Liverpool Trojans Baseball Club Est.1946
"In the beginning of British Baseball, God created the Trojans, and all was good. Over the years and many championships God decided the Trojans needed to grow, so a second Trojan team was created and all was good. Then there was confusion, as there was only one team, yet in different ballparks at the same time, so the name Twojans was born. This in turn confused the Twojans, not knowing what to call their team mates and their style of play. Seeing their style of play and behaviour on the field, the Twojans started saying Onejan behaviour, and the name was born. The rest was history: No matter how many teams grew in the Trojan Baseball club, were to be only Trojans....Onejans, Twojans and all"
- The Book of Trojans (Genesis 1.1)
Sunday 9th April 2017
Despite the game being a lot closer than the final score indicated for most of the game, the Twojans lost in what was a perfect day for baseball weather-wise.
The Twojans sent Jeff Ocenasek to the mound for game one, and in the first inning the Tigers got an early lead by putting four runs on the board, which could have been more if not for a heads up play by catcher Dan Groves who went out to get a dribbler and tagged out a running trying to go home. The Twojans came back to tie it up in the second by responding with 4 runs of their own. After a series of walks, the hot bat of Ed Wrightson drove in two runs and Groves also drove in a run. It was another inning that ended with a play at the pate as Wrightson was tagged out at the plate after Liam Harris had made contact.
In the second Harrogate answered back with 2 more runs, giving Harrogate a 6 -4 lead. At the top of the 3rd the Twojans failed to answer back and in the bottom of the inning Ocenasek was able to hold the hot Harrogate bats to one run for the frame, with the game at 7-4 and the Twojans still very much in the game.
The fourth inning turned out the be the deciding inning however, with the Twojans once again failing to score any runs for the second straight inning. In the bottom of the inning the Tigers scored 9 to take a commanding lead, and even though Scott Gray drove in a run in top of the 5th it was not enough and the Tigers took the game.
Ocenasek took the loss (0-2) going 120 pitches, with 14 hits, 7 strike outs, 6 walks, and 16 runs (only 4 earned). Ed Wrightson was the star at the pate once again, going 2 – 4 with 2 RBI’s.
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Twojans Lose a Close one
In game two the Twojans sent lefty Chris Pittard to the mound with the hopes that he would repeat his previous weeks’ performance.
The Twojans got off to an early lead thanks to the speedy James Hobson stealing home in the first inning. In the bottom of the inning Pittard looked to be back on form blanking the Tigers for the inning. At the top of the second it was Hobson again, after a couple of walks Hobson was able to single in a run to give the Twojans a 2-0 lead. Pittard ran into a little trouble in the bottom of the inning, as the Tigers bats answered back by putting 5 runs on the board. The Twojans were quieted at the top of the third inning and the Tigers were able to plate two more runs at the bottom of the frame to put the game 7 – 2 Tigers.
Despite a 5-run deficit in the third inning, the Twojans started to make a comeback after a series of walks gave some runs for the Twojans, followed up with a two out bases loaded RBI single by catcher Jeff Ocenasek, which almost gave the Twojans more runs but Ed Wrightson (nursing a sore quad) was called out on a play at the plate trying to score. With the score now standing at 7-5 the Tigers answered back with 2 more runs in the bottom of the 4th, which could have been more but the inning ended with Ocenasek gunning down the runner at first catching him off the bag to bring the score to 9-5.
In the fifth, in a close game both teams hunkered down, with the Twojans failing to score in the top of the frame even though Tommy Orton slammed a double that could have been more if not blown back by the wind. At the bottom of the frame Pittard answered back and shut down the Tigers thanks to a diving catch for the highlight reels by first baseman Dan Groves.
In the 6th the Twojans were still determined to make a comeback. After Ed Wrightson singled to get on, Liam Harris singled as well to bring Wrightson to 3rd. Groves then singled in Wrightson and Harris (who had gotten into scoring position) to bring the Twojans two runs closer. That was followed by deep single by Ocenasek where the centre fielder almost made a diving catch but could not quite get to it, and eventually Groves was thrown out on the base paths. The score was now 9 -7 with 2 outs and a man on in the last inning. Unfortunately, the comeback ended there and the Twojans just fell short in what was an exciting game.
Liam Harris and Jeff Ocenasek each collected multiple hits for the Twojans, with Dan Groves driving in 2, and the speedy James Hobson stole 3 bases including his amazing steal of home. The Twojans didn't commit a single error in the field with Ocenasek having the most chances in the field with six. Pittard took the loss (1-1) and pitched a solid 5 innings, throwing 117 pitches, with 11 hit, 9 runs (all earned), 7 strike outs and 3 walks.
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Game Report: Jeff Ocenasek