Brooklyn vs Newtown Sandy Hooks
The Newtown Sandy Hooks traveled to Smithtown, NY to celebrate Old Dutch Day with the Atlantics. Backed by a solid defensive effort, Willy Mo pitched his first game of the season and came out with his first victory of the year. The Atlantics well-rounded offense scored often and although the skilled ballists of Newtown hit the ball hard it was to no avail as the Atlantics walked off with a 20-8 victory. TC and Dreambucket each had 4 hits to go with 4 aces. Toothpick and Wildhorse contributed doubles.
After a ceremony commemorating the efforts of Old Dutch as one of the founders of Vintage Base Ball, the teams played an 1886 match, with Wildhorse taking the ball for his first overhand pitching performance of the year. A back-and-forth contest through three innings, Newtowns solid pitching and defense over the last three innings kept the Atlantic bats at bay. The Atlantics managed 8 runs but the Newtown bats hit the ball hard and often tallying 18 aces and a split of the doubleheader. Toothpick, Willy Mo, TC and Flash each had 2 hits against the Lefthanded Ace from Newtown. The Atlantics travel to Newtown, CT next Saturday June 11th in a rematch at McLaughlin Vineyard.
In other matches, the Cecil Club of Chesapeake City rolled to their 7th straight win without a defeat to remain at the top of the overall standings. The Cecils traveled to Havre de Grace and were not very gracious visitors winning in a convincing 27-2 fashion. Chesapeake City next hosts Talbot in a key match up next Sunday June 11 at Terrapin Station Winery.
Familiar foes the Neshanock and the Resolutes met up once again and this time, Elizabeth came away with a 19-10 victory to improve to 4-3 in the Northern Division.
The Mechanicsburg Nine finally got in to action this week after several postponnements due to weather and other clubs not having enough players. Unfortunately for the Nine from Mechanicsburg, they were a little rusty as the seasoned Fair Plays from Talbot swept them 11-5 and then 19-12 in the night cap.
Diamond States Go West!
The Diamond State Base Ball Club made their furthest trip ever over the weekend when they traveled to the Steel City area to play a double-header against host Pittsburgh Franklins BBC and the Frosty Sons of Thunder BBC of Somerset, PA. Though the competition was fierce on Saturday, the Delaware club prevailed with two victories.
In the first match of the day, it took the ballists from the First State a few innings to adjust to the more genteel style of play adopted by the western clubs. Diamond State managed to stay neck and neck in a low scoring affair with the Franklins until the 7th inning when the Blue and Black busted the game open with an 8-run frame. Pitcher Dan ‘Mini’ Minutola and a stout Diamond State defense held the Pittsburgh nine to a single tally in the final two innings leading to a 15-8 victory.
Diamond State jumped on the Frosty Sons of Thunder to open the second match. The Blue and Black never looked back on their way to a 7-4 win over the club from Somerset.
The Blue and Black return to Mid Atlantic League play this coming Sunday, when they host the visiting Excelsior BBC of Arundel. The clubs will travel by ferry boat to scenic Pea Patch Island on the Delaware River for a match of ball at historic Fort Delaware.