Game 5 vs. Elkton- 1864 Rules:
This 2nd game of the day for the Gothams provided a much more heated battle with the Elkton Club. The Gothams jumped out to a quick lead as each of the first 5 Gothams (Collector, Slider, Scratch, Ringer, and Shoeless) reached on one-base hits and tallied an ace to put the Gothams on top 5-0 before the Maryland Club placed their first Striker to the line! But that lead was not to last for long as the Eclipse stormed right back with 5 aces of their own to tie the score an a dramatic 1st frame. The 2 clubs continued their matching pattern by both coming up scoreless in the 2nd and tallying an ace in the 3rd to finish 3 frames at 6 all.
The Gothams took advantage of the Elkton pitcher's wildness in the 4th to build up their lead as Shoeless, Stacks, and Weed all reached first on bases on balls, which were aided by Rugs and Professor's one-base hit to allow the Gothams to tally 3 times and built a 9-6 lead. The Elkton Club would not back down though, as their pitcher Chicagoed the Gothams in the 5th and 6th frames, their strikers managed to tally twice in the 5th and once in the 6th to tie the match an 9 a piece going into the 7th and final frame.
Weed led off the Gotham 7th with a base on balls and promptly pilfered 2nd base. El Presidente struck a sharp ball to 3rd to both allow Weed to tally to go ahead ace and reach 2nd base after the Eclipse 3rd base tender threw the ball away. Wombat reached first with a solid base hit and drove El Presidente home at the same instant to put the Mighty Gothams up by 2 heading into the bottom of the final frame. Trolley, the Gotham pitcher, was able to hold the tough Eclipse team scoreless and secure the victory for the Gothams by a final tally of 11-9.
The star of the game for the Gothams was undoubtedly Weed. He snared several hard struck balls with ease at shortstop, reached base 3 times on a 2-base hit and 2 bases on balls, tallied 2 aces and stole one base. Thanks to his fine play this victory also put the Gothams into the 3rd seed in tomorrow's championship round.
Individual Stats - Game 5:
Collector - 1-3, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Slider - 1-2, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Scratch - 2-2, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Ringer 1-3, 1 Ace
Shoeless - 1-2, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Rugs - 1-3, 1 Ace
Weed - 1-1, 2 BB, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Stacks - 0-2, 1 BB
Professor - 1-2, 1 BB, 1 SB
El Presidente - 2-3, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Wombat - 1-3, 2 SB
Tip Top - 0-3
Dutch - 0-2
Trolley - 0-1, 1 BB
Irv - 0-0, 2 BB, 1 Ace