6/14/2008 - Smithtown, LI: On this bright and Sunny day on Long Island, 3 Base Ball Clubs came out to play ball in honor of Old Dutch, who was the person most influential in bringing out the tradition of Vintage Base Ball to the Northeast as well as other parts of the country. The best way to honor such a person is to play the game of base ball which was dear to him, so play ball we did. The first match featured an intense back and forth battle between the Atlantics and the Gothams, that resulted in a 28-17 victory for the Atlantics. The 2nd match featured a well-played game between the Flemington Neshanock and the Atlantics, with the Atlantics again coming out on top 9-2. The 3rd match finally provided the fans with a new victor as the Flemington Neshanock defeated the Gothams 12-6.
Game 1 vs. Atlantics - 1864 Rules:
It looked gloomy for the Gothams at the beginning when the Atlantic strikers came out ready and tallied 5 times in the top of the 1st inning. However, on this day the Gothams would not go down meekly. Collector led off with a one-base hit, which was followed by a lot of wildness from the Atlantic pitcher Lip as he proceeded to walk Swampfox, Scratch and Coach in succession, which in combination with several acts of thievery, led to 4 Gotham aces in their half of the inning to make this match a game. The Atlantics added an ace in the 2nd before the Gothams strung together hits by Collector, Swampfox, Scratch, and Coach, plus a base on balls to Trolley to tally 4 more aces all after 2 hands were down! Both teams tallied 4 times in the 3rd frame, so a pitcher's duel this was not as the score stood at 12-10 in favor of the Gothams after the 1st 3 frames were complete.
The most unusual thing happened in the 4th as neither team tallied an ace. The 5th inning brought this affair back to normal, when the Atlantics tallied 4 more times, before Dog and Collector combined a couple hits, thefts of bases and a wild pitch from pigtail to tally twice and tie the score at 14. The Atlantic strikers continued to be relentless and struck again for 5 aces in the 6th, but the resilient Gothams came right back. Coach led the 6th off with a 2-base hit, promptly swiped 3rd base and tallied on Trolley's base hit. After Trolley was put out attempting to steal 2nd base, Stacks, after listening to solid advice from Coach smashed a long fly ball to right center field for the first home run of his illustrious career. Dog and Wickets reached safely with hits of their own to tally the Gothams 17th ace of the day to bring the score to 91-17 in the Atlantics favor after 6 innings were finished.
That was the end for the Gotham strikers though, as Pigtail Chicagoed the Gothams the rest of the way, while the Atlantic batsmen continued to hit at will tallying 9 more times over the final 3 frames to finish the match as 28-17 victors. After the game was ended, the Gothams, Neshanock, and Atlantic ballists all had the pleasure of witnessing Lip winning the 3rd annual Old Dutch award for his long service to promote and exemplify the game of Vintage Base Ball.
Game 1 Individual Stats:
Collector - 3-6, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Swampfox - 3-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 Aces, 2 SB
Scratch - 2-4, 2 BB, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Coach - 3-5, 2 2B, 3 Aces, 4 SB
Trolley - 1-4, 1 BB, 1 SB
Stacks - 1-5, 1 HR, 1 Ace
Hanky - 1-4, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Kevin - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Wickets - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Game 2 vs. Flemington - 1864 Rules:
The 2nd game was not quite as explosive as the first match. The Gotham pitcher Coach and the Flemington pitcher Brooklyn each held the opposite club scoreless for 3 frames before each allowing an ace to tally in the 4th inning. A 2-base hit and a theft of 2nd base by Collector led the way to the 1st Gotham ace. The Gothams were again held scoreless by Brooklyn in the 5th, but the same could not be said for the Neshanock as they tallied thrice to take a 4-1 lead. The 6th inning saw a resurrection of the Gotham bats as Collector, Wickets, Coach and Scratch all had solid base hits and thefts of 2nd, but the true highlight came when Swampfox blast a long hard groundball about 10 feet for a home run, when the Neshanock fielder could not locate the ball in the weeds!
Trolley manufactured a run in the 7th on a 2-base hit, a theft of 3rd base and an ace tallied on a daisy cutter by Compass to give the Gothams a 6-5 lead heading to the bottom of the 7th. The bottom of the 7th however, delivered the dreaded Gotham inning as the Gotham fielder's did everything they could to deliver both struck and thrown balls away from their hands to give up many more outs than needed and in the end 7 aces were tallied for the club from Flemington to give them a 12-6 lead which would hold to the final score as neither Brooklyn nor Coach would allow the opposition to tally another ace an the Neshanock were victorious.
On the whole, in spite of the 2 losses by the Gothams, a fine day of base ball was had in honor of Old Dutch! Until next time…Huzzah!!!
Game 2 Individual Stats:
Collector - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Wickets - 1-4, 1 Ace
Coach - 1-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Scratch - 2-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Swampfox - 2-4, 1 HR, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Stacks - 2-4, 1 SB
Kevin - 0-4
Trolley - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Compass - 0-3
Hanky - 0-3