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European Championship Highlights

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

A big game between two undefeated teams turns out to be a blowout. One player hits three homeruns in the game to create the blowout. A couple upsets and a surprise undefeated team.

Netherlands 10 Czech Republic 0

A big game for Kalian Sams, who slugged three homeruns in his first three at bats to drive in seven runs. Curt Smith had a 4 for 4 day to drive in the other three runs. Lars Huder got the call on the bump for the big game and throws six innings of two hit shutout ball.

Spain 8 Italy 3

The big upset of the day. A five run ninth breaks a 3-3 tie, Oscar Angulo closing out the scoring with a three run blast. Blake Ochoa had a two run homer in the third to open up the scoring for Spain. Antonio Neguera tossed 4.2 innings of shutout ball in relief to quiet the Italian bats and ex-major league closer Rhiner Cruz pitched the last two innings to get the victory. Spain broke the tie in the ninth after three consecutive walks forced in the go ahead run, one of the walks being intentional.

Belguim 14 France 3

Belgium shocked France scoring six runs in the first inning to run away with the game. Thomas de Wolf crossed the plate four times, collecting a double and homerun to drive in two. Steven de Lannoy also went deep to drive in three runs. His 3-run homer in the first made the score 4-0. Kenny Vandenbranden went all nine innings to get the win.

Croatia 10 Greece 0

Croatia was another team to beat up on Greece. Philip Smith drove in three runs for Croatia with his four hits. Lead off hitter Andrija Tomic ignited the offense scoring four times with two hits, two hitbatsmen and two stolen bases. Antonio Horvatic tossed an eight inning shutout.

Germany 16 Russia 4

Ludwig Glaser drove in three runs with a homeruns and Maximilian Boldt and Shawn Larry also contributed three RBIs in the slaughter. Larry hit two triples and crossed the plate four times.

Sweden 9 Great Britain 6

The Swedes kept the Brits winless with an 11 inning victory. Two British errors and a hitbatsman did the damage to the Brits in the 11th inning. The Brits had rallied from a 5-0 deficit to get the game into extra innings.

Spain 6 France 0

Spain continued their unbeaten streak with a shutout of France, who dropped to 2-3. Leslie Nacar threw six innings of shutout ball to lead the Spanish to the win. Luis Guillorme drove in two runs and Jesus Ustariz blasted two doubles from his three hits to drive in a run and score another to lead the offense.

Germany 3 Czech Republic 1

In a game for second place in the pool Germany rallied for three runs in the ninth to pull out the victory. Christopher Howard had the RBI single to tie the game. Erik Brenk drove in the go ahead run with a single. Maximilian Schmitz retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up the win. He had come on in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out and walked in the go ahead run. He made amends for that error by striking out the next two hitters to limit the damage to one run. Radim Chroust pitched great for the Czechs, finally being removed after giving up a one out single in the ninth. Enorbel Marquez pitched seven innings of shutout ball for Germany, but was taken out in the 8th after giving up a leadoff double.

Netherlands 8 Sweden 3

The Netherlands took advantage of 9 walks and four errors to take down the Swedes. Kalian Sams did not hit a homerun but he roped a triple in the game.

Russia 11 Great Britain 5

Russia got their first win. The Brits went winless. Artemiy Artamonov drove in four runs. Daniil Khomyakov went deep, driving in two runs for the Russians. Great Britain had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but Denis Leonov quieted the Brit bats in the last seven innings of relief work, striking out 11. The Russians scored all 11 of their runs in two innings, the sixth and seventh.

Italy 22 Croatia 4

Not much of a game as the Italians padded up their offensive stats. Allessandro Vaglio and Alex Liddi went deep for the Italians.

Belgium 18 Greece 1

Belgium became the latest team to pound on the hapless Greeks. It only took them four innings of offense to score their 18 runs.

Standings Pool A

Netherlands 5-0, Germany 4-1, Czech Republic 3-2, Sweden 2-3, Russia 1-4, Great Britain 0-5

Standings Pool B

Spain (5-0), Italy (4-1), Belgium (3-2), France (2-3), Croatia (1-4) and Greece (0-5)

Top three teams in each pool advance to the higher round.

European Championships - Day Three

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Again no big upsets in the European baseball championships.

Spain 6 Croatia 0

Lowuin Sacramento threw seven innings of four hit shutout ball, striking out 10 to pace Spain in their victory. Lesther Galvan drove in three with his two hits to pace the offense.

Czech Republic 6 Sweden 1

Boris Bokaj threw six shutout innings. Tomas Junec drove in two runs with his three hits to lead the offense. The Czechs remain undefeated after three games but have their big test today when they face the Netherlands.

France 7 Greece 1

Marc-Andre Habeck limited the Greeks to just one run in his seven innings of work. Frederic Hanvi carried the big bat with his three hits in three at bats driving in three runs. Two of his three hits were two baggers.

Netherlands 3 Russia 1

Russian pitcher Nikolay Markov limited the Netherlands bats to just two runs in seven innings. The Russian bats could manage just one run off the duo of Mike Bolsenbroek and Orlando Yntema. The big bat for the Netherlands was Chadwick Tromp, who slugged a two run blast in the second inning that proved to be the difference. Curt Smith added a solo shot in the 8th after Russia scored one to reduce the lead to one.

Germany 3 Great Britain 2

Errors killed the Brits leading to unearned runs in the first and fifth innings. Maximilian Boldt broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the seventh, his third hit of the game. Maximilian Schmitz tossed two perfect innings to finish off the victory for the Germans.

Italy 15 Belgium 0

Italy scored in all five innings, an 8 spot in the fifth ending it. Eight different players for the Italians drove in a run. Carlos Richetti threw the abbreviated five inning shutout, giving up just four hits.

Second Day of European Baseball Championships

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The second day of the European championships found the games a bit more competitive. No big upsets.

Netherlands 10 Germany 2

Germany is rising in the ranks of European baseball, but they still have a ways to go to compete with Netherlands. A six run third inning in which the errors (3) exceeded the hits (2) created the nightmare for Germany. A familiar name to the baseball circles Roger Bernadina hit a solo homer in the fourth after the Netherlands had built a 8-2 lead. Kalian Sams had another good game with two doubles. Simon Guehring had three hits for Germany in a losing cause.

Italy 6 France 3

Allessandro Vaglio scored four of the six runs for Italy to fuel their win. Vaglio drove in the first run for Italy with a solo shot to lead off the second inning. He walked to lead off the fourth and sixth innings to score two runs and a two out double in the seventh led to the last Italian run.

Sweden 8 Russia 1

The Swedes got their first victory with Emil Sahlin going seven to get the win. He did walk six and allowed five hits but only one unearned run crossed the plate. Johan Klarberg and Mathew Merrifield each drove in two runs to lead the offense. Joel Johnson blasted two doubles and crossed the plate three times from the lead off spot to ignite the offense.

Spain 12 Greece 1

Spain remained undefeated easily handling the team from Greece. Jesus Ustariz ripped a three run homer in the opening frame, his second homer in two days to lead the Spanish team to victory. Yancarlo Franco drove in four runs with two doubles. Jorge Balboa threw five shutout innings before leaving the game after Spain held a comfortable lead. The Greeks scored their only run on a solo shot from Max Gouoren in the sixth after Spain was up 8-0.

Czech Republic 4 Great Britain 1

The Czechs show how far they have advanced in baseball by winning their second, sending the British to their second loss. Petr Zyma mashed a two run homer in the fourth to give the Czechs a comfortable 4-0 lead. Martin Schneider pitched five innings of shutout ball to get the win. Greg Hendrix came on for Great Britain and threw the last four innings without giving up a run to keep the Brits in the game. Conrad Cornell came up with two men on in the sixth and eighth representing the tying run, but struck out and grounded out to foil any comeback.

Belgium 5 Croatia 1

The two teams combined for 24 hits, but Belgium took greater advantage of their 13. Hens Heyrman drove in two runs, accumulating three hits. Terrance Antonacci went the distance to get the win, throwing 126 pitches.

Day One of the European Championships

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

September is the time when the countries of Europe do battle for the top country in European baseball. Netherlands (21) and Italy (10) have been the big winners but Belgium and Spain have won championships. This was the opening day for the two groups hosted by Netherlands.

Netherlands 11 Great Britain 1

The Netherlands pounced on Great Britain on opening day. Kalian Sams and Dashenko Ricardo went deep for the Netherlands. Four players combined for two RBIs each as the bats spread out their offense. Diego Markwell limited the Englishmen to two hits in his six innings of work. The game was stopped after seven innings because of the 10 run rule.

Italy 21 Greece 2

Mattia Reginato hit for the cycle in a 4 for 4 day driving in six runs to lead the Italians in a battering of Greece. Erick Epifano slugged three doubles to drive in four runs in the offensive onslaught that had the mercy rule invoked after seven innings. Ex-major leaguer Alex Liddi went deep in the game for one of his two hits to drive in three runs.

Germany 4 Sweden 0

Maximilian Boldt drove in three of the four runs for the Germans with two sacrifice flies and a single. Enorbel Marquez limited the Swedes to just two hits in his six innings of work before turning it over to the bullpen for the final three innings. This was the only game of the day that went 9 innings.

Czech Republic 12 Russia 0

The Czechs were a little too much for the Russians. Matej Hejma went deep twice to drive in four runs in another game shortened by seven innings because of the slaughter rule. Radim Chroust shutout the Russians for the first four innings then turned the ball over to Michael Sobotka, who completed the shutout in the last three innings.

France 16 Croatia 1

France scored in every inning but one. Croatian pitchers helped the cause with 12 walks and five hit batters. Rene Leveret had the big bat driving in four runs despite only one hit, a two run double. He also drew two walks with the bases loaded. Leonel Cespedes threw six complete innings to get the win.

Spain 11 Belgium 1

Oscar Angulo was a doubles machine, cranking out four two baggers to drive in two and score three in Spain’s big slaughter over Belgium. Jesus Martinez slugged a big three run homer in the first inning, finishing the game with five RBIs. Jesus Ustariz added a two run homer in the fifth.

Countries Claiming One Major Leaguer

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Baseball has broken down the place of birth for every major league player, except for 72 players born prior to 1900. There are 15 countries who can lay claim to only one major leaguer, with a mass of water also eligible to claim a major leaguer. Historical data on many of these players is absent mainly because many played the game in relative obscurity. Myworld would suspect their parents worked for the U.S. government and were temporarily stationed overseas, or were the parents of missionaries or corporations. Below are the countries and the major leaguer who were born there.

Afghanistan (Kabul) Jeff Bronkey (1993 -1995)
Belgium (Antwerp) - Brian Lesher (1996 - 2002)
Belize - Chito Martinez (1991 - 1993)
China (Tientsin) - Harry Kingman (1914)
Finland - John Michaelson (1921)
Greece - Al Campanis (1943)
Guam - John Hattig (2006)
Honduras - Gerald Young (1987 - 1994)
Indonesia (East bontang) - Tom Mastny (2006 - 2008)
Lithuania - Joe Zapustas (1933)
Philippines - Bobby Chouinard (1996 - 2001)
Singapore - Robin Jennings (1996 - 2001)
Slovakia - Jack Quinn (1909 - 1933)
Switzerland - Otto Hess (1902 - 1915)
Vietnam (Saigon) - Danny Graves (1996-2006)

Atlantic Ocean - Ed Porray (1914)

Groups Established for 2016 European Championships

Friday, December 18th, 2015

The European Championships will be held in Hoofddorp, Netherlands September 9-18. Below are the groups that have been established for this tournament. Netherlands and Italy are always the favorite.

Group A

Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, Sweden

Group B

Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Greece, Croatia

European 2016 Championships to be Held in Hoofddorp, Netherlands

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

in 2014 the Netherlands built a park in Hoffddorp that would meet major league specifications. The hope was that major league baseball would agree to play an exhibition game there. March can be a bit cold in the Netherlands and the facility is not domed. So they will have to be rewarded with the European championships in 2016.

The stadium currently holds 600, but with temporary stands it could be expanded to 30,000. The last time the Netherlands hosted a European championship was in 2012. The Netherlands won the 2014 European championships that were held in Czech Republic. The countries that will compete for the 2016 world championships are:

1) Belgium, 2) Croatia 3) Czech Republic, 4) France, 5) Germany, 6) Great Britain, 7) Greece, 8) Italy, 9) Netherlands, 10) Russia, 11) Spain and Sweden

Myworld’s European Championship All Star Team

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Myworld promised our All European All Star team. It took a couple days after the tournament was over to put it together. To review, Netherlands beat Italy in the championship game with Spain finishing in third place, so those three teams have many of the All Stars.

C - Alberto Mineo (Italy) - No catcher hit better than his .389 average and .833 slugging. He also hit two homeruns and drove in 8.
1B - Curt Smith (Netherlands) - He was voted MVP of the tournament, hitting .448, 4, 14 with 14 runs scored. He also added two homeruns in the championship game.
2B - Benjamin Dille (Belgium) - He hit .421 with 9 runs scored.
3B - Alex Liddi (Italy) - He hit .421 with 4 homeruns and 13 RBIs despite missing first two games. Slugged 1.158.
SS - Oscar Angulo (Spain) - Tournament leading .543 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs with 13 runs scored. 19 hits led tournament
LF - Randolph Oduber (Netherlands) - A .448 average with 3 homeruns and 14 runs scored.
CF - Stefano Desimoni (Italy) - A .462 average with a .563 OBA.
RF - Franklin Tavarez (Spain) - A .500 average with a .630 OBA.
DH - Gianison Boekhoudt (Netherlands) - Hit .385 but his five homeruns tied for tournament lead and 15 RBIs led tournament
CI - Jakub Sladek (Czech Republic) - Hit .517 with 5 homeruns and 13 RBIs
UTL - Max Boldt (Germany) - He hit .435

Starting Pitchers

Mike Bolsenbroek (Netherlands) - Won two games with a 0.00 ERA with a 2/16 walk to whiff ratio.
Eric Gonzalez (Spain) - Another pitcher 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA
Panagiotis Sykaras (Greece) - 1-1 with a 0.56 ERA and 1/25 walk to whiff ratio
Jan Niclas Stoecklin (Germany) - 2-0, 1.29 ERA with a 1/21 walk to whiff ratio

Relief Pitchers

Tiago da Silva (Italy) - three appearances with one save and 8 whiffs in four plus innings
Remegio Leal (Spain) - three appearances with one start and a 1.23 ERA
Kevin Kelly (Netherlands) - 0.00 ERA in four appearances, one hit and six whiffs in four innings
Thomas Langloys (France) - 0.00 ERA in four appearances

European Championships - Day 7

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The Netherlands and Italy continue their winning streak to set the stage for a repeat of the final from the last championship.

Spain 4 Germany 3

Spain rallied for three runs in the eighth to pull out a win against winless Germany. Franklin Taveras drove in a run with a single in the eighth inning and Daniel Sanchez tied the game with an RBI double with the go ahead run scoring on an error. Eric Gonzalez held the Germans scoreless for two innings in relief to get his second win of the tournament.

Netherlands 14 France 5

The Netherlands scored early in their defeat of France. Curt Smith and Gianison Boekhoudt went deep for the Netherlands. For Boekhoudt it was his fifth homerun of the tournament. Smith socked his fourth homerun. Rene Leverett slammed two homeruns for France, driving in four of their five runs, but the rest of the lineup remained silent. The loss dropped the record for France to 1-3. Netherlands remains one of two teams who are undefeated.

Italy 9 Czech Republic 1

Not a good day for the hosts. Italy got five innings of seven it ball from Frailyn Florian and three shutout innings of relief from Filippo Crepaldi to remain undefeated. Juan Carlos Infante scored three times from the leadoff spot to spark the Italian offense. The Czechs dropped to 1-3.

In the second division games Sweden got their first win, a 2-0 shutout over Greece. Joakim Klassen pitched the complete game shutout. Great Britain downed Croatia 9-0. Jacob Esch was perfect for seven innings and Croatia got their one and only hit in the ninth inning. With the win Great Britain won the second division at 3-0. The other three teams finished 1-2.

Italy and the Netherlands will fight for supremacy tomorrow, but regardless of the outcome the two will battle for the championship on Sunday.

European Championships - The Final Rounds

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The top three teams from each pool travel to Brno, Czech Republic, taking their wins and losses with them against teams they played that are currently in the pool and compete to play in the finals.

Italy 6 Spain 4

Lorenzo Avagnina doubled in the eighth to break a 4-4 tie. Stefano Desimoni singled to drive in an insurance run to give Italy a two run lead. Tiago de Silva retired the side in order to pick up the save, striking out two of the three hitters he faced. Francisco Figueroa socked a two run homer in the sixth as Spain came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game. Italy moves to 3-0 while Spain drops to 1-2.

Czech Republic 14 France 3

The score is a little surprise. A seven run seventh inning shortened the game to seven innings. The Czech Republic powered five homers in the game, Matej Hejma and Jakub Sladek hit two homeruns apiece while Jakub Malik hit one homerun. Sladek has five homeruns for the tournament and finished the game 4 for 5 with four RBIs. Hejma drove in five runs for the Czech Republic.

Netherlands 10 Germany 4

Netherlands won their game to remain undefeated. Shawn Zarragga banged out three hits and drove in two runs in the win for Netherlands. Randoph Oduber went deep against the winless Germans. Kevin Heijstek went seven innings for Netherlands, allowing only two unearned runs.

In the second division Croatia nipped 11-10, Sweden scoring two runs in the final frame to make the game close. For the winless Swedes Magnus Pileguard ripped four hits, three of them doubles to drive in three. Great Britain improved to 2-4 with their 10-4 spanking of