It was quite the weekend for the Essex Base Ball Organization as beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury witnessed five games on both Saturday and Sunday featuring all four of our league teams.
On a warm June morning (that finally felt like summer was near) for base ball the Live Oaks of Lynn met their friends the Rockinghams of Portsmouth for a spirited double header. The first game saw the Rockinghams jump out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Live Oaks would not be out done, coming back to score 9 runs on some timely hitting and a few defensive miscues by the Rockinghams. The Rockinghams chipped away at Lynn’s lead for the next few innings while holding the Oaks to minimal runs. In the end, Lynn’s bats came through a few more times and carried them to a 14-8 victory in game 1.
Game 2 between the Live Oaks and the Rockinghams got off to fast start with both teams scoring early and the Rockinghams jumping out to an early 3-2 lead after the 1st. However the Rockingham’s could not overcome Lynn’s muscle at the plate as the Live Oaks continued to tack on runs in almost every inning. Portsmouth fought back with some late inning rallies but there was simply not enough to overcome Lynn’s bats on Saturday as the Live Oaks swept the double header with a 16-8 victory.
Game 1: Clamdiggers defeat Lowell 14-9
Both teams bats were blazing just like the 90 degree heat. Jon “Poster Boy” Streff continued his daisy cutter rampage driving in numerous runs. Dan “Minute Man” Kent was a wall at short stop, Jon “Mystery Man” Curley threw out a runner trying to steal third base, and Pat “Short Order” Cook kept the Lowell bats from any big innings.
Game 2: Lowell defeat Boston Beaneaters 29-1
Lowell after a crushing defeat in game one came out swinging scoring 15 runs in the first inning and never looked back. Strong defense and solid hitting led the way for Lowell. The single Beaneater run came in the 7th inning of a shortened 7 inning game.
Game 3: Clamdiggers beat Boston Beaneaters 25-4
The Clamdiggers’ bats came alive again in the third inning putting up 13 runs. Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee homered when a high fly ball to left was lost in the high grass. Adam “the Professor” Gilbert also struck the ball consistently. Pat “Boom Boom” Wadland made the catch of the year navigating the high grass in left field gracefully. He caught the ball falling backwards and disappeared momentarily until he raised his hand in the air with the ball.
Highlight of the day was the large crowd of little leaguers from the Byfield Little League who came out to cheer on the local guys. A crowd favorite was Chris “Monkey” Sheehy. He baseball card was highly sought after and his autograph was in high demand
*Photos by Jennie Lynch
For all of you who have given so much to the Jan’s Pitch games over the years this is where a lot of your generosity goes…. thank you
Finally after months and months of terrible weather we had two beautiful days for base ball, and the Essex Base Ball Organization took full advantage. On Saturday the Live Oaks of Lynn and the Clamdiggers of Newburyport traveled to Dorchester to participate in the triple header against the Boston Beaneaters and on Sunday the Rockinghams of Portsmouth and the Lowell Nine squared off at Spencer Peirce Little Farm after an epic Revolutionary War Battle.
On Saturday the Clamdiggers won game one 20-8 over the Boston Beaneaters. Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee hit numerous long balls to deep left to pace the offensive attack for the Clamdiggers. Kevin “One Wheel” Byrne pitched a solid game with good defense from shortstop Paul “No Dillydally” Chiozzi.
In game 2 of the day the Lynn Live Oaks took on the Newburyport Clamdiggers. In a very back and forth game that saw multiple lead changes Lynn fought their way to a 15-13 victory. Every player for Lynn checked in with a hit and in a total team effort were able to end the game victorious.
In game 3 the Lynn Live Oaks challenged the Beaneaters of Boston. Lynn jumped out to a big early lead but was not able to hang on to it. The Beaneaters were able to chip away and make the game very close in the end. A bases loaded line drive double play made by Brett “Hardcore” Zanni helped the Oaks to stay in front going in to the 9th inning. Derek “Whiskers” Boutwell lead off the inning with a double and Lynn was able to plate 3 runs to go into the bottom of the 9th up 5 runs. The Beaneaters put together a small rally, but could not come all the way back giving Lynn the victory 16-13.
On Sunday the Rockinghams and Lowell Nine had to wait for the Red Coats to attack the Colonial encampment in the Escape from Boston Battle. Game one saw a back and forth battle with each side displaying strong hitting and solid defense. In the end Lowell captured an 8-6 victory.
In game two the Lowell offense exploded thanks in large part to Payton Garbarino’s grand slam home run and the short choppy hits of Giuliano “Baltimore Chop” Pizzo. Going into the bottom of the 9th Lowell held a commanding 16-5 lead but the Rockingham bats came alive to score 6 runs to make it a 16-11 final score.
The Essex Base Ball Club will travel to CT to take on the Red Onion’s June 3rd.
*Photos by Jennie Lynch
On a rain soaked day in early May all four teams of the Essex Base Ball Association took to the field to kick off the 2017 campaign. The first two games saw the Clamdiggers of Newburyport matched up against the Rockinghams of Portsmouth. Both clubs marched out to respective leads in the game that each ended up winning. In game one the Clamdiggers won 14-4 and in game two the Rockinghams won 29-9.
Games 2 and 3 the Lowell Nine were able to contain the Live Oaks of Lynn to take both games 7 to 3 and 9-0. The offense for Lowell was strong and solid defense was seen across the field. The defense was so sharp in game two that the Live Oaks were not able to score a single run.
The next time out for all of the clubs will be May 20th and 21st. May 20th the Clamdiggers and Live Oaks will travel to Boston to participate in a triple header. Also on Saturday Cappy and Monkey will be on hand at the Revolutionary War encampment at the farm playing 18th century cricket around 3pm. On Sunday at 1pm at the farm the Rockinghams and Lowell Nine will square off.
The Live Oaks of Lynn will be wearing new uniform shirts
*photos by Jennie Lynch
Jan’s Pitch 4.5 is almost here! Join us April 22nd at 11am for a doubleheader at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. Admission will be $5, we will have Ipswich Ale for sale, and there are plenty of raffle and silent auction items that people can buy tickets for. All money raised will be donated to cancer research and inner city art programs.
*Raffle and silent auctions will begin on April 22nd and continue through until May 6th during our opening day. Raffle tickets and auction bids can be placed until May 6th.
Here are some of the silent auction items….
Beer Basket, Quilt, Picture, and More can be viewed HERE
We are happy to announce some of the raffle prizes for Jan’s Pitch 4.5…. The raffle and silent auction will start on Jan’s Pitch 4.5 on April 22nd and continue through opening Day May 6th. On opening day we will pick the raffle winner and silent auction winners between games 2 and 3. Come check out some 19th century base ball at Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury April 22nd at 11am
2- $20 Dollar Gift Cards to Redstone Liquors (Andover and Stoneham)
2- $50 Gift Card to Joe Fish or Loft Restaurant (North Andover and North Reading)
$20 Borelli’s Deli (Methuen, MA)
$20 Dolce Freddo Gelato (Methuen and Newburyport, MA)
$25 Fusion Salon and Day Spa (Methuen)
$40 Yalla Mediterranean Grill (Methuen, MA)
$30 Mi Mexico Lindo (Methuen, MA)
$20 Brick House Tavern (Methuen, MA)
$25 Bada Bing (Methuen, MA)
$25 Markey’s Lobster Pool (Seabrook, NH)
Serenitee Restaurant Group Gift Card
One Hour Hot Stone Massage from Carol’s Hair and Body Works (Methuen, MA)
Since this weather isn’t cooperating it looks like Saturday April 22nd will be our first day outside for the 2017 season. Join us as we finish off our Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts Fundraiser. We will have raffles and silents auctions. Games start at 11, come support a great cause. More to come soon…