In celebration of Yankee Homecoming in Newburyport this weekend the Portsmouth Rockinghams will transform and become the 1867 Clionians of Newburyport for the day.
The Lowell Base Ball Nine, Rockinghams of Portsmouth, and Colorado Territorial All Stars traveled to Georges Island this past Saturday to play some good old fashioned 1864 rules base ball. In game one, which was a ten inning affair, the mixed squad of Colorado All Stars and Lowell Nine were able to outlast the Portsmouth Rockinghams 20-18. In a shortened game two the Rockinghams were able to defeat the Mixed Lowell and Colorado All Stars. A fun day was had by all and we hope the Colorado boys come back to visit soon.
The next game will be Saturday July 16th 11am as members of the EBBA will combine to play as the Lowell Clippers and the Stoneham Kearsarge. The day is sponsored by the Liberty Bay Credit Union and promises to be a great time.
Due to the threat of bad weather we have canceled the games scheduled at Spencer Peirce Little Farm on July 10th
This past weekend the Essex Base Ball Club and Mechanics of North Andover traveled to Cornish Maine to participate in the inaugural New England Vintage Base Ball Tournament. Both squads joined with the Bristol Blues, Mudville Base Ball Club, Dirigo BBC, and Flemington Neshanocks to round out the competition.
The first game of the tournament featured the Mechanics making their team debut against the seasoned Neshanock Club of Flemington NJ. The boys from NJ easily defeated our boys 20-6. In the second game the Mechanics didnt fair much better against the Bristol Blues falling 20-5.
On Saturday the Essex Nine came out firing winning the first game against the Mudville BBC 16-2 and then in their second game they defeated Dirigo 15-2. The Essex boys had solid defense and their bats were checked in.
On Sunday the first game for Essex saw them matched up against Flemington and despite a very close back and forth game the Essex boys fell short 8-5. Essex was not discouraged and finished out the tournament beating the Bristol Blues 16-3.
On Sunday the Mechanics matched up against Mudville and fell 6-4 but then defeated Dirigo 11-9 to finish out the tournament.
We would like to thank the Cornish Historical Society, the Dirigo BBC, Marjorie Adams for educating us on Doc Adams, and all of those who made the tournament such an enjoyable experience for all members of the EBBO. We look forward to next year.
Members of the Essex Base Ball Organization could not have asked for a better day this past Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day. With three games played featuring members of the Lowell Base Ball Nine, Lynn Live Oaks, the Rockinghams of Portsmouth, and the Newburyport Clamdiggers the very large crowd that gathered at scenic Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA got their monies worth with fine fielding, great hitting, and some laughs. In the third game we mixed some members of the crowd with some of the “experienced” players and fun was had by all. We would like to make a special thank you to all who participated in the picnic lunch and specifically Bethany Dorau (who coordinated everything) and Bucciarelli’s in Salisbury, MA for providing great sandwiches for lunch. We hope all of the father’s out there had a great day.
The Essex Base Ball Club and Mechanics of North Andover will be traveling north this coming weekend to Cornish Maine to participate in the first New England Vintage Base Ball Festival featuring four other teams including the Flemington Neshanocks, Dirigo BBC, Mudville BBC, and Bristol Blues
Five games were played at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA this past weekend starting with three on Saturday June 11th.
Game 1 Newburyport 8 Mudville 6
Defense was key for the Clamdiggers in this lively match! Pat “Boom Boom” Wadland displayed his handsome fielding early on by passing it sharply to third for a put out heard around the diamond and sending a clear message to the ruffians from out of town! Later, Dan Kent caught a ball on the tip top and turned it to Bob West for a spirited double play, further asserting their stalwart display.
Game 2 Newburyport 15 Portsmouth 8
In the Clamdiggers second outing, their offense became the main event with Paul “The Wall” Chiozzi hitting daisy cutters for the Rockinghams all day long. Also of note, “Minute Man” Dan Kent made his debut in left field and looked like a natural fielding countless sky balls while avoiding the chicken coup and tree in foul territory.
Mudville was able to defeat the Rockinghams in a back and forth game.
Lowell 17 Lynn 9
A reformed Lynn Live Oaks started off their outing strong with a competitive showing thanks to a few newly acquired additions. Namely Pat “Short Order” Cook, and a man known only as ‘Blackbeard,’ a rookie whose prowess as a striker has defied his being called a muffin, to his face. Lynn was on the board first and jumped out to an early lead that would however soon be overcome by the veteran-laiden Lowell 9 aided by their returning star first baseman Eric “Goose” Gosselin. In the end, Lowell proved too much for the Live Oaks, and triumphed 17-9.
Lynn 10 Lowell 25
The Second game started up where the first left off for Lowell scoring a quick 12 runs in the first inning on which, although challenged at times, the Lowell 9 was then able to ride the coat tails of their co-captains’ and leading run producers of the day, the Sheehy Brothers, to victory. Nonetheless, the young Lynn squad was no country club however and showed great camaraderie as they battened down the hatches and mounted several spirited come-back innings, yet in the end the boys from Lowell would prevail.
In game 1, Newburyport extended it’s winning streak from last year’s undefeated season after a convincing victory over Lowell 15-6. The bats came alive as every Clamdigger was involved in the offense. The highlights were Mikey “Ace” Kent making his pitching debut and holding the potent Lowell offense at bay all game. His catcher, rookie Paul “the Wall” Chiozzi made countless put outs on foul tips in his first ever game.
In game 2, Lowell and Newburyport exchanged the lead back and forth throughout the game but Lowell was able to hang on to the victory 10-9 behind solid defense and the pitching of John “Face Plant” Lynch. The offense was balanced for the Lowell Nine but in his first game Brian “Rookie” Rivet helped pace the Lowell bats. Lowell would like to thank the members of the NH Granite for helping fill out our roster for the day.
In game 3, the Portsmouth Rockinghams and the Lynn Live Oaks opened their respective seasons. Lynn jumped out to an early lead by tallying 6 runs in the first inning and held the lead for the rest of the game. Behind some well played defense Lynn was able to hold the Rockinghams at bay and get their first win of the year. Highlights of the game: Brett ” Hardcore” Zanni played a very skilled third base and did not record an out while striking. Rookie Derek “Black Beard” Boutwell had a good showing both at catcher and at the plate. His moon shot to left center broke the game open in the 8th inning.
Game 4 of our Opening Day festivities saw the Portsmouth batters string several well placed hits throughout the middle innings to take a commanding lead over Lynn and never look back. Jared “Chops” Beaumont playing in his new starting position as catcher kept the Live Oak runners on their toes all afternoon with strong and accurate throws to 2nd base from behind the plate while the Rockingham outfielders had to contend with a gusty tail wind that forced them to play extra deep against Lynn’s bashers and make some great deep catches on the fly all afternoon.