A day which had seen its share of dark clouds and rain in the first game, broke into sunshine and cotton clouds for the second as the gentlemen of the Mountain City Vintage Base Ball Club welcomed the fine ballists of the Franklin Farriers to the Polo Grounds in Ft. Oglethorpe Saturday.
Substituting as Captain in the absence of their leader Wings, Mighty Bandit got the host club on the board first with a two run single through the left side. It was but an opening salvo in what turned out to be a long day for the Farriers, with the Mountain City club claiming a decisive 23-0 victory. Led by great defense, all hands on the club contributed to posting their second shutout of the young season to move to a record of 5 victories against 0 defeats. Mountain City has allowed a stingy total of only 8 aces on the season so far.
At the dish, the Mountain City men were led by; Sweet Feet with 6 aces knocked in, and Britches and Obee getting 7 and 6 hits respectively in the same number of chances at the bat. The club also posted back to back innings of 6 aces tallied, turning the match into a rout. Assisting Mighty Bandit with the captain’s duties in Wings’ absence, Taco asked to award the game ball and shared it between Bandit and Sweet in honor of their father/grandfather who passed the week before. Bandit and Sweet would also like to share the honor with Wings, who lost his grandfather earlier in the week.
Andrew “Mighty Bandit” Bewley, Co-Captain and Short Scout for Wings
It was a beautiful day for base ball with the skyline and back drop of the Capitol city looming overhead. Bicentennial Park was filled with cranks who cheered their teams in the heat of the day. Many new spectators fell in love with our brand of base ball after watching a great match.
The game started out with both teams sizing each other up and trying to figure out how to tally some aces. Mountain City won the bat toss and elected to be home club. Phoenix was held scoreless and the willows of MC began to warm up. MC scored 3 aces in the 1st and 2 aces in the second. MC squeaked 3 more aces in during the 5th. The score was 8-0 MC in the bottom of the 5th.
It was the 6th inning that allowed MC to gain a sizable lead against the fine gents of Phoenix. Mountain City pounded the onion and rang the bell 10 times in the 6th, putting the score at 18-0. MC would not touch the dish again the rest of the match, however Phoenix scored 2 aces in the 8th after some beautiful strikes into the trees of right center. The final score was 18-2.
Offensively for Mountain City, Shiner and Cowbell led the way going 4-4! Taco was 3-3, and Sweet Feet and Britches went 3-5 and 3-4 respectively. The MC defense was the real story. In two combined matches, 18 innings played, the MC defense has caused 15 scoreless innings by its opponents. Of those 15 shut out innings, 14 were consecutive. The MC defense has allowed a total of 5 aces in two games, while putting up 29 aces at the dish. Britches got the game ball for great striking, base running, and fielding amongst the trees in right field.
It was a beautiful day for the start of the vintage base ball season. The sun was high and bright with clear skies, giving promise of warm days ahead. There was still a bite in the cool spring air with a game time temperature of 52 degrees.
MountainCityVBBC won the bat toss and took their defensive positions. The big willows of the Holstons showed up in the first inning and tallied two aces. MC then took to the dish and somehow managed to score 5 aces in the bottom of the first. Both teams showed some rust and first match jitters.
The remainder of the match was a defensive battle. For the Holstons, Sampson covered center and left field with ease and Cannonball was a blockade at the 3rd sack. Sour Mash and Sampson hit the onion well and put runners in scoring position several times. They had one ace in the 2nd inning, however the Holstons would cease to tally another ace the rest of the match
For MC, Taco in left field, Sweet Feet in center, and Mighty Bandit at short stop continuously made great defensive plays. Including a beautiful 6/3 double play by Bandit and Cowbell. At the dish, Taco, Bandit, Pepper and Sweet Feet all had a great showing. MC was able to slip in a few more aces later in the match for a final score of 11-3 in favor of the Mountain City club. Taco was awarded the game ball.
Wings, Captain and 3rd sacker