The Central North Carolina Men’s Senior Baseball League (CNCMSBL) is drawing to a close this weekend  as the 40+ age division hold their championship series (best of 3) at the beautiful Burlington Athletic Stadium in Burlington, NC (home of the minor league Burlington Royals). This series is a surprise match up between the #3 and #4 seeded teams (Raleigh Red Sox and the Premier Orioles, respectively) which knocked off the top two seeds last weekend.

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. The first round was played on Saturday, September 23 at local high school fields. That set up the semi-final games the following day played at JP Riddle Stadium in Fayetteville; home of the  Swamp-dogsof the collegiate Coastal Plans League.

The first 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 champions.

In the 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 sign-up on the Player Registration or email info@cncmsbl.org or risbell@cncmsbl.org.

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