Brno Sports Weekly Report — Draci Enter Postseason Friday as No. 1 Seed
Photo caption: The Brno Draci have finished the regular season as the top team. Now they have to complete the postseason to defend their baseball extraliga title. The semifinal series begins Friday in South Brno against Sokol Hluboká. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. Photo credit: Lenka Brožová.
Brno, Aug 4 (BD) — Brno Draci start semifinal series at home on Friday in quest to win another baseball extraliga title; FC Zbrojovka wins second game of young season, SK Líšeň gives up late goal in tie; Alligators win first game at Přerov; and the men’s and women’s basketball schedules have been released for the 2021-22 seasons, which start next month.
Draci Earn Top Seed for Postseason,
Host Sokol Hluboká in Semis on Friday
Draci Brno won the final game of the Top Six phase of the Czech extraliga baseball season and the defending champions earned the top seed for the postseason, which starts this Friday.
Both the Draci and Arrows Ostrava finished the Top Six phase with 11-4 records, but Brno had the better head-to-head results. The Draci also had an advantage in team pitching (3.34 X 3.7 earned run average) and the Arrows had the advantage in team batting average (.308 x .293).
Eagles Praha (8-7) finished third, three games back. Sokol Hluboká (6-9) had the advantage over Tempo Praha (6-9) and got the No. 4 seed for the postseason.
Cardion Hroši Brno finished with a 3-12 record.
The Draci will host Sokol Hluboká in the semifinal series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and, if necessary, Sunday at 1 p.m. Game 2 will be in Bohemia on Saturday at 1 p.m. Similarly, in other semifinal series, Arrows Ostrava will host Eagles Praha on Friday and, if necessary, Sunday, with the middle game in Prague on Saturday.
A surprisingly large and rambunctious crowd greeted FC Zbrojovka for their first home game of the 2021-22 Fortuna: Národní Liga season on Sunday night.
It felt like old times.
Then, 16 minutes into the game, the home team was down by a goal after an obvious handball and Slezský FC Opava converted the penalty kick.
That made it really feel like old times.
Yet, with crafty midfield play, perseverance, and a defense that was able to always dampen the Opava breakaway scoring attempts, Zbrojovka scored two second-half goals that brought the crowd to its feet and spread joy throughout the stadium, which is now back to being called Srbská Municipal Football Stadium after the departure of a sponsor.
Zbrojovka beat Opava, 2-1, for their second win in as many games of this season.
The next game is in Prostějov on Saturday at 5 p.m. The next home game is against longtime rival Jihlava on Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. In between, there is a MOL Cup game at Žďár n. Sázavou on Wednesday. The time is to be determined.
Then, in a crosstown rivalry game, Zbrojovka will travel to Líšeň for a 10:15 a.m. game on Aug. 22.
Against Opava, Brno goalkeeper Martin Berkovec made numerous amazing saves to keep his team in the game. Several stops were of the two-fisted, clear-the-ball variety, but at least two required multiple saves.
Finally, at the 61-minute mark, Jan Moravec cleaned up a loose ball in the box to even the score.
Twenty-two minutes later, when Jakub Řezníček was taken down in the box, Brno got a penalty shot. Captain Pavel Zavadil, the 43-year-old campaigner, put the ball cleanly into the upper right corner to establish the final score.
The attendance was a healthy 2,688, indicating that, even though the team is in the second league after having washed out of the top league after only one season, the fan base is still willing to support its team. Allowing fans to extend their season tickets for free was clearly worth the short-term loss.
SK Líšeň 2019 Settle For Last-minute Tie
When Milan Lutonský scored in the first half, it put SK Líšeň 2019 in the lead and, slowly, as the game went on, it began to feel like it would be the only score of the game. However, in the final minute of play, Ahmed Fofana tied the game, 1-1, for host MFK Vyškov.