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.
Liam Harris got his first start of the year in game 2, facing off against a stronger pitcher than the Twojans faced this year in game one. The Rebels were able to plate four runs at the top of the first, as a string of walks with a couple of singles were able to bring in the runs. The bottom of the inning would see the Twojans going down one – two- three in what would prove to be a tough game for the Twojans in the batter’s box.
With the game at 4-0 at the top of the second, the Rebels would add a couple more runs with just a walk and single, as runners were able to steal around the bases and then score on wild pitches. The bottom of the frame saw Chris Pittard leading off with a single, which ended up being the only hit the Twojans would manage for the game, as the following three batters all struck out and the inning ending with a 6-0 Rebel lead.
The third started with the Rebels grounding out to short, walking, and then that same batter getting thrown out by catcher Scott Gray when the runner tried to steal third after having already stolen second. With two outs and nobody on, the Rebels were able to mount a huge rally off Harris with a series of walks, singles, stolen bases, and wild pitches bringing in another 13 runs and the Twojans brought in Jeff Ocenasek in relief to get the final out of the inning. With the score at 19 -0, the Twojans were unable to score again in the bottom of the 4th going down one-two-three.
At the top of the fourth with Ocenasek in relief, he struck out the first batter, the second batter got on board on an error and the following batter popped out. The Rebels capitalised on Twojan errors in the inning and added four more runs which all came unearned. The bottom of the fourth once again saw the Twojans go down one-two-three.
The fifth and final inning saw Ocenasek hold the Rebels to one unearned run as the Rebels consistently made the Twojans pay for errors in the field. The Twojans fought to try and score at the bottom of the inning as the Rebels brought a side arming pitcher in relief. After the inning started with a ground out, Ocenasek got on board by being hit by a pitch, and walks to Niall Kane and Brett Czokomodiak to load the bases. However the attempted rally ended there as the Rebels got the next two batters to end the game with the final score being 24-0. The Twojans were held to one hit in the game with only four players getting on base for the game.
Liam Harris took the loss (0-1), throwing 126 pitches with 7 hits, 1 strike outs, and 14 walks allowing 10 earned runs. Ocenasek threw 61 pitches in relief, with 5 hits, 1 strike out, and 3 walks allowing 0 earned runs. Chris Pittard was the only Twojan to get a hit with a single to prevent the no hitter.
Game Report: Jeff Ocenasek