European Championships - Day One

The European Championships for baseball are now being played in two locations in Germany, Bonn and Solingen. The two teams that win are usually Italy and Netherlands. The Netherlands has won the last two championships. The last time a team other than Italy or the Netherlands won a championship was back in 1967 when Belgium won. The only other time Italy or the Netherlands did not win a championship was in 1955 when Spain won. In 2016 Spain pulled an upset by finishing in second, dropping Italy to third. That is probably the best hope for countries other than Italy or the Netherlands, to finish second.

Italy 16 France 2

Italy got off to a strong start with their rout of France. The Italians pounded out 21 hits with Sebastiano Pomo leading the charge with a 6 for 6 day, driving in five runs and scoring four times. Poma was a triple short of hitting for the cycle, blasting the second of back to back homers to lead off the fourth inning. Federico Celli started the inning off with a homerun and Italy was off to the races with a 3-0 lead. Ex-Cincinnati Red minor leaguer and NPB player Allessandro Maestri got the start for Italy, going four innings and giving up the two runs, one of those a solo shot by Andy Paz to lead off the fourth.

Ex-Twin Christopher Colabello is playing for Italy. He went 3 for 6 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Spain 3 Croatia 2

Spain scored two runs in the top of the 8th to take a 3-2 lead and hung on to earn the victory. Jesus Ustariz, Aaron Galvan and Jesus Martinez started off the inning with back to back to back doubles to score two. Ex-Astro and another NPB player Rhiner Cruz came on in the ninth and retired Croatia in order to earn the save. Jorge Balboa went seven innings to get the win for Spain. Marin Tadic also went seven innings for Croatia but took the loss after he gave up the three consecutive doubles in the eighth.

Leadoff hitter Kruno Gojkovic scored both runs for Croatia in the loss.

Israel 6 Czech Republic 1

Israel was led by Blake Gaillen, who went 4 for 4 with a solo homerun in the third, driving in two and scoring two and also falling a triple short of the cycle. The big hit was produced by Nick Rickles, whose double in the seventh was his only hit in the game, but it drove in three runs and broke a 1-1 tie.

Belgium 5 Austria 1

Axel Poesmans slugged a two run homerun in the second inning. It was all the runs Belgium needed to secure the victory. Cedric Desmedt worked seven shutout innings to get the win. Steven De Lannoy added a two run single in the eighth inning to add some insurance runs for Belgium.

Austria scored their lone run in the ninth on a Dominik Talir double. They loaded the bases in the inning, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Thomas De Wolf came on and struck out the only hitter he faced to clinch the win.

Germany 9 Sweden 1

The hosts scored early, and then late to blast Sweden. Pascal Amon blasted an RBI double in a three run first and a solo shot in the third to lead the German offense. Ex-major leaguer Donald Lutz drove in the first run for Germany with an RBI single in the first. He also added another RBI single in the eighth. Maximillian Boldt also contributed two RBIs for Germany. Samuel Steigert worked 5.2 innings of shutout relief to get the win.

Great Britain and the Netherlands was suspended. The Netherlands has Roger Bernadina on their roster if Nationals fans are wondering where he is at. Great Britain has South Carolina Gamecock star and ex-Angels pitcher Michael Roth on their roster.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.