MAVBBL Clubs in Cooperstown

Teams from four states converged near the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York this weekend on the grounds of the Ommegang Brewery.
Celebrating the history of base ball and the launch of Ommegangs new brew, the ‘Cooperstown Ale’, brought many a base ballist from near and far.
The games began with the Keystone Base Ball Club from Harrisburg Pennsylvania lining up against the hosting Atlantics who organized the games.

Keystone struck first scoring two aces in the first and one in the second to take a three run lead.  The Atlantic offense though slow to wake, once stirred was relentless as the boys from Brooklyn scored 14 aces in the match.
Keystone scored two more in the fourth inning and one in the seventh inning but would fall to the score of 14-6.
In support of Atlantic pitcher, Ed ‘Pigtail’ Elmore, Dean ‘Dreambucket’ Emma and Billy ‘Goat’ Kowalczyk had three hits each while Tim ‘Ducky’ Keenan, Richard ‘Cuz’ Baruso, Anthony ‘Dirty Pirate’ Cannino, Sean ‘Toothpick’ Ness, Kevin ‘Flash’ Harrison and Pigtail himself had two hits each.
 
The second Atlantic match was against the Lewes Base Ball Club from Delaware who had just defeated the Flemington Neshanock in a close match 16-14.
The Atlantics scored first but Lewes answered back with two in the first to take the lead. Not to be outdone, the Atlantics put up three aces in the second and two more in the third inning to take the lead and extend it.

The Lewes boys battled back though scoring 9 more aces throughout the game including three in the final frame but would fall to the Atlantics 14-11.
The Dirty Pirate came up big in this match with four hits, followed by Matt ‘Krawler’ Kouyoumdjian and Flash with three hits each.
Rounding out the Atlantic onslaught was Richard ‘Fingers’ Effinger, Cuz, Ducky, Pigtail, Dreambucket and Toothpick with two hits a piece.
Pigtail celebrated his second victory of the day with a freshly poured beverage from the brewery.
 
The next day, in a game Flemington Captain Brad ‘Brooklyn’ Shaw swore he would win, the Neshanock of New Jersey took on the Atlantics of Brooklyn.
Backing their captain the Neshanock struck early scoring three aces in the first enroute to eight runs over the first four innings.
No slouches at the plate either, the Atlantics put up eight of their own aces in an equal number of innings.

The Neshanock scored twice more off the Atlantic defense as George ‘Wildhorse’ Ferchland came in to relieve Pigtail’s arm between the pitching lines.
With victory within sight, the Neshanock could not hold on as the Atlantics scored five tallies in the bottom of the fifth and another run in the sixth.
But with four more aces of their own it was a tie game in the seventh inning when the Atlantic bats kept up the pressure scoring the final five tallies of the game and taking the lead 19-14.
Wildhorse earned the victory while Fingers, Toothpick, the Dirty Pirate and Dreambucket each contributed three hits to the Atlantic arsenal this game.
 
The final match for the Atlantics was against the Keystone club again and Frank ‘Hammy’ Obidienzo made his first pitching appearance at the event.
The teams traded aces in the first inning, while the Atlantics scored eight more over the next four innings as they held the Keystone club from scoring.

The Keystone club was not done yet however, they scored one in the sixth to the Atlantics three, but then followed that with one more in the seventh, six in the eighth and two more in the ninth inning to be within one run.

Time ran out for the boys from Harrisburg and the Atlantics sealed the weekend sweep winning by the score of 12-11.
Hammy recorded his first victory of the season, and was helped by some fine defense.  Wildhorse, Billy Goat, Toothpick, Dreambucket and the Dirty Pirate each backed up Hammy with two hits.

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