The Emmett Machinists traveled to Chattanooga for a match with the Lightfoot Club. The teams were playing the first game at the new Tennessee River Park field, a picturesque meadow with the river as a border and a beautiful tree-line backdrop. Both teams were looking to get back on the winning path.
The Lightfoot struck first with 3 aces, followed by two more in the second inning. The Machinists were able to grind out a few tallies as well; keeping the score close.
However, the Lightfoot offense seemed to lose steam. While they continued to hit and get runners on the bases, they only managed one additional tally posting a score of 6 through six innings. At that point, the Machinists went to work. Like well-oiled gears in a precision machine, they went round and round gaining momentum as they forged ahead. The grounders found the holes, the liners found the gaps, even the dying quails landed with the force of a hammer driving the runners to the dish. The bell rang out again and again as the Machinists toiled. Their efforts were rewarded as they tallied eleven runs to end the sixth inning.
The Lightfoot managed a late 4 run rally in the top of the ninth inning, but it was too late as the Machinists closed up shop and secured the victory 18 -11.
The Lightfoot were led by the outstanding performances of Rob “the Bear” Baehr and captain David “Buster” Hollis. The two men combined to go 10 for 10 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs. The Lightfoot will look to continue the 9th inning rally as they travel north to the home of former president Andrew Jackson as they will meet the Nashville Maroons on the grounds of the Hermitage.