European Cup Qualifiers

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/

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