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2016 News

Squires Retain Sauder Trophy

   Archbold, Ohio -- The Spiegel Grove Squires did not meet defeat at the 2016 Sauder Village Vintage Base Ball Tournament and were therefore awarded the Sauder Cup Trophy.  Sauder Village's new club, the Windmills, finished with two wins and one loss in their innaugural appearance at the torunament.  The Great Black Swamp Frogs were able to score many runs throughout the day, but the Frogs' defence was unable to stop any of the clubs they faced.  Both the Frogs and the Elkhart County Railroaders finished with records of two losses and one tie.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 23 2016

Weather Changes Tourney Schedule

   Archbold, Ohio -- The high heat index forecast for this weekend has prompted Sauder Village to shift the start times of the scheduled matches one hour earlier on Saturday, July 23rd.  The Sauder Village Vintage Base Ball Tournament will now begin at 10 am.  The schedule may be further adjusted depending on the weather conditions.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 20, 2016

Lutheran Home Match Ends In a Draw

   East Toledo, Ohio -- The Frogs played their annual match at the Lutheran Home of Toledo on Sunday, July 17, 2017.  The second club scheduled for the match was unable to attend, so the Frogs split into two squads and added some spectators to the rosters in order to still play a match.  The squads were very evenly matched, and the spirited match ended in a tie, with both groups having scored six runs.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 20, 2016

Frogs Retain Sister Cities Cup

   Sylvania, Ohio -- The Great Black Swamp Frogs hosted the Actives Basde Ball Club of Woodstock, Ontario, on a beautiful Independence Day at Wildwood Metropark.  The two teams have enjoyed a long history of playing Canada Day and Independence Day matches against one another, although the Frogs were sadly unable to attend this year's Canada match.  However, both clubs arrived at Wildwood in high spirits.  The Frogs struck owell and often, and defeated the Actives by a score of 20 to 3.  This allowed the Frogs to retain the Sister Cities Cup for another year.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 4, 2016

Frogs Featured in Musuem Exhibition

   Sylvania, Ohio -- "Put Me in Coach: the Hens and Frogs Play Ball" is a new exhibit this summer at the Sylvania Heritage Center Museum at the Sylvania Historical Village.  The exhibit covers the history of professional baseball and the Toledo Mudhens in Northwest Ohio, as well as the re-creation of vintage base ball as played by the Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club of Sylvania.  The exhibit includes information about base balls formative years and various vintage equipment, programs, news clippings, and other artifacts collected by Frogs' players over the years.  The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 17, 2016

Frogs Open 2016 Season With Chilly Loss

   Sylvania, Ohio -- The Frogs opened the 2016 season with a amatch against the Spiegel  Grove Squires on an unseasonably cold and windy May 15th at Veteran Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio.  Although this was the first match of the year for both clubs, the Squires looked to be in mid-season form and dominated the match against the home club.  Although they played well in the field for the first few innings, the Frogs never managed to get hopping and lost the match by a score of 21 to 1.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 16, 2016
2015 News

Frogs Split in Tiffin to Finish 25th Season

   Tiffin, Ohio -- The Frogs' historic 25th season of vintage base ball came to a close on Sunday, September 20, at the Tiffin Heritage Festival.  A late cancel by one of the invited clubs meant that the Frogs only played two matches in Tiffin.  They opened the day with a loss to the Squires from the Rutherford B. Hayes Center in Fremont, Ohi, by a score of 16 to 9.  The Frogs rebounded from that disappointing loss to close out their 25th season with a 14 to 0 victory over the Whiskey Island Shamrocks.
   The Frogs appreciate all of the support that they received during their 25th season playing vintage base ball, and now look forward to 2016!

Reported by Rick Fuchs, October 5, 2015

Frogs Travel to Tiffin to Finish 25th Season

   Toledo, Ohio -- The Frogs' historic 25th season of vintage base ball comes to a close this Sunday.  The Frogs will play three matches in Tiffin, Ohio, as part of the Tiffin Heritage Festival.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, September 17, 2015

8/2 Wildwood Match Cancelled!!!!

   Toledo, Ohio -- Due to a scheduling error, the August 2nd match at Wildwood Metropark between the Richmond Bees and the Great Black Swamp Frogs has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 27, 2015

Frogs Slip Past Stemtown

   Toledo, Ohio -- The Frogs edged the Stemtown Stinkers by a score of 8 to 7 at the Luthern Home on Wheeling Street.  
Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 19, 2015

Frogs Sweep Actives, Retain Sister City Cup

   Toledo, Ohio -- The Great Black Swamp Frogs completed an unlikely season sweep of the Woodstock Actives with a rousing 8 to 3 victory on Independence Day at Wildwood Metropark.  Earlier in the week, the Frogs had traveled to Sylvania's Sister City, Woodstock, Ontario, to take part in a Canada Day match with the Athletics on July 1st.  The Frogs narrowly escaped the country to the north with a victory, edging the Actives 4 to 2 on the Actives' home turf in a match that was well-played by both sides.
   The Actives scored first on Independence day, and seemingly had baserunners in every inning, denting the plate twice more during the match.  The fireworks on July 4th, however, were provided by the bats of the Frogs' hitters this year.  The Frogs posted two big innings, crossing home plate 5 times in the fourth inning and another 3 times in the sixth frame to take a commanding lead.
   The Frogs' season sweep of the Sister City matches was their first since 1999, and breaks a long streak of base ball domination by the club from Woodstock.  As a result of the victory on July 4th, the Frogs will keep the Sister City Cup until next July 1st.  The cup will be displayed in the office of Sylvania's mayor, Craig Stough.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 7, 2015

Frogs to Defend Sister Cities' Cup

   Sylvania, Ohio -- The Great Black Swamp Frogs will defend their possession of the coveted Sister Cities' Cup in matches against the Woodstock Actives.  The first match is held on Canada Day (July 1) in Woodstock, Ontario.  The second match will be held at Wildwood Metropark on Independence Day, July 4th.  The Frogs won possession of the Sister Cities' Cup by defeating the Actives by a score of 4 to 3 in a spirited match last July 4th.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 27 2015

Frogs Fall Back To Earth (Along With Rain)

   Upper Sandusky, Ohio -- The Great Black Swamp Frogs began the Mayors Cup  Tournament in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, by losing three straight matches.  The Frogs opened against the Columbus Buckeyes, and put up little resistance against the Buckeyes hitting onslaught.  The Frogs fared better against the Blackstockings of Akron and the Hoover Sweepers,  holding the lead late in both games before ultimately capitulating to their adversaries.  Heavy rains followed the matches on the first day, and the Frogs' matches against the Mansfield Independents and the hosting Ghostriders were cancelled due to the wet conditions and threat of more foul weather.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 7 2015

Frogs Start 25th Season With a Bang

   Sylvania, Ohio -- The Great Black Swamp Frogs started their 25th season with a pair of victories, topping the Wyandotte Ghostriders on May 3rd in Sylvania amd then besting the Stemtown Stinkers on May 17th in Green Springs, Ohio.  In each of the first two contests, the Frogs quite unintentianally scored 25 runs.
   The Frogs look to continue their winning ways this weekend when they participate in the Mayors Cup  Tournament in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, March 29 2015

Frogs Look Forward to 25th Season


   Sylvania, Ohio -- The Frogs celebrate 25 years of playing vintage base ball this year.  The club began humbly, playing (and losing) a single match against the Ohio Village Muffins in 1991 at the University of Toledo's Scott Park Campus.    In their first 24 seasons, the Frogs have played at least 465 matches, winning 283 of them.  Over the years, the club has played vintage matches in New York State, in California, and in many places in between.  The Frogs were also one of the founding member clubs of the Vintage Base Ball Association and have fielded a team at every Ohio Cup Festival in Columbus.
   The Frogs open the 2015 season with a match against the Wyandotte Ghostriders at Wildwood Metropark on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, March 10, 2015
2014 News

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.
  Huzzah! 
   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.
   Results:
     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
2013 News

Frogs Return North with One More Notch in Win Column
 

   Columbus, Ohio -The twenty-second rendition of the Ohio Cup Base Ball Festival, the oldest and largest gathering of vintage base ball clubs in the country, featured thirty teams from six states: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Pennsylvania.  On the evening before the Saturday matches, a special event took place on the Muffin Meadow of the Ohio Village.  The first ever Ohio Cup All-Clubs Match featured players from many of the thirty teams, including Jeff "Wrong Way" Rice of the Great Black Swamp Frogs.  This year also marked the twenty-second consecutive year in which the base ball club from Sylvania, Ohio had participated in Ohio Cup matches and festivities.
  
In their first match on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon on the last date of the August calendar, the Frogs fell to a distinguished club from Missouri.  The St. Louis Empires ruled the Frogs on the Capitoline Grounds by a score of 5 to 1.
  
A couple of hours later, the Frogs played the Maroons, another renowned club from St. Louis, on the Union Grounds.  The Frogs again tallied one early ace but were unable to add any more runs as many Frogs batsmen struck well but too often found the ball bounding into the hands of the Maroons.  As a result, while several Frogs reached the first, second and third bases safely, none were able to also make the home base again.  In the final frame, the St. Louis Maroons managed to cross the home base for their first ace of the match -- and then capped off their late rally with two more tallies for a 3 to 1 victory over the Frogs.
  
In their third and final match of the day, on the magnificent Muffin Meadow, the Frogs played the Welkin BBC of Port Huron, Michigan for the first time ever.  Field Captain Brad "Doc" James juggled the Frogs batting order with the hope of seeing the Frogs muster more than one ace in an Ohio Cup match.  The Welkins struck well and made some fine plays to even the score at one run apiece for the early innings.  Then, as the sun started to descend in the western sky during their final at bat, the Frogs finally started to reach base safely one right after another.  The Great Black Swamp club capitalized on this fortunate turn of events, sending 13 strikers to the line and ringing the tally bell 7 times.  Doc's ingenious strategy had paid off as the Frogs held on to win, 8 aces to 1.
  
Over the course of the day, spectators from far and wide got to see Eric "Clothesline" Kutchenriter reach base safely all five times he batted.  The spectators were also delighted to witness, and the Frogs were the grateful beneficiaries of, some very fine plays by catchers Jonathon "Mule" Pack and "Wrong Way" Rice.  It is also notable that the Frogs scored in the first inning of all three games and led all three games by a score of 1 to 0 after the first inning.  With this feat in mind, the Frogs will do their best to not only score early but also often throughout their matches at their season finale, the Tiffin Heritage Festival, on the last full day of summer, September 21st.
  
Reported by Mark Skolnicki, September 4, 2013

Frogs Shine Over Stars in Another Wild One at Wildwood

   Toledo, Ohio -  The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio played the Wyandotte (Michigan) Stars at Wildwood Metropark on August 18th in the final Frogs’ home match of the season.  The Frogs tallied one ace in the first inning to stake a slim, early lead but the Stars earned the next five aces in the following five frames.  Then, in the seventh inning, as they did in the opening match of the season at Wildwood, the Frogs staged another thrilling comeback and kept the tally keepers busy by running the bases and reaching the home base five times.  Neither team managed to tally any more aces in the final two frames as the Frogs held on to win the well-contested match by a score of 6 to 5 runs.
   Leading the way for the Frogs, Mike "Bacon" Mathis (Right Fieldsman) and Tyler "Junior" James (Center Fieldsman) were on base three times, while Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh (Left Fieldsman) and Darius "Hoot" Sarosh (Short Stop) each hit the ball far enough to make three bases before the ball was returned.  It also could be said that the Frogs emerged victorious because each and every member of the Frogs Base Ball Club contributed along the way.  Each Frog batsman reached base safely at least once; and, when on the playground, every Frog assisted in or made at least one put out of their worthy adversaries. 
   Along with the four fine Frogs already mentioned, these gentlemen also proudly represented the Great Black Swamp club on that sunny Sunday afternoon: Jeremy "Perfesser" Potter (Pitcher), Eric "Clothesline" Kutchenriter (Catcher), Mark "Goose" Skolnicki (First Baseman), Erik "Misstep" Michaels (Second Baseman), Rick "Sparky" Fuchs (Second Baseman and Field Captain), and Jeff "Wrong Way" Rice (Third Baseman).  All in all, it was a fine day to play base ball, the way it was meant to be played!

Reported by Mark Skolnicki, August 23, 2013

Frogs Fall in Fremont

   Fremont, Ohio -  The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, traveled to Fremont, Ohio, on Sunday, August 4th, for a match at Spiegel Grove against the Squires.  The Squires used the trees on the grounds of the home of President Rutherford B. Hayes to their advantage, scoring nine runs in their first four at bats to build an early lead.  The Frogs, as is their custom, chipped away at the Squires; lead as the match progressed.  As they came to bat in the final frame, the Frogs trailed the Squires by only two aces but were retired quietly and in order to end the game.  The Squires emerged victorius by a score of 9 to 7.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 9, 2013

Frogs Win Second Straight Sauder Cup

   Archbold, Ohio -  That the Black Swamp Frogs were able to take home the Sauder trophy for a second year in a row was nothing short of a miracle after their terrible start to the day.   The Sauder Vintage Base Ball tournament was held on Saturday, July 27th, in the horse pasture at Sauder Village.   Numerous spectators were on hand to witness the three base ball matches.
   The Spiegel Grove Squires scored early and often against the Frogs int he first match, and led the contest by a score of 10 to 2 after five innings of play.  The Frogs pushed two runs across in the sixth inning, but the otucome still looked bleak when the  ballists from Sylvania came to strike in the bottom of the seventh inning.  After two quick outs, the Frogs' bats suddenly came alive, and aided by some Squire generosity (and a tremendous amount of luck) the men from Sylvania exploded for seven runs to end the game.  The final score was 11 to 10 in favor of the Frogs.
   Despite a sudden downpour that delayed the start of the second match and sent fans and players alike scurrying for shelter, the Frogs' strikers stayed sharp for the second match of the day as they faced the Muffins from the Ohio Village in Columbus, Ohio.  Sylvania built an early lead and steadily added to it throughout the game.  The Muffins attempted to exploit defensive weakness on the right side of the Frogs' infield, but despite putting many runners on base they were unable to tally many aces.  The Frogs emerged triumphant in the second match by a score of 14 to 3.
  The third match of the day featured the Muffins and Squires.  The two teams played a spirited game, and were tied at 6 entering the bottom half of the seventh inning.  The Squires rose to the challenge, scoring twice in the final frame to win the game by a score of 8 to 6.
 

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 31, 2013

Wheels Roll Over Frogs at Walker Tavern Crossroads
 

    Brooklyn, Michigan -  On Sunday, July 21st,  the Frogs traveled to historic Walker Tavern at the crossroads in Brooklyn, Michigan, for a match against one of the Wolverine State's finest clubs, the Walker Wheels.  The Wheels rolled to a large early lead thanks to their prodigious striking.  The Frogs battled back early to pull within two tallies as they slowly adjusted to play under the Rules of 1867 and to the ups and downs of the hillside field below the tavern. But the home club surged ahead, placing substantial sums on the scoreboard again and again in the final four frames.  Upon the merciful conclusion of the match, the Walker Wheels had walloped the Great Black Swamp Frogs despite extraordinary efforts by the Sylvania nine, including the Frogs who hail from Michigan - Darius "Hoot" Sarosh, Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh, and Mike "Bacon" Mathis.

Reported by Mark Skolnicki, July 24, 2013

Frogs Fortunate to Win Versus Wahoos

 
   Toledo, Ohio
On July 14, the Great Black Swamp Frogs hosted the Wahoo Base Ball Club of Royal Oak in what has become a highly anticipated annual tradition -- a base ball match played by the two clubs on the sloping lawn at the corner of Seaman and Wheeling Streets on a hot and humid summer afternoon. The Wahoos wowed the wonderful Lutheran Home residents, their kin, and countless other spectators, by collecting many more aces than the Frogs in the first few innings.  The fortunes of the Frogs turned midway in the match as the Frogs leveled the ledger and eventually jumped ahead of the Wahoos for a final tally of twenty to ten. 

Reported by Mark Skolnicki, July 24, 2013

Sister Cities Cup Stay in Sylvania Short but Sweet

   Toledo, Ohio -  On July Fourth, the Great Black Swamp Frogs hosted the Woodstock Actives at Wildwood Metropark in their annual Independence Day Match.  After several seasons of not being able to capture the Sister Cities Cup, the Sylvania club hosted a match with the Woodstock nine as defenders of the cherished challenge bucket.  But alas, on this warm and muggy day the gentlemen from Canada jumped out in front of the Frogs early and never relinquished the lead.  The Actives had the much better day in the field and at the striker's line, yielding only three runs while crossing the home base nine times.
   The Frogs look forward to next year's friendly rivalry and trip to Woodstock, Ontario, for another chance to return to Sylvania, Ohio with the Sister Cities Cup. 


Reported by Mark Skolnicki, July 7 2013
Frogs Seize Sister Cities Cup

   Woodstock, Ontario -  The Sister Cities Cup resides in Sylvania once more, at least for now.  On July 1st, the Great Black Swamp Frogs travelled to Woodstock, Ontario, to play their annual Canada Day Match against the Woodstock Actives.  The Frogs prevailed in a close game, that featured both clubs exchanging leads multiple times.  The Actives scored their final ace in the seventh inning, anf the Frogs held on to win by a score of nine to six.
     The Frogs were led at the plate by Jeff "Wrong Way" Rice, who scored each of the three times that he reached base, and by Darius "Hoot" Sarosh, who reached base in each of his four trips to the plate, scoring twice.
      The clubs will meet again on July 4th, this time at Wildwood Metropark, with the fate of the Sister Cities Cup again on the line.



Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 3rd, 2013
Frogs Stomped by Squires, Squash Stinkers

   Delta, OHThe Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio were honored to be part of the Village of Delta's Old Fashioned Picnic in the Park.  Several of the Frog regulars were not able to play in the exhibition matches held in conjunction with the Delta Sesquicentennial picnic festivities, but the Frogs had the very good fortune of rounding out the club with four local gentlemen who quickly proved to have the moral attributes and physical qualifications of a model base ball player. 

 

In the opening match of the day, the Frogs fell to our friends from Fremont and champions of the Sylvania Cup, the Spiegel Grove Squires.  The Squires found the beautiful fields of Delta to their liking, reaching the home base eleven times while the Frogs were only able to muster two tallies.  After witnessing a well played match between Spiegel Grove and Stemtown, the four Frogs from Delta were eager to show the friendly residents of their town that they could lead the Frogs to a victory, which is exactly what they did.  In the final match of the day in Delta -- Sam Tedrick, Rick Maurer, Rick McKibben, and Dan Miller -- were integral reasons why the Frogs prevailed over the Stemtown Stinkers by a score of fifteen runs to four.  The Frogs truly appreciated the Village of Delta for their genuine hospitality, and for sharing their four fine base ball players, on a memorable day that celebrated the rich history of the town and the great game of base ball. 


     Reported by Mark Skolnicki, June 26, 2013
Squires Take Third Consecutive Sylvania Cup

   Sylvania, OH-  The Spiegel Grove Squires of Fremont, Ohio, were undefeated on Saturday, June 15th, to capture their third consecutive Sylvania Cup.  The Squires topped the host Frogs in their first match of the day by a score of eight to two, and then followed with victories over the Wyandotte Ghostriders (21 to 3) and the Monitor BBC of Chelsea, Michigan (10 to 5).
  
The Monitors and Ghostriders met in an early match, with the Ghostriders prevailing 15 to 7.  Meanwhile, the Frogs rebounded from their early defeat to best the Monitor BBC by a score of 12 to 0, and then finished the day by topping the Ghostriders 14 to 2.
   Base ball skills competitions were held throughout the day.  The title of "Swiftest Runner" was bestowed upon Josh "Speedy" Schmidt of the Spiegel Grove Squires, who circled the bases in 16.69 seconds. 
   The "Farthest Throw" competition intially ended in a tie, with Jesse "Impatient" Shane of the Ghostriders and Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh each tallying 248 feet on their best throws.  Each player was awarded a third throw as a tie breaker.  Mr. Shane topped his earlier best by tossing the base ball 255 feet, but Mr. Sarosh would not be outdone,  hurling the spheroid 295 feet for a new Sylvania Cup record.
   Darius "Hoot" Sarosh of the Great Black Swamp Frogs outpaced all other players with eight catches in the air during the day's matches to earn the "Most Fly Balls Caught" award.

     Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 19, 2013
Frogs Win Three, Lose Two at Mayor's Cup

   Upper Sandusky, OH

Frogs Split Eastern Series

   Canal Fulton, OH-  The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, traveled to picturesque Canal Fulton on Sunday, May 19th, for a pair of matches against clubs from Eastern Ohio.  The opening match pitted the Frogs against Canal Fulton's Mules BBC.  An inning of muffs and missteps in the field doomed the Frogs, as the Mules took advantage of these opportunities to score five runs in the frame.  The Mules then held on to beat the visiting Frogs by a score of seven runs to four.
   Recent history nearly repeated itself when the Frogs took on the Hoover Sweepers in the second match of the day.  A rough inning in the field for the Frogs resulted in an early lead for the Sweepers.  This time, however, the Frogs battled back to win the match with a pair of runs in their final at bat.

     Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 28, 2013
Frogs Score Five In Seventh, Hop Over Risers

   Toledo, OH-  The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, opened their 2013 season on May 5th with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Early Riser BBC of Detroit, Michigan, by a final score of nine to six at Wildwood Metropark.  True to their nickname, the Early Risers jumped out to an early lead over the Frogs by scoring three runs in the first frame, and adding runs in the fourth and sixth.  The Frogs struggled from the line in the early innings,  and trailed the club from Detroit for most of the match.  In the seventh, the Frogs bats finally came alive and seven consecutive Frogs reached base successfully as the club scored five runs to leapfrog their worthy adversaries.
     The Frogs were led by Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh and Tyler "Junior" James, each of whom scored two runs in the contest.

     Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 11, 2013
2012 News
Website Updated!

   Sylvania, OH-  The Frogs' website has finally been updated!  The results from the 2012 season may be found in the History secton.  The Frogs finished the year with a record of 14 victories, 5 losses, and 4 tied matches.  During 2012, the Frogs recorded their 250th victory, and the team has no played over 400 matches since it started in 1991!

     The tentative schedule for 2013 is now listed on the Schedule page.  Openings are still available in mid-March and at the Delta Sesquicentennial in late June.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, November 13, 2012
Frogs Return From New York With Winning Record

   Rochester, NY -  The Frogs travelled to Mumford, NY, (just outside Rochester) to participate in the National Silver Ball  Tournament at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.  In their first game, the Frogs showed that the long journey had affected them as they played uninspired defense and lost to the village's Flower City team by a score of 18 to 9.
   The Frogs returned to the village green on Saturday afternoon and played much better ball, holding off the Elizabeth Resolutes of New Jersey by a score of 9 to 8.  The evening game found the Frogs matched with the Fair Play BBC of Talbot County, Maryland.  The Frogs led early, but were unable to hold off the Fair Play and instead settled for a tie, 111 to 11.
   Irritated by the ending of the late game on Saturday, the Frogs were determined to win their final match and leave with a winning record for the tournament.  Despite a slow start at the plate, the Frogs eventually began to hit and topped the village's Live Oak team 8 to 3.

 

Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 5, 2012
Frogs Survive Heat, Outlast Wahoos

   Toledo, Ohio -  On a hot and humid afternoon on July 14th, the Frogs and the gentlemen of the Wahoo BBC of Royal Oak, MI,  engaged in a high scoring match at the Lutheran Home of Toledo.  Aces were talleyed early and often in the match.  Despite a late rally by the Wahoos, the Frogs emerged victorius by a score of 21 to 13.
 

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 20, 2012
Frogs  Undefeated on First Day of Mayor's Cup, Winless on Second Day

   Upper Sandusky, OH -  The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, went undefeated on the first day of the Mayor's Cup in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.  The strikers for both sides were ready, as the opening match saw the Frogs and Huntington Champion Hill Toppers (IN) tie at 18 tallies apiece.  Casting a shadow on the first match was the loss of Mark "Goose" Skolnicki, who suffered multiple shoulder fractures while diving for a ball at the third base.
   In the Frogs' second match of the day, they topped the host Wyandotte Ghostriders by a score of 13 to 7.  The Frogs finished the day by coming back from an early deficit to down the Mansfield Independents 8 to 5.  By virtue of their undefeated record on Day 1, the Frogs were placed into Pool A on the second day.
   The second day saw the Frogs open against the Columbus Capitals.  The Frogs were overmatched early in the game, as fantastic striking by the Capitals led to the Frogs; first loss of the season, 21 to 10.   The second match of the day saw a heavy-hitting Akron Black Stockings squad hammer the Frogs 27 to 7.

 

Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 7, 2012
Frogs  Prevail at Historic Fort in Season Opener

   Detroit, MI -  The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, opened their 2012 season on Sunday, May 6th, with a win against the Early Risers Base Ball Club at historic Fort Wayne in Detroit.  The two clubs met on the parade ground outside of the fort on a beautiful spring day.  The Frogs fell behind early, as Sylvania's ballists appeared to be distracted by the sight of large ships carrying freight down the Detroit River past the fort.  The denizens of the Black Swamp soon returned their concentration to the match, and surged back with four aces in the third inning and another five in the fifth frame.  The Frogs continued to add tallies in later innings, and withstood numerous charges by their hosts before prevailing by a final score of 14 aces to 10.
  The Frogs were led at the striker's line by Jeff "Wrong" Way Rice, who tallied three aces and reached base safely in all five of his trips to the line.  Darius "Hoot" Sarosh also had several big hits, including a home run, while scoring two aces.

   Inning       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9       Total Aces
   Frogs        0   0   4   0   5   2   1   2   0           14
   Risers      1   3   2   0   2   0   0   1   1           10

Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 24, 2012
Lots of Updates

   Sylvania, OH -  With a little over a week until the 2012 Frogs' season starts, the webstie has finally been updated.  The schedule has been adjusted slightly and new players have been added to our roster.  Check back soon for new roster photos.
    The "Links" page has been updated to include all of our sponsors for the 2012 season.  Thank you to our new sponsors: the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, the East Toledo Historical Society,  and the 14th OVI / 3rd Arkansas Civil War Reenactors.  Use our "Links" page to visit their websites.

 


Reported by Rick Fuchs, April 27, 2012
2011 News
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

2010 News
Frogs End 2010 Season With Loss

   Royal Oak, MI- The Wahoo BBC hosted the Frogs on September 25th, 2010, at Starr-Jaycee Park in Royal Oak, Michigan.  The Wahoos were better prepared than the undermanned Frogs' club,  and that was reflected in the final score as the Wahoos talleyed 22 aces to the Frogs' nine.
   With the season ending loss, the Frogs finished the 2010 campaign with 11 wins and 10 losses.

   Inning       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9       Total Aces
   Frogs        1   3   1   0   0   0   1   1   2            9
   Wahoos    6   0   4   4   0   1   0   3   4           22


Reported by Rick Fuchs, November 2, 2010

Frogs Top Stars, Avenge Early Season Loss

   Toledo, OH - The Frogs hosted a rematch with the Wyandotte Stars of Wyandotte, MI, at Wildwood Metropark on Sunday, September 12, 2010.  The Stars had drubbed the Frogs in the first meeting of the year in Wyandotte.  This time, the Frogs triumphed, topping the Wyandotte club by a score of five aces tallyed to one.

The Frogs' strikers were led by Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh, who talleyed two aces on the day.  Other Frogs touching the plate were Brandon "Lightning" Monaghan and Jeff "Wrong Way" Rice.  "Wrong Way" talleyed after striking well and reaching base, and again as a pinch runner for Read "Steamboat" Backus.

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

Reported by Rick Fuchs, September 15, 2010
Frogs Split Pair With NY Mutuals

   Oneonta, NY - The Frogs played a pair of matches against the New York Mutual at Damaschke Field in Oneonta, NY.  The first match was played by the Rules of 1860, and the Frogs topped the Mutuals by a score of nine aces to eight in dramatic fashion, talleying the final two aces in the bottom of the ninth inning..  The second match was played by the Rules of 1864.  The Mutuals ran all over the Frogs and won by a score of seven to three.

More story will follow when received at the telegraph office.



Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 10, 2010
Sylvania Cup News - Three Teams Finish With Two Wins;
Frogs Declared Tourney Champs By Run Differential!

Sylvania, OH - Stories will follow when received at the telegraph office.

10:00 am Matches:
   Inning                1   2   3   4   5   6   7       Total Aces
   Millers               0   0   0   1   0   0   1             2
   Frogs                  0   0   2   0   0   2   4             8

   Inning                 1   2   3   4   5   6   7       Total Aces
   Old Golds            1   0   3   0   0   0   0            4
   Crossing Rails   0   0   0   0   0   0   0             0

Noon Matches:
   Inning                1   2   3   4   5   6   7       Total Aces
   Crossing Rails   0   0   0   0   1   0   0             1
   Frogs                  0   0   0   0   0   0   0             0

   Inning                 1   2   3   4   5   6   7       Total Aces
   Old Golds            0   0   0   0   1   1   0            2
   Millers               0   0   1   0   0   0   0             1

2:00 pm Matches:
   Inning                1   2   3   4   5   6   7       Total Aces
   Old Golds            0   0   0   0   0   0   0            0
   Frogs                  2   0   0   0   1   0   1             0

   Inning                 1   2   3   4   5   6   7       Total Aces
   Crossing Rails   1   3   0   0   0   0   0             4
   Millers               1   0   0   0   0   0   0             1

Final Results:
Team                    Wins     Losses     Aces For     Aces Against
Frogs                       2             1             12                  3
Crossing Rails        2             1               5                  5
Old Golds                 2             1               6                  5                
Millers                     0            3               4                  14

Skills Competitions
Swiftest Runner
1. 16.31 sec., Tyler "Junior" James, Great Black Swamp Frogs
2. 16.50 sec., Mark Brigham, Crossing Rails of Alliance
3. 16.82 sec., "Shank" Miller, Bonneyville Millers

Farthest Throw
1. 241 feet, Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh, Great Black Swamp Frogs
2. 231 feet, Aaron Brid, Crossing Rails of Alliance
3. 223 feet, Anson Gross, Crossing Rails of Alliance

Most Fly Balls Caught
1. 13 - Jason "Grits" Stacy, Bonneyville Millers, a new tournament record

Reported by Rick Fuchs, June 13, 2010
Frogs Battered Again in 1867

   Rochester Hills, MI -

   Inning        1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9       Total Aces
   Grangers   2   7   4   1   3   0   2   9   1            29
   Frogs          3   0   1   0   0   2   3   0   2             11

Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 26, 2010

Wyandotte Stars Run Over Frogs

   Wyandotte, MI - The Frogs crossed the Michigan border and a vintage timeline on Saturday, May 15, 2010, when they traveled to Wyandotte, Michigan, to play the Wyandotte Stars club.  The Stars play by the rules of 1867, and the heavily depleted Frogs club had trouble making the adjustment.
   Despite tallying six aces in the second inning and five in the fourth, the Frogs were unable to match the relentless assault of the Wyandotte strikers.  The final score was 29 to 17 in favor of the Stars.
   The Frogs' strikers were led by Jeremy "Professor" Potter, who talleyed four aces on the day.

   Inning       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9       Total Aces
   Frogs        0   6   0   5   2   0   2   2   0            17
   Stars        5   0  10  1   3   0   6   4   -             29

Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 20, 2010

Frogs Open 20th Season by Taking Pair From Inmates

    Toledo, OH - The Sylvania Great Black Swamp Frogs team opened its 20th season of vintage competition on Sunday, May the Second, by defeating a much-improved nine from Wood County, the Infirmary Inmates.  In the first contest, the Frogs tallied eightaces to the Inmates' one.  In the second contest, the Frogs kept the Wood County nine off the scoreboard while talling five aces of their own.

Darius "Hoot" Sarosh was the big striker of the day, tallying four bases on one hit into the woods, and three sacks on another strike.

The Frogs welcomed back Dan "Money" Close and Rob "Hammer" Rudski, each who missed the majority of last season.  Both players played fine defense at the corners of the infield, helping preserve the Frogs' victories.

Defensively, the Frogs were also aided by Jeff "Wrong Way" Rice and Craig "Duke" Sneider behind the plate.  Both made fine plays on foul tics.  Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh also aided the Forgs with his blazing speed, running down several fly balls in the outfield.

Match 1:
   Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7       Total Aces
   Inmates        1  0  0  0  0  0  0            1
   Frogs             0  6  1  0  0  1  -             8


Match 2:
   Inning            1  2  3  4  5  6  7       Total Aces
   Inmates        0  0  0  0  0  0  0            0
   Frogs             0  1  1  2  0  1  -             5
Reported by Jeremy Potter, May 4, 2010


The Sylvania Town Crier opens the 20th season of Frogs'  base ball.
Long Awaited Updates to Site!

   Sylvania, OH - After months of inactivity, the Frogs' website has finally been updated.  The Frogs are now getting ready for the 2010 season.  The tentative schedule for 2010 has been posted on the "Schedule" page.

Updated January 15, 2010
2009 News
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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