Scouts win second Sulphur Dell Cup

As the Association’s clubs descended on Rippavilla plantation last September, it was with a sense of accomplishment at the conclusion of another fine season.  The Mountain City and Phoenix clubs had set the pace, each making short work of the opposition and battling between themselves to secure the league’s top spot.  Other sides—notably the Scouts, Distillers, Lightfoot, and Holston nines, also waged successful campaigns and entered the season’s final weekend hopeful to challenge the two front-running behemoths.

After a spirited first day of action, four teams remained in contention for the Sulphur Dell Cup:  the Distillers of the Highland Rim squared off against the regular season champion Mountain City side, while the Phoenix of East Nashville took on the Stones River Scouts.  The former context was well-played and spirited, with the Chattanoogans emerging triumphant by a narrow 5-3 margin.  On the other flank, the Scouts struck early and often, and every onion struck out across the furrowed pitch seemed to bounce just their way.  By the time the heavens opened up in the games middle frames, the denizens of Murfreesboro had secured the contest, eventually winning by a 21-8 margin.

Thus was the stage set for yet another installment in the storied Scouts-Mountain City rivalry, this one with the coveted Cup on the line.  Striking their onions powerfully in the contest’s early frames, the Chattanoogans seemed primed to capture the contest.  However, the Scouts rallied in the middle frames, aided by a series of timely strikes to take the lead and some acrobatic play afield.  The Stones River bunch put the contest out of reach with a trio of tallies in their eighth inning, moving to a 15-10 margin that stood as the contest’s final result.  Realizing that their improbable good fortune shaped events that went their way, the Scouts once again raised the Cup in triumph.    

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