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October 12, 2014
Eclipse Win The Inaugural Pennock Cup; End season on 24 Game Win Streak
Steve “Smiles” Pogue
Unionville, PA – The Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton came into the Pennock Cup the number one seed of an eight team tournament featuring top teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
On a cold, windy October day, the Eclipse outscored their competition 44-19 and relied on timely defensive plays to win the tournament. Led by exceptional displays of offense and defense, the Eclipse showed why they finished the season 44-5.
In the quarterfinals, the Eclipse bested the Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester by an 18-5 margin. After the Brandywines closed to within three in the fifth inning, the Eclipse erupted for nine runs and never looked back. The semi-finals pitted the Eclipse against a mash up of all stars from Harrisburg, Milford, Talbot, and Lewes. Led by a spectacular diving play by Steve “Smiles” Pogue and crafty first base play by Lucas “Cowboy” Penny, the Eclipse held strong defensively and after nine innings, the Eclipse walked away with a 16-4 victory.
The championship game saw the Eclipse face the number two seed Delaware Diamond States, and the match did not disappoint. The last time these two teams played, the Diamond States claimed victory in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League playoffs. This year however, the Eclipse would hold strong after every Diamond State push. Early on, the Eclipse established a three run lead and held until the Diamond States took the lead in the fifth, 5-4. The Eclipse stormed right back and regained a 7-5 lead on singles by Erik “Dubs” Myers and Tom “Schoolboy” Duffy.
After keeping the Diamond State rallies at bay with exceptional defensive efforts, the Eclipse came to bat tied at nine a piece in the bottom of the eighth. “Smiles” lead off with a triple and scored on an infield hit by Tim “Ones” Bower. Glyn “Hammer” Richards and “Schoolboy” followed up with a single and double to drive in the insurance runs. The Eclipse needed one of the insurance runs as the Diamond States plated one in the top of the ninth, but again, the Eclipse defense held and took home the inaugural Pennock Cup.
With 44 wins, the Eclipse set a franchise record for wins in a season, and at 24 wins, extended the longest win streak the club has ever had. The Eclipse are finished for the season, but will get back to the field in March for spring training, looking forward to another eventful vintage base ball campaign.
September 28, 2014
Eclipse Win Third Straight Maryland State Title
Steve “Smiles” Pogue
North East, MD – The Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton retained their Maryland Vintage Base Ball title for the third straight year defeating the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore and the Rising Sun Base Ball Club on Sunday September 28, 2014. The Eclipse have now won seven Maryland State Vintage Base Ball Championships.
The number one seed Elkton Eclipse faced off in its first match against the Chesapeake Nine. Chesapeake tallied two runs in the first, but pitcher Jon “Killer” Kirkpatrick and the Eclipse defense would not let up a run the rest of the game. The Eclipse went on to score 33 runs from 41 hits.
The championship game saw the Eclipse face the Rising Sun Club for the second time in four weeks. Tom “Schoolboy” Duffy took the ball for the Eclipse and pitched a marvelous game only giving up one run in nine innings. Behind Schoolboy, Championship game MVP Jason “Shady” Bromley in left field led the exceptional defensive effort. From throwing out a Rising Sun player trying to stretch a single into a double to the routine fly ball, Shady accounted for twelve putouts on the game.
Offensively, the Eclipse bats woke in the fourth inning as Leslie “More” Blackburn and Shady led off with a single and walk, respectively. Ryan “Pants” Gannon and Lee “Brew” Donnelson drove them in. With pressure on and only up three runs, the Eclipse plated five in the bottom of the seventh capped by a two run double by Lucas “Cowboy” Penny. The Eclipse went on to win 8-1 in a thrilling championship game.
Up next for the state champs is the Strasburg Rail Road Tournament on Sunday October 12 where they may face off once again with Rising Sun, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg.