Thinley Namgay    

Winning all seven of the games they have played so far since the tournament kicked off on December 19 of last year, Dechencholing Higher Secondary School (DHSS) leads the under-15 Bhutan Amateur Baseball League at Changangkha, Thimphu.

The win percentage of DHSS is 1, whereas other teams have 0.6 and below. DHSS made 140 runs in seven games.

The tournament had to be postponed following the lockdown in the country. So far 17 out of 29 games have been played.

Other teams in the first Amateur Baseball League are Taba Lower Secondary School (TLSS), Druk School (DS), Thimphu Primary School (TPS), and Changangkha Middle Secondary School (CMSS).

TLSS won four games and lost two. TPS won three and lost four, CMSS won two and lost four, and DS won one out of eight games.

The games are being held at CMSS grounds strictly following Covid-19 protocols. All the games are scheduled on weekends with a maximum of seven innings.

The Bhutan Baseball and Softball Association is an organiser. The tournament is scheduled to end on March 10.

An official from the association said the remaining games will resume once the Covid-19 situation improves.

However, an official said there are challenges such as access to an adequately sized field, gear, equipment, jerseys, and transportation services for the children travelling from Dechencholing and Taba.

Participants said a major challenge was forming a team, as baseball was never played before in school, and everything had to start from scratch.

Citing the lack of available equipment and fields, participants said there are also amateur coaches, umpires, and scorers. “They trained themselves by watching YouTube, Google, and from online classes.”