The Lansing Senators Vintage Base Ball Club face Chelsea Monitors in their first match

LANSING, me. –

The Lansing Senators’ Vintage Base Ball Club kicked off its inaugural season on Saturday at Francis Park against Chelsea’s Monitor Baseball Club.

It’s just fun to be out with people on a Saturday

“It’s just fun to be out with people on a Saturday and do something you enjoy,” said Michael Jarema, captain of the Lansing Senators.

Lansing Senators kick off the inaugural season

Mikayla Temple, WSYM, 2021.

Both teams introduced themselves before the start of the game.

The monitors captain John Van Hoek said they are happy to start their eleventh season by welcoming a new team to the vintage baseball leagues.

“We were very fortunate to meet some good new friends from Lansing the Lansing Senators who were playing their first match in vintage baseball,” said Van Hoek.

Lansing Senators kick off the inaugural season

Mikayla Temple, WSYM, 2021.

The players practiced before the game started.

The teams began to play by rules from 1867.

“We played a couple of innings under our standard rules of flight, where if you catch a ball in the air it is an out,” said Jarema

Lansing Senators

Mikayla Temple, FOX 47 News, 2021

Eventually they returned to the rules of 1863 even further.

“We also played an innings or two with bound rules. If the ball bounces off the floor and you catch it, it’s still an out,” Jarema said.

Lansing Senators kick off the inaugural season

Mikayla Temple, WSYM, 2021.

The monitors were ready to hit first because they were the away team.

Van Hoek said it was an honor to play against the Senators in their first game.

We were very excited to be the first opponents for the Lasing Senators

“We were really excited to be the Lasing Senators’ first opponents and show them our attitude towards vintage baseball and show that we just love to play,” he said.

Especially after their last season was canceled.

“Last year it was very difficult with the pandemic where we couldn’t play a lot at all,” said Van Hoek. “It just felt good to be outside again.” It felt good to do what we love with the people we love. “

The monitors won. The game ended with a 22-2 result. But Jarema said the most important thing is that they had fun and that he is happy that they started their season against a team with a lot of experience.

Lansing Senators kick off the inaugural season

Mikayla Temple, WSYM, 2021.

Friends and family from both teams came out to support the players.

“They have been really nice to us and have helped us find out and understand things when we haven’t turned everything upside down,” said Jarema.

Before the next game in a couple of weeks, Jarema said he knew what to do.

“I think we just need to practice more and that will help,” he said

Jarema was delighted that his dream of starting a vintage baseball team was finally coming true.

We have a baseball team

“We have a baseball team,” said Jarema. “This is a real baseball team that came here to play against us because we’re a real baseball team too, and that’s just great.”

Lansing Senators Season Schedule

Lansing Senators Vintage Base Ball Team, 2021.

The Lansing Senators complete the list of games this season. All home games take place in Francis Park.

The Lansing Senators will face the Monitor and Mount Clemens monitors in Chelsea in two weeks for a double header.

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