The Villagers, a group of Bay Village men who play vintage base ball, defeated the Whiskey Island Shamrocks in both games of a double header played at Bay Days the Fourth of July.
Playing by 1860 rules, the Villagers notched their first wins of the season, downing the Shamrocks 10-2 in the first game, and 2-1 in the second.
Under the rules, base ball is a gentleman’s game, and the hurler (pitcher) delivers the ball underhanded where the striker (batter) requests it. Uncivil language, ungentlemanly behavior, spitting, alcohol consumption, chewing of tobacco and wagering are not tolerated.
There is no bunting, sliding, or running out of the base paths. No baseball gloves are used, and the striker is dead (out) if a hit ball is caught on the first bounce.
The Villagers played their first game as part of the Bay Village bicentennial celebration in 2010, and this year will be competing in eight different contests at locations ranging from Historic Brookside Park to Canal Fulton, Ohio.
“There was a fine turnout and play for our annual Bay Day’s match,” said Ray “The Skipper” Yoder, team captain. “After a tough couple of innings to start (we were down 2-0) the Villagers put on their hitting shoes, and stepped up the defense, and we notched a 10-2 victory. Then in an extra exhibition game we rallied for a 2-1 victory as well. A good time was had by all.”
The Villagers played in the Akron Cup Tournament at Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron a week later, losing three games but gaining some valuable experience.
The club is searching for sponsors, who will get an ad on the Villager website and in game programs. Call (216) 276-3178 for details.