Gotham Base Ball Club of New York vs Newtown Sandy Hooks
September 12, 2010
Fairfield Museum Fairfield Connecticut
On a fine day in September the Gotham BBC ballist sallied forth from our fair city to play the Newtown Sandy Hooks on neutral ground. The ballist found the grounds to be beautiful and the cranks to be plentiful.
Our match started with the another failed attempt by a Gotham to win the bat toss. Therefore the Gotham team played as visitors. In the top of the frame Monk began the game with a 1 base hit, a steal of 2nd base and a run home from Wickets 1 base hit. Wickets proceeded to make his way home on a steal and a two base hit by the long lost Scratch. Scratch eventually made it home on Hawk's base on balls. Hawk was thrown out trying to steal 2nd base by a magnificent throw by the Sandy Hooks' catcher.
The next two frames saw the Gotham BBC score no aces, but they did play some magnificent defense. TC made spectacular grabs in left field and Mo made some nifty plays at short field. The score remained Gotham BBC 3 Sandy Hooks 2 until the 4th frame when TC, Hawk and Bugs each scored on some fine striking and base thievery. The Sandy Hooks scored 2 in their half of the frame and the score was Gotham BBC 6 Sandy Hooks 4. In the bottom of the 5th frame the Gotham BBC played a successful run down between 3rd and home in which all the Gotham BBC ballists participated. In the bottom of the 8th frame a Sandy Hook hit a towering fly ball to left catching TC wining and dining at Fairfield Museums fine table. Fortunately he was left on base.
Going into the 9th frame the score was Gotham BBC 7 Sandy Hooks 5. Flytrap scored 1 ace in the Gotham BBC half of the frame. In the bottom half of the Sandy Hooks frame one Sandy Hook hit a clean strike to get to 1st base. Unbelievably the umpire called ball 3 on the next Sandy Hook. 3rd base tender, Stacks, threw a very girlish tossl to 1st base tender Monk allowing the 3rd Sandy Hook striker to reach base. The 4th Sandy Hook cleared the bases on a strike and the Gotham BBC lost the match. The final score Gotham BBC 8 Sandy Hooks 9.
Monk, 1b 1-4, 1-sb, 3-o, 1-a
Wickets, p 1-4, 1-sb, 3-o, 1-a
Scratch, c 1-4, 1-2b, 3-o, 1-a
TC, lf 2-4, 1-2b, 2-sb, 2-o, 1-a
Hawk, 2b 2-3, 2-sb, 1-bb, 2-o, 2-a
Flytrap, cf 3-4, 2-sb, 2-o, 1-a
Bugs, rf 1-4, 1-2b, 3-o, 1-a
Mo, ss 1-4, 1-sb, 4-o
Stacks, 3b 2-4, 1-2b, 1-sb, 2-o
Hanky, 2b 1-4, 3-o
Players of the match:
Game 2 1864 rules
After a hearty meal of sandwiches and water, our 2nd match began. Again the Gotham BBC failed to win a bat toss and started as strikers. In the 1st frame Scratch was left stranded at 3rd base. In the bottom of the 1st the Sandy Hooks hit themselves out of the frame with a massive strike into the swamp and a great catch by Scratch. In the top of the 2nd frame Flytrap came home on a Bugs 1 base hit. Bugs, Mo and Stacks all scored aces when Hanky hit a mammoth 3 base hit! He would eventually make it home on Flashtop's out. The Gotham BBC scored 2 more aces in the 3rd frame to make the score Gotham BBC 7 Sandy Hooks 3.
In the Sandy Hooks' half of the 4th frame, a Sandy Hook nailed a horse and carriage. Eventually the poor thing was put out of its misery. Hanky, feeling the power of his 3 base strike, attempted a hidden ball trick only to FAIL.
In the 6th frame TC hit a massive 3 base strike scoring Scratch from 2nd base. In the Sandy Hook half of the 6th frame Hawk yelled to Stacks at 3rd base "He's coming to you Stacks!" Stacks readied himself for the striker and on the first pitch the Sandy Hook slammed a screaming line drive right into the hands of Stacks to end the frame.
In the bottom of the 8th frame to add insult to injury, on a foul tip, Scratch threw over Monk's head at 1st base to catch the Sandy Hook off the base. The Sandy Hook broke for home. Wickets ran to first, Monk got the ball and the poor Sandy Hook was forced out. By the end of the match the Gotham BBC beat the crestfallen Sandy Hooks 11 - 6.
Monk, 1b 0-4, 4-o
Wickets, p 1-4, 1-sb, 4-o
Scratch, c 3-4, 4-sb, 1-o, 2-a
TC, lf 3-4, 1-2b, 1-3b, 1-sb, 1-o, 3-a
Hawk, 2b 1-4, 2-sb, 3-o
Flytrap, cf 3-4, 1-2b, 2-sb, 1-o, 2-a
Bugs, rf 2-4, 1-sb, 3-o, 1-a
Mo, ss 1-4, 3-o, 1-a
Stacks, 3b 1-3, 2-o, 1-a
Hanky, 2b 1-3, 1-3b, 2-o, 1-a
Flashtop, rf 0-3, 3-o
Players of the game:
The Magnificent Randy Fortune Teller extraordinaire: Hawk
Prodigal Son of the Day: Scratch