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Sunday June 20th 2010
Glasgow Baseball Club 5 - 7 Liverpool Trojans
Glasgow Baseball club 3 - 14 Liverpool Trojans
Game 1 Box Score
Wining Pitcher: Ron Vondy 13 K's
Game 1 Summary :
Dave Martin Baez took on the manergerial duties for the double header against Glasgow Baseball Association as regular team manager Rob Alger filled in as umpire for the day. The Trojans were looking make up for lost ground following the recent poor results against Menwith Hill and Manchester.
The Trojans had to battle hard for the wins last time the teams met earlier in the season at Glasgow. Liverpool's pitching ace Rob Vondy took the mound in the first game as the Trojans fielded a near full strength side. Glasgow however drew first blood, when a lead off walk was driven in before Liverpool settled into their game. Liverpool's opening batter Alan Alger, put himself into a scoring position with a sharp hit single and a stolen base. Alger then stole third base as Dave Martin Baez drew a walk. Paul Smith's ground out allowed Martin Baez to advance, while Alger scored the Trojans first run. Ian Smith then delivered to drive in the run putting Liverpool up by one run after the opening inning.
Rob Vondy settled into his groove and quickly retired the next six batters he faced. Liverpool's advantage increased in the bottom of the third as a lead off double from Paul Smith was followed by hits from Ian Smith, Harry Wren and Martin Godsall. Rob Vondy's single drove in two more, as the Trojans took a five run advantage.
Glasgow were not about to give up however, as the deficit was reduced to just two runs going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but they were unable to mount any sustained pressure as Vondy and the Liverpool defence quickly shut the door on any fightback. Liverpool added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when catcher Paul Mason drove in Harry Wren.
Glasgow were a little unlucky not to score more runs in the top of the sixth inning, when a base running error allowed Liverpool to turn a double play. A line drive hit straight to second baseman Ian Smith, caught the baserunners off guard, who were unable to recover back to their bases.
Trojans pitcher Rob Vondy got stronger as the game progressed and ended the game striking out the side to give Liverpool the deserved win. Vondy ended the game with 13 strikeouts, which had nothing to do with his team manager umpiring the game, honest.
Game 2 Box Score
Winning Pitcher: Martin Godsall 6 K's
Game 2 Summary :
What a difference sunshine makes to a game of baseball. With factor 30 applied, Liverpool prepared to do battle in the second game of the double header against the team from Glasgow who possibly hadn't seen this much sunshine since last summer. Come to mention it, neither had Liverpool. Not on a Sunday anyway!
Martin Godsall, pitching for the Trojans, has yet to loose a game this season, and was looking to continue his rich run of form. Two strikeouts in the opening frame gave the Trojans the start they were looking for. A lead off single from Alan Alger followed by a base on balls for Harry Wren set the table for Liverpool to take an early lead. A wild pitch and an infield error opened the door for the Trojans allowing two runs to score.
Glasgow were just unable to catch uo to the pitching on Martin Godsall as Liverpool blew the game wide open with a 12 run inning in the bottom of the third to effectively killing off the game as a contest. Four RBI's for Ian Smith in the inning which included an inside the park home run and a triple, which, with a bit more effort, could have been his second inside the park home run highlighted the Trojans onslaught. Credit to Harry Wren taking two for the team square in the back. You can hear Bleasy chuckling all the way from Ibiza. Solid hits from Matt Jones and David Dunphy kept the inning alive as the top of the order cleared the bases. The Trojans sent seventeen batters to the plate leaving two stranded ending a massive inning for Liverpool.
To their credit, Glasgow kept on battling and added runs in the fourth and fifth inning, but Liverpool were just too strong and ended the game early on the slaughter rule. The Trojans ended the game in spectacular fashion when a high fly ball was hit to right field. Manny Olusunmade, in his first season for the Trojans, seemed to misjudge the flight of the ball, but recovered spectacularly to snag the ball high over his head much to the delight of his fellow players and cheering onlookers.
Liverpool's next fixture is a home tie against the reigning AAA British champions, the Harrogate Tigers. Harrogate have suffered with injury problems this year, however they still remain one of the strongest teams in the northern division, if not, the country. Why not come to see how the Trojans fare. First pitch of the double header starts at 12 pm at Bootle Stadium. Directions can be found on the Liverpool Trojans website.