It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but then it was the best of times again as the Mighty Gothams defeated the Flemington Neshanock yet again by the final tally of 21-20. On an overcast and then rainy day on the rolling hills of beautiful Ringwood Manor, the Mighty Gothams started out strong with 5 aces in the top of the first. The fleet of foot Slider ran off to a quick start with a walk….then promptly stole 2 bases and scored on Sparky's single. After much prodding, Sparky showed his ability for thievery by pilfering second on the first pitch to Trolley who later singled in Sparky to tally the second ace. Mixer then worked out a 2-out walk with Trolley on third, and began his mostly amazing display of thievery with the first part of a double steal allowing Trolley to be the first Gotham to steal home in 2005. Stacks then did his best to prove that hurler's can hit too! His mighty blast sailed over the center fielder's head to score Mixer and then was able to score himself on the first of Rugs 5 singles. Flemington was able to muster 2 aces in the bottom of the inning to bring the tally to 5-2 in favor of the Gothams.
It seemed that there would be no let up to the Gotham attack as 4 more aces were tallied in the 2nd. Walker and Sparky started things off each by singling and stealing 2 bases apiece. Spike kept the Gothams 2-out magic going with a blast over the left fielder's head and made it all the way to second base in 3 minutes flat! Mixer added his second hit and third stolen base of the game to allow Spike to tally an ace, while he tallied an ace himself on Stacks single, but the inning finally came to a close as Stacks was gunned down stealing second on a mighty throw from the Flemington catcher. The unbelievable happened next. After the first two Flemington strikers reached base, the Gothams got not one, not two, but three outs on the same play!! Yes, it's true, the Gothams turned their first ever triple play. As the 2 Flemington runners took off on an attempted double steal, the striker foolishly swung at the pitch and fouled out to the Gotham catcher Rugs. Rugs alertly got the ball back to the pitcher (Stacks), who proceeded to throw to Sparky covering second base for the second out and over to Spike for the third out of this amazing 2-1-6-3 triple play, leaving the Gothams up by a total of 9-2.
The Gotham attack appeared to be relentless as the first 3 Gothams all reached base and scored in the 3rd. Rugs and Candles singled, Slider walked and Walker singled Slider home for the third ace of the inning, but the signs of the Gothams' turning fate began to show when Walker was picked off second base and Trolley and Spike made 2 quick outs. Flemington added another ace in the third, thanks in part to Trolley attempting to turn a double play with one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd. On a grounder to the 3rd baseman, he ran to step on 3rd for the forceout and then threw to 1st to try and complete the double play. The only problem was that there was no force at 3rd and the striker was safe at first! Mixer added to the Gotham follies by singling, stealing 2nd and 3rd, and then for some unknown reason attempted to steal home on the next pitch and was easily tagged out by the catcher for the first of 2 consecutive innings in which the Mighty Gothams were Chicagoed. Luckily enough for the Gothams the Neshanock were also Chicagoed in the next two innings aided by a fine snag of a line drive by Stacks. At the end of 5 innings the tally stood at 12-3 Gothams.
Singles and stolen bases by Trolley, Mixer, and Rugs led to 2 additional aces in the top of the 6th to give the Mighty Gothams their biggest lead of the game at 14-3. Then the rain began to fall, both literally and figuratively. The Flemington attacked the Gothams in the worst way possible, they proceeded to hit the baseball directly at the Gotham fielder's and taking advantage of the newly opened holes on their hands. They tallied 5 times in the 6th, 6 times in the 7th, and 3 more times in the 8th while the Mighty Gothams were Chicagoed 2 more times, to move ahead of the despondent Gothams by a tally of 17-14 heading into the final frame. Note that the Flemington Captain Brooklyn was able to hit two blasts over Mixer's head in left. We are waiting for the results of the steroids testing to come back from the VBBA, before giving him full credit.
The Neshanock, however, did not realize that these are not the same old Gothams from the first 3 seasons. Meaning the Gothams did not just roll over and play dead! Stacks, Rugs, and Candles led off the top of the 9th with singles. After Slider fouled back to the catcher, Walker singled, and Sparky grounded into a force play with Candles being put out at home. Again the Mighty Gothams were down to their final out and down by a run, but have no fear, the Trolley brought'em all home with a double to retake the lead 18-17. A double by Spike, a single by Mixer, followed by his 7th stolen base of the game and a wild pitch brought in the final 3 Gotham aces to increase the lead to 21-17! The pressure was back on the Neshanock yet again. They decided to try their old tactics again by aiming the balls directly at the apparently handless and armless Gothams, causing a flurry of misplays, including 2 separate chances to end the game left the score at 21-20 with a runner on second base. Not to worry, Stacks induced the Flemington striker to hit a ground ball to rover Sparky, who cleanly threw to Spike at first for the final out in this dramatic come-from-ahead-come-from-behind victory. Stacks won-loss record has now improved to 3-0, a fine start indeed for a man allowing 54 aces in his first 3 games.
The Neshanock were not given the chance for revenge as the skies then truly opened up with a barrage of falling water to cancel the second game, which was to be played by the Gotham's 1864 rules, meaning that the Mighty Gothams are now 2-0 at the Flemington Neshanock's own 1873 rules!
Slider - 1-4, 2 BB, 2 Aces, 4 SB
Walker - 3-6, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Sparky - 2-5, 1 BB, 3 Aces, 5 SB
Trolley - 3-6, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Spike - 2-6, 2 2B, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Mixer - 4-5, 1 BB, 4 Aces, 7 SB
Stacks - 3-6, 1 2B, 2 Aces
Rugs - 5-5, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Candles - 2-5, 1 Ace