This past weekend the Essex Base Ball Club and Mechanics of North Andover traveled to Cornish Maine to participate in the inaugural New England Vintage Base Ball Tournament. Both squads joined with the Bristol Blues, Mudville Base Ball Club, Dirigo BBC, and Flemington Neshanocks to round out the competition.
The first game of the tournament featured the Mechanics making their team debut against the seasoned Neshanock Club of Flemington NJ. The boys from NJ easily defeated our boys 20-6. In the second game the Mechanics didnt fair much better against the Bristol Blues falling 20-5.
On Saturday the Essex Nine came out firing winning the first game against the Mudville BBC 16-2 and then in their second game they defeated Dirigo 15-2. The Essex boys had solid defense and their bats were checked in.
On Sunday the first game for Essex saw them matched up against Flemington and despite a very close back and forth game the Essex boys fell short 8-5. Essex was not discouraged and finished out the tournament beating the Bristol Blues 16-3.
On Sunday the Mechanics matched up against Mudville and fell 6-4 but then defeated Dirigo 11-9 to finish out the tournament.
We would like to thank the Cornish Historical Society, the Dirigo BBC, Marjorie Adams for educating us on Doc Adams, and all of those who made the tournament such an enjoyable experience for all members of the EBBO. We look forward to next year.
Members of the Essex Base Ball Organization could not have asked for a better day this past Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day. With three games played featuring members of the Lowell Base Ball Nine, Lynn Live Oaks, the Rockinghams of Portsmouth, and the Newburyport Clamdiggers the very large crowd that gathered at scenic Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA got their monies worth with fine fielding, great hitting, and some laughs. In the third game we mixed some members of the crowd with some of the “experienced” players and fun was had by all. We would like to make a special thank you to all who participated in the picnic lunch and specifically Bethany Dorau (who coordinated everything) and Bucciarelli’s in Salisbury, MA for providing great sandwiches for lunch. We hope all of the father’s out there had a great day.
The Essex Base Ball Club and Mechanics of North Andover will be traveling north this coming weekend to Cornish Maine to participate in the first New England Vintage Base Ball Festival featuring four other teams including the Flemington Neshanocks, Dirigo BBC, Mudville BBC, and Bristol Blues
Five games were played at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA this past weekend starting with three on Saturday June 11th.
Game 1 Newburyport 8 Mudville 6
Defense was key for the Clamdiggers in this lively match! Pat “Boom Boom” Wadland displayed his handsome fielding early on by passing it sharply to third for a put out heard around the diamond and sending a clear message to the ruffians from out of town! Later, Dan Kent caught a ball on the tip top and turned it to Bob West for a spirited double play, further asserting their stalwart display.
Game 2 Newburyport 15 Portsmouth 8
In the Clamdiggers second outing, their offense became the main event with Paul “The Wall” Chiozzi hitting daisy cutters for the Rockinghams all day long. Also of note, “Minute Man” Dan Kent made his debut in left field and looked like a natural fielding countless sky balls while avoiding the chicken coup and tree in foul territory.
Mudville was able to defeat the Rockinghams in a back and forth game.
Lowell 17 Lynn 9
A reformed Lynn Live Oaks started off their outing strong with a competitive showing thanks to a few newly acquired additions. Namely Pat “Short Order” Cook, and a man known only as ‘Blackbeard,’ a rookie whose prowess as a striker has defied his being called a muffin, to his face. Lynn was on the board first and jumped out to an early lead that would however soon be overcome by the veteran-laiden Lowell 9 aided by their returning star first baseman Eric “Goose” Gosselin. In the end, Lowell proved too much for the Live Oaks, and triumphed 17-9.
Lynn 10 Lowell 25
The Second game started up where the first left off for Lowell scoring a quick 12 runs in the first inning on which, although challenged at times, the Lowell 9 was then able to ride the coat tails of their co-captains’ and leading run producers of the day, the Sheehy Brothers, to victory. Nonetheless, the young Lynn squad was no country club however and showed great camaraderie as they battened down the hatches and mounted several spirited come-back innings, yet in the end the boys from Lowell would prevail.