ST.LOUIS (MARCH 29, 2014)–The St Louis Unions team nine emerged with two wins in the game played with the rules, equipment, and uniforms of the 1860 era. Meetings of the Unions and their good friends the St Louis Brown Stockings are always very entertaining where the quips and banter fly faster than the hits Saturday’s game at Jefferson Barracks was no exception. Led by Tony “Lightning” Wicker, the Brown Stockings team took an early 5 – 0
lead in the game.
The Unions bats would lay in silence for the first two innings but that would not be the case in the next 3 innings. They would add single tallies in the 3rd, 4th and a six run outburst in the 5th led by a bases clearing double by Tony “Huck” Labarge.
Decisive in the game was the offensive outburst sustained through the last 6 innings by the Unions, scoring five aces in the 7th and holding off a late push by the Brown Stocking in the 9th. Making the final score 13 – 10.
Tony “Huck” Labarge led the Unions with three hits a double, two triples and 7 RBI. Dathan “Cannibal” Tinney was nearly as productive, going three-for-three, three runs and two RBI. Mike “Parttime” Ashley was four-for-four and adding a double. Contributing three hits was Jon “Badger” Beidelshies.
After a brief rest to rejuvenate sore limbs, the Unions started the second game as they finished the last game with a five run first inning, they wouldn’t let up as they pushed across fifteen runs and holding the always potent Brown Stockings bats to three runs.
Tony “Huck” Labarge spied a squad of Confederate skirmishers skulking deep in the outfield and struck a blow for the Unions by launching a mortar-like shot that landed amidst the boys in butternut, sending them in thought if not in deed scurrying back to Dixie.
Labarge continued hot at the striker’s line going four-for-four and five more rbi. Jay “Rx” Martin added two hits, two runs and two rbi. Cannibal, Grizzly, Mayhem and Lefty added three hits.
The St.Louis Unions will be off for a week and then resume play April 12 against there good friends from Decatur the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels.