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 Drop Game One
The first game of the double header started off with Tom Wrightson getting a leadoff single. The next batter hit a dribbler to advance Wrightson to second and then the following batter stuck out. With a man on second and 2 outs Scott Gray was hit by a pitch, and then Jeff Ocenasek walked to load the bases. Despite the threat, that was all the Twojans would manage as the next batter struck out to end the inning. The Twojans sent Ocenasek to the mound game one to face the Lions. The Lions started off with a leadoff double, and then the runner got to third on a wild pitch. The next batter hit a sac fly to right which brought in a run with one out. Ocenasek then got the following batter to pop up for the second out. With two outs, the next batter hit a fly to right that should have ended the inning but then was dropped for a two base error to keep the inning alive. The Lions would make the Twojans pay for the error and singled to bring in the second run. After stealing second, the runner tried to steal third as well but was promptly thrown out by catcher Jack Scholes and the inning would end with a 2-0 lead for Cartmel.
The Twojans would go down in order at the top of the second inning as their pitcher settled in. Ocenasek responded in the bottom half of the inning to retire the Lions in order and the second inning would end up being uneventful with the game standing at 2-0 in favour of Cartmel.
The third inning saw the Twojans bring up the top of the line-up and Tom Wrightson again singled to start things off. Wrightson would then steal second, while the next batter stuck out. With one out and a runner in scoring position, Ed Wrightson would then double his brother in to put the Twojans on the board. However, the next two batters would strike out and that would be the extent of the runs the Twojans would manage for the inning. The bottom of the inning would be difficult for the Twojans, as the first two batters would single. With two on and nobody out the next batter grounded to short and the Twojans got the runner at second but would fail to turn the double play. The next batter would then walk to load the bases, which would then be followed by a ground rule double to bring in two runs. Yet another double would bring in two more. The next batter then grounded to second but ended up reaching on and error. That was followed by another error on a dropped pop fly to right. The Lions then made the Twojans pay for their errors a second time with a single to bring in another run. With runners on first and third and two outs Ocenasek then picked the runner off at third base to end the inning with the Lions now holding an 8-1 lead.
The top of the fourth saw the first batter strike out for the Twojans. Then Tom Russell, who was making his debut with the Twojans, got a single to get on base. The next batter would then strike out. That was followed by catcher Jack Scholes getting aboard on an error and Russell getting over to third. With runners at first and third and two outs, the speedy Scholes tried to steal second but the catcher threw a bullet right on the money to get him in the attempt which ended the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Ocenasek fought on to try to keep the Twojans in the game by striking out the first batter. He got the next batter to hit a ground ball to short, but unfortunately another error by the Twojans would get a runner on. That was followed by yet another error on a ground ball to third and in a situation where the inning would be over there was two on with one out. Ocenasek then got the next batter to fly to centre for the second out, but the runners would now be at second and third. The next batter would hit a routine fly to centre which was again dropped for another error in the inning and would bring in the two runners who had also got on board on errors. The following batter would hit a fly to centre again but this time it would be caught to end the inning. The score would now stand at 10-1.
The Twojans would go down in order to start off the fifth, putting them in a situation where they would have to prevent the Lions from scoring to avoid a mercy. Ocenasek battled on by getting the first batter to ground out for the first out. That was followed by a single to put a runner on. Then the next batter grounded to third but another Twojan error would put runners on first and second. Ocenasek would not give in and struck out the next batter for the second out, which would have ended the inning if not for the error. The next batter then walked to load them up. With two outs the runner was taking a large lead off third, and after a strike the catcher threw down to third to try and get the runner but the throw would get away and that would bring in a run and end the game. The final score would end up being 11-1 Lions.
Ocenasek took the loss, throwing 83 pitches with 9 hits, 3 strike outs, and 2 walks allowing 5 earned runs. Offensive standouts for the Twojans were Tom Wrightson going 2-3 with a run and a stolen base, and Ed Wrightson going 1-3 with a double and an RBI.
Game Report: Jeff Ocenasek