Category: Lake Town

Lake Town Reliever Hurt

Wednesday, March 26th, 2042
A blow for Ysabrylla Gandilhir today — team doctors confirmed she will miss 5 months with a torn rotator cuff. Gandilhir suffered the injury throwing a pitch. Although officials from the Lake Town Archers are confident she’ll make a full recovery, doubts will persist about Gandilhir’s ability to return fully fit with an injury of this nature.

Spring Preview: Lake Town Archers

March 10, 2042
The Archers went to the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row in 2041, but the big story was their 1st Hobbit Division pennant in years. Clearly, things were going Lake Town’s way, and Team Owner Gandilgol Orctwister didn’t want to make any big changes. All that went out the window when GM Olia Legalas retired, and Manager Borigal Bridger’s contract was not renewed. Instantly, any plans from the front office for 2042 needed to be shifted into a search for a new General Manager and Manager.

Drama in the Boardroom
GM Olia Legalas had not been with the organization very long before some say that she started making outrageous demands. One story has it that she wanted to be carried to each game on a golden litter carried by four dwarves who agreed to shave their beards as close as possible without completely alienating their kin. “She kept pushing and pushing,” one anonymous source said. “I’m not sure where it came from, but in the end the owner had to have it out with her.” The 74-year-old Orctwister finally put his foot down on the day after the Archers lost Game 7 of the Fellowship Series to Old Forest when Legalas allegedly demanded to be paid a full bonus as though the team had won the Championship. The owner didn’t fire her, but he let her know where she stood, and she retired on November 17.

That same day, it was discovered that she hadn’t bothered to tender an extension offer to Borigal Bridger, the manager who had just guided the team to their first pennant in 18 years. The 52-year-old Bridger was angry and hurt. He had been on the top step of the dugout for seven years, first as a bench coach, then as manager, and had led them to the playoffs four out of the last five seasons. Despite a personal appeal from Orctwister, he left to take a job as the manager of the Weathertop Witch Kings for 2042.

Michael Manning, the team’s pitching coach for six years, was tapped to take over the GM role. The 49-year-old Manning was a reliever in the SFL for a couple of seasons in the 20’s, which made him a good pitching coach. It did not equip him to be general manager of a tam that earned $130 million in 2041. So, on November 25, eight days into his tenure, he was fired. Inexplicably, rather than offer him his old job back, and despite his guidance of the pitching staff to four playoff runs in six years, the front office decided to just let Manning go.

Finally, Sir Avatar of Legolas came on board to take over the reigns of the organization. Legolas, 64, comes with little actual experience in the role, but he has the ear of the owner, and in this club that’s a lot. He immediately started a search for a new assistant, settling on Kradgulg Earthcrawler, an orc with zero managerial experience, but who also had ties with both Legolas and Orcwtister.

As for the new field manager, the trio offered the job to bench coach Begrin Mugworts. Mugworts, 56, had been an unorthodox manager with a mind of his own since 2016 when he began managing professional teams at age 31 with the AA Blackroot Blondes of the Bree organization. Over his long career, he guided teams to 14 playoff runs and took the Misty Mountain Hops to the 2022 League title. However, friction between him and the Hops led to his signing on with Isengard in 2032, and similar problems at the end of 2038 saw him released by the Raiders, and he was left sitting out of the 2039 season. So, in 2040, Mugworts signed on as bench coach for the Archers at a greatly reduced salary from his $1.3 million annual contract with Isengard.

Which brings up yet another possible point of contention. While manager Mugworts makes $200,000 a year until his contract runs out in 2043, the team’s replacement for him as bench coach, Josias Vilaseca, signed on for a $1.35 million annual salary. Vilaseca comes to the club after sitting out the last three seasons. To his credit, the 57-year-old former outfielder was bench coach on playoff teams in each of his five seasons at the job. Still, sources say that Mugworts is already trying to re-negotiate his contract.

Pitching coach Ginnette Cotton is new to the majors. The former AA coach was an SFL manager for three seasons in the 20’s, and she managed the AA Edoras Roughriders in the Minas Tirith organization before signing on with Lake Town as their pitching coach for the Long Lake Waves in 2031. (She also makes more than the manager.)

The only remaining coaching staff member from 2041 is hitting coach Sotok Thrilmanduil, who has been with the club since 2026.

Pitching
With the new management team came big changes in the pitching staff. It’s not so much that faces from last year are gone as it is the influx of new blood. For example, a possible top-of-the-rotation starter this year is Bezzi Ghiyath. The Archers traded their starting SS, Wugush Legmasher, to the SFL Serenity Valley Fireflies to acquire Ghiyath, a 5-pitch hurler with a good splitter, a 12-to-6 curve, a good slier, a good sinker, and a mediocre changeup. His command combined with his pure stuff is enough to draw a lot of swings and misses.

Gorbaduc Bramble is a right-handed starter with four excellent pitches–a fastball, curve, slider and change. He won 16 games for Minas Morgul last year, but the Slayers traded him to Moria who then traded him to Lake Town.

The newcomers will join Keerla Brightmoon, 27, who has been a steady force in the rotation for the last three seasons, winning 18 games with a 3.12 ERA last year.

In the bullpen, Fruhil the Explorer is arguably the team’s best pitcher, and he remains the team’s closer. He has a fastball in the mid-90’s that will keep a hitter guessing when the hammer of his wicked curveball will be dropped.

Hitting
Duilin Silverwolf has won the SC Gimli’s Axe award as the best hitter at his position in all but two of the years since the award started to be handed out. Silverwolf was the 2030 Frodo Rookie of the Year and has been selected to attend every one of the 12 All-Star Games that have occurred during his time in the league. He has yet to win an Aragorn MVP award, but he finished 3rd in his first season and 2nd on the ballot last year. Silverwolf possesses a .320 career average with 459 HR and 1127 RBI. He has also stolen 398 bases. He started out as a SS, but lately he has planted his flag at 3B.

On the opposite corner of the diamond, 34-year-old Pimpernel Banks was the main man (hobbit) at 1B last year, hitting .288 with 27 HR and 71 RBI. But he’s got competition in camp this year, as the Archers signed former Bywater infielder, Gail Bilas to a minor league deal, and LF Laweye Canchola, who hit 43 HR and drove in 123 runs last year, has expressed an interest in moving to 1B.

Legolas winner, Jessie of Erebor should be back at 2B this year. The flawless infielder had a +8.7 zone rating at 2B in 2040 and made only 3 errors all season. Last year, he was credited with 111 double plays.

His DP partner at SS last year, the aforementioned Legmasher, was traded. So, this season, the Archers will be trying out some new faces at the position. Srunk Mwangata is amazing wherever you put him in the infield. Unfortunately, his bat hasn’t impressed anyone enough to give him a regular job in the majors. The same can be said for Meriadoc Trample, another minor league signing and non-roster invitee to Spring Training camp.

Also notable is Drigrin Gardener who is a multi-talented player who can pitch (5-1 with a 2.82 in 11 starts and 12 games last year) and play multiple positions in the field. He has played at 2B, 3B and RF, and is also a potential player at SS.

In the outfield, Luumsh Derrokicker is a solid fielder and a threat on the basepaths. Power-hitting lefty, Kognar Moonkiller is closing in on 300 career round-trippers. And youngster, Valio Makino will eventually win a Legolas with his glove.

Summary
Despite all the turmoil, most analysts agree that the Lake Town Archers will continue to improve and challenge Bywater for the Hobbit Division pennant. Most regular fans remain blissfully unaware of the behind-the-scenes drama and just hope to see the team build on last year’s record. If they keep it together, Lake Town might be able to go deeper into the playoffs this year and try to bring back the franchise’s first Return of the King trophy.

Lake Town Trades Degranda for Moria’s Bramble

Monday, December 9th, 2041
It likely won’t turn either team into an instant contender or provide a huge franchise shakeup, but the Lake Town Archers and Moria Miners finalized a trade today. Lake Town will send 23-year-old CF Wuurg Degranda to the Miners, while the Archers will receive 28-year-old RHP Gorbaduc Bramble, 23-year-old minor league LHP Keely Great Bow and a 7th round draft pick.

“We think this is a deal that will help out both teams and we’re glad to get it done,” Archers general manager Sir Avatar of Legolas said.

The trade is expected to be officially completed later today with the players joining their new ballclubs by the end of the day.

Bramble has authored a 78-67 won-lost record in his career with a 3.41 ERA.

Lake Town Trades Legmasher for Serenity Valley’s Ghiyath

Wednesday, December 4th, 2041
Lake Town and Serenity Valley made a trade today. In this move, the Archers shipped 26-year-old SS Wugush Legmasher, 22-year-old minor league 3B Kosami Rockwatersson and 23-year-old minor league RHP Isumbras Baldender to the Fireflies for 27-year-old RHP Bezzi Ghiyath, 20-year-old minor league RHP Myrddin Glyrion and 21-year-old minor league RHP Skutruk Hinak. The Lake Town GM told reporters, “I think this trade is beneficial to everyone involved, including the players.”

In his career Legmasher is batting .261 with 426 hits, 77 doubles, 12 triples and 30 home runs.

Lake Town, Veteran Even Sign Deal

Friday, November 29th, 2041
Aldo Even probably doesn’t have his best years ahead of him, but he will surely contribute a lot to the Archers effort.

Lake Town locked him up for an additional 2 years at a rate of $1,700,000 per.

So far in his career, Even has registered 49 saves and fashioned a 39-36 won-lost mark. In 470 games he has fanned 453 batters in 524.2 innings and logged a 3.53 ERA.

Sources Say Archers Pick New Head Man

Monday, November 25th, 2041
Even as the media debated the merits of those rumored to be in contention for Lake Town’s GM post, team officials were furiously wrapping up negotiations with Sir Avatar of Legolas.

In a mid-afternoon press conference, of Legolas was trotted out to answer a flurry of questions from the startled media. Asked if he could handle the job, of Legolas responded testily, “That’s why they hired me. I know the team has issues, but look around the Tolkien Baseball and show me a team that doesn’t.”

Merry Fellows Prevail, as Fellowship Series Goes to the Wire

Thursday, October 17th, 2041
With a narrow 4-3 series win, the Old Forest Merry Fellows have eliminated the Lake Town Archers and are Fellowship Series winners.

“We tried not to look ahead to the Two Towers Series, but we thought we’d be there for sure,” said first baseman Diador Elrailbo, who was named series MVP.

Old Forest won the final game by a score of 7-3, wrapping it up at Lake Town Park.

Elrailbo’s big series saw him hit .379 with a .379 on-base percentage. He had 3 home runs, drove in 8 RBI and scored 4 runs.

The Old Forest Merry Fellows will play against the Bree Cheese in the next round. Bree won their series against the Bucklebury Fairies 4 games to 0. The Two Towers Series schedule will be announced after the Fellowship Series finishes.

Archers Clip Merry Fellows 5-4 in Fellowship Series Game 6

The Lake Town Archers and the Old Forest Merry Fellows will take the Fellowship Series to a decisive 7th game. In a must-win situation today, the Archers beat the Merry Fellows 5-4 at Lake Town Park to force the series into what will essentially be a one-game playoff. Lake Town right-hander Boof Felps was named player of the game in the win after he threw 6 innings allowing 4 runs.

Friagol the Fruity aided the Lake Town cause with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the third. For the game, the catcher was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.

“We’ll put this win in our pocket and go after the next one,” said the Fruity.

Game 7 is set to be played tomorrow at Lake Town Park. The scheduled starters for the game are Bulbo Moss for the Old Forest Merry Fellows and Drigrin Gardener for the the Lake Town Archers.

Pivotal Game 5 Goes to Host Merry Fellows, 4-3

Old Forest first baseman Diador Elrailbo was the key at Shire Greens Stadium today, being named player of the game as he powered the Merry Fellows to victory in a critical Game 5 of the Fellowship Series. The Merry Fellows took the 4-3 win over the Lake Town Archers to seize a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

The game was all tied up in the bottom of the eighth, until Elrailbo delivered big-time for Old Forest, stroking a dramatic 2-run home run off Fruhil the Explorer. The game-changing hit put the Merry Fellows on top, 4-2.

“I’m just looking for a good pitch that I can hit well,” said Elrailbo. “And not try to do too much.”

Lake Town Win Evens Series at 2

The Lake Town Archers topped the Old Forest Merry Fellows by the score of 6-1 and moved into a 2-2 tie in the Fellowship Series today. The largest share of the credit went to player of the game and Lake Town starter Thema Mobley, who threw 9 innings of 8-hit ball in the win.

Mobley allowed 1 earned run on 8 hits over 9 innings for the Archers. He walked 1 and struck out 6.

“It was a tough night at the plate,” said Old Forest manager Thigol Elruldor.