Liberty Club's Grounds
Flemington played its first doubleheader of the year against the New Brunswick Liberty on the Liberty’s home field located in East Jersey Olde Town Village which is part of Johnson Park in Piscataway, NJ. While Ernie Banks’ would say "Let’s Play Two" with much enthusiasm, the Neshanock had a tough time as they dropped two to the excellent play of the Liberty. The game also saw an appearance of Somerset Patriots’ mascot, “Sparkee”, who provided support to both the Liberty and Neshanock.
"Sparkee" gives batting tips to Scott “Snuffy” Hengst
The second game was played under the Neshanock’s rules of 1864. The game was close through 8 innings with New Brunswick holding a 13-12 advantage. However, in the top of the ninth, the Liberty’s bats exploded as they plated 11 while the Neshanock only answered with 1 of their own resulting in a 24-13 loss. The following Neshanock each had a 3 hit game, Ken “Tumbles” Mandel, Mark “Gaslight” Granieri, and Joe “Mick” Murray.
"Jersey" Jim Nunn
Perhaps the brightest spot of the day for the Neshanock was the return of Chris “Sideshow” Nunn to the lineup after having been lost last year to injury during the Philadelphia Navy Yard Classic. Since Saturday’s game was the day before Father’s Day, it would be timely to mention that there are many Father and Sons playing 19th Century Base Ball. The Neshanock have had many such pairings over the years including the Nunns with Jim and sons Chris and Matt. Next weekend the Neshanock will be hosted by the Historical Society of Princeton and Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton, NJ.
Chris "Sideshow" Nunn
All photos and verbiage courtesy of Mark "Gaslight" Granieri