Providence Heads West for Twin Bill with Wheelmen
The friendly rivalry between the Rhode Island squad and the Westerners has intensified over the years, as both teams bring their best games as two of just a handful of clubs in the region who play by nineteenth-century rules that allow overhand pitching. Saturday’s games will find the clubs eager to pick up where they left off last season when the Grays took three of the four matchups with Westfield but suffered a big loss at the hands of the Wheelmen (16 to 2) in their final matchup in Hartford last October. Two of Providence’s three wins were by a single tally (11 to 10 and 24 to 23) and the third was by just three runs (10 to 7). With these two teams, the competition is always fierce.
Providence jumped out to quick success with the season opener sweep of Thames BBC on April 10, then achieved four wins on the young season with another sweep at Rocky Point on April 24, this time facing the Union BBC of Boston in a ‘64/’65 doubleheader. Unlike the opener, where the home squad took both games by wide margins, the games against Boston both proved nail-biters, as the Grays won both by only a single run (18 to 17 in the 1864 game, 22-21 in the ’65).
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April 24 at Rocky Point in Warwick.
Last weekend would have been games five and six on the season, as Providence was set to square off with the Red Onion BBC of Wethersfield and Thames in East Hampton for Connecticut Day, but the threat of inclement weather and blustery conditions forced a postponement of the matches, providing a suitable date can be scheduled for all clubs.
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