Salem Salemites @ Paradise Pisces
Pre Season Evaluation Game
The Cosmic Baseball Association wants to add another team to its regular playing league. Several hundred teams nominations have been submitted and each one goes through the same complex process that ends in election or rejection. Given the number of nominated teams, relative to the available number of openings, the number of rejections will significantly exceed the number elected.
PISCES WIN, 6-0
The Salem Salemites have weathered the nomination process well. Well enough that they were eligible to play a simulated game against the Cosmic Baseball Association's 2006 champions, the Paradise Pisces. Not surprisingly, the veteran Pisces easily defeated the Salemites. The team nomination/election rules permit one loss at this level but it is not a good omen. Another simulated loss to any team would likely result in the failure of the Salemites to earn election to the league. Now, the only other nominated team that has a chance of getting to the evaluation game level is an unnamed team of solar system asteroids.
Lineup: Salemites BentleySchool 2B SaltonstallSchool SS SalemWaxMuseum RF PirateMuseum LF BatesSchool 1B PeabodyEssexMus CF CollinsSchool C CarltonSchool 3B PhillipsHouse P Lineup: Pisces Longfellow 3B Harrison 2B Domino 1B GinsburgR LF Varsi RF Reventlow SS HearstP CF Gleaton C Carmel P Inn. 1: Salemites [Starter] Carmel BentleySchool 1B . . X SaltonstallSchool 6-3 . X . SalemWaxMuseum 4-3 X . . PirateMuseum K X . . Inn. 1: Pisces [Starter] PhillipsHouse Longfellow K . . . Harrison 5-3 . . . Domino 8 . . . Inn. 2: Salemites BatesSchool 6 . . . PeabodyEssexMus 1B . . X CollinsSchool 4-3 . X . CarltonSchool 3UN X . . Inn. 2: Pisces GinsburgR 2B . X . Varsi 4 . X . Reventlow 1B . . X X@4:GinsburgR 8-2 . . X HearstP 1B . X X Gleaton BB X X X Carmel BB X X X 1 Longfellow 6-3 X X . Inn. 3: Salemites PhillipsHouse 9 . . . BentleySchool 7 . . . SaltonstallSchool K . . . Inn. 3: Pisces Harrison 1B . . X Domino K . . X GinsburgR K . . X Varsi BB . X X Reventlow 7 . X X Inn. 4: Salemites SalemWaxMuseum 1B . . X PirateMuseum K . . X BatesSchool BB . X X PeabodyEssexMus 4-3 X X . CollinsSchool 5-3 X X . Inn. 4: Pisces HearstP 1B . . X Gleaton BB . X X Carmel 5-3 SAC X X . Longfellow 6 X X . Harrison 5-3 X X . Inn. 5: Salemites CarltonSchool 8 . . . PhillipsHouse 1B . . X BentleySchool 7 . . X SaltonstallSchool 1B . X X SalemWaxMuseum 8 . X X Inn. 5: Pisces Domino 4-3 . . . GinsburgR 4-3 . . . Varsi 5-3 . . . Inn. 6: Salemites PirateMuseum 1B . . X BatesSchool 2B X X . PeabodyEssexMus 6-3 X X . CollinsSchool 6 X X . CarltonSchool K X X . Inn. 6: Pisces Reventlow E-4 . . X HearstP K . . X Gleaton 7 . . X Carmel 1B . X X Longfellow HR . . . 3 Harrison 8 . . . Inn. 7: Salemites *EX:PhillipsHouse (for PH) *PH:WitchDungeon 6 . . . BentleySchool 8 . . . SaltonstallSchool K . . . Inn. 7: Pisces [Relief] HawthorneHouse Domino 7 . . . GinsburgR 1B . . X Varsi HR . . . 2 Reventlow BB . . X HearstP 5-4 F . . X Gleaton 6-3 . X . Inn. 8: Salemites SalemWaxMuseum 8 . . . PirateMuseum K . . . BatesSchool 9 . . . Inn. 8: Pisces Carmel K . . . Longfellow 8 . . . Harrison BB . . X Domino BB . X X GinsburgR K . X X Inn. 9: Salemites PeabodyEssexMus 1B . . X CollinsSchool 5-4-3 DP . . . CarltonSchool 7 . . .Pisces Win, 6-0
Pre Season Evaluation Game
Salemites @ Pisces
Published: January 8, 2007
COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION 3053
This is not the first time the City of Salem, Massachusetts has provided a cosmic baseball team. In March 1997 the Salem Witchsox beat the 1975 Boston Red Sox 7-3 (Game Report). The Witchsox were drawn from women and men who were executed because of the 1692 witchcraft trials.
The Salemites are a non-humanoid team made up of buildings in the form of houses, schools and museums in Salem.
But there were differences. Commenting on the anti-slavery activist John Brown, who was hung on December 2, 1859, Longfellow said, "This will be a great day in our history; the date of a New Revolution - quite as much needed as the old one. Even now as I write, they are leading old John Brown to execution in Virginia for attempting to rescue slaves! This is sowing the wind to reap the whirlwind which will come soon!" Hawthorne, in contrast, said about John Brown's fate, "No man more deserved to be hanged."
Hawthorne should have known better.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House, the starting Salemite pitcher got into trouble, and it wasn't entirely the pitcher's fault. Racecar driver Lance Reventlow led off the inning by smacking a weak dribbler to second baseman Saltonstall School who bumbled it, E-4. Patty Hearst struck out and Felicia Gleaton flied out to deep leftfield. Two outs and the opposing pitcher, Pisces rookie Eddie Carmel steps up to the plate. First pitch and bang! Carmel smacked a single up the middle of the field. Two outs, two Pisces on base and poet Longfellow steps up to the plate. He is hitless in three at bats. Phillips House works the count to 0-2. Then a fastball is delivered and Henry Wadsworth knocks it over the fence...three runs score and the Pisces add to their lead, the score is now 4-0. There wasn't much astronomer and notable author of The New American Practical Navigator (1802) Nathaniel Bowditch, the field manager could do except, ironically, send in reliever Hawthorne House in the next inning.
But nothing could be done.