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Frogs Club Undefeated at Ohio Cup

   Columbus, OH - On the fifth of September, the Great Black Swamp Frog traveled to our state's capital to participate in the playing of the 18th Ohio Cup matches. Nineteen base ball clubs were well-represented at the annual festival, with teams traveling from seven different states and territories. The Frogs have made the annual pilgrimage for all eighteen of the festivals, a feat only the host Ohio Village Muffins can match.

At the end of the day, the Frogs were able to exit the city holding their heads aloft, having won two matches and tying a third. The Frogs matched up well with the St. Louis Unions Base Ball Club of Missouri, and were fortunate to tally three aces in their final at-bat of the contest. The final tally was six aces for the Frogs against five aces for the Unions. The Frogs next matched up against the Perfectos of the same St. Louis, Missouri, and won an exciting affair, tallying the winning ace again in the final at-bat for a four to three outcome. The Frogs finished the afternoon of perambulatory pleasure, tying the Altoona, Pennsylvania, Mountain Stars with eight aces each.

The Frogs were led by Brad "Doc" James, Craig "Cat" Stough, and newcomer Joel "Crash" Crozier, each reaching base safely five times on the afternoon. The three men also tallied a combined seven aces for the Frogs, with James receiving four of them. Chris "Peach" Pitman and Tyler "Junior" James also struck well for the Frogs, each reaching safely four times.

The day was not without its tribulations, however, as Frog center fielder Cyrus "Cylcone" Sarosh fielded a well-struck fly off a Unions batsman with the result being a fractured finger. He was unavailable the rest of the afternoon.

The Frogs will travel to Northville, Michigan, on the Friday evening of September the eighteenth to play the Eclipse Base Ball Club as part of Northville's annual Victorian Festival.  The match starts approximately at seven of the clock in at Ford Field. The match will be played by the aid of candlepower.

   Match #1, Capitoline Field
   Inning                      1  2  3       Total Aces
   St. Louis Unions     2  3  0             5
    Frogs                      0  3  3             6

   Match #2, Muffin Meadow
   Inning                          1  2  3   4   5      Total Aces
    Frogs                           3  0  0   0   1           4
    St. Louis Perfectos     2  0  1   0   0           3

   Match #3, Elysian Field
   Inning                                  1  2  3   4       Total Aces
    Frogs                                   0  4  1   3            8
    Altoona Mountain Stars     1  0  5   2            8

Reported by Jeremy Potter, September 13, 2009
Frogs Bow Out of Forks of the Wabash Festival

   Sylvania, OH - Due to scheduling conflicts for the Frogs' players, the Frogs have been forced to cancel their appearance at the Forks of the Wabash Festival on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, September 10, 2009
Frogs Top Muffins In the Meadow

   Archbold, OH - Game description to follow.


  
Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   9      Total Aces
   Frogs             2  0  3  7  4  1  5   1  2           25
   Muffins         6  0  0  2  0  0  0   4  0           12

   
 

August 29, 2009

West Unity Athletics Outhustle Frogs

   West Unity, OH - To celebrate 175 of their community, the West Unity Athletics schooled the Great Black Swamp Frogs in hitting and fielding.

   Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   9      Total Aces
    Frogs            1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0             2
    Athletics      0  0  0  0  0  4  0  4  0             8


Ohio Cup Schedule Posted

   Toledo, OH - The schedule for the 2009 Ohio Cup base ball festival has been posted, and the schedule page has been updated.  The Frogs will be playing the St. Louis Unions of Missouri, the St. Louis Perfectos (also from Missouri), and the Altoona Mountain Stars from Pennsylvania.

Reported by Rick Fuchs - August 16, 2009
Frogs' "Irregulars" Top Wily Wahoos

   Toledo, OH - Despite fielding only seven regulars, the Great Black Swamp Frogs got back on the winning track on Sunday, July 25th, in a match agains the Wahoo Base Ball Club of Royal Oak, Michigan.  Final tally - the Frogs recorded fifteen aces to the Wahoos' nine aces.
   A large and appreciative crowd of cranks was on hand to witness the Frogs' victory under threatening skies.  The field was certainly tilted in the Frogs' favor (both literally and figuratively) as the Frogs played their annual match at the Toledo Lutheran Home, on a severely sloped playing surface.  Fortunately, the workers had oxygen tanks available for the Frogs' players that had trouble running uphill toward home plate.
   The Frogs were led by Rick "Sparky" Fuchs, who reached  the sacks five times, tallying a pair of aces. Jeremy "Professor" Potter and Brad "Streetcar" Pfeiffer each struck safely four times.
   The team used two irregulars to fill out the roster against the Wahoos, and both players admirably held their own against the club from Michigan.  Cory "the Beast" James - the behind for the Frogs - made his Frogs' debut by striking safely twice and tallying an ace.  Young Eric "Fleetfoot" Kutchenriter debuted for the Frogs at just ten years of age, but the right fielder played a strong match, striking safely once and making two fine plays in the field.
   The Frogs will now hop on the stagecoach and head to West Unity, Ohio, for a match against the West Unity Athletics on August the twenty-third.

  
Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   9      Total Aces
  
Wahoos         1  1  3  0  0  0  3   1  0            9
  
Frogs             2  0  2  3  3  3  2   0  0           15
   

Reported by Jeremy Potter - August 10, 2009
Frogs Outlast Weary Ghostriders

   Napoleon, OH - Details to follow upon receipt from the telegraph office.


  
Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   9      Total Aces
  
Ghostriders   1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0          2
  
Frogs             1  0  2  0  0  0  3  0   -          6

Frogs Drop Pair of Holiday Matches to Woodstock Actives

   Toledo, OH - Continuing a seventeen-year tradition, members of the Great Black Swamp Frogs traveled to Ontario on Canada day to play their good friends from Woodstock, then hosted  the Actives on July 4th in a return match at Wildwood Park.  Unfortunately , the Actives proved to be too much for the Frogs on both days, as the Canadians defeated their sister city's team by 12-7 and 6-4 scores.  The victories allowed the Actives to keep the Sister City Cup in their possession.

Tyler "Junior" James struck safely six times in nine attempts during the two games. He also tallied twice for the Frogs. Darius "Hoot" Sarosh Struck safely six times as well. He also tallied three times. "Read "Steamboat" Backus celebrated his 75th birthday by striking safely twice in each game.

The Frogs will attempt to get back on the winning side of the marker when they play the Wyandot Ghostriders in a match on Sunday, July 19th at the Lutheran home in Napoleon.


July 4, 2009 (Independence Day) at Wildwood Metropark, Toledo, Ohio
   Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   9      Total Aces
   Actives          1  1  0  3  0  0  1  0   0          6   
   Frogs             2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   1          4

July 1, 2009 (Canada Day) at Victoria Park, Woodstock, Ontario
  
Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   9      Total Aces
   Frogs             1  0  0  2  1  0  2  0   1           7
   Actives          0  2  3  4  2  1  0  0   -          12
  

Saginaw Old Golds Declared Winners of 2009 Sylvania Cup,
Host Frogs Winless

   Sylvania, OH - Details to follow upon receipt from the telegraph office.
   
Match 1, Field 1
Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7      Total Aces
Frogs             0  0  0  0  1  0  0           1
Old Golds      0  0  0  2  0  0  0           2

Match 2, Field 1
Inning           1  2  3  4  5  6  7     Total Aces
Frogs            1  0  3  0  0  0  0           4
Eclipse         0  0  0  0  3  3  -            6

Match 3, Field 1
Inning             1  2  3  4  5  6  7     Total Aces
Frogs              0  1  0  0  0  0  0           1
Forest Citys  2  0  0  0  0  0  0           2

Match 1, Field 2
Inning               1  2  3  4  5  6        Total Aces
Forest Citys    0  2  6  2  1  -            11
Eclipse             2  0  0  1  3  0           6

Match 2, Field 2
Inning             1  2  3  4  5  6  7     Total Aces
Forest Citys   0  0  0  0  0  0  0           0
Old Golds        0  0  2  2  0  0  0           4

Match 3, Field 2
Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     Total Aces
Eclipse          2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0           3
Old Golds      1  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0           3

Skills Competition Results:
Swiftest Runner: Toby "Scoops" Larkin, Saginaw Old Golds, 16.94 seconds
Farthest Throw: Toby "Scoops" Larkin, Saginaw Old Golds, 252 feet
Most Fly Balls Caught: Toby "Scoops" Larkin, Saginaw Old Golds, 5


Frogs Sweep Silas Cup Matches,
Declared Tournament Co-Champions

   Grand Rapids, MI - Details to follow upon receipt from the telegraph office.
   
Match 1
Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8      Total Aces
Frogs             0  0  1  1  0  2  0  4           8
Ghostriders   0  1  0  0  0  2  1  0          4

Match 2
Inning           1  2  3  4  5  6  7     Total Aces
Cubs             2  0  0  0  0  1  0           3
Frogs             1  5  1  2  0  0  -           9

Match 3
Inning           1  2  3  4  5  6  7     Total Aces
Pioneers       0  1  0  1  0  0  0           2
Frogs             4  0  2  3  4  0  -           13





Squires Break Out Heavy Timber, "Swamp" Frogs

   Fremont, Ohio - On Saturday last, the Great Black Swamp Frog Base Ball Club of Sylvania, Ohio traveled southeast to match up against the Squires of Spiegel Grove.  The playing conditions in Spiegel Grove should have been well-suited to the Frogs, as much of the playing field was a swampy mass.  Unfortunately for the visitors, they did not play well enough in their surroundings, falling to the Squires by a score of 17 aces for the Frogs to 28 aces for the Squires.
   The Frogs started the match well, taking a lead of 9 aces to three before six hands for either side could be retired.  However, the Squires were able to find the large assortment of trees in the outfield in latre innings, becoming very adept at placing their hits into these trees. The Frogs' struck well in the final three innings, but thier attempted rally proved to be futile.
   Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh crossed home plate four times for the Frogs, while striking safely five times.  Chris "Peach" Pitman and Jeff "Boiler" Smith each struck safely five times, as well.  A special thanks to Jay "Barnyard" Barnier for keeping the Frogs' tallies in the match.
   The Frogs wil head to Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 6 to play three matches at Riverside Park in the SIlas K. Pierce Memorial Cup.
   The linescore is as follows:
 
Inning        1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9      Total Aces
Squires      4  0  7  1  3  0  3  4  6           28
Frogs          4  5  3  0  0  1  0  4  0           17

Reported by Jeremy Potter - June 5, 2009
Frogs Send Inmates To Defeat

    Bowling Green, Ohio - On a splendid Sunday afternoon in the southern end of the Great Black Swamp, the Frogs' base ball club of Sylvania, Ohio, matched up against the Wood County Infirmary Inmates in the only competition of the season between the two clubs.  The Frogs proved their mettle against their friends from the south, beating the Inmates by a score of nineteen to two.
   The ballists of Sylvania struck well all afternoon, and played a good defensive game to back up their striking prowess.  Jeremy "Professor" Potter, Mike "Dutch" Holland and Matt "Flash" Meehan gave the Frogs an early lead in the contest, scoring three times in the first inning before three hands could be retired.   A certain highlight for the Frogs was the third inning, as the strikers scored three runs with out the aid of a ball hit to the outfielders.
   As in the inaugural game of the season, Mr. Meehan struck well, reaching base safely four times and tallying four times, as well.  Darius "Hoot" Sarosh, elder brother of Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh, made his first-ever appearance with the Frogs a grand one, reaching the sacks safely all five times in the game.  Read "Steamboat" Backus started the game at the pitcher's plate, marking nineteen consecutive years of playing for the Frogs. He hurled well for the Frogs all game.
    The Great Black Swamp Frogs will next hitch up their wagons on the 30th of May to make the long trip to Fremont, where they will engage in what is sure to be a spirited match against the Spiegel Grove Squires.  Rumor has it the Frogs have a secret weapon to help win the game - a two-man saw to cut down the numerous trees that dot the playing field.

   The linescore is as follows:

Inning        1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9      Total Aces
Frogs         3  0  3  5  6  0  1  1  0           19
Inmates    0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0            2

Reported by Jeremy Potter -  May 17, 2009
May 3, 2009 - Frogs Win Season Opener

   Toledo, Ohio - The inauguration of the Great Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club of Sylvania, Ohio's nineteenth season of play began in grand fashion as the club took on their friends from Wyandotte, Michigan, on Sunday, May Third at Wildwood Metropark in Toledo.
    In just their second full season of play, the Stars gave the Frogs a spirited match on a glorious Sunday afternoon which was perfect for any outdoor perambulation.  Fortunately for the Sylvania club, its ballists struck well and played a strong match in the field, proving to be the better of the two clubs on this day. The Frogs tallied a grand total of eight aces to the Stars one ace for their first victory of the season.
   Dan "Money" Close led the Frogs with the bat, striking safely three times on the afternoon. Money's final at-bat was the grandest, as he struck a ball into the wood beyond right field.  The Frogs' newest player, Matt Meehan, tallied two aces for his new club. He proved his daring on the base paths as well, swiping two bags.
   Mike "General" Mills continued the fine play he has demonstrated for years as a Frog, striking safely four times in four at-bats.  Chris "Peach" Pitman and Brad "Streetcar" Pfeiffer struck safely three times as well for the Sylvania Club.
   The linescore is as follows:

Inning       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9      Total Aces
Stars         0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0            1
Frogs         4  1  0  0  1  0  1  0  1            8

Reported by Jeremy Potter
March 9, 2009  - 2009 Schedule almost set
       The Frogs' 2009 preseason banquet was held last night at the Real Seafood Company in Toledo, Ohio, with ten players attending.  Topics of discussion included:
  • The 2009 schedule. is nearly complete.
  • Practices will be held on Thursdays at 6:00 pm beginning April 16, 2009. 
  • The team photo will be taken at 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 26th at the Toledo Botanical Gardens at the cabin near the parking lot off of Elmer.   Individual player photos will also be taken that day. It is nice when most of the team is part of the team photo; plan to attend if at all possible.




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