In what can only be described as a shocking upset, the Hingham Coopers defeated the Hingham Derbys by a score of 6 aces to 2 aces on Saturday July 6th before a crowd of more than one hundred fans of the grand old game who braved 94 uncomfortable degrees. Since the inception of the Hingham Cup game six years ago, the Derbies have won every one of these Independence Weekend matchups. Many have been close wins, with dramatic bottom of the ninth victories and late offensive explosions unleashed against a heartbroken Cooper squad. Each year they’d pour Champagne into the old cup and share it out. But this year, the Coopers shared out a ‘ganset and washed away the French flavor for the year.
A seasoned team stacked with skills, the Derbys were unable to figure out the pitching of “Andro” Melia, who pitched a heroic complete game for the winning side, closing out the victory by shutting down the Derbies in the top of the 9th, ONE TWO THREE!
Opposing pitcher Maddog Madden also pitched an excellent game, holding the Coopers in check for most of the game with a vicious underhanded riser that most of the Coopers could not master. The Derby defense pulled some excellent plays, including a key inning-ending double play by Huckleberry Fideli that shut down what might have been a runaway Cooper inning in the bottom of the sixth.
In the end, the winning Cooper runs came on skilled base running and stealing. Three-year Cooper veteran and lead-off hitter Wishbone Manning, and new recruit Hoss Ford, were particular standouts in this regard, manufacturing runs for the Coopers with small ball tactics and base path speed. The Coopers also benefitted from standout defense from Whitewash Gainey at First Base, another new recruit to the Cooper side, and second baseman Q-Ball Quillen. The Cooper outfield trio was kept busy by the hard hitting Derbies but the results were often easy to field pop ups. That’s not to say the Derbies didn’t swing hard. Catcher Pistol Dickason, third baseman Govna Hedlund and Slugger Huckleberry Fideli all took their hacks and hit solid stuff deep into the outfield, but didn’t combine for the same offensive onslaught they brought to last year’s Cup Game.
Selectman Bruce Rabuffo once again took the helm in the booth, along with color man Tom O’Donnell. Their combined knowledge of the Vintage rules through the many years they’ve been filling these roles for us during the Independence Weekend game has been much appreciated. Umpire Mike Studley called the plays fairly and without bias and Town Moderator Michael Puzo gave a fantastic a capella rendition of our American National Anthem that brought Huzzahs! from the Vintage teams. The Joe Brogan Jazz Quartet played brass instrument versions of early 20th century favorites between innings while ice cold Narragansett beer was available to those wishing to cool off with an adult beverage. This was a great event and heck of a game and if you missed it, there’s always next year’s Independence Weekend Classic to compete for the Hingham Cup!