Image courtesy of Sharon Alger
Game 1: Liverpool Trojans 6-1 Cartmel Valley Lions
Game 2: Liverpool Trojans 16-11 Cartmel Valley Lions
This was a fascinating match-up of teams played out in the picturesque setting at Cartmel School Field in Cumbria as the Liverpool Trojans paid their first-ever visit to Cartmel to play the Lions.
As expected, the afternoon finished with the customary two wins for the more experienced Trojans, but not before they had been pushed hard by a young Lions team, several of whom are eligible to be playing Pony baseball.
Game 1 turned out to be a low-scoring affair, with both teams restricted to seven hits. But once Liverpool established a 3-1 lead in the top of the second inning, they never looked like giving it up. Martin Godsall for the Trojans and Ben Pearson for the Lions both pitched complete games, Godsall gaining the win with eight strikeouts.
By contrast, in Game 2, both sets of bats finally came awake, with 28 hits shared between the two teams. The Trojans looked to have blown the game open with seven runs in the first two innings before the Lions' bats were sparked into life by a home run from Emmanuel Estevez.
Then the Trojans, who had base hits from every player in the line-up, looked to have the game tied up again when they scored another seven runs in the top of the sixth inning and were leading 16-5 going into the bottom of the seventh. But the Lions refused to lie down and came very close to an amazing comeback, scoring six runs in the last inning and leaving two men on base when Tom Woodburn smashed a line drive straight into the pitcher's glove for the final out.
Emmanuel Estevez has to be the Performer of the Week with four hits from four at-bats including two doubles as well as the home run, not to mention four RBIs and some spectacular diving catches in centre field.
Jonathon Pearson of Cartmel Valley commented, “Well done! The Lions should be proud of some quality baseball played today – great to watch and the best games so far this season against our toughest opposition!”
Game 1: Menwith Hill 6-5 Halton
Game 2: Menwith Hill 4-3 Halton
The Patriots finally came out victors in extra innings in Game 1, having clawed their way back to tie the game 5-5 by scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. But the Patriots never held the lead until the walk-off home run by David Perez in the bottom of the ninth that gave them the win.
In Game 2, the Jaguars very nearly rode their usual small ball game to victory, gaining three runs from only one hit by making the most of errors and stolen bases. But they were defeated when the Patriots scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The final nail in the coffin was an RBI single by Mike Wells to bring home David Olivas for Menwith Hill’s second walk-off win of the day.
The Manchester A's v Bolton doubleheader was postponed as neither ground was playable. The two clubs will hopefully be able to re-arrange the fixtures for later in the season.