AAA National Championships 7th/8th September 2013
The story before the weekend was about whether the Liverpool Trojans could win three consecutive national championships, but the London Metros decided the matter for them and edged Liverpool in an epic four-hour battle for their first ever NBC title.
Liverpool's semi-final opponents on the Saturday was local rivals, the Halton Jaguars. The Jaguars secured their place in the finals with an impessive 17 - 3 win against Midlands champions, Milton Keynes Bucks.
Mario Escobedo got the start for Liverpool in the first game on the Main Diamond, and got down to work early striking out six of the first nine batters, keeping Halton off the scoreboard. Halton struggled against Escobedo, who ended up with 15 strikeouts in a dominating 4-hit performance with just three walks. Liverpool fielded a strong batting line-up and it proved too much for Halton to contain. The game ended on the slaughter rule after seven innings, the Trojans taking the win by 11 - 1.
Sunday's opponents for the final was the London Metros who defeated last year's semi-finalists, Cambridge Royals by a score of 16 - 2. The Royals were missing several key players for the final and were no match for the much stronger Metro's.
The final was an epic four hour battle between two teams at the top of their game, and proved to be an ill tempered affiar that was full of incident and drama.
Trojans starter, Martin Godsall, found it hard going on the mound as the Metro's came out swinging and punished every mistake made by the Trojans. Liverpool battled hard throughout, giving more than they were taking, finding weak points in the Metro's infield to take an early lead. However, the flow of the game was disrupted when a collision between Liverpool's third baseman, Harry Wren and left fielder Rob Vondy, left Wren needing hospital treatment for a nasty hand injury.
With the score tied at five runs each, the Metro's gained the upper hand knocking in four runs in the top of the fifth, and a further six runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a ten run advantage. As tempers began to fray and a rain delay adding to the tension, the game and the national title looked to be slipping from the Trojans grasp.
Liverpool's fighting spirit cut the deficit to five runs, and with bases loaded in the bottom half of the last inning, the Metro's squirmed their way out of trouble to take the win and with it, the AAA National title.
The Trojans coaching staff and players would like to say a special thank you to everybody who showed their support and made 2013 a season to remember. Special thanks to Sharon Alger for all the fantastic pictures and to Nial and Richard for their scoresheets and stats, great job.
We'll be back !!!!
Semi-Final Game Report and Stats..
Final Game Report and stats..