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Philippines Wins the 12th East Asia Baseball Cup


JAKARTA, Indonesia – The No. 23 world ranked Philippines won the 12th East Asia Baseball Cup defeating host nation and No. 38 ranked Indonesia in the championship game. Six teams competed for the title with the winner gaining a spot in the Asia Championships later this year.

Competing in the 12th East Asia Baseball Cup were the Philippines, Indonesia, unranked Singapore, No. 30 Thailand, No. 31 Sri Lanka, and No. 33 Hong Kong.

With the win Philippines will take on the likes of some of the best in the world in Taiwan this September in the Asia Championships. They will take on five-time defending champion and No. 1 ranked Japan, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 South Korea, No. 21 China, and No. 24 Pakistan. The event will take place September 16-20 in Taichung, Taiwan.

East Asia Cup Final Standings:

1. No. 23 Philippines
2. No. 38 Indonesia
3. No. 31 Sri Lanka
4. No. 33 Hong Kong
5. No. 30 Thailand
6. Nr Singapore

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2013 Sri Lanka Baseball Classic Set for this Weekend


The 2013 Sri Lanka Baseball Classic will be played this weekend. Six teams will compete for the title this year at the new Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Baseball Ground.

The top 100 players in Sri Lanka will be on hand to battle it out. The Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association is putting on the tournament and has invited Major League Baseball to send representatives to see the top talent in the country.

The six teams competing are the Green Wolves, Black Hawks, Golden Lions, Red Scorpions, Blue Sharks, and White Stalions. Each team is led by an experience coach. Attractive cash prizes will be awarded for the top two teams, along with top player awards.

The opening ceremony will be September 19 at 8:30 am and will be attended by all six teams. The first pitch will be delivered by Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayewardena.

For more information on baseball in Sri Lanka, visit the Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association Website.

2013 Sri Lanka Baseball Classic Schedule:

Group A
Thursday September 19
9:00 am Golden Lions vs Red Scorpions
3:00 pm Green Wolves vs Golden Lions

Friday September 20
12:00 pm Green Wolves vs Red Scorpions

Group B
Thursday September 19
12:00 pm Black Hawks vs White Stalions

Friday September 20
9:00 am Blue Sharks vs Black Hawks
3:00 pm Blue Sharks vs White Stalions

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Sri Lanka National Knockout Baseball Championship Concluded


by Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association

Sri Lanka National Knockout Baseball Championship 2013 which was sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom was concluded on the 16th Sunday at the Colombo University Grounds. Tournament was held for 04 days and 25 clubs took part in the competition. Sri Lanka Navy who took part in the tournament for the first time demonstrated their fighting skills when they fall downonly by 01 run to much experienced Ranabima Royal Team. Score read as 05 to 06 at the end of the match.

Ranabima Royal ultimately finished as the champions of the tournament beating Old Royalists Baseball Club in front of a large gathering of spectators. Match for the third place was won by Maroons Baseball Club beating Sri Lanka Army.

Award ceremony was held soon after the finals and Mr.Kalinga Indatissa, the President of the Sri Lanka Baseball Association and Mr. Roshan Kaluarachchi, Chief Marketing Officer of Sri Lanka Telecom awarded the SLT Trophy to the Champions, RanabimaRoyal Baseball Club.

Presidents Council Kalinga Indatissa, President of SLABSA introduced Mr.Chandrashan Perera former Sri Lanka rugby wing three quarter, Coach and widely regarded fitness trainer to the teams and announced that Mr.Perera will take in charge of the fitness of the Sri Lanka Baseball squad once the players are selected. Mr. Chandrashan Perera who addressed the players highlighted the importance of playing under pressure in order to compete internationally and win games.

Sri Lanka Baseball Association is now headingtowards the newly introduced Sri Lanka Baseball Classics 2013 encounter, which will be contested among 06 teams consisting of the best players in the country.

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Sri Lanka National Knockout Baseball Tournament


Press Release Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball/Softball Association

Sri Lanka National Knockout Baseball Tournament is scheduled to be held on 4th, 14th, 15th & 16th of June 2013 at University of Colombo Ground. There are 25 clubs are participating all around the country and few new entrance also there. This tournament is sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom which is recognised as one of the leading companies in Telecommunication Industry. In addition to the club tournament the company agreed to sponsor the Sri Lanka Baseball Classic for SLT cup which is to be held in July 2013. Details of two tournaments are as follows.

SLT National Knockout Baseball Championship 2013

  • No. of clubs participating – 25
  • Venue – University of Colombo Grounds
  • Dates – 09th, 14th,15th, &16th of June
  • Award ceremony will take place soon after the finals on the 16th June at the same venue
  • Main Sponsor – Sri Lanka Telecom

This championship will be the first competitive event of the year and will be the only event that all the clubs are taking part in a single tournament. We are delighted to see the enthusiasm by the teams and expecting all the national players to be in action representing their clubs.

Sri Lanka Baseball Classics for SLT Cup

Baseball classic is the new addition to the tournament calendar of the Association and look forward to making this tournament the biggest attraction to promote the game of baseball in the country. The best 100 players will be in action in this tournament that will be played among 6 teams and the first tournament to be played in the newly constructed Japan-Sri Lanka Friendship Baseball Ground.

Players have been already selected by the designated Captains and Coaches of the respective teams through an especially designed bidding selection criteria through computers.

Award ceremony will be held soon after the finals and His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be invited to present the cup to the winning team.

Names of clubs and other details inrespect of this tournament will be followed.

Match results from 9th June:
1) University of JayewardenapuraU Vs University of Wayamba – Japura won 15/4 4 innings played
2) University of Peradeniya Vs University of Moratuwa – Moratuwa won 10/2 5 innings played
3) SL Navy Vs Old Richmond Baseball club – SL Navy won 11/0 3 innings played
4) Siridamma Baseball club vs Frontiers Baseball club – frontiers won 3/2.
5) Kelaniya university vs Asia baseball club – Kelaniya Uni won 8/7
6) kandy baseball club vs Old Nalandians baseball club – win awarded to old Nalandians as kandy not participated
7) DS knights baseball club vs Old Anandians baseball club – old Anandians won 7/6
8) Mahinda baseball club vs Colombo university – Mahinda won 8/6

Next round will be on June 14th, 15th, & 16th

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First Baseball Ground in Sri Lanka to be Inaugurated by President


(Press Release by Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka Colombo, December 18. 2012)

The first ever baseball ground in Sri Lanka and also in South Asia constructed with funds provided by the Government of Japan under its Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects (GCGP) will be inaugurated by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Sports Complex in Diyagama, Homagama on Sunday 23rd December 2012.

The Government of Japan has provided a sum of US$ 111,607 (approximately Rs.12 million) of grant assistance along with US$ 136,400 (approximately Rs.14 million) of JICA donation fund to the Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Development Foundation for the “Project for the Construction of a Baseball Ground for Youth Training”. The inauguration ceremony will be followed by a friendly baseball match between the Sri Lanka baseball team and the Kanagawa High School Baseball Federation Team from Japan.

Japan, as a country where baseball is very popular, has supported the promotion of baseball in Sri Lanka since 2002 by assigning Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) as coaches to the Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball/Softball Association (SLABSA),  resulting in its gaining popularity in Sri Lanka.  Successive Japanese baseball coaches have worked hard during the past decade to enhance the baseball skills among an increasing number of youth who have taken a liking to this sport. Accordingly, Sri Lankan baseball has now reached the level of international competition, ranked 32nd amongst 72 countries in 2011 and has already brought honour to the country by winning the third place in the Asian Cup Championship in Thailand in 2009 as well as securing the second place at the SAARC Baseball Championship in Pakistan in 2011. In addition, the University Student’s Baseball team had also qualified for the World University Baseball Championship in 2010 while the Under 18 team gained 5th place in the 2011 Youth Baseball Championship in Japan. However, owing to the lack of facilities such as the need for a suitable baseball ground for proper training, Sri Lankan baseball has not been able to reach the highest level of the game.

Commenting on the project, Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo said, “It is significant that the inauguration of the baseball ground coincides with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations while Japan’s support for baseball in Sri Lanka commenced in 2002 the year Japan and Sri Lanka marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. This project would contribute significantly to further enhancing the cultural relations between the two countries”.

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Pakistan wins 1st SAARC Baseball Cup


Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

LAHORE: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka 8-2 to win the First SAARC Baseball Cup at the Punjab Stadium here on Sunday. Pakistan won gold as it won all of their matches played in the Tournament. Sri Lanka won silver while Afghanistan received the bronze medal.

Pakistan started their first inning with Imtiaz making a score. Sri Lankan batters failed to make any runs. In the second inning Pakistan couldn’t score any runs while Sri Lankan batters made two through Khosla and Timmuni. Sri Lnakn enjoyed the one-run lead till the end of the fourth inning. Pakistan batters however, composed themselves and clubbed Sri Lankan pitchers in the fifth inning in all corners of the ground. Pakistan made five scores. Hafiz Musaddaq hit a home run. Imtiaz, Arshad, Zaheer, Asif Mustaq also contributed with one run each.

Sri lankan batters could not make any score in rest of their innings amid very tight and accurate pitching by the home side pitcher team captain Pakistan Ihsanullah. Pakistan made one score in the sixth innng through Imtiaz and one more in the eighth through Asif to win the match by a lead of six runs.

At the closing ceremony Punjab Education and sports Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman gave away prizes amongst the players. He also announced, on behalf of the Punjab chief minister, a sum of Rs 1.5 million for the players and the officials and Rs. one million for the Pakistan Baseball Federation (PBF). The PBF President Shaukat Javed and secretary General Khawar Shah were also present on the occasion.

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Sri Lanka shuts out Afghanistan on 4th Day of 1st SAARC Baseball Cup 2011


Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

LAHORE: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan 15-0 in the First SAARC Baseball Cup match at the Punjab Stadium here on Friday.

Both teams started the proceedings of their first inning cautiously and failed to get any score. Sri Lankan batters, however, opened their account in the second inning scoring two runs through Iresh and Abeysooriya. Afghanistan batters were completely subdued by the Sri Lankan pitchers in their second inning.

Lankan batters put four runs on the board in their third inning. Mahathanthila, Perara, Iresh and Mannauium made one score each. In the fourth inning they added six more runs to their total. Nabeen, Samera, Khosla, Nelanka, Saajeela and Mannauium made one score each. Sri Lankan batters made one score in their fifth inning through Eampiya. Supun and Krishna added two more scores in the sixth taking the total to 15.

Afghanistan failed to score in all of their seven innings as Sri Lankan pitchers maintained accuracy and aggression throughout the match. The game was declared finished afterwards to 15 runs difference.

At the end of match Col Shujaat, Senior vice-president Pakistan Baseball Federation (PBF) chief guest was presented a souvenir by Khawar Shah, secretary general of PBF.

The Pakistan Federation Baseball is trying hard to provide an international Sporting event in order to bring the country back on world sports map and to provide healthy sports event to sports loving Pakistanis. Saturday’s match will be between Afghanistan and Nepal at 3.00 pm at Punjab Stadium

Photo courtesy IBAF.org

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U.S. Gives Baseball Gear To Sri Lanka


SRI LANKA – The United States Embassy in Colombo recently handed over a supply of baseball equipment to the Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Association.

Ms. Valerie Fowler, the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy, Colombo made the symbolic presentation of the equipment to SP Eric Perera and to President and Assistant Secretary of the Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Association Rajith Ratnayake at the American Center.

Pitch in for Baseball, an organization based in the United States, donated the supplies. The charity organization collects and gives baseball equipment and other assistance to the youth in underserved communities around the globe.

Source: US Embassy Sri Lanka & Maldives

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