Essex & Atlantics Split a Pair

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Saturday August 11 2012
In a heated double header between two of the better teams on the Eastern Seaboard, Essex Base Ball Club & The Atlantic Base Ball Club split a pair of games. Essex held off a fierce 9th inning charge to preserve the game 1 victory 8-7, while the Atlantics flipped the table in game 2 to win 5-4. Both games saw an uncountable number of fantastic defensive plays, and both teams had nothing left to give by the time hats were raised to salute the crowd. EBBA would like to thank the ABBC for traveling North to MA; we look forward to playing two more soon. We can only hope to have games this good for the rest of the season.

Bringing the perfect touch to the afternoon was Matthew Muise and his imagery. Please enjoy Matthew’s shots and visit his website & blog

Tough Time Down South

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The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Terrapin Station Winery in Elkton Maryland to take on the Diamond State Base Ball Club and Elkton Eclipse this past weekend. On a sweltering day the Essex boys charged out to early leads in both matches but bad defense allowed the locals to take the lead and win both games. The EBBC enjoyed meeting new clubs and thank the Elkton Eclipse for their postgame meal of local crab. We look forward to 2013 when both clubs travel up to Spencer Peirce Little Farm. On Sunday the EBBC traveled to Coney Island to play a demo game against the Brooklyn Atlantics prior to the Brooklyn Cyclones game. In the 6 innings we played the Atlantics were able to “win” 4-0. Good thing Essex doesn’t need to wait long to take on the Atlantics…..

Come see the Essex Base Ball Club and Brooklyn Atlantics, two of the best vintage base ball clubs in the country, face off Saturday August 11th at 11am at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. The two clubs will play two games by 1861 rules, which include underhand pitching, an out can be recorded on a bounce, and there will be no gloves. After the two games the Essex Base Ball Organization will host an open try out for a new team that will debut in 2013. Anyone who would like to try their hand at playing 1861 rules baseball is welcome to test it out around 2pm. Food and Ipswich Ale will be available for purchase, so bring a chair or a blanket and come see baseball as it was played during the Civil War. Admission is $5, free for Historic New England members. For more information contact Brian Sheehy at historyball@Yahoo.com or http://www.essexbaseball.wordpress.com

Photos Courtesy of Mitch Lebovic www.lcgonline.com

Empire State of Mind

The Essex boys traveled to the Empire State this past weekend to take on the always powerful NY Mutuals and Brooklyn Atlantics.

Saturday we went to the beautiful Old Bethpage Village to challenge the Mutuals, both games were dominated by the Essex boys, winning easily 15-7 and 17-3. The pitching was handled by Cappy Sheehy and he was lucky to have a superior fielding behind him. Swifty and Murph caught every ball hit to them in the outfield and the left side of the infield was solid with Monkey and Goose making tough throws in the holes. We would like to thank the people at the Village for their hospitality.

On Sunday the boys traveled to Sayville, NY for a rematch against the dangerous Brooklyn Atlantics. After defeating the Atlantics the previous weekend the Essex boys knew that they would have to come out strong and play a tight game because the Atlantics were out for blood. The first match was a back and forth battle until the 6th when hurler Cappy could not get the ball over the plate walking several batters and allowing a few very long hits. The Atlantics were able to put up seven runs and take a comfortable lead. The Essex Nine chipped away but ended up falling short 18-13. The second game saw the Essex boys take full advantage of the short right field and take a commanding lead. The offense was led by Mike Levy, who was able to get quite a few licks in. Essex was able to hold on in the second game 14-11. Essex was able to deal the Atlantics three losses in four games which is quite a feats seeing as the Atlantics only lost six games all of last year.

Memorial Day weekend the Essex Nine will be participating in the Colt Meadows Invitational on Saturday being matched up against the Melrose Pondfielders and Providence Grays.