5/24/2008 - Newtown, CT - On this fine day, The Newtown Sandy Hooks and the New York Gothams displayed a superb form of base ball behind the McLaughlin Vineyard, which could not have been a better setting for base ball. Each club even had their own share of success as Newtown won the initial match 14-9 and the Gothams prevailed in the 2nd game 18-10.Game 1 vs. Newtown Sandy Hooks - 1865 Rules:
The setting was perfect, but the Gothams were not so at the forefront of this match. The Gothams were Chicagoed in the 1st, whilst the Sandy Hooks tallied 4 aces. Rugs produced the Gothams first ace in the 2nd with a one-base hit, then pilfered 2nd base and scored on a wild pitch, but the Sandy Hooks tallied twice in the 2nd and once more in the 3rd to build a 7-1 lead seemingly putting the Gothams to rest. The Gothams eventually woke from their deep slumber on the field to tally an ace in the 4th and exploded for 5 more in the 5th when Chauncey, Wickets, Scratch, Trolley, Flash and Rugs all reached on one-base hits and pilfered a base on their way to tallying an ace. Lo and behold the Gothams managed to tie the score at 7! They would not be complacent at that though as 2 more aces were tallied in the 6th to take a 9-7 lead, The scoring began when Tip Top walked up to the Line to not strike the ball, which he managed to better than any Gotham before him on this splendid day. Both he an Collector managed to reach base via the base on balls and each swiped a base before tallying their ace.
Things were clearly looking up for the Gothams as Trolley Chicagoed the Newtown Club in both the 4th and 5th frames while also managing to pick 2 suspected thieves off of 1st base attempting to pilfer 2nd. The winds then began to shift in the Newtown club's favour. They tallied 5 times in their half of the 6th to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Gothams were Chicagoed for the remainder of the match, whilst the Sandy Hooks tallied twice more to win the match outright by a final tally of 14-9. It should be noted that Flash made several fine fielding plays as the Gothams 3rd base tender on this afternoon.
Individual Stats - Game 1:
Collector - 2-4, 2 2B, 1 Ace, 1 BB, 2 SB
Wickets - 2-5, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Scratch - 3-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Trolley - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Flash - 1-5, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Rugs - 2-5, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Wombat - 3-5, 2 SB
Tip Top - 0-3, 2 BB, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Chauncey - 1-5, 1 Ace
Game 2 vs. Newtown Sandy Hooks - 1864 Rules:
The 2nd match was an exciting one for the fans to see. Newtown opened up strong with 3 aces in the top of the first, but the Gothams came back by beginning their plan of attack by not striking the ball. Both Collector and Wickets reached first by the base on balls and pilfered their way around the bases to tally twice. Both teams were Chicagoed in the 2nd, but not without the beginning of a special event. Tip Top approached the line for his first at bat, and with utter determination refused to strike at the ball and reached for the first time with a base on balls, more of this news to come after. After the Sandy Hooks tallied twice in the 3rd, the Gothams answered quickly with 3 aces of their own to tie the score at 5 all. Wickets began the attack by...what else…not striking at the ball and walking to 1st, which was followed by a 2-base hit from Scratch, a one-base hit from Flash and a base on balls from both Wombat and Tip Top once again, in all 3 aces had been tallied.
The 4th frame brought more of the same. 2 aces were tallied for Newtown, before an onslaught of striking the ball, not striking the ball, and pilfering bases at will led to 5 aces and a 10-7 Gotham lead. The main culprits were a 2-base hit by Scratch and bases on balls by Collector and that striking-phobic Tip Top. After Trolley Chicagoed Newtown in the 5th whilst picking off his 3rd base runner of the day, Wickets used his fleet feet to reach first safely and steal his way around the bases for another Gotham ace. The Newtown strikers came alive in the 6th with 3 aces to get within 1, but that was as close as the game would be. After Wombat singled and pilfered 2nd base, Tip Top once again took his position at the line and refused to swing and was safe at 1st on his 4th base on balls of the game! Collector, however, had enough of all this walking and smashed the ball far over the center fielder's head for his first home run as a Gotham to put the Gothams up 14-10 after 6 frames.
Trolley Chicagoed the Sandy Hooks for the remainder of the match and even picked off his 4th base runner of the day in the process, thanks in part to a spectacular play (one of several I might add) made by the Gotham left fielder Collector. He unmercifully robbed the Sandy Hooks Captain Mule of a sure extra base hit by running straight back to catch a ball on the bound after it had long flown over his head! This may indeed make up for Mule's hit earlier in the game in which he induced the Gothams non-striking 2nd base tender Tip Top to actually duck and run out of the way of a ball hit right at him by Mule! The Gothams tallied thrice more in the 7th and once more in the 8th to bring the final tally to 18-10 in favour of the mighty Gothams.
Although it occurred as the Gothams were pulling away, More Gotham history was made in the 8th inning. Tip Top took not striking at the ball to a new higher realm. He again refused to swing and reached first for a Gotham record-breaking 5th time via the base on balls (7th time in the 2 games) in this match breaking the one-year-old record formerly held by Wombat, the current Gotham first base tender, who by the way was overheard stating "I can't believe he did it, I was sure I'd be in the record books for all time. I'll find a way to thwart that muffin next time!" Amazingly the Gothams as a team reached base 11 times by base on balls in this match.
In the end an amazing day of baseball was had between these two clubs and the day did not end after the 9th inning was completed. The Newtown club proved to be excellent and gracious hosts by providing wine and pizza for all in attendance. What a day it was. Until next time…Huzzah!!!
Individual Stats - Game 2:
Collector - 1-4, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Wickets - 3-4, 1 2B, 2 BB, 4 Aces, 5 SB
Scratch - 2-6, 2 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Trolley - 4-6, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Flash - 2-6, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Rugs - 2-6, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Wombat - 1-3, 2 BB, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Tip Top - 0-0, 5 BB, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Chauncey - 1-5