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 Lose Game 2 with a Similar Theme
The second game started off with the first two Twojan batters striking out. That was followed by Ed Wrightson hitting a fly ball to right which was misplayed, and he got all the way to third on the play. However the next batter would ground out and the Twojans would fail to get on the board. The Twojans would send Chris Pittard to the mound, who would show his grit by coming out to pitch despite getting stitches on his glove hand thumb the day before.
Pittard started off by hitting the first batter, then the theme from the first game would carry over as the next batter would get aboard on an error on a ground ball to short. A single would then put runners on the corners. The following batter then hit a fly to left that was misplayed for another error to bring in two runs, even though the inning would have been over with no runs if there had been clean plays. Pittard battled on and got the next batter to pop up to catcher Scott Gray who then got the runner on third for a double play to end the inning, with the score at 2-0 Lions.
The Twojans would then go down in order to start the second. Pittard would then come out determined and he got the first batter to fly out. He then walked the next two batters and gave up a single to load the bases. However Pittard would then bare down and get the next two batters out to strand the runners and the game still stood at 2-0.
The third inning saw the leadoff batter ground out for the Twojans, but then Niall Kane would draw a walk to get on the bases. That was followed up by a triple by centre fielder Tom Wrightson to bring Kane in to get the Twojans on the board. However the next two batters would strike out to end the Twojan offensive. Pittard then responded by getting the Lions in order and the game would stand at a close 2-1 through three innings.
In the fourth inning the Twojans would once again go down in order. The bottom half of the fourth would be where the Twojans would struggle. Three straight singles would load the bases for the Lions to start off the inning. Then a fly ball to left would result in an error to bring in two runs, which would be followed by a walk and then another single which would bring in two more runs. The next batter would ground to short for yet another error and another run. The next batter would hit one into the gap in left centre that looked like it would cause a lot of damage, however centre fielder Tom Wrightson made an amazing high light reel diving catch to get the first out. Another walk would bring in another run. Then the next batter would ground out to short for the second out but would bring in another run in the process. With two outs Pittard would get the next batter to ground to third but another error would cost another run. Pittard would then get the next batter to hit a comebacker to end the inning. However, the multiple errors combined with multiple hits would give the Lions a 10-1 lead.
The top of the fifth saw the first Twojan strike out before Jack Scholes would draw a walk. The next two batters would strike out though and that would end the inning. Pittard would continue to fight on determined to keep the Twojans alive, despite the pain in his thumb with every throw back to him he refused to come out, and considering the Twojans only having two pitchers on hand including the game one starter he was allowed to pitch on. Pittard responded by striking out the first batter before giving up a single. He would then retire the next two batters to end the inning to keep the game at 10-1 Lions and to extend the game without the mercy.
As the game got into the sixth inning, the Twojan leadoff hitter would strike out. However Ed Wrightson would then walk to get on base. The following batter would strike out while Wrightson was trying to steal second but the catcher threw a laser to second for the “strike ‘em out, thrown ‘em out” to end the inning. Pittard would come out again to battle on and got the first batter on a fly out. However the mistakes in the field would continue with the next batter getting aboard on ground ball to third which would result in a two base error. The next batter would pop out, which would have ended the inning with no damage if not for the errors. However, the Lions continued to make the Twojans pay for their errors. The next batter would walk, and then back to back singles would bring in two more runs. That was followed up by a double and a single for two more. Then another ground ball to third would result in another error before Pittard would get the next batter to ground to short to end the inning. The score would now stand at 15-1 Lions.
The seventh saw the Twojans come up with their last chance to come back. The inning started off with first baseman Jeff Ocenasek drawing a walk to get on base. However, the next three batters would be retired in order to end the game with a final score of 15-l Carmel.
Pittard took the loss, throwing 123 pitches with 1 strike out, 5 walks, on 10 hits, with 4 earned runs. The Twojan offensive standout was Tom Wrightson, who got the only hit going 1-3 with triple and an RBI, while Jack Scholes, Ed Wrightson, Jeff Ocenasek and Niall Kane would be the only other batters to get on base with walks and a stolen base by Scholes and a run by Kane.
Game Report: Jeff Ocenasek