Sam Davis Home, Smyrna – It’s the top of the 9th inning. The Farriers’ slim lead of 3-1 is threatened as the Quicksteps come up to bat. The Spring Hill squad is down to their last 3 outs. And then – single, single, single. Suddenly the bases are loaded with no outs. The winning run is on 1st.
Slick hurls the pitch. A sharp, low liner to shortstop. Moose fields it cleanly after one bounce, then underhands it to Hambone at 2nd sack, who tags the runner. Double play! However, 1 run scores and the tying run is now 90 feet away.
The field is quiet. The Farriers and their fans are on tenterhooks. Slick delivers his pitch, and smack! A hard-hit, low fly ball to shallow center. Buckeye is on his horse, running forward, and snags the ball on the bound. The game is over! The Farriers win 3-2!
The Farriers will take a win any way they could get it. This match was a defensive gem for both sides. Franklin sent 29 men to the plate and got only 7 hits. Only Greg “Hustler” Andress had multiple hits, earning him the game ball. But the catches and throws were there, and limiting a team to 2 runs or less has only been done 2 other times in the 29 games so far for the league.
The Farriers will meet the Quicksteps in Spring Hill again in a month. Come on out to Rippavilla Plantation on June 18 to see what’s sure to be another great game.
Carnton Plantation, Franklin – Ladies and Gentlemen, this is what base ball is about. Two undefeated teams, ranked 1st and 2nd in the league, faced off in a beauty of a match. It was a well-played and hard-fought game, but the visiting Knoxville squad owned the day and beat your home team 10-6. The Holstons remain undefeated.
The Farriers can be proud of the fact that they scored as many runs as they did against the Holston’s stellar defense, while also limiting their opponents to 10 runs. The Holstons struck fast with a run in the 1st and 5 runs in the 2nd. The Farriers scored all their runs in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings.
Greg “Sparky” Andress, trying on a new nickname, broke out of his slump by hitting half of the Farriers runs batted in, going 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI. We haven’t heard the last of Sparky. The Farriers went through their lineup 3 times and each Farrier had 3 at-bats.
The noon-time game was the first of a double header. The Cumberlanders lost to the Travellers in the afternoon match.
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.