Grays Face Lisbon in Twin Bill Today
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With six games remaining on their 25th Silver Season, Providence (18-13-1) looks for wins in a doubleheader today with the Tunnelmen BBC of Lisbon, Connecticut. The Rhode Islanders will travel to the Fireman’s Recreation Area in East Hampton, CT, for two matches of the 1860s variety, following a 2-3 showing at the Grays-hosted Rocky Point Historic Base Ball Festival in Warwick (Aug. 20-21).
After two consecutive idle weekends, Providence enters the final leg of the season in the hunt for a 20+ number in the win column. Today’s games represent the only action for the Providence Nine in the month of September, while the club will be represented at the 5th John Martin All Star Series on Sunday, September 25, in Bristol, Connecticut. The squad will wrap up the season in October with a day trip (Cowtown Scramble, Oct. 1) to Bovina Center, New York, for two 1880s overhand matches with the Mountain Athletic Club and the host Dairymen, then finish up hosting the Atlantic BBC of Brooklyn at Rocky Point in Warwick (Oct. 15).
previous matchup this season between the Grays and the Tunnelmen took place on
the Bristol, RI, Town Common (June 18), where Lisbon came out on top in two
games, 9-7 in the 1865 match, and 9-3 in the ’64. The competition is typically fierce
between these two clubs, and the venue in East Hampton today is as bucolic as
they come, with the action taking place on a flat expanse of soil nestled among
the trees and adjacent to the Salmon River the flows just a short distance
behind home plate. If you’re looking for a scenic drive into rural Connecticut
and you’d like to catch some hardscrabble base ball action, the Fireman’s Recreation Area may well be your destination.
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