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2010 EC: Italy Turns Back Germany

GERMANY – Italy sent 10 batters to the plate in a pivotal four-run eighth to rally past Germany 8-6 Friday and inch closer to advancing to Sunday’s title game against the Netherlands at the 2010 European Championships.

The host nation grabbed a quick lead in the first on a two-bagger off the bat of Ludwig Glaser, but Italy answered back in the bottom of the same inning on a two-run double by Jairo Ramos.

The fireworks continued in the third as both squads tacked on two more scores. Glaser knotted the score with an infield hit before Dominik Wulf crossed the plate on a throwing error to give the Germans a brief lead. Ramos singled down the right field line to pull the Italians even, and Laidel Chapelli’s sacrifice fly put the Azzurri back on top.

Germany retaliated with three unanswered runs to hold a two-run advantage. Eddie Martinez drilled a two-run homer in the sixth with two down, and Wulf added another two-out long ball an inning later. But skipper Marco Mazzieri’s rejuvenated squad batted around in the eighth to turn back the tournament host.

Marco Grifantini (1-0) scattered a hit and struck out four in two relief frames to earn the win.

ITALY 9, FRANCE 2
Tony Granato sparked a five-run fifth with a two-run home run to lead Italy past France in Stuttgart. With the win, Italy moved closer to reaching the championship game against the Netherlands.

Italy opened the scoring in the third on a single off the bat of Mario Chiarini, and stretched the lead to 6-0 after five frames. The French broke through against Italian starter Carlos Richetti the following inning on a leadoff solo homer by Kenji Hagiwara. But the Azzurri put the game away in the seventh as Jairo Ramos highlighted a three-run frame with a two-run shot.

Robin Allemand tagged Italian reliever Carlos Pezzullo with a two-out solo long ball in the ninth.

Richetti (1-0) limited French hitters to a run on three hits while notching 10 strikeouts to pick up the win.

SWEDEN 3, FRANCE 2
Rickard Leander snapped a tied ballgame with a two-run blast in the sixth and Sweden continued its surprising run with a narrow win against France at TVC Stadium in Stuttgart. The Swedish (4-2; 2-1) can book a ticket to the championship game with a win over Germany on Saturday, and a loss by Italy to the Netherlands.

The Cinderella squad opened the scoring in the second on a pair of two-out doubles by Rickard Reimer and Chris Johansson. France pulled even one inning later on a single by Omar Williams, and the score remained unchanged until Leander belted the first pitch he saw from French starter Samuel Meurant over the fence in right center.

The French closed the gap to a lone score in the eight and had the tying run just 90 feet from paydirt. However, Nick Soubiea retired Max LeFevre on a flyout to left field to escape a bases-loaded jam, and worked a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his second save.

Jacob Claesson (2-0) surrendered a run on five hits and overcame six walks in seven innings to earn the decision.

2010 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 31
Italy vs. Netherlands (Stuttgart)
Sweden vs. Germany (Stuttgart)
Greece vs. France (Heidenheim)

Sunday, August 1
Netherlands vs. TBD (Stuttgart)

Photo courtesy of Ezio Ratti/FIBS

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Dutch Nears European Championship Title

GERMANY – Sidney de Jong drove in three runs and the Netherlands used a pair of five-run outbursts to advance to the 2010 European Championship title game with a 15-0 win against Sweden on Friday at the Heidekoepfe Ballpark in Heidenheim.

The Dutch (7-0; 4-0), which have won 20 gold medals in 30 tournament appearances, will be making their 21st consecutive trip to the championship matchup.

Swedish starter Peter Jansson lasted just three innings as the Dutch came out swinging red-hot sticks. Danny Rombley followed a leadoff walk to Eugene Kingsale with a two-base hit, and Raily Legito opened the flood gates with a single before de Jong cleared the bases with a three-run drive. Jansson (0-1) walked Shaldimar Daantji with the sacks full to put his team in an early five-run hole.

The Dutch parlayed two walks and a single into a score in the second, and Kingsale and Legito tallied RBI hits the following frame to give the Dutch a comfortable 8-0 cushion. A two-run error in the fourth stretch the lead to 10 runs before Kemp singled home a pair of scores to highlight a game-ending, five-run fifth.

David Bergman (1-0) allowed two hits, a walk and struck out eight to earn the five-inning complete game win.

NETHERLANDS 10, GREECE 0
Raily Legito and Dwayne Kemp both went deep and the Netherlands blasted Greece to move within one win of advancing to the championship game. The five-time reigning European champion claimed their sixth win in as many games, and improved to 3-0 in the final round.

Legito teed off against Greek starter Constantinos Kapothanasis (1-2) with a two-run shot in the opening frame, and Kemp singled home a score the following inning. Sidney de Jong padded the lead in the third with a two-run base hit.

The Dutch went down quietly in the fourth before Bryan Engelhardt plated a run in the fifth with a double. Kemp homered with two outs and the sacks empty one frame later, and Engelhardt collected his second RBI of the game in the seventh. Danny Rombley finished off the rout the next inning with a two-run double.

Rob Cordemans (2-0) scattered six strikeouts with seven hits and four walks over six innings to notch his second win of the tournament. Michiel van Kampen hit two batters and fanned one in a pair of relief frames to preserve the shutout.

CZECH REPUBLIC 8, GREAT BRITAIN 4
Karel Hrusovsky homered and Petr Minarik tossed four-plus shutout innings out of the bullpen to help the Czech Republic earn seventh place with a win over Great Britain. The Czech team won its last three games to finish the tournament with an overall 3-3 record.

Jakub Malik put the Czech Republic on the board in the first with a double, but the British answered back with two scores in the bottom of the inning on RBIs by Matt McGraw and Sam Wiley. The two squads traded lone runs the following frame before the Czech took the lead for good in the third on a two-run single by Jakub Hajtmar.

Meanwhile, Minarik (1-0) and Boris Bokaj combined to throw six scoreless frames as the Czech squad built an 8-3 lead. Hrusovsky, who popped a solo homer earlier in the game, drove in a run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly and the Czech tacked on three more scores en route to the win.

2010 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 31
Italy vs. Netherlands (Stuttgart)
Sweden vs. Germany (Stuttgart)
Greece vs. France (Heidenheim)

Sunday, August 1
Netherlands vs. TBD (Stuttgart)

Photo courtesy of Ezio Ratti/FIBS

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LMB Playoffs: Saltillo Blanks Monterrey

MEXICO – While he couldn’t repeat his no-hitter from the first round, Hector Daniel Rodriguez certainly did well enough for Saltillo as the Saraperos

silenced Monterrey, 4-0, in the opening game of their Mexican League Zona Madero final series Saturday night before 19,485 at Estadio Monterrey.

In his first start since tossing his gem against Mexico City, Rodriguez hurled six scoreless innings for the Saraperos, limiting Monterrey to four hits and four walks while striking out seven Sultanes.

Cecilio Garibaldi, Thomas Melgarejo and Mario Mendoza, Jr. held Monterrey to one hit the rest of the way in a game that was featured 105-degree heat when the first pitch was thrown. Rodriguez is now 3-0 in the postseason. Edgar Gonzalez took the loss for the Sultanes after winning twice in the first round against Chihuahua.

Refugio “Cuco” Cervantes opened the Saraperos’ scoring in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run homer off Gonzalez. It was the fourth circuit clout of the playoffs for Cervantes after he whacked 20 in 91 regular season games. Gabriel Martinez, who scored on Cervantes’ homer, belted a solo shot of his own in the sixth frame, and Hernando Arredondo made it a 4-0 contest by scoring on Jonathan Aceves’ seventh-inning double. Martinez ended up going 3-for-4 on the night to lead the Saltillo offense.

Monterrey was limited to five hits in the game, with leadoff batter Chris Roberson singling and doubling in a losing effort.

The two sides will go at it again tomorrow in Game Two. Francisco Felix will get the start for Saltillo while Jonathan Castellanos will open on the mound for Monterrey.

LMB NORTH FINAL SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Game 1: Saltillo 4, Monterrey 0
Game 2: Aug. 1 Saltillo @ Monterrey
Game 3: Aug. 3 Monterrey @ Saltillo
Game 4: Aug. 4 Monterrey @ Saltillo
Game 5: Aug. 5 Monterrey @ Saltillo*
Game 6: Aug. 7 Saltillo @ Monterrey*
Game 7: Aug. 8 Saltillo @ Monterrey*

*If necessary

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website

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Zurich Barracudas Capture Historic Win

SWITZERLAND – Chris Bissig delivered a walk-off single in the 10th and the Zurich Barracudas slipped past their crosstown rival Zurich Challengers 4-3 Tuesday in the first night game in Swiss baseball history. With the win, the fourth-place Barracudas took sole possession of the final playoff spot.

The Fish put together a two-out rally in the opening frame against Zurich starter Tobias Siegrist. Brent Nichols legged out an infield single before sprinting all the way home on a two-base hit down the right field line by Hasson Rogers, who later crossed the plate on a throwing error by Challengers’ catcher Jay Casimiro.

The score remained unchanged until the fourth when the C’s American player/coach Brian Hipps ended Andi Rüesch’s perfect game with a one-out single up the middle. Yonimiler Martinez made it a one-run game with a clutch two-out hit, and Farid Bekkali doubled home Thomas Blank an inning later to knot the score.

A pair of errors in the bottom of the same frame allowed the Barracudas to regain the lead. Hipps botched a potential inning-ending groundout off the bat of Rogers, and Bekkali followed with a two-base error on a ball hit by Francisco Colindres.

The Challengers pulled even against Zurich reliever Benji Montag in the eighth, but should have done more damage.

Veteran slugger Thomas Landis greeted the new pitcher with a single, stole second, and motored home on a hit by Hipps. The former U.S. minor leaguer moved up one base on an error by Montag, and a dropped flyball put runners on the corners with no outs. But Martinez went down swinging, Hipps was tagged out in a rundown, and Chris Palatinus popped up to the catcher as the Barracudas escaped a major jam.

Both squads went down quietly in the ninth to set the stage for an eventful extra-inning frame.

Martinez reached on a two-out walk for the C’s in the top of the 10th, and swiped second to move into scoring position. But Montag retaliated by striking out Jesus Martinez to defuse the threat.

Siegrist, a hard-hitting national team catcher who has evolved into the staff ace for a pitching-thin Challengers’ rotation, opened the inning with his fourth walk.  The C’s followed with their sixth error of the night on a potential twin-killing groundball to put the winning run on second, and Bissig followed an intentional walk to Colindres with a game-winning hit.

SWISS LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Therwil Flyers 19 01 Won 4
Embrach Mustangs 16 06 Won 2
Zurich Challengers 12 07 Lost 2
Bern Cardinals 14 10 Won 4
Zurich Barracudas 13 10 Won 5
Sissach Frogs 12 14 Won 4
Luzern Eagles 07 17 Lost 2
Lausanne Indians 00 28 Forfeit

Photo courtesy of Zurich Barracudas

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Oaxaca Advances In Mexican Playoffs

MEXICO – Victor Mercedes stroked a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in Alejandro Gonzalez with the game-winning run to give the Oaxaca Guerreros a 5-4 win over the Quintana Roo Tigres Friday night before 7,357 ecstatic fans at Oaxaca’s Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos in the seventh and deciding game of their Mexican League Zona Hidalgo semifinal series.

The Tigres opened the scoring in the top of the second when Carlos Sievers led off with a homer to right on a full count off Oaxaca starter Heriberto Rodriguez. The Guerreros came back with four counters of their own in the bottom of the second, two on an Erick Rodriguez double against Tigres ace Bobby Cramer (who failed to last the inning).

Quintana Roo knotted the score at 4-4 with another three runs in the third as Sergio Contreras doubled in Christian Quintero just before Iker Franco blasted his third homer of the series into the left field bleachers.

Things settled down after that as Quintana Roo relievers Arturo Barradas, Sandy Nin and Scott Chiasson traded zeros with Oaxaca’s Francisco Rosario through the eighth inning.

Rosario retired the Tigres in order on ten pitches in the top of the ninth, but Chiasson (the 2009 LMB Reliever of the Year who tied for third in the Liga with 24 saves this season) immediately got into trouble in the bottom of the frame by allowing consecutive singles by Gonzalez and Eloy Gutierrez.

The Tigres then decided to intentionally walk Jolbert Cabrera to fill the bases and pitch to Mercedes. Cabrera was hitting .360 in the series, but not a lot was gained by facing the .320-batting Mercedes instead. Sure enough, after a swinging strike to open his duel with Chiasson, Mercedes lined a single past Tigres third sacker Jaime Trejo into left field to plate Gonzalez with the series winner.

Mercedes (pictured) ended up 3-for-4 for the night and Quintana Roo leadoff batter Alex Sanchez was a perfect 4-for-4 as both teams collected 13 hits. Rosario earned the win with 6.2 innings of scoreless pitching out of the bullpen for the Guerreros while Chiasson was tagged with the loss.

Oaxaca now advances to the LMB South finals against Puebla, beginning Sunday in Puebla.

LMB SOUTH FINAL SCHEDULE:

Sunday, August 1
Game 1: Oaxaca @ Puebla

Monday, August 2
Game 2: Oaxaca @ Puebla

Wednesday, August 4
Game 3: Puebla @ Oaxaca

Thursday, August 5
Game 4: Puebla @ Oaxaca

Friday, August 6
Game 5: Puebla @ Oaxaca*

Sunday, August 8
Game 6: Oaxaca @ Puebla*

Monday, August 9
Game 7: Oaxaca @ Puebla*

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website

Photo courtesy of Oaxaca Guerreros

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2010 EC: Sweden Upsets Italy

GERMANY – Bjorn Johannessen finished 2-for-3 with a home run, and Rickard Leander also went deep, as Sweden upset Italy, 3-2, Thursday in the final matchup of the first round to advance at the 2010 European Championship.

Italy threatened to go on top in the first after Mario Chiarini doubled with two outs, and Giuseppe Mazzanti reached on a walk. But Swedish starter Joakim Claesson sat down Jairo Ramos on an infield pop-up to strand both runners.

The underdogs manufactured a run in the bottom of the same frame to take the lead. Italian starter Riccardo De Santis missed on a full-count pitch to leadoff man Anthony Dermendziev, who stole second base with one down. Magnus Pilegard’s infield hit moved the speedy centerfielder 50 feet from paydirt, and Kris Sjoeberg singled up the middle.

Sweden pushed its cushion to three in the second. Johannessen led off with a shot over the right field fence, and Leander followed with a drive in the same direction. Meanwhile, Claesson was limiting the hard-hitting Italian lineup to a pair of hits over the first five frames.

In the top of the sixth, Italy cut its deficit to 3-2 with a pair of runs after a rain delay. Chiarini homered off an 0-1 offering from Claesson with one out and Mazzanti followed with his fourth long ball in five games to make it a one-run affair.

A controversial call heated tempers an inning later. Simone Albanese chased Claesson with a leadoff double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Stefano Desimoni delivered a potential game-tying sacrifice fly to left field but Albanese, who appeared to beat the throw, was called out at the plate and ejected for protesting the botched call.

The Azzurri put the tying run on second with two outs in the ninth before reliever Nick Soubiea induced a game-ending groundout off the bat of Jack Santora.

Claesson (2-0) earned the win after he pitched six innings and allowed two runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts.

De Santis (0-1) started on the hill for the visitors and was charged with three runs on six hits over four frames.

GERMANY 17, GREECE 8
Chris Howard drove in six runs and smacked two home runs, and both Sasha Lutz and Ludwig Glaser added four hits as Germany used a late burst of offense to down Greece in the opening game of the final round.

Dominik Wulf tallied three RBIs and Cedric Bassel scored a trio of runs on three hits for the Germans who picked up their fifth win in six games.

Greece used a four-run third to climb out of a one-run hole before the host nation closed the gap with two scores in the bottom of the third. Glaser doubled home a pair of runs the next inning to give Germany the lead, and Howard capped the frame with a three-run bomb.

The Greek squad collected five hits, and crossed the plate twice on wild pitches, in the seventh to pull even. However, the Germans took the lead again in the bottom of the same inning, and Howard drilled his second three-run drive of the game the following frame as the tournament hosts piled on eight scores to blow the game wide open.

Nils Hartkopf (2-0) overcame two bases-loaded wild pitches to earn his second win.

Photo courtesy of Ezio Ratti/FIBS

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LMB: Saltillo Eliminates Mexico City

MEXICO – Things looked bleak for defending Mexican League champion Saltillo after four games of their first round playoff series with Mexico City. The Diablos Rojos had won three straight (two in Saltillo) and the Saraperos needed three straight victories themselves to stave off elimination…including two in Mexico City’s Foro Sol. That’s exactly what happened.

The Saraperos capped an unlikely series comeback Thursday night with an 11-4 whacking of the Diablos in Mexico City, silencing the 8,794 fans in Foro Sol and punching their ticket to the LMB North finals against archrival Monterrey with their 4 games to 2 series victory. Saltillo was already leading Mexico City, 4-3, when they put the game away with five runs in a seventh inning that featured Christian Presichi’s two-out, three-run homer off Diablos closer Francisco Butto, who was the third Diablos hurler of the inning. In all, six pitchers took the hill for Mexico City, but only mop-up man Irwin Delgado held Saltillo scoreless, getting one out in a meaningless ninth inning appearance.

Reliever Yhency Brazoban took the loss for the Diablos after coughing up two runs on five hits over two innings. Saraperos starter Jose Mercedes didn’t exactly cruise to the win (6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 3 BB), but he pitched well enough.

Game One of the LMB North finals will take place Saturday in Monterrey.

THREE-RUN SEVENTH HOISTS PUEBLA OVER YUCATAN
The Puebla Pericos overcame a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to vault past the Yucatan Leones, 4-3, Thursday night before 10,992 witnesses at Puebla’s Estadio Hermanos Serdan. With the win, Puebla clinched the LMB South semifinal series, 4 games to 2.

Yucatan’s Luis Matos drilled a three-run homer in the top of the first off Pericos starter Omar Espinoza to get the Leones off to a good start, but Puebla got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when Gonzalo Meza scored on Serafin Rodriguez’ single, but it was the seventh that decided the series.

Puebla’s Valentin Gamez led off with a single up the middle off Yucatan starter Pedro Camara, who was then relieved by Heriberto Ruelas. After one out, Serafin Rodriguez was intentionally walked to fill first base and Ricardo Serrano struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, but then Ruelas gave up consecutive run-scoring singles to Luis Suarez and Omar De La Torre to tie the score at 3-3 before Suarez came in from third on a Rene Reyes bunt single with the eventual game-winning run.

Espinoza settled down after allowing Matos’ first-inning homer and allowed no more runs through the seventh to collect the win for Puebla. Ruelas was tagged with the loss for Yucatan.

OAXACA HOLDS OFF TIGRES TO FORCE GAME SEVEN
Erick Rodriguez scored on a seventh-inning infield hit by Jolbert Cabrera to put Oaxaca ahead and Yoel Hernandez went on throw two shutout innings in relief to give the Oaxaca Guerreros a 3-2 win over the Quintana Roo Tigres Thursday to tie their LMB South first round series at three games apiece as 7,080 fans watched in Oaxaca’s Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos.

Rodriguez broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth with a single that drove in longtime LMB veteran Juan Canizalez. Then, with Horacio Vazquez batting, Tigres veteran starter Pablo Ortega let a wild pitch loose that brought Jaime Brena in to score from third base, making it a 2-0 game.
The Tigres tied the game on Sergio Contreras’ solo homer in the top of the sixth and went ahead one inning later when Albino Contreras scored on Jaime Trejo’s double. Rodriguez then led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, reached third two outs later on Eloy Gutierrez’ single and scored when Cabrera hit a sharp grounder to third that Trejo was unable to make a play on.

Reliever Misael Valenzuela got the win in relief for Oaxaca, although much credit goes to starter Rolando Valdez, who let in one earned run in six innings. Ortega took a tough loss for Quintana Roo.

Game Seven is set for Friday in Oaxaca, with the winner to face Puebla in the LMB South finals. The home team has won every game of this series.

Photo courtesy of Saltillo Saraperos

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website

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Cebu Evens Philippines Title Series

PHILIPPINES – The Manila Sharks sought to end their first-ever crown on Saturday. But thanks to sloppy fielding by the Sharks, the Cebu Dolphins capitalized and now the Dunkin’ Donuts Baseball Philippines Series 6 finals is tied at one game apiece.

Cebu leaned on its timely bats in the eighth inning to hack out a come-from-behind 10-9 victory over Manila at the Felino Marcelino Baseball Stadium to force the series into a winner-take-all match.

In a see-saw affair, the Dolphins got a big offensive boost in the eighth inning from centerfielder Jonash Ponce.

Ponce, a member of the RP national team, drove home the go-ahead run with a double off starter Charlie Labrador to score Fongs Rances from second as the squad of coach Saki Bacarisas grabbed an 8-7 lead with just one out.

The scoring didn’t stop from there as the Dolphins continued to pounce on the Sharks as centerfielder Saxon Omandac failed to properly field a hit by Jonard Pareja that enabled Joseph Orillana and Ponce to reach home and make it a 10-7 advantage.

Although ahead, Cebu had to survive a last ditch effort by Manila in the top of the ninth.

Jarus Inobio, who came in as a pinch-runner for first baseman Jonjon Robles, scored on a sacrifice fly by Romy Bumagat before Christian Galedo, who earlier doubled, touch home on a groundout.

Francis Candela later singled, and moved to second, on a one-bagger by Omandac with two outs. But Orillana, who started as pitcher and replaced Christian Maghanoy in the sixth, fanned Nino Tator on four pitches to end the game.

Game 3 is set on July 31 with both teams looking to make history.

Cebu tries to win a league-record third title while Manila seeks to become just the fourth team to wrest the crown.

Galedo delivered the first run of the game on a double that scored designated hitter Edward Landicho. He later put the Sharks up 2-0 on Jenald Pareja’s single before the diminutive Pareja himself touched home plate on Candela’s run-scoring hit for a 3-0 lead

The Dolphins actually fell behind 3-0 in the second frame but with the Sharks began to have some fielding problems that eventually led to seven errors at the end of the contest.

Ponce, who would eventually go 4-of-5 with four RBIs, drilled a triple that scored Rances for the team’s first run then touched home on a run-scoring double by the burly Miggy Corcuera.

And then, a poorly fielded groundball of Cebu’s Ram Alipio by Robles at first allowed Corcuera and Edmer del Socorro to put the Dolphins on top 4-3.

Manila tied the game in the top half of the next inning but Ponce starred once more blasting a two-run single in the same frame scoring Maghanoy and Rances for a 6-4 lead. Cebu later made it 7-4 and appeared headed for a rousing Game 2 victory.

However, the feisty Sharks cut the lead to a single run in the seventh on an RBI single by Tata Empacis and an RBI triple by Galedo and Candela reached home after Maghanoy made a poor fielding effort in right field off Empacis’ hit to tie the game before failing to complete the rally.

Orillana survived a nightmarish outing on the mound to pick the win while counterpart Charlie Labrador struggled anew giving up 11 hits in a complete game outing and thus assured of missing Game 3 after hurling past the maximum requirement of 50-pitches to be eligible for the next game.

Labrador started in place of Robles, who was ineligible to pitch due to league rules. The former Czech Republic league veteran pitched most of Game 1 as the Sharks came away with a 5-3 win.

Newly-elected Philippine vice president Jejomar Binay tossed the ceremonial pitch, a first in league history, that a highly-elected official of his stature would grace the three-year old baseball circuit.

Jonas Terrado is the chief writer at the Baseball Philippines website.

Source: Baseball Philippines

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Dominican Republic Wins CACG Gold

PUERTO RICO – Juan Pena tossed one-run ball over six-plus innings and the Dominican Republic jumped out to a quick lead and held on to edge Mexico 3-2 Wednesday to capture the gold medal at the 21st Central American and Caribbean Games at Isidoro “Cholo” García Stadium in Mayaguez.

The Dominicans tagged Mexican starter Francisco Campos with three quick scores. Ricardo Nanita singled home Bernie Castro with the first run of the game, and Victor Mendez plated Nanita for a 2-0 lead. Napoleon Calzado crossed the dish an inning later on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Habelito Hernandez to put Mexico in an early three-run hole.

Mexico finally broke through in the sixth when Emanuel Valdez singled home Humberto Sosa, and closed the gap to a lone run in the eighth on a base hit by Jorge Guzman. However, Dominican closer Dario Veras took the ball and tallied the final four outs to earn his second save and seal the title-clinching win.

Pena (1-0) gave up four hits and a pair of walks with four strikeouts to get the win.

NICARAGUA 7, PUERTO RICO 6
Nicaragua rallied to score four ninth-inning runs to stun Puerto Rico and capture the bronze medal. The host nation, which finished the preliminary round unbeaten, ended the tournament with a pair of losses.

Ronald Garth drove in two runs with a 2-for-5 game at the plate as five Nicaraguan hitters tallied two hits apiece. Irving Falu tallied two RBIs for Puerto Rico, which scored three unearned runs on a trio of errors.

Armado Hernandez (1-0) worked 1 2/3 shutout relief frames before Julio Raudez secured the final two outs to pick up the save.

Photo courtesy of elnuevodiario.com.do

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WJBC: Unbeaten USA Routs France

CANADA – Tony Wolters hit a leadoff home run in the opening frame and the United States smashed five long balls Wednesday en route to a 16-0 drubbing over France at the 2010 IBAF World Junior “AAA” (18U) Baseball Championships.

Derek Starling connected for a three-run shot in a five-run first for Team USA, and Christian Lopes finished off the early fireworks with a run-scoring double. Brian Ragira and Michael Lorenzen continued the power showcase in the third to stretch the lead to 8-0. Lance McCullers’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run frame in the fifth as the unbeaten Americans rolled to their fifth consecutive win.

McCullers drove in four runs to pace Team USA at the plate, while Starling and Lorensen each collected three RBIs.

Daniel Camarena (1-0) scattered two hits and no walks with four strikeouts over five shutout innings to earn the win in a game halted early due to the 10-run rule.

AUSTRALIA 14, ITALY 4
Australia snapped a 1-1 deadlock with a six-run fourth to pull away from Italy and capture its third win. Sam Morris singled home a pair of runs in the game-changing frame and Jacob Sheldon-Collins drove in three scores on three hits. Daniel McGrath fanned seven in five innings to nab the win.

TAIWAN 9, VENEZUELA 0
Four Taiwanese pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as Chinese Taipei blanked Venezuela. Wang Wei Chung tossed three perfect innings to close the game in dominant fashion with five strikeouts. Yang Hong Sheng clubbed a grand slam and finished with two hits and five RBIs.

NETHERLANDS 9, CUBA 8 (10)
Brennan Nijhof drew a bases-loaded walk in extra-innings to complete a stunning comeback as the Dutch upset Cuba. Down to their last six outs and trailing 8-2, the Dutch parlayed one hit and eight free passes by Cuban relievers to knot the score. Kevin Geestman worked the final free frames to get the win.

SOUTH KOREA 12, PANAMA 2
Sim Chang-min (1-0) and Lee Tae-yang threw four scoreless relief innings to help the two-time reigning champion rout Panama. Four different players drove in a pair of runs as the Koreans used a trio of four-run frames to capture their fourth win in five games.

CANADA 8, CZECH REPUBLIC 7
Dalton Pompey delivered a walk-off two-run single and Canada survived a scare from the Czech Republic. Philip Diedrick went 4-for-4 with a double, and Michael Ellis (1-0) fanned the only batter he faced to notch the win.

Photo courtesy of FIBS

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2010 EC: Netherlands Subdues Germany

GERMANY – Leon Boyd showed again why he is one of the top pitchers in European baseball. The right-hander limited Germany to a pair of singles and a walk as the Netherlands claimed the top seed in Pool A with a 3-0 shutout win Wednesday on a soggy evening at Heidekoepfe Ballpark in Heidenheim.

Boyd (1-0, pictured), who has posted a 7-0 record and a Dutch League-best 0.47 ERA over 57-plus innings this year, overcame a trio of fielding gaffes with a stellar 99-pitch outing and six strikeouts.

The Germans put a runner in scoring position in each of the first two frames, but came away empty-handed. Boyd struck out Dominik Wulf and Ludwig Glaser to escape a jam in the first, and fanned Cedric Bassel an inning later to defuse another threat.

The Dutch broke through against German starter Tim Henkenjohann in the third. Michael Duursma reached on a leadoff single before the Bonn Capitals staff ace walked three of the next five hitters to force in the first run of the game.

Henkenjohann opened the sixth with two quick groundouts before surrendering a pair of two-out hits to Dirk van’t Klooster and Dwayne Kemp. However, the hard-throwing right-hander retired Duursma on an inning-ending fielder’s choice.

The bad weather that has plagued the tournament over the past week reared its ugly head, again, with one out in the bottom of the seventh. When play resumed, German skipper Greg Frady turned the game over to his bullpen.

Reliever Eugen Heilmann walked Raily Legito to put runners on first and second with one down, and then allowed back-to-back RBI singles off the bats of Bryan Engelhardt and Sidney de Jong. The righty bounced back to end the inning without further damage, but the insurance runs all but settled the outcome.

Dutch manager Jim Stoeckel called on Arshwin Asjes to close out the game on the mound, and the 24-year-old reliever wiggled out of a major jam in the eighth to seal the Germans fate.

Bassel opened the frame with an infield hit before Sasha Lutz, who reached base three times, walked on four pitches to put the host nation back in business. Asjes rebounded to get a pair of outs on a twin-killing groundball off the bat of Jendrick Speer, but Duursma botched a potential inning-ending groundout to give Germany another clutch hit opportunity. But the relief pitcher punched out Glaser to end the frame, and dialed up a 1-2-3 ninth to collect the save.

Henkenjohann (0-1), who allowed two runs on four hits with six walks and four strikeouts, was charged with the loss despite an erratic but solid outing.

Germany stood eye-to-eye with Europe’s premier national team, but faltered in the clutch going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

CROATIA 13, GREECE 1
Ivan Racic homered and collected three RBIs to lead Croatia to a lopsided win over Greece in a Pool B matchup on Wednesday. Both squads used a combined 26 players in a meaningless game that saw the Croatians notch their first tournament win.

Racic went 4-for-4 with a two-run blast in the sixth to finish off the scoring, and Benjamin Goldstrom drove in three scores with a trio of hits.

Danijel Levak (1-0) went the distance allowing a lone run on four hits while striking out seven.

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USA 18U Squad Stay Perfect At WJBC

CANADA – Blake Swihart registered three hits and four RBIs to lead USA Baseball 18U National Team over Venezuela 14-7 Tuesday. USA scored in all but two innings to improve to 4-0 in Pool A at the 2010 IBAF World Junior “AAA” (18U) Baseball Championships.

Tuesday’s contest was marred by sloppy play featuring a combined 16 walks, four hit batsman, 10 pitchers, seven errors, 21 men left on base, 21 runs and 21 hits over three hours and 53 minutes.

Ricardo Jacquez earned the win throwing two innings in relief. Starter Henry Owens tossed 4 1/3 innings allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits.

John Hochstatter and Lance McCullers combined to throw 2 2/3 shutout innings of relief. McCullers fanned the side in the ninth to cap the victory.

The U.S. mashed 13 hits and scored 14 runs despite leaving 11 runners on base. Swihart belted a solo home run, his second in as many days, and added a two-RBI double to pace the USA attack. Francisco Lindor (pictured) notched three hits and Nicky Delmonico ripped a two-run home run.

TAIWAN POUNDS ITALY
Lin Chih Hsien and Tsai Chih Yu both collected three RBIs apiece to lead Chinese Taipei to a 13-4 win over Italy. With the win, the Taiwanese moved into sole possession of second place in Pool A with a 3-1 record.

Lin and Tsai drove in one and two runs, respectively, in a four-run first as the Asian squad built a quick lead. The duo plated three more scores in the second to help put Italy in an early eight-run hole, and Taiwan settled the outcome with five runs in the eighth highlighted by two-run hits off the bats of Ou Yao-Tsung and LIinTzu Wei.

Davide Benetti and Mattia Mercuri paced the Italian squad with three hits apiece.

Chen Hung Yi scattered three runs and five hits over six innings to earn the win.

AUSTRALIA 16, FRANCE 1
Jacob Younis drove in six runs with three extra-base hits and Australia scored in all but one innings to claim a lopsided victory against France. Jason Kilby (1-0) threw one-run ball over five frames with five strikeouts to get the win.

Jordan McDonald tallied two of the Aussies’ 10 extra-base hits and Sam Morris added three RBIs on a pair of singles. Australia collected a whopping 19 hits and stranded 11 runners in just six innings.

POOL A SCHEDULE/RESULTS:
7/23 – Australia 9, Venezuela 0 (forfeit)
7/24 – Chinese Taipei 11, France 1
7/24 – Italy 6, Venezuela 5 (11)
7/24 – USA 4, Australia 2

7/25 – Venezuela 8, France 2
7/25 – Chinese Taipei 13, Australia 11
7/25 – USA 10, Italy 0
7/26 – Italy 14, France 8
7/26 – USA 10, Chinese Taipei 0

7/27 – Australia 16, France 1
7/27 – Chinese Taipei 13, Italy 4
7/27 – USA 14, Venezuela 7
7/28 – Italy (2-2) vs. Australia (2-2)
7/28 – USA (4-0) vs. France (0-4)
7/28 – Venezuela (1-3) vs. Chinese Taipei (3-1)

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WJBC: Netherlands Routs Czech Republic

CANADA – Stijn van der Meer delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh and the Netherlands pulled away from the Czech Republic with seven late runs en route to a 13-4 victory Tuesday at the 2010 IBAF World Junior “AAA” (18U) Baseball Championships.

Roy Seltenrijch and Nick Urbanus both drove in a pair of scores with three hits apiece, and combined to cross the plate five times for the Dutch, which were outhit 15-11 by their European counterparts.

Reliever Scott Ronnenbergh was credited with the win after two scoreless innings before bullpen mates Reginald Bombeng, Oscar Meuris and Bayron Cornelisse closed the victory with three shutout frames.

SOUTH KOREA 5, CUBA 3
Jeong Jin-gi connected for a two-run single in the fifth to spark the two-time reigning champion past previously unbeaten Cuba. Jeong’s clutch hit put Korea on top, 3-2. Yoo Kang-nam added an insurance run an inning later on a fielder’s choice, and a balk called in the ninth clinched the win to help the Koreans capture their third win in four games.

Yoo Chang-sik (1-0) worked four-plus scoreless relief innings to earn the win.

CANADA 9, PANAMA 2
Dalton Pompey’s two-run double highlighted a four-run second as Canada rolled to a convincing win against Panama. The Canadians, which improved to 3-1, stoked five doubles and 14 hits.

Philip Diedrick went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs, and Alexander Calbick, Jalen Harris and Jimmy Ralph each added a pair of hits for the Maple Leafs.

Joel Pierce (1-0) overcame four walks with a pair of hitless innings to notch the win.

POOL B SCHEDULE/RESULTS:
7/23 – Cuba 10, Panama 0
7/23 – Canada 9, Netherlands 2
7/24 – South Korea 10, Netherlands 0
7/24 – Panama 7, Czech Republic 5
7/24 – Cuba 3, Canada 0
7/25 – Netherlands 5, Panama 2
7/25 – Cuba 16, Czech Republic 1
7/25 – Canada 5, South Korea 4

7/26 – South Korea 4, Czech Republic 0
7/27 – Netherlands 13, Czech Republic 4
7/27 – South Korea 5, Cuba 3
7/27 – Canada 9, Panama 2

7/28 – Cuba (3-1) vs. Netherlands (2-2)
7/28 – South Korea (3-1) vs. Panama (1-3)
7/28 – Czech Republic (0-4) vs. Canada (3-1)

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Saltillo Saraperos Knot LMB Series

MEXICO – The Saltillo Saraperos scored 14 runs from the fifth through the ninth innings, but survived a scare in the bottom of the ninth to outlast Mexico City, 14-13, Tuesday night in the Distrito Federal in front of 7,578 onlookers at Foro Sol. The Saraperos win lifted the defending Mexican League champs into a tie with the Diablos Rojos after six games of their Zona Madero semifinal playoff series.

The game started off quietly enough as the Diablos took a 1-0 lead in the second on Jose Luis Sandoval’s RBI single. That’s where the score remained until the top of the fifth, when the Saraperos exploded for six runs on six hits, two walks and a passed ball on a third strike as eleven Saltillo players came to the plate. From that point the hit parade was on as neither team registered a scoreless inning the rest of the night.

Saltillo built a 12-5 eighth-inning lead before the Diablos batted around their own order in the bottom of the stanza to plate five runs to make it a 12-10 contest.

Saltillo tacked on one more run in the ninth on a Jose Rodriguez homer, but the home team refused to go quietly into the good night, scoring three runs with two down as Oscar Robles and Gabriel Gutierrez slapped RBI singles and Gil added a one-run double off Saltillo reliever Travis Minix. After Gil’s double, Minix intentionally walked Ivan Terrazas, who is hitting .429 in this series, to get at Victor Bojorquez and his .263 average. Minix then induced Bojorquez into a fly ball to right that was hauled in by Christian Presichi for the final out of the game.

Reliever Cecilio Garibaldi (pictured) was awarded the win for the Saraperos while Mexico City starter Esteban Yan took the loss. Both clubs had 18 hits, with the 40-year-old Sandoval going 4-for-4 for the Diablos to raise his postseason batting average to .529.

The two teams will get together one more time at Foro Sol on Wednesday night for the seventh and deciding game, with the winner facing Monterrey in the LMB North Finals.

TIGRES WHACK OAXACA TO TAKE SERIES LEAD
A five-run fifth inning that busted a 1-1 game wide open was the turning point for the Quintana Roo Tigres as they went on to put a 7-1 thumping on the Oaxaca Guerreros Tuesday night before 4,342 fans at Estadio Beto Avila in Cancun. The win nudged the Tigres ahead of Oaxaca, 3 games to 2, in their LMB South semifinal playoff series.

Jaime Trejo opened the game’s scoring for Quintana Roo by coming in from second base on Iker Franco’s two-out single in the bottom of the third inning.

Oaxaca tied the contest at 1-1 in the top of the fifth when Juan Francisco Cordova rapped a single to drive in Alejandro Gonzalez from second.

The dam burst in the bottom of the fifth as Tigres’ shortstop Kevin Flores cranked a grand slam with two out off reliever Martin Sotelo to make it 6-1. Sotelo entered the game after Oaxaca starter Sergio Valenzuela gave up a go-ahead single to Abel Martinez just before Flores stepped to the plate.

Flores, who added an RBI single in the seventh, had come into the game as a substitute following the second flare-up between the two teams in as many nights. This one came in the top of the first with two out when a Victor Mercedes single to right sent Jolbert Cabrera from first to second for the Guerreros.

An ensuing dispute led to ejections for Cabrera, Tigres shortstop Flavio Romero and Quintana Roo right fielder Sergio Contreras. Five players have been tossed the past two nights.

Reliever Sandy Nin got the victory for Quintana Roo by tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief of starter Francisco Cordova, who pitched well himself by letting in just one run in 4.1 frames. Valenzuela took the defeat for the Guerreros after allowing five runs on four hits (three of the runs that came in on Flores’ grand slam were charged to the 6’3” right-hander.

The teams will use Wednesday as a travel day before resuming the emotionally-charged series in Oaxaca with Game Six on Thursday night.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website

Photo courtesy of Saltillo Saraperos

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Mexico Nears CACG Baseball Crown

PUERTO RICO – Humberto Sosa snapped a scoreless deadlock with a ninth-inning double and Mexico nipped Puerto Rico 1-0 Tuesday to advance to the gold medal game at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Mexico will meet the Dominican Republic on Wednesday in the championship game. Puerto Rico, which lost for the first time in five games, will play against Nicaragua earlier on the same day for the bronze medal. Both games will be staged at the Isidoro García Stadium in Mayagüez.

Sosa collected two of Mexico’s three hits while Cristopher Amador and Jorge Jimenez tallied two hits apiece for Puero Rico.

Carlos Elizalde and three relievers shutdown a previously unbeaten Puerto Rico squad that had outscored opponents 24-2, including a trio of shutouts. Elizalde allowed five hits and two walks in a do-decision effort that spanned 5 2/3 innings.

Angel Ramirez (1-0) relieved Cupertino Leon to start the eight and tallied five outs before Francisco Villegas took over and notched the one-out save.

Puerto Rican starter Mario Santiago was saddled with a no-decision despite a sparkling two-hit, seven-inning outing with three walks and four strikeouts.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 6, NICARAGUA 5
Danilo Sanchez popped a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth and the Domican Republic posted a comeback win over Nicaragua to advance to the gold medal game against Mexico.

Sanchez,who went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, wiped away a 5-3 deficit with a clutch long ball off Nicaraguan reliever Diego Garcia (0-1) that proved to be the game-winning hit.

Bernabe Castro enjoyed a three-hit game and Victor Mendez added a pair of hits. including a double, in a matchup that featured a combined eight two-base hits.

Johanny Pena (1-0) worked a scoreless relief inning to earn his first win, and Dario Veras tallied the final three outs to nab the save.

Central American & Caribbean Games Schedule/Results:

Tuesday, July 20
Puerto Rico 9, Guatemala 0

Wednesday, July 21
Dominican Republic 10, Nicaragua 1
Panama 1, Virgin Islands 0
Puerto Rico 3, Venezuela 2

Thursday, July 22
Puerto Rico 6, Panama 0
Guatemala 7, Virgin Islands 6

Friday, July 23
Venezuela 20, Guatemala 0
Nicaragua 6, Dutch Antilles 0

Saturday, July 24
Nicaragua 5, Mexico 2
Panama 15, Guatemala 0
Dominican Republic 8, Dutch Antilles 2
Venezuela 2, Panama 1
Venezuela 2, Virgin Islands 0

Sunday, July 25
Mexico 3, Dutch Antilles 2
Puerto Rico 6, Virgin Islands 0
Mexico 2, Dominican Republic 1

Monday, July 26 (Playoffs)
B3-Nicaragua 2, A2-Venezuela 0
B2-Mexico 7, A3-Panama 0

Tuesday, July 27 (Playoffs)
Dominican Republic 6, Nicaragua 5
Mexico 1, Puerto Rico 0

Wednesday, July 28 (Finals)
Nicaragua vs. Puerto Rico (Bronze Medal Game)
Mexico vs. Dominican Republic (Gold Medal Game)

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Saltillo Saraperos Knot LMB Series

MEXICO – The Saltillo Saraperos scored 14 runs from the fifth through the ninth innings, but survived a scare in the bottom of the ninth to outlast Mexico City, 14-13, Tuesday night in the Distrito Federal in front of 7,578 onlookers at Foro Sol. The Saraperos win lifted the defending Mexican League champs into a tie with the Diablos Rojos after six games of their Zona Madero semifinal playoff series.

The game started off quietly enough as the Diablos took a 1-0 lead in the second on Jose Luis Sandoval’s RBI single. That’s where the score remained until the top of the fifth, when the Saraperos exploded for six runs on six hits, two walks and a passed ball on a third strike as eleven Saltillo players came to the plate. From that point the hit parade was on as neither team registered a scoreless inning the rest of the night. Saltillo built a 12-5 eighth-inning lead before the Diablos batted around their own order in the bottom of the stanza to plate five runs to make it a 12-10 contest.

Saltillo tacked on one more run in the ninth on a Jose Rodriguez homer, but the home team refused to go quietly into the good night, scoring three runs with two down as Oscar Robles and Gabriel Gutierrez slapped RBI singles and Gil added a one-run double off Saltillo reliever Travis Minix. After Gil’s double, Minix intentionally walked Ivan Terrazas, who is hitting .429 in this series, to get at Victor Bojorquez and his .263 average. Minix then induced Bojorquez into a fly ball to right that was hauled in by Christian Presichi for the final out of the game.

Reliever Cecilio Garibaldi was awarded the win for the Saraperos while Mexico City starter Esteban Yan took the loss. Both clubs had 18 hits, with the 40-year-old Sandoval going 4-for-4 for the Diablos to raise his postseason batting average to .529.

The two teams will get together one more time at Foro Sol on Wednesday night for the seventh and deciding game, with the winner facing Monterrey in the LMB North Finals.

TIGRES WHACK OAXACA, 7-1, TO TAKE SERIES LEAD
A five-run fifth inning that busted a 1-1 game wide open was the turning point for the Quintana Roo Tigres as they went on to put a 7-1 thumping on the Oaxaca Guerreros Tuesday night before 4,342 fans at Estadio Beto Avila in Cancun. The win nudged the Tigres ahead of Oaxaca, 3 games to 2, in their LMB South semifinal playoff series.

Jaime Trejo opened the game’s scoring for Quintana Roo by coming in from second base on Iker Franco’s two-out single in the bottom of the third inning. Oaxaca tied the contest at 1-1 in the top of the fifth when Juan Francisco Cordova rapped a single to drive in Alejandro Gonzalez from second.

The dam burst in the bottom of the fifth as Tigres’ shortstop Kevin Flores cranked a grand slam with two out off reliever Martin Sotelo to make it 6-1. Sotelo entered the game after Oaxaca starter Sergio Valenzuela gave up a go-ahead single to Abel Martinez just before Flores stepped to the plate.

Flores, who added an RBI single in the seventh, had come into the game as a substitute following the second flare-up between the two teams in as many nights. This one came in the top of the first with two out when a Victor Mercedes single to right sent Jolbert Cabrera from first to second for the Guerreros. An ensuing dispute led to ejections for Cabrera, Tigres shortstop Flavio Romero and Quintana Roo right fielder Sergio Contreras. Five players have been tossed the past two nights.

Reliever Sandy Nin got the victory for Quintana Roo by tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief of starter Francisco Cordova, who pitched well himself by letting in just one run in 4.1 frames. Valenzuela took the defeat for the Guerreros after allowing five runs on four hits (three of the runs that came in on Flores’ grand slam were charged to the 6’3” right-hander.

The teams will use Wednesday as a travel day before resuming the emotionally-charged series in Oaxaca with Game Six on Thursday night.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website

Photo courtesy of Saltillo Saraperos

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USA 14U Team Routs El Salvador

NICARAGUA – Blake Wiggins hit two first-inning home runs, including a grand slam, as the USA Baseball 14U National Team defeated El Salvador, 14-0, Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The game marked the second of the COPABE Pan Am ‘A’ 14U Championships for Team USA, which improved to 2-0. El Salvador, meanwhile, dropped to 0-2.

Wiggins, starting at third base, led off the bottom of the first with a home run to right on a 1-0 pitch. Then, as the 10th batter of Team USA’s eight-run first, he sent the first pitch he saw in the at bat soaring over the right-center fence for a grand slam. It gave Team USA an 8-0 lead and drove El Salvador starter Elmer Leon from the game after just 2/3 of an inning and 29 pitches.

Wiggins (pictured) finished the game 2-for-2 with five runs batted in and was lifted for a defensive replacement prior to the start of the second inning.

Leon allowed six hits and eight runs to take the loss.

Jerry Murillo, meanwhile, was the recipient of The Americans’ offensive outburst and took the win. He started and went three innings, striking out five while allowing one hit and one walk.

Adam Haseley came on in relief in the fourth and threw two scoreless innings.

El Salvador’s lone hit went to Jose Guevara in the second.

Team USA sent 11 batters to the plate in the first to take the commanding 8-0 lead after one. Aside from Wiggins, Ryan Johnson and Isaiah Deutsch both drove in runs during the frame and Brandon Perez scored on a wild pitch.

The Americans scored another run in the second and continued the offensive onslaught with two runs in the third. Matt Collins drove in a run on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly and Deutsch scored his second run of the game and made it 11-0 when he came in from third on a passed ball.

Deutsch, Troy Stokes and Josh Davis drove in Team USA’s final three runs Tuesday with solo-run singles in the fourth inning. Deutsch’s run-scoring single was both his second hit and second run driven in. He was the only other Team USA player, besides Wiggins, with a multi-hit effort as eight finished with at least one. He also scored three runs in the win.

The game was called after 4 ½ innings due to the mercy rule, which states that the game is over if one team has at least a 10-run lead after five innings.

Team USA plays in its third game of the tournament Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET (2 p.m. in Managua). The Americans’ opponent will be Mexico and the game will be played at Dennis Martinez Stadium.

The game is scheduled to be streamed live on multinoticiastv.com although no live stats are expected. Note there is also a web site, beisbolnica.com, with information on the tournament, including stats, rosters and standings.

Photo courtesy of Brian Fleming/USA Baseball

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2010 EC: Italy Trounces Croatia

GERMANY – Roberto Corradini and three relievers limited Croatia to just three hits, and Laidel Chapelli and Giuseppe Mazzanti both smashed their third home run, as Italy continued its impressive showing at the 2010 European Baseball Championship with a 13-1 blowout win.

Corradini struck out six in four innings of work that included a run on three hits in a solid no-decision effort. The right-hander, who threw just 56 pitches, led Cariparma Parma to the Italian Baseball League (IBL) regular season title with a 10-2 record.

Chapelli (pictured) cracked a one-out solo drive to spark a nine-run fourth, and capped the game-deciding frame with an RBI single. The San Marino slugger went 2-for-4 to increase his batting average to an eye-popping .750 (12-for-16) in four games.

GROUP B STANDINGS:
1 – Italy (4-0)*
2 – Greece (3-1)*
3 – Sweden (2-2)**
4 – Spain (2-3)**
5 – Great Britain (2-3)
6 – Croatia (0-4)

Mazzanti connected for a three-run shot in the fourth before plating a run the following frame with a groundout. The 2008 IBL batting champion has collected a team-high 11 RBIs in 18 at-bats so far in the tournament.

Tony Granato drove in four scores with a pair of two-run hits, and Jaun Carlos Infante tallied three hits and two RBIs for the Azzurri.

Reliever Yovani D’ Amico (1-0) struck out the side in the fifth to notch the one-inning win.

SPAIN 16, SWEDEN 6
Daniel Martinez and William Domero each drove in five runs to help Spain stay alive with a rout against Sweden. Spain, which had been the biggest disappointment of the tournament before Tuesday’s performance, will advance to the second round if top-seeded Italy beats Sweden on Wednesday.

Martinez drilled a three-run homer in the fourth to give the Spanish squad a 7-0 cushion. The 23-year-old left-handed hitter, who ended the game with a two-run, walk-off single in the seventh, reached base four times on three hits and a walk.

Domero broke a scoreless deadlock with a two-run double in the second before launching a three-run bomb to give Italian skipper Mauro Mazzotti’s squad a 10-6 lead.

Jose Luis Riera added a pair of RBIs and Emmanuel Febles tallied three hits and a walk.

Peter Johannessen brought the Swedish team to within a run with a three-run homer in the sixth.

46-year-old reliever Remigo Leal (1-0), who posted eight saves with Danesi Nettuno (IBL) in 2010, was credited with the win despite giving up three runs and four hits in just three-plus innings.

GREECE 4, GREAT BRITAIN 3 (10)
Erik Pappas delivered a walk-off RBI groundout in the 10th to help Greece advance to the final round with a narrow win against Great Britain in extra-innings. With the loss, the British squad failed to make it past the opening round.

The Greek squad got on the board first on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Constant Panagotacos in the fifth. Great Britian answered back with RBIs by Bradley Marcelino and Evan Romanchuk in the sixth and seventh to go on top. However, Chris Lemonis knotted the score in the eighth with a single up the middle.

Matt McGraw went 4-for-6 with a double for the British squad.

Meleti Meleches (2-0) surrendered two runs on five hits in three innings to earn his second win of the tournament.

GROUP B SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Friday, July 23
Great Britain 10, Croatia 1
Greece 12, Sweden 9
Italy 9, Spain 1

Saturday, July 24
Spain 7, Croatia 6
Sweden 4, Great Britain 1
Italy 13, Greece 1

Sunday, July 25
Italy 12, Great Britain 2
Sweden 12, Croatia 2
Greece 13, Spain 9

Monday, July 26
Great Britain 5, Spain 1
Croatia vs Greece (Ppd)
Sweden vs Italy (Ppd)

Tuesday, July 27
Spain 16, Sweden 6
Greece 4, Great Britain 3 (10)
Italy 13, Croatia 1

Wednesday, July 28
Croatia (0-4) vs. Greece (3-1)
Sweden (2-2) vs. Italy (4-0)
Ukraine (0-5) vs. Croatia (0-4) 11th-12th Place Game

* Advanced to the Final Round
** Sweden must beat Italy to advance

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2010 EC: Dutch Spanks Belgium

GERMANY – Kevin Heijstek and Dave Draijer combined on a four-hit shutout and the Netherlands captured their fourth consecutive win at the 2010 European Baseball Championship with a methodical 10-0 romp over Belgium Tuesday at TVC Stadium in Stuttgart. The five-time reigning European champion will meet unbeaten Germany Wednesday in Heidenheim with the top seed in Group A on the line.

Heijstek (1-0) yielded four hits and a walk with five strikeouts, allowed only one runner to reach second base, and threw 105 pitches in his first appearance at this year’s competition.

The Dutch, which have bagged 20 gold medals in 27 tournaments, hit three long balls to remain on course for their sixth title in a row. Bas de Jong’s solo shot broke a scoreless affair in the second, and Dirk van’t Klooster highlighted a four-run fifth with a pinch-hit three-run blast. Eugene Kingsale added a two-run drive an inning later as American skipper Jim Stoeckel’s squad cruised to the easy win.

GROUP A STANDINGS:
1 – Germany (4-0)*
1 – Netherlands (4-0)*
3 – France (3-2)*
4 – Czech Republic (2-3)
5 – Belgium (1-4)
6 – Ukraine (0-5)

Sidney de Jong went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and five other players had two hits apiece for the tournament favorites.

Draijer tallied the final three outs with a walk and two strikeouts.

GERMANY 10, FRANCE 9
Robert Gruber led off the eight with a go-ahead solo home run and unbeaten Germany overcame an eight-run fifth by France to escape with the win. Gruber drove in five runs with a three-hit game, including a pair of two-run hits, to help the tournament host improve to 4-0.

Simon Guehring scored twice and singled home two runs, and Sasha Lutz added a game-tying double in the sixth for Georgia State skipper Greg Frady’s confident bunch.

France erased a four-run deficit with eight runs in the fifth with Boris marche delivering the biggest blow with a three-run double to the gap in right center. Gaspard Fessy drove in two scores with three hits, while Kenji Hagiwara and Florian Peyrichou contributed two hits each.

Nils Hartkopf (1-0) struck out all four batters he faced to close out the win for the hometown team.

FRANCE 8, BELGIUM 2
Gaspard Fessy keyed a six-run opening frame with a bases-clearing double and France booked a ticket to the final round with a win against Belgium. Fessy scored a run and finished the contest 2-for-4 with a pair of two-base hits.

Joris Bert also tallied two hits for the French who managed only five hits off Belgian ace Terrence Antonacci (1-1), who was pitching on a meager two days rest. Leadoff hitter Maxime Lefevre scored two runs on a pair of walks and swiped a base.

Pierrick Lemestre (1-0) gave up two runs on nine hits and four walks in seven effective frames to earn the clutch win.

CZECH REPUBLIC 11, UKRAINE 1
Tomas Polansky highlighted a seven-run uprising in the fifth with a three-run double to help the Czech Republic knock off winless Ukraine. With the win, the Czech squad ended the first round with a 2-2 mark to finish fourth in Group A.

Petr Baroch and Jan Drabek collected two RBIs apiece, and No. 9 hitter Karel Hrusovsky (pictured) finished the game 3-for-3 with three runs scored.

Martin Schneider (1-0) scattered a run, two hits, one walk and five strikeouts in a seven-inning complete game effort

GROUP A SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Friday, July 23
Germany 10, Ukraine 0
France vs. Belgium (Ppd.)
Czech Republic vs. Netherlands (Ppd.)

Saturday, July 24
Belgium 9, Ukraine 0
Netherlands 10, France 0
Germany 6, Czech Republic 2

Sunday, July 25
Germany 8, Belgium 4
France 6, Czech Republic 1
Netherlands 12, Ukraine 2

Monday, July 26
Netherlands 7, Czech Republic 1
Czech Republic 10, Belgium 1
France 10, Ukraine 2
Netherlands vs. Germany (Ppd)

Tuesday, July 27
France vs. Belgium (Stuttgart)
Ukraine vs. Czech Republic (Heidenheim)
Belgium vs. Netherlands (Stuttgart)
Germany vs. France (Stuttgart)

Wednesday, July 28
Netherlands (4-0) vs. Germany (4-0)
Ukraine (0-5) vs. Croatia (0-4) 11th-12th Place Game

* Advanced to the Final Round

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WJBC: USA 18U Team Whips Taiwan

CANADA – Phillip Pfeifer struck out eight in seven shutout innings to lead the USA to a lopsided 10-0 win over Chinese Taipei Monday at the 2010 IBAF World Junior “AAA” Baseball Championships. Pfeifer (4-0) limited the Taiwanese lineup to just a pair of hits in a dazzling complete game outing.

The Americans blew open a scoreless affair with a seven-run third. Francisco Lindor belted a two-run blast and Christian Lopes and Brian Ragira singled and doubled home a pair of scores, respectively, as Team USA racked up nine hits to grab a commanding lead.

Lindor raced home on a wild pitch in the fourth, and Blake Swihart (pictured) swatted a two-run home run in the sixth, as Team USA improved to 3-0 at the 18U international tournament.

Team USA collected six extra base hits with 10 different players stroking at least one hit in front of 2,413 spectators at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay.

SOUTH KOREA 4, CZECH REPUBLIC 0
Yoon Young-sam threw eight scoreless innings and South Korea plated three late runs to turn back the Czech Republic. Yoon (1-0) walked four and struck out five while limiting opposing hitters to four singles.

Kim Min-wook’s RBI sacrifice fly in the second gave the two-time reigning champion a slim lead, and the score remained unchanged until the eighth. Czech pitchers surrendered three hits and gift-wrapped a pair of scores with a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk in the game-changing frame.

Marko Vykoukal (0-1) was charged with the loss despite giving up a run on a trio of hits and three walks in five innings.

ITALY 14, FRANCE 8
Davide Benetti drove in six runs and Italy overcame a whopping eight errors to beat France in a high-scoring affair on Monday. Benetti singled home two scores in a five-run opening frame, and tallied four more RBIs with a groundout and a bases-clearing triple.

Giuseppe Sellaroli added a two-run double in the sixth and Mirco Caradonna slugged a ninth-inning solo home run for Italy, which racked up five extra base hits.

Andy Paz and Simon Vicente drove in two runs apiece for the French squad.

Andrea Zambelloni (1-0) scattered three hits and five runs over six innings to earn the win. Yomel Rivera allowed three scores while collecting the final nine outs to post the save.

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CACG: Nicaragua Blanks Venezuela

PUERTO RICO – Julio Raudez and Diego Garcia combined on a four-hit shutout and Nicaragua advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games Monday with a narrow 2-0 victory over Venezuela.

Nicaragua, the No. 3 seed in Group B, will meet the top-seeded Dominican Republic on Tuesday with a berth in the championship game at stake.

Raudez (1-1) scattered three singles, two walks and a pair of strikeouts over eight dominant innings to earn the decision. Garcia allowed a hit en route to collecting the final three outs to notch his first save.

Nicaragua tallied the only score it would need in the seventh when Esteban Ramirez singled home Ronald Garth to snap a scoreless tie. Juan Urbina added an insurance run in the ninth with a run-scoring base hit.

Jesus Yepez (0-1) was charged with the setback despite giving up just a lone run and four hits in seven solid frames.

MEXICO 7, PANAMA 0
Juan Quintanilla and two relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout, and Efren Espinosa drove in three runs, as Mexico rolled past Panama to book a ticket to the semifinal round against unbeaten Puerto Rico.

Quintanilla (1-1) surrendered a pair of walks and four hits with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Reliever Cupertino Leon tossed two-plus scoreless frames and Francisco Villegas worked the ninth to clinch the key win.

Mexico struck quickly in the first on a single by Jose Guzman, and Espinosa drove in three runs over the next two frames as the Mexican squad eliminated Panama from the tournament.

Central American & Caribbean Games Schedule/Results:

Tuesday, July 20
Puerto Rico 9, Guatemala 0

Wednesday, July 21
Dominican Republic 10, Nicaragua 1
Panama 1, Virgin Islands 0
Puerto Rico 3, Venezuela 2

Thursday, July 22
Puerto Rico 6, Panama 0
Guatemala 7, Virgin Islands 6

Friday, July 23
Venezuela 20, Guatemala 0
Nicaragua 6, Dutch Antilles 0

Saturday, July 24
Nicaragua 5, Mexico 2
Panama 15, Guatemala 0
Dominican Republic 8, Dutch Antilles 2
Venezuela 2, Panama 1
Venezuela 2, Virgin Islands 0

Sunday, July 25
Mexico 3, Dutch Antilles 2
Puerto Rico 6, Virgin Islands 0
Mexico 2, Dominican Republic 1

Monday, July 26 (Playoffs)
B3-Nicaragua 2, A2-Venezuela 0
B2-Mexico 7, A3-Panama 0

Tuesday, July 27 (Playoffs)
B3-Nicaragua (3-1) vs. B1-Dominican Republic (2-1)
B2-Mexico (3-1) vs. A1-Puerto Rico (4-0)

Wednesday, July 28 (Finals)
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game

Photo courtesy of Venezuelan Baseball Federation

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2010 EC: Dutch Stop Czech Republic

GERMANY – Raily Legito and Dirk van’t Klooster both went deep and the Netherlands remained unbeaten at the 2010 European Baseball Championships Monday with a 7-1 win over the Czech Republic in Pool A action at Heidekoepfe Ballpark in Heidenheim.

Legito tagged Czech starter Jan Homolka with a two-run drive in the opening frame to put the five-time reigning European champion on the board. The veteran infielder, who celebrated his 32nd birthday with a 1-for-5 effort, is currently ranked third in the Dutch League with a .369 batting average.

The Czech squad racked up three hits in the bottom of the first but failed to cross the plate. Dutch left-hander Diego Markwell picked off Jakub Hajtmar and recorded a pair of strikeouts to strand two runners.

GROUP A STANDINGS:
1 – Germany (3-0)
1 – Netherlands (3-0)
3 – France (2-1)
4 – Belgium (1-2)
5 – Czech Republic (1-3)
6 – Ukraine (0-4)

Jeroen Sluijter and Shaldimar Daantji both tallied RBIs in the second to stretch the lead to 4-0, and van’t Klooster singled home a score in the fifth. Petr Baroch drove in the lone run for the Czech in the bottom of the same frame before van’t Klooster finished off the win with a one-out solo blast in the seventh, and a run-scoring double in the ninth.

The 34-year-old outfielder went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Sluijter and Danny Robley added a pair of hits apiece.

Markwell (1-0, pictured), who allowed 10 hits and struck out six, worked in and out of trouble for seven-plus innings to pick up the win

FRANCE 10, UKRAINE 2
Anthony Piquet tossed a complete game two-hitter and Omar Williams collected three doubles to help France inch closer to a second round berth with a convincing win over winless Ukraine. Piquet (1-0) surrendered a pair of unearned runs and four walks in a 114-pitch outing to earn the win.

Williams went 3-for-3 and ripped doubles in the fifth, seventh and eighth to pace a 14-hit attack by France, which claimed its second win in three games.

Joris Bert tallied three hits and stole a base, and the trio of Haigwara, David Gauthier and Boris Marche each contributed two hits apiece.

CZECH 10, BELGIUM 1
Jakub Sladek reached base five times and Petr Minarik worked eight impressive frames to help the Czech Republic rout Belgium in the first game of the day. Sladek drove in three runs with a pair of walk and three triples as the Czech opened the game with a five-run first.

Minarik (1-0) allowed a run on seven hits with one walk to notch the first win of the tournament for the Czech squad.

Jakub Hajtmar led a group of five players who tallied two hits apiece as the Czech lineup pounded three Belgian pitchers for a whopping 18 hits.

GROUP A SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Friday, July 23
Germany 10, Ukraine 0
France vs. Belgium (Ppd.)
Czech Republic vs. Netherlands (Ppd.)

Saturday, July 24
Belgium 9, Ukraine 0
Netherlands 10, France 0
Germany 6, Czech Republic 2

Sunday, July 25
Germany 8, Belgium 4
France 6, Czech Republic 1
Netherlands 12, Ukraine 2

Monday, July 26
Netherlands 7, Czech Republic 1
Czech Republic 10, Belgium 1
France 10, Ukraine 2
Netherlands vs. Germany (Ppd)

Tuesday, July 27
France vs. Belgium (Stuttgart)
Ukraine vs. Czech Republic (Heidenheim)
Belgium vs. Netherlands (Stuttgart)
Germany vs. France (Stuttgart)

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Quintana Roo Knots LMB Playoff Set

MEXICO – Bobby Cramer picked up Monday where Arturo Barradas had left things on Sunday as Quintana Roo completed a 2-0 suspended-game shutout over Oaxaca in their Mexican League Zona Hidalgo first round series. A crowd of 3,410 in Cancun’s Parque Beto Avila looked on as the Tigres evened the best-of-7 series at two games apiece.

Cramer (pictured) took Barradas’ place on the mound Monday after the latter retired all 12 Oaxaca batters he faced Sunday before the scoreless tie was suspended by rain after four innings. Cramer went on to throw 4.2 innings of three-hit shutout ball before closer Scott Chiasson came in with two out in the top of the ninth and fanned the Guerreros’ Christian Quintero to end the game.

The Tigres did all their scoring in the fifth inning when a Sergio Contreras double drove in Alex Sanchez with the game’s first run. Contreras later came in to score from third base when Oaxaca pitcher Francisco Rosario plunked Albino Contreras with the bases loaded. Albino Contreras was ejected along with Guerreros third baseman Victor Martinez at the conclusion of the seventh inning after Contreras tapped a ground ball to Martinez, who tagged Iker Franco at third for the second out of the frame before throwing to first to retire Contreras and complete the inning-ending double play.

Cramer got the win for Quintana Roo while Rosario suffered the defeat in relief of starter Rolando Valdez, who (like Barradas) tossed four shutout innings Sunday while allowing three hits.

Game Five in the series is scheduled for Tuesday night in Cancun. The series will move back to Oaxaca for Game Six on Thursday.

MEZA WINS AGAIN AS PUEBLA TAKES SERIES LEAD
Like the Tigres-Oaxaca game to the east in Cancun, the Puebla-Yucatan playoff tilt in Merida was delayed for an hour and a half, but the Pericos stuck with it and held on for a 3-2 win over the Leones to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in their LMB South semifinal series in front of 4,566 fans at Parque Kukulkan.

Puebla took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Omar De La Torre. The Pericos added one run to the margin in the second when Cesar Tapia doubled and later scored on a groundout, and made it a 3-0 contest in the fifth after Serafin Rodriguez scored from third on a fielder’s choice.

Yucatan ruined Andres Meza’s shutout bid in the sixth when Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. doubled in Oswaldo Morejon from second. Valenzuela went on to score on a Said Gutierrez single. With two out in the sixth at that point, Meza was replaced by Victor Jacome, who combined with two other relievers to limit the Pericos to no runs on one hit the rest of the way.

Meza took the win for Puebla to go to 2-0 in the playoffs, while Yucatan starter Wilton Chavez fell to 0-2 after allowing three runs on eight hits over four frames for Yucatan.

The series will shift to Puebla for Game Six on Wednesday night.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website

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2010 EC: Great Britain Foils Spain

GERMANY – Stephen Spragg worked four shutout relief innings and Matt McGraw homered, and Great Britain continued Spain woes with a 5-1 victory Monday at the 2010 European Baseball Championship at TVC Stadium in Stuttgart.

The British put two runners in scoring position with no outs in the second off Spanish starter Ivan Granados, but managed only a lone run. McGraw followed a leadoff single by Evan Romanchuk with a double, and the southpaw walked and hit a batter to force in a run with just one out. However, the Tenerife Marlins ace fanned the next two hitters to escape the bases-load jam.

GROUP B STANDINGS:
1 – Italy (3-0)
2 – Greece (2-1)
2 – Sweden (2-1)
4 – Great Britain (2-2)
5 – Spain (1-3)
6 – Croatia (0-3)

Spain pulled even in the fifth on a leadoff solo shot by speedster Daniel Sanchez, who went deep only once in 107 at-bats this year in the Spanish League. However, McGraw hit a go-head long ball with the sacks empty an inning later to give Great Britain the lead for good.

Spragg (1-0) replaced British starter Jeff Mottl to start the sixth with the game knotted at 1-1. The 27-year-old right-hander walked Sant Boi slugger Marc Carrillo before fielding a bunt off the bat of slow-footed Barcelona catcher Orlando Diaz to start a 1-6-3 double play.

Sanchez reached on a leadoff walk in the seventh, stole second with one out, and moved to third on a groundout. But Spain was denied the game-tying run when Spragg induced a groundball from Luis Perez to end the inning.

Great Britain added three insurance runs in the bottom of the same frame to seal their second win in four games.

McGraw finished the contest 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, and Romanchuk added a pair of hits.

Granados (0-1) was pinned with the setback despite allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

RAIN HARASSING TOURNEY SCHEDULE
The Monday matchups pitting Germany against the Netherlands (Heidenheim), and Italy against Sweden (Stuttgart) were both cancelled due to wet weather in Germany.

GROUP B SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Friday, July 23
Great Britain 10, Croatia 1
Greece 12, Sweden 9
Italy 9, Spain 1

Saturday, July 24
Spain 7, Croatia 6
Sweden 4, Great Britain 1
Italy 13, Greece 1

Sunday, July 25
Italy 12, Great Britain 2
Sweden 12, Croatia 2
Greece 13, Spain 9

Monday, July 26
Great Britain 5, Spain 1
Croatia vs Greece (Ppd)
Sweden vs Italy (Ppd)

Tuesday, July 27
Spain vs. Sweden (Heidenheim)
Greece vs. Great Britain (Neuenburg)
Italy vs. Croatia (Heidenheim)

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