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11.10.2019

Yankees 20, Orioles 4

Braves, Red Sox both forfeit

2020 Season registration expected to begin in January

The East Carolina Amateur Baseball League concluded its first fall season Sunday (Nov. 10) and has now started planning for the upcoming 2020 season.

The Spring/Summer season typically begins in March and runs through August or September, depending on the number of games and the number of rainouts that could potentially extend the season.

The ECABL board met recently to start planning for the 2020 season. At least one new team will be joining, a second new team is expected and more could be added, depending on registration numbers.

The board is expected to meet again in December and January. Online registration will likely begin in January on this website, with games beginning in March.

Yankees top Orioles, 20-4; Braves, Red Sox end fall season with forfeit

The Yankees finished the fall season with a 20-4 win over the Orioles Sunday at Kafer Park.

Ryan Forman pitched five innings to lead the Yankees defense.

The Braves and the Red Sox were scheduled to play the second game of the day, but both teams failed to field a team.

Vanzandt pitches Orioles past Red Sox, Yankees slug Braves

Orioles top Red Sox: The Orioles defeated the Red Sox, 9-4, Sunday at Kafer Park, behind the strong pitching of Kevin Vanzandt, Austin Zehr and Josh Edwards.

Yankees outslug Braves: The Yankees clubbed the Braves, 20-2, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Orioles' Rouse hits three-run homer, but Braves comeback ends in tie; Yankees top Red Sox

Game Summaries

Orioles tie Braves: Brock Rouse hit a three-run homer to help the Orioles to a 5-0 early lead, but the Braves chipped away at the lead every inning and managed a 7-7 tie when time ran out.

Yankees top Red Sox: The Yankees won 7-6 Sunday at Kafer Park. With the win, the Yankees move to 3-1 and are now in first place.

Red Sox, Yankees win big

Game Summaries

Red Sox top Orioles: Don Byrnes went 2-for-3 with two homers and 7 RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 15-6 win over the Orioles Sunday at Kafer Park.

Gabriel Brown went 3-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, four runs scored and pitched three shutout innings.

Yankees top Braves: Ryan Foreman hit a home run and scored three times and Teddy Cardenas pitched seven strong innings to lead the Yankees to a 13-2 win over the Braves Sunday at Kafer Park.

Foreman went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a single, a walk and three runs scored to lead the Yankee offense. Zach Bennett went 2-for-3 with two singles, two walks and three runs scored. Nate Anthony went 3-for-5 with a run scored.

Amerson leads Braves over Red Sox, Cardena pitches Yankees over Orioles in ECABL

Game Summaries

Braves top Red Sox: Doug Amerson pitched four strong innings and had two hits to lead the Braves to a 12-9 win over the Red Sox Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Braves held a 6-2 lead after four innings but the Red Sox came back to tie the score before the Braves surged past with four runs in the final inning for the win.

Yankees beat Orioles: Teddy Cardena pitched the Yankees to a 7-4 win over the Orioles Sunday at Kafer Park. Vincent Molinare hit three doubles and a single to lead the Yankee offense.

All four East Carolina Amateur Baseball League teams are now 1-1 on the young, short, fall league season.

Orioles top Braves, Red Sox out-slug Yankees

Game Summaries

The Orioles used four pitchers over seven innings to top the Braves, 4-2, Sunday, at Kafer Park.

Kevin Vanzandt, JP Whitford and Josh Edwards each tossed two innings and Oriole newcomer Joe Edreira pitched the final inning as the Orioles won their first game of the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League fall season.

This is the first year the ECABL has played a fall season, which will run just six games.

The Yankees and the Red Sox slugged it out in what for the most part was a close game.

Stellar starting pitching from the Red Sox’s William Scott kept the Yankees trailing through the third inning. The Yankees took the lead in the fourth inning and held it through the fifth, despite a lead-off solo homer to center in the bottom of the fourth by Gabriel Brown.

Hurricane Dorian postpones start of ECABL fall season

The first ECABL fall season will be postponed at least a week as Hurricane Dorian makes its way to eastern North Carolina this week.

Dorian is supposed to bring rain and heavy winds to the area beginning Thursday. The ECABL board has rescheduled its Tuesday meeting for next week. They will discuss the upcoming season, including schedules, rosters, etc. Details will be posted here and on the league's website page.

The shortened fall season will likely include four teams, each playing six games.

The season was planned to start this Sunday, Sept. 8, and now will likely start Sunday, Sept. 15.

JP Whitford, left, manager of the Orioles, receives the league championship trophy from Commissioner Doug Amerson Sunday at the post-season awards cookout.

Anthony, Vanzandt, Brown, Orioles recognized by league

The Orioles received the championship trophy Sunday as the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League recognized the 2019 summer season champions.

The ECABL was formed in 2016 but had never awarded a championship trophy until this season. The Orioles have won the championship each of the four years.

Nate Anthony was named the league MVP, Kevin Vanzandt won the league Cy Young award and Gabriel Brown won the league's first Home Run Derby on Sunday.

Anthony is a third baseman with the Yankees and led the league in home runs. Vanzandt lead the Orioles to a fourth title as the top pitcher in the league. Brown out-slugged 14 other derby contestants Sunday.

The awards were awarded Sunday as the ECABL held its first post-season cookout and awards banquet.

2019 Awards winners

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.

Location Updated

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.

Championship game

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.

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