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Frogs Lose Four Straight

   Northville, Michigan -- After losing often and badly at the Ohio Cup Festival ove Labor Day weekend, the Frogs traveled to the Victorian Festival in Northville, Michigan, to take on the Eclipse Base Ball Club.  Missing several key players, the Frogs' roster was bolstered by the additions of Peaches, Numbers, Half-Pint, and Matches.  The "new look" Frogs scored earlyto stake themselves to a 6 to 1 lead over the hosting Eclipse.  The Frogs then suffered a disasterous frame in the field, surrendering 9 runs to the Northville club.  After losing left field, Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh, to a hand injury, the Frogs rallied to tie the game at 10 going into the final inning.  The Frogs then loaded the bases in the ninth, but were unable to push the go ahead run across the plate.  Northville's Tin Man led off the bottom of the frame with a towering "ground rule" double and later scored the winning run.  The Frogs fell by a final score of 12 to 10, extending their streak of winless matches to four.
   The Frogs hope to finish their season on a high note at the Tiffin Heritage Festival on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, September 13, 2014

Confederate Club Unleashes 'Artillery', Pounds Southern Club

   Marblehead, Ohio -- [Note: On August 24th, the Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, donned the prison garb of Confederate officers housed at Johnson's Island, and will be referred to as the "Confederate Club" in this article.  The Ohio Village Muffins, also dressed as prisoners, played at the "Southern Club."  The two clubs played a match to honor the 150th anniversary of the first known base ball match between two rival clubs in Ohio.]
    On a warm summer day at the Federal prison for Confederate Officers on Johnson's Island, the rival Confederate Club and Southern Club challenged each other to a base ball match.  Watched carefully by somber Federal guards, the two clubs played a lively match that thrilled visitors from nearby Sandusky.  The prisoners engaged in much wagering during the match, and several attempts to hit a guard with a batted ball were made by strikers, one of which was successful.  Two prisoners also futilely attempted to escape that afternoon, but were easily corralled by the guards.
   The red-shirted Confederates jumped out to an early lead, scoring four times in the bottom of the first inning, a lead which they would never relinquish.  The Confederate offense was led by the brothers, Darius and Cyrus Sarosh, who launched majestic shots that brought to mind the finest-trained artillery units.   The Confederates also turned in a fine defensive effort, making outstanding plays in the field and avoiding muffs for the most part. 
   The Southern Club, wearing white shirts, attempted to rally numerous times throughout the afternoon, but these attempts proved as fruitless as General Pickett's charge at Gettysburg.   The Confederate Club proved too much for the Southern Club that day, winning by a score of 23 to 9.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 24, 2014

Frogs Squashed by Squires, Hop Over Railroaders

   Archbold, Ohio-- The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, played a pair of matches in the horse pasture of historic Sauder Village.  The Frogs's fielders could not handle the base ball in the first match, and the Spiegel Grove Squires of Fremont, Ohio, took advantage of every miscue to roll over the defending Sauder Cup champions.  The Frogs settled down a bit in the second match, but still found themselves behind early as the Elkhart County Railroaders struck the ball often and well.  Late inning heroics by the Frogs' strikers made the difference in this match, as the Frogs pushed two talleys across the plate in the bottom of the final frame to top the Railroaders.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 25, 2014

Frogs Top Grangers At Home In Extra Inning

   Toledo, Ohio-- The Rochester Grangers of Rochester Hills, Michigan, visited the city of Toledo for a match against the Sylvania's Great Black Swamp Frogs at the Lutheran Home of Toledo.   The match had had already featured several lead changes before a truly exciting ending. The visiting Grangers scored a run in the 7th to tie the ball game at 11, and scored single runs in both the 8th and 9th frames to temporarily take the lead.  The Frogs also scored single runs in their half of the 8th and 9th innings to tie the ball game each time.
   With the score tied at 12 each after the regulation nine innings, the captains elected to play another inning to determine a winner.  The Frogs held the Grangers scoreless in the top of the 10th inning, and then went on to score three aces in the bottom of the frame to emerge victorious.  The final score saw 15 runs tallyed for the Frogs and 12 for the Grangers.
   Several strikers on the Frogs' club had fine days at the line, but the best striker for the day was Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh.  "Cyclone" was never put out by the Grangers fielders, reaching base safely in all five trips to the line and scoring four times on the afternoon. 
Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 13, 2014

Frogs Split Season Series With Actives, Gain Sister Cities' Cup

   Toledo, Ohio-- The  Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, faced the Woodstock Actives on Canada Day and again on Independence Day in the 22nd annual Sister Cities' matches for the clubs.   With a lively ball and the wind blowing out in Woodstock on Canada Day (July 1), the Actives scored early against the Frogs, withstood a furious late-inning charge by the Frogs, and held on for a 13 to 11 victory to retain the coveted Sister Cities' Cup.
   Unsually cool temperatures greeted the ballists on Independence Day at Wildwood Park in Toledo, and there was very little wind to affect the outcome of the game.  As they once again vied for the Sister Cities' Cup, the two clubs played well defensively, with neither club scoring for the first few innings.  The Frogs finally broke the scoring drought, pushing four aces across the plate in the sixth inning.  The Actives looked to get back into the game, scoring single runs in their halves of both the 7th and 8th innings to pull within two talleys.  The Frogs' strikers were unable to get anything going in their half of the final frame, so the outcome of the game rested upon the Actives final at-bat.  Bob "Wheels" Wheeler led off the inning by achieving second base while striking, moved to third on a one-bouncer to center field, and scored on a two-out single by Jay "Woody" Woods to pull the Actives to within a run at 4 to 3.  The Frogs retired the next striking Active, stranding Woody at first base and sealing their vistory over the Actives.
   This was the Frogs' first victory over the Actives on Independence Day in over 10 years, and the first time that they have had possession of the Sister Cities Cup for more than a few days.  After the scores of this year's matches have been engraved on the Cup, it will be displayed at the Sylvania Municipal Building until the Canada Day match in 2015.  Huzzah!  Huzzah!  Huzzah!

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 4, 2014

Frogs  Have Best Record at Innaugural  Wahoos Invitational

   Royal Oak, Michigan -- The  Great Black Swamp Frogs travelled to Royal Oak, Michigan, to participate in the first annual Wahoo Invitational Tournament.  Other participating clubs included the hosting Wahoo Base Ball Club of Royal Oak, the Mansfield Independents, and the Richmond Bees.  In the opening match, the Frogs and Independents each tallied two aces in the opening frame and then held each other scoreless for the rest of the match, ending in a 2-2 tie.  The Richmond Bees led the Frogs for much of the second match before the Frogs rallied for three aces in the final frame to force anothe tie, this one at 5-5.  The Wahoos scored twice in the first inning of the third match, but were then shut down by the Frogs' defense for the rest of the day.  The Frogs' strikers, meanwhile, managed to scratch out three aces to win the final match 3-2. 
   In other matches, the Wahoos topped the Bees, the Independents bested the Wahoos, and the Bees stung the Independents.  Because all other teams finished with at least one loss, and no team won more than one match, the Frogs were delcared the winners of the tournament with a record of one wi, no losses, and two ties.
   In the first of the skills competitions, the Frogs' team of Eric "Clothesline" Kutchenriter, Mike "Bacon" Mathis, Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh, and Darius "Hoot" Sarosh won the "Around the Bases" competition.  This competition involved throwing the ball from one base to the next, catching the ball cleanly, tagging the base, and then throwing to the next base.  The Frogs' players were able to complete 19 flawless throws and catches in one minute.  Congratulations!
   Jeff "Wrong Way" Rice competed in the hitting accuracy competition and was able to score two points.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 22, 2014

Walker Wheels Roll Over Competition at Sylvania Cup

   Sylvania, Ohio -The Walker Wheels of Brooklyn, Michigan, won the 2014 Sylvania Cup Tournament in their second appearance at the tournament.  Wheels players also swept all three skills competitions, with Nate "Bullet" Brown setting a new Sylvania Cup record for the Farthest Throw with a toss of 306 feet.
   The host Frogs finished their own tournament with two wins and one loss, losing to the Wheels but topping both the Whiskley Island Shamrocks and the Fulton Mules.
     Match 1, Field 1: Frogs 6, Whiskey Island Shamrocks 0
     Match 1, Field 2: Walker Wheels 5, Fulton Mules 1

     Match 2, Field 1: Walker Wheels 4, Frogs 0
     Match 2, Field 2: Fulton Mules 15, Whiskey Island Shamrocks 1

     Match 3, Field 1: Frogs 7, Fulton Mules 5
     Match 3, Field 2: Walker Wheels 17, Whiskey Island Shamrocks 2

   Skills Competition Results:
     Swiftest Runner:  Jim "Crazy Legs" Terwilliger (Walker Wheels), 16:28 seconds
     Farthest Throw: Nate "Bullet" Brown (Walker Wheels), 306 feet (news Sylvania Cup Record)
     Most Fly Balls Caught: 
Jim "Crazy Legs" Terwilliger (Walker Wheels), 7
Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 14, 2014

Frogs Tread Water at Mayors Cup Tournament

   Upper Sandusky, Ohio -
The Great Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club of Sylvania travelled to Stepping Stones Park in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, for the two-day tournament known as the Mayor's Cup.  The Frogs started both days with losses (to the Blackstockings of Akron and the Spiegel Grove Squires of Fremont, respectively), but rebounded to win the rest of their matches that weekend.  The Frogs bested the host-club Wyandotte Ghostriders and the Columbus Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon before topping the Hoover Sweepers on Sunday afternoon.
   As usual, the Mayor's Cup was a very enjoyable tournament, allowing Frogs' players to renew old friendships and start new ones.  Huzzah to the Wyandotte Ghostriders for their tremendous efforts at running a successful tournament!
Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 31 & June 1, 2014

Frogs Start 2014 Season With a Pair of Victories

   Toledo, Ohio -The Great Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club of Sylvania ushered in their 24th season of vintage base ball with a pair of victories.  The Frogs opened at home against the Eclipse Base Ball Club of Northville, Michigan, on May 4th.  Fine defense and timely hitting allowed the Frogs to emerge victorious by a score of 21 to 4.
   Two weeks later, the Frogs traveled to Green Springs, Ohio, for a match hosted by the Stemtown Stinkers on May 18th.  While enjoying the ambience provided by the local sulfur springs, the Frogs scored nine aces to the Stinkers' three.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 29, 2014

Frogs Finally Post 2014 Schedule

   Toledo, Ohio -The first draft of the 2014 schedule is now available on the Schedule page.  Check back for updates on match times and opponents (and typo corrections) as we get closer to the season.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, February 11, 2014

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