Pesäpallo Summer 2011 - Golden train right on time
The 2011 season was a very successful one for the Sotkamon Jymy Pesäpallo Club. The men's team achieved all its goals, winning the regular Superpesis season and reaching top spot in the all-time table in doing so. In the playoffs, they met defending champions Vimpeli in the hard-fought final series, which went all the way to the decisive Game Five. Jymy were playing at their home stadium in front of a maximum capacity crowd – almost six thousand fans, roaring and cheering for their favorite team. The home team proved they really had what it takes to come from behind and grab the gold. It was the fourteenth gold medal for Sotkamon Jymy, and also a record-breaking twelfth medal in a row.
The junior teams were also successful. B18-juniors gained their second championship in succession, and the A21-boys took the bronze medal. The men's second team, playing at the third highest level, won a place in the second highest series for the 2012 season. The word to describe the style of play of the Sotkamo B18-boys team during the season would be “dominating”. They lost just one game throughout this period. The A21-boys had a slightly tougher season due to injuries to key players, but the boys showed excellent mental strength and team spirit, bringing the bronze medal home to Sotkamo. The men's second team achieved the best possible result, even though the team had a very young squad (the average age being 20 years). Next season, Jymy will have a team at both the highest level (Superpesis) and the second highest (Ykköspesis) level in pesäpallo – the first time for any club in over 30 years. Jymy's 2011 season was the best one ever in Finnish baseball history for a single club.
The club’s achievements were announced by the National Pesäpallo Federation (PPL) and the local federation, Kainuun Pesis. The club was presented with a special award at the Award Gala, and Kainuun Pesis honored coaches Petri Lindsberg and Juha-Matti Halonen (A and B-juniors and Jymy2) with the best coach award. Joni Tervo (also part of both junior teams) was given the award of the best junior player in the region.
Mondo Minerals is very proud of all the teams!