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Frogs Tie in Regulation, Lose in Extras

   Brooklyn, MI -  The Frogs overcame a large deficit to take a late lead in a match against the Walker Wheels of Brooklyn, Michigan, on August 28th.  The Wheels rallied to tie the score at 15 in the top of the ninth, and the Frogs were unable to push across the winning talley in the bottom half of the frame.  The captains agreed to play an extra inning, which resulted in the Wheels emerging victorius, 20 to 6.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, September 2nd, 20
"Futuristic" Lah De Dahs Blast Frogs

   Dearborn, MI -  In a sign of things to come, the Lah De Dahs of Greenfield Village, an 1867 base ball club, ran all over the Great Black Swamp Frogs in a match played by the rules of 1867 on Saturday, August 20.  The Lah De Dahs, utilizing the futuristic concept of "stealing" a base even when there is no muff by the catcher, frequently advanced on the base paths, despite the best efforts of the Frogs' behinds.  The Frogs were unable to adapt to this rule, and were therefore took a much slower path around the bases.
    Among the bright points for the Frogs was a "home run" by "Hoot" Sarosh in the first inning which also allowed his brother "Cyclone" to score.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 22nd, 2011
Frogs Split a Pair Again, This Time in Chargrin Falls

   Chagrin Falls, OH -  The Great Black Swamp Frogs traveled to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, for a pair of matches against the Forest City Base Ball Club.  Unsound defense again haunted the Frogs in the opening game as the Forest Citys prevailed by a score of 8 to 5.
    The second game was played by the rules of 1867, when balls caught on the bound in fair territory were no longer considered an out.  The Forest City Club raced to an early lead, talleying five times in each of the first two innings in building up a double-digit lead over the boys from Sylvania.  The Frogs bats awoke in the second inning, narrowing the gap to ten to four.  Eight aces in the fifth inning put the Frogs ahead for good, and they held on to beat the Forest Citys by a score of 14 to 13.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 11th, 2011
Frogs Split a Pair at First Sauder Cup

   Archbold, OH -  The inaugural Sauder Village Vintage Base Ball Tournament was held on July 30th, 2011, matching the Ohio Village Muffins, the Spiegel Grove Squires, and the Great Black Swamp Frogs against one another.  A rough start to the first match doomed the Frogs as they fell 6 to 4 to the Squires.  The Frogs bounced back with a rousing victory over the Muffins by a score of 5 to 3.  The Squires took the final match of the day against the Muffins, and were declared the first Sauder Cup champions.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 1st, 2011
Actives Sweep Season Series Over Frogs

   Toledo, OH -  The Great Black Swamp Frogs faced the visiting Woodstock Actives at Wildwood Metropark on Independence Day.  The two clubs matched one another ace for ace early in the game, but the Actives slowly pulled away in the later innings to top the Frogs 9 to 5, giving them a season sweep of the Frogs.  The two clubs will meet up again on Canada Day (July 1st) in 2012.

Frogs Flounder Fielding, Fall by Fourteen on Foreign Field

   Woodstock, Ontario -  The Great Black Swamp Frogs traveled north of the border to meet the Woodstock Actives in Victoria Park for a Canada Day match on July 1st.  Unfortunately, although the Frogs rememebered to pack their bats, they left their fielding skills in the United States.  Their misadventures in the field resulted in the Actives crushing the Frogs by a score of 18 to 4.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 6th, 2011
Frogs Finish Mayor's Cup With Winning Record

   Upper Sandusky, OH -  High daily  temperatures were not enough to deter the local ballists, as the Frogs played three seven-inning matches on Saturday on the first day of the Mayor's Cup Tournamenent in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.  In the opener, the Frogs lost a close one to the Cincinnati Buckeyes by a score of 6 to 5.  The Frogs then recovered to score 7 tallies to only 3 for the 1869 Red Stockings.  A three-run, "walk-off" home run by Darius "Hoot" Sarosh capped a Frogs' comeback in the final match of the day, as the Frogs topped the Mansfield Independents by a score of 7 to 6.  After the day's matches, a fine dinner was provided by the host club, the Wyandot Ghost Riders Base Ball Club.

Sunday's matches were determined by teams' records from Day 1.  The Frogs, Buckeyes, and Independents had identical records of 2 wins and 1 loss, and therefore were placed in the same pool on Day 2.  In the first match of the day, the Buckeyes topped the Independents in a close match.  The Frogs then opened against the Buckeyes for the second cosecutive day, but showed little defensive aptitude in the rematch.  The final score showed the Buckeyes doubling up the Frogs 18 to 9 in nine innings.  After the lopsided defeat to the Buckeyes, the Frogs flashed superior defensive skills and rebounded to shut out the Independents by a score of 2 to 0 in a seven-inning match.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 7th, 2011

First Match of 2011 Cancelled Due to Rain

   Fremont, OH - The persistent rains in Northwest Ohio caused Spiegel Grove to live up to its name.  The estate of President Hayes was named for the large puddles of rainwater that collected under the trees following a storm.  "Spiegel" is the German word for "mirror", and an appropriate way to refer to the reflections seen in the placid pools of water.
   While the watery conditions were ideal for the amphibeous Frogs, the Squires are less adapted the the swampy conditions, and the grove was determined to be unfit for play.  The Squires and the Frogs will attempt to match up on two later dates this summer. 

Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 15th, 2011

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