August 2, 2008
Game 1 - Newtown Sandy Hooks 15 - Gothams 3
Game 2 - Gothams 15 - Waterbury Conners 10
Old Bethpage, LI - 8/2/2008 - The Gothams traveled out to Old Bethpage, Long Island for the festival held each year on these fine grounds, where clubs from near and far come to play this beautiful game of base ball. As always the setting, festivities and camaraderie are second to none. The Gothams began their day in a sleep-filled daze, whilst still managing to appear on the field in a match against the much better prepared Newtown Sandy Hooks. The Newtown club was awake and ready to play and proceeded to out play the Gothams in every facet of the game resulting in a 15-3 thrashing by the Sandy Hooks. Somehow the Mighty Gothams managed to collect themselves after their initial brutal beating to play an exquisite game against the Waterbury Conners, almost as if they were struck by lightening to add energy into all of their ballists. Though the game was tough and hard fought, the Gothams did manage to defeat the Waterbury club for the first time by a final tally of 15-10 to split the 2 games with the clubs from Connecticut.
Game 1 Vs Newtown Sandy Hooks - 1864 Rules:
The Sandy Hook pitcher Phil Chicagoed the Gothams in the 1st frame and continued to do so for each of the next 4 innings as well. Coach, the Gotham pitcher, did not fare quite as well. The Newtown club reached base at will with finely stroked base hits and several balls placed carefully through the hands of Gotham fielders, off their legs and over their heads. Before anyone relied what had occurred, the infamous Gotham inning struck in each of the first and 2nd innings leaving the Gothams behind 10-0 very quickly. Fortunately for the Gothams, things settled down thereafter. The Gothams managed to avoid being Chicagoed for the game, by tallying their first ace in the 6th inning thanks to the fleet-footed Stacks. He reached on a one-base hit, pilfered 2nd base, moved to 3rd on a one-base hit by Coach and tallied his ace by swiping home as part of an attempted double steal. Unfortunately Coach was put out at 2nd base.
The Sandy Hooks continued their fine play both on the field and with the bat tallying twice in the 4th and thrice more in the 7th to build a 15-1 lead that would not be matched. Collector did however start a comeback of sorts with a booming leadoff base on balls, followed by thefts of 2nd and 3rd base and an ace tallied on El Presidente's base hit. Presidente reached 3rd on a rare error by the Sandy Hooks shortstop and tallied the 3rd and final Gotham ace on Trolley's base hit. In the end, the Gothams were simply outplayed by their opponent on this day.
Game 1 - Individual Statistics:
Dog - 0-5
Stacks - 3-4, 1 Ace, 4 SB
Scratch - 1-4, 1 SB
Coach - 1-4
Collector - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 2 SB
El Presidente - 3-4, 1 Ace
Wombat - 0-4
Trolley - 2-4, 2 SB
Express - 0-1
Youngblade - 0-1
Wickets - 0-1
Game 2 Vs. Waterbury Conners - 1864 Rules:
This match would be different for the Gothams than any before against this fine opponent. Collector led off the game with a one-base hit and 2 pilfered bases and quickly tallied the first ace of the game on Scratch's one base hit. After a theft of 2nd by Scratch and a big 2-base hit from Coach, couple with a misplay by the Waterbury center fielder the Gothams built an early 3-0 lead. Coach held the Conners scoreless in their half of the inning thanks to 2 foul ticks caught by the Catcher Scratch and another fine play by Scratch on a short daisy cutter to throw the ball to the muffin Gotham 1st base tender Cojo for the final hand. The Gothams failed to tally in the 2nd, but the Conners got back into the game with 2 aces of their own. Collector again started the action just as lightning struck the field he naturally struck the ball into right centerfield four a 4-base hit and a 4-2 Gotham lead before the monsoon hit and the players scampered off the field to safety with the aid of sudsy beverages.
Once the rain stopped, Coach put the Waterbury strikers out in order with the aid of fine field work from Wickets at Shortstop and Cojo at 1st. The Gotham strikers got right back to work in the 4th with each of Scratch, Coach, and Cojo reaching safely on one base hits and taking advantage of balks, wild Pitches and several acts of thievery to tally 3 times to build a 7-2 lead. This time the Conners would not stay silent though, they tallied thrice more to get right back in the match. Neither club would tally in the 5th as the Gothams again retired the Conners in order with the aid of a fair-foul attempt by Captain Jim of the Conners somehow hitting a piece of wood and caroming right back to Scratch to throw him out at 1st. Finally, Coach had an easy last out as the final Conner striker failed to even attempt to run out his daisy cutter. The 6th inning would be quite different. Collector again started the festivities with a one-base hit. He advanced to 2nd on a balk and to 3rd on Dog's one-base hit. Scratch then continued his fine play by hitting a monumental short for a 4-base hit allowing 3 aces to tally. Coach followed with a one-base hit and a pilfered base before Cojo, the Gothams muffin, struck a mighty shot of his own for a 3-base hit to allow Coach to tally, before tallying himself on Stacks fly out to left. The Conners, however, regrouped quickly and took advantage of the dreaded Gotham inning to tally 5 times themselves to Bring the score to 12-10 in the Gothams favor after 6 frames were complete.
Wombat got things started in the 7th with a one-base hit, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and moved to 3rd on Jammer's one-base hit. Collector then reached on a fielder's choice, swiped 2nd, moved up on Dog's hit, which tallied Wombat, but was then gunned down at home plate on a fine throw by the Conners center fielder as Captain Jim applied the tag at the plate to end the inning. Collector redeemed himself on the field with a fine catch, bobble, and catch on the bound of a foul fly to help Coach Chicago the Conners in the 7th. Dog then led off the 8th with a one-base hit and 2 acts of thievery, but he got greedy and was thrown out at home plate by the Conner left fielder for the first hand down. Scratch then followed suit with a one-base hit and 2 pilfered bases, but he held at 3rd until Coach brought him home with a hit of his own. That Ace was quite a big one as well because this ace allowed Scratch to become only the 2nd Gotham to tally 100 aces. Coach then swiped 2nd, but was caught trying the same at 3rd for the 2nd out and 2nd Gotham to be put out on the bases this inning. Cojo then used his keen eye to draw a base on balls, swipe 2 bases, and tally an ace on another base on balls to Stacks to give the Gothams a 15-10 lead which they would make hold up.
Coach Chicagoed the Waterbury club again in the 8th with the aid of a fine play by El Presidente, the Gotham center fielder running past the fence in right to catch a ball on the bound for an out. The Conners then Chicagoed the Gothams as well in the 9th. The Conners lead off hitter reached 2nd with a finely stroked hit, but was put out at 3rd base for the first hand when he attempted to swipe the base, but was easily thrown out by Scratch and tagged by Trolley. Coach then promptly got the next 2 Conner striker's out to give the Gothams their first victory against this fine club. It was a very fine match by both clubs, which the many fans appreciated by clapping in the end. The 2 clubs then headed off to the barn to celebrate a successful 1st day of the great Old Bethpage festival with the other ballists over some liquid barley and other fine foods. Until next time…Huzzah!!!
Game 2 - Individual Statistics:
Collector - 3-4, 1 HR, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Dog - 3-5, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Scratch - 5-5, 1 HR, 4 Aces, 5 SB
Coach - 4-4, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Cojo - 2-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Stacks - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
El Presidente - 1-4
Wickets - 0-4
Trolley - 0-4
Wombat - 2-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Jammer - 1-4