Talbot-Elkton Split



Feature Match of the Week

On a glorious April afternoon, the Talbot Fair Plays travelled north to visit their in-state rivals, the Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton. In the first match, the Fair Plays took advantage of Elkton’s sloppy defensive play taking an early 5-0 lead. The Eclipse fought back to tie the score at 5-5 in the forth inning. Ultimately, the gentlemen from Talbot were too much as they pounded out 4 tallies in the eighth inning to secure victory in the first match, 9-5.
The second match was similarly contested as the Fair Plays and Eclipse each managed 8 tallies though 7 innings. The resolute Eclipse, determined to salvage one match from the doubleheader, exploded for 5 tallies to take a 13-8 lead. Talbot continued to fight and added a tally in the ninth, but Elkton held on for the victory 13-9.


On Sunday, April 14, a picture-perfect day for vintage base ball at Jerusalem Mill Village, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore opened the 2013 base ball season against their C&P cousins, the Potomac Nine of Washington.  Fifteen Chesapeakes turned out for the matches, including two new players: Charlie “Chico” Burgos-Lopez and Doug “Pittsburgh” Heeter.  Thank you for joining us, Gentlemen!
In the opening match, the Chesapeakes jumped out to a huge lead, scoring twelve aces in the first four innings but saw the advantage slip away and went to the dish in the bottom of the ninth, trailing 15-13.  Pittsburgh and Moonshine reached base safely, and with one hand dead Silver Fox struck a double to the right side of the garden, bringing both runners home.  Next up, Weisel delivered a crisp single to left, which enabled Frag, who was running for Fox, to streak home from second with the winning ace.  The final tally was Chesapeake 16, Potomac 15–a very thrilling match indeed!
In the seven-inning nightcap, the Chesapeakes were not so fortunate.  Although the Baltimore hurlers avoided surrendering a big inning, the Potomacs racked up aces steadily throughout the match, taking a 12-5 lead into the top of the 7th, the last chance for the Chesapeakes.  Nat, Burner, and Spider all singled and scored; Silver Fox again drove in two runners, but the exciting comeback fell short.  The final score was Potomac 12, Chesapeake 8.
Special thinks to our friends the Potomacs for two very well-played and sportsmanlike matches, to Scoop for doing a great job directing the team on the field, to our arbiter Pastime for calling two outstanding matches, and to the wonderful folks at Jerusalem Mill for providing us with a great place to play base ball.
Our next match is Sunday, April 28, at Jerusalem Mill, starting at 1 PM.  We’ll be hosting the Old Dominions of Northern Virginia. 
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