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Southampton Mustangs baseball team aiming for first national title
6:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Sport
SOUTHAMPTON Mustangs are aiming for their first national baseball title this weekend.
After a season in which they put together their longest ever winning streak – 17 games and counting – they are hoping to lift the championship in Slough. For the first time, the National Baseball Championships (NBC) finals are being held at the brand new national baseball and softball facility in Farnham Park.
Mustangs hope the change of venue will bring a change of luck for them, as they have reached the NBC every year since 2010 without having won.
Manager Ben Davis believes this could finally be their year.
“In my eight years managing the Mustangs, and fifth visit to national finals in a row, this is the most anticipated of all of them,” he said.
“This team has unlimited promise and heart. I am exceptionally proud of this squad, and they deserve the national title this year.”
The Mustangs begin with a semi-final today against the London Mets, who also ended the 2013 season with a 23-5 record. Because the Mets beat the Mustangs in their two games during the season, the Mets finished second in the standings while the Mustangs were third. This meant Southampton had to play a play-off last weekend against Essex Arrows, which they won 10-4. The winner of the Mustangs-Mets semi-final will play either Herts Falcons or defending champions Harlow Nationals in Sunday’s final.
The Mustangs are expecting to welcome back Panamanian star Victor Aizpurua tomorrow after he missed last week’s game with injury. Aizpurua has had a record-breaking season, setting the British record for stolen bases in a single season with 46.
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