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Bay City vs. Harrisburg

Gettysburg Vintage Base Ball Festival

Game #1

July 20, 2013

Grant Field


Bay City 13, Harrisburg 4


The Independents loaded up their wagons and headed out east to the fine, town of Gettysburg, PA, where some time ago a titanic tussle took place during our nation's Civil War.  There would be no canons, and no mini balls littering the air today, as the only howitzers fired would come from the wooden bats of the participant clubs, and the Bay Citys would begin their three match day with the gents from the state capital of Pennsylvania, the Keystone Base Ball Club of Harrisburg.  Apparently, the Keystones finished with an unblemished record in this Festival last year, and so Bay City was prepared to meet a fine club on the field of play.  They were not however, prepared to meet the very affable, U. S. Grant who joined the boys on the green and tossed out the first pitch of the event.


After losing the bat toss the Independents took to striking and Tanner LeRoux led things off with a flurry placing a fine daisy cutter into the long field, and then taking his second by theft.  LeRoux then tallied when Alan "Kid" Garcia drove a liner into the garden, and then took his second on the throw to home plate.  Garcia then stole his third, and was driven home by Jason "Buttons" McInerney who made his first, but was then killed by the catcher's throw to short stop while trying to take his second by theft.  The next striker lost his hand to the fine play of the Keystone captain at short as well, and then Tom "Cat" LeRoux stepped to the stripe with two hands dead and promptly placed the pill into the long field for another safety in the innings.  Cat took his second by theft, and was driven to tally by Justin "Doc" Garcia's howitzer into the garden that had him make his first.  Doc would lose his hand, as Buttons had lost his with the Keystone captain making the tag at second base after making a magnificent one handed catch on the throw from behind the batter to foil Garcia's attempted larceny.  The Keystones would tally twice in their portion of the innings, and so after one innings the ledger read Bay City 3, and Harrisburg 2.


The tight scratch continued on throughout the next two innings as each club slapped on the whitewash with magnificent defensive plays.  In the fourth however, Bay City would take again to the apple mashing when Jeff "Silverback" Rahl stepped to the plate and launched the onion deep into the garden and over the fielders to make his second with ease.  Rahl would then tally when Tom "Cat" LeRoux refused to be outdone by the aforementioned simeon and drove a liner that saw him take his second as well.  LeRoux would move to second on a bound out from the bat of Doc Garcia, and would then tally on another bound catch by the Keystones from the stick of Dave "Spare Parts" Ringler.  The Bay City rally would end there, and they would skunk the Harrisburg nine again to stretch their lead to three runs after four innings of play.


The Independents would start the off the fifth innings with some willow whipping from the stick of the schoolmaster, Jeremy "Schoolboy" Stedry with Stedry making his second on his strike.  Stedry would move to third on an infield daisy cutter from the bat of Branden "The Rope" Revette.  Revette would then steal his second, and Stedry would tally after a drive into the garden by Jayme "Cap" Johnson.  Cap would then take his second by theft, and both Revette and Johnson would tally after a daisy driver placed into the long field by Tanner LeRoux.  LeRoux would not stay hitched to first for long as Alan "Kid" Garcia took the first offering from the Harrisburg hurler and drove it over the long fielders for a clean home run.   The next two hands would be lost in the innings, but the Bay Citys were not yet dead, as Cat LeRoux in a near repeat of the first innings, began another rally with safety and a stolen base.  As it was the theft of the bag was for naught as Justin "Doc" Garcia nearly matched his sibling by placing the onion beyond the reach of the fields men and making his third, as LeRoux was brought to tally. Garcia would be left at third however, as the next hand in the inning was lost and the ledger closed.  The Bay Citys would then give back a run in the Harrisburg portion of the fifth, and the book now read Independents 11 and Keystones 3.


The clubs would mirror each other for the next three innings skunking one another in the sixth and eighth and each plating a run in the seventh.  In the ninth innings the first two hands would be lost to the Independents bringing Sean "Tanner" LeRoux to the plate for the fifth time in the match.  LeRoux was yet to lose a hand, and refused to do so this time as well making his second after a deep drive down the left field line.  LeRoux would tally on another safety from Kid Garcia, and this would close out the scoring for the match as the Bay Citys would whitewash the Harrisburg gents in the ninth.  At the conclusion of their first match in Gettysburg Bay City found themselves atop at 13-4, and they likewise found themselves a new appreciation for the fine play displayed by the Keystone Base Ball Club.

Shooting Stars!

Bay City visits Wyandotte

June 22, 2012

Wyandotte, Mi


Bay City 11, Wyandotte 12




The Independents hitched up their wagons and headed south to Wyandotte to take on the fine base ball club known as the Stars on this, the second day of summer.  The Bay Citys hadn't made this trek in several years, but still found their way to the home field of one of only 6 clubs to ever hold the State of Michigan's Championship Cup, having defeated the La-de-dahs to earn the title of State Champion, back in 2011.  The Stars games versus the Bay Citys have always been exciting, and today's would prove to be no different.


The Independents would lose the coin toss, and the Stars elected to take the field.  This allowed the Bay Citys to take a brief lead in the contest when Sean "Tanner" LeRoux crossed the plate thanks to a stolen base, and a daisy-cutter from the bat of Jason "Buttons" McInerney.  The Stars would match that ace in their first, so at the end of one the tally was tied.


Each club would whitewash the other in the second, and in the third the Independents would repeat their scoring method in the first with LeRoux crossing the plate for a second time in the match.  This time he was helped along by a howitzer to the long field by Alan "Kid" Garcia, but driven home by another safety from McInerney.  Bay City would skunk the Stars in the third, and now held a slim lead in this tight scratch at 2-1.


In the fourth innings the Independents would stretch their margin.  The first two hands in the Bay City order for the innings would be lost in fast fashion, which brought Jayme "Cap" Johnson to the plate.  Johnson placed a sky ball into the infield that was just beyond reach of the defense, and made his first.  He moved to second sack on the third safety of the day from the bat of Tanner LeRoux, and then both Johnson and LeRoux would tally when Kid Garcia mashed the apple into the garden, and safely made his third.  Garcia would be left at third, and the innings complete, but the Independents now had the contest at 4-1.


The Stars though began a lethal combination of tactics in the fourth that saw them wait out their pitches, strike well, and take aggressive turns on the base paths.  At any rate when the Stars were done in the fourth the match was tied at 4-4.


Each club would trade whitewash in the fifth innings, and the Wyandotte gents would even blank the Bay Citys in the sixth as well.  The Stars were feeling very symmetrical in the sixth as they circled the bases for six tallies, and took a commanding lead into the seventh at 10-4.


The Independents, sensing the gathering of storm clouds, now felt a sense of urgency in their striking, and took to it with ferocity  sending 10 strikers to the line, and tallying 6 runs of their own, with perhaps the largest being Kid Garcia's howitzer to the long field, which saw him make his second and tallied two with two hands down.  Garcia would be left on third sack yet again to end the innings, but the match was now tied at 10-10.


Darkness now began to take the field, but the Stars kept their patience in their striking, and would tally two more runs in the seventh to retake the lead in the contest at 12-10.


The eighth innings would hold no change in the tally for either club, and that brought the Bay Citys to the plate in the ninth with the rumble of thunder ringing in their ears.  Leading off the innings would be Cap Johnson, who helped extend two, two out rallies in the fourth and seventh innings, and now down two runs and in their final at bats Cap would come through once more with a cannonade into the garden that had him take his second.  Johnson took his third on an infield daisy cutter from the bat of Tanner LeRoux.  Tanner was now on first for his sixth consecutive time in the contest, Johnson at third, and for third time in the contest Kid Garcia would drive Johnson home to trim the lead to 12-11.  This would be as close as Bay City would come, as the next striker in the order would force LeRoux at third, leaving runners at first and second with only one hand down.  Each of the next two strikers would be killed by the Star defenders, and with a storm approaching rapidly, the contest was closed.


These two fine clubs will see themselves matched again in two weeks time in Bay City, and we can only hope that the match will be this exciting again.

To Form a More Perfect Union

Bay City vs. Dexter

June 30, 2013

Dexter, MI


Bay City 18, Dexter 3




It was  beautiful day, on the beautiful home grounds of the Union Base Ball Club of Dexter, Michigan, when the Independents unloaded their wagon for the third straight excursion of this base ball season.  The opportunity to engage in match play with the Unions had been explored as early as last season during the Dexter club's inaugural, and the Bay Citys were eager to help another young club, as they too were once helped along by a variety of more established groups.


The Independents won the opening coin toss, and deferred the order of striking to the Unions whom the Bay Citys would whitewash.  Then they, themselves, took to striking with impunity sending a dozen strikers to the mark and plating six aces.  The strikers of most repute in the innings would be Jeff "Silverback" Rahl, last season's Most Valuable Ballist, and Tom "Cat" LeRoux, the 2011 Most Valuable Ballist.  Each of these fine strikers would make their second on their howitzers, tally their ace, and in the case of Rahl drove in two runs in the process.  After one innings the score was Bay City 6, and Dexter 0.


Both the Independents and the Unions showed fine, defensive, form in the second innings by skunking the opposition.  In the third innings, however the Dexter club displayed their striking prowess and tallied two aces of their own to draw the contest to a tight scratch at 6-2.  The Bay Citys would not be outdone and tallied four more aces of their own thanks in no small part to two hands lost cannonades from the bats of Alan "Kid" Garcia, and the aforementioned Jeff "Silverback" Rahl, that saw each make their seconds.  Rahl's would drive home a tally in the form of Jason "Buttons" McInerney, and would be the "Great Ape's" third twin sacker of the match.  After three innings the Bay Citys had lengthened their lead at 10-2.


Fine scientific ball was played by both the elder and younger of the clubs, as whitewash was traded for the next two innings with Bay City adding only a single ace in the sixth innings.  In the seventh the Unions would tally another run to add to their side of the ledger, but the Independents would match with three of their own in the persons of Matt "Barrell Roller" Barnard, Jayme "Cap" Johnson, and Sean "Tanner" LeRoux.  Barnard, who began the pillow parade in the innings had earlier enlightened the cranks with his fielding prowess behind the bat by making a fine diving play.  He assured the club that he will not besmirch the Bay City name by arriving at the next match in a soiled uniform, as his lovely wife is assuredly adept at removing such stains.  He was likewise kind enough to attempt to smooth the crevasse that he created near the field of play where he had fallen.   Bully for the Barrell Roller.  At any rate Bay City now held a lead they would not relinquish at 14-3.


The fine, young , Union club would mount many attempts at tallying aces through the remainder of the contest, but the Bay Citys turned them away each time.  The Bay Citys themselves were only able to add four more aces in the contest as well, as the Unions were able to clamp down on them and flash their ability to bottle the pill in style with many a fine fly catches.


The conclusion of the match brought both clubs together to share a fine meal prepared by the host Union Club, and their fine ladies.  The Bay Citys arrived looking forward to a spirit match with a club in its youth, and left knowing that the Unions have some of the finest grounds, have some of the best hospitality, and the makings of a great base ball club themselves.  They look forward to hosting the Dexters next week, and perhaps reacquainting themselves again the future.

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As of August 12, 2013



    1. Alan Garcia 63

    2. Sean LeRoux 55

    2. Tom LeRoux 55

    3. Jason McInerney 45

    4. Jeff Rahl 46

Runs Scored

    1. Sean LeRoux 43

    2. Alan Garcia 38

    3. Tom LeRoux 35

    4. Jason McInerney 29

    4. Jeff Rahl 29

    5. Dean Koch 18


    1. Sean LeRoux 2.68

    2. Alan Garcia 2.23

    3. Tom LeRoux 2.18

    4. Jason McInerney 1.81

    4  Jeff Rahl 1.81

    5. Brian Beceril 1.75



Extra Base Hits

    1. Tom LeRoux 26

    2. Jeff Rahl 22

    3. Alan Garcia 13

    4. Jason McInerney 10

    5. Brian Becerril 7

    5. Sean LeRoux 7

Home Runs

    1. Justin Garcia 2

    1. Jason McInerney 2

    2. Brian Beceril 1

    2. Alan Garcia 1

    2. Zachary Stedry 1

    2. Matt Barnard 1


Hands Lost/Game

    1. Sean LeRoux 1.50

    2. Tom LeRoux 1.56

    3. Alan Garcia 1.58

    4. Dean Koch 1.72

    5. Brian Becerril 1.87


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