Gotham Base Ball Club of New York vs Newtown Sandy Hooks
July 16, 2011
Sandy Hook, CT
The Gotham BBC sallied forth from New York City ready to take on any base ball team and that team just happened to be the Newtown Sandy Hooks. When the Gotham BBC players arrived their swagger turned to anger when they realized their home field is not as beautiful as the Sandy Hooks. No matter! We were there to play base ball, not to stew.
The first game began with the Gotham BBC as strikers and we went down 1, 2, 3 hands, setting the defensive tone of the game. In the bottom half of the 1st frame, the Gotham BBC followed the Sandy Hooks defense with some nice fielding but did allow an ace. In the 2nd frame, Sleepy walked, stole 2nd and 3rd and came home on Coach's strike to the 2nd base tender.
In the 3rd frame neither team scored. In the bottom of the 4th frame, the Sandy Hooks scored 2 aces on a couple of Gotham miscues and well struck balls. In the 5th frame, Scratch hit a 2 base hit and scored an ace on a well struck ball by Sleepy. In the 6th frame, the Sandy Hooks scored an ace. In the bottom half of the 7th frame, in a run-down, Monk did his worst el Presidente impression by catching the ball, continuing the play, ripping his nail and NOT breaking his finger. Needless to say, the team was let down because we all enjoy a good impression or two. Also, practicing does help because we almost successfully executed that run down we practiced the week before. Monk threw his arm up as he chased the runner down. Bugs yelled "NOW!" Monk spent a split second trying to figure out why his finger was hurting. And the runner slid safely into 2nd.
In the the bottom half of the 8th frame, Scratch embarrassed a Sandy Hook, FORESHAME! With a runner on 2nd base, the striker hit the ball foul. Scratch picked the ball up and threw the ball over the 2nd base tender's head. The runner ran. The Gotham team yelled at Scratch for being such the poor player that he is. Coach calmly jogged to 2nd base. Crash threw to Coach at 2nd base and the Umpire called the runner out. Huzzah! at our opponent's expense!
In the top half of the 9th frame with the Gotham BBC down by 2 aces, the Gotham BBC was ready to strike. Coach struck the ball and got to 1st base. Unfortunately, he got thrown out trying to steal 2nd base. Flytrap, struck the ball and got to 1st base. Fortunately, he stole 2nd base. Crash hit an imposing 2 base hit and Flytrap ran to 3rd base. With 1 hand down, the Gotham BBC had it going on (the "it going on" phrase was invented in 1856). The sleeping offensive machine, Hanky was going to wake up and bring everyone home. He swung at the first pitch and hit a weak fly ball to the third base tender. The mighty Bugs strode to the plate, ready to smoke a line drive and "plate" the two aces. Bugs worked the count going all the way to 2 balls and 2 strikes. With his patented mighty swing, Bugs hit the ground ball to the third base tender, Bugs raced down the line, but was too late. Game over. Gotham BBC 2 Newtown Sandy Hooks 4
Collector, lf 1-3, 2-o, 1-sb
Monk, 1b 0-2, 2-o
Scratch, c 1-3, 1-2b, 2-o, 1-a
Sleepy, ss/1b 1-2, 1-o, 1-a, 2-sb, 1-bb
Coach, p 1-3, 3-o
Flytrap, ss 1-3, 2-o, 1-sb
Crash, cf 1-3, 1-2b, 2-o
Hanky, rf 0-3, 3-o
Bugs, 2b 0-3, 3-o
Stryker, rf 1-2, 2-o
Stacks, 3b 1-2, 1-o, 1-sb
Weed, 2b 0-2, 2-o
Professor, 3b 0-2
After a 10 minute break and some 1864 rule clarification, the Gotham BBC took to the field. The Sandy Hooks scored 1 ace in the top of the 1st frame. The Gotham BBC responded with a few aces of their own. Collector hit a 2 base hit. Monk hit a 1 base hit and Collector crossed 4th base. Scratch hit a 1 base hit and Monk crossed 4th base. Sleepy hit a 1 base hit and Scratch crossed 4th base. Flytrap hit a one base hit and Sleepy went to 3rd base. Flytrap stole 2nd base. With Sleepy and Flytrap on the bases, Hanky strode to the plate. Calm, cool and collected, Hanky took a few pitches and then hit a mighty blast to right field into the trees. Sleepy strolled to 4th base. Flytrap ran to 4th base and Hanky ended up at 1st base. Huzzah!
In the top of the 2nd frame, Stryker started cheering for the Sandy Hooks. Odd, no? We will keep a close eye on this "Gentleman." And we wonder why the Sandy Hooks scored 1 ace in that frame. In the bottom of the frame, Weed drew a walk but his teammates left him on the base paths.
In the 3rd frame, the Sandy Hooks scored another ace and the Gotham BBC responded with 2 of their own. By the top of the 4th frame, the Gotham BBC's defense was letting the brakes off "ol' Iron Horse" and was cruising through those Sandy Hooks. For the first two hands, Coach confounded the Sandy Hooks with his masterful pitching and making them foul tip to Scratch. Then the "ol' Iron Horse" hit deadman's curve and crashed. After a number of foul pitches, one of which Stacks should have caught to end the frame, the Sandy Hook hit an opposite field strike. The Sandy Hooks proceeded to score 3 aces. The Gotham BBC did score 1 in their half of the frame. By the end of the 4th frame, the score was Gotham BBC 8 Sandy Hooks 6.
In the top of the 5th frame, Flytrap's throw to 1st base was a bit off, but Sleepy made a great snag to get the striker out. With 1 ace in and the bases full of Sandy Hooks, Coach took over. On 5 pitches, Coach struck out the striker! The Gotham BBC followed with 1 ace of their own. In the 6th and 7th frames neither team scored. Stacks did get a shout out from Collector as Stacks rounded 3rd base. In the top of the 8th frame, the Sandy Hooks scored an ace and were threatening more. With two hands and a Sandy Hook striker waving the bat around as if he "just don't care!," the Gotham BBC defense was bearing down. Coach pitched the ball; the striker struck a perfect line drive to Stacks; and the Gotham BBC defense walked off the field. In the bottom half of the 8th frame, Collector struck for a 1 base hit; stole 2nd; and crossed 4th base on Sleepy's 1 base hit. By the end of the 8th frame, the score was Gotham BBC 10 Sandy Hooks 8.
On to the 9th frame. The Sandy Hooks struck well and scored aces! Oh the humanity! They scored 2 aces against the mighty Gotham BBC and it could have been worse. With a Sandy Hook streaking to 4th base, Scratch took the throw from his fellow Gotham and applied a perfect tag to get the last out! In the bottom of the 9th, Flytrap, Crash and Hanky went up to the plate and walked back to the bench. On to more frames and more Base Ball!
In the 10th frame, both teams were held scoreless. Stacks made another great catch at 3rd base. In the 11th, Coach pitched superbly keeping the Sandy Hooks flummoxed with his changing speeds and directions. In the bottom of the 11th frame, Weed ran out a 1 base hit. Professor, with a base runner (Stacks), struck the ball and stood to admire it. Taking a cue from Collector, Stacks, yelled in his loudest voice "DROP THE BAT!" and the base runner ran to 1st successfully. Weed tweaked something in his leg and needed a substitute runner, Styker. Collector went to the plate, took a few pitches and then stroked a beautiful hit to right field. Weed (Styker) tagged 3rd base and tagged 4th base. Gotham BBC 11 Newtown Sandy Hooks 10.
Collector, lf 4-5, 1-2b, 1-o, 3-a, 2-sb
Monk, 1b 3-4, 1-o, 2-a, 3-sb
Scratch, c 2-4, 2-o, 2-a, 1-sb
Sleepy, ss/1b 2-4, 2-o, 2-a, 1-sb
Coach, p 0-3, 3-o, 1-sb, 1-bb
Flytrap, ss 1-4, 3-o, 1-a, 1-sb
Crash, cf 1-4, 3-o, 1-sb
Hanky, rf 1-4, 3-o
Bugs, 2b 1-3, 1-2b, 2-o, 1-a, 1-bb
Stryker, rf 1-4, 3-o, 1-sb
Stacks, 3b 1-4, 3-o, 1-sb
Weed, 2b 2-3, 1-o, 1-a,, 1-sb, 1-bb
Professor, 3b 1-4, 3-o
Both teams agreed that these were the best games they've played that day, nay this season! Both teams played tight defense and had some well struck balls.
Heroes of the Day
Defense: Gotham BBC (though Coach's pitching deserves special mention, see 2nd game)
Worst impression of an active Gotham: Monk
Defense: Coach and Scratch (Coach kept the base runners honest with his quick moves and throws to first, and his changes in pitch speed and location. That changing speed and location caused the Sandy Hooks to keep fouling the ball to Scratch who proceeded to make spectacular catches.)