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Published: June 28th 2008
Another update from Kaunas Lituanica!! They won the tournament. Here we go:
Email from Donatas, Kaunas Lituanica 2B:
"I will give you long story of our tournament in Kutno. So relax and have fun reading this e-mail.
We went 5 cars different times so we all used GPS system to get there I went with Sigitas, Vytas and Algimantas.
The road was not good cuz there was some road fixing and road blocking by the people who are angry about raising gas prices. Also stopping in coffes to eat or drinking coffee.
Finaly we reached our goal then Shaq, after half an our Vilnius guys arrived and so on.
All the time i was worried how we are going to live there cuz every time i went to Kutno with the team they gave us 1 big room where are 7 beds whitch are tho floors. And one room where can fit 3 persons
and this time we were 20 persons. So they gave us whole block!! The block includes 4 big rooms and 4 small rooms. So i lived with Tadas, Andrius, Arunas and Wilius. You can imagine our room.
All the time messy ,dirty, and
so on cuz 5 crazy guys in the same room ain't good 😊 ok lets go further.
Ok fields. Fields are stunning very good quality but you know those fields were made for Little league so it was pretty small 90-98-90 (meters) and fence is 2.5m so not big field.
DAY 1 : Kaunas - Finland champions
on the mound Aivaras i played as SS and andrius started on 2nd. What can i say about this game, it was easy game cuz Finlands couldn't find connect between bat and ball so easy defense
and offense were pretty hard cuz their P pitched slow-balls maybe 60mph. Some where near the end of the game Kaukole hit Home-run. We won 13-1 i had 1hit. Andrius played good. The same day
last game was between Poland and Sweeden it was nice game but weather not. Raining all the time not strong but still wet game. Kutno P was stunning he threw real fast-ball "redhead" talk to some guy and he said that Pitcher can throw 92mph. Portuges team had a radar so they measured and it was 90mph. And have you ever seen when first 9 AB
gets K's Yep first 9 sweeden batters got strike-outs.
Later we saw how the pitcher became tired and sweeden started to hit. Sweeden won 7-3.
DAY 2 : Kaunas - Norway
Starting P . Draugas!! I played as a SS and Andrius didn't expected to play second game and he played at 2nd. It's because Sigitas wanted to save Arunas for more important games
we didn't expected hard game BUT after 6inn score was 3-1 we were leading. Question why the score is like this? I will explain. Home plate umpire from Portugal his strike zone is not big
its Huge!! Have you ever got strike when the ball is in your eye lever or 5innches of the plate and its a curveball outside the plate? Yeah thats true we had to hit everything whats flyng if we didn't want
to get K. So in the 7 inn pitcher started to throw to the strike zone then we finnaly could hit normaly so we started rally Shaq hit home run , i got 2 hits. Final score 11-1 we won.
Portugal beat Sweeden 10-8 it was a big surprize for all people.
DAY 3 : Kaunas - Sweeden
So here come a big day sweeden won against Poland but lost to Portugal so we had to won if we wanted calm future. On the mound Dalius. I played 2b and Arunas played ss.
After 1inn 0-0 in the second inn we smack Sweeden to knock down cuz on the 0 outs Vytas hits a grand Slam Arunas hits his first hit in tournament i make an outstanding bunt to first base so after couple hits I and Arunas scores so after 2inn 6-0 we have lead and we didn't stopped hitting Final score 15-5 Arunas was on fire like not playing first to days he was thirsty of baseball He had 3 of 5 and he made an outstanging diving play to catch rawling and throw to the first base and get cheers from all the stands. In this game i made my first DP in tournament also first time i was knoked down by trying to do DP runner from first slide straight to my legs and i fall down like cut-tree. But i was ok i could continue game. Also i hit 4-4 and 1 sac bunt so it doesn't count. Can you imagine me in three days i had 7 of 12.
After the game we decided to find McDonalds cuz i saw trash from mcdonalds and some pictures that they have MCD here. We were not sure where it is but we knew the direction whitch way so we walk on foot i don't know maybe 5 miles at least until we find and maybe 3 miles back cuz we knew the way back then 😊 so after hard game we walk on foot 8 miles for sure i fall sleep as i got back
DAY 4 : Kaunas - Poland and Kaunas
Ok here we go most interesting game in this tournament Kaunas against Kutno (evening before i promisted to my roomates if we won against Kutno i will buy a drink and we will go to the town to
celebrate) so the game starts nervously. On the mound Eimantas he is pitching outstanding with some help from Portugal on the home plate. Yep he is umpire today too. His zone still huge ofcourse
for both teams. After 2inn we lead 1-0 after 4inn 2-0 in the 5 inn they hit two run home run and its tie game in the last 9inn (we are home team) so after defese we take offense shaq hits single tynta
hits good hit to center but the ball hits second base and changes directory shaq runs to third and SS throws wild throw to third shaq reaches home safely and we celebrating victory 3-2
DAY 5 : Kaunas - Portugal
I was angry and encouncious waiting match against portugal. i went to shaq and said give me super drink. You know shaq always has some vitamins and so on. He gave me as he said Mega Hero.
I was full of energy actually to mutch energy cuz i was sitting still and i could count my heart beat.
It was interesting situation if portugal win then we play with portugal in the finals and they have 1-0 lead but if they loose we play against kutno and portugals are only in 4th place.
On the mound Aivaras they started hit us and after 2 inn we were down 2-0 then i steped in batters box. i knew that i must do something and specially not lose against portugal so i hit double after that jankis hits double i score a fist run rot my team and i was on fire we tied the game then we took the lead i made double play and get another hit. Actually i could have 3 hits on that game but my last at bat i hit to the gap but center field made diving catch to get ball from air to make out. Final score 13-3 we crushed portugal.
DAY 6: Finals
We started finals calm and we took early lead. on tge mound Dargis after 2 inn he made 5 K's after 3 inn 7K's Home plate umpire..... Yes Portugal with his huge strike zone poland were upset about that and 2 players from poland were kick out of the game so we took easy win ofcourse score is not saying that was easy game but actually it was 6-2 we are the champions! Dargis made total 18 K's in that game.
So how do you like my review? Sory for the mistakes i made by writing this but i'm still sleepy i just wanted to share with you my experience."
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