The Atlantics took four wagons packed to the brim to the city of Philadelphia this past weekend to play in the Mid-Atlantic League Festival taking place on the Navy Yard's Parade Grounds. Our first opponent came from the First State and suffered their first loss in our first meeting. The Diamond State Base Ball Club managed 7 aces over 9 innings but allowed many more Atlantic aces to cross the plate. Willy Mo led the Atlantic barrage with 5 hits, while Pigtail, TC, Dreambucket and Flash all contributed 4 hits each to the 23 run rout. Pup batted 8th in the order but somehow managed 9 at-bats in this game.
Crawler, playing his first game for Atlantic in about 5 years, smashed the ball his first at-bat, rounded first, then half-way to second base did a beautiful head-first Hammy-slide, looked up to see where he was, then crawled the rest of the way to second, safely for a double. Hence, the new moniker, 'Crawler'. Additionally, TC smacked a home run shot to right in the first game, but Pigtail held him to a double as he stopped at third.
The second match against the Mechanicsburg Nine ended in a similar fashion. The Atlantic defense allowed 6 aces through 9 innings, while the Mechanicsburg defense couldn't match up leading to 17 Atlantic aces. Dreambucket had 6 hits, while TC and Willy Mo had 3 hits and 3 aces each while Pigtail pitched both victories on the day.
Favorite fans have different effects on different guys - In the first game, Willy Mo made out in the first inning, his parents showed up in the third, and he went 5 for 5 the rest of the game, and ended up with 8 hits on the day, while - Jan's parents show up for the second game, and Shakespeare makes out 5 straight times, ending up 2 for 7 for the game.
On Sunday, the Atlantics faced-off against the best of the south in the Cecil Base Ball Club of Chesapeake City and Fairplay Base Ball Club of Talbot. The hard-hitting Cecil Club had trouble rounding the bases against a solid Atlantic defensive effort. While Shakespeare, Willy Mo and Dreambucket had 3 hits each against the Cecils and Hammy picked up the win. The Tallyman indicated the final score to be 19-2 in favor of the Atlantics.
In the final match of the festival for the Atlantics we faced our good friends the Fairplay Base Ball Club. This match was preceded by a moment of silence in respect of Talbot's fallen Captain Scott Murphy. Both teams wore black ribbons in honor of Curly throughout the game. These two even-matched teams went back and forth throughout the game, with the lead changing sides many times. Entering the top of the 9th the Fairplays were down two aces, and managed to load the bases with no outs, but the Atlantics held them scoreless to preserve the victory. Hammy pitched the full game while Shakespeare had 3 hits, and Hawk and Dreambucket had 2 hits a piece.
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