The Sharks are back in business

Word just came out that the Gothenburg Sharks did in fact reach the post season qualifier to the play offs! It turned out that City/Kungsängen and Gefle declined their spots in the qualifier round. That opens up for Gothenburg Sharks and one more team to be decided to join Tranås and Bromölla.

The location of the event is not yet decided! The Sharks could apply for the event. That would require some extra effort of the people around the Sharks ball organization, and it is not sure that the club could commit to such an event. Make sure you notify Shark management if you are interested as a volunteer. Speakers, kiosk staff, coordinator etc is needed for such an effort.

However, the date is set to September 7th for the qualification round. So mark your calendars accordingly!

To keep the team in shape and on their toes there will be a friendly tournament played the last day of August between Skövde and Kungsbacka. The three game fiendly tournament will be played at Shark Park August 31.

Busy weekend concludes the season!

The Sharks have had their fair share of baseball this weekend! The team kicked it off with a double header versus Malmö away! A three hour car ride (if you inlclude a brief “fika”, which every baseball player should) to our closest away game.

The forecast has been a factor this weekend. It didn’t look good for baseball, turned out to be awesome ball game weather. Almost no rain and the fields in both Malmö and Shark Park held up perfectly!

The Sharks were chaising a play off spot with four games in two days. The Sunday games were the rainouts from earlier this summer. This was pretty much the last chance to get them going.

Malmö away

The weekend started out good winning first in Malmö. The sharks were down by one run in the middle of the game but smelled blood and fed off the Malmö releaver Eriksson and scored two in fifth, four in sixth and held it after the seventh inning. Final score 11 – 8.

The second game started with the first two Malmö players scoring. That was pretty much all that happened that game. The Malmö starter Peguero held the Sharks scoreless after four and tossed the ball over to the same Eriksson that finished the second game. Not sure if the Sharks weren’t hungry any more or if Eriksson just found his perfume fooling the Sharks noses. Nine Sharks went up to the batters box and nine went back to the dug out, heads down. Three very fast innings for the Sharks just when they wanted to recover their self confidence from the starter. Game ended 2 – 0.

Tranås visits Gothenburg

This double header has really struggled to find a home in the schedule after the initial rain out. After been tossed around in the calendar a few times, today was the day. Not very optimal for the Sharks after two games on the road. Nothing much to do than try to get a good nights sleep and wake up with a smile! Baseball today!

The Tranås starter Casanova did flirt the Sharks bats initially, however after three innings he broke up with each and every one of them. Tranås did lit up their bats before the game started. In the first three innings the Tranås scored twice as many runs as the Sharks. The Sharks scored six in the first three innings. Allthough the Sharks did try to chase Tranås for a while, it was in wain. Final score 14-9 in favor of Tranås. The Gothenburg Sharks hope for a play off spot definately ended there and then.

Game two did look like it was the Sharks opening up their steam tank just to finish the season in good manners after the teams entered the fifth 3-3. Tranås scored 1, Gothenburg scored 4. Tranås scored nothing top six and Gothenburg scored five more runs. The Sharks entered the seventh and supposedly last inning with an eight run lead. It turned out the fat lady wasn’t done just yet. After some really good offence from Tranås mixed with some really, really, bad and ignorant defence from the Sharks, Tranås entered mid seven ahead 13-12.

What did just happen there?

Four Tranås players batted around before the Sharks finally got hold of them selves, letting nine runs top seven.

However, the lady wasn’t done singing just yet. The Sharks came back from that and scored one to tie the game and forcing extra innings. A scoreless eight inning followed up by Tranås scoring two in the top ninth. I guess everybody thought the game was over by then. Well except for the Sharks! They did pull them self together and quickly scored two for the tie and then finally drove in the winning run bottom nine.

This probably summerizes the season quite well. Really good baseball mixed with some plays that calls for some more practice. The Sharks doesn’t need to worry where the play offs are played this year unless they want to go as spectators. Some misstakes early in the season could have been repaired the last weekend of the season. Even if the Sharks were hungry enough, their teeth wasn’t sharpened enough.

Even though this weekend did taste a bit bitter, there are plenty of things to bring from the season into the next! More on that later on. Now, just mourn this weekend.

Rainout

The Shark management, after consulting weather forecasts, has decided to move the double header versus Tranås on Thursday May 30, The outlooks are rain, rain, more rain and windy. No weather suitable for baseball.

The dates that are looked into for rescheduling the games are late June or late August. Follow hajarna.se on facebook and subscribe to the events for the latest updates.

Tranås time, again and again!

The team just got back from a double header in Tranås! Two W was packed in the cars heading back. Tranås doesn’t have to wait long for a re-match! Come to Shark Park on Thursday (May 30 at 12:00) and watch the teams battle the Wins again!

We’re playing a total of six games vs Tranås this season and they are all in the first half of the season.

We’re started si and so in the home opener by spliting the two game series. The first game was won in the first tie-breaking inning by the Sharks after a huge comback by the Sharks forcing the eight where the Sharks scored first. The second game was off to a really good start but the Gothenburg defence broke down in the sixth leaving them no chance for another comeback, even though the Sharks did score in both sixth and seventh.

Sunday’s games did show sharks that had a few games under their belts. The team won first 5-7 and also the second 10-12. This makes the team still be in a the same position in the series, but much more comfortable with four wins and two losses. Currently one game behind.

Standings per 2019-05-27

Tranås probably would like to capitalize on their good games in Shark Park from the opening series. Gothenburg needs to prove themselves that they could dominate games on their home turf. We’re looking forward to see a team that proves that they would like one of the top spots in the series.

Come and watch the games on Thursday! First pitch at 12:00. The second game starts half an hour after the first ended. Approximately just before 15:00.

Hajarna Heading South

Players from Tranås and Gothenburg will be teaming up this weekend against Alby, Spiaggia and La Isla in this year’s Gandia City International Preseason Baseball Tournement in Gandia, Spain.

“According to scouting reports, the teams are very evenly matched and we expect some exciting baseball,” says Sharks veteran Pappy Earnest.
Look for tournament coverage with scores and photos Monday, January 28.

Baby Sharks Shut Down Parents in Walk-off Win

September is coming to a close and so is the baseball season. While the Elitserien finals are being played in Leksand, the place to be was Shark Park, where the Baby Sharks hosted their parents for one last game of 5 innings, defying the hurricane winds of Knud. And what a game it was…

Clearly there was some tension between the teams, and the score was 1-1 after the first inning. The veterans showed patience when the nerves were still playing a big part in the third inning, and the oldies took a 4-1 lead. In the fourth, the lead was reduced to 4-3, and the Baby Sharks had a runner on third when the last out of the inning was made.

Signs of fatigue were clearly noted, both by sight and sound on the parental team, as the Baby Sharks shut out their parents in the fifth, only allowing four batters to go to the plate. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, the Baby Sharks tied the game on a wild pitch, and the next batter ended the game with a walk off single, final score being 5-4.

“We saw fantastic plays from both teams today, and it is clear that the Baby Sharks are not the only ones to have improved their baseball skills this 2018 season,”  says Rickard Kronqvist, head coach of the Baby Sharks. “The parents really impressed me. As for the game itself, it was the most exciting game I have experienced since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.”

Sharks end season with split in Skövde

The Sharks closed out the regular season Sunday in Skövde with a 14-6 win and a 10-9 loss. The games reflected the season on the whole, with a mix of solid baseball and not-so-solid play, but still exciting to the end with Skövde coming out on top in a seesaw, extra-inning battle in game 2.

With both Alby and Tranås declining spots in the playoffs beginning next weekend in distant Umeå, it was enough with a split of the doubleheader to earn a playoff spot. But with the Sharks unable to put together a full team for the journey to Umeå, Gothenburg will also be staying home this year, leaving the field open to Skellefteå, Enskede and Umeå in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.

“It has been tough to field nine players at a couple of games this year,” says coach Jonny Edgren. “And though we see some individual improvements, as a team we did not reach the level of play we did last year.”

Gothenburg will be looking into wrapping up the season with a couple of SWBL games September 15-16, if Malmö and Tranås are interested.

Sharks back in contention

Last Sunday, the Sharks were pretty much assured of a first-round playoff spot, but two days later, this was no longer the case. After the Malmö Pilots were forced to forfeit their last two games of the season due to a temporary shortage of players, a special rule in the Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation’s regulations came into play, stipulating elimination of a team that is unable to play its final two games. The Pilots disappeared from the standings, along with the Sharks’ four wins against them. And without those wins the Sharks suddenly had a losing record. A return to the playoffs seemed unlikely.

But with Alby’s two surprising wins over Tranås today, the Sharks are back in contention. And if they can take two from a young and hungry Skövde squad next weekend, the team can pack their bags for a trip to Umeå and the first round of the 2018 regional playoffs.

Epic comeback + blowout = broomsticks

First regular games against the young Skövde Saints could have ended poorly.
Fortunately, the Sharks reached for some heroics late.
“Patience like snake,” Hiba Nabi says.

The Göteborg Hajarna (8-6) was indeed wriggling to start the first game against the Skövde Saints (4-10) on Sunday. Almost wriggling to stay alive at all. They did, however, start according to plan when earning a run in the first inning  to take the lead.

Skipper Jonny Edgren had a weird conversation with himself when he nodded to his reflection to take the mound and start game one. Then again, the Skipper needs to have full confidence in his starter.

Edgren actually looked kind of sharp, though on occasion rusty. Struggling with his control on occasion and gave out five free passes in his four innings of work. On the other hand, he only gave up three runs on three hits while punching out six.

“I always want to win. So when I gave the nod to Edgren to start the game I did have belief in him,” Edgren says… talking about himself.

Edgren handed the ball over to legendary pitcher Hiba Nabi and, well, it could have gone better. Game was all tied up at three in the fifth when Nabi struggled immensely from the get go. Walking five, he obviously struggled to get the ball over the plate as he gave up six runs on one hit in his 0,1 inning of work. Surely, Nabi will find his way back to his old days when the rust has been shaken off.

Josef Hussein relieved Nabi on the mound, but I forgot to write that.

Anyway, Skövde scored seven runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to lead it 11-3 in the last frame and the game looked all but settled. The Sharks faithful looked more interested in the delicious hot dogs than the field.

For some reason, Coach Edgren looked to this reporter to pinch hit and lead off the inning and he did not screw up. Starting it off with a single, the Sharks smelled blood. David Karadag struggled with his command and the young Saints squad showed some lack of experience on the defensive side to load the bases again and again.

The Sharks kept on hitting, walking and getting hit by pitches. As this reporter came up for the second time, he represented the winning run. A long single off the glove of Pontus Hummerhielm scored Josef Hussein and tied it all up. After stealing second, he come home as game winner José Muñoz slapped a single between third and short to end it in walkoff fashion 12-11.

“I never doubted these guys for a second,” Coach Edgren says.

Other than Muñoz, the Sharks were led offensively by Nic Ekström (2-4, 3 RBI), Rickard Kronqvist (2-4) and Klas Brinkfeldt (1-2) but really, all Sharks contributed offensively.

The second game really was not much to write home about. The Sharks found themselves in a hole as the Saints put up three runs in the top half of the first but quickly bounced back. Nine sharkfins swam across home plate as the rain started to trickle down in the bottom half and the game was pretty much done at that point.

The Sharks earned four more runs in the second and fourth inning before the game ended it the fifth with a score of 17-4.

José Martinez (4-3) earned the win as he gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits, walking four and striking out five.

Martinez was pitching.

“While the possibilities to make it to the second playoff round are slim, we sure want to do all we can to make it,” Edgren says.

“Although we do want to go up and face Ted Bratsberg in Umeå, he knows that winning is better than losing,” the assistant manager adds.

Notables:

Brinkfeldt played exceptional defense at second.

Toofan Khazal is probably the best catcher in the league.

Martinez was so impressed with Ekström that he was hit by three pitches on the day, trying his best to imitate him.

Ekström was only hit by one pitch.

Fernando Carvalho earned his first career base hit.