This was the first time that either the Gotham or Neshanock clubs had played at this location. A small group of local spectators had assembled and a local group of ballists were displaced by the game upcoming. The Neshanock to this point had been undefeated this season. Their veteran hurler was fresh off the unable to play list after surgery. On the Gotham side, it was Scratch, the long time catcher who made the cameo appearance for the matchup. Three local muffins were taken on to round out the teams and hot dogs were the food of the day. A local street cart was provided as a courtesy of the business community, game on!
Gotham distributed hits throughout the first match but it was Scratch with a three base hit, a two-base hit and four aces tallied who led the team to a victory. Big Dan and Zimm also went a combined 7 for 10 at the top of the order. Solid defense by Axel and Big Dan on the left side of the diamond and a string of foul tips to Scratch kept the Neshanock from challenging the Manhattan team.
Although Flemington put runners on the bases in both games, few were able to cross home and tally aces. It was the young Gotham centerfielder, Cricket who made several athletic catches and in the second match as it was the veteran, Collector with his sure hands catching balls on the fly who ended several frames with runners in motion to score. Each strike to left field the Neshanock manager could be heard spouted “no don’t hit it to him!”
Prior to the game, it was determined that the Goffle Brook itself could be a possible factor in the game. If a long fly ball were to be struck to right field, it was speculated that it could bound, roll and then drop into the water of the brook. In case of this unlikely event, the ground rules were set that if it were to happen that it be ruled a double and both managers agreed.
What was not anticipated was that in the sixth frame, Big Dan of the Gothams might launch a ball so mighty that it reached the water on the fly. It was after a brief consult between the two smiling and head bobbing managers, Brooklyn and Bugs, to discuss the oversight they agreed it must be ruled a four-base hit where it was in excess of the ground rules. The ball was estimated to have traveled over 360 feet to the water but did not make it across to the other bank. Maybe next time Dan!
By the way, many thanks to those who attended. I did get a chance to speak with Tumbles who hit the ground in the second match with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. Good news is he’s up and playing once more. See you all at the next game, Huzzah!
Game 1 – Final tally: Gothams 14, Neshanock 5
Cricket LF, 2-6, 2 SB, 2a, 4o
Zimm CF, 4-5, 2 SB, 3a, 2o
Scratch C, 5-5, 4 SB, 2B, 3B, 4a
Big Dan SS, 3-5, 3 SB, 1a, 2o
Bugs P, 3-5, 2 SB, 1a 2o
Stryker 2B, 3-5, 3 SB, 1a, 2o
Hanky 1B, 1-5, 2 SB, 1a, 4o
John RF, 1-5, 2 SB, 1a, 4o
Collector LF, 1-2, 2o
Sleepy 1B, 1-2, 2 SB, 1a, 1o
Game 2 – Final tally: Gothams 10, Neshanock 5
Collector LF, 3-4, 4 SB, 3B, 3a, 1o
Zimm RF, 3-4, 2 SB, 2B, 2a, 1o
Sleepy 1B, 2-4, 2 SB, 2B, 2a, 1o
Scratch C, 2-4, SB, BB, 1a, 2o
Big Dan SS 3-4, 4B, 3B, 2B, 1a, 1o
Bugs P, 3-4, 3sb, 1a, 1o
Stryker 2B, 1-4, 2B, 3o
Hanky 1B, 0-4, 4o
Cricket CF, 1-3, SB, BB, 1a, 2o