On Sunday, August 19, the Lynn Live Oaks and Newburyport Clamdiggers played a double-header at Spencer Peirce Little Farm – a makeup for a rainout earlier this year on George’s Island in Boston Harbor. In the first game Lynn jumped to an early lead, but the Newburyport strikers came alive in the later innings and claimed a 9-5 victory.
The second game was a hard-fought extra-inning affair, and a real treat for cranks and players alike. Lynn rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and might have won it in regulation had not Newburyport successfully executed the hidden ball trick – for the second time that game – to end the inning. But with one out in the bottom of the twelfth, Lynn’s new shortstop Matt (so new, we don’t know his last name yet – the victim of both hidden ball ploys) hit a booming triple, and scored on Jim Leopardi’s called-shot single up the middle. The game included many fine defensive plays, include acrobatic putouts by Newburyport third baseman Pat ‘Short Order’ Cook and well-fielded foul-outs by Lynn catcher Mark Soltysiak. The cranks – many of whom were return visitors from the previous weekend – remained glued to their seats to the very end.
On Sunday, August 26, Newburyport squares off against Lowell at Spencer Peirce, in a doubleheader starting at noon. And don’t forget some of the other games we have coming up at the farm, including games at the Ipswich Fall Fest (Sept. 15) and the Old-Time Music and Harvest Festival (Sept. 29). Check this graphic for our full fall schedule.
Thanks again to the folks at Spencer Peirce Little Farm for providing refreshments, including delicious Ipswich Ale. We hope cranks will consider joining Historic New England, owners of Spencer Pierce and many other historic properties throughout New England, and big supporters of the Essex Base Ball Association. Remember, Historic New England members get free admission to all Essex Base Ball Association games at Spencer Peirce.