The MAVBBL announced the site of the 2013 Championship Tournament and Festival which will take place on October 5th and 6th. The Excelsior BBC of Milford will be the hosts of this year’s edition. It will take place at Brown’s Branch County Park, in Harrington, Delaware. At least 12 clubs will be participating in this year’s event which will be the first open championship tournament in the history of the MAVBBL. Previously, the tournament was the division champions and 3 wild card clubs. Seedings for the tournament will be based on club’s individual overall winning percentage for the year. As clubs lose, they go over to the Festival where they will likely play clubs they have not seen this year. More details to follow for this year’s event.
Next year’s Tournament and Festival will take place at Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Long Island next October. The 2015 location will be announced later this year.
Atlantic Sweeps Resolutes
The Atlantics ventured to the State of New Jersey to play their competitors of the week before, the Elizabeth Resolutes. On a sunny day in Rahway River Park the Atlantics and Resolutes played an 1870 match of base ball.
The Resolute defense was much improved from a week earlier holding the potent Atlantics Offense to only 7 aces. On the other side of the field, the Atlantics sent Frank ‘Hammy’ Obidienzo to toss the ball. The defensive efforts of the team from Brooklyn thwarted the Elizabeth bats leading to seven scoreless innings and a 7-2 victory.
Leading the Atlantics Offense was Frank ‘Shakespeare’ Van Zant with three hits followed by Greg ‘Hawk’ Dengel with two hits and an ace.
The second match was to the rules of base ball in 1864. Danny Marcus tossed both games for the Resolutes while the second game was pitched for the Atlantics by Ed ‘Pigtail’ Elmore. The offense of both clubs started slowly with the Atlantics eventually spreading the gap to three aces by the fourth inning and later to seven aces by the eighth inning.
The last inning was pitched for the Atlantics by Anthony ‘TC’ Cannino in his debut at the position this season. Although TC let a runner on base he kept the Resolutes from scoring to close out the game by the score of 10-3.
Elkton Downs Delaware
On a beautiful day at Terrapin Station Winery, The Eclipse and the Diamond State BBC renewed their rivalry in front of over 275 fans who jammed the park. Those fans were treated to quite a match! The Diamond States started off quick jumping out to a 6-1 lead after 4 innings. The Elkton Nine as they have done a lot of times this season, scratched and clawed back to take a 9-7 lead going in to the 9th inning. The Eclipse were able to hold off the First Staters to pick up their eleventh win of the season against only 2 loses.
Hundreds of fans and curious onlookers crowded in to the base ball grounds in Delaware’s capital city of Dover to witness a great match between the Talbot Fair Plays and the host Diamond State BBC of Delaware. What promised to be a great match up was everything that was advertised as two great clubs squared off. Terrific defense and timely hitting ruled the day in a very well played match. Fittingly, the game went in to extra frames and in the 11th inning, Talbot broke though and then held off the Diamond States 10-9 to pick up the victory and improve to 6-1 and remain in first place overall in the MAVBBL.