Showing posts from January, 2020

Decade series - 2010 In review

The regular season The regular season opened on 11th May with Ouluun Lippo defeating Jyväskylän Kiri 0-2 (2-5, 3-7). Over the course of 26 games, KPL finished first in the league, with Vimpeli finishing second. Bothe KPL and Vimpeli won all 5 of their remaining games and leapfrogged Sotkamo, who finished 3rd, after their poor end to the season saw them only win 2 of their final 5 games. Jyväskylä missed out on the final playoff spot despite wins over Koskenkorva, Tahko and Joensuu in their final 5 games.
The final table was:

Sami Joukainen of KPL led the league for runs batted in with 79 overall (including 5 kunniajuoksu) over 26 games. Sami had 8 more runs batted in than 2nd place Roope Korhonen of Sotkamo. Vimpeli held the top 2 spots in terms of runs with Sami Haapakoski (65 over 26 games) and Henri Puputti (60 over 26 games), which was some margin ahead of Timo Kallio of PattU who had 47 over 26 games. Perhaps the most telling statistic of the 2010 regular season was the phenomenal n…

The roundup - 20th to 26th January 2020

The big stories Provincial Gala awards in Kainuu, Pohjanmaalla and North Savo In the weekend of 25th to 26th January, the annual provincial galas were held in Kainuu, Pohjanmaalla and North Savo. The provincial galas are a chance to award excellence in sport at a local level and grow the regional sporting communities.
In Pohjanmaalla the attendees voted for the most thrilling sports moment of 2019 and settled on Janette Lepistö of Lapua Virkiä (Women’s league) and Jukka-Pekka Vainionpää of Seinäjoen JymyJussit (Men’s league). 
In the Kainuu sports gala Joni Rytkönen of Sotkamon Jymy was awarded Team Athlete of the Year coming of the back of his league leading 71 runs scored in 2019. 
Nearly 300 sports fans gathered to celebrate North Savo’s sports year at the Kuopio city theatre on Friday 24th January. Whilst SiiPe men’s team struggled to retain their Superpesis status for 2020, the women’s team were promoted to the women’s Superpesis for 2020 when they beat Lappajärvi Veikko 3-0 after los…

The Roundup - 13th to 19th January 2020

The big stories Juha Puhtimäki named Pesäpallo player of the year by the Union of Sports Journalists For the second year in a row Juha Puhtimäki has been awarded the player of the year in the field of Pesäpallo by the Union of Sports Journalists. Puhtimäki has been phenomenal in 2019 and continues to bring talent and charisma in equal measure to pesäpallo. 
Puhtimäki started his career in 2005 with Koskenkorva, but his career really gained momentum in 2014 with a move to Tahko. In 2014 Puhtimäki was ranked 3rd in the league in terms of successful hits (moving the point runner), with 186 over the season, including 100 successful hits moving the runner from 1st to 2nd base. In addition to this he reached home as a runner 50 times in the regular season, the 5th highest in the league. 
From 2014 to 2017 Puhtimäki continued to gain attention as a top player and saw him move to Joensuu. In 2018 and 2019 Puhtimäki guided Joensuu to their first and second Superpesis championships and became a sig…

Halli SM review - JoMa v SiiPe (12.01.20)

Joensuun Maila v Siilinjärven Pesis 2-0 (6-0, 4-0) As the cloudy winter weather outside reminds us that 2019 has only recently ended, the Pesis season has started with the Halli SM opening game between Joensuu and SiiPe. With the teams eager to get out and play, there was a bumper crowd of 1173 fans that seemed to share the feeling. Joensuu came to this game as outright favourites - reigning Halli SM gold medalists and Superpesis Champions for the last 2 years, against SiiPe who battled bravely in the 2019 postseason to retain their spot in Superpesis. During the off-season Joensuu have added Topi Hurskainen from Kitee to bolster their already star-studded top order. In addition, KPL’s Antti Hartikainen and SiiPe’s Simo Vainikainen join Joensuu for 2020; however neither were added to the reigning champions lineup for this game. SiiPe have added Matias Häninen from Joensuu to their lineup as well as signing Ville Lantiainen from Ykköspesis side Hamina and Kalle Miettinen from Ykköspesis …