The Belleville Stags were handled Saturday night at the Field of Dreams by the Walker Tavern Wheels of Brooklyn, Mich. The final tally was 15 aces to four.
The Michigan club's fly chasers left the Stags batsmen perplexed by their speed, stealing several seemingly sure safeties in the gaps. At the dish, their batsmen rarely settled for one base when their struck balls found a safe landing on the outfield grass.
The Wheels scored twice in the first and were aiming for a third ace when a baserunner declined to stop at third base when the ball trickled away from the base tender. The hurler, backing up the play, threw home to nip the runner.
Belleville cut the lead to 2-1 in the second, but could draw no closer as the Walker Tavern strikers sprayed line drives around the yard. Even when they failed to make contact, fortune was with the Wheels. Three times high pop ups struck what we're told are "wires" that carry something called "electricity" which were strung across the field from third base to right center field.
Walker Tavern slowly and steadily pulled away.
We're told that the Wheels often play a futuristic version of the Grand Old Game in which the striker is not retired if the ball is fielded on a single bound. So, they had little trouble playing the 1860 version of the game with the extra steps they were afforded after a bound.
Still, the Wheels played a gentlemanly game. And, despite the loss, the Stags had a magical time playing on the Field of Dreams. ...
The Belleville Stags were triumphant in their long-awaited return to the mystical Field of Dreams located in the cornfields of eastern Iowa.
With a throng of cranks in attendance, Belleville scored early and often en route to a 19-7 win over the DuPage Plowboys.
It was a perfect late summer evening for the grand old game with blue skies giving way to a spectacular sunset and temperatures in the low 80s. But the ghost of Shoeless Joe was nowhere to be seen. ...
Fresh from their tussle with the St. Louis Perfectos, the Belleville Stags on Saturday will take the battle across the Mississippi River to play a pair of matches against the Lafayette Cyclone in the Mound City.
The action starts at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Park, which was established in the 1830s and is believed to be one of the first locales in St. Louis where base ball was played. It is located on Park Avenue, one block East of Jefferson.
Admission is free. So bring a blanket or a chair to sit in the shade beneath the majestic trees in Lafayette Park and watch the Great American Game played the way it was intended to be played. ...