Pakistan opens tournament with shutout
LAHORE (Pakistan) -
The National Baseball Team of Pakistan opened the 10th West Asia Baseball Cup on Friday with an 11-0 shutout-victory against Iran at Punjab Stadium in Lahore.
Also participating in the tournament are the National Teams of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
On Saturday, Pakistan meets the Afghan squad.
The game-schedule had to be adjusted because the arrival of Sri Lanka was delayed.
Initially, Pakistan was scheduled to play the opener against Sri Lanka, which now will play its first game next Sunday in the 6-day event.
India initially also was to participate, but withdraw.
The Pakistani squad was preparing for the event since March 1 under guidance of Korean Coach Hwang Hoon Dong.
In the opener, Arshad Khan hit a homerun for Pakistan in the second inning.
From there, Pakistan steadily increased its lead and added five runs in the fourth and fifth inning combined.
Due to the mercy-rule, the game ended after seven innings.
The tournament was opened by Lt. Gen. Syed Arif Hasan, the President of the Pakistan Olympic Association.