MAVBBL Festival and Championship Tournament Announced

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.


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.