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)
Game 1 Line Score
The Trojans started right from the off with the leadoff man, Jairo Gill, hitting a single up the middle. Although his time on base was short lived as he was then caught stealing by the A’s new american catcher Vasquez who the Trojans quickly learnt had a cannon of an arm throwing Gil out from his knees at second base.
Next up, Paul Mason drew a walk and then moved to 2nd on the next pitch that was in the dirt and unable to be fielded cleanly by the hard throwing Vasquez. Mason was then moved across to third on Smiths grounder to the 3rd baseman and subsequently scored on another error, this time by the first baseman Creelman, making the score 1-0.
The inning ended with Wadellow picking up his first K of the game striking out Ricky Brito.
The ever reliable Martin Godsall took the mound for the Trojans in the bottom of the inning and started with an uncharacteristic 4 pitch walk. Normal service was resumed though as he struck out the next 2 batters bringing up the number 4 hitter Vasquez who despatched the first pitch to right centre for a double which scored Sato from first base.
Godsall hit back straight away with another strikeout ending the inning tied at 1-1.
The Manchester pitcher Wadellow started the second in the same fashion issuing a 4 pitch walk to Blease and then faced dangerous Victor Juarez. Juarez managed to work the count in his favour and at 3 balls and a strike, got a pitch he liked and lined it to right field earning a stand up triple scoring Blease in the process.
Next up was Conor Baker-Latham grounded out to the shortstop Fujiwara. A textbook play by the SS holding the runner at 3rd.
Martin Godsall stepped up the plate and helped his own cause by taking the second pitch to centre field to score Juarez from 3rd.
This took the score to 3-1, a lead that wouldn’t be surrendered.
Waddington came to the plate hoping for more of the same but unfortunately grounded to the second baseman Collins who started a slick 4-6-3 double play.
The bottom of the second going a little smoother for the Liverpool side with groundouts to Smith and Blease and Godsall picking up his 4th K of the day.
Top 3, Gil back up and showing why he was a wise choice as the leadoff man earning another walk.
Mason up next but was unable to advance Gil hitting a pop-up to the 2nd baseman.
A fly-ball to left from Smith put runners at 1 & 2 but another fly out from Brito and a swinging K for Blease saw the runners stranded and 0 on the board.
The bottom of the inning saw the Manchester side get within 1. Their leadoff man LiXuan reaching on an error from the Liverpool 2nd baseman and a single from Creelman putting runners at 1st and 3rd.
Vasquez stepped up to the plate and hit a ground ball to 3rd, but with the runner getting a great jump from first, Baker-Latham was forced to go to one to record an out surrendering the run in the process, a wise tactical play from the young prospect.
Another ground ball to the third baseman and another out at first left Creelman at third but the next hitter was unable to tie the game up with Clark hitting a high pop-up the SS Smith.
A sac-bunt / strikeout / groundout for Liverpool and another 3 K’s for Godsall saw a quick 4th pass by with both teams putting up a zero leaving the score at 3-2 to the visitors.
The top of the 5th saw Gil starting the inning for the 3rd time on the day and again proving to be an ideal leadoff and getting on base. Only this time he got on all 4 of them!!
After smoking a line drive over the right fielders head Gil managed to score an inside the park home run, quite the rarity in baseball! He was congratulated with high 5’s (and Oxygen!!) at home plate by his teammates and had made the score 4-2.
Another walk for Mason started the inning for the second time which brought Smith to the plate. The Shortstop failing to advance the runner despite a hard hit fly ball to LF.
This was followed by Brito being hit by the pitch with both runners advancing to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch from Wadellow.
Ian Blease added another RBI to his collection this year with a groundball to Fujiwara that scored Mason and moved Brito to 3rd.
That was all for the inning though with a walk from Juarez putting runners on 1st and third, Baker-Latham struck out swinging leaving the score 5-2 Liverpool.
By this time, Godsall had found his rhythm on the mound as he managed to get LiXuan to fly-out to the centre fielder Brito. Forced the 2nd hitter to ground out to Baker-Latham, a third put out for the day for the 3rd baseman. A couple of singles from Vasquez and McDougall followed but failed to rattle the veteran who forced another fly-out to centre.
A pitching change for Manchester saw Sato take the mound and issue a four pitch walk to his Liverpool counterpart.
A succession of ground balls followed, Waddington grounding into a fielder choice which saw Godsall forced out at 2nd and another from Gil who grounded out to the pitcher moving Waddington to second. Then an error by the second baseman on the groundball from Mason allowed the Liverpool catcher to reach first safely.
Another walk from Sato to Smith loaded the bases for ever dangerous Brito. A passed ball enabled Waddington to score from third and Brito couldn’t repeat the previous weeks home-run struck out swinging leaving 2 runners stranded and the scores at 6-2 Liverpool.
This is how the scores would stay for the remaining 1 ½ innings with Godsall picking up another 4 strikeouts taking his total to 11 for the day earning the win for the Trojans who were now 5-0 for the season.
Game Report: Paul Smith