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June 16, 2007

Game 1 - Newtown Sandy Hooks 12 - Gothams 3

Game 2 - Newtown Sandy Hooks 21 - Gothams 11

6/16/2007 - Central Park, North Meadow - On an overcast day the Sandy Hooks of Newton, Connecticut made a long circular jaunt by carriage to play the Gothams of New York in Central Park's North Meadow. The match had a difficult beginning as the intended field was usurped by tiny ants, forcing the action to be moved to the southwest end of the meadow. More hijinx were to be had as the Newton club hired various carriage drivers to cart Slider with all of the Gothams equipment to all points of Manhattan Island before finally arriving in the Central Park during the 5th inning of the first game. This crafty tactic proved a success as the Gothams were outplayed and outwitted in both games by tallies of 12-3 and 21-11.

Game 1 - 1864 Rules:

The Gothams Captain Trolley Car lost the bat toss to start the game and fortunes would fare no better for the Mighty Gothams thereafter. The crafty Newton pitcher 90s Chicagoed the Gothams in each of the 1st 4 frames. In fact, it wasn't until the 8th Gotham striker, Kansas, came to line and stroked a one-base hit, that the Gothams even put a runner on base. The same couldn't be said for the Sandy Hooks. The Newton club took advantage of the Gothams using Hanky, a rookie pitcher, making his debut. They literally walked around the bases to tally 6 aces in the first inning to take a lead they would refuse to relinquish. Hanky would settle down thereafter, only allowing 6 more aces in the next 5 innings including 2 innings in which he Chicagoed the Newton club. The Gotham fielder's also did there best to thwart the Newton advances. Particularly, the Gotham left fielder scratch and their shortstop Kansas made several fine fielding plays, but the 9-0 lead the Sandy hooks had after 4 frames was to much for the Mighty Gothams to overcome.

The Gothams finally tallied an ace in the 5th inning. Irv reached on a base on balls after 2 hands were down and tallied an ace when he was followed by one base hits by both Hanky and Kansas. Wickets took matters into his own hands/feet in the 6th frame by reaching on a one-base hit, stealing both 2nd and 3rd bases and scoring on a ground out by Jess making her Gotham debut. The Sandy hooks stormed back through the rain drops to tally 3 more aces in their half of the 6th, but it may have been much worse had not been for a spectacular play made by Weed, the Gotham 3rd base tender as he sailed through the wind on an adjacent field to capture a foul bound to end the inning with the Gothams down by a tally of 12-2.

The inauspicious weather and a very tough break kept both teams at bay for the final 3 innings. The only ace was tallied by the Gothams in the 9th when Kansas reached first safely, performed 2 acts of thievery to reach 3rd and scored on a one-base hit by El Presidente. El Presidente attempted to follow suit, but tragedy struck as he attempted to steal 3rd base. He was put out by a fine throw and tag by Newton 3rd base tender Mister, but in the process El Presidente jammed his leg into Mister and as it turned out fractured his ankle in 2 places. All have wished him well in his recovery. The anguish resulting from their fallen mate and gloom of the pounding rain took all the Ginger out of the Gotham strikers as the next to men were put out to end the contest in favor of the Newton club by the final tally of 12-3.

Individual Stats Game 1:

Weed - 0-3

Homer - 0-3

Scratch - 0-3

Flytrap - 0-3

Wombat - 1-3, 1 SB

Irv - 0-2, 1 Ace, 1 SB, 1 BB

Hanky - 1-3, 1 SB

Kansas - 3-3, 1 Ace, 4 SB

El Presidente - 1-3, 1 SB

Wickets - 1-3, 1 Ace, 2 SB

Trolley - 1-3, 1 SB

Jess - 0-1

Slider - 0-1

Game 2 - 1867 Rules:

The two clubs waited for the rain to diminish before commencing the 2nd game on the now muddy field. However, the Newton club did not stop raining hits over the Gotham fielders. The Sandy Hooks tallied 3 aces in the first with the help of the baulking Gotham pitcher Scratch to seemingly begin this match in the same fashion as the prior one. This game would be different though; the Gotham strikers would not be silent. Kansas, Homer, and Irv's one-base hits surrounded a powerful 2-base blast by Flytrap to tally 2 aces and get within 1 ace of the Sandy Hooks. The closeness of the score was not to last. The Newton club tallied twice more in the 2nd, and then opened up the floodgates in the 4th. The Newton club was aided by the infamous Gotham inning in which the Gothams found new ways to allow the muddy ball to go through their legs, off their bodies, and to throw the ball in all directions but the intended ones. Scratch even invented new ways to baulk by running quickly through the pitchers box and faking a throw to the catcher. This combination of poor Gotham fielding and well struck balls by the Newton strikers resulted in the tallying of 11 more aces to give the Sandy Hooks an immense 16-2 lead.

Then the surprising occurred in the Gotham 4th. Nine different Gothams managed to reach base safely in a methodical one-at-a-time marching fashion, including Kansas twice, to allow the Gothams to tally 9 aces and get within 5 aces at 16-11. Among those hits was the first ever hit for Kelly, the first female Gotham to reach base safely. It turned out to be all for naught as the Newton club tallied 5 more times in the 5th, which was highlighted by a 4-bagger that was struck so far by Pops that the ball landed on another field in the North Meadow, briefly interrupting the match between the Eagle and Empire clubs. The Gothams were Chicagoed in their final at bat in this 5-inning shortened game resulting in a final tally of 21-11 in favor of the Newton club which had to rush to catch the final ferry of the evening back to their native Connecticut.

Overall, the Newton club displayed some fine skills in their 2 game dismantling of the Mighty Gothams in their very first visit to the big city. Until next time Huzzah!

Individual Stats Game 2:

Kansas - 3-3, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 3 SB

Scratch - 1-3, 1 SB, 1 Ace

Wickets - 1-3

Flytrap - 2-3, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB

Homer - 2-3, 1 SB, 1 Ace

Irv - 2-3, 1 Ace

Hanky - 0-3

Wombat - 2-2, 1 Ace

Slider - 1-2, 1 Ace, 1 SB

Jess - 0-2

Kelly - 1-1, 1 Ace

Here is the recap as told by the Newton club:

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