The Worst Weather in 14 Seasons

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Once again mother nature is not cooperating with the Essex Base Ball Organizations scheduled games.  We are going to try to schedule some sort of game for next Sunday July 5th but nothing is set in stone. The next official league games will be Sunday July 12th starting at 10am.

Games Off… Lunch On

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Unfortunately the weather is not looking like we can play baseball today so we have had to cancel the games today. Lunch is still on for those who have registered at 12 in the barn. We have a few lectures on baseball history planned and come learn more about Doc Adams and his push to get into the Hall of Fame.

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We will push on….

Despite a forecast calling for a little rain on fathers day we are proceeding with the games. We have moved up the start time of the first game to 930-945 and will only be playing 7 inning games throughout the day. The lunch will happen regardless of the weather. Lets hope for sun.

Father’s Day Games

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Join the Essex Base Ball Organization on Father’s Day for a day of base ball, history, art, BBQ, and Ipswich Ale.  Four games will be played on the day beginning at 10am and going until 4 featuring the Newburyport Clamdiggers against the Portsmouth Rockinghams and the Lynn Live Oaks against the Lowell Base Ball Club.  Admission for the games is $5 for non Historic New England members.

We will have a reserved lunch featuring Tennessee BBQ and Ipswich Ale.  People who register online will enjoy a family style lunch from 12-2. Buy tickets here Ticket sales end at 2pm on Thursday June 18th.

Along with all of this the great granddaughter of baseball pioneer and member of the NY Knickerbockers, Doc Adams will be on hand to talk about Doc’s legacy and display some memorabilia. Artist Joe Farnham will also be on hand to display his baseball art. It promises to be a great day so bring your dad on down and enjoy a great day at beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA

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Opening Day A Hit

John "Face plant" Lynch

John “Face plant” Lynch

Opening day was a great success.  Unlike the original opening day the weather could not have been nicer as the sun was shining, the cranks we happy, and the ballists were excited to finally kick off our league schedule.  The first game of the day did no disappoint as the Lowell Nine and Portsmouth Rockinghams battled back and forth all day long.  In the 8th the Lowell Nine secured a 3 run lead but that lead was erased in the top of the 9th. Jim “Prince” Bodwell who is moving to Florida in a few weeks stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 9th and hit a long triple with no out.  He was able to score on the next batters ground ball to the right side.  The two teams were very evenly matched and Portsmouth has added several fine new ballists.

Game two was never close as the Lowell Nine continued their 9th inning heroics and scored 11 runs in the first inning never looking back from a 26-10 victory.

Game 3 was an offensive showdown with Newburyport Clamdiggers ending up on top 18-8. The Lynn Live Oaks flashed the bare hands early throwing Newburyport’s speedy leadoff hitter out on an attempted steal of 3rd. Later in the game they also tracked him down in a pickle between 3rd and home plate that seemed to last forever. Dan “Minute Man” Kent and “What About” Bob West paced the offense with multiple daisy cutters each.
Dan "Minute Man" Kent

Dan “Minute Man” Kent

Game 4 was all about defense. Lynn threatened to have a big second inning with 2 runners on base and no outs, but Newburyport turned a key double play thanks to first baseman Matt “Long Arms” Larrabee and Jon “Silky Smooth” Streff.  Newburyport was able to hold on for the victory over Lynn.
Along with the games catcher for the Lowell Nine John “Face Plant” Lynch shaved his head after the games to raise money for childhood cancer.  The Essex Base Ball Organization use some of the funds from the Jan’s Pitch Game to make a donation to this great cause.  Pictures of Face Plant to come….
A big thanks to all the fans for attending!  Dont forget about our Father’s Day festivities on the 21st.
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Lynchy to Cut Buzz Off Hair After Games Sunday

John "Face plant" Lynch

John “Face plant” Lynch

On Sunday after the second game of our quadruple header Lowell Nine catcher John “Face Plant” Lynch will shave his head for children’s cancer treatment.  Below are the details

John’s personal page that people can use for online donations –https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=2673956&langPref=en-CA

“This will be my 5th year buzzing it off for kids with cancer. It started with a radio ad five Springs ago and has been an important event for me ever since. The first Buzz Off was especially important because my good friend’s son was undergoing cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital. Happily, his treatment went tremendously well and I feel this is a great event to continue to support! Here are websites about the event and organization, One Mission… http://buzzforkids.org/ ” 

Opening Day…. Finally

Opening day is finally here.. Sunday June 7th, games 1 and 2 will feature the Lowell Base Ball Nine vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams, games 3 and 4 will see Lynn Live Oaks vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers square off. Games kick off at 10am and don’t forget Ipswich Ale will be on hand with their fine ales.

Don’t forget in two weeks our Fathers Day games and BBQ

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