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Top 50 European Teams

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Mister Baseball has the 2016 end of season top 50 European baseball teams. Myworld will list the top ten below. If you are curious about the Top 50 you can go to the Mister Baseball site. In parenthesis was their finish from 2015.

1. L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands) 32.92 (5)
2. Unipol Bologna (Italy) 32.75 (2)
3. Curacao Neptunus (Netherlands) 32.67 (1)
4. ASD Rimini Baseball (Italy) 30.75 (3)
5. Mainz Athletics (Germany) 27.17 (NR)
6. Draci Brno (Czech Republic) 25.58 (7)
7. Rouen Baseball 76 (France) 24.50 (8)
8. Vaessen Pioniers (Netherlands) 23.67 (13)
9. Kinheim H1 (Netherlands)23.17 (6)
10. T&A San Marino (San Marino) 23 (10)

Mainz Wins German Baseball Championship

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg is the big baseball power in Germany. They won four straight championships from 2010 to 2013 and have a number of them before that. Solingen Alligators and Heidenhem won the last two seasons breaking the dominance of Buchbinder. Buchbinder had a chance for another championship this year, playing the Mainz Athletics, who have won only one title back in 2007 in the finals of the German baseball championship of 2016.

In a best of five finals Mainz won the first two and after losing 1-0 in the third game won the fourth 5-2 to again take the championship away from Buchbinder. Thomas de Wolf broke a scoreless tie with his RBI single in the fifth triggering a rally that led to four more unanswered runs and a 90 minute rain delay. Mike Larson bashed a two run double to close out the scoring.

Buchbinder was able to score two runs on a Marcel Jimenez single in the later innings to shrink the lead to three, 5-2, but that is all they could score. The Mainz Athletics are the German champion for 2016. Information for this game was obtained from Mister Baseball, the European baseball source.

European Championship Recap

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The two top European teams slugged it out and Netherlands found themselves on top. For Italy it was their second loss which puts them in a tie for third place, meaning they may not be playing in the championship game.

Netherlands 6 Italy 5

Kalian Sams hit a two out infield single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the tying run to send the game into extra innings. Italy took advantage of a Dutch error to score two in the top of the tenth. The Netherlands tied the game on a Stijn Van Der Meer RBI single and won the game on a Christopher Garia walk off single. Tiago Da Silva pitched five innings of shutout relief for Italy but after he was removed Netherlands rallied for five of their six runs.

Spain 9 Czech Republic 3

Spain got back into second place with a win over the Czechs. With the loss the Czechs were eliminated from any championship game. Daniel Martinez drove in three runs and Blake Ochoa bashed a solo shot in the fifth to lead the Spanish 17 hit attack.

Germany 14 Belgium 2

Christopher Howard and Maurice Wilhelm went deep for Germany, but lead off hitter Eric Brenk drove in five runs with a double and triple to lead the German offense. The German win put them in a tie for third place with Italy.

Spain needs to beat Germany to take second place. The Netherlands even with a loss in their last game against Belgium has clinched an appearance in the championship game. A loss by Spain to Germany would complicate things especially if Italy wins their game to create a three way tie for second place.

European Championships - Second Round Games

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The top six teams have been identified and they will play each other to determine the European champions. All the games except one were close.

Czech Republic 4 Belgium 3

Petr Zyma drove in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single to send the game into extra innings. Belgium scored a run in the top of the tenth but the Czechs rallied for two in the bottom frame, Matej Heijma driving in both runs with a two run walk off double.

Netherlands 1 Spain 0

The battle of the undefeateds saw a pitcher’s duel. Shairon Martis went seven innings for the Netherlands and Ricardo Hernandez only allowed one run in just over four innings. Christopher Garia hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to drive in the only run. Tom De Blok and Loek Van Mil each threw a perfect inning to close out the win. For Spain it was their first loss of the tournament.

Italy 12 Germany 0

Orlando Oberto threw a complete game nine inning shutout and the Italian bats banged out 14 hits to give Italy the win. A six run ninth inning made the game appear more lopsided than it was.

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.

European Champions Cup - Day 2

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Fortitudo Bologna (Italy) 1 Curacao Neptunus (Netherlands) 0

In a battle between two rivals representing the baseball elite from each country Raul Rivero proved too difficult to hit. He threw eight innings allowing just six hits. The closest Neptunus came to scoring off Rivero was in the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out on three singles. Dashenko Ricardo grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Diegomar Markwell pitched well for Neptunus going seven innings. He did allow nine hits and walked four, constantly squirming out of trouble. Bologna scored their lone run in the second inning on a Alessandro Vaglio double and a Paolino Ambrosino single.

Nicholas Pugliese came on to pitch the ninth, putting their fans on the edge of their seats, walking two and giving up a hit to load the bases after retiring the first two hitters. Dwayne Kemp grounded out to end the game.

T&A San Marino 4 Voith Heidenheim 3

Another pitcher’s duel with Luke Sommer tossing eight shutout innings for Voith and Fraylin Florian matching him with eight shutout innings. Voith had stranded 10 runners in the first eight innings. When San Marino went to their bullpen in the ninth Voith finally scored. A two out walk and wild pitch set up an RBI single by Sascha Lutz to score the first run. James McOwen made it 2-0 with an RBI single after Lutz stole second.

San Marino battled back when Joseph Mazzuca sliced a two out single. Francesco Imperiali walked to set up a two run double by Nicholas Morreale to tie the game.

The tenth inning saw runners put on first and second to start the inning. Voith scored only one run off Yoimer Camacho on a passed ball but had another thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice. San Marino scored two runs off reliever Wesley Roemer, Luca Pulzetti evening the game at 3-3 with an RBI single and Sebastiano Poma stroking the walk off single.

A.S.D. Rimini 5 Buchbinder Legionairre 3

Two errors to start the sixth allowed Rimini to explode for three runs which proved to be the difference in the game. Riccardo Bertagnon drove in one run with a single and after a passed ball Freddy Noguera drove in two with a single to give Rimini a 4-2 lead.

Maik Ehmcke slugged a two run homerun in the bottom of the first to give Buchbinder an early 2-1 lead.

L&D Amsterdam 10 Kotlanka Praha 2

A six run fourth put L&D in double digits and doomed Praha to an 0-2 start. Nick Urbanus scored three times from the leadoff spot on a 2 for 2 day with two walks.

European Champions Cup Begins

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Myworld has a hard time following the European format. They are having their champions now and later in the year they will have the European Cup. The teams from Netherlands and Italy are usually the winners.

Curacao Neptunus (Netherlands) 14 Voith Heidenheim (Germany) 9

The Dutch team slugged four homeruns. Janison Boekhoudt got the scoring started with a three run homer in the first inning. Rien Vernooij added a three run homer in the third to build the Neptunus lead to 8-1. Raily Legito added a solo shot in the fourth and Dashenko Ricardo a two run blast in the seventh to account for 9 of the 14 runs. Johannes Krumm was the hitting star for Voith with two singles and a double for three runs batted in.

Voith was able to tie the score 9-9 after five but the Ricardo two run homer put Neptunus up for good. The Curacao bullpen quieted the German bats for the last three innings.

Buchbinder Legionaire (Germany) 7 Kotlarka Praha (Czech) 4

Daniel Mendelsohn pitched three shutout innings for Buchbinder and the bats erupted for five runs in the ninth off tiring starting pitcher Marek Cervenka to get the win. Cervenka had retired two of the first three hitters he faced in the ninth but a two run double by Marcel Jimenez tied the game at 4-4. Two walks loaded the bases and set up a two run single by Maik Ehmcke to give the Germans a 6-4 lead and end the day for Cervenka. A Christopher Howard single drove in the final run of the inning.

The Czechs pasted two homeruns, Daniel Vavrusa popping a two run homer in the sixth to give the Czechs a 4-2 lead and Ryan Battaglia slugging a solo homerun in the fifth.

Fortitudo Bologna (Italy) 5 T&A San Marino (San Marino) 3

Claudio Liverziani broke a 3-3 tie with a two run shot in the eighth off San Marino pitcher Junior Oberto. Brent Buffa, who got the last out of the eighth inning, continued into the ninth to get the win. Tyler La torre also drove in two runs for Bologna with a double in the fourth inning. Ronny Cedeno collected three hits and scored two runs for Bologna.

L&D Amsterdam 6 (Netherlands) A.S.D. Rimini (Italy) 2

Nick Urbanus scored four runs from the lead off spot with three hits and a walk. Michael Duursma and Gilmer Lampe each drove in two runs. Kevin Heijstek dominated with six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits.