Gotham Base Ball Club of New York vs Elizabeth Resolutes
Frank Golden Park, College Point, New York
August 13, 2011
The Gotham BBC arrived, per usual, a little late, much to the surprise of Elizabeth Captain Quickstep. (Why do I have to get a telegraph from Quickstep at 7:30 am asking us where we are, when our game is at 12 pm?) No matter, we were ready to play.
The first match began with the Gotham BBC at the line. Monk and Wickets scored in that half of the frame and the Resolutes followed with 3 aces of their own. In the 2nd frame no team scored. In the 3rd frame Scratch scored an ace on a walk, steal of 2nd and a cross of 4th base after Crash's 2 base hit. The Resolutes followed with 0 aces of their own. In the 4th frame, again the Gotham BBC scored 1 ace with a Monk 1 base hit, steal of 2nd and a cross of 4th base on Scratch's 1 base hit. The Resolutes followed with 0 aces of their own. In the 5th frame, no team scored. By the end of the 5th frame, the score was Gotham BBC 4 Elizabeth Resolutes 3.
In the 6th frame, the Gotham BBC scored scored on Weed's 2 base hit and hands by Professor and Monk. Of course, Weed hurts himself during the play. In the bottom of that frame, the Gotham BBC forgot how to limit the damage and played catch with themselves while Resolutes ran the bases. We really need to learn that fundamental rule of controlling the opponent's base running. By the end of the frame, the Resolutes scored 3 aces. In the 7th frame, the Gotham BBC scored 0 aces and the Resolutes scored 1. Stacks ended the frame with a nice line drive catch. Again, in the 8th frame, the Gotham BBC scored 0 and the Resolutes score 1. In the top of the 9th frame, the Gotham BBC scored 0 aces. Game over, Gotham BBC 5 Resolutes 8.
Monk, c 2-5, 3-o, 2-a, 1-sb
Scratch, lf 1-4, 3-o, 1-a, 2-sb, 1-bb
Oates, ss 0-4
Wickets, p 1-4, 3-o, 1-a, 1-sb
Crash, cf 2-4, 1-2b, 2-o, 1-sb
Hanky, rf 2-4, 2-o
Stacks, 3b 1-4, 4-o
Weed, 1b 2-4, 2-o, 1-a, 1-sb
Professor, 2b 0-4
The second match of the day began with the Gotham BBC in the field and a redesigned team. Without regard to his teammates' feelings and right in front of their faces, Oates happily took cash from the Resolutes to leave for the day. Unfortunately, we had to settle on our worst nightmare, Scratch at short stop.
In the top of the 1st frame, the Resolutes scored 2 aces. In the bottom of the frame, Monk struck and stole bases to get himself to 3rd base. He would eventually come home on Wickets' 1 base hit. In the top of the 2nd frame, Crash ran 1 mile to catch a booming strike and 1 bound. Neither team would score that frame. In the 3rd frame, the Resolutes scored 1 ace and the Gotham BBC scored none. In the 3rd frame, the Resolutes scored 1 ace and the Gotham BBC scored 1 on Scratch's 2 base hit and well struck 1 base hit by Wickets. By the end of the 3rd frame the score was Gotham BBC 2 Resolutes 4
In the top of the 4th frame, the Resolutes scored 2 aces and the Gotham BBC responded with 0 of their own. In the top of the 5th frame the Resolutes scored 4 aces and the Gotham BBC scored 1. In the 7th frame, the Gotham BBC was threatening. Wickets raced himself around the bases, thieving two of them to get to 3rd. With Crash at the line, the team was ready for another ace. Crash struck the ball down the 3rd base line, drawing the 3rd base tender, pitcher and catcher to the ball. Wickets watched while Crash got to 1st base and then decided to run. The 1st base tender threw to the catcher and Wickets was tagged out. No team scored that frame.
In the top of the 8th frame with 1 hand and a Resolute on 1st base, the striker hit a towering fly ball to short stop. Scratch realized he could make the double play by letting the ball drop. This was a pretty cool idea but he only let it drop once. The striker was out and there was no force at 2nd base. No aces were scored the rest of the game. The final score was Gotham BBC 3 Resolutes 10
Monk, c 2-5, 3-o, 1-a, 2-sb
Scratch, ss 2-5, 1-2b, 3-o, 2-a, 2-sb
Wickets, p 3-4, 3-o, 3-sb
Crash, lf 1-5, 4-o
Hanky, rf 0-4
Stacks, 3b 0-4
Weed, 1b 2-4, 3-o
Professor, 2b 3-4, 1-2b, 3-o
Heroes of the Day
Defensive: Weed (Catching or stopping most throws to 1b. The rest of the throws sailed way over his head for him to do anything about.)