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Boris Bokaj has pitched for the Czech national team.
In the 2003 Extraliga, Bokaj went 3-4 with a 6.10 ERA as a 16-year-old for the Arrows Ostrava; he was 1 for 15 at the plate. A year later, he was the staff ace, going 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA. In 2005, he was 3-2 with a 1.48 ERA and fanned 52 in 60 2/3 IP. He was 10th in the league in strikeouts and 5th in ERA. He even went 5 for 12 with 3 doubles at the plate.
Bokaj was with the Czech squad for the 2005 Baseball World Cup. The 19-year-old was one of the worse hurlers on a bad staff, going 0-1 with a 16.62 ERA with 13 hits allowed in 4 1/3 IP. He took the loss against the Puerto Rican national team. Only Jan Drabek, normally a position player, had a higher ERA for the Czechs, who made their Baseball World Cup debut.
In 2006, Boris went 2-4 with 3 saves and a 3.01 ERA for Ostrava. The Arrows ace continued to cruise in 2007, going 7-1 with a save and a 2.74 ERA. He tied for the Extraliga lead in complete games (4) and wins, led in innings (82) and tied for 5th in strikeouts (56). In the 2007 European Championship, the right-hander pitched one game, allowing two unearned runs in 5 innings in a no-decision against Austria (the Czech team went on to win).
During the 2008 season, Bokaj went 6-4 with 2 saves and a 2.25 ERA. He was 6th in the league in ERA, innings (76) and opponent average (.199) and was 9th in K (57). During the 2008 World University Championship, he had a 1-1, 2.92 record, getting the lone Czech win (over Lithuania). In the 2008 European Championship Qualifiers, he allowed one run in 5 2/3 IP.
In the 2009 Extraliga, Bokaj was 9-9 with a 2.63 ERA. The Ostrava hurler whiffed 102 in 137 innings. He was 7th in the league in ERA (between Vojtěch Jelínek and Daniel Mráz), 1st in innings and tied Leoš Kubát for second in strikeouts (behind Jon-Jon Robles).