Base Ball at 'The Corner'

On this Sunday the men put on their uniform a little earlier than usual and headed down to the corner of Michigan and Trumbull for their match against the Wahoo Base Ball Club of Royal Oak.  Both clubs showed up earlier to take part in a wedding at the field between two members of the Navin Field Grounds Crew.  (For those unfamiliar with the NFGC, they are a group of volunteers that took an empty lot full of weeds where Tiger Stadium once stood and turned it back into a baseball field.)  The clubs were pleased to be included in the wedding and provided a tunnel of bats for the bride to arrive under and lined the field during the ceremony.

After the 'I do's' were given and a little clean up, the two clubs took to the field for introductions followed by the Union Base Ball Club taking to bat first.  The men from Dexter had some great hits, but the Wahoos made even better plays to keep them from scoring any runs in the first inning.  When the Wahoo Base Ball Club got their turn to swing the bat, they were able to do more with their time at the plate.  They were able to score three runs before the Dexter defense was able to end the inning.  The second inning went very much the same as the first for both clubs.  The Union were unable to score a run and the Wahoos were able to add two runs, bring the score to 5-0 after two innings.  Neither club was able to score a run in the third inning, but Dexter finally got on the board in the fourth when they were able to bring one tally across the plate.  They weren't able to make much of  a dent in the lead held by Royal Oak, as they added three tallies of their own in the fourth inning.

The fifth, sixth and seventh inning were quick innings without a lot going on.  The Wahoos were able to add two tallies during those innings, while the men from Dexter were not able to bring anyone across the plate.  Dexter started off the eighth inning and their bats finally came to life with single after single working their way around the bases.  The managed to bring around two more tallies.  After keeping the Royal Oak men from scoring in the eighth, Dexter came up to bat in the ninth with one last chance.  They were able to score one tally, but that wasn't enough to keep the match going.  Royal Oak walked off this historic field without even having to bat in the ninth inning.  The Wahoos won the match with a final score of 10-4.  Huzzah to them, we will see them more before the end of the season.