The New York Gothams and Flemington Neshanock once again joined Atlantic for the annual ‘Old Dutch’ Memorial Games. The first contest saw Atlantic take on Gotham. Atlantic took advantage of numerous misplays by the rebuilding Gotham team for a 27-10 victory. Flash led Atlantic with 4 hits, including 2 doubles, a triple, and 3 aces. TC (2 aces), Dreambucket (triple, home run, 5 aces), Hammy, and Pigtail (3 aces) had 3 hits each. Pigtail picked up the victory. In between games, Atlantic held a short ceremony in memory of Al ‘Old Dutch’ Dieckmann, aptly described as one of the ‘Fathers of Vintage Base Ball’. Following a moment of silence, Atlantic then wished ‘Money’ well for his move to Florida, with its 12-month base ball season, and presented him with an inscribed game ball. We returned to the games, with Atlantic facing Neshanock. Atlantic again scored early and often as it sailed to a 21-2 victory. Billy Goat (3 aces), Nice&Easy, and Pigtail (3 aces) each had 3 hits for Atlantic. TC added a double and 3 aces, and Shakespeare had a home run. Tree held Neshanock to just 2 solo runs for the victory, and Money pitched a scoreless 9th inning. In the third contest, Neshanock faced Gotham, and after a hard-fought 9 innings by both teams, Neshanock came out on top with a 14-9 victory.
See the story about Al “Old Dutch” Dieckmann in the “Historical Story of the Week” section.
In other vintage action, two big series were played in the Maryland State Championship Series as Chesapeake traveled to Talbot and Arundel entertained Havre de Grace. Because of the heat, there was only one game in the match between the Excelsiors and the Dauntless and the Dauntless came out on top over the hosts 15-5. Talbot won twice as well to get to a 4-2 State record while Chesapeake fell to 3-5 in the state.
The weekend’s other match took place on Pea Patch Island in Delaware as the Diamond States entertained the Eclipse from Elkton. In a hard fought match that was closer than the final score the Elkton club came away with an 18-8 victory after tacking on 5 aces in the ninth to put the match out of reach.