LONG BEACH — The Palmdale Blue Stockings Vintage Base Ball Club dropped a heartbreaker on the road on Saturday as the Long Beach Oilers came from behind, scoring four aces (runs) in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the match with a score of 9-8.
The Vintage 1886-rules match started at noon in Long Beach, and the Oilers got off to an early lead in the first two innings, until the Blues took over with strong fielding and pitching.
Heading into the seventh and final inning, the Blues were ahead 8-5, but the Oilers rallied, putting two runners on the base path, then using aggressive base running to tie the match at eight aces apiece. With two hands down (two outs) a muffed throw to third base allowed the Oilers to tally the last ace for the victory.
“Despite what the scorecard says, I think this was a win for our club,” said Palmdale captain Travis “Skip” Leland. “The last time we faced them, they beat us 17-1. For us to hold them off as well as we did, to nearly hand them their first loss, I consider a huge improvement for us.”
Long Beach (5-0) now holds sole possession of first place in the So Cal Vintage Base Ball League, followed closely by the Crestline Highlanders (4-0). The Blue Stockings are in third with a 2-3 record, followed by the Riverside Smudge Pots (2-3) and the Redondo Beach Wharf Rats (0-5).
The next home game for the Blues is June 22 at noon against the Highlanders at Desert Sands Park in Palmdale.