Bay City versus Mount Clemons
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI
July 7, 2012
Bay City 16, Mount Clemons 5
The day was nearly as beautiful as the scenery on the pitch near The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island when the Bay Citys took to the field to participate in a pair of match games put on to honor the 125th Anniversary of the aforementioned Michigan icon. The first match of the day pit the Bay Citys against the current State of Michigan Champion Base Ball Club, the Regular Base Ball Club of Mount Clemons. Having challenged the Regulars earlier in the week, the Bay Citys were hopeful to bring both he Championship Cup, and the title of State Champion back to our city by the Bay.
The order of striking was decided by a test of skill and speed that was won by the Bay City contingent of Alan "Kid" Garcia, and Sean "Tanner" LeRoux, and the Independents chose to strike last in the contest leaving the Regulars the chance to begin the scoring for the day, and they did so with skill and speed. The Regular third sacker, Cartwright, began the match with a neatly placed safety that had him make his first, and he took his second by theft, the second striker in the order, Tea Cup, then drove him home to open the scoring for the Regulars and give the Champions the lead in the contest. The Bay Citys would more then match the Mount Clemons efforts in their first with "Kid" Garcia opening the striking with one hand down, and then pilfering his second. Kid would tally thanks to the striking of Brian "Butterfly" Beceril, who would also make his second by the art of thievery. Beceril would tally with two hands down thanks to a howitzer from the bat of Tom "Cat" LeRoux whose blast had him take his second. Cat would require no theft to make his ace, as the next striker in the order, Justin "Doc" Garcia simply cleared the trees in right to make his second and drive the Cat to tally. Doc would steal his third, and then tallied on a daisy cutter from the bat of Branden "The Rope" Revette. The scoring would end there though, as the left fields man for the Regulars would make a brilliant bound catch on a cannonade from the bat of the Silverback that would have easily cleared the confines of our home Carroll Park. Bay City now held a 4 to 1 lead in the contest that they would never relinquish.
In the second innings each club would trade aces keeping the margins of the contest essentially the same. The Regulars would add another run in the third continuing their fine striking, but Bay City would match it, and then surpass it with their finest inning of the weekend sending nine strikers to the mark and tallying six aces of their own. The biggest strike of the innings came in the form of redemption for the Silverback who was able to drive another howitzer deep into the garden that was able to split the fleet fielders of Mount Clemons and allowed him to make his second with ease. The match was now clearly in Bay Citys favor at 11 to 3.
Bay City would whitewash the Regulars in the fourth thanks to the fine pitching of Mr. Beceril, and the Butterfly would put on another display at the plate by plating a home run with two hands lost in the Bay City fourth. The Independents would tally another ace in the innings as well when Buttons McInerney made his first, then stole his second and tallied on another two bagger from the bat of Cat LeRoux. Both clubs would be skunked in the fifth innings, but the Mount Clemons gents would plate an ace to draw closer in the contest in the sixth thanks to a long strike into the garden by Mr. Dublin. The score would remain 13 to 4 entering the seventh innings, as the Independents would fail to tally again in the sixth thanks to the fine fielding of the Regulars and the excellent pitching of Ray Pachuta.
In the seventh innings the Regulars would tally again thanks to the striking of Mr. Cartwright, and the Bay Citys would plate three more with the largest blast coming from the bat of the Butterfly when he mashed the apple deep into the long field to make his second, and then tallied thanks to consecutive safeties from Buttons, and Cat LeRoux. Both clubs skunked each other in the final innings to bring the final ledger to bear at Bay City 16, and Mount Clemons 5, thus allowing Bay City to once again lay claim to the title of State Champion. We thank the Mount Clemons gents for their fine play, and welcome the chance to play them again in just three short weeks time.