Keokuk, May 13. - "Old Probs" again favored us with a pretty day, as, barring the high wind, it was a delightful day for out-door sports.
In the morning the boys took a walk across the bridge and fished, or rather tried to catch some of the finny tribe, but without any satisfactory results - Pike being the only one to land one of his namesakes. Battin got up a momentary excitement by tying the one Lip. had caught to his line, quietly dropping it in the water and pulling it out with a great shout, but the rick was too thin and only lasted until Pike went to compare it with his prize.
After dinner the bus was loaded and at half-past two we were upon the field of green for our second tussle with the doughty Westerns. Capt. Dicky again called the lucky side of the nickel and took his men into the field, Mr. Mack again officiating as umpire. It was soon apparent that the Iowa champions were not going to let us have the soft thing of yesterday over again. Golden pitched throughout the entire game with more attention to strategy and less to speed, and Barnie backed him up with more vim and accuracy. The fielders also played with more ease and steadiness. Up to the fifth innings but one run had been made, that by the Westerns, and the Browns began to realize that a nice piece of work was cut out for them to get another ball away from Keokuk. After whitewashing their opponents in the fifth innings, the Browns got in two unearned runs, Dehlman by a good fair-foul for two bases and good base running made third, stealing home on Cuthbert's high hit to centre field; Pearce being sent around by Pike after making first on an error.
Two unearned runs in the seventh and eighth innings, however, gave the Browns the lead and game, as the Blue Stockings failed to get nearer home than third base, where Carbine was left in the eighth innings.
The game was hotly contested, and the playing on both sides first-class. Hague and Pearce were charged with most errors on the winning side, but both made brilliant plays that offset them.
On the part of the Westerns, Carbine, Hallinan and Barnie deserve special mention for efficient service in the field. The former and Goldsmith leading at the bat.
-St. Louis Republican, May 15, 1875
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