The college baseball season is over for all but a handful of teams, but a lot of people don’t realize that baseball doesn’t end for many collegiate players each June. Many players take every available opportunity to continue playing and improve their skills.
Summer baseball leagues for college players are all over the nation, and one of them is the Old North State League, a collection of 12 teams from North Carolina made up of players from various college programs. One of the teams is the Sanford Spinners.
The Spinners include several players from Lee and surrounding counties who are currently playing college baseball. While some ONSL teams are playing as soon as the weekend, the Spinners will debut on Monday at 7 p.m. against the Fayetteville Chutes.
The Spinners and all other teams in the league will play a 30-game season that ends in late July. Several doubleheaders are on the schedule. Seventeen of the team’s games will be at home.
The Old North State League is in its third season of operation. A team representing the Triad won the title in 2019 and one representing Guilford County won in 2020. The ONSL plans further expansion in the future.
Most teams include players who played their high school ball in the area the team represents. The Spinners are no exception, as their team colors are orange, columbia blue, navy and black, colors that are represented at local high schools. Spinners home games are played at Tramway Park, although they hope to move to the new sports complex that was approved last year as soon as it is built.
Admission to ONSL games is free for children 10 and under. Everyone else pays $6 for a single game ticket and $10 for a doubleheader.