The Stewart’s Creek Scouts once again journeyed eastward this Sunday past, this time to do battle with the Machinist Club of the Emmett Company. This was the second trip to the Appalachian foothills for the Scouts within the past month; having met with success in the first outing to Knoxville’s Ramsey House Grounds, the Scouts knew that good fortune would have to turn events in their favor if they were to return to the mid-state region with another victory.
Though they won the bat toss, the Machinists took the unorthodox step of electing to strike first, thus attempting to secure initial advantage. And so they did, plating a pair of tallies to set the tone for a back-and-forth, see-saw match. The Scouts replied with a single ace in their half of the first frame and registered three more in their third innings; and as the contest’s middle frames approached the two sides exchanged leads, seemingly with each passing inning. As the final frame approached the sides were deadlocked in a 9-9 tie, and the Scouts looked to turn fortune to their favor in their final at-bats.
Alas, the Stewart’s Creek nine were unable to push across that decisive tally. Recording stylish “naughts” in both the ninth and tenth frames, the Scouts took to the pastures in the top half of the 11th inning hoping to prevent the Emmett side from gaining advantage. Despite some vaunted efforts in both the inner and outer pastures, however, the locals secured two aces which ultimately led to the final result, an 11-9 triumph. Both sides had competed gamely in the withering June heat; and with the final out recorded the Scouts congratulated their victorious opponent and then retreated to cooler spaces where they had secured post-game libations for their nourishment.
The Scouts enter the Association’s mid-season hiatus as the very embodiment of inconsistency. Having alternated between stellar and listless play throughout the season’s first half, the Stewart’s Creek side remains committed to putting forth their best efforts in the campaign’s remaining contests. These will commence on Sunday July 16th at the fabled Hermitage Grounds, where the waterlogged Scouts were bested on their last visit. For this next visit the Scouts will hope for conditions more suited for base ball and will hope to emerge triumphant against the Association’s newest club, the Cumberlanders. This side, having tasted the sweet nectar of victory in its most recent contest, will be primed and ready for action against their newest rivals. Those cranks who wish to attend are encouraged to observe this ancient credo: “pro vestra exhortatione sellam aut stratum adduce et cibum libamentisque pro nutrimentum tuum.” Bat toss at noon. Hope to see you there!