Gotham Base Ball Club of New York vs Flemington Neshanock
June 25, 2011
Howell Living Farm Lambertsville, NJ
The stage coach from New York City took forever! Or did the driver get lost? Nonetheless, the Gotham Club made it all the way to southern New Jersey to vanquish our most hated, dastardly and nefarious all around nice guys, the Flemington Neshanock.
Our first match began with the Gotham BBC at the bat. Collector lead off with a 2 base hit and came home on Scratch's two base hit. In the bottom of the 1st frame, the Gotham BBC held the Neshanock to 0 aces. For the next 4 innings, this is how the two teams played out the match. The Gotham BBC scoring aces and the Gotham BBC holding the Neshanock to none.
In the 5th frame, the Gotham BBC allowed an ace. However, our 2nd base tender Sleepy made sure that was the only ace we allowed. With Neshanock on 1st and 2nd base, Sleepy gobbled up the ground ball tagged the runner going from 1st to 2nd and deftly threw to 1st base to force the striker our. Two hands in 1 play, Huzzah! By the end of the 5th frame the Gotham BBC had a commanding lead of 13-1.
The Gotham BBC scored 5 more aces and allowed 3 more. The final score was Gotham BBC 18 Neshanock 4
Collector, lf 3-4, 1-2b, 2-o, 3-a, 4-sb 1-bb
Oates, ss 3-4, 1-2b, 1-o, 4-a, 4-sb, 1-bb
Monk, 1b 3-5, 2-o, 2-a 4-sb
Scratch, c 2-5, 1-2b, 3-o, 1-sb
Crash, cf 2-5, 3-o
Sleepy, 2b 2-5, 3-o, 2-a, 4-sb
Hanky, rf 3-5, 1-2b, 2-o, 2-a, 2-sb
Hammer, 3b/rf/2b 3-5, 2-o, 2-a, 2-sb
Bugs, p 2-5, 3-o, 2-a, 2-sb
Stacks, 3b 1-5, 4-o, 1-a
Weed and his Sprout arrived and the match began! It started very differently than the first one when the Neshanock scored 9 aces through a combination of well placed strikes, sloppy fielding and Bugs' inability to pitch into the new strike zone (or get the proper call). The Gotham BBC responded to the 9 aces with one of their own. Collector walked, stole 2nd base and Oates hit him home with a 3 base hit. Unfortunately he was left there.
In the 2nd frame, the Gotham BBC pulled off a nice 2 out in one play, when Scratch made a nice diving catch and instigated a successful run down between 1st and 2nd. This play held the Neshanock to 2 aces. In the bottom of the 2nd frame, the Gotham BBC batted around scoring 6 aces and Monk had a 3 base hit.
In the 3rd frame, Hanky hit a 1 base hit and then got caught stealing. The striker, Bugs, hit a screeching line drive that was surely was going to be a 3 base hit, unfortunately for him, the dejected Hanky was still strolling off the field and the ball hit Hanky! The umpire called it a dead ball and Bugs proceeded to pop up to the pitcher.
In the 4th frame, with Weed's adept base coaching, the Gotham BBC batted around twice. Collector, Monk and Stacks each scored twice. Feeling bad for the Neshanock and wanting to put an end to the drubbing, Scratch decided to get himself out by trying to steal 4th base. He succeeded. This was one of the most productive innings the team has ever had. By the end of the 4th frame the score was Gotham BBC 22 Neshanock 12.
In the 5th frame the striker Sleepy assisted with an ace. With Monk on 3rd base, the pitcher pitched the ball. Sleepy let the ball hit him on the head and Monk scampered home!
In the 6th frame, with the Neshanock threatening with runners on all the bases, the striker hit a screeching line drive to 3rd base. With instant reaction, Stacks caught the ball, ending the Neshanock threat.
With both teams hot and tired, the match was called at the end of the 7th frame with the final score Gotham BBC 28 Neshanock 17.
Collector, lf 2-3, 1-o, 4-a, 2-sb, 2-bb
Oates, ss 3-4, 1-2b, 1-3b, 1-o, 4-a, 1-sb, 1-bb
Monk, 1b 4-5, 1-2b, 1-3b, 1-o, 4-a, 2-sb
Scratch, c 4-5, 4-2b, 2-o, 1-a, 1-sb
Sleepy, 2b/ss 2-5, 3-o, 1-a
Crash, cf 1-4, 3-o, 2-a, 2-sb, 1-bb
Sprout, rf 1-4, 3-o, 2-a, 4-sb, 1-bb
Hanky, rf 4-5, 1-2b, 1-o, 3-a, 1-sb
Bugs, p 3-5, 2-o, 3-a, 1-sb
Stacks, 3b 4-5, 1-2b, 1-o, 4-a, 5-sb
Weed, 2b/base coach
Heroes of the Day
Offense - Oates
Defense - Collector
Offense - Monk, Oates and Hanky (They renamed the field after him HankiField)