Top Clubs Keep Winning

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.


Arundel Tops Chesapeake; Lewes & Elkton Split

Arundel 16 Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore 9

Jerusalem Mill Village in Kingsville, Maryland held their 8th Annual Civil War Weekend Encampment; commemorating CSA Major Harry W. Gilmor’s 1864 raid across Baltimore and Harford Counties from June 1st to June 3rd.  As part of those festivities, they held an official 1864 base ball match between Chesapeake and Arundel.  There were between 25-50 cranks watching the well-fought match, many asking questions throughout.  Some of the fans stayed for up to a hour afterwards to ask questions about the teams, vintage base ball and the game itself.

In the end, Arundel won 16-9.  Arundel held a short lead throughout the early innings, until Chesapeake steadily rallied to tie the game at 7 in the sixth frame.  Arundel scored 5 runs in the seventh with some aggressive base running, well-placed hits and a few powerful drives into the gaps.  Chesapeake was unable to complete a final comeback.

There was some sterling defense played throughout.  Some of the offensive standouts include Vassar (4-4, 7 stolen bases and 2 runs scored), Moonshine (2-2, 4 stolen bases and 2 runs scored), Spanks (3-4, 2 doubles) and Turbo (2-4, double, stolen base, run scored, RBI).

There were a few bang-bang plays at a few different bases, but sportsmanship prevailed throughout.  Both teams gave their best efforts and appeared to have a grand time.  The fans appeared engaged and interested in this unique game they were watching.

Lewes at Elkton

The Lewes BBC made its way to Terrapin Station Winery for its first visit ever to see the Eclipse.  The new club felt right at home going out to a 6-0 lead after 3 innings.  Lewes was in the drivers seat the entire first game until the bottom of the 9th with a 14-9 lead.  The Eclipse made a furious comeback attempt though plating 4 runners and having runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs before Lewes got the Eclipse to ground out to hold on to win its inagural game in Elkton.  In the second game the Eclipse took it out on the newbies and piled on an 11-0 lead after 6 inni ings and finally winning 12-1 to split the match.  Elkton finished its season series with Lewes going 2-1.



Talbot Downs Diamond States in Front of Hundreds

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.

Lewes Wins Its First Two Games

The Lewes Base Ball Club traveled to Philadelphia Sunday April 29 for many firsts in its short history: first road trip, first victory and first sweep of a double header.  Athletic of Philadelphia plays in a beautiful park by the Centennial Exhibition Hall with the Civil War Memorial looming beyond the outfield.  Lewes struck first with five runs in the first inning but Athletic came roaring back with seven unanswered runs spread across the first, second and third innings.  Neither team tallied any runs in the fourth frame until Lewes broke its three inning scoreless streak plating seven in the fifth.  By the end of the first nine-inning match, Lewes stood victorious, 26-10.

 The two clubs agreed that the second of the twin bill would be a seven-inning affair and the teams took the field.  Coming off its first MAVBBL win ever, the Lewes nine quickly found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first inning.  Lewes’s confidence was evident however, and coupled with injuries to Philadelphia’s squad, the ball club from Lewes came out swinging in the middle innings tallying 28 runs over the final six frames.  Athletic managed 12 runs in the second of the doubleheader, including scoring on an inspired run-down between home and third. 

 Lewes (2-2) offered hearty thanks to the hospitality of Athletic of Philadelphia (1-3) and looks forward to reciprocating the cordiality on May 6, 2012 in Lewes at the Virden Center Field, 700 Pilottown Road, at 1 pm.

Vice-President Johnson Throws Out First Ball of Season

Saturday was Opening Day for Vintage Base Ball on Long Island. On a beautiful sunny day with a light wind, the Vintage season began with ceremonial first pitch by the honorable Vice-President Andrew Johnson. To celebrate the season opener the Atlantics invited the Flemington Neshanock from New Jersey and the Gotham BBC from New York to take part in a round-robin triple header.
The first match between the Flemington Neshanock and the home club Brooklyn Atlantics was umpired by Rafael ‘Wickets’ Garcia of the Gotham BBC and featured a pitching match-up of Richard ‘Tree’ Ness against Robert ‘Bobby’ Ritter The Neshanock batted first but would not score an ace until the sixth inning.  Meanwhile the Atlantics offense methodically tallied aces in bunches to take an 11 run lead through five innings.  The Neshanock scored 5 aces over the last four innings but ultimately fell to the score of 12-5 to the home team. The second match featured the Flemington Neshanock against the New York Gothams umpired by Dean ‘Dream’ Emma. The teams went back and forth, tieing the game at 4 aces each after two innings and 6 aces each at the end of the four innings.  Poor defense by Flemington in the 5th and 6th innings allowed the game to get away and lead to a 17-9 victory for the Gothams.  Excellent defensive play by Oates of the Gothams kept the Neshanock players off the bases for most of the game. The third match of the day between the New York Gothams and Brooklyn Atlantics was umpired by Dirt of the Mutual BBC.  After both clubs scored in their first at bats, the Gothams tallied 7 aces in the third inning on timely hits and some poor defense by the Atlantics.  Meanwhile the Gothams played excellent defense and their pitcher Billy ‘Coach’ Piela kept the Atlantic batters off balance for most of the game.
The Atlantics scored four aces over the final two innings and left two men on base in the 9th to stage a late rally.  However it was too late as the Gothams were victorious by the score of 11-7. In a complete game effort, Frank ‘Hammy’ Obidienzo kept the Gothams scoreless in the final four innings but suffered the first loss of the season. The Atlantics next play on Saturday April 14th at 11AM at the Smithtown Historical Society Grounds against the Providence Grays.  There will be an underhand/overhand doubleheader featuring games played to the rules of both 1864 and 1884..