The American Legion Post 38 baseball team opened its season last week with two wins in three games against Annapolis Post 7.
The June 7 opener, played while Baltimore County police investigated the scene of a shooting earlier that afternoon less than a block away that wounded an officer and a bystander and left an armed robbery suspect dead, was won by Post 38, 13-7.
(The gun battle took place three hours before the start of the game and was over long before the teams arrived for the game.)
The two teams then moved to Annapolis for a Saturday doubleheader, with Dundalk winning the second game 13-6 after dropping the first game 2-1.
The Iron Eagles’ 2-1 record puts them in a tie for third place in the Anne Arundel/North Central Division with Severna Park. Severn Post 276 is 2-0, while defending champion Cecil County is 4-1 record.
Pasadena Post 277 and Glen Burnie Post 40 are both 2-3, while Columbia Post 300 is 1-3 and Annapolis is 1-4.
Dundalk expects a rough start to the season, followed by sudden improvement.
“We’re good, but we just have a lot of starters in Ocean City for Senior Week,” Post 38 coach Dale Wood said. We’re still missing four starters, so the first two weeks of the season are going to be rough for us.”
Fortunately, Post 38 does not play Cecil County until June 27.
The Iron Eagles’ roster includes Eastern tech players Connor Bowings and Ian Tokofsky, and Kenwood graduate Shaun Dignazio. Eastern Tech baseball coach Spike McElfish is an assistant coach.
Dundalk, which won 10 or more games during each of the previous two seasons, is seeking its fourth straight winning season.
But only the division winner advances to the American Legion state tournament, so the goal is to unseat Cecil County and earn a spot in the postseason, not just finish with a winning record.
Two months into the season which started on April 2, the Eastern Baltimore County Over-40 baseball League is dealing with its usual nemesis: the elements.
It hasn’t been as bad as last season, but some teams have had two games postponed.
The league reconfigured this season, with 10 teams in two five-team divisions.
The Dodgers lead the National Division with a 6-0 record, followed by the two-time defending champion Pirates (4-1), Cubs (2-3), Diamondbacks (2-4) and Brewers (1-5).
The Rays lead the American Division at 5-2, followed by the Athletics (4-3), Royals (3-3), Astros (3-3) and Orioles (0-6).
The league plays on Sundays at 9 a.m. at five fields: Dundalk High, Patapsco High, Sparrows Point High, the American Legion Post 38 and St. Helena Park.
Dundalk is 6-10 in the ‘A’ Division of the Baltimore Beltway Senior Softball League after sweeping visiting Harford County on Monday 17-11 and 13-8.
Howard County (13-1) leads the division, followed by Glen Burnie (12-2), the Howard Shockers (1103), Dundalk, Harford County (5-9) and Carroll County Gray (5-13).
The league plays doubleheaders every Monday and Wednesday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dundalk’s home field is Stansbury Park.
Dundalk’s next home game is Wednesday when it hosts Howard County. It hosts Carroll County Gray on June 26.
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