The two MAVBBL entries in the Silver Ball Tournament in Mumford, New York represented the league well. After several years of going up to the event, both the Neshanock and the Fair Plays were scheduled to meet in the championship of the 3 day event in upper New York State. Flemington took one of its best clubs up to Mumford and walked away with 4 wins against the Rochester Grangers, the Cleveland Blues and two local clubs-the Live Oak and the Rochesters. The Blues and Grangers are two of the best vintage base ball clubs from the Mid West and the Neshanock won 6-4 and 16-11 respectively. Talbot faired almost just as well as they downed two local clubs- the Live Oak and the Victory BBC and then squeaked by the Rochester Grangers 13-12. The Fair Plays tied the Sylvania Great Black Swamp Frogs 11-11 to get to the championship for the 3rd year in a row. Alas, though, mother nature wouldn’t cooperate and the Neshanock and Fair Plays were declared co-champions of the 2012 Silver Ball championship.
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.
The Columbus Capitals Base Ball Club from Ohio came to the East Coast in dreams of finishing with a perfect record on their road trip. They soon found out how good the competition is in New York. Their first opponent was the defending league champion, Brooklyn Atlantic. The Atlantic usually rely on their stellar defense to win games, but in the two matches on Saturday against the Capitals, the Atlantic scored 47 runs and walked away with 2 wins under their belt. In the first game, the home club won 19-4 and then finished off the Columbus club 28-10 in the night cap. After a night out in the Big Apple, the Capitals met up with the Flemington Neshanock and the Gothams. In a close match until the 9th inning, the Neshanock gave the Capitals their 3rd straight loss of the weekend. The Gothams, being the fine hosts they are, allowed the Columbus club one win beofre they left town.
In other MAVBBL news, in Capitol Conference action, the Talbot Fair Plays squeeked by the Potomac Nine in the first game and then handled the Washingtons a second defeat in the second match of the day in Easton, Maryland. Meanwhile, the Diamond States traved to Rahway to play the Elizabeth Resolutes in a match up of two of the upper tier clubs. As one would expect, they split in two well played match games.