As always the games were exciting when the Waterbury Connors traveled up to Greater Lawrence Technical High School to square off against the Essex Base Ball Club in an event sponsored by the Andover Historical Society. In the first game of the day the Essex club got off to a horrible start making error after error allowing 6 runs in the first two innings, but Essex was able to chip away scoring one run in the 1st, 3 in the 5th and then 2 in the 6th to tie up the game at 6 runs a piece. The Essex defense began to wake up not allowing another run until the top of the 9th which turned out to be a deficit they could not make up in the 9th, so game #1 went to the Connors 7-6.
In the second game of the day Essex chipped away scoring single runs in the 4th and 5th then 3 runs in both the 7th and 9th for a total of 8. After a shaky start in the first game the Essex defense was solid holding the powerful Connors to just 3 runs in the second game. Some of that credit has to also go to Bill “The Undertaker” Gendall who kept the Connors bats silent with his wide array of pitches. The offense on the day was led by Brian “Cappy” Sheehy who had several long drives that helped drive in several runs. Aaron “Crash” Horwitz played a hard game often sacrificing his body diving into bases.
Saturday July 28th is a busy day for the Organization as the Lynn Live Oaks square off against the Melrose Pondfielders at 1 pm at Seaside Park in Marblehead, MA and then the Boston Beaneaters head down to the Hen House in Warwick, RI to participate in a tournament.