8/5/2006

 WHITEWASH AT MIDWAY VILLAGE

  It was a great day for base ball. The Blue Stockings played three games Saturday at historic Midway Village Museum. In the first game the Blues faced the Midway Marauders of Rockford. There was some fine defensive play including a fantastic catch of a fly ball by Blues center fielder Moonlight Meyer, but the Marauders brought their hitting shoes, collecting 31 hits, including 5 doubles and 5 triples, enroute to a 17-4 victory. The game also featured "guest star" substitute running by kids from the audience.

In the second game of the day, the Blues took on the Milwaukee Cream Citys in a contest that was a lot closer than the score suggests. It was 2-0 until the sixth inning, when the Cream Citys broke through to put the game on ice. The final was Cream Citys 6, Blues 0. Highlights included double-plays by both teams.

 The day's finale was against the Creston Regulators. A barbershop quartet was on hand to sing the National Anthem before the game. The Blues' ace in the first inning was the only tally in the first six, and it looked like they would finally get their second win of the season. Then, in the bottom of the 7th (and last) inning, Adam "Ant" led off with a double. This was followed by three consecutive singles, and with no hands out, the Regulators pulled off the upset and won the game by a score of 2-1.

Midway Village also hosted a wedding Saturday. So, naturally, the ballists from both teams were asked to be in a picture with the bride and groom. Spider provided a bat for the bride to hold in the picture.

1st game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Marauders 3 3 7 0 0 1 3 17
Blue Stockings 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4
2nd game
Cream Citys 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 6
Blue Stockings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3rd game
Blue Stockings 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Regulators 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

Box scores Game1 Game2 Game3 Pictures