|Jim Beers from Raymond takes home.|
On Friday night, August 2, the Southern Maine Men’s Baseball League (SMMBL), age 35+, known as the Arizona Diamondbacks, played the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach.
The SMMBL is a wooden bat league that has 25-plus and 35-plus age divisions. They feature players from all over the Greater Portland area. On the Diamondbacks, Windham/Raymond is well represented by Jim Beers of Raymond, who joined the team in 2017. Beers describes playing on the team as ‘pure heaven.’
The game had a slow start for the Diamondbacks. They got things going in the fourth inning after John Massey, #26, and Bret Urban, #29, both walked. They made it home and scored two runs.
Fast forward to the sixth inning where Urban walked and scored again, now it’s 5 to 3, Washington Nationals. The Diamondbacks kept the Nationals from scoring for three innings as they headed into the bottom of the ninth. Three runs are needed to win and two to tie. Kevin Cashman, #50, and Beers, #9, each got on base and made it home to tie the game at five.
The Diamondbacks held off the Nationals in the top of the tenth and now all the Diamondbacks needed was one run. Steve Cascio, #3, walked and Massey singled. Urban walked and now the bases were loaded, with the winning run on third. Eddie Simmons, #24, sent the ball into the outfield and Cascio scored. Diamondbacks took this game 6 to 5 and remain undefeated with a record of 9 to 0.
“It was a great game tonight. It took us a little while to get back into it - we just had to be patient...swing at strikes and good things will happen,”stated Coach Steve Casio. “This is a good group. This team has been together for a few years now and everybody comes to play...it’s a lot of fun.”