Liverpool Trojans Baseball Club Est.1946
Two hard fought wins over the A's of Manchester Baseball Club 23 - 5 and 12 - 11, helped the Trojans maintain their lead over Cartmel Valley Baseball Club at the top of the Northern Baseball League and all but guarantees their status as #1 seed going into the end of season playoffs.
Elsewhere, the Twojans earned a split away at Robots of Doom Baseball Club to keep their playoff hopes alive. This match up was a bizarre encounter that saw both teams turn up shorthanded. Read More..
Twojans Win the First One
The top of the first started off with leadoff man Tom Wrightson singling to start off the game. That was followed by the next batter striking out, and then a walk. Scott Gray then singled to load the bases, but then the next batter grounded into a double play to end the inning with the Twojans unable to score. The Twojans sent veteran right hander Jeff Ocenasek to the mound, and he answered back by not allowing the Jaguars to score. Ocenasek got the first batter to pop out, then gave up a single, got a ground out, and then picked off the runner with the inning ending at 0-0.
The second inning saw the Twojans start off with Ocenasek helping himself and singling to start the inning. Although the next batter stuck out, the next three batters would walk to bring in a run. That was followed by another strike out, but with the bases loaded and two outs a wild pitch would bring in yet another run. Ed Wrightson then followed up with a single to bring in one more. With runners on first and third, Scott Gray then singled in another run. Chris Pittard then followed suit to single in one more. Ocenasek then came up again for the second time in the inning and beat out a grounder to first and another run would score. The following batter popped out but the Twojans would bring in 7 runs on the inning. The bottom half of the inning saw Ocenasek continue to keep the Jaguars off the board. Despite a leadoff single, the next batter popped out to right, that was followed by a walk. Then Ocenasek bared down and struck out the next two batters to retire the side. The inning would end with the Twojans having a comfortable 7-0 lead.
The third inning saw the Twojans continue to add on runs, as Mike Hughes lead off with a walk. Despite the next batter striking out, the next two batters would walk to load the bases. Then another strike out would lead to the second out, but a wild pitch would bring in another run. However, the hot hitting Scott Gray followed up with a double to bring in two more runs. That would be all the damage the Twojans would do for the inning. The bottom of the second saw Ocenasek continue to retire batters as he got the first batter to ground out and the second batter to fly out on an excellent catch by left fielder James Hobson. Ocenasek would have retired the side in order as he got the next batter to hit a routine ground ball to short, however the shortstop would make a wild throw to put a runner on. The error would cost the Twojans as the next two batters doubled before Ocenasek would get another batter to ground out to end the inning. Despite the costly error, the Twojans would still command a strong lead of 10-2 at the end of the third.
The top of the fourth saw the Jaguars bring in a new pitcher, who promptly walked the first five batters in a row. Then two wild pitches would bring in two more runs before Ed Wrightson would then single in a run. At that point Halton would make another pitching change, which started off with another walk. With nobody out Chris Pittard would then hit into his second double play and just like that there would be a runner on third with two outs. However, Ocenasek then came up and hit a deep double to the wall to bring in another run. The next batter would strike out to end the inning. The bottom of the forth saw Ocenasek walk the first two batters. The next batter would then single to left but Hobson continued shine defensively with a perfect throw to Pittard at third, who would then throw a bullet to catcher Jack Scholes to nail the runner out at home. Ocenasek then walked two more to bring in a run before getting the next batter to pop out. The following batter then lined one that Ocenasek snagged with his glove to end the inning with Halton only managing to score one run despite the walks. The Twojans would now command a 16-3 lead.
The fifth inning started off with Mike Hughes continuing to be a walking machine drawing yet another walk. That was followed by a strike out and a ground out however, but Hughes was able to advance to third in the process. Hobson then walked and Hughes would score on a wild pitch. Ed Wrightson would also walk before Gray would yet again rake in more runs with a single. That was followed by another single by Pittard before a pop out to end the inning. The fifth inning saw Ocenasek starting to tire as he got over the 100 pitch mark, but he was able to get the first batter to ground out. He then walked the next two batters and gave up a single. However on the single Ocenasek cut off the throw to the plate and was able to catch the runner between first and second. This caused a rundown where Ocenasek was able to tag the runner out for the second out. With two outs and nobody on, Ocenasek then walked a batter, gave up an infield single, and then walked another to load the bases. He then would walk in one more run before getting another ground out to end the inning and the ball game. The Twojans would walk away with an 18-7 victory to win the first game.
Ocenasek got the win, throwing 114 pitches with 7 hits, 2 strike outs, and 10 walks allowing 4 earned runs. Gray was the star at the pate, going 4-4 with 4 RBI’s, Ed Wrightson went 2-3 with 2 RBIs, Pittard 2-4 with an RBI, Ocenasek 3-5 with an RBI, and Tom Wrightson 1-2 with an RBI. Defensively Hobson would shine in left with his catch and also with a perfectly executed cut off throw.
Game Report: Jeff Ocenasek