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2010 EC: Dutch Crushes Ukraine

GERMANY – Dwayne Kemp and Bas de Jong collected a trio of hits apiece, and the Dutch plated six runs in the opening frame to cruise past Ukraine 12-2 Sunday in Pool A matchup at the 2010 European Baseball Championship at Heidekoepfe Ballpark in Heidenheim.

Corendon Kinheim ace David Bergman started for the five-time reigning European chanpion, retiring all nine batters he faced before exiting after three innings.

Kemp drove in a run in the first with a triple, and singled in the third and fifth. The former minor league finished the contest 3-for-4 and scored a run.

One of two de Jong’s in the lineup, Bas crossed the plate twice and tallied an RBI on three singles. The versatile L&D Amsterdam Pirates slugger is currently eighth in the Dutch League batting race with a .325 average.

Michael Duursma, who hit one of three long balls for the tournament favorites, capped the six-run first with a two-run drive over the left field fence. Jeroen Sluijter and Shaldimar Daantji opened the sixth with back-to-back home runs to spark a five-run rally.

Ruslan Deykun and Bogdan Stovba drove in the only runs for Ukraine with a double and single, respectively.

Gregory Gustina (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in four relief innings to get the decision.

FRANCE 6, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
Samuel Meurant tossed one-run ball over eight-plus innings, and Omar Williams and Kenji Hagiwara combined to drive in five runs, as France knocked off the Czech Republic. Meurant (1-0, pictured) fanned six while giving up six hits and five walks to lead the French to their first win of the tournament.

Williams broke a scoreless in the second with a single before followed a double by Gaspard Fessy in the eighth with a two-run homer. The 18-year-old slugger tallied three hits and scored a run.

Hagiwara went 3-for-4 from the the No. 9 slot in the batting orderwith run-scoring singles in the second and fourth frames.

David Gauthier and Joris Bert both added a pair of hits for the French squad.

Tomas Polansky reached base on three occasions and plated the lone score for the Czech with a two-base hit in the third.

GERMANY 8, BELGIUM 4
Eddie Martinez blasted a pair of home runs and Germany topped Belgium for its third consecutive win. Dominik Wulf put the host nation on the board in the first with a two-run shot, and RBIs by Julius Uelschen and Sascha Lutz the following frame pushed the lead to 4-1.

Belgium closed the gap to a run in the third on a two-run homer off the bat of Hans Heyrman. However, Martinez launched a three-run drive in the bottom of the same frame, and led off the sixth with a solo bomb for American skipper Greg Frady’s unbeaten squad.

Solingen Alligators southpaw Andre Hughes (1-0) scattered three runs and five hits over six innings to earn 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 8, Belgium 4
France 6, Czech Republic 1
Netherlands 12, Ukraine 2

Monday, July 26
Czech Republic (0-2) vs. Netherlands (2-0)
Czech Republic (0-2) vs. Belgium (1-1)
France (1-1) vs. Ukraine (0-3)
Netherlands (2-0) vs. Germany (3-0)

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