Atlantic Park, Smithtown, NY - 9/30/2007 - The Mighty Gothams took a long carriage ride out to the hinterlands of Long Island on a Beautiful day to play two matches against their arch-rivals, The Atlantics. The skies were clear and the temperature exquisite to play the national pastime. The only problem for the Gothams was that the Atlantic club was prepared for any and all attacks from the Gothams and won quite easily by tallies of 23-4 and 25-6.
Game 1 - 1864 Rules:
The Gothams jumped into the lead in the 1st after 2 hands were down when Scratch struck a long 2-base hit, swiped 3rd base and tallied his ace when Shoeless took advantage of Pigtail, the Atlantic pitcher's erratic throws to reach 1st on a base on balls. This, however, would be the Gothams last lead of this fine day. The Atlantics stormed back with 2 aces in the bottom of the frame, but were thwarted from additional aces by a fine inning-ending catch, bobble, and catch by the Gotham left fielder Flintstone. Pigtail Chicagoed the Gothams in the 2nd, but Trolley returned the favor by Chicagoing the Atlantics also, but was not able to match Pigtail in the 3rd as Trolley allowed 1 Atlantic ace, despite some fine fieldwork by shortstop Wickets, leaving the tally at 3-1 in favor of the Atlantics at the end of 3.
In the 4th, the Gothams attempted a comeback when El Presidente (who mysteriously looked like Shoeless) reached on a one-base hit, moved over to 3rd on bound outs by Stacks and Preacher and tallied his ace on a one-base hit by Trolley. After Trolley's theft of 2nd, he was put out at home plate attempting to tally an ace on a one-base hit by Wickets. This brought the Mighty Gothams to within 1 ace of the vaunted Atlantic club, but the bottom of the 4th brought forth the ever feared Gotham Inning. The Atlantics struck the ball over the heads, through the hands, and past Gothams at the alarming rate of 7 aces to put this match out of the Gothams reach. If it were not for a fine catch on the bound by Slider, in which the ball was struck over his head and past the tree before he caught up with it, it would have been even worse. With their spirits deflated, the Gothams were Chicagoed twice more by Pigtail, whilst the Atlantics continued to strike the ball with authority. In fact, Toothpick nearly took Trolley's head off on a line drive up the middle, but Stacks somehow caught this flying object to end the 6th, but not before the Atlantics tallied 3 for the 2nd frame in a row on a series of 3-base hits to take a commanding 16-2 lead.
The Gothams mustered up one more attack of sorts in the 7th on one-base hits and acts of thievery by Stacks and Wickets and bases on balls issued to Slider and Flintstone, which led to 2 Gotham aces. In the 7th, a fine double play was initiated when 3rd-base tender Shoeless snagged a hard hit ball on a bound for the first out and quickly threw to catcher Scratch who ran down Whitey and tagged him with such force before he reached 3rd base for the 2nd out that ended up past left fielder Flintstone! Despite the double play, the Atlantics still managed to tally 5 more aces. Pigtail again Chicagoed the Gothams in the 8th and 9th frames, whilst the Atlantics tallied twice more in the 8th to bring the final tally to 23-4 in the Atlantics favor.
Individual Stats - Game 1:
Slider - 1-3, 1 Ace, 2 BB, 4 SB
Flintstone - 1-4, 1 BB, 1 SB
Scratch - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Shoeless - 0-3, 1 BB
El Presidente - 4-4, 2 2B, 1 Ace
Stacks - 0-4
Preacher - 2-4, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Trolley - 1-4, 1 SB
Wickets - 2-5, 1 SB
Game 2 - 1864 Rules:
The 2nd match of the day started quietly as the Atlantics tallied 1 ace in the 1st and were thwarted of more attempts to tally when Preacher made a fine catch on a ball struck off a tree in right field. Hawk then Chicagoed the Gothams in the 1st and in the 2nd, but this time Trolley Chicagoed the Atlantics as well, keeping the tally to 1-0 after 2 frames. Then everything changed. The Atlantics tallied at will and even damaged 2nd base tender Stacks who was viciously spiked in the hand by TC. After Trolley was willing to resort to fisticuffs, Stacks withstood this attack, stated that the spiking was not intentional, grabbed some ice and stood his ground in right field. Then the Atlantic shortstop Dream proceeded with the unmanly act of hitting the ball to the injured Stacks and reaching base safely. Trolley would stand no more and retaliated by throwing the next pitch at poor Flash, taking the brunt for his unmanly teammate. No more pugilism was had, but before the frame was finished the Atlantics took a commanding 7-0 lead with 6 more aces. This score remained intact after 3 inning were completed as Hawk again Chicagoed the Gothams.
Hawk and Trolley each Chicagoed their opponents in the 4th, which was highlighted by fine field work by El Presidente at 1st snaring a daisy-cutter and flipping to Trolley covering 1st to end the inning. The Atlantics then took advantage of poor fielding by the Gothams, who seemed to be thrown by word of an impending disaster in Queens, to tally 4 more aces in the 5th, while Hawk Chicagoed the Gothams for the 5th consecutive inning. Poor Gotham field work and well struck balls by the Atlantics added an additional 6 aces in the 6th to give them an insurmountable 17-0 lead. The Gothams were finally able to tally in the 6th. Trolley led off with a one-base hit, extended his all-time lead in thefts by swiping 2nd and 3rd before tallying the Gothams 1st ace on a 2-base hit by Scratch. Scratch then swiped 3rd and tallied is ace on Flintstone's one-base hit.
The Atlantic attack would not be thwarted in this contest as the Atlantics again tallied 6 aces in the 7th, which was highlighted by Flash striking a ball so far it was believed to have landed 2 towns away for his 4-base hit. The only highlight for the Gothams was Flintstone throwing out his 2nd runner at home plate where Scratch made the tag for the final out. Hawk again Chicagoed the Gothams. After 2 more Atlantic aces in the 8th, the Gothams managed to tally 2 aces on one-base hits and 2 acts of thievery each for Slider and for Wickets, who guaranteed he would tally his ace before the frame even began. Then the Atlantics were finally effected by the horrible news of events in Queens themselves and were Chicagoed by Trolley in their half of the 9th. The Gothams mounted one last attack on a one-base hit by El Presidente, who disguised as Shoeless again swiped 2nd base, Stacks and Preacher then reached on bases on balls which allowed both El Presidente/Shoeless and Stacks to tally the final 2 aces of the match, but it was not enough as they were defeated by the Atlantics by a final tally of 25-6.
In the end, the Gothams were bested again by a better team on a beautiful day. Until next time…Huzzah!!!
Individual Stats - Game 2:
Slider - 1-5, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Wickets - 1-5, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Scratch - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Flintstone - 1-4, 1 SB
Shoeless - 0-4
El Presidente - 1-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Stacks - 0-1, 1 Ace, 3 BB, 1 SB
Preacher - 1-3, 1 BB, 2 SB
Trolley - 1-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB