Newark, NJ - 7/27/2008 - On a beautiful Sunday afternoon the Gothams crossed both the Hudson and Passaic Rivers to meet their foes, the Newark Eureka, in Riverbank Park. Neither coach nor ferry could keep the Gothams from playing on this fine day, at least most of the Gothams. Shoeless accidentally got on a ferry headed up the Passaic River instead of simply crossing it, but he managed to arrive in time to start the match in which the Gothams returned to their winning ways, not once, but twice. The tallies in these 2 contests had the Mighty Gothams ahead 12-4 and 7-4.
Game 1 - 1864 Rules:
The first match clearly began as a duel between two fine pitchers; The Eureka's Melky and the Gothams own Coach. Neither club was able to tally an ace in the 1st 3 frames. For the Gothams it was mostly the Coach and Scratch show. Coach only allowed one Newark runner to reach base, but Scratch eliminated him with a trick play. Scratch retrieved a foul tick and threw the ball into center field to trick Hammer into thinking it was an erroneous throw, but Coach promptly covered 2nd base to retrieve the throw from Quickstep to put Hammer out for running on a foul ball. Coach then retired all 6 Newark Strikers in the 2nd and 3rd innings, with the last 3 all on foul ticks to Scratch behind the plate.
Newark finally broke through in the 4th to tally a single ace and take a short-lived lead. The Gotham Strikers struck with a vengeance in the 5th inning. Yankee, the Gotham Muffin started the onslaught with a one base hit. Swampfox, Weed, Scratch, Coach, Stacks, Trolley, and Wombat all followed with consecutive hits and pilfered bases. After 2 hands were down, the Shoeless and Swampfox added additional hit to help tally 9 aces in the frame to give the Mighty Gothams a commanding lead that they would not relinquish. Newark would manage to tally twice in their half of the 5th, whilst neither club would tally in the 6th leaving the score at 9-3 in the Gothams favor after 6 innings.
The Gothams, however, were not finished. After Wombat and Yankee reached on one-base hits, Shoeless smashed a deep drive to left center field that would not be caught. As Wombat and Yankee lumbered around the bases to tally aces, Shoeless attempted to do the same, but as with his mishap with the ferry earlier in the day he seemingly got lost around 3rd base and failed to tally an ace on his own and settled on a 3-base hit instead of 4. Not to worry though, Swampfox drove him in with a finely place hit. Newark tallied once in their half of the frame, but no more aces would be tallied by either club for the remainder of this match, leaving the final tally at 12-4 in the Gothams favor.
The big story of this game was the spectacular pitching of Coach and the quick hands of Scratch to catch many a foul tick.
Game 1 - Individual Statistics:
Swampfox - 5-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Weed - 2-5, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Scratch - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Coach - 1-5, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Stacks - 1-5, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Trolley - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Wombat - 3-5, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Yankee - 2-5, 2 Aces
Shoeless - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 Aces
Game 2 - 1864 Rules:
The 2nd match got off to a dubious start for the Gothams. A combination of fine Newark hitting and Porous Gotham Field work led to 3 Newark aces in the top of the 1st. The Gothams got right back with an ace of their own when Weed reached on a base on balls, pilfered 2nd and 3rd bases and tallied on a 2-base hit by Scratch. Coach then continued his masterful pitching performance by Chicagoing the Eureka for the next 5 frames while the Gothams methodically tallied one ace at a time. Shoeless started off the 2nd with a 2-base hit, swiped 3rd and tallied on Wombat's base on balls to bring the Gothams within 1. The first 3 Newark strikers reached base in the 3rd before Coach shut them down with a foul tick to the catcher, a strike out and a fly to left. Swampfox and Weed began the Gotham 3rd with one base hits and several acts of thievery and eventually tallied their aces on a 3-base hit off the bat of Coach to give the Gothams a 4-3 lead after 3.
Trolley led off the 4th with a one base hit, pilfered 2 bases and tallied on Wombat's hit. Scratch tallied an ace in the 5th on a base on balls an errant pickoff attempt at 1st and a bound out to centerfield by Coach. Trolley again started the action in the 6th with a finely placed fair-foul hit for 2 bases, swiped 3rd, and tallied on Wombat's bound out to 3rd. Meanwhile, the Eureka failed to tally during this time, which allowed the Gothams to build a 7-3 lead. The Eureka tallied once more in the 7th, but that would end the tallying on this fine day. Both Coach and Horse (who entered the game in relief for Newark) prevented any more aces from tallying.
As was true in the first match, the second match was ruled by the exquisite pitching by Coach and the overall fine field work displayed by the Gothams. With these 2 victories, the Gothams have reached double-digits in wins for the first time in team history! Until next time…Huzzah!!!
Game 2 - Individual Statistics:
Swampfox - 1-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Weed - 2-3, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 4 SB
Scratch - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 Ace
Coach - 1-4, 1 3B
Stacks - 1-4, 1 SB
Shoeless - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Trolley - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Wombat - 1-2, 1 BB, 1 SB
Yankee - 0-3