Serbian Little League Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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Posted on 8 June, 2014 by kcorona

In this weekend’s Little League event, Bejzbol Savez Srbije celebrated 75 years of Little League. Serbia is part of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa class of Little League and will be sending a representative team to Poland to compete for a spot in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This weekend’s games, however, took place in Belgrade and took advantage of the sunny (finally!) Serbian weather.

The Belgrade event showcased the usual suspects: Zrenjanin, Novi Sad, Belgrade, and Ripanj. This weekend was the first time this season that live pitching was used and it turned out to be quite the game changer. Standing out from the crowd was Lav Hudak who, with an unorthodox throwing motion, was dominant in each of his appearances throughout the day barely being touched by opposing teams. Out of Ripanj, Tina Mančić dealt walking only a limited number of batters while being democratic allowing her defense to play behind her. Zrenjanin catcher, Ivan Milin, was very impressive in the day’s games not allowing one passed ball and blocking many would-be wild pitches. His bat also helped Zrenjanin. Belgrade’s Andrej Stefanović had a good day taking home a majority of the individual awards at the end.

Little League Serbia will take a break this coming weekend as many kids are preparing for upcoming exams and with baseball being “90% half mental” (according to legendary Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra) we expect our players to perform in the classroom as well as on the field. Preparation for the Poland tournament will follow a short break.

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