The reigning Sulphur Dell Cup champions from the fourth annual 1864 base ball season opened the fifth annual 1864 season against the Cup holders from the third annual 1864 season yesterday. After nine innings on a sunlit field at the grounds of Ravenswood Mansion, Commissioner Skeeter declared the Nashville Maroons victors over the Travellers of Brentwood, with a final tally of seventeen to ten.
After yielding ten aces to the Travellers through four innings, the Maroons terminated that warm generosity and served their hosts none but cold molasses over the final five frames.
Meanwhile, the greenest of Maroons–Faust, Scoops, and Slim–proved their hands both in the garden and with the willow, as each finished with at least a hand dead, a base hit, and an ace tallied. Huzzah!
The Maroons suit up again next Sunday, the ninth of April, at the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, where they shall send a message to rest of the league, through their Scouts, that the with Nashville Nine, thou shall not trifle.
Bookending a lineup that has struggled to find its stride this season, Gene “Doc” Long in his final game with the Nashville ball club and Rick “Sticky Fingers” Compton in his first game in two years combined for eight hits to lead the Maroons over the visiting Distillers of Highland Rim by a score of twenty to ten on the grounds of Bicentennial Mall last Sunday. It was the co-founders’ second attempt to fell the reigning pennant winners after a 17-9 loss on the Ides of May.
The Maroons’ bats found the home gardens favorable all afternoon, with each of the thirteen crimson-trousered ballists plucking at least one of their side’s thirty-three hits, beginning with Doc, Moonshine, and Pops as the match’s first three strikers before the Distillers could retire a single hand. They each circled the sacks for an early 3-0 lead. For Doc and Moonshine, it would be the first of four aces tallies apiece, and for Pops the first of three.
Up by a margin of 5-2 after two innings, Sticky and Doc began the third frame with consecutive singles, followed by a pair of two-sackers from Peach and Schoolboy. Roadblock and Patches immediately chased those two home with single-sack drives of their own, and with that the Maroons had added five more tallies to their ledger and amassed a lead the Highland Rim club would find little success in challenging.
On the Highland Rim side, Cornstalk was a perfect four-of-four at the line and wilted many a willow from his position in the garden to lead the Distillers’ admirable showing.
In addition to receiving Sticky Fingers from the infirmary, a few short hours after the game the Maroons welcomed another member from the nursery: Maisie “Peach Fuzz” Hughes was born the following morning, making Peach the fifth (known) Maroon to propagate. Huzzah!
Fittingly, the Maroons next return to action on Father’s Day, June 19th, taking on the defending champion Travellers in a rematch of last fall’s Sulphur Dell Cup Final. The game will be held at noon at Brentwood’s Ravenswood Mansion. The Brentwood Club defeated Nashville 16-11 on Opening Day earlier this year.