Winning start for Czechs at first ever World Baseball Classic

Photo: Eugene Hoshiko, ČTK/AP

The Czech national baseball team enjoyed a winning debut at the World Baseball Classic tournament in Tokyo on Friday, beating China 8-5 in their Group B encounter.

The Czech team qualified for the World Baseball Classic for the first time this year and they gave their scores of travelling fans plenty to cheer about in their debut game at the prestigious tournament.

Indeed the Czechs, coached by Pavel Chadim, were in control for most of the game at the Tokyo Dome.

They did find themselves themselves trailing by a point after a bad sixth inning, but then they turned the game around, deciding it in the ninth inning with four runs, three of which came from a home run by veteran Martin Mužík.

Mužík told the tournament website after Friday’s game that the situation felt unreal.

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Author: Ian Willoughby