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.