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 Battle Hard but Take the Loss
The second game started off well as Tom Wrightson set the table with a single. James Hobson would take one for the team to put runners at first and second. Ed Wrightson would then double them both in to put the Twojans on the board. The next batter would then ground out, followed by two walks to load the bases. However, the next two batters would then strike out and that would be all the damage the Twojans could muster. The Twojans sent left Chris Pittard to the mound game two. Pittard would walk the first batter and then give up a single before getting the next batter to pop out for his first out. He then got into a jam as he then walked another batter, gave up a single, then gave up three more walks and then a double. However, he then got a pop out and a ground out to end the inning and the Twojans would finish the first with a 6-2 deficit.
In the second, Ken Miles would start off the inning with a leadoff walk. Tom Wrightson would then get hit by a pitch to put the first two batters on. However the next two batters would strike out before Scott Gray would single in two runs. Pittard would then walk, and so would Ocenasek with Gray coming into score on a wild pitch. Liam Harris then followed up with a single to centre but the centre fielder threw a bullet straight to the plate to nail Pittard trying to score at the plate to end the inning. Pittard came back out to the mound and gave up a leadoff single on a ground ball to second that was cleanly fielded on a questionable call at first. He then followed up by striking out the next and then getting a ground out. That would have ended the inning if not for the call at first, but Halton then took advantage and doubled in a run. Pittard then got a ground out to end the inning only allowing one run to score. The score now stood at 7-5 in favour of the Jaguars.
The third started off with a strike out before Miles and Tom Wrightson would walk. That was followed by another strike out. Then Ed Wrightson would also strike out but would make it to first on the dropped third strike to keep the Twojans alive. The Twojans would then squeak in a run on a missed pick off before the next batter would pop out to end the inning. The bottom half of the third saw Pittard walk the first batter, and then promptly picking him off for the first out. That would be followed up by a double and a single before Pittard would strike out the next batter for his second out. However the next batter would single in two runs to add to the Jaguar lead. Before walking a batter, Pittard would then get a fly out to end the inning with the Jaguars having a 9-6 lead in a close game.
The fourth inning saw the Twojans retired in order, however Pittard would then take the challenge and then retire the Jaguars in order as well in an uneventful inning. The score would stand at 9-6 Halton with the Twojans still very much in the game. The fifth inning would be the deciding inning however, as the Twojans would again fail to score despite loading the bases. The Jaguars would then put four runs on the board in the fifth and close out the game with a 13-6 win.
Pittard took the loss, throwing 165 pitches with 9 hits, 4 strike outs, and 12 walks allowing 11 earned runs. Gray and Ed Wrightson would lead offensively, having two RBI’s each.
Game Report: Jeff Ocenasek