May 17, 2008 - Gotham Cup Round 1
Game 1 - Talbot Fairplays 8 - Gothams 6
Game 2 - New York Gothams 11 - Elkton Eclipse 9
5/17/2008 - Central Park's North Meadow, NY - The rain beat down on New York City for days upon days leading up to the City's greatest annual tournament of Base Ball known as the Gotham Cup. Teams traveled from far and wide to make this great tourney, but all at fear when they were prohibited from crossing the East, Harlem, and Hudson Rivers because of the rough waters due to the inclement weather. The Clubs from Brooklyn, New York, Flemington, Elizabeth, Glen Head, Waterbury, Providence, Elkton, and Talbot all toughed the storms and reached the great Central Park by noon to start the Great Tournament only 3 hours late. The games were played in masterful fashion with the Elizabeth Athletic Club coming out victorious in the Overhand Division and the Waterbury Connors the victors in the Underhand Division, but all teams represented themselves well in this 3rd annual event.
Game 1 vs. Talbot Fair Plays - 1864 Rules:
Talbot quickly jumped to an early lead by tallying twice in the top of the first while holding the Gothams at bay in their half inning. Stacks, the Gotham pitcher settled down and kept the Fair plays scoreless for the next 2 frames and allowing the Gothams to chip away at the lead. Shoeless, Rugs, and Preacher strung together one-base hits to get the Gothams on the board with their first ace of the tournament. They were however Chicagoed in the 3rd leaving this tight-nit game at 2-1 in Talbot's favour after 3 frames were completed.
Talbot tallied twice more in each of the 4th and 5th frames, while the Gothams took advantage of bases on balls to Frosty and Scratch in conjunction with one-base hits by Compass, El presidente, Kansas, and Shoeless to tally two aces in the 4th and a single ace in the 5th inning, keeping the Gothams within reach at 6-4. A pitching duel ensued thereafter as neither team was able to tally an ace until the 8th inning when Talbot again tallied twice to put the game out of reach. The Gothams managed a minor attack in the 8th inning which was mutually decided to be the last inning. Compass reached first on a base on balls and was put out when Professor reached on a daisy cutter. Professor was able to tally the Gothams final ace after El Presidente and Kansas struck clean one-base hits to bring the final score to a respectable 8-5 in favor of the Talbot Club.
In spite of the Gothams defeat, the field work by third base tender Professor and shortstop Kansas was nothing short of excellence. It was just that Talbot faired even better with both their bats and their field work.
Individual Stats - Game 1:
Kansas - 2-3
Ringer - 0-3
Scratch - 0-1, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Shoeless - 2-2, 1 Ace
Rugs - 0-2
Trolley - 0-2
Collector - 1-2, 1 SB
Preacher - 1-2
Stacks - 1-2
Slider - 1-2
Wombat - 1-2
Tip Top - 0-2
Irv - 1-1, 1 BB
Frosty - 0-1 1 BB, 1 Ace
Professor - 0-2, 1 Ace
El Presidente - 2-2, 1 Ace
Game 2 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 2:
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