2019 CNCMSBL 40+ Division Champion Marlins

Sanford Marlins Defend Title by defeating the Premier Orioles to Win 40+ Championship

The #1 seed 40+ Sanford Marlins knocked off the #2 seed 40+ Premier Orioles in two straight games at USA Baseball Complex to win the 40+ Central North Carolina MSBL Championship for the second year in a row. 

40+ Division Championship Game 1

In the first game of the Championship Series, Doug Barefoot pitched six strong innings giving up only four runs on eight hits to earn the win for the Marlins.  Randy Calcutt relieved Doug in the seventh and held the Orioles to just two more runs and four hits for the rest of the game. The Marlins won the very close game 6-7, behind strong offensive efforts from Skillz McFadden (2 for 4), Dave Royek (2 for 3) and Don Montgomery (2 for 4).

The Premier Orioles, managed by Charles Orndorf, were led offensively by Vinny Stio (2 for 4), Clint Little (2 for 3), Jeff Shaeffer (2 for 4), Rob Isbell (2 for 3) and David Blaha (2 for 2). Charlie Wildes took the loss for the Orioles, but pitched a strong game. The Orioles lead 5-4 in the seventh, but the Marlins scored three in the seventh and held on to the lead the rest of the game.  


WP: Doug Barefoot  Save:  Randy Calcutt  LP:  Charlie Wildes

40+ Division Championship Game 2

In the second game, David Halley pitched seven strong innings giving up four runs on eleven hits and getting out of several men in scoring position jams.  The Orioles lead until the fifth inning when the Marlins scored two runs to take 3-2 lead.  Dan Thomson came in the eighth inning with bases loaded and no outs to get out of the inning with just two runs.  The Marlins added two more runs in the eighth and ninth inning to win and win the Championship 6 – 4.   Strong offensive performance by the Marlin’s Skillz McFadden (3 for 4) and big 2 RBI double by Dan Thomson.  The Orioles were led by Vinny Stio (2 for 5), Shannon Martin (3 for 4) and Jeff Moore (2 for 4).  Orioles Clint Little took the loss in a very close game.

David Halley (Manager) with Skillz McFadden
David Halley (Manager) with Skillz McFadden

WP: David Halley   Save: Dan Thomson   LP: Clint Little

Skillz McFadden was named the Championship M.V.P.  In two championship games, he was 5 for 8, with 3 runs, 3 RBIs, four stolen bases, a double and a triple. 

2019 CNCMSBL 50+ Division Champion Senators

Senators Win Back-to-back 50+ Division Titles

The Holly Springs Senators repeated as the champions in the over 50 division in a head to head match up with the Alamance Giants. The Senators and the Giants also faced off in last year’s championship series with the Senators coming out on top. This year was a 2 game sweep for the Senators.

USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC

The championship series began on a Saturday afternoon at the beautiful USA Baseball Complex in Cary, NC. The first quarterfinal game saw the Red’s defeat the Red Sox to advance to Sunday’s semifinal against the number one seed Senator’s. The second qualifier that day was the Fayetteville Met’s beating the Cubs to advance the semifinal game against the Giants.

On Sunday at USA Baseball the Senator’s defeated the Reds and the Giants made it past the Met’s to set up a repeat of last year’s championship series.

50+ Division Championship Game 1

Game 1 was a low scoring affair for the first six innings with Mark Simpson of the Senator’s and Pat Ferrick from the Giants on the mound keeping hitters off balance but the Senator’s bats broke out in the seventh inning and the final score was 15-3 Senators. Simpson pitched five innings of eight-hit ball with Dave Halley finishing off the Giants with two innings of no-hit relief to seal the win.

50+ Division Championship Game 2

Game 2 was played at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs and was another low scoring game with Rich Lee of the Senator’s and Paul Burmeister of the Giant’s dueling head to head with the Senator’s playing error-free baseball to secure a 6-2 victory. Both Lee and Burmeister pitched a complete game for their teams.

The managers of the two finalists were Rob Isbell for the Senators and Bob Patterson of the Giants and both deserve a world of credit for getting their teams to back-to-back finals with Patterson taking the Giants to their third finals in a row.

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What’s Your 2 Strike Approach to Hitting?

This article was originally published by Garrett Gordon on the BaseballRebellion Premium section (membership required). BaseballRebellion is a big supporter of the CNCMSBL and if you’re looking to get better, you should be talking with them.

“Widen Your Stance!” “Move Up!” “Move Back!” “Choke Up!” “Stay Late!”

Do you hear these coaching cues during games? More than likely when your son or daughter has two strikes these are the things yelled to them. Yes, they are common. But are they correct?


Often times when a hitter gets two strikes they go into pure defensive mode.  Changing their stance, choking up on the bat, just trying to get the bat to the ball.  We all have to ask ourselves is this really going to give hitters the best chance to hit the ball with two strikes.

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Ash vs Maple vs Birch Wood Baseball Bats

Back in 1965, your choice for baseball bats was fairly straight-forward. Did you prefer the Louisville Slugger like Mickey Mantle used or the Adirondack like Willie Mays. Both were made from select ash.

At the turn of the 21st century, Barry Bonds home run exploits put the spotlight on the bat he was using, and it was made out of maple.

Birch, which is more flexible like ash and dense like maple, is starting to be picked up by a growing number of big leaguers. It recently passed ash as the number two type of bat in the MLB.

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Baseball Hall of Fame in Fayetteville

Starting on Friday, March 22, and running through May 11, Picturing America’s Pastime will feature 51 framed photographs representing the Baseball Hall of Fame’s collection of approximately a quarter million images at the Fayetteville Art Council located at 301 Hay Street [map]. As an extension of the Museum’s exhibit in Cooperstown, the touring version of Picturing America’s Pastime captures the essence of an exhibit designed to show the historic link between the two American passions – baseball and photography.

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Should Your Team Be Shifting More?

Baseball teams have been shifting defensively forever. Most of us think of the modern idea of a defensive infield shift started with Lou Boudreau and what became known as the “William’s Shift” in 1946.

This photo diagram shows the positions of the Cleveland infield and outfield in the so-called “Cleveland Shift” defense against Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox during the game in Boston. This photo was made after Williams had found a chink in the defense and slapped one to the left for a single.

The first time Williams came up against this shift, he hit the ball right to Boudreau himself, standing directly between first and second base.

From that moment on, teams shifted on Williams for the rest of his career. The shift was so common that Williams once estimated it lopped about 15 points off of his lifetime batting average, and he wasn’t far off: his career splits before and after that season showed a difference of 16 points.

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Andrew Benitendi's beautiful leaping 2018 world series catch

Baseball Gloves

Your baseball glove is an extension of your baseball-self, you want to love it.

Carlos Correa makes a diving stop to rob Jean Segura, he needed to use every muscle in his body. He raced to the ball, dove, lifted his body up and tossed the ball from his glove to Marwin Gonzalez to turn a double play. 

The gloves we use today have evolved from no gloves at all in the 19th century. Some of the best defensive stars of their generation (or all-time) have become legends while using what we would now consider unusable.

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