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.
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.