April 20, 2008
Game 1 - Gothams 19 - Brooklyn Excelsiors 10
Game 2 - New York Mutuals 16 - Gothams 3
Old Bethpage, LI - The seemingly endless winter departed just in time to allow the mighty Gotham nine to play base ball for the first time in 2008 on an overcast afternoon against the Brooklyn Excelsiors and the New York Mutuals as part of the annual NY/NJ Cup. Unfortunately, after winning the first game 19-10 against the Excelsiors, the Gothams were beaten by the Mutuals16-3, as the Mutuals successfully defended their Cup.
Game 1 vs. Brooklyn Excelsiors - 1864 Rules:
The Mighty Gothams began the season on a positive note this year by winning their first match of this new season. The battle was hard and tough at the beginning against their fine opponent, the Brooklyn Excelsiors. The Excelsiors took advantage of the Gothams porous field work at the beginning to take a 5-1 lead after 3 frames were completed. Then the Gotham strikers struck back with a vengeance to tally 5 times in the 4th inning and 9 times in the 5th inning to build an insurmountable 15-5 lead. In the punishing 5th frame, every Gotham managed to reach base safely and tally an ace, except for Wombat, who somehow managed to make 2 of the 3 Gotham outs. Stacks pitched masterfully the rest of the way to preserve the opening day victory for the Gothams by a 19-10 tally.
3 Gotham muffins made their debut in this match; Professor, Frosty, and Flash. Professor displayed superb field work as a first time 3rd base tender, even catching a hard hit line drive by Blue Streak some 30 feet into foul ground. Frosty and Flash each contributed by reaching base safely twice and tallying twice as well. Another notable in the moment in the match was when the Gotham catcher Wombat initiated a double play by stepping on home plate and swiftly hurling the ball to Shoeless at first to end the 2nd inning. This helped to thwart the sting of his inexpliquetly being put out at first, when walking away from the base after reaching it safely in the top half of the inning. Stacks and Trolley also managed to make tomfoolery work to their advantage when Stacks intentionally threw a wild pitch to entice the Excelsiors Daffy to tally from 3rd base, but Trolley used his lightening speed to capture the base ball and throw it back to Stacks covering the plate for an easy out.
Scratch was the matches star striker by reaching base safely in all 6 times to the line. Of those safe hits, 2 were for 2 bases and one was for 3 bases. He also tallied 2 aces and committed 4 acts of thievery on the base paths.
Individual Statistics Game 1:
Slider - 2-6, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Shoeless - 4-6, 3 2B, 2 Aces
Scratch - 6-6, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 Aces, 4 SB
Trolley - 2-6, 2 2B, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Frosty - 2-6, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Stacks - 4-6, 1 3B, 3 Aces, 3 SB, 1 Win
Wombat - 3-6, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Professor - 2-5, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Rugs - 3-5, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Flash - 2-4, 1 2B 2 Aces, 1 SB
Game 2 vs. New York Mutuals - 1864 Rules:
The second match of the day was not quite as successful as the New York Mutuals defended their NY/NJ Cup with ease by soundly defeating the not so Mighty Gothams 16-3. The Mutuals pitcher Express held the Gothams with out an ace for 6 innings and may have Chicagoed the Gothams entirely had he remained in the game. The only strikers to reach base were Wickets with a one-base hit and Trolley, who reached on both a base on balls and on a one-base hit. During these same 6 frames the Mutuals tallied 14 aces despite some fine field work from Scratch in left field, Slider in center Field and a few amazing one-handed grabs from Wickets at shortstop.
The Gothams were finally able to tally 2 aces in the 7th frame against the new Mutual pitcher and captain, Mr. Dirt. A base on balls by the Gothams all-time leader in that category, Slider, combined with one-base hits by Wombat and Wickets and individual acts of thievery by all three allowed the Gothams to tally 2 times. Stacks and Flash combined one-base hits in the 8th inning to tally an additional ace and pull within 11 at 14-3, but that would be all for the Gothams today. The Mutes added 2 aces in the 8th and the Gothams went down meekly in the 9th as the game ended with Shoeless watching a ball he struck safely on to the playing field and watched some more as the Mutual's pitcher threw the ball to first for the final hand....and the game was history in favor of the Mutes 16-3.
Overall, it was a fine start for the Gothams by winning one of two. Until next time....Huzzah!!!
Individual Statistics Game 2:
Wickets - 2-4, 2 SB
Shoeless - 0-4
Scratch - 0-3
Trolley - 1-2, 1 BB, 1 SB
Stacks - 1-3, 1 Ace
Flash - 1-3, 1 SB
Rugs - 0-3
Professor - 0-3
Frosty - 0-3
Wombat - 1-2, 1 BB, 1 Ace 1 SB
Slider - 0-2, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 1 SB