While Vintage Base Ball's main attraction this weekend is occurring in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Tunnelmen played host to the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine on Saturday. The Tunnelmen would like to thank the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine for making the trek to Connecticut to play base ball with the Tunnelmen. Saturday's ballists were granted mostly clear skies, high levels of humidity, and a small collection of cranks. The Tunnelmen were grateful to play two matches and extended their win streak to six games, earning two hard fought victories. The Tunnelmen offense was as hot as the day, leading to two victories, by counts of 18-0 and 16-2. Leading the offensive charge was Pipes who tallied nine hits in ten at bats, swiping seven bases, scoring seven runs and batting in three. On the mound, Hammy and Firehouse held the Dirigo strikers to limited opportunities, with the Maine club tallying just two aces in two matches. The Tunnelmen now stand at eight wins, two losses (8-2) for this season. We would like to again thank the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine for their spirited play and for sharing their base ball field with us on such a fine day.
Our next match will occur on Saturday the nineteenth of August as we accept our invitation to play ball at the festival located at Rocky Point Park in Rhode Island, hosted by the Providence Grays.
The Tunnelmen would first like to thank their hosts the Woodstock Hilltoppers for extending the Tunnelmen an invitation to play base ball on their fine grounds. Saturday's ballists were granted mostly clear skies, a fine collection of cranks, and live music of string instruments. The Tunnelmen played two matches and were able to remain in the win column, earning two hard fought victories. The Tunnelmen offense were the stars of the day, gaining victories of 29-6 aand 22-1 versus the Hilltoppers. We would like to again thank the Woodstock Hilltoppers for sharing their base ball field with us on such a fine day. We also want invite our cranks to come see more base ball action Saturday the fifteenth of July at our home field in East Hampton, Connecticut as the Tunnelmen will hos the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine, starting at twelve o'clock.
The Tunnelmen would first like to thank the owners of Hilltop Farm in Suffield, Connecticut, for permitting us to play base ball on their fine grounds and the event hosts, Westfield Wheelmen/Springfield Base Ball Club. Sunday's ballists were again granted clear skies, a welcomed cloud cover, and cranks of all ages, the Tunnelmen played two matches of nine innings each. The Tunnelmen were able to gain some redemption for its prior day's losses, and were able to earn two victories. In the first match, the Tunnelmen faced the Brandywine Vintage Base Ball Club of West Chester, Pennsylvania. In a spirited offensive game, the Tunnelmen bats carried the team to a 24-13 win. In the second match the Tunnelmen bats remained lively and carried them to a 21-3 victory over the Springfield Base Ball Club of Massachusetts. We would like to invite our cranks to come see more base ball action Saturday the seventeeth of June in Bristol, Rhode Island as the Tunnelmen will be hosted by the Providence Grays.
The Tunnelmen were grateful hosts to the Hilltop Farm in Suffield, Connecticut. Greeted by the clearest sky in a week, a refreshing breeze and hordes of cranks, the Tunnelmen played two matches of nine innings each. The Tunnelmen were unable to close a victory in the first game against the Westfield Wheelmen, giving up five tallies in the ninth inning to lose 13-12. In the second match the Tunnelmen were outstruck by the Connecticut Base Ball Club of Hartford, in an exciting offensive match, and lost by a count of 30-21. We would like to invite our cranks to come see more base ball action today at Hilltop Farms in Suffield Connecticut as Lisbon attempts to find a victory versus the Springfield Base Ball Club of Massachusetts and the Brandy Wine Base Ball Club of Pennsylvania.
The Tunnelmen were grateful hosts to our friends from Holliston, The Mudville Nine. Greeted by blue skies, warm sun, and a small crew of cranks, the Tunnelmen hosted the Mudville Nine for two matches this past Saturday. For both clubs, these matches represented their respective opening days for this season. Playing two matches of seven innings each, the Tunnelmen were able to find their ways to two victories, by tallies of 8-4 and 6-2, respectively. We would like to express our appreciation for Mudville making the trip to Connecticut and we look forward to playing them again in September. The Tunnelmen's next matches will take place June 10-11 at the Dirigo Base Ball Festival in Maine.
The Tunnelmen wish all of their followers the happiest of new years! We have hosted our 2023 schedule with matches slated from June to September of this coming year. We'd like to invite you to our matches and look forward to seeing folks there!
The Tunnelmen arrived in Gettysburg to visit one of the premiere base ball festivals in America on July the sixteenth and seventeenth and were welcomed by residents and fellow ballists alike. The Tunnelmen began their journey in the Al Reach divison of the Gettysburg vintage base ball tournament and faced the Elizabeth Resolutes in game one on Saturday morning, emerging victorious by a count of ten to eight. The second match was far less favorable for the Tunnelmen who were soundly defeated by a count of fifteen to four by co-host Gettysburg Generals. The Tunnelmen returned to action in the Consolation bracket of the tournament Sunday morning. Facing the Flemington Neshanock, Lisbon won convincingly twelve to one and in the final match of the day lost in a seven inning affair to the Talbot Fair Plays by a count of sixteen to fourteen. The Tunnelmen would like to again thank the Schroeder family for permitting us to play on their grounds, the event co-hosts Elkton Base Ball Club & Exhibition Company and Gettysburg Generals Vintage Base Ball Club, volunteers, and fans that showed their support to our fine game!
The Tunnelmen arrived in Bristol, Rhode Island to visit the Providence Grays on June the eighteenth and were granted another fine day for base ball, with a generous showing of cranks at the Bristol Town Common. In addition to town activities, the Providence Grays are in the midst of their twenty-fifth anniversary as a ball club and debuted team posters created by local artists to commemorate their accomplishments as a club. The Tunnelmen were less than gracious guests, taking two victories in spirited matches between these well matched clubs. The first match was played by 1865 rules (no bound outs) and was won by the Tunnelmen by a count of nine to seven. The second match played by 1864 rules (bound outs) was won by Lisbon by a score of nine to three. Both matches were adjudicated by Rusty Hayes who helped facilitate an enjoyable environment for fine base ball play. The Tunnelmen would like to again thank their brethren from the Providence Grays for their hospitality and the invitation to this fine event. The Tunnelmen will next play on Saturday the sixteenth of July in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania against the Elizabeth Resolutes of New Jersey, in a tournament style event with thirty-two teams to attend.
The Tunnelmen hosted the Atlantic BBC of Brooklyn New York on June the eleventh and was granted a wonderful day for base ball. The Tunnelmen was victorious in two hotly contested matches between the evenly matched clubs. The first match was played by 1864 rules (bound outs) and was won by the Tunnelmen by a count of seven to five, in ten innings. The Tunnelmen tallied two in the ninth inning to tie and two more in the tenth inning for the win. The second match played by 1865 rules (no bound outs) was won in the ninth inning by Lisbon by a score of eleven to ten. Both matches were witnessed by a small group of cranks who were enjoying recreation and fine base ball play by both teams. The Tunnelmen thank the Atlantic BBC for making the trek to Connecticut, and will travel to New York in approximately six weeks to play the Atlantic BBC at their home in New York. The Tunnelmen have a quick turnaround as we travel to Bristol, Rhode Island to face the Providence Grays on 18 June.
The Tunnelmen returned saddled with their first loss of this season as the host Dirigo BBC of Maine defeated Lisbon by a score of ten to four. The second content was suspended after just three innings with Dirigo ahead five to four, as matches were hosted at the Cumberland Fair, on the infield of the horse rack track. This was the Tunnelmen's first visit to Cumberland and although two matches were not completed, it was a fine venue for a ball game.
The Tunnelmen next host the Atlantic Base Ball Club (Brooklyn Atlantics) on Saturday June eleventh at eleven o'clock in the morning at Fireman's Field, (Fireman's Recreational Area at Salmon River Picnic Area) in East Hampton, Connecticut.
The Tunnelmen returned victorious from a trip to Holliston Massachusetts against the Mudville Nine, by tallies of fifteen to five, and seven to four. At the plate Sponge recorded eight hits in nine at-bats, with four doubles and five batted in. Hammy and Barkeep were able to hurl and facilitate mostly quick innings with limited aces against. This was the Tunnelmen's first visit to Kampersal Field and it was a memorable one. We would like to again extend our gratitude to the Kampersal family for allowing us to play ball at their fine venue!
The Tunnelmen next travel to Cumberland Maine on June fourth to visit the Dirigo Base Ball Club at twelve o'clock noon at the Cumberland County Fair. Fans in the Southern Maine area should plan to come take in some base ball action! More information on the fair can be found at https://www.cumberlandfair.com/
The Tunnelmen started their 2022 season with two victories over the Woodstock Hilltoppers, by tallies of 24-1 and 13-2. Leading the offensive charge, Guns, Pipes, Sniper and Sponge accounted for 19 hits and 18 runs batted in for the first match. Halfway tallied 12 hits in 14 plate appearances over both games.
Although the Tunnelmen took both matches, the star of the day was the debut of the Hilltoppers newest prospect, Heartthrob. In her vintage debut, she recorded both her first hit and first run batted in. It appeared a fine day was had by both teams, with cooperative weather and a small turnout of cranks.
The Tunnelmen next travel to Massachusetts next Saturday 21 MAY to visit the Mudville 9 at 11 o'clock in the morning. Fans in the Holliston area should plan to come take in some base ball action!
Due to today's weather forecast, the Tunnelmen regret to announce the Connecticut Day has been postponed. We will look to re-schedule and will share details as they become available. The Tunnelmen now will start their season next week, 14 MAY vs the Hilltoppers of Woodstock.
4 MAY 22 - With three short days remaining until Connecticut Day, matches will take place starting at 10:30am at Firefighter's Recreation Area at Salmon River Field/Forest.
Field 1 Providence Grays v. Wethersfield Red Onion
Field 2 Connecticut Bulldogs v. Woodstock Hilltoppers
Field 1 Connecticut Bulldogs v. Lisbon Tunnelmen
Field 2 Providence Grays v. Thames BBC
Field 1 Wethersfield Red Onion v. Lisbon Tunnelmen
Field 2 Thames BBC v. Woodstock Hilltoppers
Come see Connecticut and Rhode Island's finest vintage players!
10 APRIL - Revision 3 of the Tunnelmen schedule has been released.
With 27 short days until the start of the Tunnelmen's 2022 season, we have a major announcement we are thrilled to share!
The Tunnelmen are honored and pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, we will play host for Connecticut Day. The Fourth Annual Connecticut Day 2022 will feature the Wethersfield Red Onion, Woodstock Hilltoppers, Thames BBC, Ct Bulldogs, Providence Grays & Lisbon Tunnelmen. 1860s style base ball games will commence on MAY 7th at 11:00am and will include Connecticut's & Rhode Island's best vintage base ballers!
24 MARCH - Revision 2 of the Tunnelmen schedule has been released!
The Lisbon Tunnelmen are very pleased to release their 2022 schedule of games. The Tunnelmen will will make trips to Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania to meet old and new opponents and to enjoy base ball as it should be played. Please come join us for some historical and spirited play. Huzzah!