We have just received word about the outcome of events at the Sam Davis Cup this Sunday last. And the word is good! Relieving the Red Caps of Huntsville of their gracious stewardship of the Cup, the Stewart’s Creek Scouts reclaimed that prize by virtue of their 8-3 victory over the visiting Alabamans. The match was well-played by both sides, and the Scouts’ efforts were helped greatly by Mitts’ stellar play afield. His nifty gathering of well-struck onions merited the awarding of the game ball, and both sides then saluted his fine day with rousing applause.
That final contest at the Sam Davis Home was enabled by the successes of the two teams earlier in the day. The opening contest featured those same Huntsvillians against the Noble Phoenix Club of East Nashville. In that contest the visitors demonstrated fearsome work with their willows and tallied their aces in bunches, resulting in their victory. In the second contest the host Scouts squared off against another club visiting from afar, the fine Bluegrass Baron nine, who had made the trip from Lexington, Kentucky. Though a close match in the early innings, the contest turned in favor of the Scouts in those later frames. A quartet of Scouts newcomers, including the Kid, the Hay Bale, the Old Man, and the Schoolmaster, all made noteworthy contributions to the victorious effort, and local cranks were seen to nod approvingly upon witnessing the play of these new ballists.
After those combative early rounds the spectre of competition gave way to the conviviality of fellowship, and all ballists there gathered—Phoenix, Baron, Red Cap and Scout alike—adjourned to a full table of tasty victuals. In addition to their stellar play the Scouts aforementioned newest members distinguished themselves on this day with their well-honed culinary skills, each contributing multiple succulent dishes of such quality to assure the popularity of the Sam Davis Cup tournament for seasons to come. Indeed, when the feast was concluded it was quite the wonder that the teams were able to take the field again to begin the next rounds. However, even with ballists’ appetites sated and their collective mobility compromised, their competitive fires were reignited as the afternoon’s matches commenced.
In the preliminary match to the final the Kentuckians displayed fine work with the willows and coasted to victory over the East Nashvillians, setting the stage for a return match between the Scouts and the Red Caps. Their cranks might recall how the Huntsville nine bested the Scouts on two occasions last season, first in their own tournament and then again in the Sam Davis Cup. Able guardians though they were, the visitors were relieved of their stewardship of the Cup as a result of the Scouts fine play afield and timely work with the willows. With the day’s prize changing hands at the contest’s conclusion, both clubs congratulated one another for their efforts and wished one another well for the upcoming season. All told, it was a grand day for the great new game of base ball on the Sam Davis grounds.
The Scouts, however, can rest on their laurels only briefly. On the second of April they journey to the Ravenswood grounds to open their season against the always-mighty Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga. This fine side contended for the league title through much of last year’s campaign, and the Scouts will surely need to be in fine form to emerge victorious. Those cranks wishing to make the journey to Brentwood are advised to bring a chair or blanket for their own comfort and victuals and libations for their nourishment. Hope to see you there!