Roxbury Nine sweeps NE road trip
With the Keator Cup just weeks away, the Roxbury Nine made it clear this weekend past that they are poised and ready for the heat on September 5 and 6.
Their travels to Rhode Island and Massachusetts brought forth a full weekend of unequaled baseball action starting in Bristol, R.I. on Friday night. The 1861 rules contest against the Bristol Blues went eight innings and was handed to the Nine with a 12-10 lead when the game was called due to darkness.
Saturday, the Nine took on vintage veterans, the Providence Grays in an afternoon doubleheader. The Nine took a commanding lead early in game one, played by 1884 rules, and never looked back chalking up a 20-10 victory. Game two, played in the Nine signature 1898 era was cause for another assertive performance as they carved out another win with a 12-3 final score.
Sunday brought the Roxbury boys of summer to McCoy stadium to open for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston AAA team. This thrilling opportunity to play on a meticulously manicured field in front of thousands was just what the Nine needed to seal their vintage sweep.
Greg Funck took the mound for the Nine and appeared to be right at home on the stadium rubber. The Roxbury boys played with grace, style and their typical competitive edge cementing their winning streak with a 9-3 victory. But when all was said and done, both the Nine and the Grays bowed to a standing ovation and left the stadium proud of their roots and relationship with a national pastime.
Baseball fans can see the Nine, the Mountain Athletic Club, the Bovina Dairymen and the Brooklyn Atlantics square off all weekend long on September 5 and 6 in Roxbury. Visit www.roxburyny.com for more info and schedule.