1865 State of Michigan Base Ball Championship
The Kents took a slim nine ballists to Bay City’s Middleground Island Field this Saturday, one for the first time in Cameron Thompson. He played 3rd base in his Kent debut and hit well as the day went went on.
The first game of the day was played against our old friends from Greenfield Village, the La De Dahs, and did not go as planned. The opponents jumped out to a lead in the 1st inning with 6 talleys. Their lumber was burning after a tough defeat to the Saginaw Old Golds in their first match and they took their revenge on the Kent defenders, who struggled a bit at times. Offensively, there were a few opportunities with the sacks full of base runners, but the Kents were unable to tally the opporunities, with several hard strikes right at a defender.
The second game against the Old Golds was a replay of the first inning again, but the Kent batsmen came alive and answered their first inning rally with five aces in return. The defense got tighter for a few innings and the Kents trailed 8-6 in bottom of 5th, when the Old Golds came alive to put the game out of reach with 13 aces tallied over the next three innings of play. Saginaw hit the ball hard and played outstanding defense as a team, which eventually carried them to the tournament championship.
In the final consolation game, the Kents tallied 6 times in the first inning againt our new friends from Wyandotte, which was all they would need as steady defense held the Stars to five runs on the game while the Kents continued to strike the ball well throughout the lineup.