Home on the Range

Coin Toss

The final homestand of the year for the Eclipse brought the Rochester Grangers to Ford Field and a rematch from a month prior that had Grangers winning a close one, 8-6.  This afternoon would prove that the Eclipse had done their homework against a formidable foe.  Combining patience at the plate with solid defense would allow the black and orange to record their third straight win on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Scratch starting the scoring for the Eclipse in the first on a one-out single and stole second.  He would easily score on a two-out single to right by Moose, who ended up collecting four hits on the day.  Jaundice would plate Moose to give the Eclipse an early 2-0 lead in the first.  The game would stay that way for the next three innings until Moose stepped up to the plate in his second plate appearance of the afternoon.  Patiently waiting for a decent offering from the Granger hurler, Moose uncorked a colossal swing that resulted in an equally distributed ball trajectory over the hill and trees in right field.  It would result in the advancement of just ninety feet on the base paths.  However the next two southpaws hitters of Trouble and Jaundice would scurry Moose over to third where Moonlight would drive him home for a 3-0 lead.

Solid defense would be staged from both teams in the next few innings.

However, in the sixth inning, the Eclipse broke the game wide open when they tallied 8 runs on ten consecutive hits initiated by Scratch’s third hit of the day and immediately followed by Tinman’s double to left field.

The Eclipse defense continued to stymie the Grangers and in the bottom of the seventh inning, Trouble reared its ugly head.  Weed lead off the inning for the Grangers with a sharp single to left field, but was left wilting in the sun when Peg Leg bounded to the catcher, Blue Grass fell victim to a running one hand grab by Trouble at first and Walters ended the inning with a bound out to center.

The Grangers tallied two runs in the final inning to avoid a shutout as the Eclipse secured a 11-2 win and prepared for their final match of the season during Heritage Festival in Northville against the Lah-De-Dahs.