Ramsey House, Knoxville – Knoxville is known for its hospitality and sportsmanship. Sunday didn’t disappoint as the Emmett Machinists and the Ramsey House welcomed the Farriers with hot dogs, soda water and fried potato “chips”.
The game was a well-played and friendly affair. Despite winning the bat toss, the Machinists elected to hit first and let the Farriers hit in the bottom of the inning. “Mamma’s Boy” Haskins put up career numbers with 2 doubles, 3 runs, and an RBI off 3 hits. The Farriers fielded a squad of 11 ballists.
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
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.
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!
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.
Franklin – For the first time in history, the Franklin Farriers lost an opening game. The fourth season of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball got underway this weekend, capped by a 2:30 meeting of the Farriers and their friendly rivals, the Stewart’s Creek Scouts.
The Scouts took full advantage of the blustery winds blowing toward the outfield, plating 8 runs in the 1st inning. The Farriers got on the board early but could not overcome the Scouts’ adept defense. The final tally was an excruciating 22-4.
Loose Cap during happier times
A scare occurred in the 6th inning as Jimmy “Loose Cap” Bloss pulled his hamstring bolting to 1st base. He came up short, hobbling, and had to be helped off the field by a pair of teammates. Ice packs were donated by concerned cranks. Jimmy sat out the rest of the game. Fortunately, he felt or heard no “pop” and he was eventually able to limp around. He expects to miss next game to ensure his leg can serve him the rest of the season.
“The worst part,” Jimmy was heard to say, “is that I was going to beat the throw.”
Smyrna – Conditions were perfect for the second game of the inaugural Sam Davis Cup: 60-degree weather, blue skies, freshly mown grass. After a cordial welcome by tournament organizer “Uncle Jessie” Brewer, the Farriers won the bat toss and took the field against the visiting Huntsville (Ala.) Red Caps.
The Red Caps (only 75% of whom wore caps) jumped to an early lead, but the Farriers kept it within 2 after two innings. However, despite an epic rundown, Buttermilk’s lightning-fast 5-3 putout, and Sawbones’ unassisted double play at third, the Red Caps continued adding runs to the board while preventing Franklin from touching the plate. The Farriers had some good hits and had the bases loaded in the ninth, but the Red Caps’ defense was swift and practiced. Final score: 14-2.
The Red Caps then went on to best the Stewart’s Creek Scouts and earn the Sam Davis Cup trophy. These exhibition games, held at the Sam Davis Home, are not officially part of the season. Farriers captain Moose Berrell stated that this was good practice for our first game, which will be played next Sunday, April 10th, against our friendly rivals, the Scouts. It is secretly hoped the Scouts’ loss has hampered their will to win. Although that’s doubtful. The Farriers’ own loss has made them hungry and eager to taste victory.