HOLMDEL, NJ - Saturday's "vintage" game between Monmouth Furnace and the Brooklyn Atlantic Base Ball Club in Holmdel has been won by Mother Nature.
Due to a forecast for continued rain -- and "a soggy field that not only would make it unpleasant for our cranks (fans) but also unsafe for our dashing players" -- the May 19th match has been canceled by the host, Historic Longstreet Farm.
The Monmouth Furnace team's next home game will be on Saturday, June 9th at 11 a.m. in Veterans' Park, South Amboy, versus the John Bulls of Radford's Ferry.
According to Furnace manager Russ McIver, "The sun will shine again, and the Monmouth Furnace will heat things up!"
The team is the Jersey Shore's representative in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League. It competes with clubs from Maryland to Long Island, New York. It re-enacts games with 1864 rules -- underhand pitching, wood bats and no fielding gloves.