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This page will be updated throughout the summer to allow you to follow the progress of the Frogs team.

December 1, 2005
The Schedule page has been updated to show the games planned for 2006.  The Frogs' results for 2005 are now available through the History page.
September 3, 2005
The Frogs travelled to Columbus, Ohio to play in the Ohio Cup Festival.  The Frogs were scheduled for three matches against teams from Michigan, New York, and Missouri.  The first match of the day proved to be a tough one, as the Rochester Grangers of Michigan have a strong hitting team.  Many Granger hits fell between Frogs' fielders and went for extra bases.  Although the Frogs played hard, they lost by a score of  5 to 17.

The Frogs quickly regrouped for their second match of the day, this time against the Greenville Rochesters from New York state.  The Frogs' strikers hammered hit after hit en route to a 14 to 2 victory.  Of special note, speed-challenged "Sparky" Fuchs scored an ace by stealing home on a muff by the Rochesters' behind.

The Frogs' played their final match of the day on the Ohio Village Green against the St. Louis Perfectos.  The Frogs again cruised to an early lead on the strength of their hitting, but the Perfectos mounted a furious comeback and nearly tied the score.  The Frogs prevailed however, by a score of 10 to 8.  "Iron Horse" Draa stole home on a muff by the Perfectos' behind, giving the Frogs' two steals of home on the same day!

August 28, 2005
The schedule for the Ohio Cup Festival in Columbus, Ohio, has been added to the schedule page.  Also, please note that the September 11 game in Akron has been cancelled.

August 27, 2005
On a perfect day for base ball, the Great Black Swamp Frogs played a match against the Ohio Village Muffins at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.  Although each team played with only eight fielders, excellent defese kept the score close until the Frogs exploded for 5 runs late in the game.  The Frogs held on to win by a final score of 7 to 1.
 
August 14, 2005
The Cincinnati Buckeyes traveled to Sylvania for their first ever match against the Black Swamp Frogs.  A Buckeyes run in the top of the ninth proved to be the tie-breaker, as the Frogs were unable to answer in the bottom of the inning and fell 2 to 3.  Craig "Cat" Stough had an excellent game for the Frogs, with three hits and a diving catch of a foul ball behind the home plate.

This match will be televised at various times on BCSN during the month of August.

August 6, 2005
The Frogs played against staff members at the Family Christian Center in Adrian, Michigan, as part of the center's "Family Day" celebration.  Trailing by three runs in the ninth inning, the Frogs rallied and ended up winning the match by a score of 8 to 7.

July 31, 2005
The Frogs had a chance to win the coveted Ohio Silver Ball Trophy for the first time in 2005 in a match hosted by Sycamore Grasshoppers.  The Grasshoppers pounded the ball to all fields even as the Frogs' strikers struggled, resulting in a lopsided loss for the Frogs by a score of 2 to 11.

July 17, 2005
The Frogs opened the 13th annual Sylvania Cup Tournament with a victory over the 2004 tournament champions, the Eclipse Base Ball Club from Northville, Michigan, by a score of 5 to 2.  Mike "Silver" Smith delivered the most exciting play in the match, scoring all the way from first on a two-base hit by Mark Wagoner.

The second match of the day saw the Frogs fall to the Akron Black Stockings, 0 to 3.  The Black Stocking played excellent defense throughout the match, preventing the Frogs from scoring.

In the third match, the Frogs squeezed past the Canal Fulton Mules, 3 to 2. 

After the matches, awards were handed out for the winners of the individual events, and the 2005 Sylvania Cup was awarded to the Akron Black Stockings.

July 4, 2005
The Frogs hosted the Actives from Sylvania's sister-city, Woodstock, Ontario.  In an unusually low-scoring match for these two teams, the Actives topped the Frogs by a score of 4 to 2.

July 1, 2005
The Frogs travelled to Woodstock, Ontario, to play a Canada Day match against the Woodstock Actives.

June 26, 2005
The Frogs travelled to Dearborn, Michigan to take on the Lah-De-Dahs at Greenfield Village.  The game started amidst much hooplah, with a brass band playing gaily as they marched onto the field with the home team.  In addition to the judge, an announcer was present, and a reporter from the Detroit Free Press roamed the sidelines. 

The Frogs struggled with the new-fangled rule practiced by the Lah-De-Dahs - balls must be caught on a fly to retire the striker (no one-bounce rule), and quickly found themselves trailing by a score of 13 to 2.  The fifth inning saw the Frogs' fortunes turn, as they sent 21 strikers to the line and scored 15 aces.  Trailing by 3 aces in the eight inning, the Lah-De-Dahs mounted a second charge and scored 8 aces, followed by 4 more in the ninth.  The Frogs rallied for 2 acesin the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately fell by a score of 26 to 22.

June 5, 2005
The Frogs played the Carey Cayugas at Flower Hospital on a hot, sunny afternoon in June.  The teams played quickly (to escape the oppressive heat?), with the Cayugas outlasting the Frogs in 10 innings by a score of 3 to 2.

May 22, 2005
Rain showers were unable to dampen spirits as the Frogs started their 2005 season with matches at Flower Hospital in Sylvania against the Woodstock Actives and the Ohio Village Muffins.  The Actives prevailed in the first match of the day, as the rain and the Actives stellar defense quieted the Frogs offense.   The Actives sprayed hits all over the field during their 7 to 1 victory over the Frogs.

The skies cleared at the beginning of the second match, and the sunlight heated up the Frogs' bats.  The Frogs defeated the Muffins by a score of 8 to 1.  A three run homer by Scoop Montgomery proved to be the big blow in the match.

The Actives prevailed over the Muffins in the final match of the day.

May 2005
The Frogs are proud to welcome four new players to the team for 2005 - Mark Wagoner, Aaron Draa, Dan Close, and Logan Burghardt!  
 

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