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Russian team celebrated gold medals
04.10.2020 | Redakce | Propagace

Russian team celebrated gold medals

​The 39th Prague Baseball Week ended up with a dramatic final game between Czech Republic and Russia. After very tight end, the game was decided in extra inning and Russian national team could have enjoyed their first win at this tournament. They defeated Czech team 9:5.

The 39th Prague Baseball Week ended up with a dramatic final game between Czech Republic and Russia. After very tight end, the game was decided in extra inning and Russian national team could have enjoyed their first win at this tournament. They defeated Czech team 9:5.

Czech Republic had a good start. Both pitcher Jan Novak and defence hold Russian hitters back and kept the score untouched until the 8th inning. "I was very happy with my performance and surprised as well. My season had finished few weeks ago so my preparation for this tournament had not been so intensive. Russian team was very active at bat, which I liked, game was fast paced. I felt really well," said Novak. Jakub Malik from Czech team scored in the 2nd inning, after Marek Minarik´s sacrifice hit. After 5th inning score was 4:0. Russian players got into the game after pitcher´s substitution. Boris Bokaj did not start well and visitors´ hitters took the advantage of all weaknesses on the pitching mound and in defence as well. They turned the score to 5:4 and took the lead. Bokaj was substituted by Filip Capka and Russians did not score in the 8th and 9th. Bottom of the 9th inning was heart attacking. Bases loaded but Czech hitters only tied the score to 5:5. There had to be extra inning with runners at first and second. Czech Republic did not manage to score. On the contrary, triple from Junior Luis Valiente and a few inaccurate plays in Czech defence meant 4 points for Russia. "Russian pitchers played great, it was clear that it would not be easy. We had some errors and it is hard to catch up with four points in extra inning," said Novak. Similar opinion had also Petr Baroch, Griffin´s assistant: "I was pleasantly surprised by Russian pitchers in final, it was difficult for our hitters at bat. We did also some errors in base running and that decided the game. It was great that we could have given a chance to our young players and watch them in game."

Russian team celebrated winning the trophy and gold medals. Czech team will have to wait for its win for at least another year. They won in 2015 for the last time.

Best hitter of the tournament was Marek Chlup (Czech Republic), best pitcher Konstantin Porkhnun (Russia) and MVP Junior Valiente (Russia).

Czech junior national team ended up in 3rd place in the tournament, when they defeated both International Stars and Prague Selection.

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