BAY CITY, MI — When traveling back in time, it’s tough to top Greenfield Village.
And the vintage base ball team that represents the living history museum in Dearborn follows suit.
Greenfield Village outlasted the host Bay City Independents in extra innings then downed Walker Tavern to take home the championship cup from the 1865 State of Michigan Championship Baseball Tournament.
The annual tournament featured four vintage baseball clubs, which dress, act and play in the style of the 1860s. Players don wool uniforms, hoist heavy wooden bats and play the game with no gloves and no fences.
Action took place Saturday, Sept. 26 at Bay City’s historic Carroll Park, as the echoes of bat hitting ball and the cries of mighty “Huzzahs!” rang through the trees and took fans and followers to another time.
The Bay City Independents, fresh off a second-place finish in the World’s Tournament, took Greenfield Village into two extra innings before falling 11-10. In the consolation match, Bay City played the Saginaw Old Golds to a draw after two more extra innings.
Jason “Logger” Leppek was the top slugger for the Independents with two home runs and one triple.
Saginaw dropped a 12-8 semifinal match to Walker Tavern, which settled for runner-up after falling 12-10 to Greenfield Village.
The Independents close out their 2015 season with a game at Detroit’s Navin Field on Sunday, Oct. 4.