@ Vermillion Voles: June 1, 2019
It was a historic day for the WRBBC this past Saturday in Oakwood, Ill. as the men in wool set an apparent team record for runs scored in a game by defeating the Vermilion Voles, 35-11, in a 9-inning 1886 rules game. On 26-Apr-2008, WR defeated the Liberty Corner Farmers, 33-4, at Conner Prairie and no available records indicate a game where WR tallied more runs prior to that affair. While more will be written about the offensive prowess on this day, a solid start defensively set the tone. In fact, the Voles only scored as much as 3 runs in an inning once and by that time the outcome was no longer in doubt. Hay Wagon hurled 7 fine innings while Scooter and Sparrowhawk each contributed one. But, the story of this day was a new definition for the "White River Inning". The fateful 6th inning saw 21 batters come to the plate, 16 of whom scored and 2 more left standing in the field when the carnage was finally over. While there was an Voles error, WR hits were solid with 2 home runs and a double recorded in the inning alone. For the game, WR recorded 42 hits with 6 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs and added a walk. Each player reached base at least 3 times. Clipper went 6-for-8 and hit for the cycle; Sarge went 5-for-7 with double and a home run; Calliope went 5-for-8 with 2 doubles; Stilts went 5-for-8 with a double; and Red 1 (playing in from the Blues) chipped in a double. Big Wheel scored 6 runs while Sarge, Scooter and Moose each plated 5 more. OF NOTE: While Vermilion leads the all time series with WR, 6-3, all of the games except this one and the final game of the 2017 Uncle Joe Jamboree (which the Voles won, 13-2) have been close contests indicating the general parity of these two teams. The game was moved from the Voles regular field at the Kennekuk County Park to the Oakwood City Park due to heavy rains which flooded the former.
Vermilion 1 0 2 2 2 0 3 1 0 - 11
White River 1 1 7 0 0 (16) 4 6 x - 35
Hay Wagon, Scooter (8), Sparrowhawk (9) and Scooter, Sparrowhawk (8). 2B - Calliope 2, Red 1, Clipper, Stilts, Sarge. 3B - Clipper. HR - Clipper and Sarge. BB - Moose.