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.
Rising Sun ventured accross the Mason Dixon line on Sunday May 18 on what was the last match for lead off man Memphis Jackson. The speedy Jackson leads the club in every offensive category and has been the standard for the defensively minded boys from Brick Meetinghouse. The club sent Memphis off to start his military career with a win over the freshmen from Brandywine BBC of West Chester 13-6. Rising Sun rode to victory on the striking of Cisco, Tex and the Mad Scottsman Lindsay Bruce and the speed of Memphis, Bolt and the returning Spider Edwards . Again defense was the order as the boys from south of the Mason Dixon were stingy on defense with many grand plays in the field and Greg Banker Rodenbaugh fanning a season high eight batters in the first contest between the two clubs. The match was officiated by John Medkeff of the Diamond State BBC. The two will meet again in October at the Annual Civil War Encampment in Rising Sun, Md in a special twilight match at 7pm on Friday evening October 4th.
ATLANTICS, RESOLUTES BRING BASEBALL BACK TO BROOKLYN
The Atlantics brought base ball back to Brooklyn on Sunday as they hosted the Elizabeth Resolutes in an exhibition of the national pastime to a large crowd gathered for the Brooklyn Cyclones home match later that afternoon at MCU Park in Coney Island.
Mike ‘Fatts’ Caliendo and Matt ‘Krawler’ Kouyoumdjian called the plays and explained the rule differences from the PA Booth, Rafael ‘Wickets’ Garcia spoke to the fans on the concourse and Ed ‘Pigtail’ Elmore enforced the rules of base ball as they were played in Brooklyn in 1864. Elizabeth managed a base runner in the first against Atlantic pitcher Marc ‘Nice & Easy’ Josloff but could not move him around the bases. Anthony ‘Dirty Pirate’ Cannino started the Atlantic rally in the bottom of the first with a single and then promptly stole second base. Dean ‘Dreambucket’ Emma stroked another single to move him to third and Kevin ‘Flash’ Harrison scored him from third on a bound out to the left fielder. Billy ‘Goat’ Kowalczyk followed that with a clean single to score the second ace of the inning.
While the Atlantic defense continued to suppress the Elizabeth bats the Atlantic offense came through again in the third inning as Chris ‘Pup’ Parente singled and Dreambucket hit the ball solidly for a stand-up double scoring Pup all the way from first base. With a three ace lead the pressure was on Elizabeth who kept threatening with long outs to the outfield. Finally in the fifth inning Elizabeth put their hits together and scored two times closing the score to 3-2. With a strict time limit the exhibition game was called after the bottom of the fifth inning and the match ended to the cheers of the crowd.
Next weekend the Atlantics play a round-robin of overhand and underhand matches against the Providence Grays and Elizabeth Resolutes at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island and then travel to Connecticut to take on the New London Thames at Fort Trumbull State Park on Sunday.
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.