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Bats and bats beat Sharks

A bad rehearsal makes for a good premiere.
“We are better than this,” the interim manager said.

Once again, Göteborg Hajarna (8-8) was without coach Jonny Edgren at the helm.
Once again, the Sharks lost.

This time, however, it was against a good opponent. When the Karlskoga Bats (13-3) come to Shark Park, it’s usually a not so close affair. This time though, the Sharks fought back. Behind starter Mikael Lindquist (1-2) the Sharks smelled blood as they took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Karlskoga took three runs off Lindquist in the second one. But the Sharks were relentless and put up a picket fence in the box score to have the game tied at three runs a piece heading in to the fourth.

That is when the flood gates opened.

Lindquist battled valiantly in the heat but could not sustain the Karlskoga onslaught. The interim manager probably left him out there to long and, once again, was not happy with himself:

“Mikael pitched a great game, those runs should be charged to me,” he said after the game.

Eric Marquez also thinks winning is better than losing.

Eric Marquez also thinks winning is better than losing.

After the Bats put up an eight run fourth inning, the air went out of the Sharks. ‘Swirvin’ Shervin Shakki came in and pitched 2 & 1/3 inning of two run ball (none earned) before Joel Earnest made his comeback to the mound, pitching one inning giving up one run.

In the second game, the Sharks started off a bit sloppy behind Mokhlad al-Ghaminis solid start. The picket fence this time belonged to Karlskoga as they one run innings through three leading the game 3-1. al-Ghamini ended his four innings of work giving up three runs (none earned) on three hits, walking four and striking out eight.

Heading in to the bottom of the fifth, this one was slipping away from the Sharks. But the Hajarna faithful got what they wanted as the Shark bats started to come alive. A five run inning provided much cheer all around the park as the Sharks to a two run lead.

In the top of the sixth, a controversial play came to decide this one. With runners on second and third, the Karlskoga batsman looked to be hit by a pitch from relief pitcher Toofan Khazal but as the call was not made, the runners came in to score. The interim manager came out to argue but to no avail, Karlskoga was back in this one.

With the scored tied at eight runs a piece heading in to the seventh, the Bats added two more which the Sharks couldn’t handle and the Bats took the sweep, winning game two 10-8.

“The second one was a very winnable game. I guess it’s a step forward at least,” the interim manager said.

“Also, winning is better than losing,” he added as he left the stadium.

The Sharks head for Karlskoga on Saturday for the first round of playoffs, facing the Karlskoga Bats. First pitch is at 12.


Mokhlad al-Ghamini ended the season tied for first in stolen bases (26) and had the most strikeouts (67).

Niclas Ekström narrowly missed out on the OBP throne, finishing second with .641.

Isak Voigt Jansson had his first two hits of the season.

What’s up, Trolle Brandt?

In what hopefully be a series of old friend-articles, we talked to shortstop/second baseman/pitcher Trolle ‘Swaggy T’ Brandt. In the fall of  2016, Trolle left Göteborg to study and play baseball in Leksand and also play for the Rättvik Butchers.

How is life treating you at the Swedish Academy?

“The life at the academy is both fun and tough. It’s fun to play baseball every day but it’s also hard on you. My body is constantly tired, but it’s fun since it is a good group of guys here that always support each other and have a lot of fun together.

How are  you doing on the field with Rättvik?

"According to non confirmed rumours, Trolle was seen looking to the sky for signs that winning is better than losing."

“According to non confirmed rumours, Trolle was seen looking to the sky for signs that winning is better than losing.”

“It’s been loads of fun playing for Rättvik. We’re a young team and have a lot of fun together. We had a good season despite this being our rookie season in Elitserien and even though we lost the semifinals against Stockholm the summer has been fun.”
(Editors note: Trolle Brandt ended his first season with the Butchers with a slash line of .239/.341/.637 with two doubles and a triple).

How was it like to be in the playoffs for the first time?

“Playoff baseball was a little more nervous than during the regular season. But it was a good experience to play under the added pressure and I think that will make me a better ballplayer.”

How much do you miss putting on that Sharks jersey?

“I miss playing in Göteborg, partly because of all the good memories and partly because of all the guys on the team. Göteborg was the first team I played for and it would have been fun to come back and play with everyone again.”

What are your thoughts on the Sharks matchup with Karlskoga tomorrow?

“I’ve been following the team and they are doing well. I really don’t know that much about Karlskoga but I’m sure it will work out fine for Hajarna.”

Don’t miss the last chance of the season to see some Sharks baseball at Shark Park. First pitch in the double header against Karlskoga is at 13.00. Next weekend, the team heads to Karlskoga for the regional playoffs.