Liverpool Trojans Baseball Club Est.1946
The Liverpool Trojans win both games of their double header 12 - 3 and 17 - 8 against a strong Nottingham Rebels Team. Martin Godsall and Paul Smith picking up the wins for the Trojans, while Rick Mills drove in his second home run of the season.
The Twojans were on the receiving end of a double header sweep, as the Cartmel Valley Lions eased their way to a 11 -1 win in game 1, and a 15 - 1 victory in game 2.
Game 2 Line Score
Johny Creelman took to the mound for the A’s in game 2 and got off to a strong start allowing just the one hit from Smith. Groundouts from Gil and Juarez had made the first 2 outs and with Smith at first, another strikeout for Brito ended the inning.
Top of the second started in the same way as the first with Creelman forcing a groundout to second from Blease and fly-out to centre from Mason before the Trojan batters started to get their eye in.
Singles from Baker-Latham, Gary and Waddington who’s hard grounder through to the right fielder scored Conor after he had stolen 2nd base a couple of pitches earlier.
The inning brought to an end with Creelman picking up his second K of the day getting Gil swinging.
Manchester quickly hit back scoring twice in the bottom of the frame leaving the score 2-1 Manchester after 2 innings played.
The third inning was another efficient outing for Creelman. First Gil popped directly up to the catcher and Smith with the line-out to the centre fielder before the Creelman walked Brito.
This wouldn’t faze the Manchester pitcher who come straight back to get Blease to ground out with a hard hit ball at the 3rd baseman.
Liverpool would stall the bats in the bottom half of the inning with Smith on the mound keeping the Manchester batters from adding to their score.
The top of the 4th finally saw a breakthrough for the Liverpool offense who started the inning with a line-drive single to centre for Mason who stole 2nd on the next pitch.
Creelman hit back quickly striking out Baker-Latham but then had a brief lapse in control allowing Mason to move across to 3rd on a pass ball. Waddington then reached first on an error by the second baseman which also allowed Mason to score tying the game at 2 each.
Another stolen base for Liverpool with Waddington getting himself into scoring position and Chris Gary getting hit by a stray pitch to put runners at 1 and 2 before the Manchester pitcher drew another fly ball, this time getting Gil to fly-out to the left fielder Sato.
With the heart of the order up next, Liverpool started to turn the screw. Victor Juarez first hitting a double to left scoring Waddinton and leaving himself and Gary on 2nd and 3rd.
Up next was Smith who added another 2 RBI’s to his tally with a single to right-centre that scored both the Liverpool baserunners.
The inning brought to an end with yet another fly-out. This time by Brito to the left fielder Sato which left the scores 5-2 Liverpool.
Finally a break-through for the Merseysiders….
Manchester quickly hit back in the bottom of the 4th plating 1 and making the score 5-3 which the Trojans clawed back in the top of the 5th.
A laser beam line-drive from Blease over the centre fielders head earned him a double which was followed up by Mason grounding into a fielders choice. Mason was thrown out at 1st but it allowed the Trojans first baseman to advance to 3rd.
Up stepped Baker-Latham who took back the 3 run lead with a sacrifice fly to left, Blease tagging up then scoring.
Creelman hit back finding his groove once again to strike out Godsall looking.
6-3. Liverpool had their 3 run lead back and a little bit of breathing room…
Or did they….
Despite Smith retiring the first 2 batters, Manchester hit back scoring 5 to put the score at 8-6.
A lead they would not give up for the rest of the day.
After a now legendary Godsall pep-talk, the Trojans set out in 6th determined.
Gary reached on an error by the 3rd baseman quickly followed by a single to left from Gil on the very next pitch.
Juarez was up next hitting in to a fielders choice with the SS Fujiwara opting to go to second with throw and putting out the advancing Gill.
Runners on 1st and 3rd and Smith up to the plate. After Juarez had stolen second, Smith despatched a line-drive to the left fielder which scored one and put runners on 1 and 2, the score 7-8.
A glimmer of hope??
Up stepped Brito who we all know would be capable of turning the game round with one swing of the bat. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be, as was the order of the day for the second game another high fly-ball and more runners stranded for the Liverpool side.
A quick bottom of the 6th saw the Liverpool defence come to life. Well actually one person in particular, Conor Baker-Latham making all 3 outs of the innings. First snagging a hard hit line-drive followed by 2 excellent put outs at first, one of which a slick back-handed play and the Trojans were back for their final at bat….
It just wasn’t meant to be for the Liverpool batters with Creelman finishing out his complete game getting Blease to pop-up, a strikeout against Mason and the final out a groundout to third by Godsall.
A frustrating second game for the Trojans but taking nothing away from Manchester who played a great game deserving the win.
Winning pitcher was Johny Creelman for Manchester throwing 114 pitches with 5 K’s and 1 walk.
Losing pitcher was Paul Smith throwing 96 pitches over 6 innings with 3 K’s and 2 walks.
All in all a great days baseball enjoyed by everyone!!
Game report - Paul Smith