Mora take over the diamond as new champions emerge!

Mora take over the diamond as new champions emerge!

The best pitchers, pinch hitters and shortstops at the Sri Lankan University level gathered over the last week at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka in their search for baseball glory. It was the University of Sri Jayawardenapura who would be trying their best to defend their crown from 3 years back while losing finalists the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka would also be up to the challenge to go one better while traditional powerhouses, University of Moratuwa, University of Peradeniya and University of Colombo would also surely be up to the task.


The preliminary stages started off with 3 groups of 3 and a solitary group with just 2 teams. While Group A had just two teams in the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and the University of Moratuwa which guaranteed both teams safe passage into the quarterfinals, a victory was likely to be crucial to avoid facing a stronger team and it was the University of Moratuwa who pulled it off with a single run victory guaranteeing them top place.


Group B turned out to be a slugfest between the host university and the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka with both teams posting dominant wins against the Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka. At the end of the day it was Sabra who topped the group beating Rajarata on their own turf while the hosts also progressed as group runners up.


Group C was once again decided by just a single run as the University of Ruhuna and University of Peradeniya battled it out in an exciting and tense account to top the group. At the end of the day it was the hill country team that came out on top quelling a wonderful fight by Ruhuna to progress as the group toppers.


In what is becoming a bit of a pattern Group D saw the same old story as the top place in the group was once again decided by a single run, this time between the University of Colombo and the University of Kelaniya with the Colombo team coming up trumps 11:10.


This set up an exciting array of quarterfinals with the University of Moratuwa up first to take on strong opposition in the University of Ruhuna. However, the Mora pitchers and outfielders were on the top of the game strangling the University of Ruhuna and restricting them to no runs as Mora romped into the semifinals with a dominant 10-0 victory.


The host nation was up next to put up a fight against the University of Colombo and despite a game of many twists and turns it was Colombo who emerged on top progressing to the semifinals. In what was perhaps the biggest surprise of the tournament so far defending champions Japura were dumped out in the quarterfinals by a defensively strong Pera team that just edged the contest 4-0.

The final semifinal was a less close affair as the Sabra team looked to continue their run to the final from 3 years back pulling off a dominant victory against the University of Kelaniya.


This set up two daunting semifinal matchups with the University of Moratuwa taking on the University of Colombo while the University of Peradeniya would take on the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. The first semifinal was an instant classic as the University of Moratuwa and Colombo went at each other all guns blazing in a stunning display of calculated hitting with Mora powering through to the finals with a 11-10 victory. In contrast, the other semifinal was a complete blowout as the University of Peradeniya would stop the Sabra team in their tracks dominating from start to finish with a massive 16-1 demolition.


The final matchup between Mora and Pera would set up two rivals and going into the game it was anyone’s guess as to who would turn it up to eleven and go after glory. However, the answer soon became apparent as the University of Moratuwa once again put their hitting prowess on full display powering to a sizeable lead which they would never let up, sealing the deal with a 14-5 victory. The University of Colombo would put their semifinal defeat behind them to seal third place with victory in the consolation final.


A jubilant Moratuwa team led by captain Muditha Rajapakshe were on hand to create history in the historical lands of Rajarata as they overcame everything in their path to come home as the Inter University Baseball Champions.  


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