It was a beautiful afternoon as the Quicksteps Club from Spring Hill strolled into Chattanooga to meet the Lightfoot Club. The Quicksteps; who bolted to victory in their first match of the season, were seeking to continue their run. While the Lightfoot; stumbling in defeat at the hands; dare I say “bats”, of the Stewart’s Creek Scouts, were eager to dash onto the welcoming home grounds of the 6th Cavalry Museum.
The Lightfoot Club trotted onto the field and promptly held the Quicksteps scoreless in their first at bat. Offensively, the Lightfoot struck just as swiftly. The second batter “Boss” Bosshardt scampered home as “HI” Farris delivered a well-placed hit. The first inning concluded with a score of 0-1 in favor of the Lightfoot.
Striding forward the Lightfoot gradually gathered tallies as the innings progressed. After five innings, the Quicksteps trailed 6-1. With determination and resolve, the Quicksteps; willow in hand, walked to dish looking to overtake the Lightfoot. Then, finding runners in position, “Stonewall” Jackson delivered a howitzer-like shot that found its mark deep in left field well beyond the range of the Lightfoot defense. By the time the Lightfoot recovered from the mighty blow, the Lightfoot lead had tumbled to 6-5.
Undaunted, the Lightfoot were able to muster two additional runs in the last half of the seventh inning. Surrendering no further ground to the Quicksteps, the Lightfoot stood firm and steadfast securing the victory.
Rewarded the game ball for his flawless offensive performance; “Smiley” Crawford delivered 3 hits and 3 runs scored. Honorable mention to two men; “Cap” West and “Sweet Willie” Ingram, who contributed 3 runs batted in and 2 runs scored respectively despite battling injuries.
For their next match, the Lightfoot Club will travel to Knoxville, TN. There the Lightfoot will face a familiar opponent; Sean “Mac” McNally; former Lightfoot Captain, who transferred to the Knoxville Holstons at the conclusion of the 2016 season. It is sure to be a jubilant reunion.
As to our recent match against the gentlemen of Stewart’s Creek, the Lightfoot Club has perhaps some idea of how General Braxton Bragg and the good people of Chattanooga felt on the morning of August 21, 1863, as Colonel John T. Wilder ordered his artillery to begin bombarding the city.
Let it not be said, however, that the Lightfoot Club left the field without victory. Indeed, our own Cap, new to the squad, handily won the bat toss – for the first time this season, and in recent memory. Huzzah!
As for the contest itself, the Scouts tallied a quick four runs to lead off the game, but, for a time, the men in blue gingham were able to keep pace with their bowler-capped brethren. Into the top of the fifth, the visitors from the south trailed by just a single run. This proved to be the turning point for Stewart’s Creek, however, and, for the rest of the game, they rained down two- and three-bag hits upon the furthest depths of the garden, to the consternation of those tasked with roaming it. As for highlights, a brilliant running catch by Boss, another new conscript in our ranks, and Bear’s customarily impenetrable defense wooed the fans, and the ever-cheerful Happy recorded his first strikeout with a flourish.
We lost our sweet, Sweet Willie (and his nose) to an errant hop off of the Ravenswood field, and wish him well in his recovery – we hope to have him, and his now more ruggedly handsome visage, back with us soon. A hearty thank you to the medical professionals who swarmed the field, and to the Scouts’ Bunyan, who, in addition to belting the first two-bagger of his career, was also quick to provide Willie with a stein of restorative – and lightly-hopped – ambrosia. Ever the gentlemen, our hosts.
Though the superior firepower, swift feet and stout fielding of the Scouts proved insurmountable in the end, on a beautiful day in April, sharing the field with teammates, friends and family, we cannot but look to the future with pleasure and excitement. Such a loss, filled with camaraderie and harkening towards a fresh season of this game we love, hardly seems thus.
Returning to the 6th Cavalry Museum on April 8th, your hometown Lightfoot Club will take the field with the Quicksteps of Spring Hill, at 2.30pm in the afternoon. We hope to see you there!
By Geoff “Chaucer” Millener
The afternoon was set for a spirited match between the Nashville Maroons and the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga. The two clubs were meeting for the second time on the Polo Field of the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe. The previous match saw the clubs battle for two additional frames; where the Lightfoot Club emerged victorious 19-18.
With high expectations, the two teams took to the field. The Maroons having won the customary bat toss sent the Lightfoot Club to the dish first. Quickly, the Maroons took control by swiftly tracking down two deep drives thus retiring the first two Lightfoot strikers on the bound. Not to be deterred, the Lightfoot strikers showed great resolve by thrashing 6 straight hits; including a 2 run strike by “Sweet Willie” Ingram. By the time the Maroons were able to record the final hand, the Lightfoot Club had tallied 4 aces. However, this proved to be the lone rally for the Lightfoot.
In the fourth inning, not to be outdone the Maroons found a spark of their own tallying 3 aces; which brought the score to 4-3 all but eliminating the early Lightfoot lead.
But in the hot summer sun the teams, the willows, and the aces seemed to wilt. The remainder of the game can only be described as uneventful. Both clubs played solid defense all afternoon thus eliminating any opportunities for additional tallies.
The Lightfoot club managed to plate two aces in the eighth inning and went on the preserve the win with a final score of 7-4.
The Lightfoot club was relieved to maintain their first place standing and remain as the league’s only undefeated team. Focus now turns to the next match with their Chattanooga brethren; the Mountain City Club. Meeting for the second time this season, this match is sure to be a spectacular event.