Dun­dalk soft­ball gets new sea­son off to right start

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

These guys just wanna play soft­ball. Re­gard­less of how many ob­sta­cles life throws in front of them.

The Bal­ti­more Belt­way Se­nior Soft­ball L:eague shut down the sea­son be­fore it started in April, due to the COVID-19 pan­demic.

It’s still shut down. But many teams are started play­ing, form­ing “splin­ter” leagues.

One of those leagues in­cludes the Dun­dalk Se­nior Soft­ball team.

Dun­dalk started play­ing last week, and af­ter sweep­ing vis­it­ing Kingsville on Mon­day at Stans­bury Park, the squad is off to a 3-1 start.

This par­tic­u­lar “splin­ter” league has six teams: Dun­dalk, Kingsville, Ca­tonsville, Glen Burnie, Perry Hall and Bowie Gold.

The Bal­ti­more Belt­way League has 20 teams play­ing in four di­vi­sions.

This league started play on July 8 and will run through Au­gust 10, with each team play­ing dou­ble­head­ers on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day start­ing at 10 a.m., just like the BBSSL.

Dun­dalk will also en­ter some tour­na­ments later in the sea­son. The league has not yet de­ter­mined its play­off for­mat.

The ini­tial plan, to play all games at the Bach­man Soft­ball Com­plex, fell through. The big prob­lem: it’s tougher for a small league to af­ford in­sur­ance costs than it is for a 20-team league.

Dun­dalk still needed in­sur­ance to play at its usual home field, Stans­bury Park, but solved that by be­com­ing af­fil­i­ated with the Dun­dalkEast­field Re­cre­ation Coun­cil.

For Mon­day’s home opener, team mem­bers worked for two hours the night be­fore get­ting the field into playable shape.

The play­ers weren’t very con­cerned about the pan­demic. “We can’t wear masks while play­ing,” one said. “It’s too hot. We’d suf­fo­cate.”

Dun­dalk beat Kingsville in the first game, 9-3, then won the sec­ond game 18-4.

In the never-started BBSSL, Dun­dalk was in Di­vi­sion A, the high­est di­vi­sion con­tain­ing what are con­sid­ered the five best teams.

Glen Burnie, Kingsville, Ca­tonsville, Perry Hall and Bowie Gold made up all of what would have been Di­vi­sion B.

In Mon­day’s game, Dun­dalk used two five-run in­nings to pull away from Kingsville (five runs is the max­i­mum that a team can score in an in­ning, ex­cept for the sev­enth).

Lead­ing 1-0 in the sec­ond, a dou­ble by Dan Bandy and a sin­gle by Al­bie Cole put run­ners at first and third.

A sac­ri­fice fly by Herb Amey drove in a run, With two outs, Drew Martin had an RBI sin­gle and Bobby Fan­tom tripled to the gap in cen­ter field to drive in two more runs.

Tom Mont­gomery ended the in­nings with an RBI sin­gle to right.

Dun­dalk scored five runs in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning with an 8-2 lead.

With two outs and a run­ner on sec­ond, Dun­dalk had four straight sin­gles to drive in three runs.

Sin­gles by Bandy and Cole with the bases loaded ended the in­ning and Dun­dalk’s string of seven con­sec­u­tive sin­gles.

(The first bat­ter in the sixth in­ning flew out to cen­ter.)

Dun­dalk pro­tected its lead with strong de­fense. Amey made sev­eral good catches in right field, Phil Biedron­ski made a cou­ple of run­ning catches in cen­ter­field.

Kingsville hit three hard line drives in the third in­ning, trail­ing 6-0 with a run­ner on base.

Two of the lin­ers were snagged by third base­man Warner Wam­s­ley, and one by short­stop Jimmy Barnes.

Dun­dalk ex­e­cuted a 6-4-3 dou­ble play in the sec­ond in­ning with the score 1-0, and had an­other dou­ble pay in the sixth when a Kingsville run­ner on sec­ond as­sumed a liner to right field would be a hit. It wasn’t.

PHOTO SBY BILL GATES

Dun­dalk out­fielder Phil Biedron­ski races in to make a catch.

Dun­dalk right­fielder Herb Amey pre­pares to make an­other putout.

Jimmy Barnes of the Dun­dalk Se­nior soft­ball team pre­pares to catch a line drive.

Bobby Smith swings into a Kingsville pitch for a sin­gle.

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