The 35+ version of the Great Lakes Orioles, who like the 45+ division Great Lakes Orioles, finished in first place in the 35+ Slusser Division with a 20-4 record. Going for their sixth consecutive League Championship, the 35+ the O’s lost a highly competitive three game Championship Series to the Detroit Dodgers, two games to one. Even so, the 35+ Orioles outscored their opponents 48-19 in five playoff games. Mike Favoretto also recorded an 8-1 record for the 35+ version of the Orioles for a combined season record of 20-2; not bad for a guy who is 68 years young!
On offense the 35+ Orioles bats were lethal! The team leaders were “Digz” Edwards (.614), Chris Yates (.575), Dino Martinbianco (.521), Eric Stanczak (.519), Nate Neibauer (.512), Jason Copeland (.488), Matt Enciso (.472), Shawn Crockett (.438), Will Bromley (.438), Brian Baumann (.418), Joe Brusseau (.410), Keith Opalach (.405) and Jason Livingston (.362). They all had great seasons while accumulating over 50 at bats. Jason Copeland provided the main thump in the Orioles line up belting three home runs, eight doubles and 48 RBI. The O’s scored 291 runs during the regular season and batted .455 as a team!
The 35+ Orioles did go on to claim the 2018 Championship of the MSBL Regional Capital City Tournament in Columbus, Ohio in early October with a perfect 4-0 record.
Overall 2018 was a great year for the Great Lakes Orioles teams. The combined record for the 35+ and 45+ Orioles, including season and playoff records plus the Capital City Tournament Championship was an amazing 53-8-1.