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Game planned for Sunday cancelled

The final game planned to end the ECABL season has been cancelled.

Too few players signed up by Wednesday's deadline to allow enough time to create teams and continue with the planning.

The ECABL board will be meeting in December to start planning for the 2021 season, which typically starts in March. Registration details will be announced after that meeting. Early registration for the season typically begins in January.

Twice-postponed picnic, home run derby set for Sunday with slightly earlier start time

Weather forecast is favorable

The cookout, a home run derby, awards ceremony and 50-50 raffle that has been postponed twice because of weather has been rescheduled for this Sunday (Nov. 8) at Kafer Park.

Free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad and drinks will be served starting at 2 p.m. to all league players and their accompanying family members.

League award winners will be recognized at 2:30 p.m., followed by the home run derby at 2:45 p.m. Anyone can enter the home run derby for $10. The fee guarantees the hitter 10 outs in the first round.

In the first round of the derby, the hitter gets 10 outs or five minutes to hit as many homers as possible. A hitter can buy up to five additional outs prior to beginning the at-bat. To move on to the second round, a hitter must hit at least five home runs.

The second round of the derby gives the hitter 10 outs or five minutes. The person with the most home runs wins.

A pitcher will be provided for the derby. However, hitters can choose their own pitcher (father, brother, grandfather, son, best friend, wife, etc.) to pitch to them.

The ECABL will be selling 50-50 raffle tickets at the Sunday event. Tickets are one for $2 and three for $5. The league has been and will continue to sell raffle tickets for a custom, lighted cornhole set. Tickets for the cornhole raffle are $10 each. The drawings for both raffles will be held at the event. You do not need to be in attendance to win.

Also during the event, the league will take sign-ups for a few upcoming games. There will be two games for two age divisions -- 35 and older, and 18 and 34. Details, such as cost and requirements, will be available at the event and later posted on the league's website and Facebook page.

The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be around 74 when the event begins. There is a chance of rain, but any rain is expected to be light and short-lived. There will be limited bleacher seating so people are encouraged to bring their own chairs. COVID-19 precautions should be taken. Social distancing and masks are encouraged.

Itinerary

  • 2 p.m. | Food is served

  • 2:30 p.m. | Awards given out

  • 2:45 p.m. | Home Run Derby begins

  • Raffle tickets will be sold during the event

  • Sign-ups for upcoming games

  • Bring your own chairs

Commissioner's corner

I have postponed the picnic and the accompanying events due to the threat of bad weather. I want this to be a great event.

The cornhole drawing will take place no later than Sunday, Nov. 8, no matter what else we may plan.

Please bear with me as I attempt to make this happen.

Thank you

-- Doug Amerson

Impending weather postpones picnic, home run derby a second time

What? There's no rain outside. Well, there's gonna be, so the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League has postponed for a second time its season-ending cookout, home run derby and awards ceremony.

Radar shows storms moving across through the east, and the weather forecast projects a heavy storm at around 1 p.m. Because food needs to be purchased just prior to the event, organizers did not want to risk a sudden cancellation because of the storm.

The event has been move to next Sunday, Nov. 8.

Rain postpones season-ending event

For the second year in a row, rain has postponed the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League cookout, home run derby and awards ceremony.

The event has been moved to next Sunday, Nov. 1.

The Red Stros and the Pirates shake hands after the 2020 Championship game. The Red Stros won, 11-0.

Brown tosses 1-hit shutout, Melendez hits two homers to lead the Red Stros to Championship

Jayson Melendez hit two home runs and Gabriel Brown tossed a one-hit shutout lead the Red Stros over the Pirates 11-0 and win the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League Championship.

The Red Stros took a 2-0 lead in the third inning behind a single by Chris Perry, a walk by Dan Ventry and a single by Michael Pacacha.

The Red Stros added two in the fourth inning on back-to-back solo home runs by Melendez and Dom Byrnes to take a 4-0 lead.

The Red Stros broke the game open in the fifth inning, scoring five runs on singles by Alarie Elks and Pacasha, a two-run double by Brown and a two-run homer by Melendez.

The Red Stros completed the scoring in the sixth inning with two more runs on a walk by Trey Elks and hits by Neil Coffield and Perry.

For the Red Stros offense Perry was 2-for-2 and Pacacha was 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. Brown was 2-for-3 with three 3 RBI. Melendez 2-for-3 with two homers. Byrnes was 1-for-3 with a homer. Alarie Elks was 1-for-3 with a single and two 2 RBI.

Brown struck out 10. He gave up a fifth inning single to Tom Hendrickson and surrender three walks, but held the Pirates scoreless while picking up the win.

Game Notes

  • Meinjohans strikes out 15

  • Parker Mills strikes out 10

  • Pirates held to three hits

  • Randy Mason hits two-run homer

  • Orioles championship reign ends after four seasons

Meinjohans strikes out 15, Pirates advance to ECABL championship game

Ben Meinjohans struck out 15 and pitched a complete game, leading the Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Orioles and punching their ticket to the league championship game on Sunday.

The Pirates scored runs in the first, third and sixth innings and had a 3-0 lead going into the last inning.

Randy Mason hit a two-run homer to pull the Orioles within one, but Meinjohans struck out the final two batters to end the game.

Parker Mills pitched a complete game for the Orioles, giving up only three hits and one earned run while striking out 10.

Danny Thompson, Nick Hunter and Meinjohans each went 1-for-2 to lead the Pirates offense.

Mason went 1-for-2 with a homer and a walk to lead the Orioles offense. Matt Weaver and Parker Mills went 1-for-3.

The win advances the Pirates to the league championship game Sunday (10-18-2020), where they will play the Red Stros at 4 p.m. at Kafer Park. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but a lighting issue at Kafer Park caused a safety concern and the game was moved to 4 p.m.

The Orioles' loss means the ECABL will have a new champion for the first time since its beginning. The Orioles have won the title the previous four seasons.

NON-GAME NOTE: League prayers go out to Kevin Vanzandt, who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident Friday. Vanzandt is currently at a hospital in Greenville with severe injuries.

Red Stros, Pirates to play for championship

Chris Perry drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the bottom of the fifth inning to help the Red Stros past the Yankees, 7-6, Saturday in the second round of the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League post-season tournament.

The Yankees jumped out to a three run lead in the first inning. Zack Bennett, Quentin Montemanano and Ryan Foreman singled consecutively. All three scored on Micah Caroon's fielder's choice and Chris Griffin's double.

The Red Stros came back with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jacob Fink reached on an error to lead off the inning. Michael Pacacha and Mike Zier each singled. Both Fink and Pacacha scored.

The Red Stros took command in the second inning, scoring four runs on singles by Fink, Dan Ventry, a walk by Neil Coeffield and a double by Trey Elks.

The Yankees scored two in the third inning to cut the lead to one, 6-5. Foreman reached on an error and Caroon hit a two-run homer.

Both teams added a run in the fifth inning to cap the scoring.

The Yankees threatened in the top of the seventh inning with a lead off single by Montemanano followed by double to left by Foreman. Caroon was intentionally walked to load the bases. Melendez struck out Griffin, got Teddy Cardenas to fly out to center and got Curtis Hall to ground out to second base to close the game.

Zier pitched five innings and Melendez pitched two for the Red Stros.

Elks was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Melendez was 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the Red Stros. Pacacha, Zier, and Ventry were 1-for-3. Fink was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

Montemanano and Foreman each went 2-for-3 to lead the Yankees offense. Bennett went 2-for-4 and Caroon went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer.

The Red Stros advance to the championship game at 4 p.m. against the Pirates. The Pirates beat the Orioles, 3-2, Saturday.

Game Notes

  • Micah Caroon hits two-run homer

  • Trey Elks goes 3-for-3

  • Yankees loaded the bases in the seventh and stranded all runners

Second round games set for Saturday, championship game Sunday

The Red Stros will host the Yankees at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Orioles hosting the Pirates at 7 p.m.

The second round of the Eastern Carolina Amateur Baseball League post-season tournament was postponed last weekend because of rain and field flooding.

The second round will be played Saturday with the winners of each game moving on to the championship game at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Weather postpones second-round games

Today's games for second round of the ECABL post-season tournament have been postponed due to weather. Make-up dates will be announced shortly.

Pirates advance in tournament, beat Cubs 13-2

Dom Totten hit a three-run homer to propel the Pirates to the second round of the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League tournament.

The Pirates jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. The Pirates added a run in the third inning, seven in the fourth inning and one in the sixth.

Lawrence Davidson pitched two innings, giving up two runs while striking out two. Alex Vizcarrondo pitched five shutout innings to close the game.

The Pirates move on to play the Orioles at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Yankees club Braves, 12-2, advance to play Red Stros

Noah Caroon went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, and Teddy Cardenas gave us two runs while pitching a complete game as the Yankees beat the Braves, 12-2, and advanced to the second round of the ECABL tournament.

The Yankees scored two runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead. The Braves scored one run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to five. The Yankees added four runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth inning. The Yankees added a run in the sixth but never mounted a comeback.

Rusty Nobles went 2-for-3. Micah Caroon, Chris Griffin and Ryan Foreman went 2-for-4 to lead the Yankees.

Alberto Sosa went 3-for-4 and Sean Garbarino went 2-for-2 with two runs scored for the Braves.

The Yankees will play the Red Stros at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

3 Orioles hit 2 run bombs, finish second in standings

Brock Rouse, Sam Lee and Parker Mills each hit two-run homers to power the Orioles to a 14-9 win over the Braves Sunday at Kafer Park.

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Red Stros shutout Cubs, take first place in ECABL standings

Three Red Stros pitchers combined to shutout the Cubs, 5-0, Sunday, helping the Red Stros take first place in the regular-season standings of the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League.

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Pirates slug Yankees, finish third in regular-season standings

Alex Vizcarrondo pitched a complete game and Dom Totten hit a two-run homer to lead the Pirates to a 9-6 win over the Yankees Sunday at Kafer Park.

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Week 14

Holy cow, Cubs win, club Braves

Cubs 19, Braves 6: Bill Little pitched a complete game and the Cubs feasted on Braves pitching, giving the Cubs their first win of the season.

Orioles 11, Pirates 2: The Orioles used 11 stolen bases and stole home twice when the Pirates were distracted, running to an 11-2 win Sunday at Kafer Park.

Red Stros 10 Yankees 6: Michael Pacacha drove in four runs and the Red Stros overcame a three-run homer by Ryan Foreman as the Red Stros beat the Yankees, 10-6.

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Week 13

Whitford's slam, 7 RBI leads Orioles over Cubs

Orioles 24, Cubs 6: J.P. Whitford hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs to lead the Orioles past the Cubs, 24-6 Sunday at Kafer Park.

Red Stros 5, Pirates 3: Dom Byrnes hit a homer for the second consecutive game to lead the Red Stros to a 5-3 win over the Pirates Sunday at Kafer Park.

Braves 11, Yankees 8: Adam Amerson hit a home run, and the Braves held off a late rally to win, 11-8, over the Yankees Sunday at Kafer Park.

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Week 12

Mills, Cherry and Mason use long ball to beat Stros

Orioles 12, Red Stros 8: Parker Mills, Brandon Cherry and Randy Mason each hit solo home runs to lead the Orioles over the first-place Red Stros, 12-8.

Yankees 11, Cubs 8: A big first inning and a Cubs rally falling short helped the Yankees to an 11-8 win over the Cubs Sunday at Kafer Park.

Pirates 13, Braves 10: Bill Scott and Dom Totten each hit three-run homers and Jaren Vizcarrondo went 3-for-4 to lead the Pirates over the Braves, 13-10.

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Week 11

Brown's two homers, Melendez's slam power Red Stros

Red Stros 22, Braves 9: Gabriel Brown drove in six runs with two, three-run homers and Jayson Melendez hit a grand slam as the Red Stros beat the Braves, 22-9.

Orioles 6, Yankees 0: Three Orioles pitchers and two diving defensive stops helped the Orioles to a 6-0 win over the Yankees Sunday at Kafer Park.

Pirates 4, Cubs 3: The Pirates scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to come from behind and beat the Cubs, 4-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

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The Braves score one of their four runs as they edge the Orioles, 4-3, at Kafer Park.

Week 10

Amerson's sacrifice leads to Braves win over Orioles

Braves 4, Orioles 3: A sacrifice bunt by Doug Amerson in the bottom of the seventh helped the Braves top the Orioles, 4-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Red Stros 19, Cubs 3: Jason Melendez hit two home runs and drove in six runs to lead the Red Stros over the Cubs, 19-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Pirates 19, Yankees 11: Tom Ireland went 5-for-5 and drove in seven runs to lead the Pirates over the Yankees, 19-11, Sunday at Kafer Park.

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Week 9

Mike Zier's walk-off grand slam helped move the Red Stros into a share of first place.

Zier's walk-off grand slam move Red Stros into 1st

Red Stros 7, Yankees 3: Mike Zier hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to power the Red Stros past the Yankees, 7-3, Sunday.

Braves 5, Cubs 3: John Peterson and Jeffrey Small combined to hold the Cubs to three runs as the Braves topped the Cubs, 5-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Orioles 9, Pirates 3: Parker Mills pitched a complete game and the Orioles's defense threw out two runners at the plate on their way to a 9-3 win over the Pirates.

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Week 8

Caroon's sixth-inning smash keeps Yankees in first place in ECABL

Yankees 7, Braves 2: Micah Caroon hit a three-run homer and Teddy Cardenas tossed a complete game to lead the Yankees to a 7-2 win over the Braves Saturday at Kafer Park.

Orioles 11, Cubs 2: J.P. Whitford had a shutout going into the final inning and Dahlton O'Neal hit a grand slam in the first inning to power the Orioles to an 11-2 win over the Cubs Saturday at Kafer Park.

Red Stros 8, Pirates 3: The Red Stros capitalized on walks and a three- run homer by Chris Perry to score all eight of their runs in the first inning on their way to beating the Pirates 8-3, Saturday afternoon at Kafer Park.

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Week 7

Foreman leads Yankees over Cubs to keep Yankees in first place

Yankees 10, Cubs 7: Ryan Foreman drove in four runs and pitched a complete game to lead the Yankees to a 10-7 win over the Cubs Sunday at Kafer Park.

Pirates 8, Braves 7: The Pirates scored two in the seventh to edge the Braves, 8-7 for their second come-from-behind win over the Braves this season.

Red Stros 12, Orioles 1: Mike Zier, Gabriel Brown and Jayson Melendez each homered to lead the Red Stros past the Orioles, 12-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

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Week 6

Red Stros quiet Braves bats, win 6-1

Red Stos 6, Braves 1: Red Stros pitching held the Braves offense to one run and Jayson Melendez went 2-for-3 to lead the Red Stros over the Braves, 6-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Pirates 8, Cubs 2: Xander Vizcarrondo clubbed two home runs and Dom Totten pitched three innings as the Pirates stayed in second place with an 8-2 win over the Cubs.

Yankees 4, Orioles 3: The Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat the Orioles, 4-3, Sunday and complete their third consecutive come-from-behind win and move into sole possession of first place.

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Week 5

Red Stros stifle Cubs offense in 11-1 victory

Red Stros 11, Cubs 1: Kirk Williams held the Cubs to one run over three innings, and two relievers tossed scoreless innings as the Red Stros topped the Cubs, 11-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Orioles 7, Braves 2: J.P. Whitford gave up one run in four innings and Parker Mills went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead the Orioles to a 7-2 win over the Braves Sunday at Kafer Park.

Yankees 3, Pirates 2: Ben Meinjohans struck out 10 Yankees, but costly errors hurt the Pirates as they fell to the Yankees, 3-2, Sunday at Kafer Park

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Week 4

Pirates slug Orioles to pull into first-place tie

Pirates 13, Orioles 4: Ben Meinjohans struck out 10 in five innings and Xander Vizcarrondo hit a grand slam to lead the Pirates to a 13-4 win over the Orioles to move into a first-place tie in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings.

Braves 17, Cubs 5: Jeffrey Small pitched a complete game and held the Cubs to five runs as the Braves picked up their first win of the season, 17-5 over the Cubs.

Yankees 3, Red Stros 2: Ryan Foreman's smash off the center field fence scored Jack Wu as the Yankees beat the Red Stros, 3-2 in extra innings Sunday at Kafer Park.

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Cubs fall to Yankees, 19-4, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Week 3

Timely defense helps Pirates come from behind to beat Braves

Pirates 8, Braves 7: Nick Hunter saved a couple of run with a diving catch with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and Pirates scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Braves, 8-7, Saturday at Kafer Park.

Orioles 6, Red Stos 1: Kevin Vanzandt pitched a complete game to lead the Orioles to a 6-1 win in the battle of the unbeatens Saturday at Kafer Park.

Yankees 19, Cubs 4: Teddy Cardenas pitched a complete game and Ryan Foreman went 3-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI to lead the Yankees to a 19-4 win over the Cubs.

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Week 2

Byrnes, Melendez lead Red Stros offense over Pirates, 6-4

Red Stos 6, Pirates 4: Dom Byrnes went 2-for-2 and scored two runs and Jayson Melendez hit two 2-run homers to lead the Red Stros to a 6-4 win over the Pirates Sunday at Kafer Park.

Yankees 5, Braves 1: Ryan Foreman pitched a four-hit complete game and homered to lead the Yankees over the Braves, 5-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Orioles 5, Cubs 0: J.P. Whitford pitched five shutout innings and the Orioles defense turned two double plays as the Orioles improved to 2-0 with a 5-0 win over the Cubs.

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The Yankees topped the Braves, 5-1, Sunday at Kafer Park. The Yankees are now 1-1 on the season. The Braves fall to 0-2.

Week 1

Red Stros top Braves, Orioles win rematch, Pirates top Cubs

Red Stros 6, Braves 2 | Jayson Melendez hit a 3-run homer and held the Braves to two runs as the Red Stros topped the Braves, 6-2, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Orioles 12, Yankees 4 | Brandon Cherry hit a 2-run homer and Kevin Vanzandt kept Yankees hitters off balance as the Orioles beat the Yankees, 12-4, Sunday in a rematch of last season's championship game.

Pirates 10, Cubs 3 | Lee Ashburn went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI to lead the Pirates over the Cubs in a darkness-shortened game Sunday night.

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Jayson Melendez fires to the plate during the Red Stros top the Braves, 6-2, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Season starts Sunday, strict guidelines must be followed

The season-opener for all teams of the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League will be Sunday, June 7.

The ECABL board of directors got the approval of city parks officials that Kafer Park will be available for use if COVID-19 recovery guidelines are strictly followed.

The guidelines were discussed and approved by the ECABL board and the city Parks Department. Players and coaches must familiarize themselves with the guidelines and follow each of them. Spectators also will have to follow guidelines if they are to be in the park.

To review the guidelines, click here. The schedule has been updated.

Season on hold due to Coronavirus

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns and by guidance from local, state, and federal authorities, the ECABL board met March 16 to discuss alternative scheduling for 2020 summer season. The City of New Bern has informed the ECABL that all parks and recreation facilities are closed until further notice. This includes Kafer Park and other facilities in the local area.

If the season starts on or before Memorial Day, the existing schedule will be executed AS IS and go continuously as originally planned, into the fall months.

The ECABL board will continue to assess the season schedule on a week-by-week basis, pending city mandates for recreational use of parks and facilities. If the city authorizes use of field, ECABL board will make a decision to begin play and start the season immediately.

Notification from the league may be made to start season at any time leading up to game day (Saturday notifications included) based upon guidance from the City of New Bern. The season will not begin Sunday, March 22. The ECABL will provide updates as they become available.

Season-opener delayed, registration will continue

The Coronavirus has delayed the opening of the ECABL season. The league expects the season to begin as some point when the city of New Bern opens Kafer Park and other facilities. Until that time, registration for the upcoming season will continue.

All players must be registered and paid up seven days prior to the first game of the season to be eligible to play in the first game of the season.

The registration fee is $180 per player, which does not include uniform costs.

For additional registration details and to register, click here. If you have registered and want to pay your fees electronically, click here.

ECABL rules updated

The East Carolina Amateur Baseball League has updated its rules for the 2020 season. Players should read the updated rules before the season begins.

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ECABL loses "family" member

Pirates player Keon Smith lost his father last month. Smith's parents supported the league and attended all Pirates games last year.

The East Carolina Amaterur Baseball League's thoughts are with Smith and his family.

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How would you like to hear about rain outs and other ECABL news?

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