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
The Twojan bats opened the game by scoring three runs in the first inning. The inning started with Scott Gray getting on board after getting hit by a pitch, which was followed up by a single by James Hobson, and a single by Tom Wrightson. With the bases loaded both Chris Pittard and Jeff Ocenasek were able to draw walks to bring in a couple of runs, with a third run being scored on a passed ball, putting the Twojans up 3 – 0. However, the Scorpions answered back in the bottom half of the inning by putting up four runs of their own as starter Jeff Ocenasek had trouble finding the zone in the first inning by hitting a couple of batters and surrendering a few walks before settling down, to put the game at 4-3 Scorpions.
The Twojan bats then quieted down in the second with Hobson being the only one to get on board with another single. In the bottom half of the inning the Scorpions hit back to back home runs (one inside the park and the other out of the park) adding 3 more runs on the board to bring the game to 7-3.
The third inning proved to be a quiet one, with the Twojans going down one-two-three, and in the top of the inning Ocenasek was able to settle down with the Scorpions only adding one run for the inning to bring the game to 8-3. In the fourth inning the Twojans added a run after Ocenasek lead off the inning with a walk, and after getting into scoring position was singled in by Tommy Orton. Ocenasek was able to keep the Twojans in the game in the bottom half of the inning as the Scorpions failed to score any runs and the game stood at 8-4.
The fifth inning was another quiet one for the Twojans as they failed to plate any runs in the top half of the inning, and in the bottom half of the frame the Scorpions added two more runs to bring the game to 10-4.
The sixth inning ended up being the final inning, with the Twojans bats once again silenced at the top of the frame. In the bottom half of the inning, after Ocenasek had thrown over 135 pitches he had to come out of the game being replaced by submariner Liam Harris. The Scorpions were able to add 4 more runs and that ended up being the ballgame, with a final of 14-4.
Ocenasek took the loss (0-3) going 135 pitches, with 6 hits, 5 strike outs, and 13 walks, which made the difference. James Hobson and Tom Wrightson stood out at the plate, both going 2 – 3 and scoring a run each, with RBI’s by Pittard, Orton, and Ocenasek.
In a wild game that seemed it would be a blow out at the start, the game ended up being decided by two runs. The Twojans started the top of the first inning by scoring a whopping 22 runs in the inning. The inning was loaded with walks and hit batters as the Twojan patient approach at the plate payed off. The hot bat of James Hobson w had 3 singles in the inning alone. Tommy Orton also had two singles, Tom Wrightson and Scott Gray also adding hits.
However, the Scorpions showed a never give up attitude the whole game. With lefty Chris Pittard on the mound for the Twojans, the Scorpions answered back with 5 runs of their own in the bottom half with the highlight being a two run home run, in an inning that ended 22-5.
In the second inning the Twojans answered back with a walk by Ken Miles a single by Scott Gray, and a walk by Tom Wrightson loaded the bases so Liam Harris could hit in a run on a fielder’s choice. Then a single by Dan Groves loaded the bases again. This was followed by double by Jeff Ocenasek to drive in two more runs. Tommy Orton then followed up by singling in another run, with the Twojans adding a total of four more runs in the inning the bring the score to 26-5. However the Scorpions kept at it in the bottom half by adding another six runs of their own by stringing together a bunch of singles and walks.
In the third inning the Twojan bats were silenced as they went down one-two-three, and in the bottom of the inning the Scorpions just kept on adding runs by once again mixing singles and walks to add another five runs, with the score going to 26-16.
The fourth inning saw the Twojans fail to score once again in yet another one-two-three inning, and once again the Scorpions added more runs in the bottom of the inning with walks and singles capped off by a bases loaded triple to add yet another six more runs to bring the score to 26-22 and the game now being close.
In the fifth and final inning of the game, the Twojan bats woke back up with a bunch of hits. Tommy Orton led off the inning with a single, followed up by a single by Aiden Duffy. Then Ken Miles doubled in both Orton and Duffy. Scott Gray then singled in Miles. Then the red hot James Hobson came up and singled in Gray who had advanced into scoring position. Tom Wrightson followed up with a double. However that was all the damage the Twojans would do, as they added five runs to bring the score to 31-22. However, in the bottom of the inning the Scorpions were determined to come back. Pittard had already thrown almost 200 pitches but he was determined to finish off the game on his own. Once again the Scorpions combined walks and singles with a double for good measure to bring the game so close that with 2 outs, the tying run was in scoring position at second base. Pittard bared down to strike out the last batter to end the game with the final score being 31-29 with a Twojans victory in what ended out being a close game with an exciting finish.
Pittard got the win (2-1) throwing a whopping 236 pitches, with 14 hits, 9 strike outs, and 21 walks. Tommy Orton stood out with 7 RBI’s on the day, followed by Ocenasek who had 4 RBI’s, and Gray, Hobson, and Miles with 3 RBI’s a piece, Harris with 2 RBI’s, and Wrightson and Groves with an RBI each.
Game Reoprt: Jeff Ocenasek