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North Carolina MSBL, 40+ Division
Orioles 21, Raleigh Red Sox 9
Perfect at the Plate for Birds’
Rob Isbell, CNCMSBL 50+ Division President
North Carolina Men's Senior Baseball League (CNCMSBL) season drew to a close on
September 30th as the 40+ age division held their best two out of three championship
series at the beautiful Burlington Athletic Stadium in Burlington, NC, home of
the minor league Burlington Royals. This series was a surprise match-up between
the #3 and #4 seeded teams (Raleigh Red Sox and the Premier Orioles,
respectively) who knocked off the top two seeds last weekend.
In the first
game both teams played great defense and the game was tight through eight innings.
The Orioles exploded for five runs in the ninth inning and Charlie Wildes came
in relief to get the win. Mark Simpson of the Orioles pitched
well enough to win, however the Orioles were plagued with errors
and the Red Sox pitching staff cooled off the hot bats of the Orioles
preserving a game two win for the Red Sox.
series tied at one game apiece the third game was a lopsided victory in favor
of the Orioles. The O’s tallied 21 runs and 24 hits in the contest. The
explosion of Oriole offense was followed up by a complete game dominant
pitching performance by Charlie Wildes. Wildes is credited with both wins for
the Orioles in the championship series. The Oriole offense was led by Jeff
Moore, who went five for five. Every Oriole in the lineup tallied base hits and
multiple hits were recorded by Mike Stickler, Shannon Martin, Vinny Stilo,
Charles Orndorff (Manager), Jeff Moore, Jared Stimpson, Rob Isbell, Marcus
Vegas and William Garner.
In the first
round of the 40s division playoffs the Red Sox eliminated the Blue Sox by a 10
run deficit (14-4) while the Orioles knocked off the Carrboro Athletics, 17-2. That
set up the semi-final games the following day at JP Riddle Stadium in Fayetteville, home of the Swamp-dogs of the collegiate Coastal Plans
semi-final game featured the #2 seeded Marlins vs. the #3 seed Raleigh Red Sox.The Red Sox jumped out to a 5-run lead early however the Marlins were able to
fight their way back and take the lead before giving way to the relentless Sox
by a score of 12-13. The Marlins, managed by Dave Halley, were defending
second game the #4 seeded Orioles faced the #1 seed Giants of Alamance.
Like the first game there were several lead changes and plenty of offense
throughout the contest however with some solid closing pitching and timely
hitting the Orioles were able to prevail in the end by a score of 19-14.
The CNCMSBL is looking to expand. If interested in playing in the Men's Senior Baseball
League of Central North Carolina go to www.cncmsbl.org or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.