Essex and Lynn were both fortunate enough to head back to Spencer Pierce Farm in Newbury to take on the Bristol Blues and newly formed Ipswich Brewers this past Sunday. In four years of playing at the farm Sunday may have been the best weather we have ever had and the attendance for the games showed with close to 400 fans stopping by throughout the day.
The first game saw the Essex Nine matched up against the Bristol Blues and behind the masterful hurling of Bill “The Undertaker” Gendall marched off to an 11-3 victory. The Live Oaks went to the field next and despite keeping the game relatively close until the 9th inning, fell 18-8. The third game of the day saw 15 or so young children take on members of the Essex squad. Despite the youth and inexperience of the kids they were able to handily defeat the Essex players.
The last game of the day saw the newly formed Ipswich Brewers of Mercury Brewing Co play their inaugural game of the 2009 season. Members of the Essex and Lynn squads combined to take on the new club and despite their inexperience with the vintage rules kept the game close. The final score is not remembered, probably because the Brewers were kind enough to bring the beer truck with free samples, but a good time was had by all. The Ipswich Brewers have gotten uniforms and will be participating in several other vintage base ball games this summer. They seemed to pick up the vintage rules very quickly and the Essex Nine should be leery of their next match up Sunday July 26th in Ipswich, MA.
Next Game for Essex will be Sunday June 14th 12pm vs the always powerful Waterbury Connors. The game will be held at the Perley Elementary School (51 North St.) in Georgetown, MA. The game is sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society.