Allentown, NJ - 10/13/2007 - As the fierce battle between the North and South took a brief respite, the Gothams, representing the Union, and the Neshanock, representing the Confederacy entered the battlefield to play the divided nation's cherished game of base ball. The sun shone brightly on the Northern club on this day as they marched over the South in a fashion not seen since Sherman was in charge. The Gothams tallied ace after ace and stomped on through to win the war by a final tally of 24-7.
Game 1 - 1864 Rules:
The Gothams came out strong to start their battle with the Flemington club. Flytrap reached on a one-base hit to begin the contest, stole his way to 2nd and tallied the games first ace when Coach struck in the same manor. Scratch then began his prolific and historic march on the Gotham record books, by bringing home Coach by reaching on a 2-base hit, which was the 21st such hit of his career to break Spike's all-time Gotham record for 2-base hits. After swiping 3rd base, Scratch tallied the 1st of his 6 aces on the day on a one-base hit by Dream, whose 2 acts of thievery allowed him to tally another ace on a fly ball to left by Shoeless. This gave the Gothams a 4-0 lead that would be the start of something special. The Neshanock appeared to be ready for a quick comeback in their portion of the 1st, when their 1st 2 strikers reached base safely, but with runners on 2nd and 3rd, Coach, the Gotham pitcher benefited by some fine field work. The Gotham's muffin centerfielder, Collector, made a fine catch on the fly for the 1st hand, which was followed by an amazing catch of a foul ball on the bound by Flytrap the left fielder, and finally topped off by a snare of a smoked line drive by shortstop Dream for the final out to preserve Coach's Chicagoing of the Neshanock and possibly dismantling any hopes for the Southern club on this day.
The Neshanock's crafty pitcher Bobby Chicagoed the Gothams in order in the 2nd. The Neshanock were able to tally an ace in the 2nd, but were denied from tallying more aces on a fine double play turned by the Gothams, when Scratch made a fine catch of a foul tick behind the plate for the 1st out and fired to Coach, who performed the hokey-pokey around the pitchers box and finally threw to Trolley, the 1st base-tender for the final hand-down. Coach topped his earlier foolhardiness with a one-base hit to start the 3rd and tallied his ace on Scratches 6th career 3-base hit breaking another all-time Gotham record previously held by Shoeless. Scratch tallied another ace on a base on balls by Dream. However, the highlight or lowlight of the inning came when Collector stormed into 3rd base in an attempted act of thievery only to be thwarted by Dream, who just happened to be the Gotham runner already on 3rd! He was off course tagged out afterwards. The Neshanock tallied one ace themselves, to bring the tally to 6-2 in the Gothams favor after 3 frames.
The Union soldiers led the way for the Gothams during their vicious attack in the forth. Nick and Kevin, each wearing Union garments reached on one-base hits and swiped 2nd. Trolley followed suit and after 2 hands were down the attack really began. Scratch reached on a base on balls and promptly swiped both 2nd and 3rd base to become only the 3rd Gotham to record his 100th career theft of a base. Dream, Shoeless, Collector and Dutch all followed with additional hits to tally 7 aces in the inning to build an insurmountable lead. After 2 Neshanock aces tallied, the Gothams tallied 5 more times in the 5th on hits by Trolley, Flytrap, Coach, Scratch, Dream, and Collector. Coach Chicagoed the Neshanock for the 2nd and 3rd times in the 5th and 6th frames, whilst Nick continued to represent the Union army in proud fashion by blasting a 3-base hit and tallying on fellow soldier Chris' one base hit to give the Gothams a 19-4 lead.
The Gotham attack continued in the 7th on Flytrap's one-base hit, an ill-advised theft of 2nd, which nearly caused both a Union and a Confederate sniper to fire a shot at him for his lack of sportsmanship. But Coach followed with a 2-base hit and Scratch with a 3-base hit and Collector's 4th hit of the game to help the Gothams tally thrice more. After the Neshanock tallied an ace the Gothams built further on this massacre when Union soldier Doug smashed a 2-base hit, and tallied an ace on a one-base hit by fellow Union soldier Brandon. Then some tomfoolery occurred as Trolley reached 1st base on what scorekeeper, the retired Spike, called an error on the 1st base-tender. If not for that deceitful scorekeeping, Trolley would have tied Spike for the all-time Gotham record for hits. Coach Chicagoed the Southern club for the 4th time in the 8th. Scratch finished his historic game by blasting his 5th hit of the game, a 2-base hit and tallying his 6th and the Gothams 24th and final ace of the game on muffin Collectors 6th hit in 6 plate appearances in his 1st ever game. Aside from the spectacular striking feats by Scratch and Collector, Dream at shortstop, Flytrap in left field, and Shoeless at 3rd base all displayed the finest fieldwork that has been seen in some time.
The Neshanock did manage to tally twice more in the 9th, but on this day the Northern club supported by the Union army was the victor by a final tally of 24-7.
Game 1 - Individual Stats:
Flytrap - 3-7, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Coach - 4-8, 1 2B, 4 Aces, 2 SB, 1 Win
Scratch - 5-6, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 BB, 6 Aces, 3 SB
Dream - 4-5, 1 BB, 3 Aces, 5 SB
Shoeless - 1-5, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Collector - 6-6, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Dutch - 1-6
Nick - 2-4, 1 3B, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Kevin - 1-2, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Trolley - 3-5, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Doug - 1-1, 1 Ace
Chris - 1-2
Brandon - 1-1
Game 2 - 1864 Rules:
The Neshanock started off well in the 2nd game by tallying an ace in the top of the 1st to take their 1st lead of the game, but things took a horrible turn for this New Jersey club when just as the returned to the field the Union army opened fire at will leaving the field a bloody mess and ending this game on a sad note.
The Gothams played well on this beautiful yet tragic day. Until next time…Huzzah!!!