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Vintage game brings baseball back to its 19th century roots

— Still, Bethlehem made the Mutuals work for this year’s victory. After scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, the Mutuals were limited to two runs over the next three frames. The 5-0 score entering the top of the fifth inning marked one of the closest scores between the Braves and the Mutuals in the four-year history of the annual vintage game.

It wouldn’t last, though. The Mutuals scored twice in the fifth inning and added two runs in the top of the sixth to build a 9-0 lead. The Braves scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth to close the gap, but the Mutuals tacked on five more runs over the last three innings to secure another win in the series.

Deragon – who has played in the last two vintage games – said the final score doesn’t matter in the long run.

“It’s a good time and a great bunch of guys,” said Deragon. “It’s nice to se these guys come up from New York to be here with us on the Fourth of July.”

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