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Lithuania: Vilnius Cup Results

Lithuania: Vilnius Cup Results

By BaseballEurope.com

On 10-12 January 2013, Sportima Arena welcomed the 7th Annual Vilnius Cup Tournament: 12 teams in U-15 age group and 4 teams in U-12 age group. How competitive the teams were is evident from the fact that even seven games ended with a single point difference. The winner of one game was decided by drawing of lots..

The third place winner in the U-12 age group was Kaunas Lituanica with a 7:4 victory over Estonian Kiili Panthers. In the Finals, Vilnius Sporto Vilkai beat Sank Petersburgh National Team 4:0. The MVP award went to Povilas Grigas (Vilnius Sporto Vilkai). The teams received medals, cups, personal prizes and sweets.

In U-15 age group, two teams – Moscow Balashihkha and Kaunas Lituanica – met for a tough third place game which ended in a tie. To break the tie, the teams had two extra innings which eventually brought luck to the Muscovites.

The Finals saw the regular competitors of the tournament – Vilnius Sporto Vilkai and Brest Zubryj 1. Vilnius team pulled off the victory with a score 1:0. The MVP award was granted to Marius Balandis (Vilnius Sporto Vilkai) with his pitch speed of 80 mph adding to the success of his team. The teams of the tournament were presented medals, cups, and special prizes. The best players were granted baseball bats, and all the participants enjoyed the Lithuanian sweets.

FINAL STANDINGS

U-15
1 SPORTO VILKAI VILNIUS (LITHUANIA)
2 ZUBRIJ 1 Brest (BELARUS)
3 BALASHIKHA MOSCOW (RUSSIA)
4 LITUANIKA KAUNAS (LITHUANIA)
5 VILNIUS 97 (LITHUANIA)
6 BEGIAI RADVILISKIS (LITHUANIA)
7 ZUBRIJ 2 Brest (BELARUS)
8 BK VILNIUS (LITHUANIA)
9 SUGAR STORM Skidel (BELARUS)
10 VETRA UTENA (LITHUANIA)
11 KAUNAS (LITHUANIA)
12 MINSK (BELARUS)

U-12
1. SPORTO VILKAI Vilnius (LITHUANIA)
2. St.Petersburg baseball federation (RUSSIA)
3. LITUANIKA Kaunas (LITHUANIA)
4. PANTHERS Kiili (ESTONIA)

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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