Fifth edition knows their winners

On Sunday afternoon concluded already fifth edition of international youth baseball tournament. This edition was absolutely different from previous editions. Organizers fought with weather conditions on Saturday and tournament program was changed.

U11 category was not affected with weather thanks to adding third field into the game. All games was finished however Saturday’s games were shrinked to 60 minutes plus end of the inning. This was the only one category where we welcomed 2017 edition winner Trebic Nuclears. This team promoted to final with Hrosi Brno. The final game had really top quality in this category and Hrosi Brno presented dominance in this category, won the final game 10:2 and they returned home with the biggest trophy. Third finished Sokol Hluboka. The tournament MVP was named Kristyna El Ghannam from Hrosi, the best batter Krystof Martinek also from Hrosi and the best pitcher Matyas Hasal from SaBaT Praha.

Thanks to night shower and delayed start of Saturday’s program, U13 category needed to cancelled quarterfinal games and winners of each group were directly promoted to semifinal games. We missed 2017 edition winners from Arrows Ostrava there, so we waited who will bring home the biggest trophy. The actors of the final game were same like in U11 category, but the winner was different. Trebic won this thrilling game against Hrosi 10:9 in tie break. Third finished Joudrs Praha which is originally softball team. Individual trophies holders are, the tournament MVP Jan Hrabec from Trebic, the best battter Ondrej Tvrdek from Joudrs and the best pitcher Michal Pokorny from Hrosi.

The most affected category was U15 because fields at Krc are in permanent usage and strong shower during Friday and Saturday night made impossible to play all games. So on Sunday only the final game between Eagles Praha and Arrows Ostrava was scheduled and the game for the third place between Titans and SaBaT, both teams from Prague will be played next week. In the final game more power remain in Eagles squad. Eagles swept Arrows in final game 13:2 and won this tournament in U15 category. Only individual awards was concluded as follows, the MVP was named Martin Jiranek from Eagles, the best batter Kevin Volaric from Zagreb and the best pitcher Viktor Hluchy from Titans.

Organizers had have hard extended weekend and they need couple of days to relax and complete all results at tournament webpage and also complete all statistics. Of course thanks to late delivered rosters and not precise players changes reports statistics will not be 100% accurate, but there is a place for improvement in 2019.

We must say big thank you to all participants who had enough patience with all changes in tournament schedule thanks to weather conditions as well as to all umpires and scorers to complete all games. Big thanks must to be send to the capital of the Czech Republic Prague for financial support of our tournament.

We are confident that this tournament has solid place in season plan of many teams so organizers will looking forward to see all or at least almost of teams in 2019 edition at the end of August 2019.