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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)

Photo courtesy of Ratti/FIBS

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