Return of the Grangers
Bay City hosts Rochester Hills
June 23, 2012
Carroll Park, Bay City, MI
Bay City 11, Rochester Hills 6
It had been two long winters since the Grangers of Rochester Hills had graced the ball grounds at Carroll Park in single match play against the Independents in Bay City, and the air was filled with anticipation for their return. Just as when old friends happen by chance to amble into the same pub, and remake their acquaintance the pitch was filled with handshakes, smiles, warm greetings, and talk of family and time since past. As sincere as the compliments were though, no doubt each club had in mind to play a fierce match, and the Bay Citys were most assuredly well aware that the last time the clubs met in Rochester of last season, the Grangers wrested the State Championship, which was freshly won by Bay City, and never relinquished it for the season's entirety. Friends though they may be, these were the Grangers of Rochester Hills and this match would be battle with turning tides, and waves of momentum.
The match began with Bay City winning the coin toss that was presided over by Gary "The Judge" Gerkin, the umpire for the day, and deciding to take the field leaving the striking for the Grangers to start. Needing no real invitation to apple mashing the Grangers went to work plating two aces after their first two hands were killed in the innings. The loss of the second hand would be a precursor to the type of scientific base ball that would be put on display by both clubs on this day, as Pat "Barn Raiser" McCay drove a sure safety into the left field only to have his hand erased by a sliding catch by the Bay Citys left fielder, Jason "Buttons" McInerney. Craig "Slappy" Prasatek, the fine first sacker for the Rochesters, would begin the rally driving a ball into the center garden and making his first. Not to be outdone "Butterchurn" Straub followed with a nearly identical strike that would place Prasatek at third and Straub at second setting the stage for Anthony "Goodfella" Prasetek who would not disappoint with a cannonade into the left garden that had him make his first and drove home the games first run. Mr. David "Nails" Mallmann would follow with another well placed ball into the center garden that would drive home Mr. Straub and staked the Grangers to a two run lead that would hold up after the Bay City first as the Grangers skunked the Independents in order.
Both clubs would slap on the whitewash and the score would remain unchanged until Jeff "Silverback" Rahl stepped to the plate for the Bay Citys in their third innings. The Silverback had injured himself earlier in the week while taking part in some questionable sport whose import does not warrant further mention in these pages, and so required the use of a runner. Thankfully, the fleet of foot Dean "Sawmill" Koch was available for just such duty as the Silverback blasted a howitzer into the right-center garden that bounded beyond the confines of the yard and into the nearby pond. The orb safely afloat, and unreachable by those not employing waders, or a canoe, allowed the mercurial Koch to traverse the bases in Rahl's stead. There was some question near the bench area as to whether Koch should stop at third, in order to more accurately display the physical acumen of the Silverback, but others believed that with the ball safely in the pond even the great ape would have made the complete circuit. At any rate the heroics of both men allowed the Bay Citys to tally their first run in the contest, and made a tighter scratch of the game at Rochester 2 and the Independents 1.
Neither club would tally in the fourth innings, but Mr. Mallman, and Mr. Rasonke of the Grangers would both plate aces in the fifth innings to stretch the Grangers lead to three. The Bay Citys then blew the top off the match by sending ten strikers to the mark in the fifth, and tallying six aces of their own. Two tallys came upon a blast by Justin "Doc" Garcia that traveled into the right field garden and did some tree-top trimming before falling safely to the ground. At the completion of the fifth innings the Independents held their first lead in the contest at 7 to 4.
The Grangers would tally one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings, but the Bay Citys would match them with two runs of their own in the seventh, one of them from one of their newest members Matt "Barrel-Roller" Bernard, who would make his first safety for the club and then traversed the bases tallying on a daisy-cutter from the bat of Jason "Buttons" McInerney. Alan "Kid" Garcia would also tally in the innings to finish his day with two aces scored. After whitewashing the Grangers in the eighth and ninth innings the Bay Citys would tally once themselves in each instance and finish the scoring for the day, and would take home the game ball for the City by the Bay as their trophy in this neatly won contest. After exchanging pleasantries both clubs reclined to a fine meal and then parted ways hopeful that they would meet again soon to continue this fine base ball friendship and rivalry.
AS OF AUG. 14, 2012
1. Alan "Kid" Garcia 43
2. Jeff "Silverback" Rahl 40
3. Jason "Buttons" McInerney 37
1. Alan "Kid" Garcia 30
2. Sean "Tanner" LeRoux 26
3. Brian "Butterfly" Beceril 20
3. Dean "Sawmill" Kock 20
3. Jeff "Silverback" Rahl 20
1. Alan "Kid" Garcia- 2.50,
2. Sean "Tanner" LeRoux- 2.17
3. Tom "Cat" LeRoux 2.11
4. Dean "Sawmill" Koch- 2.00,
4. Brian "Butterfly" Beceril 2.00
1. Jeff "Silverback" Rahl 19
2. Tom "Cat" LeRoux 14
3. Alan "Kid" Garcia 12
4. Justin "Doc" Garcia 11
5. Brian "Butterfly" Beceril 9
1. Brian "The Butterfly" Beceril- 2
1. Jeff "Silverback" Rahl- 2
2. Justin "Doc" Garcia- 1
2. Branden "The Rope" Revette- 1
1. Alan "Kid" Garcia 1.25
2. Jeff "Silverback" Rahl 1.36
3. Brian "Butterfly" Beceril 1.60
4. Sean "Tanner" LeRoux 1.83
Independents vs old golds for the MI state cup at 2:30 at Carroll Park
Bay City advAnces to Championship. Defeats Wyandotte 8-2.
Saginaw defeats Gfv 19-12.
Independents vs Wyandot - 10:30am at Carroll Park.
Final day of the vintage season at Carroll Park today. Games have started for the MI state Cup.