Yesterday afternoon Ninety-nine won the class championship by defeating Ninety-seven in a close game by the score of three to nothing. The Freshmen out-played their opponents at all points of the game and had decidedly the better team. Although the game was close it lacked interest owing to the fact that neither side could hit the ball safely. Only four safe hits were made during the whole game, and all of these were made by the Freshmen.
The poor showing at the bat was due to the good pitching of Fitz and Harris. Both did well but Fitz was especially good. He did not allow Ninety-seven a hit, and struck out nine men, while with men on bases he was particularly cool and effective.
It was agreed before the game that only seven innings should be played, and in five of the innings Ninety-seven sent only three men to bat, while Ninety-nine did the same in three.
The fielding of the teams was not very clean nor as good as it has been in some of the earlier games. Ninety-nine was the better in this respect, and their errors were not so costly as Ninety-seven's,
As Davis had been taken by the 'Varsity, Simpson caught for Ninety-nine, and, in spite of the fact that this was his first important game, he played extremely well in every respect.
The batteries did the best work for both teams, and Hallowell and Turner also did well for Ninety-seven.
Ninety-nine first scored in the fifth inning. McCall hit safely and took second on Simpson's hit. He then stole third and came in on Sherwin's out to right field. In the sixth inning the Freshmen made their last two runs. Lynch got a base on balls, took second on Sears' sacrifice, and came in on Fitz's hit to Bradley. Bradley let the ball by him, and when he fielded it in, Garrison threw wild to third and Fitz scored. Ninety-seven came near scoring in the fifth inning, when they had a man on second and third and only one out, but Bradley was out trying for home on Garrison's hit to Litchfield and Abbott struck out. The score was:
a. b. r. b. h. p. o. a. e.
Thompson, 2b. 3 0 0 3 0 0
Lynch, r. f. 1 1 0 1 0 0
Sears, l. f. 3 0 1 0 0 0
Fitz, p. 3 1 1 0 1 0
Litchfield, 3b. 3 0 0 0 2 1
Galbraith, s. s. 2 0 0 0 4 2