Talbot-Elkton Split



Feature Match of the Week

On a glorious April afternoon, the Talbot Fair Plays travelled north to visit their in-state rivals, the Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton. In the first match, the Fair Plays took advantage of Elkton’s sloppy defensive play taking an early 5-0 lead. The Eclipse fought back to tie the score at 5-5 in the forth inning. Ultimately, the gentlemen from Talbot were too much as they pounded out 4 tallies in the eighth inning to secure victory in the first match, 9-5.
The second match was similarly contested as the Fair Plays and Eclipse each managed 8 tallies though 7 innings. The resolute Eclipse, determined to salvage one match from the doubleheader, exploded for 5 tallies to take a 13-8 lead. Talbot continued to fight and added a tally in the ninth, but Elkton held on for the victory 13-9.


On Sunday, April 14, a picture-perfect day for vintage base ball at Jerusalem Mill Village, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore opened the 2013 base ball season against their C&P cousins, the Potomac Nine of Washington.  Fifteen Chesapeakes turned out for the matches, including two new players: Charlie “Chico” Burgos-Lopez and Doug “Pittsburgh” Heeter.  Thank you for joining us, Gentlemen!
In the opening match, the Chesapeakes jumped out to a huge lead, scoring twelve aces in the first four innings but saw the advantage slip away and went to the dish in the bottom of the ninth, trailing 15-13.  Pittsburgh and Moonshine reached base safely, and with one hand dead Silver Fox struck a double to the right side of the garden, bringing both runners home.  Next up, Weisel delivered a crisp single to left, which enabled Frag, who was running for Fox, to streak home from second with the winning ace.  The final tally was Chesapeake 16, Potomac 15–a very thrilling match indeed!
In the seven-inning nightcap, the Chesapeakes were not so fortunate.  Although the Baltimore hurlers avoided surrendering a big inning, the Potomacs racked up aces steadily throughout the match, taking a 12-5 lead into the top of the 7th, the last chance for the Chesapeakes.  Nat, Burner, and Spider all singled and scored; Silver Fox again drove in two runners, but the exciting comeback fell short.  The final score was Potomac 12, Chesapeake 8.
Special thinks to our friends the Potomacs for two very well-played and sportsmanlike matches, to Scoop for doing a great job directing the team on the field, to our arbiter Pastime for calling two outstanding matches, and to the wonderful folks at Jerusalem Mill for providing us with a great place to play base ball.
Our next match is Sunday, April 28, at Jerusalem Mill, starting at 1 PM.  We’ll be hosting the Old Dominions of Northern Virginia. 

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.

Eastern Visitor Gets “Colo”bered

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.