03 September, 2005

Alex Smit Dispatches - taking on the world

Donutball is following the progress of Minnesota Twins farmhand Alexander Smit in the IBAF World Cup being held in the Netherlands.

The Dutch opened up the tournament last night with a 13-3 walloping of PR China. Smit came on in relief in the 6th inning with a runner on second and one out. He faced two batters getting a fly to centre and a strike out to get the home side out of the inning. Slightly down on his strike out/innings pitched ratio during his Appy Laegue season!

China hardly poses a major threat in the championship. Cuba and South Korea are in the Dutch first round pool and must be among the tournament favourites.

Over in Pool B, Puerto Rico, Japan and the United States are the pick. The US side is managed by Davey Johnson and, uniquely, is stocked with a load of Minor League prospects.

The top four from each pool proceed to single elimination quarter-finals.

Cuba takes on South Africa this afternoon. Colombia is the first test for the US tomoorow vening. Full schedule.

Meanwhile, back Stateside, Smit's Elizabethton teammates took the Appy League playoff final.


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