The Essex and half of a Lynn squad traveled to Ommegang Brewery in historic Cooperstown, NY to participate in the first East vs. Mid West Vintage Base Ball Tournament. The weekend was hosted by the Cleveland Blues and included the Forest City Base Ball Club of Ohio, the Bay City Independents of Michigan, the Pittsburgh Franklins Sons of Thunder of Pennsylvania, the Flemington Neshancocks of New Jersey, the Ipswich Brewers, Lynn Live Oaks, and the Essex Base Ball Club.
Lynn with half a squad played three games winning one against the Cleveland Blues but unfortunately falling to the Pittsburgh and Bay City squads.
Essex continued its winning streak taking its first two games easily against the Forest City and Bay City squads. In the third game Essex began their match against the Cleveland Blues on Saturday but were forced to finish it Sunday morning because of rain, lightening and thunder. The game resumed the following day and saw the Essex boys fall behind 14-4. After that first inning on Sunday the Essex defense tightened up holding the Blues to just one run the rest of the game. The EBBC bats woke up and quickly marched back winning on a walk of hit in the last inning. In the fourth game Essex was able to continue the magic from the Blues game winning again in the late innings 4-3 rounding off a 4-0 record during the tournament.
We would like to thank the Cleveland Blues for inviting us to the tournament and we would like to thank all of the clubs that we played against, all of the were true gentlemen and we hope to see them all again on the field.
The highlight of the weekend may have been Wiz stealing a lawnmower at Ommegang and cutting the grass…. I wish he hadn’t run over third base in the process.
Spend Father’s Day June 19th at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury and watch The Red Sox’s first Cy Young Award winning pitcher Jim “The Gentleman” Lonborg throw the first pitch in the annual New England All Star game. Member of the Essex Base Ball Club, Lynn Live Oaks, Melrose Pondfielders, Mudville BBC, New Hampshire Granite, and Ipswich Brewers will compete in a triple header starting at 11am. Beer samples are provided by Ipswich Ale. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Admission is $5 but free for Historic New England Members.