Central Park's North Meadow - 8/25/2007 - On a brutally hot sunny day in Central Park the Gothams were scorched, not once, but twice by the mostly young and spry Club from Waterbury. In the first match the Waterbury Connors stormed out to an 8-0 lead in the 1st inning on line drive after line drive and did not stop until they had defeated the mighty Gothams by an obscene tally of 25-3 after 7 innings. The 2nd match was better for the Gothams as they hung in for 5 frames before wilting in the heat and losing 20-11.Game 1 - 1864 Rules:
The Waterbury club wasted no time in the scorching heat and throttled the Gothams for 8 aces before the Gothams had the chance to bat. Trolley looked like Charlie Brown in the pitcher's box with line drives being struck all around him. A bit of heady field work by Kansas at shortstop and Trolley at pitcher did manage to hold the Connors to single aces in the 2nd and 3rd frames, but the rookie pitcher from the Waterbury club Chicagoed the Gothams for the first 3 innings. The Waterbury scorching would not relent though as they tallied 8 more times in the 4th inning with the aid of several holes in the Gotham hands as they did all they could to not catch the ball when struck. Before any knew what had occurred Waterbury had built a tremendous lead by a tally of 18-0!
The Gotham bats came to life briefly during the 4th inning when Scratch, Shoeless, Trolley, and Justin combined one-base hits and fleet footwork to swipe several bases and tally 2 aces, but there would not be much more of an attack from the mighty Gothams. They were Chicagoed again in the 5th and 6th innings whilst Waterbury tallied 7 more aces through the top of the 7th to build there insurmountable lead up to 25-2. The Gothams only managed to tally one more ace before this massacre was over and that was thanks to the fine play of Justin in his Gotham debut. He reached on a one-base hit, swiped 2nd and 3rd bases to bring his total to 5 thefts on this hellacious day, and tallied his ace on a one-base hit by Welsh. This was not the best game of the year by any means for this Gotham club, but at the same they had to tip their hats to the fine play of the Waterbury club.
Individual Stats Game 1:
Kansas - 0-3
Wickets - 0-3
Scratch - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Shoeless - 1-3, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Trolley - 1-3, 1 SB
Justin - 3-3, 1 Ace, 5 SB
Dutch - 0-3
Welsh - 1-3
Preacher - 0-3
Batman - 0-2
Game 2 - 1864 Rules:
The 2nd game started much better for the Gothams as Wickets produced an ace by his lonesome self in the 1st inning. He reached on a one-base hit and promptly swiped 2 bases and tallied an ace on Scratch's bound out to left field, which gave the Gothams their 1st lead of the day. Then for the first time (and unfortunately last time) on this day Trolley Chicagoed the Connors, thanks in part to the Gotham catcher Justin alertly throwing a foul tip back to Trolley and on to Shoeless at first to catch the careless Waterbury runner. The Gothams then built on their lead when Justin smashed a 2-base hit, swiped another base and tallied on Preacher's one-base hit. Preacher was able to tally his ace as well on a two-base hit by Welsh to bring the tally to 3-0 in favor of the mighty Gothams. The Connors managed to tally twice in the 2nd, but the Gothams came right back with 2 more aces in the 3rd. Kansas, Scratch, Shoeless, and Justin all reached on one-base hits, performed acts of thievery and allowed Kansas and Scratch to tally aces. Even though the Connors tallied twice more in their half of the 3rd, the Gothams held a 5-4 lead after 3 frames in what was now a game.
The Gothams were Chicagoed in the 4th which gave the Waterbury club their chance to take the lead….and they did so with 3 aces, but not without more fight from the Gothams. Trolley and Kansas each reached on one-base hits in the 5th and tallied their aces on a two-base hit by Scratch. A one-base hit by Justin brought home Scratch to give the Gothams their last lead of the day at 8-7. With a big 5 aces tallied in their half of the 5th the Connors took a 12-8 lead they would not relinquish. Whilst the Gothams were again Chicagoed in the 6th, the Connors continued to tally, in fact, 4 more aces in the 6th gave them a 16-8 lead.
The Gothams tallied single aces in each of the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, while the Connors tallied twice in each of the 7th and 8th innings to complete their 20-11 victory over the Gothams. All was not bad for the Gothams as players such as Justin made their Gotham debuts with a bang. He had 7 hits in 8 plate appearances and stole an amazing 9 bases while playing fine defense as a catcher. Welsh made several excellent plays in center field, and Kansas continued his fine play at shortstop. The Gothams were also appreciative of a fine umpiring job by the splendiferous Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw and his son Batman's play on the field.
Although the Gothams melted in the brutal heat, 2 fine games were played by the mighty Gothams and their more than worthy opponents from Waterbury. Until next time…Huzzah!!
Individual Stats Game 2:
Kansas - 4-5, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Wickets - 2-5, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Scratch - 3-5, 2 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Shoeless - 1-4, 1 SB
Justin - 4-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 4 SB
Preacher - 3-5, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Welsh - 1-5, 1 2B
Dutch - 0-4
Batman - 1-4
Trolley - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 Aces