It was a hot one along the east coast this past weekend yet several matches took place involving MAVBBL clubs.
The biggest match of the day involving two MAVBBL clubs was the Eclipse from Elkton traveling down to Rockville to take on the much improved Potomac Nine from Washington DC. It was an unusual start time of 11am to accomodate the Eclipse who would later be playing in Glen Burnie to challenge the Excelsiors from Arundel at 3pm. In the first match, the Potomacs who find themselves in the top half of the league standings played a valiant match against the Eclipse showing their veteran skills. In the end though, the Eclipse held on for an 11-8 victory. Both clubs are among the oldest teams in the MAVBBL having started playing in 2006 and the skill level showed on this day.
The Eclipse next traveled to Arundel later in the day. Under brutal heat, the Elkton Nine won its second match of the day 9-2 over the upstart Excelsiors.
The biggest match of the day though involved the first place Brooklyn Atlantics traveling to Waterbury Connectictut to challenge the Connors in a two game match. The Connors who handed Elkton its only loss of the season to date is generally considered one of the finest if not finest club in New England. Atlantic took its perfect 20-0 record north to Waterbury to face the always tough Connors. Atlantic held a lead in both games, but lost two heartbreakers by one run each, both times having the tying run on base in the 9th inning. Atlantic played well, but Waterbury played better this day and earned the 4-3 and 5-4 victories. Dreambucket had 2 hits in the first game, and TC had 2 hits in the second game, including a double. They both scored 2 aces for Atlantic
In Eastern Division play, two rivals hooked up on the hot day in Maryland to play 2 games. The Chesapeake Nine from Baltimore hosted the Dauntless from Havre de Grace. In games that had not only divisional implications, but also would affect the Maryland State Championship series standings, there was a lot on the line for both clubs. In two evenly matched games, the two clubs split 21-19 and 11-9 to each walk away with a victory.