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Lokomotiva Brno Horni Herspice need to win to stave off relegation. Photo credit: Pavel Škarpišek

Brno, May 30 (BD) — Sígrs, Alligators prep for home games this weekend; Brno Baseball Derby on Thursday, Friday nights; FC Zbrojovka Brno loses last HET Liga game; and the Brno sports schedule.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

Lokomotiva Pulls Out All the Stops For Relegation Battle

The situation is simple: Lokomotiva Brno Horni Herspice must beat visiting FC Hradec Králové on Saturday at 11 a.m. in order to stay in the top women’s football league of the Czech Republic.

It is the final game of the season. The winner saves their season. The loser is relegated.

It is such an important game that the team has devised a way to attract home fans: a free beer and a free klobasa for everyone who cheers on the home team. Admission is just 30kc.

The field is in South Brno at Sokolova 2. Click here for a map.

FC Hradec Králové is 1-2-2 from five games in the Play Out Bracket. Including their nine points from the regular season, they have 14 points.

Lokomotiva, which finished just shy of making the Play Off Bracket, started play in the Play Out Bracket as the leader with 12 points. They have since gone 0-1-4 in five games. Their total for the season is 13 points.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Tough Home Games for Sígrs, Alligators

After both had a bye week, the local American football teams play home games this weekend at Ragby Bystrc: the Brno Sígrs (3-3) host the Prague Lions (6-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Brno Alligators (2-4) host Aquaponik Ostrava Steelers (4-3) on Sunday at 2 p.m.

BASEBALL

Draci X Technika on Thursday and Friday Night

Draci Brno will host Technika for 8 p.m. games on Thursday and Friday. Not long ago, this would be a marquee matchup between two top Brno teams. Now, the Draci are in their normal place atop the standings with a record of 21-1 and last-place Technika Brno is 2-18 and working through tough times.

Nevertheless, crosstown rivalries often produce excellent contests.

Cardion Hroši Brno (14-6) is now the Brno team that is in the ascendancy. They are six games back in fourth place and they have a Saturday double-header at third-place Kotlářka Praha (15-5).

Technika Brno scored only two runs in three losses last week and they have been caught by Olympia Blansko, which is also 2-18.

A tough Technika loss was 1-0 on Friday at Hroši Brno. Joe Rivera — who is 1-7 with an ERA of 2.10 — went eight innings and allowed just five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, but Stephen Swagerty was just a bit better: nine innings, five hits, no walks and 13 strikeouts. Swagerty is now 4-1 in his last five starts. He has hit double digits in strikeouts in his last three starts.

MEN’S FOOTBALL

Zbrojovka To Keep Coach, Hires New Sports Manager

The final results are in: FC Zbrojovka Brno finished last in the 2017-18 HET Liga with a record of 6-6-18 for 24 points from 30 games. They scored 20 goals and allowed 43.

Zbrojovka will play in the Forunta narodni liga starting in late July. FC Vysočina Jihlava was also relegated to the second league when it lost on the final weekend.

For Zbrojovka, Roman Pivarník will stay on as the head coach. Tomáš Požár, 34, will come on board as the sports manager.

The owner of the club, Václav Bartoněk, laid out the team’s objective: “The goal is one single season in the second league.”

BRNO SPORTS RESULTS

Quick results for various Brno professional and recreational sports for the past week. Home team listed first (when applicable).

Friday, May 25, 2018

— Baseball: Cardion Hroši Brno 1, Technika Brno 0

— Baseball: Draci Brno 7, Olympia Blansko 0

Saturday, May 26, 2018

— Women’s Football: FC Slovan Liberec 4, Lokomotiva Brno H.H. 1

— Men’s Football: Baník Ostrava 2, Zbrojovka Brno 0

— Baseball: Draci Brno 11, Skokani Olomouc 1

— Baseball: Třebíč Nuclears 6, Cardion Hroši Brno 10

— Baseball: Technika Brno 0, Kotlářka Praha 13

Sunday, May 27, 2018

— Baseball: Cardion Hroši Brno 7, Kotlářka Praha 8

— Baseball: Technika Brno 2, Draci Brno 9

BRNO SPORTS SCHEDULE

The schedule for various Brno professional and recreational sports for the next two weeks. All dates and times subject to change. Home team listed first (when applicable).

Thursday, May 31, 2018

— Baseball: Draci Brno X Technika Brno, 8 p.m.

Friday, June 1, 2018

— Baseball: Draci Brno X Technika Brno, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

— Women’s Football: Lokomotiva Brno H.H. X FC Hradec Králové, 11 a.m.

— Baseball, Game 1: Kotlářka Praha X Cardion Hroši Brno, 1 p.m.

— American Football: Brno Sígrs X Prague Lions, Ragby Bystrc, 3 p.m.

— Baseball, Game 1: Kotlářka Praha X Cardion Hroši Brno, 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

— American Football: Brno Alligators X Aquaponik Ostrava Steelers, Ragby Bystrc, 2 p.m.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

— Baseball: Eagles Praha X Cardion Hroši Brno, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

— Baseball: Eagles Praha X Cardion Hroši Brno, 1 p.m.

— Baseball: Technika Brno X Tempo Titans Praha, 2 p.m.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

— Baseball: Technika Brno X Tempo Titans Praha, noon

— American Football: Pardubice Stallions X Brno Alligators, 3 p.m.

— American Football: Prague Black Panthers X Brno Sígrs, 3 p.m.

The Brno Sports Report is published every Wednesday. All dates and times are subject to change. Most of the stories are about the traditional “English-speaking” team sports — football, hockey, baseball, basketball, American football, rugby, etc. — but it is also about the interesting local spectator and participation sports — tennis, badminton, running, horse racing, swimming, rock climbing, biking, etc. If you have any suggestions for what should be included, please comment below or send an email to brnosports@gmail.com.

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