If teams had not heard of the Boston Beaneaters before this past weekend they have heard of them after their strong performance in the 2nd annual Pittsfield Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. In the first game of the tournament the Beaneaters were matched up against the always-tough Hartford Senators. With this match up being a rematch from last year’s tournament the Beaneaters were anxious to show the Senators they had improved with added practice, more experience, new uniforms, and a new name. The Beaneaters went right to work piling on the runs and were boosted by the strong hurling of Chris “Monkey” Sheehy. In 7 strong innings Sheehy held the Senators to only 2 runs. Sheehy, while pitching an amazing game, was also aided by the strong defense behind him. The final tally in game one was 12-2.
Entering the winners bracket for Sunday the Beaneaters were matched up against the newly formed Bridgeport Orators. After five innings of back and forth fighting the Beaneaters offense exploded in the 6th and 7th innings batting around in both frames. The pitching of Jim “Crazy Legs” Wigren was strong and carried the Beaneaters to a 21-7 victory. The Bridgeport team is a team to look out for in the future.
In the championship game the Beaneaters were matched up against the Pittsfield Elms. Chris “Monkey” Sheehy took the hill again and battled through a very sore arm and after 5 innings held a 5-1 lead. The offense for the Beaneaters was lead by Drew Murphy, Brian “Cappy” Sheehy, John “Musket” Monagan, Jim “Crazy Legs” Wigren, and Pat Cook. The Beaneaters looked poised to take the tournament but a few costly errors and timely hits in the 6th put the score at 6-5 for Pittsfield going into the top of the 7th. In the top of the 7th the Beaneaters did not give up as Drew Murphy and Pat Cook reached base putting pressure on the Elm’s pitcher, and with Murphy on 3rd the Elm’s pitcher balked, which tied the game at 6. In the bottom of the 7th the Elms were able to put a few runners on and able to capture the win 7-6. It was a hard fought game in which both sides played tremendous defense and had timely hitting. It was a great tournament and many were impressed with the skill that the Beaneaters played with. The Beaneaters look forward to the tournament next year and hope to repeat their success. The next Beaneater game will be Saturday June 16th as they square off against the Providence Grays in an 1884/1886 double header.
Essex and Lynn return to action this weekend. Join members of the Essex and Lynn squads Saturday June 2nd at 1pm at Burnham Rd in Methuen as they take on the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit. On Sunday both Essex and Lynn participate in a NEVBBL tournament in Bristol, RI.