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May 12, 2007

Game 1 - Flemington Neshanock 30 - Gothams 24

Chester, NJ - On a beautiful sunny afternoon in Chester, New Jersey a wild an festive affair was had on the ball field between the Neshanock of Flemington and the Gothams of New York. Aces were tallied at a frantic pace from both sides, but in the end the team from Flemington prevailed by an amazing tally of 30-24. The bountiful spectators of Chester enjoyed this exciting match and even sang and danced throughout the contest.

Game 1 Vs. Flemington Neshanock - 1873 Rules:

The Gothams began the game on fire. Flytrap, Ringer, Shoeless, Trolley, and Homer all had one-base hits and a theft of 2nd base, resulting in 4 aces before any hands were made. The Gothams were also aided by several Neshanock revolvers (Hammer, Low Ball, San Antonio, and Cappy), who were clearly dissatisfied with the management of the Flemington club by Captain Brooklyn that they begged to join the Gotham club for the day. Contracts for the remainder of the season may be discussed as well. Flemington tallied one ace in their half of the 1st, but would have had more if it weren't for the trickery of the Gotham catcher Trolley. He let a passed ball get by him and Intentionally through wildly to the plate to induce the Neshanock runner to dash towards home, Ironweed swiftly picked up the ball and threw to Low Ball covering at home for the out. The fleet-footed Flytrap began the 2nd with a one-base hit and thefts of the next 2 bases and was brought home to tally his ace on a 3-base hit by Shoeless. The game was held up for a few minutes thereafter as Shoeless passed out at 3rd, before being revived in time to remain in the game. The Neshanock tallied 3 times in the 2nd despite a fine twin-killing by Weed stepping on 3rd and firing to the revived Shoeless at first and Low Ball retiring the final Neshanock striker on a 3rd strike. Then 3 of the revolving Neshanock ballists playing for the Gothams (Hammer, Low Ball, and San Antonio) combined to tally 2 additional aces in the Gotham 3rd. However, the Flemington club continued to be relentless by tallying 3 aces of their own to bring the score to 7-7 after 3 frames.

The Gotham attack remained strong in the 4th, led by one-base hits by Flytrap, Shoeless, and Homer and a monstrous 2-base hit by the Ringer, they tallied 2 aces to take a 9-7 lead. The bottom of the 4th brought out an ugly beast from the past, known as the Gotham inning, which had been contained previously this season. 7 Flemington aces were had by a combination of poor Gotham field work and precise and powerful hitting by the Neshanock strikers, which temporarily deflated the Gotham spirits and gave the Neshanock a 14-9 edge. Low Ball, Stacks, and San Antonio led off the 5th with 3 clean one-base hits. Ironweed attempted to bring all 3 base-runners home with a 2-base hit over the head of the Neshanock left fielder, but San Antonio was easily put out a home plate. Incidentally, Hammer was fined 25 cents for sending the runner home. More Gotham history was to be had today as a booming 3-base hit for Rugs allowed him to join Trolley and another un-named Gotham (heard to be called a Wuss by the Flemington captain) in the 100 hit club. Additional one-base hits by Cappy, Rider, and Flytrap brought in 2 more aces to tie the score again at 14 each. The Gothams were Chicagoed for the first time in the 6th, but the Neshanock took advantage of the 2nd Gotham inning of the afternoon to tally an additional 7 aces and a commanding 22-14 lead after 6 innings.

This Gotham club would not quit despite the dour circumstances. Trolley, Hammer, and Low Ball all reached base safely, swiped an additional base and tallied an ace to get within 4 of the powerful Flemington club. The only painful moment of the inning occurred when Home made a beautiful stop on a line drive smashed by Weed, the only problem being that Homer was the 3rd base coach at the time and he stopped the ball with his posterior. Just as the Gotham hopes began to rise, they were knocked down again by the Neshanock's striking ability by stroking hit after hit, some of which went directly through Gotham fingers, to tick off 5 more aces to build their lead up to 10.

The Gothams had one last fierce attack left in them, which was induced by Flemington's captain Brooklyn bringing in a new pitcher and that was himself. The Gothams proceeded to act is if they were taking batting practice as Rugs, Cappy, and Rider each had one-base hits, then the fun began. The speedy Cappy was on 2nd base. He took a big lead to draw the ire of Brooklyn who took off running for him all the whilst Rugs was breaking for home, but by the time Brooklyn threw home the Gothams had pulled off there 1st ever triple steal and tallied an ace. That Cappy was the master of trickery! Brooklyn managed to put the next to Gothams down. Shoeless then led the next charge with a one-base hit and a theft of 2nd and tallied an ace on a one-base hit by Trolley, who also took 2nd base on the throw. A battle between the 2 captains then ensued as Trolley took off for 3rd and induced Brooklyn to Balk. Homer, Hammer, and Low Ball continued the hitting spree to bring the Gothams within 3 aces at 27-24, before Low Ball was thrown out attempting a theft of third by the Neshanock catcher for the final hand of the frame. After the Neshanock tallied 3 more times in their part of the 8th inning, Brooklyn settled down in the pitchers box and retired the Gothams in order to preserve the Neshanock victory at a final tally of 30-24.

The Gothams have nothing to be ashamed of on this day. Newcomers Ringer and Rider displayed excellent field work in the outfield as did fellow rookie Flytrap. Revolvers Low Ball and Hammer also made excellent fielding plays. Bottom line though, the Gothams had to tip their caps to the Splendiferous play of the Flemington ball club. Until next time…Huzzah!!

Individual Stats:

Flytrap - 4-6, 3 Aces, 4 SB

Ringer - 2-5, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB

Shoeless - 4-6, 1 3B, 2 Aces, 1 SB

Trolley - 3-5, 3 Aces, 3 SB

Homer - 3-5, 1 Ace, 2 SB

Hammer - 3-5, 3 Aces, 3 SB

Low Ball - 5-5, 2 2B, 3 Aces, 4 SB

Stacks - 1-5, 1 Ace

San Antonio - 3-5

Weed - 1-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 1 SB

Rugs - 2-3, 1 3B, 2 Aces, 1 SB

Cappy - 2-2, 2 Aces, 1 SB

Rider - 2-2, 1 Ace, 1 SB

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