The Franklin Farriers set out for Chattanooga to meet the Lightfoot Club for an afternoon base ball match in Fort Oglethorpe. The Farriers; who have emerged as a top team, were surely looking for a win to remain among the league leaders; while the Lightfoot were hoping to build on their most recent victory. The two teams have split the games over the last two seasons at one game apiece.
As customary, the Lightfoot come up short on the opening bat toss and were put on the offensive to start the game. The Lightfoot were up to the task and quickly plated 2 tallies. Not to be out done, the Farriers retaliated with a run of their own keeping the score close.
Defense was certainly top-rail this day as both squads looked to limit their opponents. The Farriers’ “Nips” Herrera patrolled the center field like a hawk swiftly securing every fly ball and bound; leaving the Lightfoot strikers dismayed. The Lightfoot infielders displayed exceptional hands by recording 12 assists; highlighted by first baseman “HI” Farris; who corralled a lined shot, then flipped the ball backwards to “Buster” Hollis as he raced to cover the first sack just beating “Mama’s Boy” Haskins to record the out.
However, the Farriers were finally able to hammer out some hits in the fourth inning and gathered six runs to take an 8 – 3 lead. The Lightfoot were not deterred as they continued to strike well and only surrender 2 additional tallies. But, those proved to be enough as the Farriers held on to the victory with a final score of 10 – 8.
The Lightfoot top performers were Geoffrey “Chaucer” Millener; who went 5 for 5 with a double, 1 run scored, and 2 runs batted in, and Rob “the Bear” Baehr; who went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, and 1 run batted in. “The Bear” is poised to repeat as the 2017 Lightfoot Triple Crown winner.
The Lightfoot will welcome the The Travellers Club of Brentwood to the 6th Cavalry Museum on August 26, 2017 at 12:00 for the final regular season match.