May 1, 2010 Gotham Base Ball Club vs. Mountain Athletic Club - Juniper Valley Park, Queens
On our first hot day of the season we mourned our third and forth loss. The Mountain Athletic Club came all the way down from the beautiful Catskills Mountains (where it snowed three days before). With timely hitting and fielding and Gotham untimely hitting and fielding, MAC whopped the Gotham Club fairly handily.
Game 1 - 1864 rules
The only thing we won this game was the bat toss. The Gotham defense at the top of the first shut the MAC down. In the bottom of that inning the Gotham Club took the lead with Flytrap's single, stolen base and Stocking's double. Unfortunately we could not capitalize on this offense and did not score another ace that inning. Unfortunately (again) at the top of the 2nd inning through a combination of MAC's well placed hits and Gotham Club's bad defense, MAC scored 10 aces. In the third inning, the MAC scored another ace. The Gotham Club scored 3 aces in the fifth inning on well placed hits and stolen bases by Stockings and Stacks and a mighty wallop of a four bagger by Shoeless. The Gotham Club would score one more ace that game. Meanwhile MAC scored 6 more. The final tally was Gotham Club 6 MAC 17.
Collector 2-4, 1-3b, 1-sb
Ringer 1-4, 1-bb, 1-sb, 1-ace
Flytrap 2-3, 1-bb, 1-sb, 1-ace
Stockings 2-3, 1-2b, 1-sb, 1-ace
Stacks 2-3, 2-sb, 1-ace
el Presidente 1-3
Shoeless 2-3, 1-4b, 1-ace
Sleepy 2-3, 1-sb, 1-ace
Dutch 1-3, 1-bb
Preacher 1-3, 1-bb
Weed 2-3, 1-sb
Game 2 -1895 rules...scratch that 1864 rules again
The heat took its toll on the unprepared teams and we were too worn out to play this so-called game of 1895 "baseball." Therefore we elected to play the gentleman's sport of 1864 Base Ball. Needless to say this gave the Gotham Club confidence that we might be able to win.
The top of the first inning saw the Gotham Club score two aces on two singles and two stolen bases by the fleet-footed Collector and el Presidente. In their halves of innings, the MAC scored many runs. In the top of the 3rd inning Collector would not let Shoeless have the only home run of the day and hit one himself. In the 4th inning the Gotham Club scored two more runs on Shoeless and Stacks singles and stolen bases. However by the 5th inning the Gotham Club found themselves behind 15 to 7. The Gotham Club scored 3 more aces and allowed MAC to score 3 more times. The final score was Gotham Club 10 Mountain Athletic Club 18. Gotham Club's poor defense and questionable offense along with MAC's well struck balls foiled our efforts to not have a winless season.
Collector 3-4, 1-4b, 4-sb, 3-aces
el Presidente 3-3, 5-sb, 3-aces
Ringer 1-4, 1-sb
Flytrap 2-4, 2-sb
Stockings 1-4, 1-sb
Shoeless 2-4, 1-2b, 1-sb, 1-ace
Stacks 1-3, 1-2b, 1-ace
Dutch 2-3, 1-sb
Weed 2-3, 1-2b, 1-sb, 2-aces
Captain Stacks is greatly indebted to Hanky and Rugs who volunteered to umpire the two games. They did a great job on a moments notice. Though I did find it interesting that Umpire Rugs kept on exclaiming whenever a Gotham made a fine play.