Essex Sweep Granite

On Saturday the Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Fremont NH to take on the NH Granite as part of Fremont NH 250th celebration. The day was warm and the crowd was eager to learn about base ball as it was played in the 1860′s and the Essex Nine did not disappoint displaying fine hitting and solid defense in both games. The NH Granite traditionally play 1880′s so the first game was a little bit of an adjustment to 1860′s rules and the score showed as Essex easily won 19-9. In the second game the Granite began to figure it out but still could not match the experience of the Essex Nine. We would like to thank the Granite for two fine games and the Fremont NH 250th anniversary.

Essex vs. NH Granite Fremont NH

Essex vs. NH Granite Fremont NH

Sunday the Georgetown Samosets were supposed to travel to Georges Island to take on the Georgetown Samosets but unfortunately Presumpscot could not field a full nine. The day was not totally lost as members of the Samosets went out to the island to play pick up games with the cranks.

All members of the Essex Base Ball Association return to action Sunday June 15th on Fathers Day for a quadruple header beginning at 10am with the Lowell Base Ball Nine taking on the Newburyport Clamdiggers and then following the Lynn Live Oaks vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams. Bring your dad and enjoy the day. Saturday June 14th members of the EBBO will also be in Lowell at the Lowell Spinners game doing a short demo prior to the Spinners game.
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Busy Next Weekend

The Essex Base Ball Organization will be in full swing this coming weekend June 7th and 8th. On Saturday the Essex Base Ball Club travel to Fremont NH to challenge the NH Granite as part of Fremont’s 250th anniversary festivities. Then Sunday the Georgetown Samosets travel to Georges Island in Boston Harbor to take on the Presumpscot BBC of Maine. It promises to be a great weekend of game.

Freemont NH 250th

Essex spoils Georgetowns Inaugural Games

Yesterday the Georgetown Samosets returned to action after about 147 year hiatus to take on the Essex Base Ball Club. The Georgetown boys looked great in their new uniforms but the Essex bats were too much and both games were won easily by the Essex Nine.

View from right field

Brent "Specs" Jones

Brent “Specs” Jones

Brent “Squints” Jones had this recap of his experience yesterday playing right field for the Essex Base Ball Club against the Georgetown Samosets.

It was a beautiful day to be on the field. Essex was hammering away with monster shots all day. Strikers three and four combined to hit the ball a mile. Circling the bases Essex accumulated runs at raucous pace.

Its a good thing too because Georgetown had a couple of strong innings. Yet their bats couldn’t compensate for their defensive woes. Pop ups became base hits and the clink of spikes crossing home plate sounded like change bouncing on a tile floor.

I had the pleasure of playing for Essex. My vantage point was right field. I watched as our left fielder caught everything that came his way. In center much the same. It was a beautiful display of talent. Catching a ball with your bare hands is hard. Yet these guys make it look easier that many can while wielding a mit.

In right field things were a bit sketchy. The skillset in right field is typically not as polished as those who man other positions. I am not used to being that guy. But my hands are not as acclimated to catching a ball flying several hundred feet. Though I admit that I do struggle somewhat in the field, today was a special day. Today was draft horse plough day. All day in right field there were plows being pulled by mules and Otis the tractor. They did a nice job of turning the soil prepping it for the summer crop. Nice deep grooves and inches of fresh turned topsoil…all less than 250 feet from home plate. Good thing Georgetown doesn’t hit to right field often.

Until the bottom of the ninth. There is a lefty at the plate. He turns on the perfect pitch (thanks Pat Cook). I look left. I measure the trajectory of the ball. If I stay 6 inches to the right of the mules I should have a chance to make the catch. As I back into position I hear the conversation of the two ladies handling the mules as they discuss my approach to their location.

“What is he doing?” “why is he coming over here?” What is HE DOING?”

I look to my left and I can sense the mules. I have plenty of room. The ball approaches. I reach for the ball. Suddenly my feet are in the freshly plowed area and I begin to descend. The ball hits my hand and bounces straight up. As I fall backward I can see thta the ball should land right on top of me. PERFECT…if the ground were flat. This ground is NOT flat. No, you can’t plant in flat ground. You need ruts. My body contorts. The ball begins to drop. It hits my chest right as I hit the ground. I have tried to break my fall and my body has slightly pivoted. I can’t get my hands on the ball before it rolls to the ground.

Striker safely reaches second. Dejected, I get off of my back and walk past the mules back to my spot in right. Next up to bat is a righty. But this is no ordinary righty. This righty likes to hit to right field. Last time up, he shot a bullet right to me that I was sure, I would catch on the bound. However, the ball hit the ground and shot right by me as I watched it go by without lifting my hand.

This time though. I would be ready. I mean I just survived a long fly by a mule. As long as he doesn’t repeat what just happened I should be fine. Once again Pat puts one right where the striker likes it. Its crushed to deep right center. I get my angle and take off running at full tilt. There is no change to catch it on the fly, but perhaps I can track it down and catch it on the bound if it will bounce high enough.

I turn on the jets. Its the bottom of the ninth with two hands and I am ready to go home. I will catch his ball, I am determined. I have my speed built up. I have my eye on the ball. I am ready. The ball is about to land approximately ten feet in front of me. When all of the sudden it’s as if I hit a trip wire. As if the ground jumped up and tackled me. I am face down in a pile of dirt. I had just learned a valuable lesson. One cannot gain a full head of steam on hard ground and expect to keep it when hitting freshly plowed ground. One will have a mouth of dirt and a jersey to match. You also get a bit disoriented and not able to properly find where the ball landed.

The locals say that I went down and a dust cloud came up…as well as my feet. That may explain the discomfort I felt while laying in the dirt.

Thank goodness we had an insurmountable lead…and no one else hit a ball to right!

Until next time, this has been…vantage from right field.

Why is my gum so crunchy?

Opening Weekend

The Essex Base Ball Association kicked off its 2014 right where 2013 left off as both the Lowell Base Ball Nine and Newburyport Clamdiggers notched commanding victories over the Lynn Live Oaks and Portsmouth Clamdiggers respectively. Despite only have 8 ballists the Lowell Nine in two games plated 45 runs while only allowing 8 to the Live Oaks. The Portsmouth Rockinghams were a little short with the left side of their infield missing and the always tough Clamdiggers made them pay running away with both games.

The Lowell Base Ball Nine playing as the Essex Base Ball Club and the Lynn Live Oaks playing as the Georgetown Samosets will square off Sunday June 1st at 11am at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury.

Opening Day

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The Essex Base Ball Association will open its third season on Sunday May 18th at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. We will be trying something new this year and there will be four games played throughout the day beginning at 10am. The first two games will feature the Lynn Live Oaks vs. the Lowell Base Ball Nine. The Live Oaks have a new roster and are looking to make a splash in their first game in 2014, while the Lowell Nine hopes that they can field a full nine, with three of their players adding babies to their families this offseason. In the last two games of the day will feature the 2013 EBBA champs Newburyport Clamdiggers facing off against the Portsmouth Rockinghams. The Clamdiggers hope to start off where they left off in 2013, while the Rockinghams hope to continue to improve in their second season.

2014 About to Kick Off

The 2013 season was a huge success for the Essex Base Ball Organization with the successful inaugural campaign of the Portsmouth Rockinghams and the start of the four team Essex Base Ball Association. Throughout the season the Lowell Baseball Nine held a commanding lead in the standings but the Newburyport Clamdiggers defeated the Lowell Nine in an epic battle in the championship game securing the championship jug and golden ball.

In 2014 the Clamdiggers are looking to again take the EBBA championship jug, but the Lowell Nine, Portsmouth Rockinghams, and Lynn Live Oaks hope to spoil their plans and drink from the championship jug this season. There have been a few additions to the league with the Lowell Nine welcoming back Ryan “Swifty” Sifferlen to their outfield and lead off position strengthening an already powerful line up. The only thing that could challenge the Lowell’s line up this season is that four members of the Nine will have or will be welcoming newborns to their families this season. The already powerful Clamdiggers have added an experienced ballist who played previously for the Bristol Blues. The Rockinghams after suffering a move to their captain Dave Leopardi halfway through the 2013 campaign have bounced back adding several new fine ballists to their roster. The Live Oaks have also adjusted their roster a little and look to improve on an extremely disappointing 2013 season. No one can guess who will win the championship but the season promised to be a memorable one.

There are one or two open spots in the league so if you have any interest in trying your hand at 1864 rules base ball come out at 12pm April 13, April 27, and May 4th for open practices.