The Essex Nine traveled to Melrose for the first time in several years as the Melrose Pondfielders hosted their Victorian Fair. The first game saw the Pondfielders jump out to a big lead but the Essex Nine was able to close the gap to 8-7 in the eighth. Things looked promising in the top of the 9th when Essex’s lead off batter got to second with no outs, but unfortunately that runner was stranded on second as the next three strikers were not able to move the runner and Essex fell 8-7.
In the second game the Essex bats came to life piling hit after hit and finally taking the game 17-3. The pitching and defense also kept the Pondfielders off base and scoreless after the 2nd inning. The EBBC would like to thank the Pondfielders for a great day and are happy that the Pondfielders were able to play in Melrose again.
Saturday September 18th is the annual Ipswich Harvestfest at Spencer Peirce Little Farm (5 Littles Lane Newbury, MA). The day promises to be a good one with food by Tennessee BBQ and Ipswich Clambake and music by Orville Giddings. The author of “Fifty Nine in 84” Ed Achorn will be on hand to sell and sign his book. For those who have not read the book it is the story of Old Hoss Radbourn and the 1884 Providence Grays. Keep an eye out in the movies because there is talk of making the book into a movie so read it first. Ipswich Ale will have their ales and their Stone Cat ales for sale as well.
Along will all the festivities there will be a full slate of vintage base ball games going on. The fest begins at 1pm but the games kick off at 11am with the EBBC taking on the always tough Bristol Blues. At 1pm Bristol takes on the Hingham Derbies, at 3pm Essex plays Hingham, and then at 5pm Mudville takes on the Ipswich Brewers. Come join us the event promises to be one of the best of the year.