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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.











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.






Good Morning Walnut Grove!

Bay City vs. Early Risers

World's Tournament Game #1

Walnut Grove #2, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI

August 10, 2013


Bay City 18, Early Risers 2



The dew still weighed heavy on the grass of Walnut Grove, and the sun was just beginning to peak through the trees that lined the long field behind the tracks of the iron horse as the Bay City Independents readied themselves for the start of their 8th trek through the World's Tournament bracket at Greenfield Village.  Their opponent on the day, ironically enough, was the Early Risers.  This club takes their name from one of Detroit, and Michigan's earliest clubs who were known for their early practice times, so it was apropos that the start time for this match was 8 am.


Bay City would begin the match by wining the coin toss, and then taking the field.  It seemed a wise choice as the Independents skunked the Early Risers, and then took to striking with aplomb. Sean "Tanner" LeRoux led things off with a daisy cutter to third, upon which he made his first.  He then moved to second when Alan "Kid" Garcia shot a liner into the long field, and made his first.  The next hand would be lost on a fly to the catcher, which brought Jeff "Silverback" Rahl to the plate for his first trip of the day.  After practicing his deep breathing exercises at the plate, a move found to be intimidating by some, but also known to attract mates in the wild, the Silverback mashed the apple into the palisades lining the long field for a double.  This brought LeRoux to tally the first run for the match, and moved Garcia to third.  Rahl and Garcia would not be stationary for long, as Tom "Cat" LeRoux took to the plate, and added to his season long two bagger records with his 22nd of the season.  The Independents now had two runners home with the Cat at second, and Rahl at third.  This brought the newly married Brian "Butterfly" Becerril to the dish, and his blast outdistanced them all punishing the pill beyond the tracks and the trees for the third two base making garden grabber in a row.  Becerril's blast would drive home two runs for Bay City, who now had four in the innings.


The second hand in the innings was killed on another fly to the catcher, but the Bay Citys began another parade around the pillows which began with a perfect liner into the garden by Dean "Sawmill" Koch.  Koch's safety drove home Becerril for the fifth ace for Bay City in the first.  Jimmy "Two Quarts" Arnold then moved Koch to second on his own sky ball that fell behind the defense of the Early Risers, and each of them moved up on a similar shot by the hot hitting, Matt "Barrel Roller" Barnard.  Adam "Little Train" Johnson then took his turn at the stripe, and plated Mr. Koch with a single to the garden.  The bases remained full when Jayme "Cap" Johnson stood in at the dish, and drove the ball down the left field line to drive home two more runs.  Johnson and Johnson would move to second and third respectively on stolen bases, and the Train would pull into the station with the ninth, and final run of the innings thanks to another base maker from Sean "Tanner" LeRoux, his second of the innings.


After one innings the score was Bay City 9 and Early Risers 0.  The Bay City defense would whitewash the Risers of Detroit for the next three innings, at which time they would add one run in their second thanks to a three bagger from Jason "Buttons" McInerney, and three runs in their third.  The runs in the third included a stroll around the bases by none other then Matt "Barrel Roller" Barnard who made his home run thanks in part to an errant throw that lodged the ball beneath the seating placed by the first base line.  As no mention of a ground rule regarding the seating was agreed upon before the start of the match it allowed Barnard to make his circuit and tally for himself and Jimmy "Two Quarts" Arnold who had preceded him in making his first.  The third run of the innings was thanks to the fine striking of Sean "Tanner" LeRoux who made his third on a howitzer to the long field, and tallied on a safety by Alan "Kid" Garcia.


Bay City would be skunked by the fine defense of the Early Risers in their fourth, and the total for the contest was now in Bay Citys favor at 13-0.  That was when the Early Risers made their only aces of the contest thanks to successive strikes by Spoonman, Buster, and Dirt.  Dirt's strike would drive home the Spoonman, and after Spotlight lost his hand on a drive taken by the Bay City pitcher, Brian "Butterfly" Becerril, Buster would tally on a howitzer from Wrench that had him make his second.  The second hand of the innings would be lost thanks to another fine defensive play by Becerril when a throw to home plate by the center fields man, Alan "Kid" Garcia, attempted to kill Buster's hand was cut off by Becerril who promptly threw to third and killed Dirt there.  The third hand of the innings would be lost as Hurricane hit a daisy cutter that was handled by Jeff "Silverback" Rahl at third and tossed across the diamond to first sacker Dean "Sawmill" Koch who deftly handled the apple for the out.


The Early Risers would be turned away for the rest of the contest while, Bay City would tally five more times with one in the fifth, and four in their sixth bringing finality to the ledger at Bay City 18, and the Early Risers 2.  Bay City would move on in the Championship Bracket with a greater appreciation for the improved play of the Early Risers whose hands in the long field were much steadier then the last time these two clubs had met, but whose manner and grace remained as excellent as ever.

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As of July 23, 2014



    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


    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