6/21/2008 - Kingwood Township, NJ - Today may possibly have been the Mighty Gothams finest performance in their storied history. On a beautiful Sunny day in Kingwood Township, NJ the Gothams throttled their first time opponents the Newark Eureka by tallies of 24-4 and 13-2. However, even in defeat, the Newark club was gracious and courteous to the Mighty Gothams by providing a mighty feast and friendship after the 2 matches were completed.
Game 1 vs. Newark Eureka - 1873 Rules:
The first match began with thunder from the Newark club by taking advantage of some porous Gotham field work and stroking a few well timed hits to take a 2-0 lead in the top half of the 1st inning, but that would be their last lead of the day. Collector began the Gotham onslaught with a 2-base hit, swiped 2nd base and stormed home safely on Scratch's 2-base hit. A one-base hit by Coach, 2-base hits by Swampfox and Trolley, combined with bases on balls by Wombat and Dutch gave the Gothams a 4/2 lead, which they would not relinquish. Coach Chicagoed the Newark club for the next 3 frames, while the Gothams tallied thrice in the 2nd, 7 more times in the 3rd, and 6 more times in the 4th to bring the lead to 21-2 after 4 frames were complete. The Newark club added 2 more aces in the 5th, but the Gothams tallied 1 more time in the 5th and twice more in the 6th to bring the final tally to 24-4, while Coach Chicagoed the Newark club for all but 2 innings.
Every Gotham contributed mightily to the victory. The field work was spectacular all around. Collector and Dog played flawless defense in the out field catching everything in their range. Trolley and Swampfox caught all they could on the left side of the infield and all balls thrown across to Wombat, the first base tender were corralled with little effort. And let's not forget Scratch the Gotham catcher fielding several foul ticks and flies for out, some of which were played to the astonishment of the huge crowd of 5-6 spectators, not to mention his thwarting the base running game of the Newark club.
Hanky, Dog, and Dutch added several key base hits to prolong rallies from the bottom of the lineup. Collector, Scratch, Coach, Swampfox, and Trolley all had at least 3 hits, and Collector, Wombat, Scratch, Coach, Swampfox, and Dog all had at least 3 aces. Overall, is was a fine display of base ball by the Gothams on this beautiful day.
Game 1 Individual Statistics:
Collector - 4-6, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 1 SB
Wombat - 2-4, 2 BB, 3 Aces, 2 SB
Scratch - 4-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 Aces, 3 SB
Coach - 4-5, 4 Aces, 4 SB, 1 Win
Swampfox - 4-5, 2 2B, 3 Aces, 1 SB
Hanky - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace
Dog - 3-6, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Dutch - 1-3, 3 BB, 2 Aces
Trolley - 3-5, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Game 2 vs. Newark Eureka - 1864 Rules:
The 2nd match of the day began much more slowly than the 1st one. No team tallied an ace until the bottom of the 3rd frame. In that frame Dog, Dutch, Trolley, and Wombat all combine safely stuck hits with acts of thievery to tally 4 times to give the Gotham pitcher, Coach, all the aces he would need for another victory. Swampfox, Hanky, and Dutch combined additional hitting and thievery to tally twice more in the 4th. The Gotham strikers would again strike in the 5th on safely stuck ball by Wombat, Scratch, coach and a big 2-base hit by Swampfox to build the lead to 10-0 after 5 frames were completed. Coach Chicagoed the Newark club for the first 6 frames, before allowing an ace in the 7th and another in the 9th, but the Gothams had added 3 more aces during that span to bring the final tally to 13-2 in favor of the Gothams.
Again the Gothams performed flawless field work as their were no errors to be found. Dutch handle several smooth chance at 2nd base, Dog made one spectacular stumbling catch in center field and Scratch again stopped every foul ball that came his way behind the plate. However, the most interesting fielding play occurred on the final play of this glorious day for the mighty Gothams. A foul ball was struck far from the field to the 3rd base side. Trolley thundered his way toward the foul ball, but never did he suspect that Scratch was in pursuit as well. The two ballists reach the bounding foul at nearly the same instant, collided violently, tumbled to the ground, and in the end all present learned that the ball managed to settle into Trolley's hand to end the game. Though many were impressed with the play, none of the Gothams were truly worried about the safety of their teammates, but they were truly please that the match was over and that the post-game feast could commence.
In the end, a fine day of base ball was played with the Gothams new friends, the Newark Eureka, in a truly beautiful setting in New Jersey. Until next time…Huzzah!!!
Game 2 Individual Statistics:
Collector - 0-5
Wombat - 3-5, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Scratch - 2-5, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Coach - 3-5, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Swampfox - 4-5, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Hanky - 2-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Dog - 1-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Dutch - 2-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Trolley - 2-4, 2 Aces, 2 SB