Bay City vs. LaDeDahs
World's Tournament Championship #2
Walnut Grove, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI
August 10, 2013
Bay City 29, LaDeDahs 8
Bay City's second match on their journey through the 2013 version of the World's Tournament of Vintage Base Ball, was to be played on the signature field of Walnut Grove against the signature club of Greenfield Village, the LaDeDahs. Bay City has had the opportunity to meet against the LaDeDahs in a variety of venues, and the honor of playing some of their most memorable and exciting matches against this very group. The Independents could only hope that their luck against the gents of Greenfield Village would be better then it had been in 2010 when they lost by one run in extra-innings in a match that was remarked to be one of the best ever played upon the grounds.
Bay City would again win the toss to begin the order of the striking, and as in the first match, chose to take the field. The LaDeDahs would begin with a series of haymakers with Alex Moroz making his first on a daisy cutter. Moroz would not stay put, and took his second by theft. He was then brought to tally on a howitzer into the garden by Gary Hilebrand, who made his second on the blast. Another safety by Mr. Murkowski would tally Hilebrand. The next striker, Nick Moroz would lose his hand on a sky ball bottled by Jeff "Silverback" Rahl, the Independents third sacker, and then Mr. Ed Lynch would bound out to the catcher, Jayme "Cap" Johnson, to lose the second hand of the innings. The Dahs would not be deterred however, as Scott Schillag, the sixth striker in the order, drove a liner deep into the long field to make his first, and move Murkowski to third. Mr. Freeman would then drive home Murkowski with another garden grabber. The next striker would lose his hand in much the same fashion as Moroz had lost the first, on a fly ball to Rahl, and the innings for the LaDeDahs would be complete with three runs tallied.
Finding themselves down by three runs in the first the Bay Citys took to striking, and by the time they were done they had left no doubt as to who the Independents were and what they were capable of. Things began as they usually do with Sean "Tanner" LeRoux making his first on a liner to the garden. He then moved to third on a howitzer to the right field that allowed Alan "Kid" Garcia to make his first. The next hand was lost on a fly ball to the short stop, which then brought Jeff "Silverback" Rahl to the plate for the Bay Citys. Rahl, with no railroad tracks to confine him on field one, punished the pill launching it into the long field beyond the grasp of the LaDeDah left fields man, Nick Moroz, driving in two runs and then pulling himself up into second sack. The season long contest for the doubles title would continue with the next striker, Tom "Cat" LeRoux, LeRoux now stood at 22, while Rahl now held fast at 18, but the Cat would go one further with his next blast driving home the simeon and making his second for the 23rd time. The next striker would lose his hand to sky ball bottled in left field by Moroz, but the Cat would move to third after tagging on the catch. Anthony "Goodfella" Prasatek then took to the stripe for the first time in the contest with two hands down, and delivered a drive into the garden that tallied the Cat, and placed himself on second sack. Prasatek would then move to third an a safety by Dean "Sawmill" Koch. Koch would then take his second by theft, placing runners on second and third for the next striker, Jimmy "Two Quarts" Arnold, who dropped a sky ball just beyond the infield to drive home Prasatek. Matt "Barrel Roller" Barnard then stepped to the dish, fresh off his trot around the bases against the Early Risers, and put the apple into the right garden making his first and loading the bases. Adam "Little Train" Johnson then replaced Barnard at first with a single of his own that allowed Koch to make his ace, and a liner into the left field by Jayme "Cap" Johnson then plated Arnold and Barnard. In all the Bay Citys sent 13 men to the stripe and tallied 8 for the innings to take an 8-3 lead into the second frame of the match.
The Greenfield Village gents started off with a flourish in the second when their captain, George "Beast" Moroz sent a howitzer to the long field and made his first. The next striker, Mr. McCabe, attempted to do the same, but he drove his ball into the short regions of the center field where Alan "Kid" Garcia scooped up the ball and then rifled the ball to the first sacker, Dean "Sawmill" Koch to kill McCabe there. Moroz had now moved onto second base, but would proceed no further as Mr. Harder sent a daisy cutter into the infield that had him take his first, but kept Moroz anchored in place. The next striker, Alex Moroz, then sent a similar ball into the short stop that was handled by Sean "Tanner" LeRoux, and LeRoux scampered to third to force Moroz the elder there. The next hand was killed on a sky ball to the second sacker, Anthony "Goodfella" Prasatek, which skunked the Dahs in the second and snuffed their rally.
The Bay Citys wouldn't go as quietly in their second sending eleven strikers to the mark, and plated 6 more aces of their own to take a 15-3 lead into the third innings. Mr. Murkowski would lead off the striking for the LaDeDahs in the third with a garden grabber that had him make his first, and would take his third on another safety by Nick Moroz. Moroz would take this second by theft, and Murkowski would tally on a daisy cutter by Ed Lynch that was handled by LeRoux at short who tossed across the diamond to kill Lynch at first. Moroz, who moved to third on the throw, then made his ace when Scott Schillag drove the ball into the garden for the second successive time, and made his first. Schillag would move to third on a -howitzer from the bat of Mr. Freeman, who then took his second by theft. Freeman would then make his third and Schillag would tally on an identical smash from Mr. Becker. Becker would lose his hand on an attempted theft of second as the Bay City catcher, Jayme "Cap" Johnson killed his hand, and froze the runner at third sack. Captain Moroz would then send a sky ball to the long field that was bottled in style by the Independents left fields man Tom "Cat" LeRoux. The match now stood at Bay City 14, and Greenfield Village 6.
Bay City would now resume striking and sent sixteen strikers to the stripe in their third innings, and tallied a baker's dozen. Strikers of note were Alan "Kid" Garcia, Jeff "Silverback" Rahl, and Matt "Barrel Roller" Barnard each of whom made their second on their respective strikes. Bay City now held the lead at 27 to 6.
Beaten, bowed, and bloodied, but undeterred the LaDeDahs took to striking in their fourth innings and tallied twice more for their club, and Bay City would answer with a matching mark in their fourth highlighted by a howitzer from the bat of Brian "Butterfly" Becerril that soared beyond the reach of the Dahs left fielder, Alex Moroz, which allowed the Independent's pitcher to make his second. Due to the constraints of time, not often felt on a base ball diamond, the contest would close in the fourth with Bay City heading to the Championship of the Chadwick Region against the Columbus Capitals in their next match.