Adult Baseball League looking for more area talent

The Coastal Crush won the over-40 Championship in 2013.

Roy Hobbs Baseball is planning for the 2014 season and looking to add more teams. The NC/SC Adult Baseball League was formed in late 2012. There are five adult amateur recreation teams in the Myrtle Beach and Wilmington areas combined.

Roy Hobbs Baseball is affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). There are more than 600 teams in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Roy Hobbs Baseball has various age groups. In the Myrtle Beach and Wilmington areas, there are two age divisions, 28 and over, and 40 and over.

65-year old catcher Steve Elias was recently at a 40 and over exhibition at Waccamaw Park at Lees Landing in Conway, "I don't have the speed I had when I was 26, but I can still handle myself, I still catch, I still have a pretty decent arm."

Eric Roberts is the 40-year old player-manager of the Coastal Crush. Roberts says his reason for still playing is simple, "For the love of the game."

Roy Hobbs Baseball has been around for 25 years. Roy Hobbs was the fictional baseball character in the book, "The Natural," written in 1952 by Bernard Malamud. It was later developed into a movie with Robert Redford playing the role of Roy Hobbs, who was drawn away from the game and returned to the diamond late in life.

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