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European Cup Qualifier 2013
2013 06 22


On June 17 - 22 in Karlovac, Croatia one of the 4 subgroups of the European Cup qualifiers took place in which the Lithuanian champion Kaunas Lituanica participated. In the first European Cup qualifying game Kaunas "Lituanica" lost 0-16 in 5 innings to the home team Karlovac Olimpia. In the next game Moscow North Stars (Russia) 9-1 beat Trnava BK Angels (Slovakia).

Kaunas Lituanica played their second game against the Slovakia's champions Trnava Angels and again lost 1-9 and practically lost hope of playing in the finals. Slovakian team after the homerun in the first game went ahead 0-2. In the 5th inning Kaunas team cut the lead to 1-2, but let up 5 runs on defense 2-7. Slovaks scored 2 more in the 6th. Over the last 3 innings teams did not score. Lituanica again did not play good on offense. They only got 3 hits (2 out of them both doubles by Aivaras Jacyna). On defense they made 4 errors. Angels got 10 hits and did not make any errors.

In 2 games Lithuanian chmpions got only 5 hits. In the Lithuanian championship the team averages over 10 hits per game.

Kaunas Lituanica lost their third game in a row in the European Cup qualification tournament to the Polish champions Zory Buks Gepardy 6-7 and independently from the last game with Moscow North Stars will not move from the last place.

In the first 3 innings the teams did not score and after the 4th the score was tied 2-2. In the 5th Lituanica went ahead 3-2, but in the 6th Gepardy tied the game. Lithuanians won the 7th inning 3-0 and held the lead until their last defense (6-4).

Unfortunately in the last inning Polish team managed to score 3 runs and win the game. That was only the second time in history when Lithuanians lost to a Polish team in an official game. In 2005, in the CEB Cup qualification tournament Utena Vetra 3-4 lost to Rybnik Silesia team.

Kaunas Lituanica after disappointing losses in the European Cup qualifiers released all the stored anger against the Russian Moscow North Stars, beating them 18-3.

Even though Moscow's team had a guaranteed spot in the finals, besides the pitchers pretty much all the starters played in the game. Lithuanian champions at last played good on offense. In the second inning a 3 run homerun was hit by Aivaras Jacyna.

Despite the disgraceful loss, Moscow North Stars today in the finals beat the tournament host Karlovac "Olimpia" 3-0 and advanced to the next round.

The unfortunate performance of the Lithuanian champions, according to statistics was determined by weak offense and the unsecured pitching performances. Even though Lithuanian pitchers made most of the strikeouts, they were second to last in runs allowed.

On July 22-27 Lithuanian national baseball team, which will be mostly made of the players who played in Croatia will participate in the European Group B Championship in Vienna (Austria). The last European Cup game showed that with better offense and steadier pitching performance we can expect better results in Austria.


Best European Baseball Umpire Arnoldas Ramanauskas Interview
2014 02 25

When and how did you find out about baseball?

In 1986 while reading „Sovietskij sport“ about the inclusion of baseball in the Olympic games. Until then I have read the rules in the encyclopedia, but I did not understand anything.

Have you ever played baseball?

I p...
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Confederation of European Baseball and European Softball Federation Congress
2014 02 17

On February 14-15, in Prague, Confederation of European Baseball and European Softball Federation congress took place. It was very successful to Lithuanian baseball. For the first time in Lithuanian baseball history a Lithuanian umpire Arnoldas Ramanauskas was recognized as the best 2013 European um...
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LBA Congress and the Presidium meeting
2014 02 10

On February 8, in Vilnius, the Lithuanian Baseball Association congress and Presidium meeting took place, which approved the 2014 LBA work plan, baseball event calendar, and the Lithuanian national team coaches for different age groups were selected.

Lithuanian juveniles (U12) national team o...
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IBAF announced the 2013 baseball rankings.Kaunas Lituanica moved up to 39-40 place in the European baseball club rankings
2014 01 13

IBAF announced 2013 World Baseball Rankings, 1st place is taken by the USA, 2nd - Japan, 3rd - Cuba, Lithuania is 54th. In Europe, 1st - Netherlands, 2nd - Italy, 3rd - Spain, Lithuania - 17th.

In 2012, Lithuania was 49th in the world, and 15th in Europe.
In 2011, Lithuania was 47th in th...
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International Tournament Vilnius Cup
2013 01 03

On December 27-29, the international baseball tournament for juveniles and cadets took place in Vilnius Sportima arena. In total, 10 juveniles teams (born 2001-05-01 and later) and 12 cadets teams (born 1999-01-01 and later) participated. The tournament had a couple rules that are not included in re...
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2013 11 13 - 2013 Lithuanian Baseball season closing ceremony
2013 10 03 - CEB Vice-President Petr Ditrich visited Lithuania
2013 09 22 - Kaunas Lituanica won the Open Lithuanian Baseball Championship
2013 09 16 - Vilnius Juodasis Vikingas - Sporto Vilkai won the Lithuanian Baseball Championship bronze
2013 09 02 - Interleague champions cup again goes to Kaunas
2013 07 27 - Lithuanian National team finished in 5th place
2013 07 20 - Lithuanian National Cadets baseball team - 5th in Europe
2013 07 10 - Lithuanian Baseball League Open
2013 07 08 - Lithuanian U12 baseball team - European Vice-Champion
2013 07 03 - After 8 years, the Lithuanian U18 Championship was won by Kaunas Lituanica
2013 07 03 - BK Vilnius won the Lithuanian U12 and U15 Championships
2013 06 21 - Dovydas Neverauskas successfully started his 4th season in the U.S. but his team lost
2013 06 15 - MLB European Academy
2013 06 04 - Linas Kleiza's gift to the kids of the child care homes
2013 04 10 - Kaunas Lituanica won the Lithuanian U12 Winter Baseball Championship for the first time
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