As Recorded by Hopalong Dudzinski, our team scribe:
This Saturday past, 20 May, the Walker Tavern Wheels of Adrian made a somewhat troublesome horse & buggy ride to take on the Wahoo Base Ball Club in their Home Opener in Royal Oak. It was a very warm, sunny afternoon, and most of the Cranks found a shady spot to take in the Match.
The Wheels were the first to take a turn at striking, and commenced to sending the ball over the heads of the out - field on a couple occasions with men on the sacks. They tallied 4 aces to show for it. With their first chance at the dish, the Wahoo's did not tally. Then they came back with some fine plays in the field to hold the visitors without a tally in the 2nd inning. In their half of the 2nd, the Royal Oak Club got on the tally board when " Big Red" showed some ginger in scampering from 2nd sack to ring the bell. But that was it, 4-1 for the Walker Tavern Gents after 2.
The Lumber was back to work for the Adrian Nine in the 3rd frame, as they struck the ball hard for most of the rest of the Match. They scored 3 aces, 2, 1, then 4 more through the 6th inning, taking a 14-1 tally lead. Even though they played very Sportsmanlike, they showed little mercy for the Wahoo's, especially the Hurler. He survived a Hot struck ball to the "lower body", and had to be on his toes and dodge a couple more.
Despite being behind a country mile, the Home Club didn't give up. They rang the bell 4 times in their 6th chance, with some well struck balls by everyone, including Anthony, and "Detroit Ink", who both made their Wahoo debuts. The Homers gave 5 tallys back in the 7th inning, before bringing 3 more aces home to the plate in the bottom of the 7th. The final tallies of the match were recorded to the Wheels in their 8th inning. The Final count was 22-8, with both Clubs giving their best.
These 2 fine groups of ballists and friends, will meet again on 15 September in Tipton, Michigan. The Wahoo's will hope for a different ending of this match.