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Could you Please Hold my Cup? or..Cuckoo for Ca-ca-nuts!

Could You Please Hold my Cup?, or Cuckoo for Ca-ca-Nuts!

 

Bay City visits Walker Tavern

Walker Tavern, Brooklyn, MI

July 19, 2014

 

Bay City 10, Walker Tavern 12

 

 

Bay City gathered up their wagons, and headed south to visit our old friends from Walker Tavern, the Walker Wheels.  Upon the ride into town the Independents enjoyed the scenery that is the beauty of Brooklyn’s rolling hills, that were moist thanks to a strong, summer rain the evening before, and upon arrival to the ball grounds they found the field wet from the morning dew.   Thankfully varied precipitation had no lasting effects for the grounds were in excellent condition for base ball, that was until a local decided to ply his equestrian skills by riding his trusty steed across the long field just before the match was to begin.  As worried as we often are about appropriate amounts of fertilizer being applied during the summer months, we found this horse’s contribution to be excessive and so play was delayed as the Wheels crew, Jim “Crazy Legs” Terwilliger, cleared the field.

 

The Tavern gents had put forth a challenge to hold the State Cup, and thankfully they were able to find enough athletic supporters do the job, with their ninth arriving just in the nick-of-time.  The Bay Citys would win yet another bat-toss thanks to the skillful work of Jeff “Eagle-Claw” Rahl.  Having won the toss Bay City chose to strike last in the contest.  It proved a  successful strategy for the start of the match as the Bay City pitcher, Aaron “The Constable” Gerken, with the help of the Independents fields men set down the Wheels strikers in order for the first three innings of play.

 

The Bay City gents would have slightly better results plating three tallies in their first.  The rally started, as it often does with a fine drive to the long field by Sean “Tanner” LeRoux.  Alan “Kid” Garcia would follow with a safety of his own putting runners on first and second with no hands down.  The next striker in the innings, Jeff “Silverback” Rahl, then drove a daisy-cutter into the whole between short stop and third that seemed destined to meet the long field, however the excellent short stop for the Wheels tracked down the ball and killed LeRoux’s hand at third for the first out of the innings.  The next striker for Bay City, Tom “Cat” LeRoux would avenge his brother’s hand lost by driving the ball into the long field and making his second.   Cat’s handy willow-whipping allowed Kid Garcia to tally the first ace of the match.  The next hand would be lost to a sky ball bottled by the Wheel’s second sacker, Marbles.  Aaron “The Constable” Gerken then stepped to the plate for the Independents with runners on second and third, and two hands lost and promptly mashed the apple into the garden tallying Silverback for the second run of the contest.  Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold would then complete the scoring in the first by delivering another garden grabber that tallied Cat LeRoux.  The next hand would be killed on another play made by the Tavern short stop who ventured into the hole betwixt short and second and then threw out the Bay City Captain at first sack.  Bay City now held the lead at 3-0.

 

 

The contest would remain unchanged until the fourth innings when the Wheels plated two runs thanks to the striking of Possum, Marbles, and Sloop.  Bay City would answer back with one run of their own in the fourth innings.  The Independents rally started off with great aplomb with the first three strikers of the innings, Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry, Gerken, and Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold all making their first.  Stedry would tally thanks to a daisy-cutter driven deep to the second sacker, Marbles, who then killed the striker, Cap Johnson.  The next two hands however, would be lost and runners would remain at their stations of second and third.  The tally would now read Bay City 4 and Walker Tavern 2.

 

The Wheels picked up in their fifth where they left off in their fourth, and continued to punish the pill with aplomb plating three more aces and taking the lead in the contest.  The Brooklynites then whitewashed the top of the Independents order in their fifth innings, and went right back to striking in their sixth and equaled their total in the fifth.  The damage was done in both instances by the bottom of the Tavern order with the strikers Bones, and Fencepost each making their second with howitzers placed into the long field in back to back at bats.  The Wheels would now hold the lead at 8 to 4.

 

After being skunked again the Independents made a change at the pitching position, and sent Cap Johnson into the box.   The switch worked momentarily as the Tavern strikers were flummoxed in their seventh innings.  This brought the Independents back to the plate where they found greater success with their sticks putting 4 runs into the books for the Bay Citys.  The parade around the pillows began with each of the first three strikers in the Independents order making their first and loading the sacks.  It was then that Tom “Cat” LeRoux unloaded them with his second howitzer of the contest that drove home two and saw him make his second.  Runners were now on second and third, and Jeremy “School-Boy” Stedry would drive home Jeff “Silverback” Rahl from third with a safety of his own that froze the runner at second, and now put the runners at second and first.  The next hand was killed on a sky ball bottled by the right fields man.  Then Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold hit a ball deep into the hole at short stop where the Tavern fielder made another fabulous play and then ran down Tom “Cat” LeRoux who was attempting to make his third.  Runners were now placed at first and second with two hands down, and the Independents trailing by one run.  Cap Johnson now made his way to the plate and promptly drove a sky ball into the tree in right field that allowed Stedry to score from second with the tying run, allowed Arnold to make his third, and the aforementioned Johnson to take his second.  The next hand was lost however, and the Bay Citys left runners on third and second.  The match was now tied at 8-8.

 

The pitching change made in the seventh seemed to lose it’s luster in the eighth as the Wheels bottom of the order victimized the Bay Citys with another four aces.  The youthful striker, Fencepost, would make his second for the third time in the contest, and was this time joined in so doing, by Jim “Crazy Legs” Terwilliger.  The Independents were now down in the contest at 12-8.

 

The Bay Citys would then try to replicate the success of their previous innings, and it appeared to start off in tremendous fashion when Adam “Ca-ca-nuts” Johnson drove the onion deep into the left field garden for what appeared to be certain for extra bases.  Johnson would be robbed however by a fabulous play made by the Walker captain, who ran back on the ball, grabbed it with one hand, tumbled to the ground and was still able to maintain his grasp, and thus killed Johnson’s hand.  It was unfortunate for the Bay Citys that this miraculous play was made for the very next striker in the order, Sean “Tanner” LeRoux smashed a howitzer into the long field gap that had him make his second with ease.  LeRoux would then move to third on Kid Garcia’s fifth safety of the day, and each runner would move up on a mammoth sky ball from the bat of Silverback Rahl that would be bottled by the trusty, Terwilliger for the second hand lost of the innings.  Cat LeRoux then made his base for the fourth time in the contest and drove the mercurial Garcia to tally for the second run in the innings.  That would close the scoring for Bay City , as the next hand was lost, and brought the tally to 12-10.

 

 

The Bay Citys would finally contain the bottom of the Wheel’s order in the ninth skunking them almost cleanly, but the Brooklynites would turn away the Independents in order and thus brought their reign as State Champions to an end.  It was an excellent contest, played by wonderful gents, with many a memorable defensive play.  The Tavern gents will make most excellent champions, and now that they have found an adequate number of athletic supporters, there is no doubt they have the strength to hold the Cup.

Monitoring the Situation

Chelsea visits Bay City - July 13, 2014 - Carroll Park, Bay City, Michigan

 

Bay City 37, Chelsea 5

After an evening of torrential rains that would bring to mind the construction of an ark, and might send the faintest of hearts searching for market price on gopher wood, the sun shone through and permeated the ball grounds of Carroll Park in our small metropolis by the Bay.  It was after all time for base ball, and as we all know the good Lord is a fan of our National Game.   Why even his greatest literary achievement attests to this in it’s very first line.

At any rate the Bay Citys gathered on the green to greet new friends from down south, the Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea, Michigan.  The Monitors have been plying their trade for some 4 seasons now, and were finally coaxed into venturing to play the Bay Citys who are some 6 seasons their senior.  The match was presided over by the ever-present, Judge Gerken and the coin toss was won by Bay City, who chose to strike last in the match.

The Monitors took to striking right off, and placed a tally on their side of the ledger when Hawg, the second striker in the order, drove a howitzer over the head of Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry, the left fields man for the Bay Citys, and deftly made his second.  Hawg wouldn’t be detained their for long, as Doc, the very next striker drove him home to make his ace, the first for the match as aforementioned above.  Hawg’s run would be the only one for the Monitors in the innings, as the next hand was dead on a fly ball bottled in the long field by Schoolboy, and then Doc’s hand was killed on the bases after he was caught napping on a long foul ball retrieved by Tom”Cat” LeRoux that he relayed to the pitcher Cap Johnson, who then flipped to Zachary “Blue-Tick” Stedry at first to complete the circuit

The Bay Citys parade around the pillows would be more extensive in their first, sending nine strikers to the mark before losing their three hands.  In all, four Bay City gents would make aces of themselves as Tanner LeRoux, Cat LeRoux, Blue Tick Stedry, and Schoolboy Stedry would cross the plate for the Independents.  The greatest clout of note would belong to the eldest of the group, Tom “Cat” Leroux, who pushed the pill deep into the garden making his second safely, and driving home his sibling for the Bay Citys first tally of the match.

The Monitors would be skunked in their next four turns at the stripe thanks to the fine fielding of the Bay Citys.  The Independents however, would not be as quiet.  Tallying twenty-two more times in innings two through five the Bay Citys whipped the willow with abandon led by Alan “Kid” Garcia, and the family affair found in the sibling pairings of Stedry and LeRoux.  Garcia would make his second twice with his howitzers, and make his ace four times in innings two through 5.  The LeRoux and Stedry clan would tally ten times.  Cat LeRoux would pound out two more doubles, and tally twice himself, while Blue Tick Stedry would make his base four times, drive home four runs, and tally twice as well.

While the Bay City strikers were making their presence known, there was also an effort of note being made in the field by one Mathew “Barrel-Roller” Barnard.  Barnard was making his way around the diamond in the match, and masterfully handling each attempt.  In the second innings while playing behind the batter Barnard made a diving play on a foul-tic killing Gearhead, of the Monitors hand for the second of the inning effectively killing a bases full rally.  In the sixth innings Barnard would roll over to short stop, and killed Gearhead’s hand again handling a daisy cutter that he deftly tossed to first to finish.   In the ninth innings the Barrell Roller traversed to the long field and killed Stickboy’s hand by bottling a sky ball in style.  Barnard also took turns at third and first as well, and will no doubt find a day when he can complete the circuit around the diamond.

The Monitors would add a run to their tally in the seventh innings, thanks to a home run made by Skid.  Skid’s effort was made by a daisy cutter hit to the short stop, Tom Cat LeRoux.  Cat’s throw to first sack was slightly off line, and made it’s way into the thoroughfare where a stoppage of buggy’s aided Skid’s traverse around the bases, and hindered the retrieval of the orb until he safely made his ace.

The Bay Citys would add eleven more runs in their seventh and eighth innings combined bringing their final tally to 37 for the match.  Their efforts in the later innings would be aided by the arrival of Jeff “Silverback” Rahl who made his way from the parade grounds in the township of Auburn, where they were celebrating the glory of maze, and onto the pitch at Carroll Park.  The simeon’s striking was fierce in innings five through eight where he made his base safely three times, tallying all three times, and putting the onion into orbit in the eighth driving home two and making his second.

In the ninth innings the Monitors would make a valiant charge putting up three more aces in their portion of the ledger, but much like the Southern General Pickett, their charge was repulsed and their efforts complete.

At the conclusion of the match these new found friends reclined to a feast, and both clubs discussed future meetings of the two.  The first of which will come when Bay City meets the mighty, Monitors again at the World’s Tournament in just a few weeks time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oobla-di-LaDeDah!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 
Leaders

As of July 23, 2014

 

Hits


    1. Sean “Tanner” LeRoux 39

    2. Alan “Kid” Garcia 36

    3. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 30

    4. Tom “Cat” LeRoux 25

    5. Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry 25

Runs Scored


    1. Sean "Tanner" LeRoux 29

    2. Alan "Kid" Garcia 27

    3. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 21

    4. Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry 14

    5. Tom “Cat” LeRoux 11

Runs/Game


    1. Sean "Tanner" LeRoux 3.22

    2. Alan "Kid" Garcia 3.00

    3. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 2.33

    4. Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry 1.75

    5. Tom “Cat” LeRoux 1.38

     

Extra Base Hits


    1. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 13

    2. Tom “Cat” LeRoux 9

    3. Alan "Kid" Garcia 7

    3. Sean “Tanner” LeRoux 7

    4. Aaron “The Constable” Gerken 3

Home Runs


    1. Alan “Kid” Garcia 1

     

 

Hands Lost/Game


    1. Alan “Kid” Garcia 1.11

    2. Sean “Tanner” LeRoux 1.44

    3. Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry 1.63

    4. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 1.78

    5. Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold 1.88