Bay City visits Walker Tavern
Cambridge Historic State Park, Brooklyn, MI • June 30, 2012
FINAL SCORE: Bay City 30, Walker Tavern 15
After a long carriage ride the Independents unhitched their wagons at a peaceful setting known as Walker Tavern. The confines were beautiful to behold, but would pose a challenge for fieldsmen, no doubt this field would play decidedly in the 2011 World's Tournament, Runner-up, Reserve Champion, Walker Wheels favor.
The match began with a bat-toss that was won by the Wheels captain, Jim "Crazy Legs" Terwilliger. Winning the toss, the Wheels chose to strike first, and they wasted no time spinning their wheels. The Walker Tavern gents sent 9 men to the plate in the first and struck for two long doubles, while tallying 5 aces. After the first they would hold a 4 run advantage when Bay City could only tally one run thanks to the ginger of their lead striker Tanner LeRoux, who legged out a safety, then stole second, took third on a ground ball, and plated his ace on a fly ball to the garden.
In the second innings the Wheels would almost mirror their first sending nine strikers to the line, and plating another 5 aces. Unlike the first innings though, the Bay Citys wouldn't muster a single run, and now the Walker Tavern gents had a commanding lead at 10 to 1.
The bell to open the third innings seemed to awaken the Bay City defenses as they whitewashed the Walker Tavern boys for the next six innings with a variety of excellent fielding plays by the likes of Justin "Doc" Garcia, Sean "Tanner" LeRoux, and Tom "Cat" LeRoux mixed with fine pitching by Jayme "Cap" Johnson and Jeff "Silverback" Rahl. The offense wouldn't begin crawling back into the contest however until the fourth innings when Tom "Cat" LeRoux opened the striking for Bay City with a long drive that saw him make his second. Then Branden "The Rope" Revette strode to the plate and unleashed a howitzer that went well beyond the left fields man and saw him make his home run easily. Those two runs would be all for the fourth innings, but began a string of scoring innings for Bay City that would't be broken throughout the entirety of the day.
The Independents crept closer in the match in the fifth innings when Tanner LeRoux and Kid Garcia tallied to put the contest at 10 to 5. It was the sixth innings for Bay City that truly broke open the contest. After whitewashing the Wheels in the previous four innings the Independents put on a striking performance that would rival an Independence Day illumination display sending 16 strikers to the plate, and tallying 13 aces. Long doubles to the garden by Justin "Doc" Garcia, Tom "Cat" LeRoux, and Jeff "Silverback" Rahl would be the high marks for an inning that saw Dean "Sawmill" Koch tally twice. The innings would come to an end when the Wheels captain, Jim "Crazy Legs" Terwilliger, nabbed the Bay City captain, Jayme "Cap" Johnson at home plate with a fine throw from the garden.
The Bay Citys would tally three more times in the eighth innings thanks in part to another long strike to the garden by Tom "Cat" LeRoux that saw him make his second and tally for his third of what would be four aces in all for the day.
The Wheels would make a valiant charge in their ninth innings, now down 20 to 10, but much like General Pickett, they would find that the hill to climb was just too high, and it's defenders too well armed. The Bay Citys would kill their rally with a brilliant grab of a cannonade, that seemed assured to reach the garden and plate another ace by their Captain Mr. Terwilliger, that was snatched from the air by the fine Independent's short stop, Sean "Tanner" LeRoux. The Walker Tavern gents would put up five runs in the innings though, to effectively end the contest at 20-15.
The Bay Citys would take to striking in their ninth innings and again sent 15 men to the stripe, with long doubles from the bats of Jason "Buttons" McInerney, Doc Garcia, Cat LeRoux, Kid Garcia, and Jimmy "2 Quarts" Arnold. In all the Independents would add 10 aces to their part of the ledger, and finish the contest with a tally of 30.
The contest finished with both clubs reclining to a fine chicken dinner put on by the home club, and their wonderful ladies. It was a beautiful day for base ball, and there was a LOT to behold on this day. Both clubs will meet again in Bay City on July 15th, a Sunday. If they can dodge the police on this day, and skirt the blue -laws then it should be another great match.