Domestic Baseball Result

Sri Lanka Army beat Sri Lanka Air Force 6 – 5 in Extended Final

SLABSA Sri Lanka Baseball National Knockout Championship 2021 Japan / Sri Lanka Friendship Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium Diyagama, Homagama – 05th Day

Sri Lanka Army opened scoring with 02 runs on the top of the 01st inning. They added 02 more on the top of the 04th, 01 run each on the top of the 08th & 10th innings. Sri Lanka Air Force scored a run on the bottom of the 01st inning, then 03 more on the bottom of the 04th inning & 01 more on the bottom of the 08th inning. The scores were level at 4 – 4 after the scheduled 07 innings. Then the game had to be extended to an extra 03 innings. The soldiers scored a run on the top of the 08th inning to which the airmen replied with a run on the bottom of the same inning to level the scores yet again. there was no scoring in the 09th innings of both teams. Sri Lanka Army scored a run on the top of the 10th inning.

Sri Lanka Air Force walked off the field, abandoning play in the final as a protest against an umpiring decision. That was unfortunate & left the untiring efforts of the tournament organizers in shambles.

Scorers : Champions – Sri Lanka Army
02 runs each – Niroshan Sriyarathna, Asanka Lakmal
01 run each – Dilip Gamage, Malaka Priyadharshana
Captain – Sameera Rathnayake
Coach – Malindu Hewage
Manager – Chathura Ranaweera

Runners Up – Sri Lanka Air Force
01 run each – Chinthaka Indunil, Dilshan Madushanka, Tharanga Roshan, Roshan Samaraweera, Mahesh Bandaranayake
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Coach – Shalitha Perera
Manager – Ashan Nagahawatta

Individual Award Winners :
Best Batter : Sameera Rathnayake ( Sri Lanka Army )
Best Pitcher : Sameera Sandaruwan ( Sri Lanka Air Force )
Best Fielder : Roshan Samaraweera ( Sri Lanka Air Force )
Most Valuable Player : Sampath Ruwan Kumara ( Sri Lanka Army )

Sujeewa Wijayanayake – Technical Operations Manager of Baseball & Softball at the Summer Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 in Japan, graced the occasion of the Awards Presentation as the Chief Guest. He was a former Player & current International Umpire in addition to being a top Administrator.

Sri Lanka Navy, Ranabima, Kandy, Old Nalandians, D S Senanayake Knights, University of Colombo Strikers, Old Anandians, Siridhamma, Kandy, Royal Blues & Kothalawala Defence University were the others that participated in this competition, the first after the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic 02 years ago.

Report / Photos courtesy Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association Assistance – Romario De Silva