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'Cranks' welcome at Rock Ledge Ranch's annual vintage baseball game Sept. 4

Camp Creek centerfielder John Winters had to put on his Rock Ledge Ranch foreman's hat during the 2016 vintage game when Rock Ledge cow Punkin got agitated by a horsefly while grazing in the outfield. It's not unusual for the cow - and sometimes the ranch's flock of sheep - to graze in the outfield during the annual game.
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The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host its annual Labor Day vintage “base ball” game Monday, Sept. 4.
       The first pitch is scheduled at 1 p.m. at the hayfield near the Rock Ledge House (which also serves as the right field seating area).
       Lasting nine innings, the game will be played by 1800s rules, including no fielding gloves, outs on hit balls caught on one hop and the capability for the “cranks” (fans) to catch balls and throw them to fielders for outs.
       The local team is called the Cloud Busters; their opponent will be a team of players from Canon City.
       Located off Gateway Road west of 30th Street, the ranch will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.
       Admission will be $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6 to 17 and no charge for ages 5 and under.
       The public is welcome to bring picnic lunches and sling chairs. Vendors will also be on hand.

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(Posted 8/23/17; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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