Heritage Festival Base Ball

Here are the results and some highlights of the 5th annual base ball tournament at Heritage Village, played under the rules of 1860.

Game 1: Stars Base Ball Club 6, Fallasburg Cubs 5
The first contest of the day looked as if it would be a high-scoring affair, with the Cubs holding a 5-2 lead at the end of the first inning. The Cubs, however, were unable to tally any more aces as the Stars chipped away at the lead with single tallies in the second and third innings. In a good defensive contest, the score remained 5-4 in favor of the Cubs through the top of the last frame. The Stars came through in the bottom of the last inning with one-out singles by Steve “Omar” Spry (his third of the game) and Jason “Woody” Woodard to put two men on. Rookie Caleb Short stepped to the dish and struck a long bases-clearing double to plate the tying and winning aces for the Stars. Tallying aces for the Stars were Chris “Gravy” Graviano, Andy “Bullseye” Woodard (2), Omar Spry, Woody Woodard, and Pat “Old Grizzlebeard” Spry.

Game 2: Cubs 12, Kent Base Ball Club 11
In another barn-burner, the Cubs took a page out of the Stars’ book and won in their final at-bat, although in even more dramatic fashion. The Cubs led 2-0 after the first inning and 3-0 after two, but the Kents rallied with six aces in the third and one in the fourth, giving them a lead of 7-3. The Cubs crept back to within 8-6 before the Kents rang the bell three times in the top of the final inning to take an 11-6 lead. The Cubs had only one more chance and they came through. Six consecutive base hits and a tally made on the first out suddenly had the Cubs within one. Stepping to the plate was the wily veteran of the Cubs known to everyone as Bandit. And it was Bandit who took the victory from the Kents and claimed it for his Fallasburg mates. His double pushed in the two aces which left the Cubs on top by a 12-11 count. Hitting well for the Kents were Tally Express Turner and Adam “Foul Tick Too” Kochanski, who each struck safely three times in three trips to the dish. For the Cubs, Tick and Baggy Pants had four base hits apiece.

Game 3: Kents 9, Stars 7
In the final of three closely-contested matches, the Kents made sure each team finished with a 1-1 record for the day with a win over the host Stars. The Kents led 2-1 after one frame, but a home run to deep center by the Stars’ Chris “Hammer” Edmonds tied it up in the second. The Kents tallied three in the third, but the Stars pulled within 5-4 in the 5th inning. The Kent ballers would score four times in the 5th to take a commanding lead, but the Stars kicked up their heels by answering with three in the bottom of the last inning to make the final tally Kents 9, Stars 7. Tally Express Turner lived up to his name by crossing the plate three times in this contest, and Wade Hillen and Lance Brewer would score twice apiece. Tiny Taylor of the Stars led his club with two base hits, and Gravy Graviano had a remarkable catch in left field.

The weather was terrific, although windy as the day went on. The games were followed by a meal and the skills competitions. Winners were:
Throwing: Hammy Fales of the Cubs.
Running: Bullseye Woodard of the Stars, with special recognition to Kelly Patmore of the Kents who had to run twice.
Hitting: the Cubs’ Two Wheeler.