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May 20, 2007

Consolation Game - Gothams 13 - Hancock Nine 5

Consolation Game vs. Hancock 9 - 1864 Rules:

The first game of this final day of the Gotham Cup Tournament on the North Meadow of New York City's Central Park was played between the Host team, the Gothams, and the Hancock 9. Unfortunately for both clubs, this was a consolation game with both teams losing both games on day 1 and not qualifying for their respective championship games. At least the game was played under sunny skies, unlike the constant rain of the day before. It was also fortunate for the Gothams that on this day they were victorious for the first time this season after 7 consecutive defeats, with a winning tally of 13-5.

The Gothams started off strong behind the pitching of Stacks and by taking advantage of the bound rule that Hancock is not generally accustomed to as the Hancock club was Chicagoed in the 1st. The Gothams opened up the scoring in the 1st inning entirely behind the bat and speed of Flytrap, he singled, swiped 2 bases and tallied an ace on Dean's fly out to right field. Hancock came right back with an ace in the 2nd, despite some fine field work by the Gotham 3rd base-tender weed and a juggling act by the Gotham catcher Wombat on a foul tip out to end the Frame. One-base hits by Weed, Trolley, and Wombat allowed the Gothams to tally an ace and take a lead they would not relinquish on this day. Stacks Chicagoed the Hancock club again in the 3rd with the help of an over the should catch by Slider, the right fielder. One base-hits and thievery on the bases by Flytrap, Dean and Shoeless plated 2 more aces in the 3rd to give the Gothams a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Stacks continued to pitch well through the 6th inning with plenty of help from revolving shortstop Dean (from the Atlantics) making every play within the northern hemisphere, yes Hancock, the Gothams had a ringer for this game. Hancock added single aces in the 4th and 6th Frames, while the Gothams added 2 aces in those same frames to take a 8-3 lead after 6 innings. The Gothams tallied their aces thanks to some fine hitting by Stacks, Wombat and Tip Top. The last big push from the Hancock team came in the 7th inning, when they tallied 2 aces in spite of an excellent play by Slider in right field who tracked down a deep fly on the bound after it had flown over his head! Stacks would allow no more aces in this game, by Chicagoing the Hancock team in each of the last 2 innings, whilst the Gothams uses hitting and thievery to tally an additional 5 aces in the 7th and 8th for a 13-5 lead that would last to the end. When Flytrap caught the last fly ball in the 9th for the 3rd hand down, the Gothams had their 1st victory of the season, and against an excellent team from upstate, which made it more rewarding.

In the end, an excellent game was played by these 2 New York teams on a beautiful afternoon. Until next time…Huzzah!

Individual Stats:

Slider - 1-5, 1 2B

Flytrap - 3-5, 3 Aces, 6 SB

Dean - 3-5, 2 Aces, 3 SB

Shoeless - 2-5, 1 Ace

Weed - 2-4, 3 Aces, 1 BB, 2 SB

Trolley - 2-5

Stacks - 1-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB

Wombat - 3-4, 2 Aces, 2 SB

Tip Top - 2-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB

Overhand Championship Game (1898 Rules):

Glen Head 12 - Roxbury 11

Underhand Championship Game (1873 Rules):

Atlantics 15 - Flemington 8

Final Game:

Atlantics 15 - Flemington 8

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