SWEDEN – The second round of the Swedish League began last weekend with the top six teams from the first round seeking to dethrone reigning champion Stockholm.
The Sundbyberg Heat and the Karlskoga Bats battled to a draw in a pair of hotly-contested games in Alby. The Heat took the first part of a twinbill 4-2 as Grant Irving crossed the plate twice and collected the final three outs to notch the save. Nick Soubiea (2-3) scattered two runs and four hits over eight innings to get the win.
Ruben Garcia tallied two RBIs and Christoffer Johansson had three hits to help Karlskoga (9-7) salvage a split with a 7-4 victory over Sundbyberg (10-6) in the second game. Ronny Frid (3-1) worked six innings to earn the win.
LEKSAND RALLIES TO SURPRISE TRANAS
The Leksand Lumberjacks scored 10 unanswered runs to stun top-ranked Tranås 11-8 and avoid the doubleheader sweep. The sixth-place Lumberjacks climbed out of a 1-8 hole with three fifth-inning runs, and then grabbed a 9-8 advantage with five scores in the seventh. Tom Brice led the comeback with three RBIs and Mats Jones (2-2) tossed a complete game to earn the win.
Tranås (13-3) claimed a narrow 4-3 victory against Leksand (6-10) in the opening game. Eimantes Zickus (7-0) struck out six to remain perfect on the season, while Richard Leander (4-1) was pinned with his first setback of the year.
In the final matchup of the weekend, Stockholm (12-4) topped the Rättvik Butchers 5-3 in the first game before dropping the second meeting, 12-7. With the win, the fifth-place Butchers improved their record to 7-9.
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