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Annual Labor Day vintage baseball game at Rock Ledge Ranch Sept. 7

In a shot from the 2014 game, A Cloud Busters runner is safe at second as a Denver All-Stars throw sails high.
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       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host its annual Labor Day vintage baseball game Monday, Sept. 7.
       As in past years, the first pitch is scheduled at 1 p.m. at the hayfield near the Rock Ledge House (which doubles as the right field bleachers).
       Lasting nine innings, the game will be played by 1800s baseball rules, including no baseball 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 who participate in a vintage league in the Denver area.
       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. Vendors will also be on hand.
       Morris said his team, consisting mainly of ranch staff and volunteers (and possibly a few ex-presidents and even a cow), is eager for a rematch after last year's loss. “I've been contacting the fellas,” he elaborated, without the aid of a teleprompter. “No doubt they've had this contest on their minds since last year when we fell short. I'm sure they've been living righteously, being nice to their wives and kids, and those with the most sincerity should come out victorious in this contest.”

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(Posted 8/31/15; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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