Swingin’ into White Pine
The Kent Base Ball Club made the short journey up the Lake Michigan coast yesterday to participate in the White Pine Village tournament at the invitation of the host, Ludington Mariners. The first match against the host nine took place under overcast skies, and for the first time in 18 years, without radio coverage.
Both squads tallied aces in their first strikes, but the Kents held steady on the defense and continued to tally aces throughout the match, eventually posting a 10-2 victory to move into the title match against the winner of the following contest between the defending champion, Fallasburg Cubs, and the Petoskey Mossbacks. Several Kents played very well, as Justin “Big Dutch” Buiter paced the offense with several long strikes, Charles “Wedded” Bliss made his season debut, and several new ballists, Mark “Ricky” Mersman, Eric “EZ” Albertson and Dan “Private” Ryan acquitted themselves well in their inaugural efforts. The only negative in the opening match was the loss of centerfield scout David “Tally Express” Turner to a leg injury near the end of the game.
After a mid-day break, the Kents faced the Fallasburg Cubs in the Championship match. Unfortunately, the lumber took a bit longer to warm up as they trailed throughout a close contest, ultimate falling by a score of 6-4 in the 9 inning match. The Cubs played very well defensively and were able to clear the bases on a bases loaded long strike in the 4th which proved to be the difference in the contest. Dave “Pennsylvania Dutch” Ringler chased home two Kents with two 2-base strikes and tallied two more aces himself to pace the Kent attack.
The Kents next match will be early August in Sydney.