Over-60 soft­ball games can­celed due to op­pres­sive heat

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

The Dun­dalk Over-60 Se­nior Soft­ball team has joined a “splin­ter league” this sum­mer in or­der to keep play­ing after the COVID-19 pan­demic caused the Bal­ti­more Belt­way Se­nior Soft­ball League to sus­pend its sea­son.

But while these teams are de­fy­ing the coro­n­avirus, they have been forced to make al­lowances for the sun.

Dun­dalk (4-2) had its most re­cent game — Mon­day against Ca­tonsville at Stans­bury Park — can­celled be­cause tem­per­a­tures ex­ceeded 90 de­grees at game time.

That leaves Dun­dalk with four dou­ble­head­ers re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son, weather per­mit­ting.

Dun­dalk is to host Glen Burnie on Au­gust 3 host Perry Hall on Au­gust 5, and host Bowie Gold on Au­gust 10.

The splin­ter league of six teams will then hold a post­sea­son tour­na­ment.

The heat has been bru­tal lately for both the Over-60 soft­ball team and teams play­ing in the Eastern Bal­ti­more County Over-40 Base­ball League.

Which teams have ac­cess to shade — ei­ther from trees or pro­vided by them­selves — may be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the out­come of some games.

Of the three fields be­ing used — Pat­ap­sco High, St. He­lena Park and Le­gion Post 38 — only St. He­lena Park has plen­ti­ful trees (although its tough for the team with its dugout on the third base­line).

(If only the league had ac­cess to Martin­dale Park, with trees shad­ing the en­tire non-play­ing area.)

This past week­end, the Astros (4-0) re­mained in first place with a 21-4 win over the Ori­oles at Post 38.

The Dodgers (2-1) de­feated the Car­di­nals 7-4 at Pat­ap­sco to climb past the Rays and into se­cond place.

The Rays (3-2) lost to the Roy­als at St. He­lena Park, 5-2.

This week­end the Ori­oles (0-31) host the Car­di­nals (2-2) at Post 38; the Rays host the Astros at Pat­ap­sco High; and the Dodgers host the Di­a­mond­backs (0-3-1) at St. He­lena Park.

This is the next-to-last week of the ab­bre­vi­ated reg­u­lar sea­son. The Dodgers and Roy­als also have a make-ip game against each other.

In the mean­time, maybe these leagues should start to con­sider start­ing games at 6 p.m.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Sonny Weaver of the Rays is forced out at se­cond by the Dodgers Vince Butzner dur­ing a game ear­lier this sea­son. The Dodgers (2-1) are in se­cond place, per­cent­age points ahead of the Rays (3-2).

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Di­a­mond­backs third base­man Jim Hooper waits for the throw from the out­field as the Astros’ Joe LoBianco tries for an ex­tra base dur­ing an Astros’ win ear­lier

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Dar­ren Schillinge­r tosses the ball to Doug Ka­line for an out at first dur­ing a re­cent Over-40 League game. The Astros (4-0) are in first place in the league.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Lloyd Fox of the Roy­als throws the ball to first base­man Jeff Patti for a putout. The Roy­als are 2-2 on the sea­son, and have scored 35 runs while al­low­ing 35.

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