Bay City vs. Dexter
June 30, 2013
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.