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European Championships - The Final Rounds

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The top three teams from each pool travel to Brno, Czech Republic, taking their wins and losses with them against teams they played that are currently in the pool and compete to play in the finals.

Italy 6 Spain 4

Lorenzo Avagnina doubled in the eighth to break a 4-4 tie. Stefano Desimoni singled to drive in an insurance run to give Italy a two run lead. Tiago de Silva retired the side in order to pick up the save, striking out two of the three hitters he faced. Francisco Figueroa socked a two run homer in the sixth as Spain came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game. Italy moves to 3-0 while Spain drops to 1-2.

Czech Republic 14 France 3

The score is a little surprise. A seven run seventh inning shortened the game to seven innings. The Czech Republic powered five homers in the game, Matej Hejma and Jakub Sladek hit two homeruns apiece while Jakub Malik hit one homerun. Sladek has five homeruns for the tournament and finished the game 4 for 5 with four RBIs. Hejma drove in five runs for the Czech Republic.

Netherlands 10 Germany 4

Netherlands won their game to remain undefeated. Shawn Zarragga banged out three hits and drove in two runs in the win for Netherlands. Randoph Oduber went deep against the winless Germans. Kevin Heijstek went seven innings for Netherlands, allowing only two unearned runs.

In the second division Croatia nipped 11-10, Sweden scoring two runs in the final frame to make the game close. For the winless Swedes Magnus Pileguard ripped four hits, three of them doubles to drive in three. Great Britain improved to 2-4 with their 10-4 spanking of

Uganda Opens New Baseball Stadium

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Uganda made quite a splash with their appearance in the Little League World Series in 2012.  They should have appeared in 2011 but not all of them could show proof of age so the second place team in the qualifiers went in their place.  They did not compete in 2013, not even appearing in the qualifier, so perhaps funding was an issue.

Japan helped provide the funding for Uganda to build their new baseball stadium, named the National Friendship Stadium located in Gayaza just north of the capital Kampala.  The cost of the grant to build the stadium ($122,175) was quite a bit less than what cities in the United States have to pay to build major league stadiums.

Myworld only hopes it doesn’t stay empty.  You can read about the opening here:

Uganda to Build Ballpark

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Japan has provided Uganda a grant of a little over $120,000 to build their first ballpark.  The stadium will be constucted in Gayaza on three acres of land.

Uganda has gotten all sorts of publicity in the last couple years for their baseball prowess.  Jimmy Rollins did a tour there and the little league team was the first African team to qualify for the Little League World Series in Williamsport.  Now they will soon be able to play on a real baseball field rather than fields of grass marked by shirts as bases.

You can read the article here: courtesy of the IBAF website.

Uganda Qualifies for Little League World Series (We Hope)

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

For the second time in two years Uganda won the qualifying tournament to be eligible for the Little League World Series in August.  Last year they could not play in the Little League World Series because they could not provide documentation to confirm their ages.  The team they beat, Saudia Arabia went instead.

The Uganda team beat Kuwait in the finals this year 5-2.  They had beaten them earlier in pool play 8-0.  The only team they lost to was their opening game match against Saudia Arabia 2-1.  After Kuwait beat Saudia Arabia 12-10 the division was thrown into a three way tie with Kuwait, Saudia Arabia and Uganda all with 3-1 records.  Uganda and Kuwait played for the championship because of a tie breaker, with Uganda winning.

So provided Uganda can get their paperwork together they will be the first team from Africa to play in the Little League World Series.  Myworld will be rooting for them.

Other teams to qualify are Curacao, who won in the Caribbean, 10-1 victors over a team from Puerto Rico in the championship game.  Curacao dominated the tournament, with no team coming within seven runs of beating them.

Japan saw Tokyo Kitasuna win their championship against Matsusaka Little League 11-0.  Like Curacao, Kitasuna dominated their opponents, with no team coming within six runs of them.

The South American qualifier had a team from Aguadulce, Panama defeat Venezuela 6-5 to qualify for the Little League World Series.  Two Panama teams finished their pool play undefeated, with Venezuela downing Chitre, Panama 7-4 to prevent the finals from being an all Panama affair.  The World Cup that was played their last year must have motivated some kids in Panama.

Mexico and Europe play their qualifier this weekend.  Canada will play their qualifier August 4 and all the United States qualifiers will be played the beginning of August.

Jimmy Rollins/Derrek Lee and Uganda

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Jimmy Rollins is another ballplayer who had an interesting offseason breaking in a new glove for the 2012 season.  He broke in the new glove teaching kids in Uganda how to be better infielders.  He was motivated to travel to Uganda after he read the story about Uganda being denied a Little League World Series appearance because of visa issues.  Many of the kids who played on the team could not prove that they were 12 years of age.

Derrek Lee was also in Uganda assisting Jimmie with the baseball instruction.  He was impressed with their ability to play the game.  You can read the story here:

So even though they may have been disappointed about their inability to play in the Little League World Series last year, that disappointment brought them Jimmie Rollins, Derrek Lee and opportunity.  As the Brooklyn Dodgers used to say every year after they lost to the New York Yankees in World Series after World Series “There is always next year.”