If You Go
- What: Home run derby, awards cookout
- When: 2 p.m. Aug. 25
- Where: Creekside Park, New Bern
- Cost: Admission, food and drinks are free to all 2019 rostered players and immediate family. Home run derby entry fee is $10
- More info: The Orioles will receive the league championship tropy. The league will present a Cy Young award and an MVP award to the league's top pitcher and player. The league will also hold registration for its shortened fall season.
Sunday's picnic, awards ceremony, home run derby moved to Creekside Park
Because of the possibility of rain through the rest of the week and because Kafer Park normally drains poorly, the season-ending picnic, awards ceremony and home run derby has been moved to Creekside Park down near the creek.
The event will start at 2 p.m. Sunday. All 2019 rostered players and immediate family are invited.
The event was originally scheduled for Aug. 18 but rain and poor field conditions postponed the event.
Burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and drinks will be provided for everyone in attendance. Bring your own lawn chairs, shade and lawn games, and let's have some fun.
The ECABL Championship Trophy, MVP and Cy Young awards presentation begins at 2:45 p.m., followed by the home run derby at 3 p.m.
The home run derby will be two rounds. Entry for the derby is $10 for 10 outs and is open to all players. Five additional outs in the first round may be purchased one time for an additional $5. Depending on number of participants, the top three or top five hitters from Round 1 will move on to the finals. Pick your own pitcher and come ready to slug it out and take home the trophy. Ball shaggers will be needed, so bring your glove.
Fall season registration will take place at the event for players 18 and older. The fall season begins Sept. 8. Games are played on Sundays unless postponed by rain. Invite anyone interested in playing to the event to register. Cost is $30 per player and includes six games. For players wanting to register but cannot go to the event, click here.
The league will be holding a 50/50 raffle during the event. The ticket prices will be one ticket for $2 or three tickets for $5. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. and you must be present to win. Proceeds from all activities will be used to support future improvements in the league.
Orioles cruise to another ECABL championship
The Orioles used back-to-back home runs and the pitching of Kevin Vanzandt to beat the Yankees, 7-3, Sunday and win the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League championship for the fourth straight year.
The Orioles reached the championship by finishing the season with the best regular season record and a win over the Red Sox in the second round of the ECABL playoffs.
The Yankees finished the regular season tied with the second best record and then defeated the Cubs in the first round and the Braves in the second round of the ECABL playoffs.
ECABL playoffs (second round)
Orioles, Yankees to play for ECABL championship
Orioles top Red Sox: The Orioles used a fifth inning offensive outburst for a come-from-behind win over the Red Sox in the second round of the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League playoffs.
Yankees defeat Braves: Micah Caroon hit a solo homer and Teddy Cardenas tossed a complete game to lead the Yankees past the Braves, 8-7, Sunday to advance to the championship game next Sunday.
The Braves scored a run in the second, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Braves had a runner on second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but failed to bring him around to tie the score.
Adam Amerson, Jayson Melendez and Tyler Held each went 2-for-3 to lead the Braves offense.
The Yankees scored a run in the third, three in the fourth and four in the fifth. Mason Head went 2-for-3, Nate Anthony went 2-for-4 and Caroon, who continued his 10-game hitting streak, went 2-for-4 to lead the Yankees. Cardenas gave up 10 hits, six earned runs and four walks while earning the win.
The Orioles and the Yankees will play at 5 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park to determine the ECABL champion.
ECABL Playoffs (second round preview)
Orioles host Red Sox, Braves host Yankees
The Orioles will defend their title at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Red Sox in the second round of the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League playoffs.
The Orioles had a first-round bye because they finished the regular season with the best record, 12-2-1. The Red Sox advanced to the second round with a 15-11 win over the Pirates last Sunday.
The Braves and the Yankees will square off in the second round at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Braves received a first-round bye because they finished with the second best record, 11-4. The Yankees advanced to the second round with a first-round, 8-2, win over the Cubs last Sunday.
The winners of the each game will play in the ECABL championship game at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.
Teddy Cardena held the Cubs to two runs over seven innings.
ECABL Playoffs (first round)
Yankees, Red Sox advance to second round
Yankees beat Cubs: Nate Anthony hit two homers and Teddy Cardena held the Cubs to two runs over seven innings to lead the Yankees over the Cubs, 8-2, Sunday in the first round of the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League playoffs.
The Yankees advance to the second round of the playoffs and will play the Braves at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4. The Braves had a bye through the first round of the playoffs.
Red Sox top Pirates: The Red Sox beat the Pirates, 15-11, Sunday in the first round of the playoffs. The Red Sox will face the Orioles in the second round at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
Ken Davidson, Kirk Williams and Brian Willis pitched for the Red Sox. Avery Brunni started for the Pirates and was relieved in the last inning by Christian Desmarais.
Gabe Brown went 2-for-3 to lead the Red Sox offiense. Mike Zier, Williams, Davidson, Caleb Jacob, and Willis had hits for the Red Sox. Tavon Strayhorn, Brunni and Michael Thompson led the Pirate offense.
Week 15: Yankees slug two grand slams in win over Red Sox, Braves and Orioles win
Orioles beat Cubs: JP Whitford pitched four innings and gave up one run, and the Oriole defense turned two double plays as the Orioles beat the Cubs, 11-1, in the first of three games Sunday at Kafer Park.
Braves top Pirates: Brandon Bowden hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Travis Thornley gave up two runs over six innings as the Braves topped the Pirates, 8-2, in the second game of three Sunday at Kafer Park.
Yankees out-slug Red Sox: Micah Caroon and Nate Anthony hit grand slams as the Yankees topped the Red Sox, 19-8, Sunday at Kafer Park.
Week 14: Caroon, Anthony homer to lead Yankees
Yankees beat Pirates: Micah Caroon and Nate Anthony hit home runs, and Chris Griffin held the Pirates to five runs as the Yankees topped the Pirates, 7-5, Sunday at Kafer Park.
The Pirates struck first in the top of the first inning with a one-out two-run homer by Tommy Schmid. Yankees pitcher Griffin then settled in and only allowed only three more runs the rest of the way.
Cubs stun Braves: The Cubs scored eight runs in the third inning on four hits, two walks and an error as they defeated the Braves, 14-5, Sunday for their first win of the season.
Orioles top Red Sox: The Orioles took advantage of timely hits and walks against Red Sox pitcher Dom Byrnes to take an early lead, and held on for a 14-10 win Sunday at Kafer Park.
Rain? No. Heat? Oh, yeah
There is a heat advisory for eastern North Carolina, so be sure to drink a lot of water before and during your game today. Temperatures are expected to reach close to 100 today by 2 p.m. with a heat index of nearly 110.
To avoid dehydration, drink before you are thirsty. If you didn't bring anything to drink, ask a teammate for some water. If they don't have anything, ask the opposing team. Teams want to win, but they don't want you to die.
The regular season ends today. The Orioles have finished the regular season with the best record. whether they win or lose this weekend.
At stake this weekend is second place. If the Braves win and the Yankees lose, the Braves will take second place and will get a first-round bye for the tournament. If the Yankees win and the Braves lose, the Yankees take second place and a first-round bye. If both teams win and finish with identical records, the league board will have to discuss the tie-breaker. The Braves own a 2-1 head-to-head record over the Yankees for the season. The Braves and the Yankees both have 1-2 records against the Orioles.
Also at stake is fourth and fifth place. If the Pirates win, they take fourth place and the Red Sox will take fifth. A Pirates loss and a Red Sox win puts the Red Sox in fourth place and the Pirates in fifth.
Signs of heat stroke
- Throbbing headache.
- Dizziness and light-headedness.
- Lack of sweating despite the heat.
- Red, hot, and dry skin.
- Muscle weakness or cramps.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak.
- Rapid, shallow breathing.
Signs of dehydration
- Very dry skin.
- Feeling dizzy.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Rapid breathing.
- Sunken eyes.
- Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion or irritability.
Templates hovered in the upper 90s, possibly reaching 100 on the field at Kafer Park on Sunday during East Carolina Amateur Baseball League play.
Week 13: Braves top Yankees, Orioles come back to edge Pirates, Red Sox slug Cubs
Braves top Yankees: Jayson Melendez held the Yankees to one unearned run over seven innings and drove in three runs with a double to lead the Braves over the Yankees, 9-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.
Orioles edge Pirates: The Orioles and Pirates both came out swinging, hitting the ball well the entire game, but the Orioles came out on top with a 5-4 win Sunday at Kafer Park.
Red Sox out-slug Cubs: The Red Sox started off hot with seven runs in the first inning and held an 11-1 lead throughout most of the game before finally winning, 23-6, Sunday over the Cubs.
The Cubs made a close game of it, but the Yankees came out on top with a 7-5 win, Sunday at Kafer Park. The Yankees remain in second place in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings, a game behind the Orioles.
Week 11: Braves beat Orioles, Pirates out-slug Red Sox, Yankees top Cubs
Braves top Orioles: Jayson Melendez struck out 11 and Travis Thornley went 2-for-3 and scored two runs to lead the Braves past the first-place Orioles, 3-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.
Yankees beat Cubs: The Yankees were slow out of the gate but turned on the bats in the fifth inning to eventually take the lead and win, 7-5.
Pirates outslug Red Sox: The Pirates capped off a come-from-behind-win with two runs in the seventh inning to win a 16-15 slugfest over the Red Sox Sunday at Kafer Park.
Week 12: Orioles, Red Sox tie; Yankees and Braves win
Orioles and Red Sox tie: Red Sox pitcher Dom Byrnes and Orioles pitcher JP Whitford went the full seven innings before the time limit ended the game in a 5-5 tie.
Yankees defeat Pirates: Chris Griffin singled past second drive in Nate Anthony for the walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh inning. Teddy Cardenas pitched six solid innings, striking out four and giving up seven runs.
Braves top Cubs: John Peterson used an assortment of off-speed pitches to hold the Cubs to four runs over seven innings as the Braves topped the Cubs, 13-4, Sunday at Kafer Park.
Week 9: Rain stays away - Yankees, Orioles and Braves win Sunday
Yankees top Red Sox: What was supposed to be a gloomy day turned into a beautiful one as the Yankees held on the beat the Red Sox, 12-9.
Orioles top Cubs: The Orioles defeated the Cubs, 12-2, Sunday as Kevin Vanzandt pitched five innings and gave up one run.
Braves defeat Pirates: Jayson Melendez went 3-for-3 with two walks and pitched seven innings to lead the Braves to a 10-6 win Sunday.
A play at the plate Sunday as the Yankees went on to win, 12-9, over the Red Sox at Kafer Park.
Week 10: Thornley leads Braves, Vanzandt pitches Orioles past Yankees
Braves beat Red Sox: Travis Thornley held the Red Sox to four runs as the Braves topped the Red Sox 13-4.
Pirates win: The Cubs were forced to forfeit because they lacked enough players. The two teams scrimmaged and the Pirates won, 14-8.
Orioles top Yankees: Kevin Vanzandt pitched seven strong innings and Ricky Henries hit a two-run homer as the Orioles beat the Yankees, 7-3.
New Bern Bears compete in Myrtle Beach tournament
Five players from the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., over the Memorial Day weekend to play in the Beach Battle Classic.
Braves Manager Doug Amerson, Yankees Manager Chris Griffin and Braves players Alberto Sosa, Rob Fravor and Mark McKillop played three games in the tournament. The players picked up several players from Myrtle Beach to round out the roster.
Next year the ECABL would like to send enough players to make up an entire team to compete in the tournament. Sign-ups for next year's tournament will likely take place in March and practices will be held in April. The tournament is for players 35 and older.
Chris Griffin delivers a pitch Sunday in the Beach Battle Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Five players from the ECABL competed in the annual Memorial Day tournament.
The Orioles score a run on a wild pitch, getting in just under the tag of Braves' pitcher Clay Walker.
Week 7: Orioles hold first place
Orioles top Braves: Kevin Vanzandt held the Braves to three hits and one run as the Orioles topped the Braves, 8-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.
Red Sox edge Pirates: Joe Jones hit a two-run homer to lead the Red Sox over the Pirates, 9-8.
Yankees beat Cubs: Rocco Vallera hit a two-run homer and the Cubs batted around the order in the first inning, but it was not enough as the Yankees won, 15-5, in East Carolina Amateur Baseball League action Sunday.
Week 8: Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees win
Orioles beat Pirates: The Orioles defeated the Pirates, 7-1, Sunday at Kafer Park to remain in first place and improve their record to 7-1 on the season.
Red Sox beat Cubs: Mike Zier had three doubles to lead the Red Sox offense to a 15-1 win over the Cubs Sunday at Kafer Park.
Yankees beat Braves: Teddy Cardena held the Braves to three runs while tossing a complete game as the Yankees beat the Braves, 7-3, to take sole possession of second place.
Week 6: Braves, Orioles in first place after wins
Braves top Red Sox: John Peterson hit a one-out, two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning and Jason Menendez struck out four of the seven batters he faced in relief to lead the Braves over the Red Sox, 8-7, Wednesday night at Creekside Park.
Orioles top Yankees: Kevin Vanzandt held the Yankees to one run, and the Orioles used a sixth-inning rally to win, 4-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.
Pirates top Cubs: Zach Williams gave up one earned run in six innings, but the Cuts left 15 men on base and fell to the Pirates, 3-2, Sunday.
Kevin Vanzandt tossed seven innings and held the Yankees to one run as the Orioles beat the Yankees, 4-1, Sunday.
Week 5: Braves top Pirates, Orioles, Yankees keep pace
Kyle Dupas went 3-for-3 with a double and two singles to help the Braves stay in first place with a 17-8 win Sunday at Kafer Park.
The Braves, Yankees and Orioles entered the day in a first-place tie. The Orioles won Sunday by forfeit. The Yankees topped the Red Sox, 9-5.
Week 4: Braves beat Yankees, Orioles crush Pirates
The Braves used a 10-run fifth inning to top the Yankees 14-7, Wednesday at Kafer Park.
Kevin vanZandt pitched a one-hitter and the Orioles offense pounded the Pirates, 19-0.
The Braves, Orioles and Yankees are now tied for first place in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings.
Week 3: Yankees take sole possession of first place in ECABL with win over Pirates
The Yankees took sole possession of first place Sunday with a win over the Pirates at Kafer Park.
With the win, the Yankees move to 3-0
The Braves and Orioles each won on Sunday. With the Pirates loss, all three teams are now 2-1, move into a three-way tie for second place.
Pirates' players gather on the mound during their 17-5 win on Sunday at Kafer Park.
Week 2: Yankees top Cubs, Pirates beat Red Sox for first-place tie
The Yankees and the Pirates each moved to 2-0 on the season with wins Sunday, moving into a first-place tie. The Orioles topped the Braves to move into a second-place tied with the Braves as each team now is 1-1 on the season.
Week 1: 2019 season under way
The Yankees, Braves and Pirates kicked off the 2019 ECABL season with wins Sunday at Kafer Park.
The day began with a short ceremony with The Civil Air Patrol Color Guard raising the colors to the National Anthem. Commissioner Emeritus Michael Soares threw out the first pitch prior to the defending league champion Orioles taking on the Yankees.
The Yankees topped the Orioles, 8-7, in the season-opener.
The Braves and Red Sox followed with a slugfest, with the Braves topping the Red Sox, 20-12.
The Pirates topped the Cubs, 25-5, in the nightcap.
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