered a damaged elbow ligament while throwing a pitch in the game today against the Minas Tirith Titans. His teammates,...

August 23, 2010

Bounders Bromburg Suffers Injury

Monday, April 11th, 2022: Bywater fans will be disappointed to learn that Glodunter Bromburg suffered a forearm strain while throwing a pitch in today's game. After the doctor informed the Bywater Bounders manager that Bromburg was expected to miss 3...

August 12, 2010

Bromburg Signs for 4 years

Saturday, March 19th, 2022: The Bounders inked a deal with 36-year-old Glodunter Bromburg today signaling that it not only wanted him on the field but in the clubhouse. Publicly, Glodunter Bromburg has spoken highly of Bywater, so the extension wasn't...

August 02, 2010

Star 3B Signs Extension with Bywater

Monday, February 21st, 2022: Bywater fans celebrated as word of a signing became reality. Lobur Rockcrusher won't be pulling up stakes anytime soon, as he has signed a 1-year extension at a pay rate of $6,410,000 per annum. Since he...

July 29, 2010

Bywater, Veteran the Knife Sign Deal

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022: Team officials triumphantly announced that the Bounders and superstar starting pitcher Makk the Knife have closed a deal that keeps the 36-year-old in a Bywater uniform for another 4 years. the Knife will earn $24,720,000 as...

July 01, 2010

Ayo Finalizes Contract Extension with Bywater

Saturday, November 20th, 2021: Happy times in Bywater as the Bounders and star reliever Kenton Ayo put the finishing touches on a $2,000,000 contract extension that will keep the 38-year-old in town 1 year longer. The signing is great news...

June 10, 2010

Moraden, Green Suspended for Fracas

Monday, October 4th, 2021: A bench-clearing brawl marred the Bucklebury-Bywater game at The Fairie Dome yesterday and resulted in two players being suspended today by the league office. The Fairies Lumdor Moraden and the Bounders Carl Green were ejected from...

June 03, 2010

Bounders *L'pu Injured

Saturday, September 25th, 2021: After injuring himself, Bounders right fielder Elendil *L'pu headed straight to the hospital. He was removed from the game as a precaution after making a defensive play and the team's worst fears were confirmed when it...

Bywater Starting Pitcher Hurt

Saturday, September 25th, 2021: The injury bug struck Glodunter Bromburg of the Bounders today in the game against Eagles. The 36-year-old starting pitcher was hurt while throwing a pitch and will miss 4-5 months with a bone spur in his...

May 31, 2010

*L'pu Honored by Shire Conference

Monday, September 20th, 2021: Elendil *L'pu demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bywater right fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Bounders 3B Rockcrusher Out

Sunday, September 19th, 2021: The Bounders will be minus Lobur Rockcrusher for about 2 weeks after the third baseman suffered a lacerated hand while colliding with a player at a base in a recent game against Lake Town. Rockcrusher and...

*L'pu Blasts 3 out of the Park

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021: Bywater right fielder Elendil *L'pu sensed he was going to have a good game at the plate, but he underestimated just a little bit. Prior to the game, *L'pu predicted he would hit a home run...

May 27, 2010

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Monday, September 13th, 2021: Elendil *L'pu demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bywater right fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

May 24, 2010

Withywindle Weirdos Win Double A Championships

September 4th, 2021: You could hear the cheering all over Withywindle as the Weirdos secured the final out of a 6-3 win over the Gorgoroth Ghosts to capture the 2021 SGCBL Double A Double A Championships 4-1. It was the...

May 17, 2010

League KO's Bounders-Fairies Players with 8-Game Suspensions

Friday, August 20th, 2021: You would have thought you were at a hockey game yesterday at The Water Park. A free-for-all broke out when Pimpernel Oreslayer of Bywater and Sancho Peatfingers of Bucklebury rushed one another on the field and...

April 22, 2010

Witch Kings Chill *L'pu's Hot Streak

Thursday, July 15th, 2021: Lady Luck was not on the side of Elendil *L'pu or his teammates today at Amon Sul Stadium. Everything went the Weathertop Witch Kings way. They not only came away with a 6-5 victory, but also...

April 19, 2010

Bywater's Rockcrusher to Miss 4-5 Weeks

Monday, July 5th, 2021: Bywater fans will be disappointed to learn that Lobur Rockcrusher suffered a strained hip muscle while running the bases in today's game. After the doctor informed the Bywater Bounders manager that Rockcrusher was expected to miss...

April 12, 2010

SC Trophy Goes to Stoneteeth of Bywater

Monday, June 28th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Boli Stoneteeth, the Bywater left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

April 05, 2010

Velomiel Throatslobber Re-ups with Bywater

Saturday, June 12th, 2021: A contract extension between Velomiel Throatslobber and Bywater was reached earlier today. Throatslobber will continue to play for the Bounders and will pocket $15,120,000 over the next 3 years. This season Throatslobber is swinging the bat...

March 26, 2010

Makk the Knife Brilliant -- Fires No-Hitter

Thursday, May 20th, 2021: Makk the Knife was unhittable today as he beat the Wyrms 6-0. The Bywater pitcher breezed through the Minas Ithil lineup and got himself a no-hitter--the 2nd one of his career! the Knife had them talking...

March 18, 2010

Bad News for Bywater, *L'pu Injured

Saturday, May 8th, 2021: Disappointing news today for Bywater Bounders fans. Elendil *L'pu was hurt running the bases in their game against the Erebor Eagles and has a hamstring strain. Team trainers were hesitant to predict a date for return...

March 11, 2010

Star 2B Signs Pact with Bounders

Saturday, April 24th, 2021: Bywater fans celebrated as word of a signing became reality. Pimpernel Oreslayer won't be pulling up stakes anytime soon, as she has signed a 5-year extension at a pay rate of $8,360,000 per annum. Since she...

December 11, 2009

Great Week for Bywater's *L'pu

Monday, September 21st, 2020: One of the league's most exciting young players, Elendil *L'pu of the Bywater Bounders earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 22-year-old...

November 30, 2009

Star SP Signs Extension with Bywater

Saturday, August 29th, 2020: Happy times in Bywater as the Bounders and star starting pitcher Makk the Knife put the finishing touches on a $17,360,000 contract extension that will keep the 35-year-old in town 2 years longer. The signing is...

November 26, 2009

Miners Chill Stoneteeth's Hot Streak

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020: Boli Stoneteeth's sizzling streak was snapped at 23 today as the Bywater Bounders dropped a game to the Moria Miners 6-5 at The Water Park. Stoneteeth failed to get a hit and went 0-for-2. After the...

November 23, 2009

Player of the Week: Elriden of the Bounders

Monday, August 17th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Thaivia Elriden, the Bywater catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

Star LF Stoneteeth Signs for 3 years

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020: Fans hailed the signing of Boli Stoneteeth today as the Bywater Bounders left fielder came to terms with the club. Set to make $18,042,000 over the upcoming 3 years, Stoneteeth signed primarily out of loyalty to...

October 19, 2009

Bounders Grilgol Nails Down 300-th Save

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020: After the game the Bywater Bounders outstanding reliever Haleodur Grilgol celebrated his 300th-career save by reminiscing about his first save. "I remember it clearly. I was a rookie and the last one standing in the bullpen...

October 12, 2009

Bywater Center Fielder Picked SC Player of the Week

Monday, June 1st, 2020: Velomiel Throatslobber demonstrated her potential to be a star in the game last week and today she took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bywater center fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

October 08, 2009

Bounders LF Diamondlegs Out

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020: Borulf Diamondlegs expressed his disappointment when he learned that a strained hamstring would sideline him for 3 weeks. "I'll just spend a lot of time in the training room and hopefully speed up the healing process....

September 28, 2009

SC Awards Player of the Week

Monday, May 4th, 2020: At the age of 27, Pimpernel Oreslayer might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bywater second baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

August 31, 2009

Superstar SP Inks Deal with Bounders

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020: Glodunter Bromburg inked a deal that will keep the seasoned veteran on the Bounders roster another 2 years. Earlier today team personnel announced that the 34-year-old had settled on a $8,330,000-a-year deal to play at The...

Bywater's Roth Down with Injury

Bywater fans will be disappointed to learn that Beleg Roth suffered a strained triceps while throwing the ball in today's game. After the doctor informed the Bywater Bounders manager that Roth was expected to miss 4 weeks, the manager told...

July 19, 2009

Boffin and Grilgol Named Gwaihir Relief Aces

Today Lothlorien's Gwilmir Boffin and Bywater's Haleodur Grilgol were presented with their trophies as the 2019 Gwaihir Reliever Award winners. Boffin led all relievers in the league with 45 saves, and when his 10-5 won-loss record and 4 blown saves...

May 28, 2009

Bounders Iceywater Lost for Year

Bywater has lost starting pitcher Dilir Iceywater for at least 8 months. He was hurt in a game against the Royals while throwing a pitch and sustained back spasms. His doctors said Iceywater will probably be out the rest of...

Veteran Ayo Signs with Bounders

Bounders fans were divided today as Bywater confirmed that the front office has signed Kenton Ayo to a 2-year extension at a rate of $3,000,000 per year. While many were enthusiastically behind the signing, others worried about Ayo's age. So...

April 16, 2009

Barrage of Hits Gets Stoneteeth SC Award

At the age of 27, Boli Stoneteeth might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bywater left fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Bounders *L'pu to Miss Year

Doctors in Bywater said Elendil *L'pu may not play anymore this year. The Bounders right fielder received a pinched nerve during a game against the Minas Ithil Wyrms and will be out for at least 7-8 months. Club officials told...

April 13, 2009

Veteran 2B Roth Stays in Bywater

The Bywater Bounders have finalized a deal with All Star-caliber second baseman Beleg Roth that will extend his stay in Bywater at least 5 years and will pay out $84,000,000. In the 2019 season Roth has hit .274 with 8...

March 30, 2009

Bounders the Hated Gone for Year

The news is bad in Bywater. The Bounders have lost the services of starting pitcher Bagdreg the Hated for the rest of the season due to a ruptured ulnar collateral ligament. the Hated was injured in a recent game with...

March 26, 2009

Glodunter Bromburg Lost for Season

Glodunter Bromburg has to call it a season. The Bywater Bounders starting pitcher sustained a season-ending injury against the Lake Town Archers and will not play again this year according to club doctors. Bromburg was injured while throwing a pitch...

February 02, 2009

Bounders, Devils Confirm Deal

Officials for Bywater confirmed that they have traded 20-year old minor league starting pitcher Mimosa Goodrich and a 2nd round draft pick to the Dunharrow Devils. In return, the Bounders will receive 27-year old left fielder Boli Stoneteeth. Stoneteeth has...

January 22, 2009

Royals Crowned Shire Champs

In their first Two Towers Series, the Rivendell Royals defeated the defending league champion Bywater Bounders in 5 games. They did it with a combination of timely hitting and excellent pitching, which has been the hallmark of the resurgent Royals...

January 21, 2009

Bywater wins third straight Fellowship Series

Despite a Bree comeback that made Bounders fans reach for their antacids, the defending League Champion Bywater Bounders are headed back to the Shire Conference Two Towers Series. Things looked easy for Bywater through the first 3 games. They won...

January 19, 2009

2018 Fellowship Series Preview

The playoffs are here! And Middle Earth Sports Network (MESN) has the scoop. In the Shire Conference, it's Bywater vs. Bree and Moria vs. Rivendell. Bywater is the defending SGCBL champ, and they come into the postseason winning their 5th...

January 12, 2009

200 Wins for the Hated

History was made September 26 at The Water Park -- Bagdreg the Hated won game #200 to seal his name in the league record books. The Bywater ace downed the Minas Ithil Wyrms 5-0 to gain entrance into the elite...

January 08, 2009

Star MR Estrella Signs for 3 years

Media analysts hailed Bywater's signing of Cristian Estrella, one of Tolkien Baseball's brightest stars, as a pivotal move. While the deal is certain to raise a few eyebrows, Estrella is expected to earn every bit of the $13,830,000 promised him...

December 18, 2008

Entwash Beats Withywindle in League Championship Series

It was Entwash and Withywindle challenging one other in the 2018 SGCBL Double A League Championship Series this season. On paper, there wasn't much difference between the two strong ballclubs, but on the field, the verdict went to the Goblins....

December 11, 2008

Shire Conference Selects Best Performer

At the age of 29, Beleg Roth might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bywater second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Roth Goes Cycling

BYWATER - On August 27 at The Water Park, Bywater second baseman Beleg Roth accomplished a true baseball rarity, knocking a single, double, triple and a home run to hit for the cycle and lead the Bounders to a 5-2...

December 01, 2008

Bounders *L'pu Lost for Year

Elendil *L'pu will soon find out from his doctors if his season will continue. The first diagnosis was not too positive and stated the Bywater right fielder could miss the remainder of the year. *L'pu was injured while running the...

November 10, 2008

Bounders Trolltearer Sizzles with Cycle

MIRKWOOD - It was a special day for Fusil Trolltearer at Woodland Field on June 26. Not only did Bounders beat the Mirkwood Marauders 12-3, but the Bywater shortstop hit for the cycle, too. The 22-year-old Trolltearer racked up 2...

November 06, 2008

Player of the Week: Bywater Center Fielder

Today the Shire Conference announced the Player of the Week Award. This week's honoree is Bywater's talented center fielder Peromer Moraman. When he steps into the batter's box, it's usually a bad omen for pitchers. For the week Moraman batted...

October 30, 2008

Merry Fellows Trade Roth to Bounders for Forgehead

Old Forest and Bywater have agreed to a trade today. 33-year old center fielder Peromer Moraman, 29-year old second baseman Beleg Roth and $8,324,074 in cash will go to the Bounders. In exchange the Merry Fellows will receive 34-year old...

October 23, 2008

Iceywater's Season Could be Over

The news is bad in Bywater. The Bounders have lost the services of starting pitcher Dilir Iceywater for the rest of the season due to back spasms. Iceywater was injured in a recent game with the Bree Cheese while throwing...

Bounders Bromburg out of Action

"It was kinda freaky. Hopefully, I'll be back in the lineup soon," said a dejected Glodunter Bromburg after injuring himself in a game against Erebor. The Bywater manager told reporters, "He will miss up to 3-4 weeks with a hyperextended...

Bounders *L'pu Sidelined

Dealing with injuries is part of the game and now Elendil *L'pu of the Bounders knows this firsthand. He was injured against the Lake Town Archers while colliding with a player at a base. Diagnosed as a strained rib cage...

October 16, 2008

Makk the Knife Hurls No-No Against Mirkwood

MIRKWOOD - In a seldom seen sight, Makk the Knife threw a no-hitter as the Bywater Bounders beat the Mirkwood Marauders 1-0 on May 25. In a dominating performance at Woodland Field he struck out 5 and walked 2 while...

October 09, 2008

Grilgol Signs for 3 years

BYWATER - Haleodur Grilgol probably doesn't have his best years ahead of him, but he will surely contribute a lot to the Bounders effort. Bywater locked him up for an additional 3 years at a rate of $9,710,000 per. This...

October 07, 2008

SC Premier Pitcher is Bywater's Bromburg

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Glodunter Bromburg still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in April. The 32-year-old starter for Bywater was named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month...

*L'pu Wins Best Bat Trophy in April

Only one person can take home the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy for April and that person is Elendil *L'pu. During the month the Bywater right fielder collected 46 hits in 115 at-bats. *L'pu put up a .400...

October 02, 2008

Week's Top Player: Bywater's *L'pu

Elendil *L'pu demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bywater right fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

September 25, 2008

Player of the Week: Bywater's *L'pu

It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Elendil *L'pu, the Bywater Bounders 19-year-old right fielder, put himself in the spotlight last week...

Rockbinder, Noriand Suspended for Fracas

BYWATER - A bench-clearing brawl marred the Bywater-Lake Town game at The Water Park on April 10 and resulted in two players being suspended today by the league office. The Bounders Ralin Rockbinder and the Archers Celogorn Noriand were ejected...

September 22, 2008

Star SP Iceywater Signs for 10 years

Happy times in Bywater as the Bounders and star starting pitcher Dilir Iceywater put the finishing touches on a $32,000,000 contract extension that will keep the 26-year-old in town 10 years longer. The signing is great news for Bywater because...

September 08, 2008

Bounders Mull 2018 Prospects

via Bywater Bulletin BYWATER - With the lowest payroll in the league this year we go into Spring training wondering just what will be over the horizon for Bywater. Certainly MESN predict they'll barely make the playoffs, let alone defend...

The biggest change for the Bounders must surely be the loss of Ugbag Blacktooth as catcher. Rumour has it Blacktooth walked when the Bounders balked at his $22m/year wage demands, although some suspect other factors and suggest the Bounders made Ugbag better offers than he received when he signed for Grey Havens. Losing Blacktooth certainly saved the Bounders a few million dollars, but how do you fill a gap like that? Well apparently Bywater think youth is the way to go, with young human Thaivia Elriden stepping up. At 6' and 205lbs Elriden is physically larger than Blacktooth, but Blacktooth's presence behind batters is legendary, and many will be glad the orc has gone back to Mordor.

A few old veterans have left the organization, but many had been slowly phased out anyway. However some veterans have stuck around, and rather interesting they are too. Both Bagdreg the Hated and Ralin Rockbinder took heavy paycuts to return to Bywater, even if Rockbinder did tease the crowds by declaring himself a free agent and holding out on the new contract for a while. If anything the fans seem to love him all the more for the experience. And experience is something both stars add to a Bywater roster with a few rookies - Rockbinder is the oldest starter in the line-up by almost 10 years.

But bizarrely the biggest change in Bywater seems to be the stadium. Despite these times of fiscal responsibility in Bywater the Bounders have splurged, with a new roof designed to keep fans a little warmer and drier. It's an unusual gift, but the town of Bywater has always been a little left field...

September 05, 2008

Bywater Announces Deal for Veteran LF

BYWATER - The Bounders and Ralin Rockbinder appeared before the Bywater media today as the two sides emerged from marathon contract talks. Rockbinder, a left fielder, is poised to make $9,000,000 over 2 years. All-time Rockbinder has played in 2126...

August 28, 2008

Cover your nose. He's back and he means business!

via Bounders Free Press BYWATER - You can't keep an Urak-hai hidden for long in the Shire. So, today the Bounders confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in team history. Neegar Nosegobbler is back in Bywater. Many wondered why...

Before his departure, there were signs that Neegar was growing frustrated with the Bounders "almost there" achievements. Much as he loved the town, and they loved him, there was a feeling that he may get bored and a concern that he might seek a trophy elsewhere.

Instead, Neegar set off on a pilgrimage. He headed back to the wilds of Mordor and set off on a trek to find something he felt was missing. However, he did not find his new path in this solitude. The mountains and wilderness failed to deliver the deeper purpose he was seeking. Nosegobbler found what he wanted where he least expected it, in a bustling town while he visited an old friend.

Deep in Orcdom, Nosegobbler and his old friend and teammate, Kogar Facedragger, watched some youngsters playing a rough and ready game in the ash fields. That's when Nosegobbler rushed onto the field and quickly whipped the youngsters into shape (some quite literally). Soon the town youth were playing decent ball; they started playing games against the local teams and would beat older, more experienced teams with ease. Nosegobbler had found his calling, and a call was soon made back to Bywater.

Sir Ken said, "We'd barely got back into town. The fans were still buzzing around us, and suddenly my secretary pops her head in my office and says that Neegar wanted to talk business. I was astounded. I thought he'd left the game for good, so I couldn't figure out what he might want to talk to me about. Anyway, it turns out the guy wants my job! If he wasn't 2 feet and about 100lbs bigger than me I'd give him a clip round the ear for being so cheeky, but once he explained the situation I realised he was serious. He's got a smart head on those shoulders, and if you get some good incense you barely notice the heads he keeps in his locker. So, we tossed the idea around, took a look at what he was doing over in the Mountains of Shadow, and offered him a job. Then we got more than we bargained for..."

Sir Ken is, of course, talking about the return of Facedragger too. Facedragger had been happy in his retirement. So, when Nosegobbler insisted they return to Bywater together, the answer was a straight "no." Yet, somehow seeing his friend so happy once more, and hearing the arguments to take on a similar role elsewhere in the Bywater organisation, eventually 'Cap' agreed to give it a try.

"Well, I'm getting older now," he said. "I can't fight like I used to. So, when Neegar said I was coming back to Bywater I didn't really have much say in the matter. But seeing the old clubhouse, seeing the trophy in the lobby, I'm proud to have been part of this team, and I'm glad I'm back. Maybe Neegar was right. Maybe I was turning into a dead rat sitting on my porch watching the world go by."

However they got them back into town there are many who are happy to see them. Although their new charges may find the experience less exciting as the scariest growls in the Shire are back, and they're going to get those youngster hitting the ball. And you really don't want to upset those teachers.

August 25, 2008

Stars Bounding Back to Bywater

Neegar *Nosegobbler and Kogar 'Cap' Facedragger have been lured back into the Bywater fold. Both players agreed to take on the job of hitting coach in the Bounder farm system. Neegar, who just retired earlier this year, becomes the hitting...

August 14, 2008

Shire Conference Picks #1 Rookie

For several weeks the rumor mill had it that the 2017 Frodo Rookie Award winner was a foregone conclusion and the trophy would go to Bywater right fielder, Elendil *L'pu. It is no longer a rumor -- the Shire Conference...

August 13, 2008

2017 Elrond Managers of the Year

MIDDLE EARTH - Today the league announced its selections for the 2017 Elrond Manager of the Year trophy in both the Shire and Mordor Conferences. In the Shire, Bywater's GM, Sir Kenneth Iggette, took home the award after having improved...

August 12, 2008

Husband and Grilgol Named Gwaihir Relievers

Ronald Husband of the Dol Guldur Dragons and Haleodur Grilgol were officially named the Mordor and Shire Conference Gwaihir Relievers of the Year today. A press release from league headquarters confirmed the numbers and made it official. Husband, 30, wins...

August 11, 2008

Bounders Triumph in 2017 Return of the King Series

DOL GULDUR - Bywater topped Dol Guldur 8-0 today at Dol Guldur Stadium to win the Tolkien Baseball Return of the King Series. The Bounders took the series 4-3. He didn't put a spell on them. It wasn't black magic,...

August 10, 2008

Bounders Swap Goldworthy to Merry Fellows for $1

The rumor has been going on for a while now, but today it was made official. The Bywater Bounders sent 35-year old reliever Fisil Goldworthy to the Old Forest Merry Fellows for $1 in cash. Officials from both teams seem...

July 31, 2008

Rockbinder Smashes 400-th Homer

The Bywater 11-3 victory over Minas Ithil on September 26 was highlighted by Ralin Rockbinder's 400th career home run. His teammates congratulated him at home plate after he circled the bases. "I didn't see all of them out there," Rockbinder...

July 21, 2008

SC Star of the Week Chosen

Ralin Rockbinder had a week for the ages as he romped to the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 37-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The Bywater Bounders left fielder...

July 07, 2008

MR Ayo Re-Signs with Bywater

BYWATER - A $5,660,000 package keeping Kenton Ayo a member of the Bounders has been accepted by the player and his agent. Ayo will earn $2,830,000 annually over the next 2 years. This season Ayo has made 34 relief appearances...

June 23, 2008

Rockbinder Collects Hit Number 2000

It was a great day for Ralin Rockbinder of the Bywater Bounders -- but not a perfect day. He became the latest player to reach the 2000-hit mark, but his team lost the game. The 37-year-old left fielder got his...

June 06, 2008

Bywater Left Fielder Nets SC Award

This week Ralin Rockbinder, left fielder for the Bywater Bounders, slashed, mashed and bashed his way to the Shire Conference Player of the Week trophy. Rockbinder put up a .517 average as he pounded out 15 hits, no home runs,...

May 29, 2008

May's Top Starter Named in SC

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Glodunter Bromburg still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in May. The 31-year-old starter for Bywater was named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month...

May 26, 2008

Fleam Walks Away from the Game

BYWATER - Sources close to the Bywater Bounders report that first baseman Ceonvan Fleam will retire once the season is over. Fleam has put up a career batting average of .279 with 1384 hits, 74 homers and 578 RBIs....

April 18, 2008

No Nosegobbler?

via Bounders Free Press BYWATER - With players across the league making their way to Spring Training, many managers are getting excited about the coming season. But Sir Ken walks like a man with much on his mind, and understandably...

February 25, 2008

Bagdreg the Hated Stands Out, Choice for Best Pitcher

The Shire Conference announced the winner of the Pitcher of the Month Award for August. It went to Bagdreg the Hated of Bywater for his outstanding 5-1 record and 1.44 ERA. the Hated also chalked up 6 starts, 43.2 innings...

February 07, 2008

Week's Top Performer Honored by SC

Pimpernel Oreslayer burst onto the Shire Conference stage in a big way last week. This promising rookie second baseman for Bywater garnered everyone's respect by putting up some remarkable numbers and picking up the Player of the Week trophy. The...

January 31, 2008

Hot Bat Wins SC Player of the Week Honors

Ralin Rockbinder of the Bywater Bounders has just enjoyed one of the better weeks of his career. That fact was not lost on Shire Conference officials, who named him Player of the Week. Rockbinder logged a .450 batting average for...

January 27, 2008

Dunharrow-Bywater Trade: the Hated for the Pink

Officials for the Dunharrow Devils confirmed that they have traded 35-year old starting pitcher Bagdreg the Hated, 24-year old right fielder Parin Ogrehammer, a 3rd round draft pick and a 4th round draft pick to the Bywater Bounders. In return,...

November 12, 2007

Rockbinder Signs 3-Year Extension with Bywater

BYWATER - Team officials triumphantly announced that the Bounders and superstar center fielder Ralin Rockbinder have closed a deal on November 23rd that keeps the 35-year-old in a Bywater uniform for another 3 years. Rockbinder will earn $18,750,000 as part...

November 05, 2007

SC Gandalf Pitcher Award Chosen

Bounders ace Glodunter Bromburg is the latest Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award trophy winner. The Bywater star sparkled and shined on the diamond time and again this year and finished up with an outstanding 23-7 record. In 36 starts he...

October 11, 2007

Howlers Crowned A Champions

The Hobbiton Howlers ignited a huge celebration on September 5th, as they beat the Lithlad Lizards 7-5 to win the Single-A League Championship Series. Hobbiton won the series 4-3, capturing the title for the 1st time. "We stepped it up...

SC Top Pitcher for August Picked

Which Shire Conference hurler dominated in the month of August? According to the voters who decide the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award, it was Glodunter Bromburg of the Bywater Bounders. He put together a record of 6-0 with...

September 27, 2007

Tinond Homers Himself Into Record Books

BYWATER - The Bywater 10-2 victory over Grey Havens on August 6 was highlighted by Vorzava Tinond's 400th career home run. His teammates congratulated him at home plate after he circled the bases. "I didn't see all of them out...

September 24, 2007

Great Week for Bywater's Right Fielder

Veteran Denaigol Denaihir had a great week at the plate for the Bounders to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The Bywater right fielder built a .462 average on the strength of...

August 30, 2007

Taralom's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Lula Taralom has the tools to stick in this league for many years, but it might be a long time before she has another week to compare with this one. The 24-year-old third baseman of the Bywater Bounders dominated the...

August 06, 2007

Moria Can't Buy a Hit!

BYWATER - It's a rare thing to pitch a no-hitter in baseball. It's done by the great and the not-so-great. There are times when an average pitcher will briefly be glorified by this achievement. It is not an honor reserved...

June 14, 2007

Bromburg Wins 2014 Shire MVP

The voting was close, but in the end the members of the Middle Earth Baseball Writers Association and the team owners picked Bywater hurler, Glodunter Bromburg as the Shire's most valuable player. Bromburg, known as 'Songster' to teammates and fans,...

June 07, 2007

Bounders Crowned Shire Champs

BYWATER - Ex-Cheese, Makk the Knife (8-17), who has never had a winning season in his 5 years in the majors, stepped it up a notch against his former team in Game 5 of the Two Towers Series, shutting down...

May 28, 2007

MC Player of the Week, Chubb of Minas Morgul

Tanta Chubb stepped up to the plate in a big way last week and today she took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The Minas Morgul second baseman ripped opposing pitchers for 13 hits in 26 at-bats...

Vorzava Tinond Comes to Terms with Bounders

BYWATER - Vorzava Tinond and Bywater have come to an agreement keeping the center fielder in a Bounders uniform for another 1 year. The deal is worth $11,000,000 and a formal press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow. Batting .236...

May 26, 2007

Bounders Bouncing

BYWATER - Celebrations rang out in Bywater last night at the Bounders won their division, much like MESN shockingly predicted. For a club that hasn't finished better than second previously, the Bounders shocked many by taking the title with over...

April 16, 2007

Shire Conference #1 Hurler is Bromburg

Which Shire Conference hurler dominated in the month of June? According to the voters who decide the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award, it was Glodunter Bromburg of the Bywater Bounders. He put together a record of 5-1 with...

April 05, 2007

Pulley not a bounder

BYWTER - With a two day rest between games Lester Pulley barely bothered to change out of his uniform before heading to Forodwaith's home of depravity, Forochel. However Pulley didn't travel alone and assorted teammates were spotted running in and...

March 17, 2007

Iggette Responds to Rumors

via Bywater Press BYWATER - We have been made aware of rumours suggesting that Sir Kenneth has some rather old fashioned opinions of female players. Whilst he will be the first to admit to a somewhat historic approach to life...

March 16, 2007

Ravenhill, Bywater agree to trade

BYWATER - The Bounders took steps to further their pennant drive today, acquiring starting pitcher, Eucalypta the Pink, and outfielders Denaigol Denaihir and Masin Oathworker from the Ravenhill Darkwings in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers and pitcher Robert...

March 15, 2007

Mound Excellence Makes Bywater's Bromburg Shire Conference Top Pitcher in April

There's no doubt that Bywater Bounders starter Glodunter Bromburg earned his SC Pitcher of the Month award for April. He was sensational: In 54.2 innings, Bromburg had 35 strikeouts, a 1.65 ERA, and a 5-1 record....

March 05, 2007

.421 BA Captures Shire Conference Player of the Week Crown for Tinond of Bywater

BYWATER - The Shire Conference has chosen Vorzava Tinond of the Bywater Bounders as Player of the Week. And what a week Tinond had: He hit .421, swatted 3 home runs, and drove in 5 while scoring 7 runs....

February 18, 2007

Dunharrow trades Tookes to Bounders

DUNHARROW - Robert Tookes, journeyman pitcher, was sent to Bywater today in exchange for minor league reliever, Virgil Root, and a 3rd round draft pick. Tookes, 31, who was purchased from Moria just this past offseason for $2.5 million, has...

February 13, 2007

Ugbag Blacktooth Landing in Bywater

BYWATER - SION reports that the Bywater Bounders have just agreed with catcher Ugbag Blacktooth on a contract, signing the free agent to a $44,440,000 deal for 4 years, which equals $11,110,000 per season. Sources indicate that both sides are...

December 21, 2006

July's Top SC Pitcher Crowned: Glodunter Bromburg of the Bywater Bounders Honored

In the month of July, Glodunter Bromburg was certainly in a groove. The Bywater starter posted 4 wins and was saddled with no losses last month. He compiled a minuscule 0.92 ERA and dished out 32 Ks. Not surprisingly, he...

December 04, 2006

SC Pitcher of the Month Award Goes to Glodunter Bromburg from Bywater

Glodunter Bromburg took a turn in the spotlight earlier today when he nabbed the SC Pitcher of the Month award for June. The 27-year-old Bywater Bounders starter is a relative newcomer to the league, but nonetheless racked up an impressive...

November 27, 2006

Fleam of the Bounders Wins Shire Conference Player of the Week

Like a battering ram, Ceonvan Fleam hit the baseball with brutal efficiency last week, gaining himself the Shire Conference Player of the Week title for that stretch. The Bywater Bounders first baseman rapped the ball at a .417 pace with...

October 14, 2006

Bromburg Backs Bywater

via Bywater Times BYWATER - With the big contracts of free agency still buzzing in the air, Sir Ken Iggette proved he was anything but silly when he announced Bywater's ace starter Glodunter Bromburg had signed a massive seven year...

If Bromburg is happy in Bywater then Sir Ken is more than happy to have him there.

"This is an amazing deal for us. Glodunter is such an amazing talent, I remember being blown away by him right from the very first time I saw him. We've worked really hard with him over the years and he's like one of the family, so for him to talk about ending his career here makes a lot of people very happy."

Not that everyone will be happy with the deal though - namely most managers in the league. Bromburg made his major league debut with an ERA of just 3.07 before switching to become a starter the next year when he claimed 12 wins.

In 2012 there were a few rumours of unrest in the clubhouse as Bugrin Spinner was pushed into the second spot in the rotation by Bromburg. Spinner was a popular player, but between the ever more frequent arguments and his wage demands the Bounders eventually decided to trade him to Lothlorien. Spinner than became a free agent at the end of the season with even more rumours of attitude problems hanging over him.

"Bugrin is a great player, no-one can argue with that, but he forced us to make a decision so we did," said Iggette. "Of course it was a shame when he left, but he struggled to compete with Glod and I think that hurt him."

With Spinner now playing for divisional rivals Wilderland any tension between the players will possibly go through the roof. It's unsure when, or even if, the two will start against each other, but it's likely to be a real grudge match.

August 09, 2006

Bounders Trade Spinner

BYWATER - The Bounders announced a deal today that sends Bugrin Spinner, the talented but injury-prone lefty, to Lothlorien in exchange for pitchers Phaimina Fadrielindë and Cristian Estrella. Spinner, 29, is on the last year of his $17.5 million contract....

August 03, 2006

Spinner (BYW) and Chubb (MIN) win P.O.W. award

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Bywater's pitcher Bugrin Spinner. Bugrin went 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00, while fanning 16 in 15 innings of work. He hurled a shutout as...

April 27, 2006

Bywater's Bromburg out for 8-9 weeks

BYWATER - Bywater is without its ace Glodunter Bromburg for at least 8-9 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Lelyan Mariner in a game against Moria. His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left...

March 30, 2006

Bugrin Spinner fires 2-hitter against Dagorlad

BYWATER - Bugrin Spinner took the mound on July 8 and never left. And Dagorlad hitters couldn't touch him at all. Bywater's right-hander gave up just 2 hits in his 2nd shutout of the season. He now has 2 career...

March 23, 2006

Guril and the Smasher win Player of the Week award

Sortai Guril from Bywater wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. Sortai went 14 for 27 (.519), while hitting 5 HR and collecting 9 RBI. The Player...

March 13, 2006

Bywater's Pulley out for 7 weeks

BYWATER - Bywater's first baseman Lester Pulley hurt himself in the 8th inning on June 8 while making a routine throw to first base. He experienced serious pain and had to leave the game. Lester Pulley will miss at least...

March 09, 2006

Pulley (BYW) and Imrilron (MIN) win P.O.W. award

Bywater's first baseman Lester Pulley had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Lester was on fire, hitting .345 with 6 HR and 12 RBI. The Player of the Week award...

March 02, 2006

Minas Morgul's Chubb wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Bywater's Lester Pulley, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Lester went 12 for 28 (.429), while hitting 2 HR and collecting 10 RBI. This year Pulley...

February 13, 2006

Bugrin Spinner dominates Carrock, gives up just 2 hits

BYWATER - Bywater's right-hander Bugrin Spinner will never forget this day. The 28-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 2-hitter, against Carrock on April 17. Spinner (2-2) struck out 9 and issued 2 BB, throwing 65 of 106 pitches...

February 09, 2006

Bounders New Look

via The Bywater Gazette and Mail BYWATER - The good people of Bywater were shocked to hear their team labelled upstarts by the MESN team earlier this week who ranked the Bounders a lowly 17th in their annual pre-season analysis....

In search of answers we went to the often empty stadium itself to talk with those inside the franchise to see what they made of it all. Off-season trade Rockback certainly seemed happy.

"Believe it or not the fans are great; they seem to make the most of the empty seats and really get behind the team. I always remember that no matter how poorly the Bounders were doing the visiting team were in for a rough time, I couldn't be happier to know they'll be cheering for me this season."

Rockback may be onto something. The Bounder's stadium has often been called imposing by players not used to such a large field and when the crowd goes wild you see another side to the quiet town of Bywater. Adding a star like Rockback to the roster certainly seems to be going down well. Sir Ken was quick to praise his major signing.

"Ever since Golliaf retired we've been looking for a real anchor to play behind the plate and when Oranges broke his foot we had to do something. Rockback was offered to us and we just couldn't ignore a player like that."

Yet despite a big trade the Bounders played it cool with the free agents.

"Yeah there were some interesting players on offer but we've been working with a lot of youngsters and we saw it was their time. Let's be honest here, if you look at the kids we promoted and the guys ending their careers in the pool and I think we made the right choice."

And few would argue with Sir Ken over that. It's no secret that various teams have enquired about Pulley and Taralom's availability over the past season, probably just as much to avoid playing against them as to play with them. Let's not over hype these future stars though, they both show incredible talent but the big leagues are a big jump. And this could be what stops the Bounders from repeating last years run. Although the team was still has players like Spinner and Thoirney worrying those at the plate they lost a lot of hitting power in when Fleam left and joined division rivals the Archers, and one of their early academy players Thugast went to Old Forest in the trade to acquire Rockback.

The Bounders certainly have some talent in their team, it's just a case of will it gell? Let's not forget that part of last seasons successes came from the team being so established, this off-season has seen some of their most significant restructuring and it's got to be a gamble. But don't say that in Bywater. This proud little town is looking to the future and they like what they see. They've spruced up their image as well as the locker room. If their plan works, there may be some upsets.

February 02, 2006

Rockback sent to Bywater

OLD FOREST - Future Hall-of-Fame catcher, Rafur "Rocky" Rockback, was traded by the Merry Fellows to Bywater in a deal that sent the 4-time All-Star to the Bounders along with reliever Kenton Ayo. In exchange, Bywater gives up minor league...

January 20, 2006

Bywater defeats Bree

BYWATER - The Bywater Bounders picked up from their hot regular season finish to win the first round of the playoffs against Bree. Bywater took their first Fellowship Series title since 2003. It looked like the Cheese might stop the...

Game 2 looked to be a similar struggle when, with the score tied 1-1 in the 5th, Neegar Nosegobbler broke open the game with a 2-run double. Bywater won 6-3.

In Game 3 with Bree up 4-3 in the 9th, Duuk Braingobber looked to have put the game away with a 2-run shot off Fisil Goldworthy. But Fionduil allowed 3 hits and with 2 men on Ceonvan Fleam sent a homer down the left field line for 3 runs and a Bywater win.

In Game 4, the Cheese had starter Dejatok Belebrildur cruising with 11 strikeouts and a 3-3 tie, but the Bounders struck hard in the 8th, scoring 8 runs, including a Thoma Thugast grand slam, for the 11-4 win.

Finally, in Game 5, it was Arwodur vs. Spinner again. Arwodur only pitched 1 inning before complaining of a sore back, leaving the game in the hands of the Bree bullpen who held the Bounders scoreless until the 8th. Dejath Belarà, Fradrak Demongobbler and Halleron Troublemaker pitched brilliantly, but Spinner tossed a 4-hit shutout, striking out 10. The only run of the game came on a Tinond homer in the 8th, giving Bywater the victory.

January 18, 2006

Elrond Manager Awards Announced

League officials announced the winners of the Elrond Manager of the Year in a news briefing late this afternoon. In the Shire Conference, the award goes to Bywater's Sir Kenneth Iggette. Sir Ken led his troops to their first playoff...

January 17, 2006

Shadowfax and Gwaihir Awards handed out

The winners of the two league awards that are based purely upon stats were acknowledged in a press briefing by SGCBL officials today. The Shadowfax Award for stolen bases was presented to Bree's Kobur Hammermaker and to Anson Banks of...

January 16, 2006

Bywater's Vorzava Tinond has great day, hits three longballs

BYWATER - Vorzava Tinond was in a groove on September 29, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Bywater to a 5-4 win over Lake Town by homering three times. In the 1st inning he unloaded a two-run homerun...

Bounders take Shire Wild Card

BYWATER - With their 9-1 victory over Wilderland on September 26, the Bywater Bounders clinched the Shire Wild Card spot and their first trip to the playoffs since 2003. Surprising everyone, save for the Bywater fans, Bugrin Spinner (21-7) nailed...

January 09, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to Gàril and Hearteater

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Bywater's Savia Gàril, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. Savia pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .632 with 1 HR and 4 RBI while slugging 1.053. Pruugor Hearteater...

January 02, 2006

Spinner (BYW) and Grailas (MM) win monthly pitcher award

Bywater's pitcher Bugrin Spinner is the Shire Conference winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in August. He had an ERA of just 1.57 in 46 innings of work in which he struck out 40 hitters. His record in...

December 19, 2005

Vorzava Tinond will miss 5 weeks

BYWATER - Bywater's centerfielder Vorzava Tinond hurt himself in the 1st inning while diving for a batted ball. He got up slowly and had to leave the game. Vorzava Tinond will miss at least 5 weeks. After being examined by...

October 17, 2005

Gàril and Solomon win Player of the Week award

Savia Gàril wins his 1st Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. In 29 at bats he hit .483 with 1 HR and 5 RBI. It's the 1st...

September 20, 2005

Gwaihir Reliever Awards announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2009 Gwaihir Reliever Awards, given to the best relievers in each Conference, were announced today. The Shire Conference winner is Amon Thoirney of Bywater. He had a record of 8-3 with an ERA...

September 15, 2005

Vorzava Tinond clubs three rockets

LAKE TOWN - Bywater's centerfielder Vorzava Tinond showed the world why he is one of the most amazing sluggers in a 9-5 win over Lake Town on September 30. He almost knockes the cover off the ball, resulting in three...

September 01, 2005

Nosegobbler (BYW) and Stinkblossom (MM) win P.O.W. award

Neegar Nosegobbler wins his 3rd Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Neegar went 13 for 24 (.542), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 8 RBI. Nosegobbler has...

July 21, 2005

Nosegobbler and Gandilhil win P.O.W. award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Neegar Nosegobbler, Bywater's starting shortstop. Neegar pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .600 with 2 HR and 9 RBI while slugging 1.040. He hit in every game this week and extended his...

June 10, 2005

Bounders Sign Pitchers

BYWATER - Sir Kenneth Iggettte's crew opened their wallets to acquire 2 free agent pitchers during the off-season. Joining the Bywater squad will be Ulor "Popcorn" Témir and Isond Imrudur. Each signed a $10 million contract for 2 years. Témir,...

May 19, 2005

Bywater's Elvilmambor out for 4 weeks

BYWATER - Bywater is without its left-hander Galilden Elvilmambor for at least 4 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Bifur Iceycryer in a game against Carrock on September 19. His face showed signs of pain immediately after...

May 02, 2005

Vorzava Tinond stars with cycle against Bucklebury

BUCKLEBURY - Bywater's centerfielder Vorzava Tinond accomplished a difficult feat in a game against Bucklebury on August 19, hitting for the cycle to improve his career batting average to .238! A single in the 2nd off Gugnar Goblinback accounted for...

April 03, 2005

Bounders Training Film Leaked

BYWATER - Frustrated by poor performances last season the Bounders took drastic measures - hiring some of the greatest minds in baseball to try and lift the team to success this year. Many felt the Bounders had done too good...

December 30, 2004

Bounders Bulletins

BYWATER - Little has been heard of Ken Iggette recently, so it was decided that someone needed to find out what had been happening in the offices of the Bywater Bounders. Some had been worrying that Sir Ken had...

October 20, 2004

Bounders Ban Dairy

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - Following recent events, the Bywater Bounders have taken some rather unusual action. They've banned all dairy products from Green Hill Field. While some teams have been monitoring their players' diets, the Bounders felt the...

October 18, 2004

Bounders Bulletins

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - Bywater bounds into the new season full of hope and joy, the question is whether or not the fans will be disappointed. Bywater have taken a softly, softly approach to the off-season, trying to...

Many of the Bounders will be glad to hear of this era of stability, given Sir Ken's brutality at times in the past. However, that temper can't be far away, so they'd probably be wise not to take things too easily. Many pundits suggest that there are a few players who have survived this long largely thanks to the stability drive. However some might question just how much stability there's been, given some of the changes that have happened. Green Hill Field has grown to ensure more fans can get great views of the team, provided they come back to the club that is. Few like to admit it but with the demand for rings on the decline, cash won't last forever in Bywater.

That could also explain the other big change within the franchise. The Westmarch Warriors marched out of town and all the way to the island of Bhangbhangduc, where it's hoped the fledgling A-Team will learn some peace and tranquility. Between the added merchandising the move should generate and the development potential of the new location, there are hopes that the youth team will become more of an asset to the Bounders.

It certainly looks like Interesting Times in Bywater.

October 06, 2004

Bounders Bulletins

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - A calm has been cast over Bywater of late. With the sale of Dryadpoker last season, many were wondering just what was going on in the heads of those in charge. However, the team...

Although acknowledged as a prime pitcher, Dryadpoker never quite reached his full potential in Bywater. There were many rumours of problems with his teammates, and now that he's gone there have been anonymous comments about his attitude towards the other players. An unidentified player has said that, "Dryadpoker was a jerk. He kept strutting around like he owned the place, thought he was better than the rest of us. He never even tried while he was here; the team was struggling and you look to guys like that to help you out but all he could do was brag about his new 18 horse power cart or how he was planning to extend his tree-house, again! We really noticed it when the Witch-King arrived. He's an old guy who's achieved much more that Grikak but he treated us with respect. He helps the rookies you know? That guy managed 15 wins last season and did much more for us than Grikak ever did. Jerk."

Sir Ken is another reported to be glad that Dryadpoker's gone, despite his claims that they always got on well together. Few would've ever suggested that Kevin had a problem with Grikak, especially after he signed the contract for $20M, however it seems that eventually even Kevin had to admit that Dryadpoker was underperforming and gave in to Sir Ken's request to restructure things further.

Now fans are wondering if the new season will see a turn-around in the Bounder's fortunes. Local historians suggest that the Dark Lord's bride returning to the league is a good omen; reminding many that the Bounder's best year to date occurred whilst she was holed up in Lonely Mountain. At least one local priest is concerned by this though; pointing out that Kevin has recently expressed a certain disregard for law and order and has forbidden him from blessing the team's bats.

However the local law enforcement officers have said there's nothing to worry about. "We're still tryin' to work out where they got all that wood for that there new sauna they got themselves. We ain't saying Kevin's a wrongun' or nuffin', just that someone should remember selling that much wood." When asked if there was any further news on the ent families that mysteriously vanished just before Kevin was able to buy their land for stadium developments the officer declined to comment.

January 25, 2004

Bounding to the Top in 2005

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - With the new season around the corner, the question on everyone's lips is can the Bounders recover from last year's collapse, and the answer most people have is "maybe". The franchise has certainly made...

Such talk may impress some people, but it's expected even more will be won over by some of the signings that have been made. And the biggest talking point in taverns around Bywater must be the arrival of Elrilmer Elriawyn from Misty Mountain. Some have suggested that The Witch King is too old and will be eating into the team's wages too much, but most people seem confident that this 2-time All-star player and winner of the 2003 Gandalf Pitcher Award will be sending the Bounders to new levels. Whatever happens, everyone agrees he's big news. Elriawyn's arrival was largely funded by a sponsorship agreement with Hobbiton Cobblers; with Elriawyn also making an undisclosed sum from their forthcoming "Hair Elriawyn" range.

But the progress hasn't stopped there. The Bounders also snapped up a couple of players in free agency to help strengthen the team in other areas, including former All-star player Paurk Goblinshaker who should help provide some much needed depth in the outfield. But even with these changes you can't help but feel there are gaps in the team still.

Time will tell if the Bounders are making progress, but this reporter is hopeful.

November 25, 2003

Bywater's Slipping Fortunes

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - Yet another losing week has seen Bywater drop to a .500 record for the year, and unless they improve next week will pick up a losing record for the first time. In truth it...

November 20, 2003

Bywater Shatters Attendance Record

BYWATER - Despite their winning percentage of .522 (59-54), the Bounders playoff hopes aren't looking too good these days, with their division rival the Wargs of Wilderland holding a 13 game lead and being 10 games behind Bree in...

November 11, 2003

Bounding to the Top

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - An average 3-3 week may not seem that good, but going on recent Bounder form, the team is pretty happy with the result. That said, the team's biggest rivals both managed to pull further...

October 29, 2003

Bounders Launch Mirkwood Investigation

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - Strange things happened when Mirkwood came to visit Bywater recently. In both games the Bounders starting pitcher was pulled before the 3rd inning with a mysterious injury. The Bounders took a good lead in...

October 07, 2003

Bounder Healer Resigns Over Injury Fears

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - Bywater managed to retain second place in the Hobbit Division thanks to a moderate 3-3 week, although Wilderland's 5-1 means the Bounders will have to work even if they want to reclaim first place....

The team's injury worries continued as they travelled to Lake Town; with Vorzava Tinond bruising his hand while making a catch, and Gorolbo Gollialf bruising his hip in a collision with a reckless Archer at home plate. This time the Bounders kept up a strong performance, though, and managed to keep the loss to a respectable 7-5 despite the Archer's advantages. Unfortunately the Archers built on that victory the next day, as they romped to a 9-5 victory. The Bounders actually held a reasonable 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the 4th when the venerable Vishnak Spearpunisher decided to do something special before he retired. With 5 RBIs and 3 HRs the Archers were 8-4 up by the top of the 6th and the game was as good as over.

Bywater's swingers managed to end the week on a high note as the road trip lead them on to Cirith Ungol--although the pitchers from both sides would probably rather forget the game, with the Bounders managing an average ERA of 7.30 and the Spiders 7.37, as the batters of both teams racked up a few personal bests. The Spiders took a pretty convincing early lead, but the Bounders bounced back in the end to take the game 20-12.

Away from the field Dr. Tamuríl Elensar, who was only hired at the start of the season, resigned by mutual consent. In a statement the team said, "Following the recent run of events the good doctor decided to take a less demanding position in her home town of Archet. Obviously having started her career in Bree-land with the Cheese, it's hoped that fans in the area will have forgiven and forgotten the incidents of last year."

October 02, 2003

Bounding to the Top

By Merimas Tussock BYWATER - They say a change is as good as rest, and Bywater proved the point this week with a 4-2 romp on the road, putting them at the top of the Hobbit Division. Grikak Dryadpoker...

Gwulas Gream started the week badly after being ejected during the 8-2 win over Rivendell, and Nifur Ringbearer followed a couple of games later. Hitting Coach Jefferson Catoe said, "The ump was a joke! The guy had to play to the home crowd and kept calling strikes! Even my grandma could see they were balls. I wanted to wrap a bat 'round his neck."

Having won the first game 8-2 Catoe wasn't the only person wondering what happened as the Bounders lost the next two games 2-6 and 0-2, totalling a 2-8 defeat. The team could still see the light side of matters when Gream put in his best performance of the week the day after his ejection; he was heard to joke that "if getting thrown out helps my game this much I'll try it more often."

Luckily the team calmed down during the journey to Moria and managed to avoid further troubles and managed a run of great games including Nudak Gnomechewer striking out 11 Miners in the first game and Grikak Dryadpoker's shutout in the last. The second game was more about reminding everyone how Bywater have earnt the highest batting average in the league and the second highest run total by knocking in 11 runs including 3 homers.

Not all the action happened in the ballparks this week though with star left-fielder Haleogrin Grolas taking the short trip down the road to set up home in the Old Forest and taking budding reliever Woprak Trollraper with him. Making the return trip were hot young stars Pork Halflingbasher and Sortai Guril who both have a good future ahead of them and should bolster the outfield, although both need a little more experience before they're ready for the majors.

Bywater also picked up pitchers Erirag Bugsmasher and Lawrence Baize; both add a new depth to the starting rotation and should keep the established guys on their toes after the slow start this season. When asked how Halflingbasher was settling in his coach David Mcquaid said, "He was upset that Tom [Bombadil] traded him and insisted on playing at AAA, which he's not quite ready for. But he's young, and we thought it best that he learns from his mistakes. Now he's settled a bit and calmed down, he's happy to spend a bit more time at AA."

Leonard Roderick, who will be taking Pork under his wing from next week, was enthusiastic about the newcomer. "He's a great asset and we're happy to have him onboard. All that fuss about his family and the name just distracted from the potential the kid has. Obviously it's upset a few of the fans but we've bashed many halflings in the diamond before, and Pork looks like the orc for us. Once he remembers what our uniform looks like, there shouldn't be any problems. Until then our mages have made sure there shouldn't be any accidents."

September 07, 2003

Green Hill Field Adding Seats

By Merimas Tussock from Dwaling BYWATER - Bywater's PR director Podo Boffin put on a great song and dance at the formal naming of the Orchard Stadium at Green Hill Field, claiming they were the first team in the...

April 17, 2003

Bounders Name Captain

BYWATER - In an interview with MESN, Bywater Bounders owner, Kevin Golding, announced that centerfielder Vorzava Tinond has been named Team Captain. Tinond, 21, was the team's 5th pick in the recent draft and is a surprising choice, considering this...