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.