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2010 EC: Germany Wins Bronze

GERMANY – Cedric Bassel drove in two runs with three hits and Jendrick Speer added three RBIs to help Germany beat Sweden 8-0 on Saturday to capture the bronze medal at the 2010 European Baseball Championship at TVC Stadium in Stuttgart. The Germans, which placed fourth at the last two EBC tournaments, won its first medal in 35 years.

Bassel put the host nation on the board in the second with a base hit, and Germany tacked on another run in the third on a single off the bat of Simon Guehring. Sweden threatened to get back into the game in the fourth, but faltered badly.

Magnus Pilegard and Kris Sjoberg started the inning with singles off German starter Tim Henkenjohann, who was working on just two days of rest. American skipper Greg Frady signalled for reliever Martin Dewald, who picked off Pilegard before sandwiching an infield hit and a wild pitch between two strikeouts to escape the jam unscathed.

Henkenjohann was saddled with the no-decision outing after limiting Swedish hitters to a trio of hits and two walks with four strikeouts in three shutout frames.

The Germans nursed their slim 2-0 lead until the sixth when Sweden committed three errors to spark a four-run uprising.

Chris Howard reached on an error to start the game-deciding frame, and a throwing error by Swedish starter Rickard Leander followed a stolen base, hit by pitch and bunt single to stretch the lead to three runs. But the German squad was just getting started.

Bassel greeted reliever Joakim Claesson with a run-scoring single, but Eddie Martinez was gunned down at the plate by centerfielder Chris Johansson. Speer delivered a clutch two-out RBI hit, motored to third on a single off the bat of Dominik Wulf, and jogged home on a balk call that led to the ejection of the Swedish manager, former Major league pitcher Dennis Cook.

Germany sewed up its historic third-place finish with a pair of scores in the seventh on a two-run single by Speer, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk and stolen base.

Dewald (1-0), who worked six scoreless relief innings, allowed five hits, two walks and fanned six to earn the win.

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Photo courtesy of Ezio Ratti/FIBS

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