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09.10.2002 Sports News

Baseball major league kicks off

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The national Baseball Major League kicked off at the Tema Community 7 No.2 JSS school park last Saturday.

In all, four matches were played between eight teams that had registered to play in the national senior league.

In the first match between the Salvation Stars and the Tema Brotherhood, the clearly better equipped and more focused Tema Brotherhood took the Salvation Stars to the cleaners with a 7-0 whipping. Henry Agyapong of the Brotherhood, better known as 'Heavy D,' was adjudged the most impressive player of the match, claiming a home run and pitching a 7-0 shut-out with 7 strike outs.

The second match was between St. Necals and Asiko Giants which lasted four innings, with the Giants claiming an emphatic 6-2 win over their opponents. Biney, a left-handed pitcher dominated the match with his extreme fast ball that saw him striking out 6 of his opponents.

The Anosbi Heroes, winners of last year's league, took on Agomeda, an inexperienced team, in the third match of the day. With the Heroes parading a crack line-up of star players like Joshua Amponsah, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of last year's league, and Djambjah, there seemed to be no relief for the green horns from Agomeda, as they were overrun 14-12.

The final match of the day turned out to be the most exciting with the more experienced crop of players of the Cuban trained Patriots competing against the less fancied El Wak Sea Hawks. With baseball gurus like Jimmy Davis, who was once invited for trials in the Japanese Professional League spearheading his team's attack, the Patriots romped home to a comfortable 6-1 victory.

The day's games were watched by a fairly large crowd, which was there to observe the glamour and uniqueness of the relatively new game in the country.

According to the Ag. Technical Director, Mr Yaw Dankyi, the league had been compacted to end in eight weeks so that the winning team can represent the nation at the African Clubs Championship scheduled to take place in Douala, Cameroun, in November.

The next round of the national baseball league fixtures will continue at the same venue (Tema Community 7 No. 2 JSS school Park) on Saturday 12th October 2002.

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