Base Ball in April

On a perfect spring day, the  Travellers of Brentwood did what they do best, they traveled.  this time to the Ramsey house in Knoxville to take on the fine gentlemen that call themselves the Emmett Machinists.  The 2 former Sulphur Dell champions under prior team names enjoyed a fine match full of great offense, great defense, and many smiles.

The field at Ramsey House today was governed by Appolo in the infield and Poseidon in the outfield.  The Travellers were able to field but nine this week, and those nine tended to be of the older variety . However, Ponce de Leon himself could not have found a more fitting fountain of youth than Ramsey House proved to be for these nine.  The Travellers’ willows were gifted with frozen ropes all day, but tallies were limited by the heroic play in that vast, moist garden of the Ramsey House, by the Machinists. Many a hit died in the outstretched arms of the Machinist outfielders, and likewise runs were somewhat difficult for the Machinists through much of the match due to equally courageous play in the field by your Travellers, highlighted by three double plays.

The Machinists clawed back to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning, but with heads held high, the Travellers were able to string together a few worm burners and took a two-run lead into the ninth-inning.  Our hurler, The Professor, easily secured two outs in the bottom of the ninth before that old familiar foe of the Travellers, nerves, created an epic ninth-inning come back by the Machinist. Apollo himself was blinding the infielders of the Travellers in that ninth-inning, dropping four consecutive pop-ups, allowing three machinist to tally before a merciful end to the inning.

But some on the Travellers overcame the crushing disappointment, and in the bottom of the ninth, a parade a frozen ropes led to four consecutive hits, securing a walk-off victory.

The Professor and Old School teamed up as hurlers in this match to limit the damage the Machinist could do with their talented bats. Flapjack, Splinter and Wood Chips turned in  fine performances as the double play combination of the day. Ginger, as always, served as the Grim Reaper behind the plate for those Machinists unlucky enough to foul an onion in her direction. Philly, Spartan, Tex and numerous others sprayed frozen ropes all over that illustrious garden at the Ramsey house on this beautifully fine day, and in the end all Machinists and Travellers agreed that we should order up the same weather for July and August.

April 8, 2017

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