League to play games Sundays at recreation complex

Adult baseball is coming to Havelock.

The Havelock Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to make the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League an endorsed athletic association. The move allows the fledgling league to play games on the Babe Ruth field at the Havelock Recreation Complex.

Mike Soares, head of the league, briefed the board on the league during Monday night’s meeting. He said the league, in its second year, has six teams, including two from Havelock. The wood bat, hard ball league is for men between the ages of 30 and 70, though he admitted the league had two players more than 70 years old last year.

He explained that provisions are made for older players, such as not allowing them to be thrown out at first base by outfielders on a clean hit.

He said games would be played at 2 p.m. on Sundays in Havelock.

The league is scheduled for its Opening Day ceremony on April 9 at 1 p.m. at Kafer Park in New Bern. Games follow at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The first game in Havelock is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 10 and will feature the Red Sox and Nationals.

Soares said the league has about 90 players and is affiliated with the national Men’s Senior Baseball League and Men’s Adult Baseball League, which represent about 350 leagues and 40,000 members across the country. MSBL membership provides insurance, discounts for equipment and invitations to play in tournaments nationwide.

Players are still being sought to participate in the league. The cost is $180 per player to cover the costs of umpires, MSBL membership, and field fees.

The goal is for an 18-game schedule between the Havelock and New Bern fields, with play continuing through August. Soares hopes to get enough interest to send a team to the national tournament later this year in Arizona.

Anyone interested in the league can contact Soares at 949-677-6306 or go online to www.leageez.com/league/ECABL.