Newburyport Wins

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It was Music Festival at Spencer Peirce Little Farm and the crowd poured in to catch the Essex Base Ball League’s playoff action.
Game 1 was an 8-7 victory for Newburyport over Lowell. It was a back and forth battle paced by defense and pitching. Newburyport’s Mike “Ace” Kent got the win on the hill, Bob “the Better” West threw out a runner stealing second late in the game, 3rd base was finely fielded by Paul “the New Guy” Chiozzi and Charlie “the new Dad” Ticotsky, leadoff hitter Ryan “Wild Wild” West was on base and stealing second all day, and Jon “Specs” Curley executed a delayed steal of third base that surprised even his own team. The game was closed out with a towering foul ball in left that was well field by the sure handed Patty “Boom Boom” Wadland with a runner on second.
The championship game was a 16-6 victory for Newburyport over Lynn.  Newburyport’s Matt “Queen of Diamonds” Larrabee broke out of what seemed a month long hitting slump hitting daisy cutter after daisy cutter. Jon “the Professor” Streff and Dan “Minuteman” Kent also paced the offense.
A big thank you from the EBBL to all of our family, friends, and fans for attending. And special thanks to Spencer Peirce Little Farm for hosting.
Our final event of the year is Jan’s Pitch on October 1st, we hope to see you there!

Everyone Wins….

On a beautiful fall day this past Saturday members of the Essex Base Ball Organization laced up their cleats for an action packed day of baseball, entertainment, and fine Ipswich Ale. Four close and exciting games took place during the Ipswich Ale Harvestfest.

Game 1.

In a game where Lowell had several new recruits and a few fill in the Lowell bats came to life scoring 15 runs to charge ahead but throughout the game Lynn chipped away and made a game of it but in the end Lowell was able to hang on for a 15-11 victory.

Game 2

The Lowell bats fell asleep and the Live Oaks answered the call winning 6-2.

Game 3

The Clamdiggers defeated Portsmouth 11-9 in the first of two games with
clutch hitting and flashy defense. Right fielder Drew “Captain Clam” Murphy
threw out a runner trying to score from second and catcher John “Specs”
Curley tossed out a runner trying to steal second. On offense Dan
“Minuteman” Kent shined while his newborn daughter Madison looked on and
cheered/cried with excitement.

Game 4
The final game of day was the second game of the Portsmouth & Newburyport
doubleheader and it didn’t disappoint the large group of spectators in
attendance.  Superior defense and strong pitching on both sides proved to be
the theme as the two Port cities dueled back and forth while keeping the
cranks on the edge of their seats. Newburyport took a 5-3 lead into the
bottom of the 9th when the Portsmouth bats came alive just in time to tie
the game on a clutch two out single by Cam “Shaggy” Champey after a long
hard fought at bat. The game continued scoreless into the bottom of the 11th
when Jon “Wheels” Allen led off with a hard hit single. After Allen’s timely
steal of 2B, Jim “Champ” Champey smashed a single into LF bringing Allen
into 3B to set up the potential game winning run with no outs recorded. The
Clamdigger’s made their first out of the inning on a great catch and throw
from CF which held Allen at 3B, however the Rockingham’s rookie outfielder
Tyler “Walk-Off” Nauffts stepped up and confidently drove in the game
winning run with a hard single up the middle thus ending the Essex Base Ball
Association’s regular season the same way it began with each team in the
league getting a victory on the day.

Members of the EBBO will form a Mixed Nine squad Sunday September 18th to play the Boston Beaneaters on Boston Common.

Next Game…. Ipswich Ale Harvest Fest

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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

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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