They did not have a heavy header from defeats in Ostrava, they mainly want to appear in the extra league. That is why coach Pavel Borkovich completed the team, consisting of talented representatives of young people, with interesting support from abroad. You should see Japanese bowler Mariko Goto (age 22) and the same young national, catcher Kyo Morita (age 22).
Borkowicz was considering reinforcements from Japan before last season. “Samshima Yoko has been playing in the Polish league for three seasons, we wanted to advance and we needed to cement some positions. It occurred to me that she could recommend good players for us,” Borkowicz said.
His players were able to advance to the extra league even without the foreign reinforcements that have only appeared in Ostrava now. “Softball expressions are universal, we will arrange peacefully. In addition, the girls are smart and adaptable, and they fit in well with us. They just don’t drink beer and strictly avoid alcohol,” the coach joked.
For the first time in Europe, Japanese softball players were surprised by the physical preparation of Czech players. Kyo Morita admitted, “We were shocked. The girls continued to agree, and bats are much stronger. They are more technically advanced in Japan.”
The club’s schoolgirl Barbora Saviola also returned to Ostrava from abroad, and last season she set 30 rounds at Howard College Hawks in Texas. None of the softball players appeared more in the NJCAA Division I university competition. “Bara is a bulldog!” Borkowitz warned.
The newcomer does not hide his ambition despite his failed start. “We are not going to the extra league to keep it,” Borkovic said. “I think we are ready to fight for fourth. We would like to play for the title in three years. We are a newcomer, but we are not a weak team.”
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