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European Championship: Dutch Blanks France

GERMANY – Rob Cordemans and Dave Draijer combined on a seven-inning no-hitter, and Raily Legito drove in three runs with four hits, as the Dutch national team shutout France 10-0 on Saturday at the 2010 European Baseball Championship at the Atomics Ballpark in Neuenburg.

Cordemans (1-0) retired the first 10 batters he faced before walking Felix Brown with one out in the fourth. The L&D Amsterdam Pirates’ ace, who ranks second in the Dutch League this season with a 1.03 ERA in 61 1/3 innings, followed with an inning-ending double play groundball to keep the no-no intact. The 35-year-old right-hander sat down seven consecutive hitters after losing the perfect game, and racked up eight strikeouts before exiting after six frames.

Legito sparked a three-run first for the five-time reigning European champion with a two-base hit, and led off the third with his second double of the game. Bryan Engelhardt followed with a two-run bomb off French starter Joris Navarro to give American skipper Jim Stoeckel’s squad a 5-0 lead.

The Curaçaon native continued his assault on French hurlers with a run-scoring single in the fourth to ignite a three-run scoring spree, and followed a double by Danny Rombley an inning later with an RBI single up the middle.

Rombley and Bas de Jong (pictured) both tallied three hits for the tournament favorites, and former Chicago Cubs prospect Dwayne Kemp plated the final run for the Dutch in the sixth with a double.

GERMANY 6, CZECH REPUBLIC 2
Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez tossed seven scoreless innings and Dominik Wulf collected a pair of extra-base hits to help Germany remain unbeaten with an impressive win against the Czech Republic.

Marquez-Ramirez (1-0) surrendered seven hits and two walks and fanned eight as the German squad improved to 2-0. The 35-year Cuban-born southpaw has posted an impressive 9-2 record this season with a 2.37 ERA for the IBL club Telemarket Rimini.

Germany touched Czech right-hander Boris Bokaj for two runs in the first on singles by Ludwig Glaser and Klaus Hopfensperger, and added a pair of scores in the second to give its prized left-hander all the support he would need. Wulf drilled a leadoff homer in the third and a throwing error by Czech shortstop Jakub Hajtmar in the sixth gave the German a 6-0 cushion.

The Czech Republic foiled the shutout in the eight off reliever Eugen Heilmann. Martin Schneider started the frame with a double to right field, and Tomas Polansky follwed with a two-run blast to right center. However, the German hurler regrouped to strike out the side, and racked up two more strikeouts in the ninth to clinch the win.

BELGIUM 9, UKRAINE 0
Terence Antonacci went the distance in a sterling 101-pitch outing, and Hans Heyrman drove in two wins with three hits as Belgium dealt Ukraine its second consecutive shutout loss.

Heyrman paced a 14-hit attack that featured six players with two or more hits. Benjamin Dille drove in a pair of runs while leadoff man Steven Delanoy collected two doubles and an RBI. Dennis Ribbens, Dennis De Quint and Randy Giorgiadis combined for six hits and five runs scored.

Antonacci (1-0), who pitched the Hoboken Pioneers to a 1-0 upset win over DOOR Neptunus at this year’s European Cup, turned in another big-time performance. The American-born right-hander limited Ukraine to four hits and no walks while tallying seven strikeouts to notch the win.

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 (2-0) Belgium (1-0)
France (0-1) vs. Czech Republic (0-1)
Netherlands (1-0) vs. Ukraine (0-2)

Photo courtesy of Ratti/FIBS

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