August 3, 2008
Game 1 - Gothams 6 - Chesapeake & Potomac BBC 3
Game 2 - Gothams 15 - Olneyville 4
Old Bethpage, LI - 8/3/2008 - On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Gothams came out ready to play on this 2nd day of the great Old Bethpage Festival. The Gothams 1st match of the day was against the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club…and a hard fought match it was as the 2 clubs battled back and forth before the Gothams came out victorious by a 6-3 tally. The Gothams faced a new opponent in the 2nd match, but the result was the same. The opponent was Olneyville, who had traveled all the way from Rhode Island for the match only to see the Gothams play as good a game as they have in the past to defeat this fine team from New England by the final tally of 15-4.
Game 1 Vs. Chesapeake & Potomac - 1864 Rules:
Coach started this day as he finished the last by holding the Maryland club scoreless in the top of the first, with aid from the usual sources as Scratch caught 2 foul ticks and Wickets made a fine play at 3rd. Scratch began the Gotham offense as well, by reaching on a one-base hit after 2 hands were down, pilfering 2 bases and tallying on Coach's one base hit to give the Gothams the lead. The Maryland club managed to tie the score in the 2nd when they decided to throw the ball around like they were playing the child's game of monkey in the middle. Thanks to Wickets catching a hard line drive and Coach retiring a striker on 3 strikes only one ace was tallied. The Gothams took the lead right back though, thanks to Shoeless and Stacks combining one-base hits and a couple acts of thievery to tally an ace and put the Gothams up for good. Nether club managed to tally in the 3rd. Coach and Scratch combined to catch 3 one-bounders for an easy inning, whilst the Maryland pitcher, Moon, kept the Gotham strikers off balance with his high arcing pitches to leave the tally at 2-1 in the Gothams favour after 3.
Both clubs were again Chicagoed in the 4th, but not without some tomfoolery by the Gothams. After Pipes of Chesapeake smashed a long drive for a 2 base hit, he was put out at 2nd when Scratch picked up a foul ball and threw it over the head of the Gotham 2nd base tender. Pipes not realizing that the ball was foul and had not gone through the pitcher's hand took off and was easily put out at 2nd for running on a foul ball. After Chesapeake was held scoreless in the 5th the Gothams tallied twice more thanks to one-base hits and pilfered bases by El Presidente and Shoeless and well placed outs by Stacks and Rugs. No aces were tallied in the 6th leaving the match at 4-1 Gothams after 6 frames.
The Maryland club began their comeback in the 7th by tallying once, but being denied of a 2nd ace by some excellent Gotham field work. Unfortunately for Pipes, who had reached base with a 2-base hit for the 2nd time in the game he was put out at the plate when Dog retrieved the ball in center field, fired it to Weed at shortstop, who then relayed the ball perfectly to Scratch at the plate for the out. After the Gothams went down meekly in their half of the 7th, Chesapeake tallied again in the 8th to get within 1. The Gotham strikers then woke again with consecutive 2-out one-base hits and thefts of 2nd by El Presidente and Shoeless and a finely stuck hit by Stacks to bring home both runners and build to the final tally of 6-3. There was one last piece of drama for the match as the Gotham left fielder, Collector, made his patented catch, bobble, and catch on the bound spectacular play to highlight the final scoreless inning thrown by Coach. As has been the case in every match between these 2 clubs, it was hard-fought, close and fun.
Game 1 - Individual Statistics:
Collector - 0-4
Dog - 0-4
Scratch - 2-3, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Coach - 1-3
Wickets - 0-3
El Presidente - 2-3, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Shoeless - 3-3, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Stacks - 2-3, 1 SB
Trolley - 0-2
Frosty - 1-2, 1 SB
Weed - 1-3, 2 SB
Game 2 Vs. Olneyville - 1864 Rules:
The Gothams began the Game with fine field work all around. Coach snagged a daisy cutter on one-bound for a quick out, followed by a pop out to Shoeless at 1st and a good throw to 1st by Wickets to snare a runner that had gone past 1st for a 1-2-3 inning. The Gothams would not go down so quietly. Collector reached on a base on balls, swiped 2 bases and tallied the 1st ace of the game on an errant throw by the Olneyville catcher. Coach and Dog each followed with one-base hits, took advantage of errant throws and swiped 3rd base before tallying aces. Shoeless then reached first with a one-base hit, becoming only the 5th Gotham to reach 100 career hits. After time was called, he tackled the Olneyville pitcher, grabbed the ball and quickly tossed it to his son Peter on the sidelines, who took off in the getaway carriage to keep the ball in remembrance of his fine accomplishment. Once Davey, the arbiter, got the game back under control, Shoeless pilfered 2 bases and tallied his ace on the 1st of 2 consecutive 2-base hits from Presidente and Weed to give the Gothams a 6-0 lead after 1 inning.
Coach had another 1-2-3 inning in the 2nd as Gotham field work shined again, with a great catch of a line drive by Collector and fine plays by Dog and Scratch as well. Trolley started things up for the Gothams in the 2nd with a one-base hit a theft of 2nd and eventually tallying on Collector's 2nd base on balls of the afternoon. Collector then stole 2 bases and tallied his ace when Scratch hit his 2-base hit off the barn to build the lead up to 8-0. Coach retired the Rhode Island club in order for the 3rd consecutive time before the Gothams tallied thrice more in the 3rd when Dog, Wickets, and El Presidente combined safe hits, errant throws and a flurry of thefts to tally their aces. In spite of Stacks stepping out to 2nd base with a skirt on he managed to catch a high fly ball after letting it bound once while being heckled by the opponent. Hits by Trolley and Scratch, combined with a base on balls to the skirt wearing Stacks, the Gothams built an insurmountable 13-0 lead after 4 inning were complete.
The Olneyville strikers came to the plate with a vengeance in the 5th and tallied their first ace of the match, then held the Gothams scoreless in their half-inning. The Gothams to ensure they would not let their fans down, made sure they had at least one Gotham inning of throwing the ball around aimlessly in the 6th to allow 2 more Olneyville aces to make this a game and failed to tally in their half inning again, leaving the score at 13-3 after 6. Coach settled down his fielders in the 7th to get the Olneyville club out without allowing an ace in either the 7th or 8th innings highlighted by more fine field work by Scratch, Shoeless, and Weed. The Gothams tallied twice in the 7th and were Chicagoed in the 8th, leaving the tally at 15-3 Gothams heading into the final frame.
The Proud Olneyville club would not go down with a fight. There leadoff striker hit a ball far over the trees in right field with a fierceness never seen before by this journalist, but to his dismay, El Presidente ran behind the trees to fetch the ball, then threw it to Collector in center field, who then threw a strike to Scratch at home plate to apply the tag to put the striker out and temporarily deflate the Rhode Island club, but that would not last. They put together 3 straight hits to tally an ace and put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Then the game ended on a fine play of trickery by the Gotham catcher Scratch taking advantage of the Olneyville club not being completely clear of the rules. He picked up a foul struck ball and fired it over the 2nd base tenders head without giving the pitcher the ball. Both Olneyville runners took off for the races, but were both put out when Dog threw to Coach at 2nd for the first out and on to Wickets at 3rd for the final out of the game, with the Gothams again victorious by a final tally of 15-4.
Overall, this was an exciting and fun tournament in beautiful Old Bethpage. The Gothams continued their winning ways by taking 3 of their 4 matches building their current streak to 9 out of their last 11. Milestones were had as well, as Scratch reached 100 aces, Shoeless reached 100 hits, and Trolley became the first Gotham with 500 Abs. Until next time…Huzzah!!!
Game 2 - Individual Statistics:
Collector - 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 3 Aces, 4 SB
Stacks - 1-3, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Scratch - 3-4, 3 2B, 1 SB
Coach - 1-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Dog - 2-4, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Wickets - 1-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Shoeless - 1-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB
El Presidente - 2-3, 2 2B, 2 Aces, 2 SB
Weed - 1-3, 1 2B
Frosty - 0-3
Trolley - 2-3, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Rugs - 1-3, 2 Aces, 1 SB