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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.

No Soup for You!

 

Bay City vs. Saginaw

Ojibway Island, Saginaw, MI

August 1, 2013

 

Bay City 13, Saginaw 19

 

There is nothing that so perks up a sunny, summer Thursday evening like a visit with old friends, and nothing makes that visit more interesting then a challenge.  Such was the case this evening on beautiful Ojibway Island as the Independents of Bay City challenged the current State of Michigan Champion, Saginaw Old Golds in a match game of base ball for the rights to the Championship Cup and the honor of unseating them.  This script was reversed a season ago, and in that challenge Bay City would repel the Saginaws in a close match and retain the Cup.  A rather large crowd gathered in the hopes that tonight's match would be near as exciting.

 

The coin toss to determine striking was watched over by the day's umpire, Tom "Golden Rule" Mudd, and Bay City was foiled again as the Golds won the toss and determined to take the field.  This allowed the Independents to begin the days striking, and that was exactly what they did as Tanner LeRoux led things off with a daisy cutter that slipped momentarily from the grasp of the Golds third sacker, Mike "Oxbow" Ossy, and allowed the mercurial lead striker to make his first.  LeRoux would move to second on another garden grabber from the bat of Alan "Kid" Garcia.  The next hand would be lost on a sky ball bottled by the Golds first sacker, and that brought Jeff "Silverback" Rahl to the plate with runners on first and second.  On his first attempt Rahl rocketed a ball that was thought to be fair, but was judged foul.  This ball would most assuredly allowed Rahl to make his first, and moved all the base runners forward one base.  Thank heavens that the ball was judged to be foul, as the next pitch Rahl struck was no where near foul, and was sent somewhere into the next county long beyond the reach of Gold's gardeners.  This climactic clout brought LeRoux and Garcia to tally and saw the Silverback make his third.

 

Rahl would not stay seated for long, as the next striker, Tom "Cat" LeRoux would bring him to tally with his 19th double of the season.  This mid-season total would match Rahl's record setting efforts for all of last season, and puts him on record to smash the aforementioned simeon's extra-base margins from 2012.  LeRoux would then tally thanks to a liner sent into the left field by one Jeremy "Schoolboy" Stedry, but the aces would end there, and Bay City would hold the lead at 4-0.

 

The Old Golds would meet the Independents' charge with one of their own, and plated three aces thanks to the efforts of Jon "Boozehound" Smith, Captain Adam "Squints" McCauley, and short stop Toby "Scoops" Larkin. After completing their round of striking in their first innings the Golds then skunked the Independents, who would strand two runners, and then went back to striking themselves.  Jason Leppek would lead the innings off with a howitzer into the willow tree in the right field that allowed him to make his second.  The next four strikers for Saginaw would make base safely including Nate "Grizzly" Hall who would mirror Leppek's success by making his second as well.  The Saginaws would tally 6 times in the innings, and at the completion of two innings the State Champions held the lead at 9 to 4.

 

In the third innings Bay City would send Alan "Kid" Garcia to the plate to open the striking, and he promptly deposited the ball into the long field and made his first.  Garcia would move to second on Jason "Buttons" McInerney's daisy cutter into the garden, and would tally after Jeff "Silverback" Rahl drove another howitzer into the long field.  Tom "Cat" LeRoux would then plate McInerney with his second consecutive hit.  Rahl would move to third on a ground ball from the bat of Schoolboy Stedry that killed LeRoux at second, and then made his ace on a sky ball to the outer garden that was bottled in style for the second hand lost of the innings.  Rahl's run would be the final for Bay City in the inning capping their uprising at three, and bringing their total to 7.  Saginaw would tally twice thanks to a cannonade from Toby Larkin that drove in the two aforementioned runs, and saw him make his second.  After three innings the tally read Saginaw 11, and Bay City 7.

 

Despite trailing in the contest the Bay Citys had won two of the first three innings, and they would gain a third in the fourth.  The inning began with Branden "The Rope" Revette making his first, but then losing his hand at second sack on a ground ball to the short stop, Toby Larkin, from the bat of Jimmy "Two Quarts" Arnold.  Arnold would move to third on a long drive into the garden by Matt "Barrel Roller" Barnard, which also placed Barnard on second.  Arnold and Barnard would then tally on a garden grabber from the bat of Jayme "Cap" Johnson, that saw Johnson take his second.  The scoring would end there for Bay City, and the Independents would skunk the Saginaws in their fourth bringing the margin ever closer at Saginaw 11, Bay City 9.

 

In the fifth innings the Bay Citys would get two doubles from the willow whipping of Buttons McInerney, and Tom LeRoux, yet somehow they didn't tally and the Independents would be whitewashed.  The Old Golds, on the other hand, would lose their first two hands in the fifth, and appeared to be on the verge of losing their third when a string of misfortune, and fine striking allowed the Saginaws to tally three more times with the bottom of their order.  After the fifth innings the total was now Saginaw 14, and Bay City 9.

 

The score would be unchanged in the sixth as each team would be skunked and the innings a draw.  In the seventh innings though the Independents would begin their striking in fine form thanks to another safety from the stick of Barrel Roller Barnard.  Barnard would move to second on a ground ball fielded by the catcher that killed the next hand at first, and he would move to third on a daisy cutter from Tanner LeRoux that had him make his first.  Alan "Kid" Garcia would then come to the plate, and after surveying the defenders promptly placed the apple into the right field garden well beyond the reach of the Golds defense.  Barnard and LeRoux would each tally and Garcia would make his third on the blast.  The Kid would not stay hitched at third for long, as the next striker, Buttons McInerney would make his first as well and drove Garcia home.  Buttons would move to third on another blast from Silverback Rahl, and tallied the inning's final run on a sky ball bottled in left field.  The score was now Bay City 13, and Saginaw 14.

 

The match was now a tight scratch, but would remain so ever briefly, when the Golds would tally twice in their seventh with Big Wheel Beemer, and Chad Short each making their ace.  Saginaw would now hold a three run lead.  Bay City would advance runners into scoring position in each of their eighth and ninth innings, but would be skunked in each.  The Golds however, would tally once in their eighth, and then twice more in their ninth winning the match and keeping the Cup with a total of 19 aces to Bay City's 13.

 

After congratulations and cheers for both sides, the clubs reclined at Heck's Bar where they enjoyed the hospitality of Mr. Harold Campau.  Each club looks forward to their next opportunity to take the field again, and to root for the success of the Great Lakes Bay Region at the upcoming World's Tournament to be held at Greenfield Village on August 10-11.

 

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Heart, or Bound for Glory!

Bay City vs. Elkton

Game #5

Gettysburg Vintage Base Ball Festival

Grant Field, Gettysburg, PA

July 21, 2013

 

Bay City 23, Elkton 23

 

 

The final match for the weekend saw Bay City paired against the host club, Elkton Eclipse.  The Elkton Club is a fine group, and have won the right to call themselves past champions of their Festival, but the Independents were most impressed by their abilities to plan and execute the hosting of their magnificent base ball festival.

 

The first pitch was thrown out by none other then General Robert E. Lee, formerly of West Point, and was followed up by Bay City finally winning a bat toss, which was overseen by the umpire for the match, Shaggy of the Elkton home club.  Having won the toss Bay City elected to take the field. It seemed like a rather poor decision as the Elktons struck with precision, and ran the bases with ease taking a 5 run lead in their first innings.  The Bay Citys could only muster one ace of their own when Sean "Tanner" LeRoux continued his fine weekend of striking by safely making his first on an infield daisy cutter, and then took his second by theft.  He then came around to tally thanks to successive bound out catches by the right fielder on balls that were well struck by Alan "Kid" Garcia, and Jason "Buttons" McInerney.  Another bound catch on a well struck ball to the left field by Jeff "Silverback" Rahl would close the inning for Bay City.

 

The Eclipse would be whitewashed by the Bay Citys in the second as the Independents attempted to climb out of the hole they had made for themselves in the first.  Things started off in a peculiar fashion as Tom "Cat" LeRoux would make his first thanks to some bad balls, and then took his second by theft.  He then moved to third on a garden grabber to right field from the bat of Dave "Spare Parts" Ringler.  Ringler then took his second by larceny as well.  LeRoux would tally after Zachary "Tiny" Stedry drove a howitzer deep into the center field which was caught on the bound by the Eclipse fields man for the first hand lost in the innings.  The next striker in the order was the elder of the Bay City Stedrys, Jeremy "Schoolboy" Stedry, who drove the ball deep down the line and past the long fielders to tally Ringler and make his third.  Stedry would be frozen at his base after the next hand was lost to a bound catch from the Elkton third sacker.  This would bring up Jayme "Cap" Johnson with two hands down.  Johnson would make his first, and Stedry would tally on an infield hit that landed between the pitcher, first base man, and second base man.  Johnson would then steal his second, and then his third after an errant throw by the catcher that made its way into the garden.  Tanner LeRoux then got his second hit of the day to drive home Johnson with the tying run.  LeRoux would take his second, but would proceed no further after a fine catch of a hot liner by the Elkton short stop killed the third hand of the innings.  The match was now tied at 5-5.

 

The Elkton contingent would be skunked again in the third innings, but Bay City would send eleven strikers to the mark with six strikers making their first before the Independents would lose a hand thanks to a bound ball sent into the right field from the bat of Jeremy "Schoolboy" Stedry.  The bound out would still help to tally the fourth run of the innings for Bay City, and moved another runner over to third.  That base runner, Zach "Tiny" Stedry, would then make his ace on another daisy cutter from Branden "The Rope" Revette.  Revette would then take his second, and then moved to third on a ground ball to the right side of the infield that was scooped up by the Elkton second sacker and then relayed to first to record the second out of the innings.  Tanner LeRoux would then drive home Revette with his third hit in as many innings.  LeRoux then stole his second, and tallied thanks to a howitzer into the long field from Alan "Kid" Garcia that Garcia made his second on.  Garcia would likely have scored in the innings as well, but the next hand was extinguished on another long bound out recorded in the left field to end the innings.  Bay City had now taken the lead in the contest at 12-5.

 

After the Independents whitewashed the Eclipse in the fourth innings they took to striking again themselves. A long successive string of single safeties was responsible for the majority of the runs in their third, but in the fourth the Bay Citys were more judicious with their efforts beginning things with a long howitzer beyond the reach of the center fielder thanks to the Herculean efforts of one Jeff "Silverback" Rahl.  Rahl would make his second, and then moved to third on a  rather pedastrian daisy cutter that saw Tom "Cat" LeRoux only take one base himself.  LeRoux would make up for his lack of striking by taking his second by theft, and both LeRoux and Rahl would tally when Dave "Spare Parts" Ringler drove the ball deep down the right field line and well past the reach of the Elkton gardner.  Ringler pulled up at third and would tally after Tiny Stedry pushed a daisy cutter past the reach of the second sacker to make his first.  Stedry would take his second, and then make his third on a safety from Rope Revette.  Revette would continue the cycle, and take his second, then move to third when Stedry made his ace after Cap Johnson made his first on a daisy cutter.  Hoping to make his second Johnson took off from first, but was nearly killed as Tanner LeRoux cut loose with a swing that popped a sky ball up to the Elkton short stop.  Caught between the bases now,  Johnson watched as the ball dropped to the ground but was then captured on the bound.  Hoping that the run from third would score, Johnson made for second and drew the short stop's attention and eluded the tag with an awkward dive.  However, thanks to the quick reflexes of the short stop the runner was unable to advance on the play, and both gents would be stranded after another long bound out collected by the right fielder.  The score was now 16-5 after four innings of play.

 

The  Elktons would tally 5 times in their fifth innings coupling daisy cutters, howitzers, walks, and stolen bases to win their first innings since the opening of the contest.  Bay City would try to match the Elkton effort but would fall just short only tallying four times when Buttons McInerney began the striking, much as he did in the third, by making his first on daisy cutter to the garden.  McInerney would then move to second on a safety from Silverback Rahl, and then on to third thanks to a third consecutive muckle shot that had Cat LeRoux make his first as well.  Buttons would tally on a bound out to center field, as each runner would advance as well.  Tiny Stedry then drove home Rahl, and advanced Ringler to third on his second consecutive howitzer into the garden.  Stedry then stole second, and moved to third as Ringler scored and Tiny advanced on another bound catch made by the center fields man to kill the second hand.  The final hand would be lost as well on a bound catch made by the left fielder. The score was now Bay City 20, Elkton 10.

 

Elkton would draw closer in the sixth continuing with their innings winning combination of daisy cutters and stolen bases helping them to plate four more aces.  Bay City would only muster one of their own, and would now lose their third innings of the match.  The tally was now Bay City 21, Elkton 14.

 

The seventh would see each club trading aces to keep the margin the same at 22-15, with Bay City leaving Zach "Tiny" Stedry at second sack after their third hand was lost to another outstanding bound catch by the Eclipse left fielder.  In the eighth innings the Elkton gents would plate three more aces of their own to bring the total to 22-18.  Bay City would begin their eighth innings with a daisy cutter by Rope Revette.  Revette would move to second on a stolen base, and then to third on a ground ball handled by the first base tender.  Revette would then tally on Tanner LeRoux's fifth hit of the day.  LeRoux then took his second, and made his third on a daisy cutter by Alan "Kid" Garcia.  Jason "Buttons" McInerney then hit a hot ground ball to the third sacker who then alertly went home with the ball as LeRoux attempted to make his ace.  The play at the plate was close, but LeRoux was called out by the umpire after a fine tag was applied by the Elkton catcher on LeRoux's thigh.  Garcia and McInerney advanced on the fine play at home, but each would be left at their bases after the third hand was killed on a bound catch to deep right field.  The score now stood at 23-18 after 8 innings of play.

 

The spirit of competitive excitement having caught up with both teams engaged in this match led them to beginning the ninth and final innings despite have long since gone over their time restraints.  This led the anxious ballists, who had arrived for the next match to be played, to become unexpected cranks of the contest.  They would become slightly crankier as the steam engined Eclipse could not be slowed, as they coupled fair fouls, howitzers, and stolen bases to tally four more runs in the contest which brought the Elkton faithful to their feet.  The contest now tied at 23 all, Bay City would take to the plate and lose their first hand to a fine bound catch by the left fielder.  The next striker, Spare Parts Ringler, would make his way to first with ease having accepted three bad balls in succession from the Eclilpse hurler.  Another fine play from the Elkton catcher would kill Ringler at second as he attempted to steal the bag.  That left it up to Tiny Stedry who then promptly smashed the apple into the right field, and just beyond the Eclipse gardner who tried to nab it on the bound.  Stedry would then succeed where Ringler had failed, tearing up the Pennsylvania clay as he took his second evading the Elkton defenders.  The effort was for naught, though as the next hand would be killed on the bound by another fine play from the Eclipse left fields man.

 

That is where the match would end despite efforts by the Elkton club, fine hosts that they were, who tried to accommodate the Bay Citys in finishing the match at another location, as the next two clubs, Cleveland and Flemington looked to take the field.  Though the Independents appreciated the Eclipse enthusiasm time waits for no man, and many a gent who thought they would be finished in time was now late to check out from their boarding houses.  So, this match would end as it began.

 

Thus would come to a conclusion Bay Citys third endeavor to the East Coast in nine seasons of play.  Their collective efforts concluded with a record of 7 wins, 3 losses, and 2 ties.  Huzzah to Bay City, and a hearty huzzah to the Eclipse for their fine play, fine hosting, and their outstanding hospitality.

 

 

 

 

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Leaders

As of July 23, 2014

 

Hits


    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

Runs/Game


    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