Just 15 slots left in growing amateur baseball league

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NEW BERN – Hey sports fans! Carve out some time on Sunday afternoons this spring and summer for good, old-fashioned local baseball – wood bats and hard balls! Now embarking upon its third year, the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League hopes to add an eighth team prior to Opening Day, scheduled for Kafer Park in New Bern on Sunday, April 8.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to participate this season, please see ads on Page A-15 and Page A-21 of this newspaper. And, unlike the major leagues, spectators for every game are always admitted free!

In a brief interview this week, league commissioner, Mike Soares stressed the league is open to all adult men – young, middle-aged, and senior – players are assigned to the various teams in an effort to ensure parity and competitiveness.


“We play exactly by major league rules,” explained Soares, “with just two exceptions!” And, those deviations, he added, are in deference to players’ often older, crankier knees.

“Before the game starts, a player may declare a ‘courtesy runner’ so that if he gets on base, a teammate can come in to run the bases for him,” said Soares. “And, if a hit ball should land in the outfield, then the batter cannot be thrown out at first base.”

Needless to say, Soares knows his stuff. Call him at (949) 677-6306 to talk baseball trivia and little-known anecdotes. For example, Soares has done his research and is almost certain that baseball legend Willie Mays likely played in New Bern at Kafer Park – which is one of the two fields now used regularly by the league!