The Dundalk Eagle

Base­ball and soft­ball are re­turn­ing to Dun­dalk this week­end

- By Bill Gates Sports · College Sports · Baltimore County · Baltimore · Newport County A.F.C. · Los Angeles Dodgers · Tampa Bay Rays · Arizona Diamondbacks · American Legion · Houston Astros · St. Louis Cardinals · St. Helena, CA · Baltimore Orioles · Chicago Cubs · Reading F.C. · Pittsburgh Pirates · Glen Burnie, MD · Liverpool Football Club · Dundalk, MD · Rojos del Águila de Veracruz · Kansas City Royals · San Diego Padres · Towson, MD

Yes! It looks like there will be some base­ball this sum­mer.

The Eastern Baltimore County Over-40 Base­ball League an­nounced it will be­gin an ab­bre­vi­ated sched­ule this week­end.

The league, which usu­ally be­gins in April, had its start sus­pended due to the COVID-19 pan­demic, along with just about all other sports.

The state, and Baltimore County, have be­gun to grad­u­ally ease re­stric­tions on the pub­lic de­signed to help pre­vent the spread of COVID-19.

So far, only seven teams have reg­is­tered for the de­layed sea­son. One team will have a bye each week.

De­tails on the length of the reg­u­lar sea­son, and the play­off for­mat, were still be­ing worked out as The Ea­gle went to press.

Three games are sched­ule for “Open­ing Day” on Sun­day at 9 a.m.: The Dodgers ver­sus the Rays at Pat­ap­sco High; the Roy­als ver­sus the Di­a­mond­backs at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 38 field; and the Astros against the Car­di­nals at St. He­lena Park.

The Ori­oles have a bye this week, un­less an eighth team signs up.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion Cubs are tak­ing the sea­son off, ac­cord­ing to one of its play­ers.

That leaves the Astros as de­fend­ing league run­ner-up; they lost to the Cubs in the 2019 ti­tle game.

The league had nine teams last sea­son (the Padres also look like they won’t be play­ing this sea­son) and the teams played a 12-14 game reg­u­lar sea­son sched­ule (rain­outs led to not ev­ery team play­ing the same num­ber of games).

Started in 2010 with four teams, the Over-40 league usu­ally had about 10 teams ev­ery sea­son.

The league con­sists mainly of play­ers from Eastern Baltimore County. The Roy­als are from north­ern Baltimore County (Here­ford area) and the for­mer twotime cham­pion Pi­rates (now folded) were from Tow­son.

The Astros (10-2) had the best record last sea­son, while the Cubs (10-3) were right be­hind.

Se­nior Soft­ball

The Baltimore Belt­way Se­nior Soft­ball (Over-60) League also an­nounced it is pre­par­ing to start a par­tial sea­son.

It will be a vastly re­duced late start. Of the 20-team league, six teams (in­clud­ing Dun­dalk) will re­sume the sea­son.

And, rather than each team hav­ing its own home field (Dun­dalk used Stans­bury Park), all games will be played at the Bach­man Soft­ball Com­plex in Glen Burnie (where the MPSSAA holds the state soft­ball semi­fi­nals).

The sea­son is ten­ta­tively sched­uled to be­gin on July 8. As per the usual Baltimore Belt­way sched­ule, teams will play dou­ble­head­ers on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day be­gin­ning at 10 a.m.

Dun­dalk, play­ing in the A Di­vi­sion last sea­son (the five teams con­sid­ered the best), fin­ished with a 17-25 record.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion Howard Reds (35-7) have re­port­edly de­cided to play in an­other league. Re­gard­less, with six teams, it’s doubtful the league will use the Di­vi­sion A-B-C-D for­mat.

Both leagues, base­ball and soft­ball, will be ex­pected to fol­low guide­lines set by the state as safety mea­sures to pre­vent get­ting in­fected by the coro­n­avirus: dis­in­fect equip­ment be­tween uses, main­tain so­cial dis­tance to the ex­tent they can, wear masks.

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 ?? PHOTO BY BILL GATES ?? The Eastern Baltimore County Over-40 Base­ball League will re­sume its sea­son on Sun­day af­ter its usual March/April start was post­poned by the COVID-19 pan­demic.
PHOTO BY BILL GATES The Eastern Baltimore County Over-40 Base­ball League will re­sume its sea­son on Sun­day af­ter its usual March/April start was post­poned by the COVID-19 pan­demic.
 ?? PHOTO BY BILL GATES ?? The Baltimore Belt­way Over-60 Se­nior Soft­ball League plans to re­sume its sea­son on July 8.
PHOTO BY BILL GATES The Baltimore Belt­way Over-60 Se­nior Soft­ball League plans to re­sume its sea­son on July 8.
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