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)
The Twojans sent Chris Pittard to the hill to face off against a tough Rebel team that featured Birmingham Bandit ace and former Trojan Mario Escobedo to square off against Pittard. In the top of the first Pittard got the lead off man, and the second man up to the plate got aboard on an error, then Pittard got the next guy out in what should have ended the inning. However, the Rebels were able to make the Twojans pay by adding four runs in the inning to take a 4 – 0 lead. In the bottom of the inning Escobedo was on form and struck out the side.
At the top of the second Pittard responded back by striking out the first two batters, allowing a single, and then striking out another batter for the third out. Then at the bottom the of second with one out Tommy Orton singled, Liam Harris doubled, and Jeff Ocenasek got aboard on an error, with Liam Harris getting called out on interference. That led to an intentional walk to Brett Czokomodiak to load the bases for Niall Kane. Kane responded with a bases loaded RBI single to right to bring in two runs. That was all the Twojans managed for the inning and the score stood at 4 – 2.
Pittard again responded by striking out the first two batters at the top of the third, walking one, then then striking out another to end the inning. At the bottom of the inning, despite a single by Tom Wrightson the Twojans were unable to plate any runs as the score remained at 4 – 2 in what was at this point an exciting and close game.
The top of the third started out with the rebels getting on base with a single, and then a walk. The first out was recorded as catcher Ocenasek was able to throw out a runner trying to steal second on a double steal. After that the game hit its turning point as the Rebels managed a huge one out rally that saw them plate 12 runs on the inning. Pittard was only able to record just one more out before James Hobson was brought into the game for his first pitching appearance ever.
With the score at 16-2 the Twojans were unable to bring about a comeback rally, and the Rebels were able to plate another 10 more runs off Hobson before the final score of 26-2 was recorded. The Twojans put up a good battle with a far tougher team in what was a far closer game than the line score showed for most of the game.
Pittard got the loss (2-3) throwing 131 pitches, with 7 hits, 6 strike outs, and 12 walks allowing 11 earned runs. Hobson threw 72 pitches, with 5 hits, 1 strike out, and 9 walks allowing 5 earned runs in his debut as a pitcher. Niall Kane stood out at the plate with a single and 2 RBI’s, with Liam Harris getting a double, and singles by Tom Wrightson and Tommy Orton.
Game Report: Jeff Ocenasek