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.