On Saturday May 13th the Union Base Ball Club of Dexter started their 2017 season by hosting the Canton Cornshuckers Base Ball Club.
After winning the coin toss, Canton captain 'Marbles' elected to take the field to begin the game. Six year veteran and original member 'No Show' would get the opportunity to take the first swing of 2017 for the Union club. With fine striking and swift feet 'No Show' would find himself standing on first. The following two batters would also show some skilled striking and find themselves on base, but fine defense by the Cornshuckers would prevent any of those men from coming around to record a tally. With the Canton club getting their first opportunity to swing the bats, they would also put three men on base with hits by 'Who,' 'Popeye,' and 'Marbles.' Just like the Union club they would also be prevented from bringing any men around to touch home base, ending the first inning tied 0-0.
Through the second inning the two clubs would keep pace with each other, both getting three hits and still unable to bring anyone around all four bases. While Dexter continued the trend by getting three hits and no runs in the third inning, Canton was able to score the first run of the game in the third by bringing 'Cocoa' around to touch home. At the end of the third inning the score was 1-0 with Canton in the lead.
In the fourth inning the Dexter men would finally break through and put a run on the board when 'Knuckles' comes around to score after strong hits by both 'Knees' and 'Stats.' Canton wouldn't waste any time putting an additional run on the board in their favor bring 'Iron Ore' around all four bases with additional hits by 'Tex' and 'Teddy.' It became a back and forth match in the fifth inning with 'Mad Dog,' the captain of the Union Base Ball Club, scoring a tally after hitting for a three bagger on a throwing error to first and a base hit by 'Buckeye' batting behind him. Going into the bottom of the fifth inning it would be tied 2-2, but again that wouldn't last long. 'Cocoa' batting at the bottom of the order for Canton would once again score a tally after being hit around the bases by 'Who' and 'Popeye.' Thus leaving the score at the end of the fifth inning 3-2 in favor of the men from Canton.
In the sixth inning the Union would see their first lead as they are able to score two tallies by bringing 'No Show' and 'Swede' around the four bags with supporting hits by 'Knees' and 'Knuckles.' Unfortunately that is the last time that the score would be close. Starting in the bottom of the sixth inning the Cornshuckers would score 15 runs in the final four innings. Everyone for Canton would show some fine striking and base running as almost every one of their members would get on base at least twice over the final four innings. After the sixth inning the Union men would only be able to put one more tally on the board as they brought 'Bucko' around the bases in the seventh inning. Canton showed great defense allowing the Union to only get five more hits over the final three innings.
In the end the Canton Cornshuckers left Dexter with a solid 18-5 win over the Union Base Ball Club. A great time was had by all in the first ever meeting between these two clubs. It was a great day for base ball and both clubs showed great spirit and sportsmanship, We look forward to seeing the Cornshuckers again in the future and wish them luck on their rest of their 2017 season.