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Official Review by Richard Smith, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Youse’s Orioles, or as they are also known, Youse’s Maryland Orioles, have been around quite a long time. Since 1952, they have been playing baseball around the Baltimore area. They have won 29 All American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) Championships, even as recently as 2013. The team is named after Walter Youse, who coached the team for 48 years until his death in 2005.
The team has a roster filled with players from Mississippi, Delaware, Virginia and even the local community college, CCBC Dundalk, on their roster. The history of the team is filled with players who have made the major leagues after playing with the organization. Current Baltimore Orioles prospect Steve Clevenger joins that list, which also includes Baseball Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Al Kaline.
The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League began in 2005 and the name honors both Cal Senior and Junior. The wood-bat league is part of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, the same sanctioning body as the Cape Cod and New England Collegiate Baseball Leagues.
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There are no actual concessions at Bachman Park, but the softball fields in the same complex have a food stand with good prices. The softball fields are seemingly in use more often than the baseball field, so getting food there should not be an issue.
Hot dogs are $2.50, hamburgers and cheeseburgers are $4/$4.50 and a nine-inch cheese pizza is $5.75. Sodas are $2.50.
A good option is to bring your own food. There are no restrictions in doing so, and the open areas around the baseball field would make an ideal picnic area.
There are only three small metal bleachers surrounding the field. Most fans bring their own folding chairs. The smartest fans also bring a small sun shade or tent, especially for long daytime doubleheaders.
The field lacks almost any amenity, although there is an announcer who also happens to distribute roster sheets. The park does not even have a scoreboard. The lack of a scoreboard is the biggest fault of this otherwise fine field. Well, that and some seating. And anything besides a porta-potty for bathroom trips.
The atmosphere is still pretty good, as the quality of players in the league makes those in attendance realize they are watching a great level of play. The field is also in seemingly good shape.
Bachman Park is an intriguing place. Glen Burnie is not often considered the most exciting place around. It is a non-stop strip of shopping malls that run south along Governor Richie Highway from the Baltimore Beltway towards Severna Park or Annapolis. But this complex is tucked in a lovely wooded area that is next to United States Army Reserve land and across from a Home Depot. The Curtis Bay US Coast Guard Yard is also right down the road.
Being so close to shops and restaurants means that attending the game here will give a fan many pre and post-game options. All the normal fast food options are around, with a McDonalds being the closest, as they are in that Home Depot Center. For quick food, the best options are Wingstop at 6710 Governor Ritchie Highway, Checkers (1417 North Crain Highway) and Maria D's Sub Shop at 111 North Crain Highway. Mo's Seafood Factory (7146 Ritchie Highway) may be your best bet for a little higher level of dining. Cafe Bretton in nearby Severna Park (849 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard) may also be worth a drive for some fine French dining.
There are not a lot of fans who attend games. The ones who do tend to be friends or family of the players involved. They are a knowledgeable bunch, and cheer and jeer at all the correct times.
It is interesting to see the level of fan interest paid to the Cal Ripken Collegiate League teams in the Baltimore area, compared to the teams in the DC area. The Bethesda Big Train runs a complete minor league level experience for their fans, and most of those other DC-area teams try to do so, as well, at varying levels. But only the Baltimore Redbirds truly come close.
Access is a strong part of Bachman Park. It is located near I-695, Route 10 and Governor Richie Highway, and is just across the Francis Scott Key Bridge from eastern Baltimore County.
Parking lots may fill quickly if there are softball games also going on. And it seems like softball games are always going on. You should still be able to find parking on a lot or in overflow grass areas. Just be careful to stay out of foul ball territory.
A porta-potty is the only bathroom at the field itself, although full bathrooms are open at the nearby softball fields.
The games are free to attend. And the food at the nearby concession stand is cheap and of good quality. You will certainly not go broke at a night out here.
The level of play of this summer college league is very good. The rosters are filled with players at high-level college programs, so you will see good baseball.
Stop at the nearby softball fields and watch a game at one of the six fields in the complex. The weekend warriors swarm the area and play some intense games.
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association holds their girls fast-pitch semi-final tournament at the complex yearly, so you may see some other softball players besides just the usual beer-league type. Coppin State baseball also plays an occasional game at the complex when their usual home at Joe Cannon Stadium is unavailable.
The experience at Bachman Park is better than you would expect. The area nearby is the most exciting, but this tree-lined sports complex makes for an enjoyable day or night of baseball.
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7146 Ritchie Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
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