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Ganymedes win two games

Oregon Ganymedes player Brent Rogers reaches for a hit during a double-header of vintage base ball at the Chana School Museum in Oregon on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Earleen HInton
Oregon Ganymedes player Brent Rogers reaches for a hit during a double-header of vintage base ball at the Chana School Museum in Oregon on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Earleen HInton

The Oregon Ganymedes Base Ball Club won both games of a double-header on June 29 despite some interference from Mother Nature.

The vintage base ball team started the afternoon defeating the Creston Regulators by a score of 6-0. The game was stopped after one full inning of play with Oregon leading 1-0 as the heavens opened up with heavy rain, wind and lightning that sent players and fans running for cover.

“Following a 50 minute rain delay (where we received 2 inches of rain) the clubs came back out and finished the match as our Iron Chest Field is pure sand and drains quickly,” said manager Mark Herman.

The Creston Regulators then played the McLean County Prairie Chickens BBC of Bloomington and defeated them by a score of 11-4.

In the final match of the day Oregon defeated McLean County 8-2.

Vintage base ball is patterned after the game played during the Civil War in 1864. The game is played without gloves and a ball caught on one bounce is an out.

The Ganymedes’ next games will be on Sunday, July 14 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

The team returns home on Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m. hosting Chicago Salmon.

On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 -11 the team will play at the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball versus 11 other Vintage Base Ball Clubs from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and beyond at The Henry Ford Museum Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan.