Old Bethpage, NY - 4/19/2009 - The Mighty Gothams ventured out to Long Island by ferry and horse-drawn carriage to battle for the annual New York/New Jersey cup at beautiful Old Bethpage Village. On this beautiful day the Gothams thwarted a long streak of victories by Long Island clubs to be the first club from the big city to take the great Cup back with them outside of the Village in glorious Victory. The Gothams stormed out on their quest for the Cup with a hard-fought victory over the current champions, the Mutuals of New York, by a final Tally of 15-11. Next on the Gothams schedule was a contest with the fierce Mineola Washingtons, who had earlier lost a battle to the Flemington Neshanock. On this fine day, the Mineola club could not hold back the Gotham onslaught as the Gothams were again victorious, but this time by a more decisive final tally of 22-10. By virtue of a Mutual Victory over the Flemington Club, the Gothams fine record of 2 victories to nil, The Gothams took the Cup. Huzzah!
Game 1 vs. New York Mutuals - 1864 Rules:
The Gothams began this new season with haste as the Fleet-footed Collector began the game by taking an ordinary one-base hit and making it a 2-base hit and would not stop there. He quickly took advantage of not one, but 2 wild pitches by the Mutuals pitcher to tally the Gothams 1st ace of this young season. Flytrap, Scratch, and Shoeless followed with one-base hits and a couple acts of thievery on the bases to tally twice more to give the Gothams a 3-0 lead, which unbeknownst to all would never be relinquished. Coach shut the Mutual batsmen down quickly with the aid of fine fieldwork by shortstop Flytrap and 3rd base-tender Shoeless. Zacker, Stacks, and Hanky kept the Gotham momentum with base hits and several pilfered bases to tally 2 more times in the 2nd, but it was a flurry of base hits by Dutch, with some adventurous base-running, Flytrap, Scratch Coach, Shoeless, and Wombat which led to 4 3rd inning aces and an insurmountable 9-0 lead after 3 frames were complete.
Coach continued his fine display of pitching by Chicagoing the Mutual Club for the first 4 frames. The Gothams, however, slowed their pace a bit and failed to tally in each of the 4th and 5th frames. The Gothams were led by fine fieldwork of catcher Scratch, Left Fielder Collector and shortstop Flytrap for 4 frames, but all Gothams began to falter in the 5th as they kicked the ball around to allow the Mutuals to tally twice and get a bit of momentum on their side. Collector, Flytrap, Scratch, and Coach continued their fine batting display in the 6th, with each Gotham reaching safely with one-bases hits, swiping a base and all but Coach tallying an ace to build the lead back up to 12-2. Unfortunately for the Mighty Gothams, they would not tally again until the 9th inning.
The Mutuals forced their way back into the game by finding hole after hole on the right side of the field. They tallied twice in the 6th, but were thwarted from more by a fine play by 3rd base tender Shoeless, who snared a line drive from the air and stepped on 3rd base to put the final 2 Mutuals out on one play. The Mutuals kept coming in the 7th by tallying 5 more times to bring the score to a respectable 12-9 and make it a match once more. If it weren't for the Gotham catcher Scratch field foul-tick after foul-tick the score might have reversed in the Mutuals favour. Neither team could muster an ace in the 8th frame, but thanks to Flytrap, Scratch, and Coach once again, the Gothams were able to tally thrice more to build a more comfortable lead, which could have been more had Wombat not taken 27 minutes to run from 2nd base to home before being put out at the plate. The match, was yet to end here though, as the Mutual Club would not back down. They tallied twice to get within 4 aces in the bottom of the 9th, but as the game began with the fleet-footed Collector on the bases, it ended with the fleet-footed Collector keeping Mutuals off the bases with a fine running/diving one-handed catch in left-centerfield to end the match with a 15-11 Gotham victory! This was only their 2nd victory all-time against this powerful Mutual Club…what a match it was.
Game 1 - Individual Statistics:
Collector - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 aces, 1 SB
Flytrap - 4-4, 4 Aces, 4 SB
Scratch - 4-4, 1 2B, 4 Aces, 4 SB
Coach - 3-4, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Shoeless - 2-4
Wombat - 2-4, 2 SB
Ringer - 2-4, 2 2B
Zacker - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 1 SB, 1 Over-running 1B
Grubbs - 1-3
Stacks - 2-3, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Hanky - 1-3
Dutch - 1-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Trolley - 1-3
El Presidente - 0-2
Game 2 - vs. Mineola Washingtons - 1864 Rules:
The Gothams again jumped to an early lead in this 2nd match of the day. Collector again led off the match with a base-hit and a theft of 2nd base. He tallied the 1st ace of the game on a base hit by Flytrap. Scratch, Coach, Ringer, El Presidente, and Dutch all followed suite with base hits and the pilfering of bases, with the big blow being Ringer's 3rd 2-base hit of the day. When all was said and done the Mighty Gothams had tallied 6 times before the Mineola club came to bat. The Mineola Club would tally twice in the 1st as well and were thwarted from tallying more on a fine play by the Gotham center fielder El Presidente making a fine catch and throwing a 2nd runner out at 2nd base to end the inning with the Gothams up 6-3. Shoeless, Stacks, and Collector combined to tally 2 more aces for the Gothams in the 2nd whilst Coach Chicagoed the Washingtons. A big 3-base hit by Scratch led the way to the Gothams lone ace in the 3rd, whilst Mineola tallied twice more to bring the score to 9-5 Gothams after 3 frames were finished.
After a scoreless 4th the mighty Gothams began to show their might again in the 5th to take over the match. Trolley led the way with a one base-hit, but to the surprise and delight of all, manage to use the speed that none knew existed to pilfer both 2nd and 3rd base to get the massacre started. Stacks, Grubbs, and Collector each followed with base hits and acts of thievery before Flytrap and Coach blasted 2-base hits to bring the inning total to 6 aces and a commanding 15-5 lead. No aces would tally for the Mineola club this inning. The Gothams tallied once more in the 6th in spite of poor base-running maneuvers by both Dutch and Shoeless, which seemed insignificant at the time, but when Mineola tallied twice more in their half inning the Gothams began to worry as the score was now 16-7, but Washington was more confident in their task.
Trolley again led the Gotham charge in the 7th with a 2-base hit and pilfering 3rd base before tallying his ace on a well-struck ball by Stacks. Grubbs, Collector, Flytrap, Coach & Zacker all followed with safely struck ball, thefts of bases and 4 more aces. Neither team would tally again until the 9th frame when El Presidente, Shoeless, and Trolley smashed their way to 2 more aces and a 22-7 lead going into the bottom of the final frame. The Mineola club would not go down meekly though, they managed to tally 3 times before being put out for good, leaving the final tally in the Gothams favour at 22-10.
Overall, on this beautiful afternoon in the fine town of Old Bethpage, 4 clubs battle hard and fairly, but in the end it was the Mighty Gothams that were victorious in the battle to claim their first New York/New Jersey Cup championship. Until next time…Huzzahh!!!
Game 2 - Individual Statistics:
Collector - 4-4, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Flytrap - 3-4, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Scratch - 4-5, 1 3B, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Coach - 3-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Zacker - 2-5, 1 SB
Wombat - 1-5, 2 SB
Ringer - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
El Presidente - 2-4, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Dutch - 2-4, 1 SB
Hanky - 0-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Shoeless - 3-4, 2 2B, 2 Aces
Trolley - 3-4, 2 2B, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Stacks - 3-4, 3 Aces, 5 SB
Grubbs - 2-3, 2 Aces, 2 SB