The action packed weekend started on Saturday as the Lynn Live Oaks headed to Georgetown, MA to face off against a mixed Ironsides BBC, Melrose Pondfielders, and Essex BBC squad. Lynn took an early lead against the mixed squad and never looked back. The game was sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society and witnessed by close to a hundred very interested cranks. After the game the players let kids take a few swings and they loved it. The organization would like to thank the Georgetown Historical Society for setting up the event and look forward to doing it again next season.
On Sunday the Essex squad made the long trip to Waterbury, CT to face off against the NY Mutuals and Brooklyn Atlantics. The squad was excited to face off against some of the best clubs from NY and the day did not disappoint. The first game pitted the Essex Nine against the powerful NY Mutuals. Essex tallied a few runs in the first and never looked back to hold on for a 5-3 victory. The game was fast paced (only an hour and ten minutes) and well played on both sides. In the second game the Brooklyn Atlantics took a 3-0 lead early and held on to it throughout most of the game but thanks to some late inning offense, Essex was able to tie the game and force extra innings. In the top of the 10th the Atlantics were able to pile on four runs and take a 7-3 lead. The Essex Nine was not about to quit and added another tally but the squad was not able to figure out the masterful pitching of “The Lip”. The event was a lot of fun and the Essex squad looks forward to seeing the NY clubs in the future.
The weekend was capped off with the sixth annual History, Hot Dogs, and Hits game on Monday night. The game as always pitted the Essex Nine and the Melrose Pondfielders. Both teams were short handed but overall the night was a success with several hundred cranks in attendance. Rob “Stumbles” Michaud was a crowd favorite and may have earned a new nickname- Maglio.
Essex returns to action this Saturday in an 1886 tournament in Warwick, RI.