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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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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

Photo courtesy of Ezio Ratti/FIBS

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