The Perfect Day

On Saturday the Essex Nine traveled to the beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury to take part in Ipswich Ale’s annual Fall Festival. The day could not have been nicer for the four games and other festivities at the farm. After a quick photo shoot very early in the morning the Essex Nine took the field against the always tough Bristol Blues. In the first two innings the Essex squad tallied ten quick runs and looked liked they would run away with the game but the Bristol Blues clamped down and held the local Nine scoreless for the rest of the game. Bristol chipped away little by little to narrow the final score to 10-6. In the second game Bristol and Hingham battled back and forth throughout the game but the more experienced Bristol Blues were able to capture the victory. In the third game Essex returned to action against the Hingham Nine and quickly jumped out to a large lead that they never relinquished winning 15-4. The last game saw the Essex Nine come out for their third game of the day against their good friends the Mudville Nine. In a close game the Essex Nine was able to pull out the victory 10-8.

The event was a huge success with around 2,000 people in attendance throughout the day. We would like to thank Ipswich Ale for allowing us to be part of their event. Many thanks goes out to the people at SPL Farm, the Bristol Blues, Hingham Nine, and Mudville BBC for making it such a great day. We would also like to thank author Ed Achorn for showing up with his very popular book “Fifty Nine in 84”.

Essex returns to action Sunday September 26th at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury for Essex National Heritage’s Trails and Sails weekend. Games will kick off at 11am. Admission is free and there will be Ipswich Ale samples on hand.

Essex Splits the Day in Melrose

The Essex Nine traveled to Melrose for the first time in several years as the Melrose Pondfielders hosted their Victorian Fair. The first game saw the Pondfielders jump out to a big lead but the Essex Nine was able to close the gap to 8-7 in the eighth. Things looked promising in the top of the 9th when Essex’s lead off batter got to second with no outs, but unfortunately that runner was stranded on second as the next three strikers were not able to move the runner and Essex fell 8-7.

In the second game the Essex bats came to life piling hit after hit and finally taking the game 17-3. The pitching and defense also kept the Pondfielders off base and scoreless after the 2nd inning. The EBBC would like to thank the Pondfielders for a great day and are happy that the Pondfielders were able to play in Melrose again.

Saturday September 18th is the annual Ipswich Harvestfest at Spencer Peirce Little Farm (5 Littles Lane Newbury, MA). The day promises to be a good one with food by Tennessee BBQ and Ipswich Clambake and music by Orville Giddings. The author of “Fifty Nine in 84” Ed Achorn will be on hand to sell and sign his book. For those who have not read the book it is the story of Old Hoss Radbourn and the 1884 Providence Grays. Keep an eye out in the movies because there is talk of making the book into a movie so read it first. Ipswich Ale will have their ales and their Stone Cat ales for sale as well.

Along will all the festivities there will be a full slate of vintage base ball games going on. The fest begins at 1pm but the games kick off at 11am with the EBBC taking on the always tough Bristol Blues. At 1pm Bristol takes on the Hingham Derbies, at 3pm Essex plays Hingham, and then at 5pm Mudville takes on the Ipswich Brewers. Come join us the event promises to be one of the best of the year.

Georges Island

The Essex Nine traveled to beautiful Georges Island in Boston Harbor to challenge the Park Rangers. The day was beautiful and the crowd was large. The score was not remembered but fun was had by all. We love playing out on the island and look forward to heading back next season.

The 2010 Rookie Of the Year was awarded to Ryan Sifferlen. In his rookie campaign Siff fit right into the top of the batting order and settled very nicely into centerfield. We wish him all the luck back at school and look forward to seeing him back in 2011.


The Essex Nine return to action Saturday September 11th at 1pm as they travel to Morelli Field in Melrose, MA to take on the Pondfielders.