Jan’s Pitch Game and 2017 Championship


Game 1: Clamdiggers 15 Rockinghams 13

In Game 1 the Clamdiggers lead the entire game tallying runs early and holding Portsmouth’s bats at bay. Trailing by 6 in the bottom of the eighth Portsmouth’s bats came alive and tallied 7 runs to take the lead going into the top of the 9th. The Clamdiggers rallied for 3 runs of their own to take the lead as Portsmouth came to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Portsmouth’s first two runners reached base and with no outs, runners on first and second, a towering fly ball was hit over the head of Clamdigger left fielder Patty “Boom Boom” Wadland. He tracked down the fly on one hop (first out of inning), threw the ball with all his might to shortstop Dan “Minute Man” Kent who then relayed a perfect strike to catcher John “Specs” Curley who tagged out the runner trying to score from second (second out of inning). The double play was one of the most exciting defensive plays we’ve seen in years. With a runner on third, the next Portsmouth striker hit a line drive in the right field gap and took a diving catch by Drew “Captain Clam” Murphy to record the third out.


Playoff Game 2: The Lynn Live Oaks faced the Lowell Base Ball Nine.  Lynn’s bats helped them to jump out to an early 9-0 lead by the end of the second inning.  Lowell fought their way back through out the next 6 innings with Lynn only tallying one more run making the score 10-8.  Lowell had a few mighty strikes, but Derek “Whiskers” Boutwell and Mark “PB&J” Scapicchio were able to save the Live Oaks in the 9th inning and not allow Lowell to tally any runs.  Lynn held on to the victory and moved ahead to the Championship to face the Newburyport Clamdiggers.

Championship Game:  The Newburyport Clamdiggers won the opening toss and elected to strike first.  Lynn however were the ones that were able to jump out to an early lead tallying 6 runs in the first three innings with Newburyport only tallying 2.  Lynn attempted to, but failed to keep the mighty Newburyport strikers down for long though with the Clamdiggers taking an 11-9 lead going in to the bottom of the 8th inning.  Lynn replied with 2 tallys of their own in the 8th to tie the game 11-11 going into the 9th.  Lynn’s defense held Newburyport scoreless in the 9th, but were unable to capitalize on having runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs.  Newburyport’s defense held Lynn to no tally’s and the game moved into the 10th inning.  The Clamdiggers scored one run in the top of the 10th to take a 12-11 lead.  Lynn would not be denied though quickly moving runners to 2nd and 3rd base again with no outs.  A hit tallied a run for Lynn and moved the winning run to third. A slow roller to the pitcher was not enough to score the winning run as a brilliant play at the plate caused Lynn’s second out.  A passed ball of the catcher however allowed the game winning run to score and give Lynn their first ever Essex Base Ball Championship.  It was a long awaited victory for the Live Oaks who had waited a long time to add their name to the Championship Jug.


With the day being about the Jan’s Pitch Charity Event and the playoffs/championship there was a lot going on at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm.  A great display of base ball was witnessed by all of the cranks that were able to come out and money was raised for a great cause.  We would like to thank everyone who was able to make it out and enjoy some of the best base ball that the Essex League could provide.  We thank all who helped us raise well over $3,000 for cancer research and inner city art programs.



Moving Closer to Jan’s Pitch

Saturday October 14th is shaping up to be a great way to end our 2017 season. The games begin at 11 with the Rockinghams vs Clamdiggers, followed by the Lowell Nine vs the Live Oaks, then the winners square off for the “jug”.

The day will also be the 5th annual Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts fundraiser in which we will be raising money for cancer research and inner city art programs. Ipswich Ale and Jim Jam hot dogs will be there for purchase. We will have a 50/50 raffle and much more so come on down to Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA and see who takes home the jug.

To purchase tickets or to make a donation https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-jans-pitch-for-brea…

Oct 14th flyer

We are going to auction off two of these beautiful baseballs that were graciously donated by Corky Gaskell email us at historyball@yahoo.com if you would like to place a bid. Thanks again to Corky Gaskell for the donation.


Mont Vernon NH Doc Adams

The Essex Nine traveled on a very hot and humid day to Mont Vernon NH, the birthplace of baseball pioneer Doc Adams, to participate in the first Doc Adams Invitational.


In game 1 Essex charged off to a lead over the Boston Beaneaters winning 19-9.  Game 2 was a back and forth battle that lasted 10 innings but Essex was against able to pull though 9-8 over the NH Granite. It was a great event and fun was had by all.


Open Game… New Players Welcome

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at playing 1864 rules base ball? Here is your chance to join members of the Essex Base Ball Organization for an informal game Sunday September 10th at 10am at Spencer Peirce Little Farm 5 Littles Lane Newbury, MA. For more info contact historyball@yahoo.com

Essex Mixed Nine Plays in Ohio Cup

The Essex Base Ball Club traveled to Ohio Village to participate in the 26th Annual Ohio Cup vintage baseball festival in Columbus, Ohio. Thirty-one vintage baseball teams participated in the Ohio Cup over Labor Day weekend. This was a special event for many reasons – one being that it was a pilgrimage home for two Essex players – Beau Bevens and Doug George, who are from Columbus, and Akron respectively.

Day 1 – Saturday September 3rd

Unfortunately, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey arrived on Saturday of the event. With waterlogged base balls and soggy socks, the Essex Nine started slowly against the Indianapolis Hoosiers. When the time ran out on the game, Indianapolis and Essex were tied with 3 runs on each side. In game two, the Columbus Capitals bats started hot and stayed hot, even with the rain continuing. The Essex ballists struck the ball well, but they could not stay with the Capitals on this day. In the final game of day one, the Essex Nine battled the St Louis Maroons and pulled out the victory in a 4-2 ballgame.

Day 2 – Sunday September 4th

The weather improved in day two of the Ohio Cup, as did the Essex players. In game one, Monitor Base Ball Club (BBC) of Chelsea couldn’t muster a run as the Essex Nine were victorious 7-0. In game two, the Akron Black Stockings and the Essex Nine played on Muffin Meadow. The Essex bats flourished. After only a few innings, due to time, the Essex team won 22-0. In the final game of the Ohio Cup, the Essex Nine played in one of the better battles of the event. The game featured great striking and fielding on each side. In the end, the Essex 9 pulled out the victory 12-8. The Essex 9 ended the event with a 4-1-1 record.

The Essex Base Ball Association would like to thank the Ohio Village Muffins for the invite to the Ohio Cup and send a thank you to all team who participated. We thoroughly enjoyed being part this successful event and hope to make it back in the future.