Jersey City, NJ - 7/18/2009 - 7 Mighty Gothams woke at dawn to traverse the Hudson River by ferry to face their new opponent from Jersey City, the Skeeters for a 9 AM battle. An interesting battle is was too. Somehow these two heroic nines appears to be playing for both sides at once, but an illusion is what it must have been. The 1st match, which was played by some strange an new fangled rules brought upon by this fine Jersey club, with the pitcher, now deemed a hurler tossing the ball in an overhand fashion, whilst the Jersey club also wore leather covering over their hands. After an early struggle, the Gothams learned the new rules and came out on top by a tally of 10-1. In the 2nd match of the morning, the Gothams played the more traditional game of base ball and were again victorious by the final tall of 12-4. In the overall, two fine matches were played by these two clubs from opposing sides of the Hudson.
Game 1 - 1903 Rules:
The Gothams began this match slowly as they were held to no aces in the first frame, but the Gotham hurler Scratch matched the muckle of the Skeeter's hurler by holding them without an ace as well. Ringer, however, led off the 2nd inning by reaching on a one-base hit and committed 2 acts of thievery to reach the 3rd base and was able to tally on revolver Hammer's one base hit. After Hammer too committed a theft of 2nd base, Flytrap brought him home with a safely struck ball as well. Whilst the Gothams would not tally again for 2 more frames, Scratch continued his magnificent hurling by keeping the Skeeters off balance with an array of bending pitches and fast thrown balls. He broke down only once to let the Skeeters tally once in the 3rd, but would not be scored upon again.
The big blows from the Gothams came in the top of the 5th inning as a merry-go-round was build on the base paths. Coach began the inning by reaching on a base on balls, which was quickly followed by consecutive one-base hits from Ringer, Trolley, Slider, and Flytrap, a booming 2-bagger by Crash and 2 more one base hits from Scratch and Coach. Combined with several more acts of thievery on the bases, the Gothams managed to tally 8 times in the inning, whilst Scratch would again hold the Jersey club scoreless the rest of the match to seal the victory by the final tally of 10-1.
Game 1 - Individual Statistics:
Flytrap - 3-4, 1 Ace 1 SB
Crash - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace
Scratch - 3-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB, 1 Win
Coach - 2-3, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 4 SB
Ringer - 2-4, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Trolley - 1-3, 1 Ace
Slider - 1-3
Hammer (Neshanock) - 2-3, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Game 2 - 1864 Rules:
Getting back to the more traditional style of base ball the Gothams were clearly comfortable from the outset. Coach Chicagoed the Jersey club in the 1st, but the Gothams would not be denied as such. Flytrap began the Gotham onslaught with a one-base hit and a theft of 2nd. He tallied the 1st ace of the match on another one-base hit by Crash. Scratch followed in similar fashion, but the Coach started what would be a very good day with the bat by throttling a deep hit for 2 bases to tally twice more..he then tallied on Ringer's daisy cutter to 1st to give the Gothams a 4-0 lead that would not be relinquished. Neither club could tally in the 2nd, whilst Coach Chicagoed the Skeeters for the 3rd time in the 3rd and took care of business by himself in the Gotham half with a thunderous strike to round all four bases at once, although he did appear to trot like Scratch.
The Skeeters did finally tally an ace in both the 4th and 5th frames, but the Gothams continued to tally as well. 3 aces were tallied in the 4th due to one base hits each by Flytrap, and Scratch in conjunction with bases on balls by Coach and Ringer and a flurry of thefts. The Gothams tally in the 5th was on a one-base hit by Scratch and the 3rd long hit of the afternoon by Coach as he made at least 3 bases again. Coach Chicagoed the Skeeters again in the 6th. The Gothams however would not be idle in their half inning. Trolley began the walk around the bases with a base on balls, followed by the Gothams all-time base on balls leader Slider following in the same manor. One-base hits by Flytrap, Coach, and Ringer resulted in tallies thrice more to build a 12-2 Gotham advantage.
The Jersey Club would not go down without a fight. They battled hard to the end and tallied twice in the last inning before succumbing to the Gotham victory by a final tally of 12-4. The Jersey club acted as the finest hosts as they led the Gothams by horse and carriage into town for a fine feast of Beer and Brats at the town hall called Zeppelin. On the whole, two fine games were played by these two clubs on a beautiful day in New Jersey. Until next time…Huzzah!
Game 2 - Individual Statistics:
Flytrap - 3-5, 3 Aces, 4 SB
Crash - 1-5, 1 Ace
Scratch - 3-5, 3 aces, 4 SB
Coach - 4-4, 2 3B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 Aces, 2 SB
Ringer - 1-4, 1 BB
Trolley - 04, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Slider - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 2 SB