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Onions make St. Croix’s Cry

On a beautiful day in Northwestern Wisconsin, the St. Croix BBC crossed bats with the Osceola Onions, the finest Wisconsin vintage base ball club.

The day started out well, many cranks came to witness the match that was held on the grounds of the Pioneer Village in Cameron, Wisconsin. The St. Croix’s lost the toss of the coin and were sent to strike first. The St. Croix’s could not muster a hit of any kind and went down in order. The Onions took their strikes in their half of the first and tallied two aces.

The next inning saw the Onions add to their lead by having four players cross home plate. The St. Croix’s got on to the tally board by making one tally in their third, but the Onions made good use of miscues by the St. Croix fielders and tallied another two aces. The Onions tallied another two in their fourth making the score ten to one in favor of the Osceola nine.

The Onions defense made many outstanding plays in the field, receiving the much deserved “huzzah” from the assembled crowd. The Onions continued to hit the sphere hard – tallying another three aces in their fifth, two more in their seventh and another in their ninth.

The Minnesota collection of ball players finally had their hitting shoes put on in their seventh when they tallied twice and another three aces in their ninth – but too little to catch the hard hitting Onions. The final score of the match was the Osceola Onions 16 and the St. Croix’s 6.

For the St. Croix’s, Captain Peterson lead the way with three aces scored, Mr. Pfundstein tallied twice and Mr. Tholkes once.

St. Croix’s defeated in close match with Osceola

The St. Croix Base Ball Club traveled across the high waters of the St. Croix River on August 13th to cross bats with the Osceola Onions.

The match was played with threatening skies, which unleashed it’s water during the second and third innings, which only affected the players with slippery bats and hard hit daisy-cutters – but the skies then retreated and a full nine inning match was completed.

The St. Croix’s won the toss of the coin and sent the Onions to bat first. The Onions, made up of some of the finest ballists in the area, quickly struck and tallied twice. The St. Croix’s answered in their half of the inning with one tally of their own.

The bats continued to work for the Onions as they tallied several more times in the next few innings with help from some miscues in the field from the St. Croix’s. Meanwhile the St. Croix bats turned quiet as the rains came and they could not send any of their strikers across home base.

In the fourth inning, the St. Croix’s exploded out of their hitting slump and tallied four times to bring the score to 6 to 5 in favor of the Osceola club. Osceola tallied another three aces in their fifth to make their total of nine aces for the match. The St. Croix’s tallied another four aces in their half of the fifth inning to tie the score at nine each.

The sixth inning saw the Osceola club tally seven runs and the St. Croix’s could not tally any in their sixth or seventh. In the eighth the St. Croix’s tallied one ace and in the ninth, the St. Croix’s had five strikers cross home base with another striker standing only 90 feet away as the tying ace.

Now the excitement was high pitched and the cranks on the side were nervous as Scott “Bear Trap” Foss approached to strike. Two hands were down and the pitch was made, Mr. Foss, who had already tallied one ace in the inning took a mighty swing and the ball traveled into the air and nestled into the hands of an Onion fielder – ending the exciting back and forth match with the score of Osceola 16 and the St. Croix’s 15.

For the St. Croix’s, Mr. Jurek tallied four times, Mr. Peterson tallied 3 times, both Mr. Nelson and Mr. Foss crossed the home base twice, and Mr. Pfundstein, Mr. Cagley, Mr. Ebnet and Kid Liberty tallied once.