August 21, 2016
Bluegrass Barons @ Eastwood Iron Horses
Game 1 (1860): Barons: 9, Iron Horses: 10
Game 2 (1869): Barons 25, Iron Horses: 2
In our final home match of our inaugural season, The Eastwood Iron Hoses welcomed the Bluegrass Barons hailing from Lexington, KY to the Rail Yard. The day could not have been more perfect for Vintage Base Ball as the temperature was in the upper 70s, a light breeze was blowing, and not a cloud in the sky could be seen. The new field configuration at The Rail Yard was set up for two first year squads to square off in two 7-inning games, the first played by the rules of 1860 followed by a match played with the fly rule of 1869.
In the first game, a see-saw back and forth battle ensued with the Barons jumping out to an early lead tallying an ace backed up by fine defense in the first to keep the Iron Horses in the round house. The Iron Horses struck back in the second showing fine defense and striking of their own to nudge ahead 3-1. The Barons did not back down however, and tallied 3 aces in the 3rd, only to see the Iron Horses steam back and tie up the contest again in the bottom of the inning then go on to tally 2 more in the 4th while holding the Barons scoreless. In the 5th inning, the Barons showed off the lumber, producing 5 tallies in their half of the inning while the Iron Horses could only manage 1, giving the Barons a 9-7 advantage heading into the final 2 innings of play. At that point, the Iron Horse defense made some remarkable plays and kept the Barons from tallying any more aces, and were able to eek out a victory in the final half of the 7th by plating the winning run.
After a short break, some excellent grub, and chatting amongst the teams and making new friends, the second game got underway. To put this very simply, the Barons did not want to go home without a win. They came out of the gates hard, tallying 11 aces in the first inning. They continued to pound the lemon peel all over The Rail Yard for 7 straight innings while the Iron Horses, apparently overcome with a food coma, forgot how to hit. When the Iron Horses did manage to strike, the Barons defense made short work of base runners and only allowed 2 tallies over the entire 7 innings of play. It was a well earned victory for the gents from Lexington who tallied a total of 25 aces in the second match, easily heading home with the victory in game 2.
The Iron Horses will be traveling to Lexington in September to visit the Barons at their home field, and we are looking forward to a fine re-match!
Huzzah to the Barons !