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Baseball team claims bronze medal

Moiz Munif
Saturday, January 27, 2018

THE Fiji Baseball team finished third in its first tour to the Oceania Under-15 Championship in New Zealand.

Bronze medallist Fiji defeated New Caledonia by 18 runs to 2. Australia won the overall event and will represent the region at the U15 World Cup. Hosts NZ finished second.

Inoke Niubalavu, the Fiji Baseball development officer, was pleased with the outcome.

"Our players have never played an international baseball game and what made it tough was majority of the players had never set foot on an actual baseball diamond," he said.

"Fiji and New Caledonia played in the bronze medal playoff. After three games our boys gained confidences and from the first pitch, they were aggressive at bat and drove in 12 runs or points in the first inning. They just gained momentum to end the game in the third inning because of the tournament rules."

Fiji defeated New Caledonia 18 runs to 2.

"Six years of development work has come to fruition and a beginning of a new era for Fiji Baseball and Softball Association. The benchmark has been set by these young, passionate youths for future teams. We thank the players. Despite all odds, they played with pride and honour in representing their country," Niubalavu said.

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