Baseball: Pakistan continue losing run

Baseball team’s woes continue in European event.

Natasha Raheel August 07, 2012

KARACHI: Pakistan continued their dismal show at the XXIII International Baseball and Softball Tournament ‘Citta Di Arezzo’ Tuscany Series, losing to Fossano 6-4 and Goti 15-0, before going down to North America 17-3 as well.

The three losses follow the two defeats Pakistan suffered at the start of their campaign — 8-1 against Siena and a 13-0 loss to Arezzo. Pakistan coach Mussadiq Hanif rued the losses but found a silver lining in the ‘valuable experience’ gained.

“It’s been a good tour but we could’ve done better,” Hanif told The Express Tribune. “Our last match was extremely challenging since the Americans are very good. Our pitchers did a good job but I was expecting big hits from our players. The experience, though, was extremely helpful since our players have only participated in Asian tournaments.”

Bottom-placed Pakistan are participating in the league as Asia’s number five.

“We knew we don’t have a chance of qualifying but this was more about playing with international sides.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2012.

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