Carnton Plantation, Franklin – The village of Franklin sees a handful of days perfectly constructed for baseball. Today was one of them. The game started at 12:00 in cloudless 74-degree sunshine. A healthy, cool breeze blew south toward right field, lending distance to the wrongsiders in the lineups.
The Farriers took the day with a score of 12-3 and have begun the season at 2-0. The victories came early when Goob won the bat toss in his 2017 debut. Farriers defense was strong. The Distillers scored one run in the top of the 1st inning, but left three ducks on the pond.
The offense was the day’s story, however. The Farriers seized the lead in their half of the 1st, plating 3 runs and smashing 3 doubles in a row. A 7-run 6th inning cemented the win.
The game was not without its terror, however. Dustin “Dapper” Martin made the 3rd out of the 5th inning on a high fly ball to shortstop – despite no less than 2 bobbles. Unfortunately, the ball came down straight on his right pinkie finger, breaking the bone and skin. And immediately he was on-deck, no less. Blood was hastily wiped away and Toothpick applied a makeshift splint made from a bent spoon of an unknown, alien material. The splint didn’t slow Dapper down; he got single then and another 2 innings later. Dapper was awarded the game ball for his fortitude.
Today’s noontime game was the only scheduled game at Carnton.
- Final Score – 12-3
- Total At Bats – 46
- Hits – 25
- Batting Avg. – .543
- Extra Base Hits – 9
- Slugging Percentage – .783
- 4 batters with 3 or more hits
- 9 batters with 2 or more hits
Outstanding offensive performances by:
- Hambone – 4 for 4 with a double, 2 triples, 3 runs and 2 RBI
- 4 Leaf – 4 for 4 with 1 run
- Moose – 3 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI
- Dapper – 3 for 3 with a broken pinkie
Carnton Plantation, Franklin – It was a long time coming. The Franklin Farriers beat the visiting Phoenix of East Nashville 8-10 in the inaugural contest of the 2017 season. In the league’s 5 seasons, it was the 4th time the Farriers have won on opening day.
After a shaky 1st inning where the Phoenix plated 5 runs, the Farriers answered with 4 of their own. In true Farriers-Phoenix fashion, the game was kept close with a few lead changes before the Farriers took the lead for good with a 4-run 4th inning, their 2nd 4-run frame of the game.
The Farriers scored 10 runs on 29 hits in only 44 at-bats – a .644 team batting average. All 14 ballists got a hit, with 6 extra-base hits. Nine different ballists scored.
Loose Cap, 1863
Jimmy “Loose Cap” Bloss is missing.
It is my deepest sorrow to relay that Loose Cap has not been heard from ever since he telegraphed his decision to leave the Franklin Farriers Base Ball Club. Jimmy was a charter member when the club formed in 18__. He was a muckle on the field and a gentleman off. His consistent prowess with the bat and his recruitment of his two sons led to the Farriers’ nickname “The Bloss Bombers.”
Loose Cap, 1864
His emotional message affirmed the difficulty and fortitude it took to announce his decision. Though his stated reason was to focus on family, this reporter has learned that Jimmy had been approached by Allan Pinkerton himself to direct the intrepid detective firm’s Morgantown, West Virginia, office. Such an honor is no surprise given Jimmy’s heroics as a double agent for the _______ side in the early stages of this nation’s recent civil war.
We wish the best of luck to Jimmy Bloss, wherever his cap lands.
A new Bloss has joined the Farriers family! Welcome to the world Baby Jude, grandson of Loose Cap, son of Grizzly, and nephew of Baby Bear. No word yet on how tight his cap fits. Congratulations, Tanner!
Ramsey House, Knoxville – It’s the way the Farriers’ luck has been all season long.
Not even a 2-run HOME RUN in the bottom of the 9th inning by Buttermilk could garner a win.
Not even a SEVEN-RUN 1st inning off EIGHT HITS including THREE DOUBLES could propel the Farriers to a win.
The Farriers remain winless in 2016.
This time it wasn’t for lack for offense. Add Moose’s and Aggie’s 5 hits each to the aforementioned heroics The two ballists also shined on defense in brand-new positions no less – Moose in center field and Aggie at 3rd base. Buttermilk and Mama’s Boy each had 4 hits, and Buttermilk’s home run capped a 5-RBI game for the Bearded One.
Credit the Holstons with a hard-fought game with timely hits. Their refusal to give up earned them this win for sure. They especially excelled in the last 4 innings. The Farriers’ scoring 15 runs is a feat. The Holstons’ scoring 19 – despite being down 7-0 before their first at-bat – is quite another.
CLICK HERE for a moving tintype of Buttermilk’s 4-sacker. Thank you, Doc Hardy!
Mansker’s Station, Goodlettsville – Once again, the team that won the bat toss won the game. The Phoenix of East Nashville and the Franklin Farriers are so evenly matched that the last 3 games were each decided by one run. Today, the winning team was the Phoenix, who chose to be the home team after coming out on top of the opening bat toss, and then ending on top in a dominant bottom of the 9th inning.
But what a game it was! Franklin had a pair of rally killers behind home plate as Tomahawk MacDonald and Hooligan Boyle collected 7 unassisted foul-tip put-outs.
The Farriers began fantastically, notching 5 runs in the 1st inning, 1 in the 3rd, and 3 runs each in the 4th and 5th. The Phoenix answered in the 1st with 4 runs, 5 in the 3rd, and 3 in the 5th. No one from either team crossed the plate in the 6-8th innings.
The score was 12-12 going into the 9th. Toothpick smashed a 1-out triple, only to be controversially thrown out at 3rd during the next play. But the Phoenix were relentless. A few well-placed hits, including a high fly to shallow right that Four Leaf was unable to corral, was all that was needed. The Farriers look forward to the next time we meet the Phoenix – hopefully in the Sulfur Dell Tournament. We’ll be ready to win that bat toss.
But it wasn’t to play baseball. No one on the team remembers why we went there.
Nashville – Two 0-3 teams met today. Unfortunately it was the Farriers that left the field 0-4. But not for lack of good play.
The Farriers got on the board after the first 2 batters of the game, and kept at it throughout, posting runs in most innings. Offense was superb, especially Dinger’s long 2-RBI single that could’ve gone foul per Bicentennial Mall’s ground rules, but instead hit the bottom of the right field wall They even tied it up in a 4-run 7th inning, but it was not to last. The Phoenix of East Nashville beat the Franklin Farriers 9-10.
The game started on a beautiful note. The 2 bat boys participated in the bat toss – Cricket vs. the Phoenix youngster using Skim Milk’s small bat. Then two esteemed gentlemen threw out the first pitches. First, Guy Andress, Marine Corps Veteran 1952-54 and Greg Andress’ father, lobbed one to the plate. Then State Senator Jeff Yarbro showed his stuff dressed all in white.
Lonely Planet was on-site interviewing Trapper and getting footage of the players and the game for a pilot they hope to air soon.
In the spirit of true camaraderie, each Farrier introduced himself to the crowd as “Meatball” Morgan to recognize our esteemed pitcher on his 40th birthday. All but one: Tim wryly introduced himself last as “Birthday Boy.”
Meatballs for “Birthday Boy” Morgan
And what better way to spend one’s birthday than a noontime game in perfect, sunny, 65-degree weather? What better way than by winning the bat toss? What better way than getting to stand on second base?
A “better way” would’ve been a win, but the Farriers can be proud of having played a hard-fought game against the undefeated and Sulphur Dell Cup–defending Travellers of Brentwood. Without the dreaded “Farriers inning” – this time the Travellers’ five-run 1st – this would’ve been a much closer game. As it was, the final score was 16-8.
The Farriers still found reason to celebrate afterward, feting Meatball with a new confection sweeping the South: pizza at the local parlor.
Brentwood – The game started with a 1-2-3 top half followed by a 4-run Farriers bottom half.
It ended with a 1-2-3 top half followed by a 3-run Farriers bottom half.
Neither was enough to earn a victory as the Franklin Farriers fell to the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga 12-11.
The grounds of Ravenswood Mansion saw two fantastic vintage ballgames to inaugurate Brentwood to vintage base ball. The first was an offensive slugfest where the hometown Travellers beat the Stewart’s Creek Scouts 29-24. That game, among the longest ever played in TAOVBB history, forced the Lightfoot-Farriers game to start 30 minutes late. That left no time for batting practice, but that didn’t stop either team from bringing their bats.
Both sides did well offensively and defensively and were very evenly matched. Some Farriers highlights: To lead off the 4th inning, Toothpick legged a triple on a fly ball into the right-center gap. Hooligan hit a 2-RBI single the following inning. Four Leaf got his first 3 hits of the season – and rang the bell twice – but a baserunning miscue prevented him from completing the hat trick.
© Ryan Gibson Photography 2014
But the star of the Farriers had to be Slick Stillings. In his first at-bat, he knocked an RBI double. On defense, he shined. In a right field where any passed ball rolls away downhill, Slick let nothing get by him, making no less than 2 run-saving catches that saw him tumbling in the grass.
Loose Cap remained on the DL but showed up to support the team. We could’ve used him. The Farriers great day was marred by the dreaded “Farriers inning.” This time it was the 8th inning, where the Lightfoot plated 7 runs to take the lead and keep it for good. An exciting rally in the bottom of the 9th saw 3 runs score and put the tying run on 2nd, but just fell short.
On a day that memorialized the passing of crowned Prince Rogers Nelson of Minneapolis, nicknames were changed for Trapper “Little Red Corvette” Haskins and Keith “Purple Rain” Paul.