London Calling

A clash between the Tecumsehs and the Eclipse almost didn’t come to fruition because of the threat of another ominous rainout as the weekend began.  However, clear skies descended upon the patch of grass located on the northwest side of Griswold and East Main streets and a field of nine was assembled by the Northville club while London gathered a team of eight.  The Tecumsehs tallied two in their first striking attempts courtesy of a Vice single to left.  In response on their bottom half of the inning, Cuppa plated Frisco after his leadoff triple and the lead was cut in half after two batters.  However, the London hurler was able to thwart any additional Eclipse scoring for that inning and his reward was two more runs in the following frame for the Tecumsehs and a 4-1 lead.  Responding to their largest deficit of the season, the hickory wielded by the Eclipse began to strike fervently with the offerings made by the hurler and resulted in three consecutive tallies for the Eclipse.  The match was all square.  Normal response would dictate a rebuttal in runs from the Tecumsehs, but silence fell upon them as swiftly and abruptly as a cold front from the North.  The Eclipse continued to strike well.  Such a display was proven when TinMan forcible positioned the path of a tossed offering from Crazy Legs directly opposite of its intention.  Exercise was given to the legs of TinMan as he safely touched all four bags to the delight of the Eclipse side.  An inning later and after short rest, history repeated itself.  As Frisco staked claim to second base, TinMan retrieved him at the expense of another well-hurled ball and joined him in circling counter-clockwise until he touched home.  Together with their well-established defense, the Eclipse had forged an 8-4 lead.  A nearby crank witnessed the activities taking place on the field and was immediately given post by the visiting club.  He immediately showed his prowess by methodically selecting a piece of wood among the many available and showed time was of the essence for him as he mightily swung at the second offering he saw.  Winged birds failed in their attempt to measure up to the path of the ball and its eventually resting spot resulted in a delay while many searched its location.  The nomad eventually tallied home followed by another runner and the Tecumsehs trailed 8-6.  The squads alternated runs until the Eclipse plated four more runs in the eighth inning and walked away with a 13-7 win.

The Tecumsehs were paced offensively by Rhino, who reached base safely in four of five attempts, tallied once and assisted in three runs while Crazy Legs hit safely three times and tallied three runs.  The fill-in ballist recorded two hits and two tallies in his brief amateur status, while also stealing a base and perhaps the eye of another team looking for unsuspecting talent.  As for the Eclipse, both Stitch and Frisco tallied five hits apiece while Bender added fours hits, two tallies and two assists.  LoneStar reunited with the Eclipse and offered four hits and three batted assists while TinMan returned to the lineup and served notice once again of his ability with four hits, three tallies and five batted assists.