Second Day of European Baseball Championships

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.

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