On Saturday, April 21, the annual NY/NJ Cup was played at Old Bethpage and the home field of the New York Mutuals.
The New York Mutual BBC defeated the New York Gotham BBC 19-3 in game one.
The Mutuals held off Flemington in game two with a 8-7 victory to win the annual NY/NJ Cup and bring it back home after losing it last year to the NY Gothams.
Tom “Big Bat” Fesolowich pitched the Mutuals to victory in both games. Evan “Kid” Schuler played a great game behind the dish. The Mutual offense was led by Rob “Lad” Capriola, Pete “Wheels” Halecky and Rich “Fingers” Effinger who struck the ball hard and showed the ginger on the bases. Thom “Dirt” Fioriglio and Mike “Fatts” Caliendo kept the Gothams and Neshanocks from tallying aces with solid defense.
The Mutuals and Flemington meet again on May 19th in Belmar, NJ.
Brooklyn Takes Pair From Olneyville
On another beautiful day at the Smithtown Historical Society the Olneyville Temperance Cadets traveled from Rhode Island to play two matches of base ball. Excessive carriage traffic and another athletic event known as “hockey” led to a postponed start-time and a shorthanded Cadet squad. After recruiting some locals to assist the Cadets the games commenced with the Atlantics defense posting an early 0.
The top of the Atlantic order gave Frank ‘Shakespeare’ VanZant a four run cushion in the bottom of the 1st and the Atlantics never looked back. The Cadet batters hit the ball hard at times but the superb mixing of pitches and Atlantic defense held the Cadets to 6 runs versus the Atlantic 13. Vincent ‘Tuna’ Aurora, Dean ‘Dreambucket’ Emma and Shakespeare all collected two hits against ‘Blue’ Reilly’s pitching.
After a quick break, Shakespeare decided one victory was not enough and to pitch both ends of a doubleheader, this time in an 1864 underhand match.
The sterling Atlantic Defense was up to the task and limited the Cadet aces to a total of four. Meanwhile, Nick ‘Butcher’ Baruso, Matt ‘Krawler’ Kouyoumdjian, Kevin ‘Flash’ Harrison, Dreambucket and Tuna each contributed to a lengthy Atlantic lineup with two hits apiece. Dreambuckets two triples and aces put the game out of reach as Shakespeare won the second match 10-4. Both matches were umpired by the ever impartial Ed ‘Pigtail’ Elmore.
The Atlantic Base Ball Club next plays on Saturday April 28th at the Smithtown Historical Society against the Columbus Capitals of Ohio at 11AM. The Atlantic Base Ball Club will also be at the Merrick Fair on Sunday April 29th.
In other MAVBBL action, the Elkton Eclipse and Philadelphia Athletic were rained out on Sunday. No make up date has been announced.