Liverpool Trojans Baseball Club Est.1946
AAA North Champions 2017
The Liverpool Trojans are crowned Kings of the North with a emphatic 19 -0 win over the Hull Scorpions to take the AAA Northern Championship for a second year running.
Martin Godsall took the win helped by some great defensive work from a solid Trojans team, under the leadership of team manager Ian Blease.
Game Report to follow..
Photo Credits: Rob Alger
Sunday 9th April 2017
Trojans sweep Jags, go unbeaten in delayed start to the season.
It was an emotional day for the Trojans, as they paid tribute to Norman Wells, the man who founded the club back in 1946. Norman passed away in the autumn of last year, but this was the first time his beloved Trojans had taken to the field since then.
Halton Jaguars, who themselves paid their respects to Norman in their home fixture against Hull Scorpions the week earlier, were more than happy to repeat the gesture when asked.
Norm's chair was in it's usual place, with his jacket hung over the back as it so often was. "Scoring is thirsty work" he'd tell anyone who listened as he sipped his pint of bitter in between plays.
In the crowd, fittingly, were many members of Norman’s family. His daughter Brenda with her husband Frank, his son Norman Jr, and several of his great-grandchildren. They watched on alongside many familiar faces from Trojans history as Norman’s grandson Chris, the Trojans’ starting second baseman, led the Trojans out to the field to observe a minute’s silence.
The minute of silence was impeccably observed and, as Norm would no doubt have reminded us, it was now time to play ball.
Game One: Halton Jaguars 4 Liverpool Trojans 14
The old man would have been proud
Halton lept out to an early lead in the top of the first as Nick Bustin’s single drove in Owen Williams to open the scoring.
The Trojans answered back quickly in the bottom half of the frame, scoring two runs on a double by Rick Mills, a single by Dave Martin Baez.
A seven run second inning would see the Trojans take an unassailable lead as Mitch Cross began to struggle for control. Errors and walks would take their toll on the Jags even before Martin Baez singled for an RBI and Ian Blease’s double drove in two.
Making his first start of the season for the Trojans was Martin Godsall. He earned the win from the hill, throwing four innings, allowing two runs, four hits, striking out six, and walking zero. Cross took the loss for Halton Jaguars. He tossed two innings, surrendering nine runs, four hits, and striking out two. 15 year-old Conor Baker-Latham came in to pitch the last inning for the Trojans as he made his debut for his hometown club.
Liverpool Trojans collected six hits. Martin Baez and Blease each managed two hits to lead Liverpool Trojans in that category.
Halton Jaguars also had six hits in the game. Bustin and Carl Heesom each collected multiple hits for Halton Jaguars. Bustin led Halton Jaguars with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with eight stolen bases.
Game 2: Halton Jaguars 11 Liverpool Trojans 16
Five RBIs for Mills as Trojan bats too hot for Jaguars
Rick Mills starred as he led Liverpool Trojans past Halton Jaguars 16-11 on Sunday. Mills drove in runs on a monster home run to right in the first inning, and a single in the second.
Halton Jaguars did manage to score six runs in the fourth inning, as they fought back from 16-5 down but Liverpool Trojans still managed to hang on for the victory behind the pitching of GB starlet Matty Waddington.
The Jags initially led as Paul Smith, who had put in stellar performance at shortstop in game one, initially struggled from the mound.
The Trojans stormed back with nine runs in the second inning. Mills singled off of Daniel Entwistle, driving in two runs, before Heesom, on in relief, uncorked a wild pitch which scored another, Jairo Jil then singled driving in one more, before more wild pitches, allowed two more to cross the plate.
Paul Smith earned the win for Liverpool Trojans. He tossed three innings, giving up five runs, five hits, and striking out five. Heesom took the loss for Halton Jaguars.
Liverpool Trojans racked up ten hits. Mills and Wren all had three hits to lead Liverpool Trojans. Liverpool Trojans tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Liverpool Trojans was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error.
Halton Jaguars had five hits in the game. Bustin and Heesom each collected multiple hits for Halton Jaguars as they stole 14 bases during the game, with three players stealing more than one. Carl Heesom led the way with five (and he’s the catcher most of the time!)
Both games were played in fantastic spirit and we've no doubt that Norm was up there laughing every time the ball took a bad bounce and squeezed through the infield.
The league has a week off for Easter next Sunday, so no games then. The Trojans next game is at home to Hull Scorpions on Sunday 23rd April.
Report: Gamechanger/Ian Blease
Photos: Frank Gary/Sharon Alger