In September of 1866 the mighty Concord Kearsarge matched up in a series of matches against the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and in both instances the boys from Concord came out victorious. Fast forward 149 years later to Leary Field in Portsmouth for the rematch sponsored by the Portsmouth Athenaeum. In the first match the game was a tug of war affair in which both sides exchanged the lead back and forth until the bottom of the 9th when the Rockingham pitcher walked in winning run securing the win for the Kearsarge. In game two in much the same way the game went back and forth and saw the lead change hands several times but in the end the Kearsarge held on for the victory. We would like to thank the people of Portsmouth for coming out and the Portsmouth Athenaeum for sponsoring the game.
Due to the weather this season we have adjusted our September schedule to accommodate some of the make up games and provide our players more opportunities to play this season. Therefore we have changed the September 12th Ipswichfest to a quadruple header starting at 10am featuring the Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams in games one and two, followed by the Lowell Nine vs. Lynn Live Oaks in games three and four. Saturday Sept 26 will be another quadruple header with Lowell Nine vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers and Lynn Live Oaks vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams starting at 10am. Sunday Sept 27th will be the Boston Beaneaters, Dirigo BBC, and Mixed Nine 11am
This year we will be participating in our third annual recreation game in Portsmouth NH sponsored by the Portsmouth Athenaeum at Leary Field at 12pm. The first year saw the Lowell Base Ball Nine take on the Portsmouth Rockinghams, then in year two the Essex Base Ball Club took on the Portsmouth Rockinghams. This year we are recreating a series of games that took place in September of 1866 between the Concord Kearsarge and Portsmouth Rockinghams.
So come on out and enjoy the rematch.
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.
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.
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
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.