The Knoxville Holstons recently traveled south to Chattanooga via the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad for a match game of base ball against the Lightfoots in the first match of the Downstream Series of the inaugural Tennessee River Cup. Last season both clubs split their matches and their respective rooters expected yet another hard fought contest. A hearty crowd assembled as early as an hour prior to the first pitch to catch a glimpse of the excellent specimen of East Tennessee ballists as they warmed up by tossing the onion and swinging their willows.
The match commenced with each club tallying an ace in the first inning. The Lightfoots put 2 aces between themselves and the Holstons after 2 innings before scoring 3 additional aces in as many innings. The Holstons plated 4 aces in the bottom of the 6th to square the match at 7 aces and, albeit briefly, managed to stop the hemorrhage of Lightfoot aces. However, the home club halted the Holstons comeback as their willows caught heat in the 8th and 9th innings as 11 Lightfoots orbited the sacks. The Holstons found themselves in a pickle heading into the last frame and managed only 2 aces as Samson (formerly known as The Kid) and Gasser plated to trim the final deficit to 9. Pickaxe, the match’s arbiter, presented the game ball to Mac, the Lightfoots captain and announced the final tally in favor of the Lightfoots over the Holstons, 18-9.
The Holstons have yet to secure a victory after the first three matches of the season and found themselves tied at the bottom of the standings. As the gentlemen ballists exhibited civility by greeting one another with congratulatory handshakes following the match, Molasses, the captain of the Holstons Base Ball Club, challenged the Lightfoots to a second match to be played in Knoxville at Colonel Ramsey’s splendid garden in the summer. The match is expected to be played on August 21 at noon and will be the first game of the Upstream Series in the Tennessee River Cup. The Emmett Machinists of Knoxville and the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga will play the second match with the winners of both games playing for the Cup.