Two weekends at Starom Placu (the “Old Ground”) in Split appeared to be just what the Adriatic club needed, as it has suddenly turned a corner in the 2021 Croatian Baseball League season. This week, Zagreb hosted the Hope (“Nada”) and were trounced in two lop-sided victories. Elsewhere, Medvednica had the difficult task of travelling to top-of-the-table Karlovac, which continued its relentless barrage on offense in both games.
Nada Split at Zagreb (13-1, 16-1)
Split hit the road after two invigorating weekends at home, travelling to Zagreb. Hope gave the club from Croatia’s capital a thrashing, upending hapless Zagreb 13-1 and 16-1. The pair of victories moves Nada into second in the Croatian Baseball League, only four games behind Karlovac. Meanwhile, Zagreb has plummeted after a strong start, with seven defeats in-a-row.
Medvednica at Olimpija Karlovac (9-19, 4-16)
Medvednica was back in action after a fortnight’s layoff. Its last games had been against Karlovac in Week 4, when the league leaders thumped the Bears, 24-2 and 13-1. Set in this context, Olimpija’s lopsided results actually show quite a bit of improvement by Medvednica.
Karlovac, on the hand, continues to annihilate the competition in the Croatian Baseball League, with an average margin of victory of 15-5. Including five non-league games, the pacesetters are 17-2 and have outscored opponents 239-79 (in the 17 games with published scores). The 19 and 16 runs posted last weekend make for 10 double digit efforts in 12 known attempts.
Week 6 Late Results: Zagreb at Olimpija Karlovac
Although scores are unavailable, Zagreb was unable to earn a split with Karlovac as it had in the clubs’ first meeting as Olimpija swept the two-game set. The 11-9 victory for Zagreb in Week 2 was, in fact, the last time the capital-based squad entered the win column.
By: Gabriel Fidler. No box scores available from Week 7.
|Nada SSM Split||7||5||.333||4||3-1||4-4||89||75||14||W5|
Number of stars corresponds to the number of games in which the score is unavailable.
Week 6 Results
May 15 Karlovac W – Zagreb
May 15 Varaždin 2 –Split 12
May 16 Karlovac W – Zagreb
May 16 Varaždin 5 – Split 6
Week 7 Results
May 22 Medvednica 9 – Karlovac 19
May 22 Split 13 – Zagreb 1
May 22 Medvednica 4 – Karlovac 16
May 23 Split 16 – Zagreb 1
Week 8 Schedule
May 29 Medvednica – Split
May 29 Varaždin – Zagreb
May 30 Medvednica – Split
May 30 Varaždin – Zagreb
Home team listed second.