June 23, 2012
Game 1 - Gothams 15 - Elizabeth Resolutes 10
Game 2 - Gothams 24 - Elizabeth Resolutes 10
River Park, Rahway, NY - 6/23/2012
Ten Gotham players arrived at the River Park in Rahway for the match against the Resolutes. After some greetings between players and managers it was decided that the first game would be played according to 1870 rules.
The first Gotham frame was strong and the Gothams tallied 4 aces on strikes from nearly the entire Gotham batting order. The left and center fielders Collector and Smoke covered their positions and turned the Resolute strikes into hands highlighted by a sliding one bound catch by collector far left of the flag in left field. But the Resolutes came back with 4 aces in the fourth frame on mishandled strikes by New York. Gotham second base man Hanky struck what some Gothams thought was the longest single base hit they had ever seen. Hanky with the help of the Muffin and Oates was able to tally and ace none the less.
There was a bit of a scare in the sixth when Resolute player in center field chased down a ball in deep left center field and dove for the ball. Initially all looked well but it was nearly two minutes before the player could return to his feet. Obviously shaken, the cranks heralded him for his effort and the fact that he asked to remain in the field.
Gotham added 4 aces in the sixth fram and another in the 8th to lead the Elizabeth nine by a score of 14 to eight. But the Resolutes struck smartly in the 8th and closed the gap to within 3 aces. Monk hit safely in the ninth frame, stole second and crossed home plate on a one base hit by scratch. With a 4 ace deficit a resolute fouled out on the second pitch. The next batter flied out to Collector who collected a number of manly catches in lf. The final striker was retired on a foul tip to the catcher and the Gotham victory was complete. Final score of the well played match by both teams was recorded as Gotham 15 and the Resolutes 11.
Collector lf, 1-6, 5o, 1a, sb
Oates ss, 3-6, 2b, 1a, 3o, 2sb
Monk 1b, 3-6, 2b, 3o, 2a, 2sb
Scratch c, 4-6, 2bb, 3a, 2o, 2sb
Sleepy rf, 5-6, 3b, 2b, 4a, 1o, 4sb
Smoke cf, 3-5, 2b, 2a, 2o, 3sb
Bugs p, 2-5, bb, 1a, 3o
Scone 3b, 2-5, 3o
Hanky 2b, 3-5, 1a, 2o
Muffin rf, 1-5, 4o
Notable players of the game: Offense, Sleepy, 3b, 2b, 4sb ; Defense, Collector
The second match of the day was designated to be played by 1864 rules and the single bound in the field of play was permitted. The Resolutes expected the bound rule to increase their chances of holding off the Gotham attack but Oates, Monk and Sleepy tallied aces in the first frame. They repeated nearly the same feat in the third frame while Scratch would add a hit and ace of his own making the tally Gotham 8 to the Resolute 4.
The Fighting Elizabethans would not surrender though. Oates with a long drive to right field made the turn around second and headed to third. He listened intently and only heard the cries of home, home so he turned third only to see the Resolute catcher with the ball in hand. He stopped short and turned back to third, but realizing there was no escape, he did what his father had taught him growing up as a boy in the Adirondacks, he curled up and played dead on the baseline in the hope that the catcher would move on. Gotham still tallied three aces in the frame.
The top of the Gotham order this day would prove too much for Elizabeth to manage and by the seventh frame the tally was 19 to 6 and no sign of the Gotham bats cooling. Oates completed the game a 5-6 and was actually topped by Monk who tallied 6-6 and 6 aces and Sleepy 6-6. Final tally Gotham 24, Elizabeth 10.
Oates ss, 5-6, bb, 3b,2b, 4a, 2o, 6sb
Monk 1B, p, 6-6, 6a, 2b, 5sb
Sleepy rf, 6-6, 3b, 2sb, 4a, 2sb
Scratch c, 4-6, 3a, 2o, 4sb
Collector lf, 1-6, 2b, 5o
Smoke cf, 2-6, 1a, 4o
Scone 3b, 2-6, 1a, 4o, sb
Bugs p, 1b, 4-6, 2b, 3a, 5sb
Hanky 2b, 1-6, 5o
Muffin rf, 1-2, 2b, 1a, 1o
Notable players of the game: Offence, Monk, 6-6, 6a, 2b, 5sb ; Defense, Smoke