Wednesday 15 August 2007

Universiade 2007: Day 7 Photo Gallery

I took some photos of South Africa and the Czech Republic in women's softball today. The diamond and surrounding area had a kind of bland, disinterested atmosphere. Baseball/softball isn't big in Thailand and this was reflected in the lack of spectators and general feel of malaise. No one even asked for a ticket as I wandered into the grounds.

More signage idiocy

Seating area

Czech Republic's pitcher

South Africa started out quite well with a few base hits but they couldn't convert any of them into runs. The Czech Republic scored 3 runs in their half of the first inning though SA still showed some good defense to close out the inning before things got of hand.

Safe at first

Out at first

Things got subsequently worse for South Africa as they started making errors. The Czechs started laying on the offense with 3 more runs in the second and 5 in the third.

Stealing second

Pop fly

Fixing up an injured South African player

South Africa got a base hit in the third and promptly put this speedster on as a pinch runner. She didn't waste any time in her attempt to steal second and was thrown out by the much sharper Czech team. I think the South Africans sensed they were a bit outclassed but made a good effort and kept things light in their dugout.

Pinch runner on first

Having fun in the dugout

The Czech women were sharp in the field as well.

Czech 2nd base(wo)man

Hammering a double into right field

Runs piling up for the Czechs

It was 11-0 for the Czech Republic in the third inning when I checked out. I'm guessing South Africa didn't make a stunning come-back.

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