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..
Game one of the second ever Trojan Bowl didn’t start off with the same fanfare of the previous year, when the club founder Normal Wells threw out the first pitch. With the legendary Trojan watching from the Field of Dreams this year, the club still knew his eyes would always be following the club from the great Diamond in the Sky.
The Twojans sent Chris Pittard to the mound, the former first team (Onejan) player and original Twojan looked to face off against the current Northern League Champions. The Onejans started off strong with a walk by Harry Wren, a single by Jairo Brito, and deeply hit double by Victor Juarez that brought in the first two runs. Pittard was able to get the next two batters before hitting and walking a batter and then giving up a single to Matty Waddington to bring in another run and load up the bases. Chris Gary then walked to bring in another run. After a wild pitch brought in another run, Pittard was finally able to retire the side with the score at 5-0 Onejans. Matty Waddington started on the mound for the Onejans. Matty had been on the original Twojan team and was looking to show his former Twojan team mates that he meant business. He started out strong by striking out the first two batters and ended up retiring the side in order.
The second inning proved to be a rough inning for Pittard. It started off with a single by Jairo Brito, which was followed up by Pittard giving up a walk, hitting a batter, and then walking Ian Blease to bring in another run. That was followed up by an infield single by Conor Baker-Latham to bring in a run. A wild pitch would then bring in another run before Pittard would give up another walk, and then striking out the next batter to get the first out. Chris Gary then brought in another run, which was followed up by a walk to Harry Wren to bring in yet another and keep the bases loaded. Jairo Brito then hit a deep fly to centre which would bring in another run but give Pittard his second out. With runners on first and second, Victor Juarez then doubled in a another run, and that was followed by a wild pitch that brought in another run before Pittard could get the next batter to ground out to end the inning. The score now stood at 13-0 to the Onejans.
In the bottom of the second Waddington came back out with a sizeable lead. After walking former Onejan Tom Wrightson, Waddington got the next batter to fly out. Then with another former Onejan, first baseman Jeff Ocenasek at the plate, Waddington balked over Wrightson to second. As the count got deep Wrightson tried to steal 3rd on a 2-2 count and was thrown out by a perfect throw by catcher Paul Mason. With two outs and nobody on things looked good for Waddington and bleak for the Twojans, but the rally started there when Ocenasek was able to draw 2 more balls to get on base. Waddington then walked the next two batters, and hit another to bring in a run. Then Ed Wrightson got the first hit of the day for the Twojans to bring in yet another run. This was followed by a walk, and runner reaching on an error, and two more walks, before that order had come around to Ocenasek again, who was hit by the pitch and that was all for Waddington on the day. Conor Baker-Latham came into pitch and promptly struck the next batter out to end the two out rally. The score now stood at 13-7 and the Twojans were back in the game.
In the third inning Pittard bared down try to keep the Twojans going. The Onejans would not go down quietly though, as Blease dribbled an infield hit between the mound and first, which was followed by a throwing error. Pittard then walked the next batter, which was followed by an RBI single by Mason. Then Pittard hit the next batter, which was then followed up by a wild pitch to bring in a run. That was followed by an error on a ball hit to third to bring in another run. At that point the Twojans reversed the error as a blooper was caught at third and the runner at second was doubled off. Pittard then got the next batter on scary line drive right back at him. Pittard was on the ground literally screaming in pain for over 5 minutes but still held on to the ball. Despite the scary moment, Pittard ended up being alright but with a mighty bruise. At the bottom of the third however, Baker-Latham held the Twojans to no runs despite a double by the hot hitting Ed Wrightson. The score was now 16-7 to the Onejans.
From the fourth inning onwards the Onejans were able to run away with the game, as Baker-Latham held the Twojans for another inning, followed by Chris Taggart who also held the Twojans to no runs. Neither pitcher gave up a hit, despite some walks which did not do any damage. Offensively, the Onejans added hit by Gary, Wren, Juarez, Blease, Rick Mills and Paul Colton, as well as two more by Waddington. The Twojans also added several more errors which mounted to eight for the game, and the final score ended up 25-7 in favour of the Onejans.
Offensive standouts for the Onejans were Chris Gary (who surely made his grandad smile from the Diamond in the Sky), going 1-4 with 5 RBI’s. Victor Juarez went 3-4 with 4 RBI’s, followed by Wren with 3 RBIs, Baker-Latham with 3 RBI’s, and one each for Brito, Colton, Waddington, and Mason.
For the Twojans, Ed Wrightson got the only hits going 2-3 with an RBI, followed by Ocenasek who went 0-0 with a stolen base and an RBI, and a RBI’s a piece for Pittard, James Hobson and Brett Czokomodiak.
On the mound, Waddington going 1.2 innings got the win, giving up 7 runs (3 earned) on 1 hit, with 2 strike outs and 7 walks. Baker-Latham went 2.1 innings giving up no runs, no hits, striking out 2 and walking 5. Taggart went 1 inning giving up no runs and no hits, striking out 2 and walking none.
Pittard took the loss, going 5 innings, giving up 25 runs (17 earned) on 15 hits, 4 strike outs, and 9 walks.
Game Report: Jeff Ocenasek
Photo Credits Helen Baker-Latham