On opening day for the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball 2016 campaign,The Emmett Machinists of Knoxville wielded some accurate willows against a strong Phoenix of East Nashville club.
Playing their first home match of the season at Historic Ramsey House, the Machinists pounded out 31 hits en route to a 15 to 7 victory over their East Nashville counterparts. Mongo led the charge with 4 hits including a double. Colonel, Masher, Baby Bird and Doc each tallied 2 aces.
The Machinists would like to thank Phoenix for making the journey across the plateau and for being fine gentlemen and outstanding ballists. We also wish Phoenix captain Snookie Roy a speedy recovery on his injury.
The Emmett Machinists of Knoxville have issued a match challenge to the Nashville Maroons. The proposal has been agreed upon by Maroon captains Peach and Schoolboy. The game will be played at Historic Ramsey House on the 23rd of April at 2:30 local time.
It was a beautiful day for the start of the vintage base ball season. The sun was high and bright with clear skies, giving promise of warm days ahead. There was still a bite in the cool spring air with a game time temperature of 52 degrees.
MountainCityVBBC won the bat toss and took their defensive positions. The big willows of the Holstons showed up in the first inning and tallied two aces. MC then took to the dish and somehow managed to score 5 aces in the bottom of the first. Both teams showed some rust and first match jitters.
The remainder of the match was a defensive battle. For the Holstons, Sampson covered center and left field with ease and Cannonball was a blockade at the 3rd sack. Sour Mash and Sampson hit the onion well and put runners in scoring position several times. They had one ace in the 2nd inning, however the Holstons would cease to tally another ace the rest of the match
For MC, Taco in left field, Sweet Feet in center, and Mighty Bandit at short stop continuously made great defensive plays. Including a beautiful 6/3 double play by Bandit and Cowbell. At the dish, Taco, Bandit, Pepper and Sweet Feet all had a great showing. MC was able to slip in a few more aces later in the match for a final score of 11-3 in favor of the Mountain City club. Taco was awarded the game ball.
In their debut performance yesterday, the travel team of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball, the Hog and Hominy Picked Nine took two of four games at the Queen City Invitational in Cincinnati.
The H&H took two six inning games in quick succession from the host teams, Red Stockings of Cincinnati and the Buckeye Club of Cincinnati playing using the rules of 1865. The H&H then fell short against the Champion Hilltoppers and the Wyandotte Stars.
The H&H will next take the field against the Elkton Eclipse in a series of base ball matches commencing Saturday June 27th. The first matches will be played at the lawn of President Jackson’s home at the Hermitage, followed on June 28th with matches at the Bicentennial Capitol State Park in Nashville.
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Today we have announced our 2015 schedule of play for the 2015 season. We will conduct 64 matches at 8 sites over the course of the summer, opening April 4, 2015 at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Today the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball announced the naming of Captains for the two expansion clubs that will begin play in 2015.
For the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga, Sean “Mac” McNally was appointed.
For the Mountain City club, Justin “Wings” Angel will lead the way.
The Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball announced this week the schedule for the 2015 VBBA conference to be held in Franklin, Tenn. March 27-29, 2015. More information about how to register and attend can be found here.