Area vintage baseball teams win both games on Saturday
With every bit of nine innings needed to tilt the score in Roxbury’s favor, the home club fought back from a game-long deficit to beat the Westfield Wheelman 26-24 in Saturday’s game in Kirkside Park. In one of the most intensely contested games of their Vintage careers, the hometown boys persevered. Although the Nine rendered the Wheelmen scoreless for three innings, the Westfield Club was tenacious about opening the gate for Roxbury to scratch their way to the lead. The Nine however, managed to build their offense one hit at a time and in the bottom of the eighth inning were up by two runs—not the “comfortable zone” to which the Nine is accustomed.
The Nine forged forward into the top of the ninth and silenced the Wheelmen by retiring the side for a win over their Massachusetts foes.
A beautifully manicured field provided the stage for this inning-by-inning duel between the New England Vintage Base Ball world champs and Roxbury’s five-time Keator Cup champs. Allen Keator and Ryan and Greg Funck divied up the innings on the pitching rubber and Matt Hubbard had a stellar performance behind the plate. Andy Walker boosted the Nine’s chances with three hits and scoring four times as did Mike Hynes by nearly hitting the cycle with a single, double and triple, crossing the plate four times and boasting four RBIs. Brothers Matt and Shane Hubbard, added to the fray with a combined total of seven hits and scoring nine runs.
MAC takes two
Meanwhile, on the other side of the hill, the Mountain Athletic Club of Fleischmanns faced off with the Elizabeth Athletic Club in a summer doubleheader. Fleischmanns also came back from a 10-run deficit in game one and handed Elizabeth the loss with a final score of 26-18. Jesse Voeks crossed the plate five times and tallied five RBIs. Gerrod Hubbell also saw home plate four times and Adam Hendricks placed four RBIs in the MAC’s book.
Game two ended in a 16-11 victory for the MAC with Chris Cole claiming two doubles and Justin Lor adding four RBIs to the MAC’s stats. Game two ended with a spectacular double play with Elizabeth placing two men in scoring position with one out. A ground ball to the shortstop who made the play to Lucas Bouton at first and Bouton fired the ball home to nail the runner at the plate for the game-ending double play.
The Roxbury Nine and the Mountain Athletic Club will face off at Damaski Field in Oneonta on July 4. For more information Contact Peg Ellsworth 607 326-3722.
For more information about the Mountain Athletic Club go to mountainathleticclub.com.