After a harrowing trip up to Gotham by both locamotive and carriage in the driving rain, the Eclipse finally arrived in town the next morning. After disposing of the host club from New York City, the Elkton Base Ball Club set its sights on its arch nemisis, the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn. The Atlantics had given the Eclipse its worst beatings of the season in 2006 and the Elkton nine were anxious to show their improvement.
As the skies opened up, the Eclipse took the field against the Brooklyn professionals. With only a handful of compensated professionals on staff, the visitors from the south would seem like they were overmatched against some of the best players money could buy in the Mid Atlantic.
The Eclipse shocked the base ball world as the battled the Atlantics pitch for pitch, batter for batter through the first 4 innings as not a run was tallied. Elkton finally made a mistake in the field allowing for the Atlantics to take advantage and tally the first ace. In the next inning the southern visitors scapped together a talley by forcing a walk and then a stolen base put Jon Killer Kilpatrick on second base. After a fielders choice followed by a daisy cutter from the One Armed Wonder, Killer managed to score to tie the match up at 1-1. In the insuing inning, the Atlantics managed to score 5 more aces as an error in the field with 2 men retired opened the door of opportunity for the Brooklyn Club.
Elkton came right back with another ace the following inning to cut the gap to 6-2 going in to the bottom of the 8th inning. The wheels fell off the carriage though as the Eclipse simply ran out of steam and committed 10 fielding errors in the bottom of the eighth and let 5 additional runs score. The game ended with a wimper from the Eclipse and the game which was played in just 1 hour and 20 minutes according to the arbitor's pocket watch with the Atlantics walking away with an 11-2 victory yet again over the Eclipse to bring their all time record against Elkton to a perfect 4-0. The Elkton nine's most impressive pitcher, Duffy saw his 2007 record fall to a disappointing 1-3 for the year and 5-9 for his career.
Elkton looks forward to a return match to Brooklyn in August to try once again to defeat the mighty Atlantics. The Elkton Base Ball Club was thoroughly impressed with the surroundings of the day and anxiously await a return invitation for 2008 if the Gotham club so desires. It was a most enjoyable day.