Next Game…. Ipswich Ale Harvest Fest


Calling all Ipswich Ale fans..It’s that time of year again!

The Ipswich Ale Harvest Fest features great beer out of the Tapmobiles, live music by the Orville Giddings Band & Vintage Base Ball with 1860’s rules!

Games will start at 10am (festival starts at 12pm) with Lowell Nine vs. Lynn Live Oaks (double header) then Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Rockinghams of Portsmouth (double header)

Food will be available from Tennessees Bbq, CopperDome Crust, Little Wolf Coffee Roasters, & The Whoo(pie) Wagon.

The festival will be complete with lawn games, a bouncy house, face painting and more! Bring the kids (and the dog!) down to the farm for a day of great local beers and fall fun!

This is a FREE ADMISSION event.

Friendly dogs welcome and must be on a leash.

It was “a high sky” in Maine


Brian “The Wizard” Besse and Brett Zanni

This past Saturday the Essex Base Ball Club traveled north to Ever After Mustang Rescue in Biddeford, ME for a fundraiser game against our good friends the Dirigo BBC of Maine.  In the first game the Essex boys ran out to a quick 10 run lead but then in one of the worst single innings in Essex history the Dirigo bats hammered hit after hit evening the score at 10.  Dirigo added another run in the bottom of the 8th but in the top of the 9th Essex woke up and score three runs to make the score 13-11.  Essex’s defense held in the bottom of the 9th to secure the win.

Game two Essex walked away with a 14-5 victory.

We would like to thank the Mustang Rescue Center for hosting the games and to Dirigo for two great games.

Portsmouth and Georges Island


It was a busy weekend with all four of the Essex Base Ball Association clubs playing this past weekend.  On Saturday the Portsmouth Rockinghams and Lowell Base Ball Club (Playing as the Whipple BBC of Kittery Maine) traveled to Leary Field to participate in the annual game sponsored by the Portsmouth Athenaeum.  The day was filled with activity with the 12th NH Regiment Band and the Kearsarge Antique Steam Fire Engine.


Both games of the double header were close with teams exchanging leads back and forth.  In game one the Rockinghams were able to secure the lead in the top of the 9th and hold on to victory 14-13.


In game two the Whipple’s aka Lowell was able to secure the victory 10-9 in another back and forth contest.


On Sunday on Georges Island “Newburyport takes Two from Lynn on George’s Island”

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon on George’s Island. There was also a special celebration marking the 300th anniversary of Boston Light, the nation’s first and oldest lighthouse. A special cake was made for the event.
Lighthouse Cake
Game 1 was all about the offense with Newburyport coming out on top 15-10. The ground was dry and deep line drives in the gap were finding their way to the left field concrete wall and center field tree. Lynn held the lead early but late game home runs by Dan “Minuteman” Kent, Bryan “The Rookie” Daly, and Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee paced the offense to the victory.
Game 2 was all about pitching with Newburyport winning 15-3. Kevin Byrne took the hill with dozens of family members looking on and silenced the previously loud Lynn bats. Patty “Boom “Boom” Wadland and Bob “How are ya” West drove in the majority of the runs.
Thanks to the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and George’s Island for hosting, it’s a special place to play and we look playing next summer

At the National Silver Ball Tournament


Members of the Essex Base Ball Organization traveled to Mumford, NY to take part in the annual Silver Ball Base Ball Tournament. The boys played as the Melrose Pondfielders.

Silverball Wrap Up

Game 1 – Spring Creek 12 / Melrose 4
Game 2 – Rochesters 15 / Melrose 7
Game 3 – Melrose 23 / Live Oaks 5
Game 4 – Akron 10 / Melrose 8