These guys just wanna play softball. Regardless of how many obstacles life throws in front of them.
The Baltimore Beltway Senior Softball L:eague shut down the season before it started in April, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s still shut down. But many teams are started playing, forming “splinter” leagues.
One of those leagues includes the Dundalk Senior Softball team.
Dundalk started playing last week, and after sweeping visiting Kingsville on Monday at Stansbury Park, the squad is off to a 3-1 start.
This particular “splinter” league has six teams: Dundalk, Kingsville, Catonsville, Glen Burnie, Perry Hall and Bowie Gold.
The Baltimore Beltway League has 20 teams playing in four divisions.
This league started play on July 8 and will run through August 10, with each team playing doubleheaders on Monday and Wednesday starting at 10 a.m., just like the BBSSL.
Dundalk will also enter some tournaments later in the season. The league has not yet determined its playoff format.
The initial plan, to play all games at the Bachman Softball Complex, fell through. The big problem: it’s tougher for a small league to afford insurance costs than it is for a 20-team league.
Dundalk still needed insurance to play at its usual home field, Stansbury Park, but solved that by becoming affiliated with the Dundalk-Eastfield Recreation Council.
For Monday’s home opener, team members worked for two hours the night before getting the field into playable shape.
The players weren’t very concerned about the pandemic.
“We can’t wear masks while playing,” one said. “It’s too hot. We’d suffocate.”
Dundalk beat Kingsville in the first game, 9-3, then won the second game 18-4.
In the never-started BBSSL, Dundalk was in Division A, the highest division containing what are considered the five best teams.
Glen Burnie, Kingsville, Catonsville, Perry Hall and Bowie Gold made up all of what would have been Division B.
In Monday’s game, Dundalk used two five-run innings to pull away from Kingsville (five runs is the maximum that a team can score in an inning, except for the seventh).
Leading 1-0 in the second, a double by Dan Bandy and a single by Albie Cole put runners at first and third.
A sacrifice fly by Herb Amey drove in a run, With two outs, Drew Martin had an RBI single and Bobby Fantom tripled to the gap in center field to drive in two more runs.
Tom Montgomery ended the innings with an RBI single to right.
Dundalk scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning with an 8-2 lead.
With two outs and a runner on second, Dundalk had four straight singles to drive in three runs.
Singles by Bandy and Cole with the bases loaded ended the inning and Dundalk’s string of seven consecutive singles.
(The first batter in the sixth inning flew out to center.)
Dundalk protected its lead with strong defense. Amey made several good catches in right field, Phil Biedronski made a couple of running catches in centerfield.
Kingsville hit three hard line drives in the third inning, trailing 6-0 with a runner on base.
Two of the liners were snagged by third baseman Warner Wamsley, and one by shortstop Jimmy Barnes.
Dundalk executed a 6-4-3 double play in the second inning with the score 1-0, and had another double pay in the sixth when a Kingsville runner on second assumed a liner to right field would be a hit. It wasn’t.