Members of the Essex Base-Ball Organization along with some new friends of the Columbus Capitals of Ohio travelled to central Florida on Saturday Feb 27th and gathered at The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek State Park in Kissimmee to help launch vintage base-ball in that area by playing a series of games against the newly founded City Point Base Ball Club of Orlando FL. City Point was co-founded in August 2015 by Jeremy “Woody” Blackwood formerly of the Portsmouth Rockinghams and in their inaugural event they proved to be a worthy foe.
Game 1 – The first game in the bright early Florida sun saw the affectionately nick named “Team Sunshine” of EBBO jump out to an early and seemingly commanding lead. The City Point club was clearly not intimidated by the veteran bunch as they calmly chipped away at the lead for all nine innings and became victorious with 3 runs tallied in the bottom of the ninth for a 19 – 18 final score. The Orlando players celebrated triumphantly as the winning run crossed the plate knowing that their hard work of recruiting players along with several weeks of practices paid off.
Game 2 – After shaking off nearly five months of rust during game 1 the northern squad played nearly flawless defense in Game 2. That strong defense was essential as the EEBO team won another nail biter to a score of 5 to 4. The Orlando players also showed some spectacular defensive abilities in this game, most notably young Bradley at shortstop who attracted sharply batted balls like a magnet and played them with ease all afternoon as he clearly impressed the veteran club on the opposite side of the field.
Game 3 – This game saw “Team Sunshine” impress the spectators with power and defense as they took an early lead and never looked back in a shortened exhibition of seven innings. Numerous multi-base hits by many of the squad could only be topped by the first four bagger of the EBBO season by Portsmouth’s Jon “Wheels” Allen after he launched a memorable blast to deep right center.
Presentations of games balls were made by team captains Jim “Champ” Champey and the aforementioned Mr. Blackwood as they thanked the local spectators for their attendance and gave a special acknowledgement to the travelling rooters from New England and Ohio. Both clubs along with friends and families proceeded to celebrate into the evening at a local establishment as toasts were made to new friends on both sides. A special game ball was signed by members of both clubs and presented to the Frias brothers Rudy and Ian of the Columbus Capitals for their passion during the tournament and overall appreciation for the game of baseball.
The Essex Base Ball Organization sends their sincerest gratitude to the City Point club for their fine hospitality and gentlemanly play and wishes them a long future in the sport of vintage base-ball.
-Jim “Champ” Champey
Members of the Essex Base Ball Association vs The Orlando Vintage Base Ball Club in Kissimmee Florida in February
Essex Base Ball Association members will be playing their first ever winter games against the newly formed Orlando Vintage Base-Ball Club in their inaugural games Saturday February 27th 2016. The Orlando club was recently co-founded by former Portsmouth Rockingham Jeremy “Woody” Blackwood. This is great opportunity to introduce people of the Orlando area to vintage base-ball for the first time and for any snowbirds from the north to enjoy an entertaining day without the expense and long lines at the theme parks.
Date: Sat Feb 27th
Location: Shingle Creek Regional Park – Babb Landing Location
Start Time: 10:30am through mid-afternoon hours
- We’re currently scheduling 3 games for the day with short break times in between.
Jans Pitch 2015
The Essex Base Ball Organization would like to thank everyone who played, came, or donated to this years Jan’s Pitch Game this past Saturday. Despite a chill in the air we played three great games and were able to raise over $3,000 for art students at the Arlington School and for breast cancer research. We had some great baseball featuring members of clubs from MA- NH- CT- and RI, beautiful silent auction/ raffle items, delicious Ipswich Ale and Jim Jam Hot Dogs, and great music. This event would not have been possible without a whole group of amazing people. Ill start by thanking Bethany Groff Dorau for allowing us access to beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Id also like to thank her wonderful husband James Dorau for pouring Ipswich Ale and selling hot dogs all day. Kevin Carubia and his band entertained us all day long with some great tunes. Thank you Alex Sandman for the countless hours he spent putting together such an amazing looking promo video. I am looking forward to seeing what he puts together next year. Thank you to Trev Stair, Steve Suraci, and all of the people at the Newburyport Drink ‘N’ Draw for donating such wonderful sketches and paintings to our silent auction. Thank you to the Essex Base Ball Org’s rookie of the year Matthew Blanchette aka Johnny Bravo/ Duck for his hard work in getting raffle and silent auction prizes. Thank you to the Wildman himself Doug George. His tireless effort in getting donations, raffle items, and helping is very much appreciated and a huge reason why we raised over $3,000. The biggest and most sincere thank you goes to the Lynch family for all that they did. John Lynch and Jennie Lynch went above and beyond in dedicating time, money, items, and energy to this event. We are looking forward to 2016 and making it an even better event. Thank you again to everyone who made the day possible.
Chris “Monkey” Sheehy, Brian “Cappy” Sheehy, John “Face Plant” Lynch
Capping off an undefeated season, The Newburyport Clamdiggers won their second championship in three years.
Game one of playoff Sunday saw Newburyport victorious over Lowell, 7-1. Newburyport pitcher Pat “Shortorder” Cook pitched a heck of a gem, keeping Lowell’s offense in check all game. Cook was helped by key defensive plays; with dives from Matt “Lanky Arms” Larrabee who is not afraid of doing his laundry, a running catch in right field by Ryan “Planter’s Punch” West, and flashy plays by shortstop Dan “Minuteman” Kent. The offense was paced with timely hitting by Adam “Abacus” Gilbert and John “The Professor” Streff.
Game two saw Portsmouth beat Lynn,10-9. Down by 5 in the bottom of the 9th, Lynn almost staged a monumental come back. The balls looked like watermelons coming in as they scored four runs and left a man on second to end the game.
In the championship game Newburyport beat Portsmouth, 14-5. Newburyport hit the ball consistently the entire game. The defense was paced by Patty “Boom Boom” Wadland, who was no muffin in left field catching everything on the fly and recording all three outs in the 8th.
The Boston Beaneaters, Dirigo BBC of Maine and a group of Mixed Players from the EBBO took to the field this past Sunday with the following results.
Game 1 – The mixed nine of the EBBO defeated the Boston Beaneaters 4-2 behind the strong pitching of Ralph Hebb who had a shutout until two outs in the ninth.
Game 2 – Dirigo defeated the Boston Beaneaters
Game 3 – Seesaw battle. Dirigo scored 4 in the 6th and made it hold up for a 10-8 win over EBBO.
In yesterdays games the Newburyport Clamdiggers defeated the Lowell Nine in both of their games and the Rockinghams won both of their games over the Lynn Live Oaks 25-13 and 11-10 in 10 innings. These teams square off again in the championship next Sunday October 4th. 10am Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Lowell Nine, 11:45 Lynn Live Oaks vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams, 115 Winners play in championship.