The Lightfoot Club welcomed the Cumberland Club of Nashville to Chattanooga for their first game in the Scenic City. The Cumberland Club is a enjoying its inaugural season as a member of the TN Association of Vintage Base Ball. The Lightfoot; who have been searching for offense this season, were looking to find a spark against the new squad.
With a limited lineup available, changes were made to both the offensive and defensive positions. Jonathan “Boss” Bosshardt moved to the leadoff spot and shifted to left field; while the consistent swings of Robert “The Bear” Baehr, Deaurhan “Smiley” Crawford, and Scott “Smokey” Herpst were moved up in the batting order.
The Cumberland Club elected to be the visiting team and quickly posted the first tally. Their defense followed that up with 3 straight outs, sending the Lightfoot back on the field. The game had a familiar feel with the Cumberland Club taking a 2 run lead. However, in the bottom of the 2nd inning Justin “Jet” Smith laced his first 2 bagger plating his first 2 RBIs for the Lightfoot. The offense was ignited. In both the 3rd and 4th innings the Lightfoot sent 8 batters to the dish and secured a 7-2 lead. The Cumberland Club was not deterred and struck for 5 runs in the 5th inning; which culminated with a mammoth home run blast that found the deepest part of the Riverpark right field. The Lightfoot charged back with their own rally by posting 4 runs in the 6th inning and finished off the game with a few additional tallies to preserve the win 14-8.
Scott “Smokey” Herpst was awarded the game ball for his prolific performance going 5 for 6 at the dish, reaching base all 6 times, driving in 2 runs, and scoring 3 times. “Sweet Willie” Ingram was just as potent offensively going 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs and 4 Runs.
The Lightfoot will look to build on this performance in their next match as they take the field against the Franklin Farriers. After a tough season last year, the Farriers have proven to be a real force as they find themselves among the league leaders in the standings. It will be a true test for the Lightfoot for certain.