Liverpool Trojans Baseball Club Est.1946
"In the beginning of British Baseball, God created the Trojans, and all was good. Over the years and many championships God decided the Trojans needed to grow, so a second Trojan team was created and all was good. Then there was confusion, as there was only one team, yet in different ballparks at the same time, so the name Twojans was born. This in turn confused the Twojans, not knowing what to call their team mates and their style of play. Seeing their style of play and behaviour on the field, the Twojans started saying Onejan behaviour, and the name was born. The rest was history: No matter how many teams grew in the Trojan Baseball club, were to be only Trojans....Onejans, Twojans and all"
- The Book of Trojans (Genesis 1.1)
Rick Mills was handed the start on the mound for the Trojans as they looked to build on their solid start to the season. Mills had endured a difficult outing last week against Bolton and wanted to use the game as a platform to reestablish his credentials in the starting rotation.
The Canadian did his case no harm at all as he quickly retired the side. What happened next set the tone for the rest of the day as the Trojans piled the runs on, punishing some very mediocre pitching from the Manchester developmental outfit. There were many errors too, which the pitcher would have been more than entitled to be annoyed about had he not been guilty of dropping two fly balls himself.
The Trojans took their foot off the gas at the end of the first inning having already established a sizeable lead. There was still time for Victor Juarez to launch a three run home run over the centre-field fence.
The Torrent, to their credit, didn't give up and did their best to battle back into the outing. However, with the two hour time limit looming, and a massive run deficit to overcome.
Dave Martin Baez came in to close out the game and restricted the Torrent fight back to just a couple of runs as the Trojans ran out 18-7 winners.
Game two saw Trojans ace Garfield Xu return to the hill. He allowed an early walk which eventually put the go-ahead run on third but was able to maintain his composure enough to prevent going behind.
In the words of the late great Yogi Berra it was "Deja vu all over again" in the bottom half of the inning as the Trojans again punished weak pitching and poor defence to build a big lead.
Juarez and Smith both homered, John Gill contributed with several RBIs as he made his first start in Trojan colours for eighteen months. Yoshiki Morikawa was again impressive with both bat and glove, while Matty Waddington and Tom Wrightson continued their impressive progress through the Trojan ranks.
The Trojans ran out comfortable winners by a score of 22 runs to 3 to complete the sweep and move to 5-1 for the season.
The Trojans travel to Halton next Sunday where they can expect a far sterner test against their local rivals.
Game Report: Ian Blease