Adult baseball allows players to keep dreams alive
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WILMINGTON -- When it comes to adult athletics in the Wilmington area, there are a wide variety of sports for someone looking to stay active. Basketball, flag football and ultimate frisbee are a few of those sports, but the Carolina Men's Baseball league is the one league where men in the area can play competitive baseball again.
"This is the sport we grew up loving, we watch on TV and we're playing our best version of it," said Adam Carden, a catcher for the Pirates of the Carolina Men's Baseball League.
The league was established to fill a void for baseball lovers in the Wilmington-Jacksonville area, who still wanted to compete on the baseball diamond.
"I came down here and I knew a bunch of people who wanted to me to play softball, but I said I'm a baseball player. After that conversation I suggested we start a league and that's how we got started in March of 2008," said Frank Amoroso, co-founder of the Carolina Men's Baseball League.
Approximately 200 players compete in the 13-team league and they are divided into three divisions, Red, White and Blue, according to their skill level. The teams hold practices on Thursdays in addition to a league-wide open practice on Saturdays. Games are held on Sunday afternoons along with occasional Tuesday night games.
A 25-game season starts in mid-April and ends in October and fitting the practices and games into real-world schedules is the biggest challenge for the players.
"The most challenging part is to play one game a week or two games a week after work. It's also tough to get to practice," said Amoroso.
The Carolina Men's Baseball League will celebrate the midpoint its season at the end of July with a father-son game and a home run derby.