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European Championships - Day Five

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Regensburg, Germany

France 5 Belgium 4

France had to rally for two runs in the ninth to avoid the upset by Belgium. Felix Brown drove a two run homer to left field to win it in walk off fashion. Belgium had rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the later innings. Benjamin Dill smoked a 2-run double in the seventh to tie the game and Steven Delannoy plunked an RBI single in the eighth to put Belgium up 4-3. Owen Ozanich was set up for a victory for France after throwing five innings of shutout ball, but his bullpen could not hold the lead. Brown drove in four of the five runs for France.

Italy 13 Great Britain 1

Italy remained without a loss as they overmatched Great Britain. Alex Liddi powered three balls over the fence to drive in four of the runs. He went 3 for 3 with one walk. Mattia Regginato smoked three doubles in his four at bats for Italy. Four different pitchers were used by Italy to limit Great Britain to one run.

Germany 12 Sweden 8

Germany capitalized on six Swedish errors to score seven unearned runs to keep the Swedes winless. The Swedish pitchers also walked eight German hitters. Max Boldt and Kevin Kotowski led the German assault with three hits each.

Ostrava, Czech Republic

Greece 10 Croatia 0

Greece pulls out their first win, Panagiotis Sykaras throwing a complete game seven inning shutout. He struck out 13 Croation hitters without allowing a walk, scattering seven hits. Christ Christopoulos went deep and walked twice, crossing the plate four times in the win.

Spain 9 Czech Republic 2

Spain continued with their power bats with Oscar Angulo going deep twice to give him four for the tournament. He drove in four runs. Jesus Golindano also went deep to match the homerun output for Angulo. Daniel Martinez drove in three runs from the leadoff spot with a two run double and ground out. Spain scored five in the sixth to pull away from the game.

Netherlands 12 Russia 1

Nick Urbanus drove in four runs with a homerun and Curt Smith scored four times with two homeruns to lead the rout. Urbanus, Smith and Kalian Sams combined to drive in nine of the 12 Netherlands runs.

European Championships - Day Four

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

This was the next to last day of pool play before the playoff rounds.

Regensburg, Germany

Belgium 5 Great Britain 0

Cedric Desmedt pitched a complete game nine inning shutout, allowing only three hits and four walks. He struck out six. Steven Delannoy and Jamie Verheylewegh each scored two runs from the top two spots in the order.

France 8 Sweden 3

France improved to 3-1 while Sweden remained winless. Leonel Cespedes struck out nine in his seven innings of work, turning to the bullpen for the last two innings. France improves to 3-1 while Sweden drops to 0-4.

Italy 5 Germany 1

Stefano Desmoni collected three hits to keep Italy undefeated in a tough test against Germany. Italy used four different pitchers to retire Germany.

Ostrava, Czech Republic

Croatia 10 Russia 3

Russia jumped out to a early 3-0 lead but a six run fourth iced it for Croatia, who picked up their first victory of the tournament. Andrija Tomic slugged a 3-run homer and Ivan Racic had a 2-run blast in the fourth inning, the only homeruns hit in the game. Racic finished the game driving in four runs. James Summers tossed a complete game, allowing three unearned runs.

Czech Republic 17 Greece 2

Another game and another slaughter against Greece. This time it was the hosts doing the battering. Jakub Sladek, Matej Hejma and Petr Cech each went deep for the Czech Republic. Each of the players contributed three RBIs to the victory. Greece has given up double digit runs in all four losses while Czech Republic improves to 3-1.

Netherlands 19 Spain 7

Netherlands advanced to 4-0 giving Spain their first loss. Spain shocked the vaunted Netherlands pitching staff by jumping off to an early 3-0 lead on a Jesus Golindano 3-run homer, his third of the tournament. They then went ahead 7-1 after homeruns by Fernando Martinez and Blake Ochoa in the third. Netherlands bats erupted, a grand slam by Yurendell de Caster in the fourth the big blow. Randolph Oduber went 5 for 5 from the leadoff spot with two homeruns, crossing the plate five times. Gianison Boekhoudt hit his fourth homerun of the tournament for Netherlands. The Spain pitching staff was a little wild, walking 13 Dutch to hand them the victory.

European Championships - Day Three with Two No-Hitters

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Myworld was in Camden Yards till past midnight so we are a little late with the results of the European championships. There were two no hitters in yesterday’s games, one at each location, including a perfect game seven inning affair.

Regensburg, Germany

Belgium 11 Sweden 0

Belgium got their first win with a six inning shutout from Thomas de Wolf. He did not allow a Swedish hit, but walked four and struck out nine. Robin Roevens drove in three runs to lead the offense. Sweden drops to 0-3.

Germany 9 Great Britain 0

Three pitchers combined for Germany’s nine inning shutout, Jan-Niclas Stoecklin doing most of the work with seven innings pitched. He gave up three hits and struck out 12. Philipp Howard drove in three runs from the leadoff spot. Shawn Larry came in to pinch run then hit a solo shot when called on to make his only at bat. Germany improved to 2-1 while Great Britain dropped to 1-2.

Italy 12 France 2

In a battle of the undefeateds Italy reigned supreme. France took a brief 2-1 lead after a Frederic Hanvi 2-run single in the top of the third. Italy pulled away after a grand slam homerun from Alberto Mineo in the bottom frame. For Mineo it was his second homerun of the tournament. Alex Liddi put the game away with a 3-run homer in the fourth to make it 8-2. Patrick Venditte got the last five outs for Italy.

Ostava, Czech Republic

Spain 12 Russia 0

Spain remained undefeated blasting Russia. Eric Gonzalez went six innings, giving up five hits to get the win. Fernando Martinez had a homerun for Spain and the top two hitters in the order, Daniel Martinez and Oscar Angulo each drove in three runs. Russia drops to 1-2.

Netherlands 11 Greece 0

Netherlands remained undefeated while Greece stayed winless in another shutout. Mike Bolsenbroek struck out 10 in a perfect game seven inning no hitter. Gianison Boekhoudt hit his third homerun of the tournament, Hanley Statia hit has second and Yurendell de Caster socked his first. De Caster was a triple short of hitting for the cycle, driving in four runs.

Czech Republic 13 Croatia 2

The Czechs bounced back after thier loss to the Netherlands to improve to 2-1, spanking the winless Croatian team. Croatia did get a solo shot from Mario Manojlov to highlight the game. Jakub Sladek went deep for the second time in the tournament and drove in four runs to lead the Czechs.

European Championships - Day Two

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Regensburg, Germany

Great Britain 7 Sweden 1

Two teams who did not play yesterday. Great Britain got eight innings of two hit ball from Spencer Kreisberg, the only run he allowed an unearned run in the fifth. Jakob Klasson kept it close for Sweden giving up just three runs in seven innings. Great Britain pulled away with a four spot in the ninth. Mitch Evans was a perfect 2 for 2 with a solo shot and three walks. Zachary Wiley clubbed a 3-run homer in the ninth, finishing the game 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Italy 12 Sweden 3

Italy scored a dozen for the second straight game to defeat Sweden in their second loss of the day. Alex Sambucci hit his second homerun in two days, a three run blast in a six run third to put the game out of reach. The score could have been worse with Italy leaving the bases loaded in two innings and stranding 13 total runners. Swedish pitchers gave up 10 walks and 14 hits in the rout. Sambucci was credited with three of those 10 walks. Mario Chiarini and Alberto Mineo each collected two doubles and three hits. Sweden scored all their runs on dingers, a solo shot from Adam Sorgi and a two run bomb from Simon Emanuelsson.

France 9 Great Britain 5

It was their second game of the day and the tenth inning was too much for Great Britain, making three errors in a five run disaster. Frederic Hanvi hit two solo shots, but it was his second one in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4 to send it into extra innings. Jonathan Mottay picked up the win in relief, throwing five innings of one hit ball. France is now 2-0 while Great Britain drops to 1-1.

Germany 6 Belgium 2

The hosts gave the home town crowd something to cheer about with their first win. Germany rallied for five runs in the eighth to win the game. Max Boldt stroked an RBI single to tie the game while Moritz Buttgereit shot a single up the middle to score two to break the deadlock. Kenny Vandenbrande gave up only one run for Belgium, working seven innings, but his bullpen could not protect the lead. He had thrown 113 pitches. Harry Glynne got the victory for Germany, going eight innings and allowing only three hits and two runs. A two run homer by Thomas de Wolf in the seventh had given Belgium a 2-1 lead.

Ostrava, Czech Republic

Spain 18 Croatia 2

At least Croatia gave up one less run than they gave up yesterday. Spain played the power game hitting five homeruns. Oscar Angulo and Jesus Ustariz each hit their second homeruns in two days. Jesus Golindano went deep twice to drive in five runs while Leonardo Hernandez hit his first in the homer barrage. Leslie Nacar worked a six inning complete game victory.

Russia 14 Greece 1

The Russian bats woke up after being shutout yesterday. Ivan Kornev drove in four runs while Nikita Monakhov and Viacheslav Vasilyev each went deep for the Russians. Nikita Lobanov worked six innings to pick up the victory, allowing just one run on four hits.

Netherlands 7 Czech Republic 0

After tossing a shutout yesterday the tide was turned today with the Netherlands silencing the hosts bats. Diegomar Markwell pitched a shortened five inning complete game two hit shutout. Curt Smith went deep for the Netherlands, finishing a perfect 2 for 2 with three RBIs. The game was suspended in the sixth inning due to rain.

European Championships - Day One

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Regensburg, Germany

France 3 Germany 2

Rene Leveret led off the fifth inning with a homerun and Jacques Boucheron closed out the three run outburst with an RBI double to close out the three run outburst that turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Three relievers came on to shut out the host German at bats, Pierrick Lemestre retiring the last five hitters to pick up the save. Luke Sommer had retired the first 12 French hitters until the Leveret blast to lead off the fifth. Two errors in the fifth inning allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate against Sommer.

Italy 12 Belgium 7

Italy scored four in the first and four in the last to defeat Belgium. Italy had a couple solo shots from Alex Sambucci and Alberto Mineo. Allessandro Vaglio led all players with three RBIs and stole two bases. Belgium got three RBIs from Thomas de Wolf and four hits from Dennis de Quint in a losing cause. Tiago de Silva struck out three of the four hitters he faced to close out the game.

Ostrava, Czech Republic

Czech Republic 5 Russia 0

The locals got eight innings of shutout ball from Martin Schneider to beat the Russians. Schneider gave up only two hits, did not allow a walk and struck out 13 in the game. Jan Tomek pitched the ninth, surrendering one hit while striking out the side. Jakub Sladek banged out three hits, including a solo homerun in the seventh to close out the scoring. Michael Ondracek collected a hit and walk that allowed him to steal three bases in the game.

Netherlands 19 Croatia 2

Roger Bernadina was on the Netherlands roster, but the Dodgers signed him up just days before the European championships. The Netherlands did not appear to need him in their 17 hit attack that included six homeruns. Gianison Boekhoudt crushed two homeruns that drove in five runs. Hainley Statia, Kalian Sams, Shawn Zarraga and Sharlon Schoop each went deep in the homer barrage. The Netherlands scored 16 runs in the first two innings with two eight spots in each inning, Statia hitting a grandslam homer in the first inning and Schoop and Boekhoudt smashing three run shots in the second inning.

Spain 15 Greece 3

Spain scored at least one run in every inning except the seventh in their rout. Antonio Noguera struck out 13 in his six innings of work. He gave up a two run homer to John Pau Koulotouros in the sixth. Oscar Angulo crossed the plate four times, one on a two run homerun in the fourth. Jesus Ustariz also homered and smacked two doubles to drive in three runs for Spain.

European Tournament Schedule

Monday, June 16th, 2014

If you are planning on taking a vacation to Europe and you want to watch some baseball, this link gives you the list of baseball tournaments in Europe: http://www.baseballstats.eu/

The qualifiers for the European Cups is playing in four different locations (Antwerp, Athens, Brest and Stockholm).

European Baseball Calendar

Friday, December 6th, 2013

For those going to Europe on a vacation who want to watch some baseball below is the European baseball calendar as provided by the IBAF: (http://www.ibaf.org/en/)

European Baseball Competitions in 2014:

European Championship Seniors 12-21 September
- Regensburg/Germany
- Ostrava, Trebic, Brno/Czech Republic

European Championship Seniors C-Pool – 28 July-2/3 August
- Ljubljana/Slovenia

European Championship U21 – 21-26/27 July
- Trebic/Czech Republic

European Championship Qualifier Juniors U18 – 14-19/20 July
- Zagreb & Karlovac/Croatia

European Championship Cadets U15 – 21-26/27 July
- still to be determined

European Championship Qualifier Cadets U15 – 21-26/27 July
- Bratislava/Slovakia

European Championship Juveniles U12 – 7-12/13 July
- Ljubljana/Slovenia

European Cup – 17-22 June
- Brno/Czech Republic
- Hoofdorp/Netherlands

European Cup Qualifier – 16-21 June
- Stockhom, Sweden
- Antwerp/Belgium
- Athens/Greece
- Brest/Belarus

European Cup Qualifiers

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

These are the small teams trying to get an opportunity to compete against the big teams in the European Cup.  My understanding is it is the European leagues form of minor leagues, though higher leagues can not pull from these teams to improve theirs unless they do it through free agency.

The teams that have advanced;

The host team Borgerhout Squirrels from Belgium beat the Diving Ducks from Austria to advance.  Jordan Weymouth ripped four hits in five at bats, including a double and triple to lead the Squirrel offense.

Another host team, the French team Templiers Senart defeated the team from Austria the Vienna Wanderers 7-2 to advance.  Henry Leyva pitched seven innings of two hit shutout ball to earn the victory.  Rolando Betancourt smashed a 2-run homerun to lead the offense.  Vienna scored their two runs in the last inning aided by a Senart error.

The Russian team North Stars shutout their Croaitian hosts the Olimpija Karlovac 3-0.  Nikita Lobanov threw eight innings of one hit shutout ball, walking four and striking out five.  Denis Leonov completed the shutout by throwing a perfect ninth striking out two of the three hitters he faced.  Maxim Ayzatulin scored two runs with two hits, two walks and three stolen bases to lead the offense.

In Athens the Ukranian team the KNTU Elizavetgrad downed the team from Russia, the SDYSHOR 42 Moscow 4-2.  Bogdan Stovba broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the eighth.  Serhyi Tikhonets added an insurance run with an RBI single.  Dmytro Limarenko got credit for his second win of the tournament with four plus innings of shutout relief.

For those who want to read more about these games you can go to: http://www.mister-baseball.com/

Rounding out the rest of the field

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Now that the tournament has started, myworld will not have the opportunity to break out the other rosters, but below is a summary of the rest of the teams.

Italy

Outlook - Italy is one of the better European teams, but they have yet to finish in a top three.  Prior to traveling to Panama they played four games in Vero Beach, Florida, finishing 2-2 against the instructional teams of the Washington Nationals and the Florida Marlins.  The highlight of this team is that one of their coaches will be Mike Piazza, who has hit more homeruns as a catcher than any player in baseball.  Jairo Ramos is their big slugger to watch.  They will be happy just to advance to the next round.

Record: 52-104

Top Three Finishes: None

Puerto Rico

Outlook: Puerto Ricans blame the major leagues for the decline of baseball in Puerto Rico.  Ever since the major leagues included Puerto Ricans in the draft, the level of play has declined.  Most high schools do not have baseball, so scouts can not watch players develop.  The major leagues can scout players from the Dominican Republic when they are 16, but Puerto Ricans have to wait until they are 18.  The last time Puerto Rico finished in a top three was in 1973, but Cuba was not playing in that event.  Reymond Fuentes is the player to watch on this team.  The Padres obtained him as one of three players in the trade for Adrian Gonzalez.

Record: 153-117

Third Place Finishes: Eight, one first place finish in 1951, four second place finishes (1947, 1948, 1973 and 1976) and three third place finishes (1952, 1965, 1970 and 1973).  They played in both tournaments in 1973, when one tournament was played without Cuba.

South Korea

Outlook: Like Japan, Korea is in the middle of their professional season so the players are usually university or minor league type players.  They finished in second place in 2005.  They actually won the event in 1982 and are the last team to win as Olympic champions.  In the World Baseball Classic they finished in second place, but both the Olympics and WBC were played with their professional players.  Not much to say about these players since myworld is unfamiliar with their names.

Record: 91-58

Third Place Finishes: Eight, one first place finish in 1982 and five second place finishes (1980, 1986, 1994, 1998 and 2005) with two third place finishes (1978 and 1990)

Venezuela

Outlook: Before the arrival of the Asian teams and the increased competetiveness of the United States team, Venezuela was always the second best team just after Cuba.  Now that many of their top players are competing in the United States, they have not been as competetive.  Their last top three finish was in 1973, but that was a weakened event with two World Cups in that one year.  Not a lot of hope for a top three finish this year, though Luis Sojo is managing the team.

Record: 134 - 80

Third Place Finishes: Nine, three first place finishes in 1941, 1944 and 1945, two second place finishes in 1951 and 1953 and four third place finishes in 1942, 1950, 1961 and 1973

Nicaragua

Outlook: Another competetive team in days gone by, before soccer began replacing baseball in the passion of the young kids. They did take a second place finish in 1990. They have yet to win the World Cup, but they have had a lot of second place finishes. It will be an upset to see them finish in the top three this year.

Record: 160-124

Top Three Finishes: Nine, five second place finishes (1939, 1940, 1973, 1974 and 1990) and four third place finishes (1947, 1953, 1971 and 1972)

Greece

Outlook: They lost the opener to Panama. They would be happy just getting a win. Greece is managed by ex-major leaguer James Essian. They qualified for this tournament by surprising the European field and finishing fourth. This is their first appearance in a World Cup tournament.

Record: 0-0

Third Place Finishes: None

Taiwan

Outlook - Another Asian giant, but in this case because of gambling issues in their professional league, the best players may be those playing in the minor leagues in the United States or in colleges or industrial leagues. Many Taiwan youth are a little hesitant about playing in the Taiwan professional league because of the taint of the last two gambling scandals.  It has been since 2001 when they made their last top three finish.  They could be a surprise competitor in this world cup.  Their National team gave Cuba fits in the Honkball tournament, beating them for the championship, then just missing out in the championship match against Cuba in a Canadian tournament.  Myworld expects them to compete for that third spot.

Record: 91-72

Third Place Finishes: four, one second place finish in 1984 and three third place finishes in 1986, 1988 and 2001.

Dominican Republic

Outlook: This is another team that should be better than their roster, but the major leagues has most of their good players.  They do have a roster full of ex-major league veterans, so depending on their motivation and what kind of shape they are in, they should be competetive.  Their last taste of glory was in 1969, when they finished third.

Record: 120-87

Third Place Finishes: six, one first place finish in 1948, three second place finishes (1942, 1950 and 1952) and two third place finishes in 1943 and 1969.

Germany

Outlook: Germany is gaining on the two European strongholds Italy and Netherlands and is perhaps the third best European team.  Their roster is young, but it is talented, with Kai Gronauer and Max Kepler two of the talents to watch.  The German veteran to put them in their place is Dominik Wulf.  While their record would indicate a patsy, this is a team with much improved players that do not reflect their 2-33 overall World Cup record.

Record: 2-33

Third Place Finishes: None

Panama

Outlook: The host of the tournament.  They could be encouraged by the home town crowd to outperform their skills.  They did win their opener against Greece 8-3, but the schedule makers are kind.  They usually schedule the weakest team against the host in the opening game.  Time will tell whether their bats continue to sizzle.  They have had some recent success with a third place finish in 2005 and a second place finish in 2003. Myworld will predict that they will be the surprise team of the tournament, especially when you hear the enthusiasm of the crowd at the game.

Record: 130-112

Third Place Finishes: Three, one second place finish in 2003 and two third place finishes (1945 and 2005)

Panama Rips Greece in World Cup Opener

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

In front of a raucous sellout crowd, the home team Panama broke out their bats and clobbered Greece 8-3.  Paolo Espino worked six innings and Conception Rodriguez ripped three hits including the first homerun of the tournament to give Panama the victory.

Paolo started out strong striking out the side in the first inning, benefiting from what appeared to be a large strike zone from the home plate umpire.  All three hitters struck out on his sweeping curveball, the first one looking and the next two swinging.  His control deserted him in the second inning as he walked the leadoff batter and then gave up his first hit to Christoforos Lemonis.  He misplayed a soft grounder hit in front of him, taking too long to make the decision to throw to first, Max Gouoren showing some speed by beating the throw to first.  He hit the next hitter to score the first run and there were still no outs.  A single by Constant Panagotacos scored two, but Alexander Zachos was thrown out trying to advance from first to third to give Panama the break.  The next batter bunted the runner to second, but a ground out ended the inning.  Greek manager James Essian is no fan of Moneyball, i.e. giving away outs with a bunt.

So down 3-0 Panama broke out their bats in the bottom frame.  With one out Rodriguez walked and Carlos Quiroz smacked a rocket to right field that the Greek right fielder Zachos misplayed.  Rodriguez scored and Quiroz scampered to third.  Javier Castillo then bashed a drive over the right fielder’s head for a double and Damaso Espino drove one to the left field fence for another double and the game was tied.

Both pitchers quieted the hitter’s bats until the sixth when Ross Meleches gave up a leadoff single to Fernando Seguinol. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second and Conception Rodriguez broke the tie with a single to right center. Rodriguez advanced to third on an error by the right fielder Zachos. An error by the third baseman put Carlos Quiroz on first and a wild pitch advanced the runners one base. Greek manager Essian chose to walk Javier Castillo intentionally and that gave Damaso Espino the opportunity to break the game wide open with a single to centerfield to score two and put Panama ahead 6-3.  Castillo would score the fourth run of the inning on a fly ball from Luis Castillo.

Rodriguez would homer in the eighth to make it 8-3.  The Greek bats did not mount much of a threat after the second inning, their best opportunity was in the seventh when they put two runners on.  Eliecer Navarro worked two innings of shutout relief for Panama and Gilberto Mendez worked the last inning.

Box score for the game can be found here: http://ibaf.prod.kgroup.eu/stats/2011/panama/games/01.htm

Game Notes: Myworld has only caught one ball at a game.  That ball was hit by Jose Macias.  Jose is playing for Panama…Paolo Espino appears to have a nice curveball that the Greek hitters had difficulty adjusting to.  Myworld will then admit that we were zonked out after the third inning and couldn’t watch the rest of the game.  That is the trouble with watching the game on a comfortable bed after just three hours of sleep the night before.  Today, we will be there for both games, fully rested…It appeared to be a very wild atmosphere at the game.  Today will probably be more sedate with Puerto Rico playing Canada in the day game and Japan playing the United States in the night game.