The Essex Organization went into Cooperstown NY looking to win the first annual John Clarkson Tournament and got very close to accomplishing their goal. In their first game they were matched up against the Saginaw Old Golds of Michigan. The game began with the Essex Nine marching out to a commanding lead but the Old Golds of Michigan would not give up and cut the final score to 12-7. The men from Michigan were fine gentlemen and we would like to thank them for putting the tournament together. There is even some rumblings of a road trip out to Michigan in 2011.
After the game with the Old Golds most of the Essex guys headed back to their boarding house and soaked in the hot springs before the next two games on Saturday. The hot springs awaken the Essex bats because in the next two games they scored 68 runs easily defeating their friends the Mudville BBC and the NY Gothams. Both of these games were also played on the beautiful Doubleday Field.
Sunday in what would be the “championship” game the Nine matched up against one of the best teams on the east coast, the Brooklyn Atlantics. The game did not disappoint and was back a forth through all nine innings but unfortunately for the Essex Nine the Atlantics were able to get 2 more runs and win the game and the tournament 9-7.
The weekend was a success and fun was had by all members who made the trip.
The month of May is a busy on for the Organization and we are back to action this Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday May 22nd the Boston Beaneaters will travel to Robbie Mills Stadium in Laconia NH to take on the NH Granite in a 1886 and 1861 set of games. The event is being put together as a fundraiser for the Laconia NH Historical Society and looks to be a fun event.
Sunday May 23rd- The Essex Base Ball Organization kicks off the 2010 season at their new home- Spencer Peirce Little Farm (5 Littles Lane) in Newbury, MA
11am- Essex vs. Lynn Live Oaks
12:30- Lynn vs. Dirigo BBC of Augusta Maine
2pm Dirigo vs. Ipswich Brewers
As always Mercury Brewing will be providing free samples of their Ipswich Ale.