Photos of the Voles vs Grinders vintage base ball game

Between this morning’s rain and this evening’s drizzle, there was enough good weather for a good ol’ fashion base ball game.  The Vermilion Voles took on the Deep River Grinders at the Voles’ home field at Kennekuk Cove State Park.  Here are some of the photos I took.

Here’s a sight I’m not used to.  Jim “Weed Eater” Knoblauch, the captain of the team, traded his bowler and suspenders he wears when he umps the games for a ballplayer uni.

Here’s our own Shawn “General” Lee up to bat.  Shawn is an occasional co-host of Baseball Zealot Radio.  He has lent his talents as webmaster towards the Voles’ website the last few years.  This year, he thought he try playing on the team, too.  Nice form, Shawn!

This shot of Marty “Tumbleweed” Rife shows that while vintage base ball may be an “exhibition” sport, they play for real.  Check out the grass stains on his shoulder!

A Grinder striker (batter) hits one to right.  Remember, a fielder can catch it on one bounce and he is dead (out).

The Deep River team were a bit short on players so the Voles lent them their starting catcher, Rita “Hustler” Hostetler.  They may have regretted that since she ended up scoring a run for the Grinders.  Nice hustle, Rita!

The hurler for the Grinders.  The purpose is not necessarily to blow it by the striker.  The hurlers purpose is to throw it so the striker will hit it (hopefully at a fielder).

And finally, here is the “dugout”.  I like the cozies that someone had made for the coolers to give them an old fashioned look.

I took more photos today than what you see here.  If you want to see the whole lot of ’em, check them out here.

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