Bay City vs. Harrisburg
Gettysburg Vintage Base Ball Festival
July 20, 2013
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.