The Newton A. A. team defeated Harvard with the utmost ease yesterday afternoon in a game that was marked by Dowd's good pitching and Harvard's ragged fielding. Newton won the game in the first inning, when she scored four runs on three base hits by Woodcock and Draper, a two base hit by Mason, a single by Bustard, and errors by Scannell and Paine. After this the playing on both sides was slow and without interest. Dowd had the Harvard batters completely at his mercy and allowed only three scattered hits, one of which was a scratch. Fortunately each of Harvard's three base hits enabled her to score a run.
Haughton's pitching was a very easy mark for the Newton men who batted safely almost whenever they pleased. His support was exceptionally poor in every respect. The whole infield fumbled and threw poorly on almost every opportunity, and were only saved from more errors by several lucky plays. Scannell's catching was much inferior to that of Draper, and was rather careless at times. The outfielders were weak in returning the numerous hits which came in their direction, though they caught all the flies which fell into their hands. Warren's home run was made on a single which Rand allowed to pass him by running in and trying to catch it when it was out of reach. The best play of the game was a stop by Stevenson in the first inning, but his rather wild throw was muffed by Paine.
The uniforms of the Newton team, which had been sent by express, did not arrive in time for the game, and so after a long wait the men played in whatever suits they could borrow. Before the game was over it began to grow dark, and finally time was called in the middle of the eighth inning. This was on the whole fortunate for Harvard, for Newton had already scored three runs with two men out and was knocking the ball in every direction.
The game began with Newton at the bat. Mason made a two-base hit and Barton reached first on a muffed third strike by Scannell. Bustard hit safely and Mason scored, but Barton was out at the plate. Woodcock and Draper made long three base hits. Warren's grounder was fielded by Stevenson, but Dowd was safe on Paine's muff. After four runs had come in, Bowen struck out.
Harvard did not get beyond first base in the first inning. In the second Stevenson was given a base on balls, stole second, and took third on Haughton's clever sacrifice hit. Paine and Pote, however, both struck out. In the fourth inning Burgess made a scratch hit but was thrown out when he attempted to steal second. Rand was given a base on balls and stole second, aided by Draper's poor throw. Stevenson struck out, but Haughton brought in the first run by his three base hit. Paine hit a fly to Johnson. In the next inning Clarkson made a three base hit and scored on Dean's fly to Woodcock. For the rest of the game Harvard went out in order.
Newton added a run to her score in the third inning on a scratch hit, a stolen base, and an error by Pote. Hits by Dowd and Mason and an error by Stevenson gave another run in the sixth, and in the seventh inning Warren was allowed to make a home run on a hit that Rand should easily have stopped. In the eighth inning Newton made two long hits and, aided by a base on balls, a wild pitch and an error by Stevenson, had scored three runs with two out before time was called. The score goes back to the close of even innings and was as follows:
NEWTON A. A.
a.b. r. b.h. p.o. a. e.
Mason, 3b. 4 1 2 0 0 0
Barton, s. 3 0 1 0 1 0
Bustard, 1b. 4 1 1 6 1 0
Woodcock, c. f. 4 1 1 1 0 0
Warren, r. f. 4 2 2 2 0 0
Draper, c. 3 1 1 6 1 0
Dowd, p. 3 1 1 1 4 1