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Saturday May 18th – LeCrescent
St. Croix’s Defeat Afton in first match of the season
The St. Croix Base Ball Club defeated the Afton Red Socks at Pettit Park in Lake St. Croix Beach, Minnesota on Sunday May 19th by the score of 21 to 6.
The day was overcast and threatening rain. The two captains of the club met with the umpire for the day, Mr. T. Simonet, who had the St. Croix’s call the flip of the coin. With the win, the St. Croix captain allowed the Afton Club to strike first and the St. Croix’s took the field.
The Afton hitters took advantage of batting first and hit some long flys and daisy cutters to tally four times before three hands were down. The St. Croix’s had their turn in their first inning and with a mighty swing by Mr. Sjogren, the St. Croix’s had tied the match at four each.
The next inning each team failed to tally an ace. In the third inning the St. Croix’s managed two aces to take the lead six to four. Again no aces were tallied in the fourth inning and the St. Croix’s batted well in their fifth for four more aces to make the score ten to four.
In their sixth, the Red Socks tallied twice but not without a challenge by the St. Croix Captain. The second ace scored by the Afton Club was a close play at home base with the St. Croix behind, Mr. C. Nelson, arguing that he had tagged out Mr. R. Hanson of the Afton club. After some arguing between the umpire and the St. Croix captain, a young daguerreotypist in the crowd produced an image that showed the Afton player safe.
In the seventh inning the St. Croix batters produced eight aces with strong hitting and ginger around the bases. The next inning the St. Croix’s tallied another three aces to end the scoring of the match.
Although the score shows a clear victory for the St. Croix’s there is no one on that club that would claim an overwhelming victory against the tough Afton Club. There were some miscues and well placed hits that helped the St. Croix’s to this victory and look forward to another competitive match against the most gentlemanly club, the Afton Red Socks.
St. Croix’s played steady ball in Barron County
The Saint Croix Base Ball Club travel to the far reaches of Barron County in the state of Wisconsin to cross bats with other clubs from the rural areas of that state. Although the field was finely dressed, the weather caused it to be a bit slick and the cranks were few.
The first day of the matches pitted the St. Croix’s against a relatively new club called the Rum River Rovers from the state of Minnesota. The St. Croix’s struck first and had some fine long flys and well placed daisycutters that confused the Rovers. The St. Croix’s finished their first with eight aces crossing the home plate. The Rovers, who are a young, strong hitting club, scored six of their own and at the end of the first inning the St. Croix’s were ahead by the score of eight to six. The St. Croix’s tallied one in their second and another in their fourth having a total of ten aces at the end of the match. The Rovers scored a number of times but came to bat in their half of the fifth and scored nine aces to defeat the St. Croix’s by the score of 19 to 10.
The second and final match of the first day, the St. Croix’s crossed bats with the Menominee Blue Caps of Wisconsin. The St. Croix’s again tallied aces in their first inning, this time only three. In the fourth inning, the St. Croix’s pitcher, Mr. Tholkes, hit a strong daisycutter which was mishandled and allowed Mr. Tholkes to travel the entire bases tallying an ace for the St. Croix’s. In the fourth inning the Blue Caps tallied four times to take the lead in the match seven to four. The St. Croix’s then tallied six aces in the next two innings and one in the final inning to finish with 17 aces to the Blue Caps seven.
The second day of matches found the St. Croix’s short on players. The St. Croix’s took the field with only seven players and one player from the other club, the Milwaukee Cream Citys. Although at a significant disadvantage in the field the St. Croix’s struck first and tallied three aces. The Cream Citys, with a full contingent of players, also tallied three in their first inning. The St. Croix’s continued to fight and tallied another two aces in their second while the Cream Citys tallied five times after hitting the sphere where there were no St. Croix’s. After four innings of play the score stood nine to six in favor of the Cream Citys but the St. Croix’s tallied twice in their fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at ten aces apiece. The Cream Citys in their half of the sixth pushed across an ace to give them the match, winning 11 to 10.
Even though the St. Croix’s came to Barron County with less than nine players, it was a good showing of base ball and the most gentlemanly participants the club has encountered this season. The St. Croix’s were happy to be playing with an old member of the club, Mr. Hammer, who played wonderfully in the field and also tallied several aces for his club.
A grand time was had by all and the St. Croix’s look forward to playing again next year at the Pioneer Village in Cameron, Wisconsin.
St. Croix’s Drop Two in Columbia Heights
The Saint Croix Base Ball Club traveled to Anoka County, in the city of Columbia Heights, and crossed bats with the Quicksteps and the Rum River Rovers.
These clubs are very familiar with each other and there were some wonderful plays in the field as well as on the bases. The St. Croix’s first played their match against the Quicksteps and then with the Rovers.
The St. Croix’s again this week were undermanned and needed the assistance of several other people or players in the area. The Quicksteps jumped out to a large lead in the match scoring six aces in their first two innings. The St. Croix’s found their groove by tallying six times over the course of three innings but the Quicksteps too charge by scoring two aces in their fourth and another two in their ninth. The St. Croix’s losing a close contest by the score of 10 to 7. For the St. Croix’s Mr. Sjogren and Mr. Pfundstein tallied twice with, Mr. Ebnet, Mr. Cagley and Mr. Tholkes all crossing the home base once.
The match against the Rum River Rovers started out with fine fielding by both clubs neither tallied in their first. The Rovers had some excellent base running and tallied six times between the second and fourth innings. The St. Croix’s finally tallied an ace in their seventh which was matched by the Rovers in their half of that inning. The St. Croix’s had two more men cross home base in their eighth but t he Rovers had some long flys in their ninth and tallied six more times. The final score was the Rum River Rovers 13 and the St. Croix’s three. For the St. Croix’s, Mr. Pfundstein, Mr. Sjogren and Mr. Ebnet tallied aces in the match.
The day was very muggy and there was a threat of rain during both matches but the skill and gentlemanly manner in which all clubs showed made the event memorial for all those that witnessed it.
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