Great Weekend of Ball…

This past weekend the Essex Base Ball Organization participated in the Newburyport Educational Fund’s American Music Festival at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.  On Saturday the EBBA Mixed Nine took on the Mudville BBC and the Melrose Pondfielders.  Despite a different field than they are accustomed to at the farm, the “home” Mixed Nine defeated Mudville in the first game 11-5 and Melrose 19-10 in the third game. In a great second game Mudville rallied and defeated Melrose 11-10.  Close to 1,800 fans attended the music fest on Saturday and Sunday was no different as the newly formed and quite formidable Presumpscot Nine traveled down from Maine to take on anther mix of EBBA players.  In the first game Essex marched off to a quick lead and never looked back.  In the second game Presumpscot hit liner after liner to defeat the Essex squad. Defense on both sides was strong  throughout the day. We all look forward to many more battles with the Maine boys in the future.

We would like to thank all of the clubs for coming out and participating in the event.

Our championship game for the Essex Base Ball Association will be played Saturday October 5th starting at 12pm as the Newburyport Clamdiggers face off against the Portsmouth Rockinghams.  The winner of that game will square off against the Lowell Baseball Nine for the championship.  All games should be close so come on out and cheer us on.

Newburyport and Lowell Win

In an all league event this past Sunday the Newburyport Clamdiggers defeated the Portsmouth Rockinghams 14-4 and in the second game the Lowell Base Ball Nine beat the Lynn Live Oaks 27-3, meaning that in the Championship Series October 5 the Newburyport Clamdiggers will play the Portsmouth Rockinghams in the play in game for the opportunity to take on the Lowell Nine for the EBBA championship.

Also on hand this past Sunday was WGBH. They were filming a segment that will air in the coming weeks. More to come soon…

Games will be played September 28th and 29th as part of the Newburyport Educational Fund’s American Music and Harvest Festival .  Saturday 11am Mudville vs. EBBA Mixed Nine, 12:45 Melrose/ Dirigo vs. Mudville, 2:30 Melrose/ Dirigo vs. EBBA Mixed Nine.  Sunday 12pm and 1:45 Essex vs. Presumpscot

Harvestfest a Huge Success

Ipswich Ale’s annual Harvestfest could not have been a better day for the Essex Base Ball Association’s games. In the first game the Live Oaks faced off against the Clamdiggers. In the early innings the game was close but some costly errors allowed the Clamdiggers to pull ahead and never look back winning 16-2. The second game saw the Rockinghams take on the Lowell Nine. Lowell was able to run out to an early lead scoring 4 runs in each the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings and they never looked back. The Rockinghams were able to tally 4 runs in the last two innings but were only able to narrow the margin to 17-8.

On the 21st Cappy will be heading to the Merrimac MA library to be part of Tom and Ellen Zappala’s book launch of Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players. Then Sunday all teams return to action as the Newburyport Clamdiggers square off against the Portsmouth Rockinghams at 12pm to decide who will secure 2nd place in the EBBA playoffs. Following that game the Live Oaks will face off against the Lowell Nine. Around 3 we will open it up and have another open game. All will be welcome to come try their hand at playing.

Lowell Takes Two by Two

Despite a game that saw both the Lowell Baseball Nine and the Newburyport Clamdiggers short key players the action on the field this past Sunday was anything but second rate.  Both teams sprayed hits all over the field and the lead changed hands numerous times throughout the day but in both games Lowell was able to end up on top 15-13 and 9-7.  The Lowell offense was led by homeruns by Chris “Monkey” Sheehy, Eric “Goose” Gosselin, and Brian “Cappy” Sheehy.  Patty “Boom Boom” Wadland added another home run for the Clamdiggers.  Both teams hope to meet again in the playoffs.

All members of the Essex Base Ball Association return to action Saturday September 14th as they participate in Ipswich Ale’s annual Harvestfest. The festival goes from 12-6 and admission is free.  In the 12pm game the Clamdiggers face off against the Live Oaks and then at 1:30 the Lowell Nine take on the Rockinghams.  In the 3rd game around 3 members of the EBBA will open up the game and allow fans to try their hand at playing a few innings with the seasoned ballists. All are welcome to come try it out.