The Last two weeks….

Saturday August 5th the Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Old Bethpage Restoration Village in Long Island to participate in the Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival.  Wearing new bibs thanks to Rae Fortin the boys from MA took the field against the New Yorkers.  In game one the Essex bats rattled off a series of hits to run ahead and never look back defeating the NY Mutuals 10-2.
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Game two was against the always tough Atlantic Base Ball Club.  In a game of stellar defense the score stood at 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th.  Unfortunately for the Essex boys the Atlantic’s scored 6 in the 8th to secure a 7-2 victory.
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Game 1 Newburyport 11 Lowell 6
In game 1 Newburyport got off to a quick start with a 5 run inning and kept the lead the entire game. Mike “Ace” Kent prevented the mighty Lowell hitters from any big innings while solid defense from Adam “the Professor” Gilbert at 3b and Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee at 1b.
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Game 2 Newburyport 10 Lowell 9 in 10 innings
Game 2 was a back and forth battle that had it all. Lowell took the lead in the early innings while Newburyport took it back in the middle. In the top of the 9th inning Lowell trailed 8-7 and was able to take a 9-8 lead. Lowell’s run scoring was powered by Chris “Monkey” Sheehy’s cycle. In the bottom of the 9th Newburyport tied it up 9-9 to send it to the 10th. In the bottom of the 10th with two outs and a runner at third, Glen “No Big Deal” Farrell hit a line drive to left field for the walk off win, his second walk off hit in as many weeks.
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Thanks to all the fans that made the games even more enjoyable!

Muffins Weekend

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Photo by Matthew Muise

The Essex Base Ball Organizations was pleased to welcome the Ohio Village Muffins to Spencer Peirce Little Farm this past weekend for two action packed days of 1864 rules base ball.

On Saturday the day started with the Muffins matched up against the Lowell Base Ball Nine. In a game of good defense and timely hitting the Lowell Nine were able to secure a 15-2 victory over the boys from Ohio.

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Photo by Jennie Lynch 

The 2nd game of the day featured the visiting Ohio Muffins against the Rockinghams of Portsmouth. The teams battled evenly through 8½  innings with only 3 runs each due to superior defense and crafty pitching on both sides. In the bottom of the 9th, Alex “Chief” Ieronimo and former Ohio Muffin Beau “Shoeless” Bevins led off with back to back singles for Portsmouth. With runners at 1B and 2B, Ohio then recorded two quick outs on consecutive one bound foul outs and appeared close to extending the game into the 10th. However, Tyler “Walk-Off” Naufts had other ideas when he stepped up to the plate and lined a sharp single past the pitcher and into centerfield. As the Ohio centerfielder settled in to fire the ball towards home plate the Rockingham bench cheered on Chief as he rounded 3rd base for what was sure to be close play. As the Rockingham rookie neared home he stumbled just a few feet short of plate, however some luck was with the home team as the thrown ball sailed over the Ohio catcher’s reach thereby allowing Mr. Ieronimo to reach out with his hand to secure the 4-3 victory for Portsmouth. Both teams saluted each other and the crowd that witnessed one of the finest games played this season.

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Photo by Matthew Muise

Game three was a sloppy, time shortened seven inning affair that saw each team score 9 runs before other commitments led to players having to abandon the field.

On Sunday in front of a lively crowd the Lynn Live Oaks were able to defeat the Ohio Village Muffins 11-3.  The Ohio Muffins cranks traveled very well for their home town team.  Lynn got out to a 6-0 lead by the 4th inning and never looked back.  Timely hitting and solid defense was played by the entire Oaks team in their winning effort.  The Oaks would like to thank the Muffins for travelling so far for such a gentlemanly match and hope to see them again.

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Photo Matthew Muise

Game 2 Newburyport Clamdiggers 17 Ohio Muffins 4

The weather was perfect and the crowd was even better on Sunday when the Newburport Clamdiggers played the Ohio Muffins. The Clamdigger’s bats were alive and well as the entire team contributed to tallied runs. The pitching combination of Kevin “Traveling Man” Byrnes and  John “Specs” Curley kept Ohio off balance all game. A big THANK YOU to the Ohio team for making the 10+ hour hike from the mid west, we look forward to playing you again in the future.

Game 3 Newburyport 12 Lynn 10

It was a back and forth battle that came down to a thrilling 8th and 9th inning offensive explosion. Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the 8th Mark “Shrub Finder” Scapicchio came up with 2 runners on and hit a high fly ball right into the bush in left field. Unable to find the ball Mark sprinted around the base paths for a home run giving Lynn the 10-7 lead going into the top of the ninth. In the ninth Patty “Boom Boom” Wadland hit a towering two run home run in the corn field to cut the deficit to 10-9. With two hands and a runner on third, Glenn “No Big Deal” Farrell stepped up to the plate and hit a daisy cutter between 3rd and short to tie the game. From there the Clamdiggers put together a few more hits to score Glenn and Adam “the Professor” Gilbert to take the 12-10 lead which they held onto in the bottom of the 9th.

History Repeated…

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Mishawum and Webster Clubs of Woburn

Members of the Essex Base Ball Organization gathered at Library Field in Woburn, MA to participate in Woburn’s 375th anniversary of its founding. To celebrate the history of Woburn players from the league played as the Mishawum and Webster Base Ball Clubs. The Mishawum and Webster Clubs were two clubs that played in Woburn in the 1860’s. On June 17th 1867 the two met in a rain shortened 5 inning game in which the Mishawum Club was victorious 31-16. 9 innings were played and there was no rain the modern day rematch but the result was the same with the Mishawum’s winning 13-6.

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In game two of the day members of the Essex Base Ball Organization played Woburn High baseball and softball players and coaches, local celebrities, and Woburn mayor Scott Galvin. It was a fun filled game that exposed new people to 1860’s rules.

Also on hand for the day were the Red Sox World Series trophies, Wally, and much more. We would like to thank all of the people of Woburn for coming out and allowing us to participate in the 375th celebration. We would also like to send a special thanks to Liberty Bay Credit Union for supporting us and sponsoring a really great event.

Here is a story from Wicked Local Woburn http://woburn.wickedlocal.com/news/20170722/vintage-baseball-tournament-played-in-woburn

Game in Woburn July 22nd

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Red Sox Showcase & Vintage Baseball

Saturday, July 22 | Library Park 63 Harrison Ave, Woburn, MA 01801 
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

A day of fun for the whole family!

CALLING ALL BASE BALL FANS: The Red Sox Foundation’s traveling showcase truck is making a stop at Library Park, complete with batting cages, pitching stations,
a Steal 2nd Challenge, and virtual reality experience. While you’re there, hang out with Wally the Green Monster and have your picture taken with the 2013 World Series Trophy!

Vintage Baseball kicks off at 12:30 with a matchup between the Mishawum and Webster Base Ball Club, two historic local teams brought back to life by The Essex Base Ball League. The winner will play against the Woburn Local Celebrity Team!

Liberty Bay will be on site with exciting giveaways, and an open-air photo booth to help you commemorate your day! It’s an event you surely don’t want to miss!

See you there!

About the Day

Come down to see the Essex Base Ball League play an exhibition game, played by the rules used in the 1860’s. Learn how baseball used to be played back in the 1860s, when the umpire would go to the fans for help making a call, and players fielded the ball without gloves! Watch the Essex Base Ball League take on the personas of baseball teams that played in Woburn back in the 1860s. And, watch some of our local celebrities take on the pros in a game like they’ve never played before. Click here to learn more.

Learn more about this and all Woburn 375 events at http://www.woburn375.com.

 

 

The Prince Returns to Spencer Peirce Little Farm….

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On a beautiful sunny summers day this past Sunday the Lowell Nine and Live Oaks of Lynn returned home to historic Spencer Peirce Little Farm to square off in two action packed 1864 rules matches. In game one the Lowell Nine marched out to eight runs in the first inning and never looked back securing a 17-2 over the Live Oaks. The team was led by Alex Short’s two homeruns, which he secured with his new Phoenix Bat specials. The offense was solid from top to bottom and solid defense was all around for Lowell.

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Alex Shorts

Lowell was also sparked by the return of Jim “Prince” Bodwell. “Prince” was with the team for several years during Lowell’s dominant run but due to a new job he had to move down south to the land of Dixie. “Prince” returned for a visit this past weekend and wowed players and fans alike with hits, hustle, and dramatic plays. The highlight of Prince’s performance was throwing out a Live Oak runner at first base from left field. We would like to thank Jim for playing and hope that he returns soon.

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Jim “Prince” Bodwell

In game 2 the Live Oaks fought back to make a game of it but the pitching of John “Face Plant” Lynch and the solid Lowell defense helped them secure a 13-6 victory.

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The next time out will be a triple header Sunday July 16th starting at 11am featuring the NH Granite, the Live Oaks of Lynn, and the Rockinghams of Portsmouth.

Lots of Base Ball This Past Weekend

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It was quite the weekend for the Essex Base Ball Organization as beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury witnessed five games on both Saturday and Sunday featuring all four of our league teams.

Saturday

On a warm June morning (that finally felt like summer was near) for base ball the Live Oaks of Lynn met their friends the Rockinghams of Portsmouth for a spirited double header.  The first game saw the Rockinghams jump out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Live Oaks would not be out done, coming back to score 9 runs on some timely hitting and a few defensive miscues by the Rockinghams.  The Rockinghams chipped away at Lynn’s lead for the next few innings while holding the Oaks to minimal runs.  In the end, Lynn’s bats came through a few more times and carried them to a 14-8 victory in game 1.

Game 2 between the Live Oaks and the Rockinghams got off to fast start with both teams scoring early and the Rockinghams jumping out to an early 3-2 lead after the 1st. However the Rockingham’s could not overcome Lynn’s muscle at the plate as the Live Oaks continued to tack on runs in almost every inning. Portsmouth fought back with some late inning rallies but there was simply not enough to overcome Lynn’s bats on Saturday as the Live Oaks swept the double header with a 16-8 victory.

Sunday

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Game 1: Clamdiggers defeat Lowell 14-9

Both teams bats were blazing just like the 90 degree heat. Jon “Poster Boy” Streff continued his daisy cutter rampage driving in numerous runs. Dan “Minute Man” Kent was a wall at short stop, Jon “Mystery Man” Curley threw out a runner trying to steal third base, and Pat “Short Order” Cook kept the Lowell bats from any big innings.

Game 2: Lowell defeat Boston Beaneaters 29-1

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Lowell after a crushing defeat in game one came out swinging scoring 15 runs in the first inning and never looked back. Strong defense and solid hitting led the way for Lowell. The single Beaneater run came in the 7th inning of a shortened 7 inning game.

Game 3: Clamdiggers beat Boston Beaneaters 25-4

The Clamdiggers’ bats came alive again in the third inning putting up 13 runs. Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee homered when a high fly ball to left was lost in the high grass. Adam “the Professor” Gilbert also struck the ball consistently. Pat “Boom Boom” Wadland made the catch of the year navigating the high grass in left field gracefully. He caught the ball falling backwards and disappeared momentarily until he raised his hand in the air with the ball.

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Highlight of the day was the large crowd of little leaguers from the Byfield Little League who came out to cheer on the local guys. A crowd favorite was Chris “Monkey” Sheehy. He baseball card was highly sought after and his autograph was in high demand

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*Photos by Jennie Lynch