Day One of the European Championships

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.

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