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WB-UK and Sheffield Bruins Baseball Club are delighted to be celebrating 90 years since the All star "Rio Rita" team and the "Head's Up" Company team game.

This incredible event was held at Stamford Bridge on the 12th May 1930. Miss Edith Day, a famous musical-comedy actress assisted the "Rio Rita" team as Captain and played a huge role in making this game possible 90 years ago.

Believe it or not, it was not the first time a group of women got together to play baseball in the UK (even if it was for a laugh). Evidence show women's baseball proved quite popular in 1920's...which is exactly how we are going to play it, a century later.

By honouring these amazing women, the Sheffield Bruins have kindly offered to help create a re-enactment game as well as a providing a clinic for female players. The event will be held on Saturday 25th April at the Bruins ground at Thorpe Green Park, Waterthorpe, Sheffield. First pitch is to take place after the clinic at 3pm so why not come along and support our female players.

This event is FREE to participate for female players above the age of 14! If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

An overgrown Bootle Stadium saw the 5-1, AA Liverpool Trojans II host the 3-3, AAA, Sheffield Bruins. Game one saw the Bruins ace, Josh Taylor (2-0) compete in his third start this year, with an impressive ERA under 2.00. Taylor flirted with danger in a complete game, with 9 strikeouts. He was supported by Luke Martin on a great outfield assist to snag an advancing hitter stretching a Single. First Baseman Charlie Batho offered support with a heads up throw to home to put out a runner creeping on a ground ball. The offense was spearheaded by Neil Davies who scored three times and stole 4 bases, he was supported by Luke Martin and Luis Frometa in majority who drove him in consistently. For Tim French, the bat certainly awoke after a frustrating start, allowing him to make the most if his lightning speed on base, swiping two bags.

Game 1: Sheffield Bruins 7 - 3 Liverpool Trojans II

WP Josh Taylor (3-0)

Game two saw Luis Frometa (0-1) take to the hill after opening day starter duties, followed by a relief appearance. Frometa again played with fire, but managed to avoid damage for the most part, surrendering no hits and 2 runs from sloppy defense. Tim French closed the door, allowing a few more runs in what was a solid relief job. Luis Frometa’s ‘oppo taco’ was the clear talking point of the bats, driving in three. And a huge congratulations to Matt Morey on his first career hit, a loud single to center field.

Game 2: Sheffield Bruins 16 - 5 Liverpool Trojans II

WP Luis Frometa (1-1)

Next up for the Bruins is hosting Liverpool Trojans I on 2 June, however the bank holiday weekend sees the Northern Knights All-Star team travel to Kent to compete in the Battle of Britain tournament, where 5 Bruins are representing.


Following the split at Nottingham the previous week, Sheffield headed to Liverpool with the intention to prove themselves as contenders in the AAA. Davies started the day strong, reaching early on a single to left field and later scored after being brought in by Martin. Liverpool answered back, scoring after reaching via the base on balls.

Pitching dominated the early frames with both Waddington of the Trojans and Taylor of the Bruins challenging batters in the zone. However, it was Sheffield who broke the scoring tie in the third after a series of doubles by Meuth, Batho and Frometa to see the Bruins run tally increase to 3. Liverpool then took advantage of fielding errors produced by Sheffield to see Barratt reduce the run deficit to only one run.

The Trojans’ pitcher appeared shaky in the fourth, walking 4 batters in a row and hitting a 5th. The Bruins monopolised, batting round the order to score a massive 7 runs. Nevertheless, Taggart started an immediate comeback through a deep double to centre field. This was followed with a ground ball to the shortstop, but an error in the throw to 1st saw Vondy on 3rd base and Taggart reaching home. However, the Trojans comeback was halted by some good pitching by Taylor to produce 2 groundouts and a strikeout, limiting the Trojans to 3 runs.

A final run in the 5th via Davies increased the total run tally for the Bruins to 11.

Final score: Liverpool Trojans 5-11 Sheffield Bruins.


Game 2 started wobbly for the Trojans as fielding errors lead to the bases being loaded. Charlie Batho drove a runner home, which was shortly followed with another 2 by Josh Taylor. Meanwhile, Neil Davies also struggled to get into a rhythm, walking 4 batters in the first inning. However, Davies managed to gain back some control through striking out Barratt to end the first inning, limiting the damage done by Liverpool to 2 runs.

Sheffield increased their lead by another 3 runs through Davies, Meuth and Martin. The Trojans put up some good contact in the 2nd inning, but with a flyball to right field and hard line-drive back to the pitcher, this wasn’t enough. Vondy dominated inning 3, taking his strikeout tally to 5, preventing the Bruins from getting a man on base. On the contrary, Davies began to tire in the 3rd, throwing a few wild pitches to load the bases. Taylor was brought in to shut down the Trojans, restricting Liverpool to 2 runs. 6-4 Bruins.

Meuth took to the mound for inning 4. However, the Trojans got their eye in which saw 5 players reaching on base on balls and 3 hits by Vondy, Blease and Taggart to score 6 runs. A pitching change to French saw Taggard obtain an RBI, but this was followed by a fly ball to left field to end the inning. Unfortunately, the Bruins couldn’t make a comeback in the top of the 5th, ending the game 11-7 to the Trojans.

Final Score: Liverpool Trojans 11-7 Sheffield Bruins.

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