The 'Varsity baseball season was opened on Holmes Field last Saturday afternoon in a seven inning game with Phillips Andover which the 'Varsity won by a score of 4 to 1.
Taken all in all, the game from a Harvard standpoint was decidedly dispiriting. Not only did Andover lead for four innings by a single run made in the first inning, but up to the very last no chance was presented for the 'Varsity's winning by any appreciable score. As it was, Foster's home run barely saved Harvard from what might have been a veritable defeat.
In contrast to Harvard's style of play, the Andover team got into the game in rare form, displaying an unusual amount of vim and dash. The 'Varsity, on the other hand, exhibited decided listlessness. They secured but four hits to Andover's six, and for some unaccountable reason seemed entirely under the control of the Andover pitchers. Attempts at sacrifice hits were nearly always complete failures, and instead of hitting the ball at the proper time, the men repeatedly waited for bases on balls, which to be sure were in many cases forthcoming. In fielding, the team exhibited the same unfortunate tendency to indifferent playing, seemingly taking the game as a matter of course, and something that unfortunately entered into the preliminary training that is now being gone through with. As a whole the playing was ragged and although but one error was made, that was inexcusable, and what should have been a double play, resulted in a single put-out through Laughlin's careless fielding.
Fitz and Davis were substituted for Hayes and Pote in the fourth inning, and at once proved to be a more effective battery. Two hits were made off Fitz and a good throw to second was made by Davis to catch Cullinane.
The star play of the game was a onehanded catch of a line drive over first by McCornick. For Andover, Quinby made a brilliant stop in the fifth inning on a throw to second, recovering in time to catch Foster at the plate. Waddell played a steady game behind the bat, making seven put-outs, five assists and no errors, together with two of Andover's six hits.
The score and summary:
a. b. b. h. p. o. a. e.
Laughlin, s., 3 1 1 1 1
Rand, l. f., 3 0 0 0 0
Haughton, 2b., 3 1 2 1 0
Burgess, r. f., 4 1 1 0 0
Lynch, c. f., 3 0 1 0 0
Foster, 3b, 2 1 2 1 0
McCornick, 1b., 2 0 7 0 0