Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Prague 2007 - Game one - Dublin Hurricanes v Aligátoři Znojmo

OKI PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL CUP

The Dublin Hurricanes played in the Tempo Titans club invitational in Prague the weekend of June 30th/July 1st. The following posts detail how the trip went.

Previous posts:
Tournament overview and background


Game one - Saturday morning June 30th
Dublin Hurricanes v Aligátoři Znojmo

Game one for the 'Canes came on Saturday morning, with the weather improving vastly in Prague from Friday's rain. As the 'Canes arrived at the Tempo Titans ground the sun was starting to peak out from behind the clouds. The teams began to warm up and Aligátoři Znojmo looked exactly like what you would expect from a Czech side, big, athletic players who looked like they knew the game of baseball.

Ever since our first game in the '96 European Championships, Irish baseball has been somewhat in awe of it's Czech equivalent. Back then, they annihilated us and showed us how baseball should be played. Could the student finally become the master?

The Hurricanes started the OKI PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL CUP in fine style against this Czech side. They played well in every aspect of the game on route to a 15-3 win to kick start their tournament. Captain for the weekend Chris Foy had the luxury of fielding several Irish National team players in his lineup, including a 'murderers row' that went, Tommy Hernandez, Pat Nolan, Chris Foy and Woody Woodburne, all experienced Irish team veterans.

Carlos Melesecca signalled his return to the 'Canes lineup with some big hits and Dave Delucia was a constant pain in the oppositions side playing his 'Ichiro' style of small ball, constantly on base, stealing and scoring runs. The battery of Aussie catcher Luke Barkemeyer and Irish pitcher Cormac Eklof were rarely in trouble although the Czech club side did get a couple of late runs in the fifth and final inning, with Eklof tiring a little in the heat after a 5 inning, 3 run and 8 strikeout performance.

Game one final score:
Dublin Hurricanes 15 Aligátoři Znojmo 3

Previous posts:
Tournament overview and background

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