by Olexandr Vynogradov
On October 25, the last game of the Final Series of the Ukraine Cup ended the difficult season 2020.
The baseball season usually begins in mid-April. At this time, several events are taking place in Kropyvnytskyi City: the traditional spring pre-season tournament “Kolodytsky Cup” (the competition was founded in 1999); training camp of the international initiative Play Global!. This year the first-ever Ukrainian official “MLB Try Out” camp should take place in mid-April in Kropyvnytskyi and Kyiv. But all these competitions and events were canceled due to quarantine.
The Ukrainian Baseball Championship in Division A started only on July 4. This year five teams competed in Division “A”: “BioTexCom-KNTU” (Kropyvnytskyi), “BioTexCom-SDUSHOR” (Kropyvnytskyi), “ATMA” (Kyiv region), “Western Fire” (Rivne), “Falcons” (Chernivtsi). Each team played 24 games. “BioTexCom-KNTU” record 24-0 and has became the Division “A” 2020 champion. In general, Kropyvnytskyi (formerly Kirovohrad) baseball team has won the Ukrainian Baseball Championship for the 25th time since 1995.
The Ukrainian baseball Cup draw started on October 4. 11 teams from the Kropyvnytskyi (three teams), Rivne, Chernivtsi, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Poltava, and teams from Kyiv and Kharkiv regions took part in the competition. Four stages were played over four weekends: 1/8 finals, quarterfinals, semifinals and the best-of-5 Final Series.
The champions of Division “B” “Uranium” and the champions of Division “A” “BioTexCom-KNTU” met in the Final Series on October 24-25. “BioTexCom-KNTU” has won the Final Series 3-0 and won the 23rd Ukrainian Cup in its history.