On August 7th & 8th several members of the EBBL travelled to Genesee Country Village in Mumford NY as the Melrose Pondfeilders to compete in the 2015 National Silverball Tournament against teams from around the country and Canada. In Game 1 a somewhat road weary Melrose team fell back quickly on Friday afternoon against Spring Creek of Rochester NY and couldn’t recover in time to pull out the victory but played well enough to rally near the end of the match which lifted the spirits of the entire team in preparation for Saturday’s three games.
On Saturday the team got off to quick start with a solid morning victory in Game 2 against their old rivals the Black Stockings of Akron Ohio. Overall it was one of the best offensive and defensive games played by the Melrose squad in several years. Game 3 on was an offensive onslaught of 21 runs with commanding win over of the Great Black Swamp Frogs from Toledo Ohio giving Melrose a clean sweep of the two Ohio teams they faced. The third game on Saturday was Game 4 which pitted Melrose against another long standing rival the Victory BBC of Rochester. Victory took an early lead but Melrose bounced back quickly. The match stayed tight until late in the game when Victory’s bats came alive and secured the win against a very tired but noble group of Pondeilders.
The two game balls earned by Melrose were presented at the annual evening banquet to two individuals who most provided the most consistent contributions all weekend. The first game ball was presented to Cam “Shaggy” Champey for what must be considered his breakout games of his young vintage career. Cam played solid defense all weekend from SS and 2B making difficult plays look routine but most impressive was Cam’s bat which was on fire from the first inning onward. The other game ball was not presented to a player but rather to Tonya Leopardi one of the many cranks that travelled with the team. Tonya tirelessly led the Melrose contingency of rooters all weekend with her never ending cheering and well wishes as she and the other cranks made us feel at home and kept us focused.
The experience was exceptional as always and we’re already looking forward to next year’s tournament.
Back in Newbury the Live Oaks and Newburyport Clamdiggers squared off at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in the annual Fiber Revival celebration. In both ends of the doubleheader the Newburyport Clamdiggers were able to defeat the Live Oaks.
August 1st Essex vs. Dirigo in Cornish Maine
The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to beautiful Cornish Maine this past weekend to meet up with their friends the Dirigo BBC at the Cornish Trotting Park. The games were sponsored by the Cornish Historical Society and were well attended by cranks. In game one Essex was in a nail bitter exchanging the lead several times before finally hanging on to a 16-11 victory. In the second game after some strong hitting by the Essex Club they were able to sail away with an 11-5 victory. In all of our years of going to Maine the Cornish Trotting Park is quite honestly the best venue we have seen in Maine and look forward to going back there for a larger tournament next season. We would also like to thank the Dirigo BBC for two great games.
Join us Saturday August 8th for Fiber Revival at Spencer Peirce Little Farm as the Newburyport Clamdiggers square off against the Lynn Live Oaks at 11am. We would also like to wish members of the Portsmouth Rockinghams luck as they travel to Rochester NY to play in the annual Silverball Base Ball Tournament.
July 25th 2015 Georges Island. Essex, Mudville, Cleveland Blues
On Saturday the Essex Nine traveled out to Georges Island in Boston Harbor to match up against the Mudville Base Ball Club and Cleveland Blues. In game one the Essex strikers came out firing against Mudville scoring several runs in the first few innings and never looking back securing a 13-4 victory. In game two the middle of the Essex lineup continued their onslaught on the way to a 13-10 victory over a very strong Cleveland Blues lineup. The middle of the order of Chris “Monkey” Sheehy, Brian “Cappy” Sheehy, Payton Garbarino, and Jed “Honey” Millett combined for four triples, three homeruns, and a number of other base hits in the two games. The Cleveland strikers were formidable but the Essex defense was able to hold on for the victory. A great day was had all around and we would like to thank the Mudville Base Ball Club and Cleveland Blues for a fine day of gentlemanly base ball.
In Sunday’s triple header at the farm with our guests the Boston Beaneaters started with a bang as the Lynn Live Oaks plated 6 runs in the top of the first in Game 1 against the Beaneaters and never looked back. Solid bats and strong fielding for the Live Oaks was the key to their eventual 17-5 victory which included a remarkable streak of six consecutive foul-tip put-outs by Lynn’s veteran catcher Doug “Bullet” George thanks in part to some crafty pitching.
Game 2 had the Portsmouth Rockinghams doing a blue collar job against the Beaneaters by scratching out one or two runs in nearly every inning while holding Boston to just three runs on some solid pitching and strong defense while going on to an 11-3 victory.
Game 3 was the highlight event of the day for the numerous cranks as Lynn and Portsmouth continued their ongoing rivalry once again with a solid showing. Long balls, double plays, and great hustle on both sides kept fans entertained for all 9 innings. Lynn once again got off to a fast start with 6 runs after 2 innings but Portsmouth came back quickly and the game stayed close until the later innings when Lynn’s bashers came up and drove in 4. Portsmouth made a late surge but it wasn’t enough as Lynn took their second victory of the day by a score of 13-8
Thank you Jennie Lynch for the photos
The Lowell Ladies Men and the Lynn Live Oaks rekindled a rivalry that dates back to 1877 as they traveled to Concord, MA to play a doubleheader sponsored by the Concord Museum. In the first game the Ladies Men were able to hold off the Live Oaks securing a 7-4 victory. In the second game the Ladies Men’s bats came alive scoring 11 runs in the first two innings to run away with another victory. We would like to thank the Concord Museum for hosting our games. If you havent checked out their exhibit on the “Art of Baseball” it is well worth the stop.
We have a busy weekend coming up as on Saturday the Essex Base Ball Club returns to Georges Island in Boston Harbor to take on the Mudville Base Ball Club and the Cleveland Blues. On Sunday the Lynn Live Oaks, Boston Beaneaters, and Portsmouth Rockinghams will battle it out in a triple header at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury. Games start at 11am.
Join Us Saturday, July 18, 2015, 12PM – 3PM and step back in time and watch the Lowell Ladies Men against the Lynn Live Oaks in doubleheader vintage baseball games played by 19th-century rules: Players don’t wear gloves, the pitcher throws underhand, and if a ball is caught after one bounce, it’s still an out! 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.; free. At Emerson Field (Stow Street, Concord, MA); bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.
LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS – 1877. Portraits of the members of the New England League
Lowell Base Ball Club are constructed into a team collage cartoon in 1877. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
Finally the EBBA returned to action this past Sunday and saw the Newburyport Clamdiggers defeat the Lowell Nine in both ends of a doubleheader. These losses were the first losses for the Lowell Nine since losing to the Clamdiggers in the 2013 championship, a run of over twenty straight victories. In game 3 and 4 the Lynn Live Oaks and Portsmouth Rockinghams split.
On an absolutely perfect day with no rain in sight on the July 4th weekend the Essex Base Ball Organization put on a spectacular exhibition for a larger than expected crowd at this impromptu event at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury. Two evenly matched teams comprised of several vintage veterans and a few rookies faced off in two extra-inning nail biters. Captain Scapicchio and his band from Lynn, Essex and Dirigo edged captain Champey’s nine from Portsmouth and Melrose in each of their last at bats of the twin bill. After Scapicchio’s nine rallied to tie the first game in the bottom of the 9th the game continued into the 11th where a possible inning ending double play turned into the game winning run by a Dirigo speedster. The second match was no less exciting as the teams battled close for 9 innings until another deadlock was broken by a single run by the Scapicchio led squad in the top of the 10th.
The only dark spot on the day occurred during the middle of the first game when one of the ancient trees along Little’s Lane, which often provided us needed shade during the late season fall festival games, suddenly let out an enormous crack of a sound to rival any fireworks from the previous night. All players and cranks froze in amazement as we watched the tree continued to slowly shatter and collapse under its own weight taking out the power lines. It was simply it’s time to go and most fortunately no patrons, players, farm employees or animals were too close therefore nobody was harmed.
We return to league action Sunday July 12th for a quadruple header starting at 10am at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. Come check out the action.
July 5th Mixed Nine Game
Thanks to everyone for coming out today and filling the void we’ve had for the past few weeks.