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Marvin Wendt would contribute as well hitting 9 HRs and batting .347. There was some fine pitching as well with Ronnie Arp going 8-4 with a 2.33 ERA and Norm Churchill also going 8-4 with a 2.63 ERA. The Trojans would go an impressive 42-28 on the season and make it to the finals against the Oneonta Yankees. While the Trojans definitely owned the hitting, the Yankees would featured two future stars in Willie McGee and Rafael Santana, who would steal the title away from Batavia. It was the closest that they would come to another title as the Trojans. They would finish 4 games below .500 in 1978 and 3 games above in 1979. Another super slugger came to the team in 1978 and challenged Tim Glass’ record but fell short hitting 18 bombs over the Dwyer Stadium wall. Future Indian and Twins’ Carmelo Castillo had an excellent season in 1979 with 8 HRs and a .336 batting avg. and Indians’ 1st round draft pick John Bohnet went 6-3 with a 1.98 ERA as well. By 1980 the team was 13 games under .500 again despite featuring future 2 time All-Star 2B of the Toronto Blue Jays, Kelly Gruber (3 2B, 2 HR, .217). By 1981 they hit rock bottom. Perhaps one of the worst teams of all time, the '81 Trojans went … 16-59... a winning percentage of only .213. Keep in mind that the Major League record worst New York Mets had a 40-120 record in 1962... a winning percentage of .250. This blew that away. This was real bad. How bad? Tom Burns went 0-11 with a 6.81 ERA bad. Wayne Johnson was 0-6 with a 6.43 bad. Actually Randy Washington wasn’t half bad with 11 HRs and a .327 avg. but there wasn’t many quality players on this team.