European Championship Highlights

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.

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