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Mexico: SARAPEROS’ PRESICHI RECORDS 1,000th LIGA HIT

By Bruce Baskin

Saltillo Saraperos outfielder Christian Presichi registered the 1,000th hit of his Mexican League career Tuesday night in a road game against archrival Monterrey. Presichi has played all 12 years of his Liga career with Saltillo.

The 30-year-old Presichi, who hails from Mexicali, reached his milestone in the bottom of the fourth inning against Sultanes’ pitcher Antonio Garzon, a frame in which the defending champions pushed eight runs across the plate en route to a 12-10 victory over Monterrey. Presichi actually singled twice that inning, with the historic knock coming during his second trip to the plate. A respected player throughout the circuit, Presichi doffed his batting helmet in response to applause from the Monterrey fans.

“Thank God I’m here,” Presichi remarked afterward. “It means a lot to reach this mark with a single team. I dedicate this to my wife, son and daughter, who give me the strength to be here, and to my parents.” He also thanked the fans. “They’ve always treated me very well.”

The 6-foot right-handed hitter has an LMB career .326 average with 116 homers for the Sarape Makers. Thus far in 2011, Presichi is hitting .339 with a homer in 16 games.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website.

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Korea: Foreign Import Updates and Standings

SOUTH KOREA – Every other Friday I hope to take a look at how the foreign players in the KBO are doing. So today we will start with the league leading SK Wyverns.

SK Wyverns
Both Gary Glover and Jim Magrane have pitched in 5 games, and each have an identical 1-0 record.  That is where the similarities end. Glover has posted a solid 3.29 ERA over 27.1 innings striking out 27 along the way to lead the league. Magrane has struggled just a bit more posting a 4.42 ERA in only 18.1 innings and has allowed more than 1 hit an inning (23). SK continues to roll through the KBO however.

Doosan Bears
The Bears just inked a new foreign player in pitcher Fernando Nieve to join their ace Dustin Nippert. Nippert has pitched great so far this season. In 4 games, he is 3-0 (1st in wins) with a 1.23 ERA (1st in league). He has struck out 22 in his 22 innings but has walked 9 batters. Nippert goes again today against the SK Wyverns.

Samsung Lions
The Lions are struggling to stay above .500 but their imported pitcher is starting to show some life. Ken Kadokura is 1-2 but has lowered his ERA to 3.60 for the season. Kadokura has given up 4 home runs and 10 walks in 20 innings, but has also been plagued with 8 unearned runs. Designated-hitter Ryan Garko has slumped of late. His average has dropped nearly 40 points over the last week down to .236. While he has driven in 13 runs, he has only 17 hits through 21 games.

LG Twins
Radhames Liz has dropped another game falling to 1-3 on the year through 5 starts. His ERA sits at 4.65. Through 31 innings he has given up 29 hits, 14 walks, and 4 home runs. Teammate Ben Jukich has a better record at 3-1 but hasn’t pitched much better. Through 24.2 innings, Jukich has an ERA of 4.38 giving up 22 hits, 10 walks, and 4 home runs.

KIA Tigers
KIA has two of the best pitchers in the league right now in Travis Blackley and Aquilino Lopez. Blackley leads the way with a 1.73 ERA and a 1-1 record. Through 26 innings he has given up only 18 hits, struck out 24, but has walked 12. Lopez is pitching great too. With an ERA of only 1.80, Lopez has posted a 3-1 record. Blackley will go again today against the Lotte Giants.

NEXEN Heroes
NEXEN starter Brandon Knight has pitched well even though his record doesn’t show it. With an ERA of 2.27, Knight has posted a 1-3 record. Through 31.2 innings, Knight has allowed 27 hits, 12 walks, and 16 strikeouts. Teammate Corey Aldridge has struggled to find his footing at the plate. Aldridge is hitting at a clip of .229 through 22 games. He has driven in 13 and hit 3 home runs.

Lotte Giants
Bryan Corey has had 1 lousy outing, but the Giants are simply struggling as a team. Corey has posted a 4.15 ERA giving up 14 earned runs in 30.1 innings. Four of those runs came in his last outing on the 24th. Corey goes again today against fellow foreigner Travis Blackley and the KIA Tigers. The Giants other foreign import is still on the DL. Ryan Sadowski pulled an oblique muscle and it seems like his return can’t come soon enough as the Giants struggle with staying out of the cellar.

Hanwha Eagles
Hanahwa has two prospects for the next release in the KBO. Oneli Perez has posted a 6.30 ERA in 8 games out of the bullpen. With a 1-1 record and 3 saves, Perez has not pitched well. Teammate Julio DePaula has pitched even worse. Through 4 starts he has a 7.48 ERA and is 0-3 on the season. Through 21.2 innings DePaula has given up 29 hits, 14 walks, and 3 home runs.

KBO Standings :

Team Won Lost Tie
SK Wyverns 15 05
Doosan Bears 12 07 01
Samsung Lions 12 09
LG Twins 12 10
KIA Tigers 10 11
NEXEN Heroes 10 12
Lotte Giants 06 13 02
Hanwha Eagles 05 15 01

 

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Germany: South Division – Haar deals Heidenheim First Loss

GERMANY – Matt Lokken ripped two home runs and drove in eight scores to lead the Mannheim Tornados to a wild 16-13 win over the Mainz Athletics to salvage a doubleheader split in the South Division of the German League.

Lokken went 5-for-6 and reached base six times in a dominating return to Germany. The former minor leaguer, who was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, ended the game with a walk-off grand slam.

Jonathan Wagner also went deep for Mannheim, while Jan-Niclas Stocklin led Mainz with a home run, two triples and four RBIs.

The Athletics plated three runs in the final frame en route to a 7-2 victory in the first game. Hendrik Schewe drilled a bases-clearing triple and Max Boldt added a two-run blast.

Lokken, who joined the Tornados midseason a year ago, also went deep.

HAAR DISCIPLES 9,4 – HEIDENHEIM HEIDEKOEPFE 8,11

The Disciples and Heidekoepfe split a pair of games on Easter weekend. Haar blew a six-run lead in the first game but rallied in the ninth on an error and a sacrifice bunt to capture a narrow win. Christoph Ziegler delivered a three-run triple for Haar, while Johannes Schaeffler homered and drove in four for Heidenheim.However, Heidenheim plated seven runs in the opening frame and rolled to an easy win. Simon Guehring and David Fuesser combined to drive in four runs, and Dusty Bergman notched the win.

GERMAN SOUTH DIVISION

Team Won Lost Streak
Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 03 01 Won 1
Buchbinder Legionaere 04 02 Won 1
Mannheim Tornados 05 03 Won 1
Haar Disciples 04 04 Lost 1
Mainz Athletics 03 03 Lost 1
Bad Homburg Hornets 01 03 Lost 1
Gauting Indians 00 04 Lost 4

 

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Germany: Paderborn Untouchables Stay Unbeaten

GERMANY – The Paderborn Untouchables continued their winning ways in the German League last weekend with a pair of blowout victories over the Pulheim Gophers. The unbeaten U’s, which have outscored opposing teams by a margin of 83-12, are sitting atop the North Division with a perfect 7-0 record.

Paderborn used a seven-run fourth to take the first game of a doubleheader, 12-0. Daniel Hinz and Eugen Heilmann combined on a two-hit shutout.

The Untouchables roughed up American right-hander Ronnie Glunt in the second game to complete the twinbill sweep with a 13-2 victory. Brian Fields allowed two scores on four hits to notch the win.

SOLINGEN ALLIGATORS 10,10 – BERLIN SLUGGERS 7,5
The Solingen Alligators struggled but still manage to sweep the upset-minded Berlin Sluggers. The Gators almost blew a 7-0 lead in the opening game before rallying for a pair of runs in the final inning to earn a win for left-handed staff ace Andre Hughes. Solingen used the same formula – a quick start and a late flurry – to bag another in the second game as Robin Drache picked up the win.

HSV STEALERS 13,4 – DOHREN WILD FARMERS 7,14
The HSV Stealers and the Dohren Wild Farmers battled to a draw in a pair of high-scoring affairs. Jakub Vojak and Jerome Rousseau both hit long balls, and Sam Boone scored three runs to help Eric Harms pick up the win. The Wild Farmers regrouped to salvage a split with a 14-4 triumph in the second meeting. Jeff Rustico went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs and three RBIs, while Garrett Rogers notched the win and crossed the plate three times.

BONN CAPITALS 20,2 – DORTMUND WANDERERS 10,0
The Bonn Capitals picked up a doubleheader sweep against Dortmund to extend their winning streak to three games. Martin Amparo and Bonn used a pair of big innings, including a 12-run third highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Philipp Spade, to take the opening game. American Trevor Howell went deep for the Wanderers. The second matchup was a low-scoring, pitching duel between American hurlers Bryce Schoening and Matt Kemp.

GERMAN NORTH DIVISION

Team Won Lost Streak
Paderborn Untouchables 07 00 Won 7
Solingen Alligators 06 02 Won 4
Pulheim Gophers 05 03 Lost 3
Bonn Capitals 04 03 Won 3
HSV Stealers 04 04 Lost 1
Dortmund Wanderers 03 05 Lost 2
Berlin Sluggers 01 07 Lost 7
Dohren Wild Farmers 01 07 Won 1

 

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France: Savigny Lions Extend Winning Streak to Six Games

FRANCE – The Savigny Lions extended their winning streak in the French League to six games with a pair of wins against the winless Montigny Cougars on Easter Sunday.

American Clayton Cooper outdueled Montigny starter Julien Higashiyama as the Lions took the twinbill opener, 3-2. Cooper (4-0) struck out nine and walk two over five hitless innings before giving way to the bullpen.

Higashiyama (0-3) allowed three runs on four hits and five walks in six innings on the hill.

Luis Aponte and Boubakar Guaye tallied two hits apiece for league-leading Savigny (7-1) which managed just four hits.

The Lions rolled to a 15-3 lopsided win in the second matchup to finish off the sweep. Eric DeBlanc drove in three scores while Pierrick Lemestre, Amin Touhari and Thomas Salado tallied two RBIs apiece.

Eloi Secleppe (1-0) gave up an unearned run, four hits and five walks over five innings.

FRENCH BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Savigny Lions 07 01 Won 6
Montpellier Barracudas 05 03 Won 2
Rouen Huskies 05 03 Won 1
Senart Templiers 05 03 Lost 1
Pessac Panthers 04 04 Won 2
Paris Universite Club 03 05 Lost 2
Stade Toulousain 03 05 Lost 4
Montigny Cougars 00 08 Lost 8

 

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Korea: Doosan Signs Pitcher Fernando Nieve

SOUTH KOREA – The Doosan Bears have signed a replaced for Ramon Ramirez (who was released prior to the season) in 28 year-old Venezuelan ???Fernando Nieve.

Nieve was originally singed by the Houston Astros in 1999. He made his Major League debut in 2006 with the Astros. He pitched parts of 4 seasons in the big leagues compiling an 8-11 record with a 4.61 ERA appearing in 99 games with 19 starts. Used mainly as a starter in the minor leagues he went 64-45 with a 3.75 ERA over 198 games (160 starts).

Nieve spent the 2010 season with the NY Mets pitching 40 games out of the bullpen and making 1 start. He spent the winter playing for the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League where he compiled a 0-4 record and a 5.79 ERA in 9 games (8 starts).

He joins one of the better pitchers in the league in fellow foreigner Dustin Nippert on the staff of the Bears.

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Panama: Atlas Cup Update

There will be a New Champion

Defending champion, Panama Metro is eliminated in the round of six. Metro traveled to Changuinola to be eliminated by Panama West; who got their first pass to the semifinals since 2004 in the Major Baseball Championship.

Metro did not get the job done and lost at the hands of Bocas del Toro in the first game of a doubleheader played at Byron Calvin Stadium, in the city of Changuinola. Bocas del Toro shut them out 7-0 thanks to an excellent performance by starter, Alberto ‘Rocambo’ Acosta. Acosta threw six innings and did not allow any hit; he also struck out seven for the win. Euclides Bethancourt pitched the remainder of the game in relief for Bocas del Toro. Panama Metro’s loss put their play-off hopes in critical condition and awaited the outcome of the Panama West/Bocas del Toro game to determine their fate.

Panama West were the determined upstart and has flown under the radar this season, until going into Bocas del Toro’s intimidating home field and earned their spot in the semi-finals with a 2- 1 win. Venezuelan reinforcement starter, Kevin Alarcón and relief pitcher Jorge Cortez combined to hold Bocas del Toro’s offense to one run. Panama West has not advanced to this stage of the tournament
since 2004; when they lost in the final to Chiriqui.

“We have passed yet another stage of this tournament and now it’s behind us…what remains is thinking about the next round, preparing mentally and physically for what lies ahead is more complicated. We are pleased with what has transpired, but we are looking for more, ‘said the manager of Panama West, Luis Muñoz.

The Baseball Federation has announced the semifinals schedule starting tomorrow. Los Santos will visit Chiriqui at Kenny Serracín Stadium; and Bocas del Toro hosts Panama West at Calvin Byron Stadium; both games start at 7:30 pm.

Round of Six Final Standings:

Team Won Lost
Bocas Del Toro 09 04
Los Santos 09 05
Chiriqui 08 05
Panama West 07 07
Panama Metro 06 09
Veraguas 02 11

 

Jose Jerez is a BaseballdeWorld Latin Correspondent

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USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Baseball Poll – April 25, 2011

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches’ baseball poll

April 25, 2011

Rank
School (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week
1
Virginia (28)
40-4
772
1
2
Vanderbilt (3)
35-5
728
3
3
South Carolina
31-8
722
2
4
Florida
31-10
670
5
5
Texas
30-10
616
4
6
Texas A&M
29-11
549
7
7
Arizona State
28-9
532
9
8
Florida State
31-10
512
11
9
Oregon State
29-8
499
8
10
TCU
29-11
463
14
11
Georgia Tech
30-11
440
12
12
Cal State-Fullerton
28-11
436
6
13
Oklahoma
29-11
388
15
14
North Carolina
32-10
382
10
15
Fresno State
28-7
357
13
16
Arkansas
28-11
262
16
17
Southern Mississippi
30-9
257
21
18
UC Irvine
26-10
255
18
19
Miami (Fla.)
27-13
225
24
20
UCLA
21-14
162
20
21
Oklahoma State
28-12
149
17
22
California
24-12
109
19
23
Clemson
25-14
100
NR
24
Rice
28-16
95
22
25
Stanford
19-13
89
NR

Dropped out: No. 23 Arizona, No. 25 Stetson.

Others receiving votes: Stetson (31-9) 81; Troy (27-10) 62; Arizona (24-15) 34; Charlotte (31-9) 30; Connecticut (26-12) 28; East Carolina (27-13) 17; Creighton (27-10) 11; Alabama (25-18) 8; Kansas State (24-15) 5; Auburn (22-17) 4; Kent State (26-12) 4; Coastal Carolina (26-15) 3; Georgia (21-20) 3; Mississippi State (24-16) 3; Stony Brook (26-9) 3; LSU (24-17) 2; North Carolina State (24-18) 2; Stephen F. Austin (28-12) 2; Texas State (25-14) 2; Central Florida (26-15) 1; Mississippi (24-17) 1.

The 2011 board: The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. The board for the 2011 season: Terry Alexander, Jacksonville; John Anderson, Minnesota; Ed Blankmeyer, St. John’s; Rob Cooper, Wright State; Sherman Corbett, Texas-San Antonio; Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt; Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross; David Eldredge, Southern Utah; Mike Gaski, North Carolina-Greensboro; Nino Giarratano, San Francisco; Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina; Keith Guttin, Missouri State; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Daniel Heefner, Dallas Baptist; Loren Hibbs, Charlotte; Charlie Hickey, Central Connecticut State; George Horton, Oregon; Steve Jaksa, Central Michigan; Omar Johnson, Jackson State; Rick Jones, Tulane; Steve Kittrell, South Alabama; Kevin Leighton, Manhattan; Gary McClure, Austin Peay; Mervyl Melendez, Bethune-Cookman; Gary Powers, Nevada; Mark Scalf, North Carolina-Wilmington; Jim Schlossnagle, TCU; Matt Senk, Stony Brook; Doug Smith, UC-Riverside; Steve Smith, Baylor; Bob Whalen, Dartmouth.

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NCBWA ANNOUNCES 2011 STOPPER OF THE YEAR MIDSEASON WATCH LIST

IRVINE, Calif. (NCBWA) – Forty-six players have been named to the midseason watch list for the seventh annualNational Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Thursday.

Leading the elite field with a nation-best 13 saves is East Tennessee State’s Bo Reeder. The junior right-hander owns a 1.77 ERA and had registered 24 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched.

Also included on this year’s midseason watch list is sophomore right-hander Branden Kline, the closer for No. 1-ranked Virginia. Kline currently has 11 saves and is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 24.0 innings pitched. Defending national champion South Carolina also has its closer featured. Sophomore right-hander Matt Price has 11 saves and is 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 26.2 innings pitched.

The SEC leads the way with six players named to the midseason watch list, while Conference USA has four. The Big West, Big 12, Big East, West Coast, and Mid-American have three pitchers each on this year’s watch list. In all, 22 conferences are showcased in this year’s midseason watch list.

2011 NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
Pitcher School Cl.
James Allen Kansas State Jr.
Tony Bryant Oregon State So.
Collin Cargill Southern Miss Sr.
Pat Christensen La Salle So.
Tony Cingrani Rice Sr.
Chris Dennis Portland Sr.
Kyle Glancy Northern Illinois Jr.
Chris Haney Dallas Baptist Sr.
Ryan Hawthorne LMU Jr.
Brian Hernandez UC Irvine Sr.
Joaquin Hinojosa Texas A&M Sr.
Todd Hornsby Jacksonville State Jr.
Andrew Jones Samford Sr.
Dan Kickham Missouri State Jr.
Branden Kline Virginia So.
Corey Knebel Texas Fr.
Jordan LeGros McNeese State Sr.
Lenny Linsky Hawaii Jr.
Stefan Lopez Southeastern Louisiana So.
Eddie Magallon Long Beach State So.
Tyler Maloof Georgia Jr.
Cody Martin Gonzaga Sr.
Kyle McMillen Kent State Jr.
Daniel Miranda Miami, Fla. Jr.
Navery Moore Vanderbilt Jr.
John Neely Texas Tech Jr.
Matty Ott LSU Jr.
Nick Pepitone Tulane Sr.
Matt Price South Carolina So.
Kevin Quackenbush South Florida Sr.
Nick Ramirez Cal State Fullerton Jr.
Chris Reed Stanford Jr.
Bo Reeder East Tennessee State Jr.
Charlie Robertson Fresno State Jr.
Nolan Sanburn Arkansas Fr.
Seth Simmons East Carolina Sr.
Jonathan Smart Alabama Sr.
Tyler Smith Rider So.
Kevin Vance Connecticut Jr.
Tyler Wagner Utah So.
Abram Williams Radford Jr.
Adam Wisniewski Old Dominion Sr.
Nick Wittgren Purdue So.
Matt Zahel Toledo Sr.
Evan Zerff Long Island So.
Tony Zych Louisville Jr.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 1, prior to start of NCAA regional tournament competition. The NCBWA’s All-America Committee then will select the winner, with this year’s recipient to be announced on the opening day of the College World Series on June 18.

Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia’s Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed grabbing the honor in 2009, and Texas’ Chance Ruffin earning the honor last season.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

For more information on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, contact Tami Cutler at Wichita State at 316-978-5559 or Russ Anderson at Conference USA at 214-774-1300.

2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
• Tues., Feb. 1: Preseason Watch List
• Thurs., April 21: Midseason Watch List
• Wed., June 1: Stopper of the Year finalists announced
• Sat., June 18: NCBWA Stopper of the Year announced

 
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Dennis Cook continues as Head Coach for Team Sweden

Press Release Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation

The Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation has announced that former Major Leaguer Dennis Cook will continue to serve as the head coach of the Swedish National Baseball Team over the 2012 European Championships. The 48-year old Cook pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues, including the 1997 World Series with the Florida Marlins, where he picked up the win in Game 3 in relief.

The assistant coaches Stephen Labay, Rickard Reimer, and Doug Skiles also will continue over the 2012 European Championships.

The Swedish team finished in 5th place at the 2010 European Championships, ahead of powerhouses as Spain and Great Britain, teams who are loaded with players with professional experience.

“Our placement last year was a tremendous success given the tough group that we were assigned to. Much credit goes to the coaching staff, which was the strongest ever for a Swedish national team, and the staff made a huge impact on the development of the players,” says Ulf Steinvall, GM of the national teams.

Cook, who has Swedish roots, made his MLB debut for the San Francisco Giants in 1988 and stayed in the big leagues until 2002, pitching also for eight other teams. He received two World Series rings during his career, one with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and another one with the Anaheim Angels in 2002. The left-handed journeyman had an ERA of 3.91 in 665 appearances (71 starts) overall.

Photo: Swedish Baseball Federation

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Spain: Tenerife Marlins Capture Copa del Rey

SPAIN – The Tenerife Marlins captured the Copa del Rey championship this past Sunday afternoon with a 9-0 forfeit win over CB Sant Boi at the Burlada ballpark in Pamplona.

The two squads did manage to play five innings on a rainy day that saw the Marlins outscore the reigning Spanish champion, 5-3. However, a botched lineup resulted in a forfeit victory for the Puerto Cruz club.

Richard Montiel drove in a pair of scores for Tenerife, while Xavier Civit smacked a two-run shot in the second for Sant Boi to break a scoreless deadlock.

Veteran right-hander Leslie Nacar (2-0) tallied his second win of the two-day tournament with five effective frames.

Ruben Fente (0-1) absorbed the loss after surrendering a pair of runs in two-plus inings.

2011 COPA DEL REY SCOREBOARD:

Saturday, April 23
Tenerife Marlins 3, FC Barcelona 2 (10)
CB Sant Boi 8, Baseball Navarra 0

Sunday, April 24
Tenerife Marlins 9, CB Sant Boi 0

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Italy: Unipol Bologna Stays Unbeaten

ITALY – Fabio Betto and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout to help unbeaten Unipol Bologna blank Novara United 6-0 and complete a doubleheader sweep Saturday in the Italian Baseball League.

Betto (2-0) worked seven impressive innings allowing only three hits and a walk to notch his second win in as many starts. Mattia Barbaresi and Mark Langone each threw a scoreless frame to seal the win.

Julio Ramirez went 3-for-3 and Gabriele Ermini drove in a pair of runs and scored twice for Bologna.

Edgar Clemente homered and Juan Carlos Infante crossed the plate three times to lead Bologna to an 8-1 victory in the opening game.

American Cody Cillo (1-0) tossed six innings to earn his first win of the young season, and Yulman Ribeiro pitched the final three frames to earn the save.

T&A SAN MARINO 8, MONTEPASCHI GROSSETO 6 (11)
The Titans improved to 5-1 with a hard-fought, extra-innings win against Grosseto. Laidel Chapelli highlighted a five-run outburst in the 11th with a three-run triple, and Lorenzo Avagnina added an inside-the-park home run. Luis Perez homered and drove in five runs for Grosseto. Greg Palanzo (1-0) worked the final three innings to earned the win.

TELEMARKET RIMINI 11, CARIPARMA PARMA 2
The Pirates broke open a tied affair with a whopping nine-run seventh to avoid the sweep. Josh Phelps, Jack Santora, Filippo Crociati and Marco Baccelli all tallied two RBIs in a contest that saw Parma pitchers issue 10 free passes. Chris Di Roma (1-0) earned the win out of the bullpen in a game stopped after eight innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

DANESI NETTUNO 10,6 – NORTH EAST KNIGHTS 0,1
Nettuno wrapped up a three-game sweep over the Knights with a pair of easy wins. Jose Escalona (1-1) and Jose Estebin Cruz combined on a three-hit shutout in the twinbill opener. Mirco Caradonna and Olmo Rosario both collected three hits, while Juan Camilo and Paolino Ambrosino drove in two runs apiece. Kelly Ramos ignited a game-deciding, four-run seventh with a solo shot and Caradonna added a two-run triple as Nettuno took the series finale. Carlos Richetti (1-1) scattered a run and four hits over seven innings to pick up the win.

ITALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Unipol Bologna 06 00 Won 6
T&A San Marino 05 01 Won 1
Telemarket Rimini 04 02 Won 1
Danesi Nettuno 03 03 Won 3
Montepaschi Grosseto 03 03 Lost 1
Cariparma Parma 02 04 Lost 1
Novarra Baseball United 01 05 Lost 5
North East Knights 00 06 Lost 6

 

Photo courtesy Italian Baseball Federation (Ferrini FIBS)

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Canada: This Year in Baseball – Alberta

Press Release Baseball Canada

This Year in Baseball is a regular feature on Baseball.ca that will preview the year ahead in baseball from the 10 Provincial organizations. Today we take an in-depth look at Baseball Alberta.

OTTAWA- At last year’s Baseball Canada Cup, the Province of Alberta made a statement that they are ready to take on compete with the best of the best. The western boys sailed through the Pool B play en route to winning the Bronze Medal. Much of this success can be attributed to the strength of programs and coaching in the Province.

“It’s really a trickledown effect,” says Greg Wolfe, Technical and Development Coordinator with Baseball Alberta. “The quality of the league’s, leads to the quality of the coaches which leads to the quality of the players.”

Preparations are underway for this year’s Canada Cup team which will head to Moncton in August looking to improve on their performance from last year.

“The coaching staff has already been selected and we’ll be running camps for the next six weeks which culminate into an invitational camp at the end of June,” explains Wolfe. “We’re going in (to the event) with a positive attitude looking to improve on last year’s result.”

On the grassroots side of the ball, the Rally Cap and Winterball programs continue to be popular on fields and in schools around Alberta.

“We’ve had a big increase in actual Rally Caps being purchased this year, so that tells me that we’re getting more registrations because of the program itself,” notes Wolfe. “With the way Baseball Canada is supporting the program with the hats, manuals and kits it’s only going to make the game that much stronger at the Rally Cap level.”

To further enhance the success of the Rally Cap program, Baseball Alberta will be piloting the Rally Cap NCCP workshop for coaches. This initiative will target coaches that are new to Rally Cap and provide them with additional training in order to make them successful as a coach which leads to a positive experience for Rally Cap participants.

“This is the kind of support that coaches and associations are really looking for,” offered Wolfe. “We hope that this initiative will really provide a big push for all associations to start incorporating Rally Cap into their systems.”

Where Winterball is concerned, Program and Operations Coordinator Dan Curtis says Baseball Alberta is doing everything they can to get the word out about the program.

“We’ve heard nothing but good things about Winterball. Also, we’ve taken it one step further by sending coaches into the schools to actually assist the teachers with implementing the program.”

“Once people hear about the program, realize it’s free and use it, they provide positive feedback.”

Umpiring is also an area of strength for Baseball Alberta in terms of certifying umpires and having them progress to the upper tiers of the umpiring system. Keeping the same template as coaching, the Province is doing everything they can to give necessary support. Wolfe points to quality instructors and facilitators at the top that provide the tools required to succeed.

“We have a great group of facilitators for both our coaches and umpires. The work that they do for Baseball Alberta is fantastic!”

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MLB and MLBPA reach Agreement regarding Payments for Pre-1980 Players

Press Release Major League Baseball

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that they have agreed to make an annual payment to Players who retired before 1980 but who did not have enough service time to qualify for a pension benefit under the Major League Baseball Players Benefit Plan.

The measure was announced today at a press conference in New York City. Among those in attendance were Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig; Michael Weiner, the Executive Director of the MLBPA; Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President for Labor Relations; Dan Foster, Chief Executive Officer of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association; and Eddie Robinson, the former All-Star Major League first baseman and the former general manager of the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers.

Since the 1980 season, all Major League Players have vested as members of the benefit plan after just one day of service in the Major Leagues. Prior to 1980, Players secured a pension benefit only after completing at least four years of Major League Service. Under this new agreement, Players who retired between January 1, 1947 and January 1, 1980 with no retirement benefits for their Major League Service will receive an annual payment of up to $10,000, jointly funded by the Commissioner’s Office and the MLBPA. The collective bargaining parties have committed to these payments for an initial period of two years. Payments beyond the initial period will be discussed in collective bargaining.

Commissioner Selig said: “Very simply, we felt that this was the right thing to do for these former players, who contributed to our game’s unparalleled history. I am very pleased that we have partnered with the Players Association to take this step.”

Weiner said: “Today’s players appreciate the contributions made by former players to the game’s success and to the union’s efforts. The MLBPA has worked for many years with the Alumni Association on this effort, and we’re excited to announce this significant agreement with Major League Baseball.”

Foster said: “Today is a day of celebration and appreciation. The payments to these former players not only acknowledge their role in the evolution of the game but also honor the men who developed the great American pastime. The MLBPAA is grateful to Major League Baseball and the Players Association for their dedication to support and assist this group of former Major Leaguers.”

Robinson said: “This decision is the culmination of 14 years of concerted effort by the Major League Alumni Services Board of Directors and the former Major Leaguers who have served on our pension committee over the years. The owners and current players have shown great willingness to come together and agree on important issues.”

Longtime Major Leaguer Craig Counsell, a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and an Association Representative for the MLBPA, said: “As a current player it is truly an honor to be able to take this step and help pre-1980 players. Retirement benefits were the primary concern in 1966 when the players hired Marvin Miller and the modern-day Players Association was born. Over the ensuing 45 years every player experiences the same feeling of indebtedness to those who came before him. It is with that in mind that I personally thank everyone involved for their determination in making this happen.”

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Netherlands: Corendon Kinheim Blanks DOOR Neptunus

THE NETHERLANDS – David Bergman and Nick Stuifbergen combined on a one-hit shutout to help Corendon Kinheim blank DOOR Neptunus 8-0 Saturday in a Dutch Major League showdown in Rotterdam.

Bergman (2-0) limited the two-time reigning Holland Series champion to a lone hit and walk over seven masterful innings. The right-hander, who took a no-hitter into the seventh frame, also racked up eight strikeouts to win his second decision in as many starts.

Rodney Michel broke out of a season-opening 2-for-10 slump with a home run and three RBIs to pace a 14-hit attack that saw five Kinheim players collect two hits apiece.

Neptunus left-hander Diegomar Markwell (2-1), who opened the season with 15 consecutive scoreless innings, suffered his first setback after getting torched for seven runs and 12 hits over seven-plus frames.

L&D Amsterdam 5, ADO 2
Percy Isenia and Vince Rooi combined to drive in four scores to lead the L&D Amsterdam Pirates to their sixth consecutive win. The duo has plated 22 of the Pirates’ 37 runs so far this season. Rob Cordemans (2-1) allowed a walk and two hits over five scoreless frames to get the win.

UVV 4, Sparta/Feyenoord 0
Utrecht picked up its second straight victory with a shutout win against Sparta/Feyenoord. Danny Rombley and Fausto Alvarez delivered run-scoring hits in the opening frame off Sparta/Feyenoord starter Bobby Carrington (0-2). Orlando Yntema (1-1) threw a five-hit, complete game shutout to notch his first win of the young season.

Mr. Cocker HCAW 2, Vaessen Pioniers 1
Bart Sabel and Lennart Koster drove in a run apiece to help HCAW pick up its first win of the season. Mr. Cocker starter Kevin Miner, who surrendered eight scores in his first starting assignment a week ago, scattered four hits and a trio of walks over eight scoreless innings to earn the win.

DUTCH MAJOR LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Corendon Kinheim 04 00 Won 4
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 06 01 Won 6
DOOR Neptunus 04 03 Lost 1
Vaessen Pioniers 02 02 Lost 2
UVV 02 02 Won 2
Mr. Cocker HCAW 01 03 Won 1
Sparta/Feyenoord 00 04 Lost 4
ADO 00 04 Lost 4

 

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USAB supports N.C. concussion act

Act promotes concussion awareness and safety

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball, the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States, announced Tuesday that it supports the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act. Proposed in the North Carolina House of Representatives, the bill will promote the development of an athletic concussion safety training program and concussion safety requirements for interscholastic athletic competition. USA Baseball relocated its offices from Tucson, Ariz., to Durham, N.C. in 2003.

North Carolina Speaker Pro Tempore Dale R. Folwell’s Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Actouse Bill 792 is named after two boys who died as a result of sustaining a concussion while playing high school football. Matt Gfeller was a sophomore at Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. During his first varsity football game of the year, he was hit in the head and sustained a lethal traumatic brain injury. Jaquan Waller was a junior at J.H. Rose High School in Pitt County, N.C. He sustained a concussion during a Wednesday afternoon practice but was allowed to play three days later in a football game. After sustaining a second concussion in the game, he suffered “Second Impact Syndrome” and died shortly thereafter.

“USA Baseball is committed to facilitating safe participation in baseball and other sports for youth athletes,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. “Accordingly, we support the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act in North Carolina. This bill will help increase concussion awareness and education and facilitate appropriate evaluation and safe return to play after resolution of these injuries.”

The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act has three goals: 1) To educate parents, coaches, volunteers, first responders and, most importantly, players on the dangers, symptoms and signs of a concussion; 2) To ensure the safety and health of every high school and middle school student athlete by requiring that any player exhibiting signs of a concussion be pulled out of play immediately, and be examined before returning to play; 3) To have each school develop an emergency action plan to deal with serious injuries.

Representative Dale Folwell, primary sponsor of this legislation said, “Sometimes bad circumstances lead to good laws. The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act is a good bill that will help save lives and ensure the well-being of high school and middle school athletes across North Carolina.”

The primary sponsors of the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act in the North Carolina House include Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell (Forsyth), Representative Bill Cook (Beaufort & Pitt), Representative Chuck McGrady (Henderson) and Representative Rick Glazier (Cumberland).

In 1993, USA Baseball founded a Medical/Safety Advisory Committee that has published a number of articles, including “Concussions in Baseball” in December 2010. A list of current information can be found at USABaseball.com.

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Georgia: Baseball in Tbilisi No Field of Dreams

by Molly Corso, Eurasianet.org

Forget multi-million-dollar salaries, commercial endorsements or plush clubhouses. Without a proper field, uniforms or even other teams to compete against, players on Georgia’s one and only baseball team are motivated purely by passion for the game.

For spring training this year, Georgia’s national baseball team didn’t head to Florida or Arizona. Instead the players went underground, holding some workouts in the boiler room of a Tbilisi sports club. Lacking a proper baseball diamond, the team held outdoor practices at Tbilisi’s old horse track, or in a vacant field in the Tbilisi suburbs.

The lack of a home field doesn’t mean the players don’t have a feel for the game. Many members of the current squad – who range in age from 15 to 30 — have distinguished themselves in international tournaments. At one junior competition in Italy in 2009, the Georgian team managed to beat some more experienced, better financed European squads.

Italian translator Rosy Alfinito, who worked with the Georgian national baseball team in Italy, remembers that the players’ enthusiasm stood out. “To be honest, at the beginning, some teams considered them as ‘underdogs’ because [of] their uniforms and equipment,” Alfinito recalled in an email interview. The team’s “great pleasure to play baseball” gave it “something special … that maybe other teams, with better uniforms and equipment, did not have,” she added.

These days, with no other teams to play against, the national team can only hold intra-squad games of six-on-six – a format the means lots of hits and running. The season opener is scheduled for this weekend. “Of course, it is a minus, but we don’t have any other options,” said Coach Nugzar Kapanadze. “We will manage; we always do.”

The team has not played another team in over a year. But this July, the players are slated to compete against some of the strongest baseball clubs in Europe in qualifying games for the European Baseball Championship. The games will be played in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Read the full story at Eurasianet.org

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Korea: A Glimpse at the Foreign Player Statistics

SOUTH KOREA – The 2011 KBO baseball season has been underwa for several weeks now, so I thought I would take a look at how the foreign players are doing.

For the league leading SK Wyverns, Gary Glover and Jim Magrane are having solid seasons on the mound. Glover has pitched very good but has not figured into a decision yet. Through 4 starts, Gary has a 3.22 ERA having thrown 22.1 innings giving up only 18 hits along the way. Jim Magrane has done just as well for the league’s top team. Magrane, who came over from Taiwan, has started 3 games and has a 1-0 record to go with his 3.29 ERA while striking out 14 in 13.2 innings.

In Seoul, the Doosan Bears are off to a good start and a lot of that has to do with their new ace Dustin Nippert. Nippert, who pitched with the Texas Rangers last year, is off to a great start. In 4 starts, Nippert is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA (which leads all foreign pitchers).  In 22 innings, Nippert has given up 19 hits and struck out 22. Currently he is the sole foreign player for the Bears after Ramon Ramirez was released earlier this season without having thrown a pitch due to a “conditioning problem”.

Perhaps Jamsil stadium is the place to be this summer as the LG Twins are also playing well so far. Hard throwing right hander Radhames Liz is off to a slow start. In 4 starts, Liz is 1-2 with an ERA of 4.38. Liz is having trouble finding the strike zone walking 11 in 24.2 innings. Liz’s teammate Ben Jukich is off to a bit better of a start. In his 3 starts, Jukich is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA.

In Daegu, the Samsung Lions are one of only 2 teams with a foreign player who is a position player. Ryan Garko, the Lions DH, is off to a good start having had some timely hits so far this year. Through the first 15 games this year he is hitting .273. Garko has yet to homer this year but has driven in 10 runs. His teammate and pitcher from Japan Ken Kadokura is pitching better of late. Through 3 starts, Kadokura is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA.

In Gwangju, the KIA Tigers look to get back to their old winning ways and their two foreign pitchers are really leading the way. Australian Travis Blackley has started 3 times and has a 1-0 record with a 1.80 ERA. Through 20 innings, Blackley has given up only 13 hits and struck out 20. Aquilino Lopez is back to his old form through 3 games. Lopez is 3-0 in 3 starts with a 1.57 ERA. Through 23 innings, Lopez has given up only 16 hits and 3 walks.

The NEXEN Heroes are the only other team to have a foreign position player. Corey Aldridge is off to a horrible start at the plate. He has produced some power with 3 home runs, but is hitting only .155 so far. With his 9 hits in 15 games, 3 have been home runs and 3 have been doubles. However he has struck out 18 times in those 15 games. NEXEN teammate Brandon Knight is off to a good start. In 4 starts, Knight is 1-3 but has pitched better than his record having lost a few early low runs games where he pitched great. His ERA has climbed of late to 2.84 but look for more good outings from Knight.

The Lotte Giants are really struggling this season. One of their foreign pitchers has been on the shelf all season so far. Ryan Sadowski pulled an oblique muscle and is still out but should be back soon. The one bright spot for Lotte this year might be Bryan Corey. Through 4 starts, Corey is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA. In 25.2 innings, Corey has given up 22 hits, only walked 2, and struck out 20.

In Daejeon, the Hanwha Eagles are back at the bottom of the standings and they might have the next player recieve the “plane ticket of shame” (completely stolen line from Matt at TSoKB). Oneli Perez has thrown in 6 games out of the bullpen but has posted 1-1 record with 2 saves and a 6.48 ERA. Sadly this is the lowest ERA of the two foreign pitchers. Julio DePaula has started 3 times and is 0-2. DePaula does not seem to be fooling anyone with his 7.16 ERA. Both pitchers are struggling with finding the strike zone as Perez has walked 5 in 9 innings and DePaula has walked 10 in 16.2 innings.

KBO Standings :

Team Won Lost Tie
SK Wyverns 11 04  
Doosan Bears 09 05 01 
LG Twins 09 06  
Samsung Lions 08 07  
Kia Tigers 08 07  
NEXEN Heroes 05 10  
Lotte Giants 04 09 02
Hanwha Eagles 04 10 01 

 

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Germany: Buchbinder Legionaere Split Series with Mainz Athletics

GERMANY – For the second time in as many weeks, the reigning German League champion Buchbinder Legionaere was knocked off at home when the Mainz Athletics claimed a surprising 5-3 victory last Friday night. A week earlier, the Mannheim Tornados also left Regensburg with an unexpected win.

The Legionaere rallied from a 3-1 deficit before Mainz took the lead for good on Peter Johannessen’s RBI fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. The A’s added an insurance score on a wild pitch by Buchbinder closer Philipp Hoffschild (2-1). Veteran right-hander Manuel Moller (1-0) came out of the bullpen to notch the win.

Buchbinder avoided the sweep with a hard-fought 3-2 victory the following day. Chris Howard’s walk-off single made a winner of Boris Bokaj (1-0). Pat Haugen (1-1) was tagged with the loss despite a solid complete game effort.

HEIDENHEIM SWEEPS PAST GAUTING
Aljosha Schattmann and two relievers limited Gauting to just a lone score to lead the Heidenheim Heidekopfe to a season-opening 3-1 victory over the winless Indians. Gauting starter Dominik Hartinger (0-2) kept Heidenheim off the scoreboard until a three-run seventh aided by a costly throwing error. American Dusty Bergman (1-0) worked six strong innings and the Heidekopfe cruised to a 12-1 victory in the twinbill finale.

HAAR DERAILS MANNHEIM
Sascha Lutz homered late to put the finishing touches on a 7-1 Mannheim victory in the first game. Rene Franke (3-0) picked up the complete game win for the Tornados. The Disciples raced out to an early 4-0 lead and survived a late Mannheim rally to salvage a split with a narrow 4-3 victory. Paco Garcia (2-1) tossed two-run ball over seven-plus innings to post the win. Philipp Hoehlein (0-1) was charged with the setback.

GERMAN SOUTH DIVISION

Team Won Lost Streak
Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 02 00 Won 2
Buchbinder Legionaere 04 02 Won 1
Mannheim Tornados 04 02 Lost 1
Haar Disciples 03 03 Won 1
Mainz Athletics 02 02 Lost 1
Bad Homburg Hornets 01 03 Lost 1
Gauting Indians 00 04 Lost 4

 

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Germany: North Division – Solingen Alligators Sweep Dohren Wild Farmers

GERMANY – The Solingen Alligators headed into last weekend’s German League matchup against the winless Dohren Wild Farmers needing a doubleheader sweep in a bad way. Mission accomplished, barely.

The Alligators (4-2) rallied from a two-run deficit to slip past the Wild Farmers 3-1 and earn their first back-to-back wins of the young season. Dominik Wulf delivered a walk-off RBI single that plated Florian Goetze with the winning score.

The reigning North Division champion opened the twinbill with a 5-1 victory as the trio of Goetze, Moritz Buttgereit and Phil Ortez each drove in a run apiece.

Staff ace Andre Hughes (1-0) picked up the win in his season debut.

PADERBORN TROUNCES BERLIN
The Paderborn Untouchables claimed sole possession of the top spot in the North Division with a pair of blowout victories over the Berlin Sluggers. A nine-run opening frame sealed the fate of Berlin as the U’s rolled to an 18-4 rout in the twinbill opener. Octavio Medina and Matt Martin both collected run-scoring triples. Paderborn finished off the overmatched Sluggers with a 19-2 pounding in the second game.

DORTMUND KNOCKS OFF PULHEIM
American Matt Kemp (3-0) racked up an astounding 21 strikeouts and the Dortmund Wanderers dealt the Pulheim Gophers their first loss of the season, 3-2, in the closing act of a doubleheader. Another import, Trevor Howell, slugged a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth that proved to be the game-winner. Pulheim rallied for a 14-8 comeback win in the opening game behind a grand slam off the bat of Daniel Lamb-Hunt.

BONN, HAMBURG EARN TWINBILL SPLIT
Sam Boone and Brehan Murphy both delivered clutch RBI hits in extra-innings to help the HSV Stealers edge the Bonn Capitals 12-11 in a high-scoring affair that lasted four hours in Hamburg. The visitors got three RBIs from Christian Nsien and put the game out of reach with a seven-run fifth in a 13-3 win in the second game to salvage a split. Bryce Schoening (1-0) garnered the win while American Justin Prinstein (0-2) was pinned with the loss.

GERMAN NORTH DIVISION

Team Won Lost Streak
Paderborn Untouchables 05 00 Won 5
Pulheim Gophers 05 01 Lost 1
Solingen Alligators 04 02 Won 2
Dortmund Wanderers 03 03 Won 1
HSV Stealers 03 03 Lost 1
Bonn Capitals 02 03 Won 1
Berlin Sluggers 01 05 Lost 5
Dohren Wild Farmers 00 06 Lost 6

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Poland: Extraleague Results and Standings

Courtesy www.baseball.pl

Polish Baseball Extraleague Results (April 17th)

TSB Demony Miejska Górka @ WUKB Centaury Warszawa 2:6, 9:1
UKS Deby Osielsko @ MKS Stal BiS Kutno 0:5, 0:9
UKS Caper Kedzierzyn-Kozle @ KS Silesia Rybnik 1:4, 5:16
BUKS Gepardy Zory @ KS Baseball Wroclaw 3:5, 10:2

Polish Extraleague Standings :

Team Won Lost
KS Baseball Wroclaw 05 01
MKS Stal BiS Kutno 04 00
BUKS Gepardy Zory 03 01
KS Silesia Rybnik 02 02
WUKB Centaury Warszawa 02 02
TSB Demony Miejska Gorka 01 03
UKS Deby Osielsko 01 05
UKS Caper Kedzierzyn-Kozle 00 04

 

 

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Pakistan wins 1st SAARC Baseball Cup

Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

LAHORE: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka 8-2 to win the First SAARC Baseball Cup at the Punjab Stadium here on Sunday. Pakistan won gold as it won all of their matches played in the Tournament. Sri Lanka won silver while Afghanistan received the bronze medal.

Pakistan started their first inning with Imtiaz making a score. Sri Lankan batters failed to make any runs. In the second inning Pakistan couldn’t score any runs while Sri Lankan batters made two through Khosla and Timmuni. Sri Lnakn enjoyed the one-run lead till the end of the fourth inning. Pakistan batters however, composed themselves and clubbed Sri Lankan pitchers in the fifth inning in all corners of the ground. Pakistan made five scores. Hafiz Musaddaq hit a home run. Imtiaz, Arshad, Zaheer, Asif Mustaq also contributed with one run each.

Sri lankan batters could not make any score in rest of their innings amid very tight and accurate pitching by the home side pitcher team captain Pakistan Ihsanullah. Pakistan made one score in the sixth innng through Imtiaz and one more in the eighth through Asif to win the match by a lead of six runs.

At the closing ceremony Punjab Education and sports Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman gave away prizes amongst the players. He also announced, on behalf of the Punjab chief minister, a sum of Rs 1.5 million for the players and the officials and Rs. one million for the Pakistan Baseball Federation (PBF). The PBF President Shaukat Javed and secretary General Khawar Shah were also present on the occasion.

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Spain: Sevilla Red Sox Stun CD Pamplona 11-5

SPAIN – Dennys Soto had four hits and the Sevilla Red Sox used an eight-run, sixth inning to stun CD Pamplona 11-5 Sunday for their first Spanish League victory of the season.

Soto went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs in a matchup that saw six Red Sox hitters tally at least two hits.

Emili Lopez (1-5) went the distance and overcame a whopping nine walks with 11 strikeouts en route to his first win in six decisions.

Pamplona rolled to a lopsided 18-2 victory in the series opener. Gabriel Guerrero and Isaac Palencia led the offensive attack. Guerrero homered and drove in five scores, while Palencia turned in a 4-for-4 effort with three RBIs.

Alexis Fumero (2-6) notched the win with a solid five-inning outing.

FC BARCELONA ESCAPES NAVARRA
Barcelona extended its winning streak to five games with a pair of wins against Baseball Navarra. Jesus Golindano crossed the plate in the eigth with the game-winner, and Ricardo Hernandez (6-0) struck out 15 while posting his fifth complete game of the season to remain unbeaten. League-leading Barcelona cruised to a 11-0 blowout victory in the second game. Jorge Balboa (5-0) and two relievers limited Navarra to just two hits. Emmanuel Febles drove in two runs with a pair of hits, while Jose Luis Salazar added two RBIs.

VALENCIA WHITEWASHES SAN INAZIO
Trevor Caughey continued his winning ways on the hill to lead the Valencia Astros to a 7-2 triumph over San Inazio Bilbao. The American improved to 5-0 with a solid seven-inning stint that featured nine strikeouts. Another pair of foreign imports, Whitney Robinson-Pierce and Aaron Hornostaj, scored two runs apiece. The Astros completed the twinbill sweep with an 8-1 decision in the second game. Aaron Hornostaj went 4-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs, and both Sandel Cuevas and Pedro Luis Peraza combined to plate four runs as the Astros rode a six-run seventh to their 13th win in 16 outings. Pedro Belmonte (6-0) went the distance to stay undefeated.

SANT BOI COOLS OFF VILADECANS
Eli Garcia tallied 11 strikeouts and Sant Boi snapped Viladecans seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory. Garcia (5-1) scattered two runs on five hits over seven frames to earn the win. Xavier Civit drove in a pair of scores for Sant Boi, while Denny Nino homered for Viladecans. The reigning league titleholder rolled to a 7-0 win in the second meeting between the two squads. Marc Carrillo homered and collected three RBIs. Lowin Sacramento (6-2) scattered four hits and nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings.

VIGO NO-SHOW AT TENERIFE
The Tenerife Marlins notched their fourth forfeit victory of the season when the Vigo Halcones failed to show up for the weekend series. The Marlins improved to 12-4 while the Halcones (3-13) have dropped 13 of 16 games thus far in 2011.

SPANISH BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
FC Barcelona 14 02 Won 5
Valencia Astros 13 03 Won 2
Sant Boi 12 04 Won 6
Tenerife Marlins 12 04 Won 2
CB Viladecans 07 07 Lost 2
San Inazio Bilbao 07 09 Lost 2
Baseball Navarra 05 11 Lost 2
CD Pamplona 04 12 Lost 1
Vigo Halcones 03 13 Lost 7
Sevilla Red Sox 01 13 Won 1

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer at i-BaseballContent.com

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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Sweeps Sparta/Feyenoord

THE NETHERLANDS – Eight players tallied at least one hit and DOOR Neptunus finished off a three-game sweep over Sparta/Feyenoord with a 11-2 road victory Sunday in a Dutch Major League matchup in Rotterdam.

The reigning league champion was clinging to a fragile two-run lead before plating seven runs over the final three frames to claim its first series win of the young season. L&D Amsterdam (5-1) took a pair of games against Neptunus (4-2) last week in a rematch of last year’s Holland Series.

Veteran slugger Raily Legito drove in three scores with a single and sacrifice fly, while the trio of Dwayne Kemp, Jeffrey Arends and Rien Vernooij combined to go 6-for-14 with five doubles and four RBIs.

Rubinet Koko, Jourick Blanco and Ramira Balentina had two hits apiece for winless Sparta/Feyenoord (0-3).

Reliever Kevin van Veen (1-0) notched the win with a scoreless frame before bullpen mates Jorian van Acker, Craig Anderson and Berry van Driel slammed the door with 4 1/3 shutout innings.

AMSTERDAM 10, HCAW 4
Ben Grover threw six innings of no-hit ball and the hot-hitting L&D Amsterdam Pirates wrapped up a dominating sweep over Mr. Cocker HCAW with another blowout victory. Amsterdam (5-1), which has won five straight since a 2-0 setback to Neptunus in the season opener, outscored their Bussum-based foe 34-7 in the three-game set. Percy Isenia and Vince Rooi, who has opened the season 9-for-18 at the plate, both drove in three runs. Grover (2-0) allowed just two runners and retired the final 14 batters he faced to post the win.

KINHEIM 9, ADO 0
Nick Veltkamp and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout and Corendon Kinheim completed a sweep over ADO with a 9-0 victory in Haarlem. Veltkamp (1-0) allowed just three hits and struck out seven in an exceptionally sharp seven-inning season debut. Patrick Beljaards and Nick Stuifbergen both worked a scoreless frame out of the bullpen to preserve the shutout. Bryan Engelhardt went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

UVV 7, VAESSEN 4
Utrecht captured its first win of the season with a 7-4 triumph against the Pioniers. Danny Rombley and Glenn Romney each drove in a pair of scores for UVV, which had five players with two or more hits. Mark Duursma went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Vaessen. Derek Tarapacki (1-0) collected the final four outs to earn his first win of the season.

DUTCH MAJOR LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Corendon Kinheim 03 00 Won 3
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 05 01 Won 5
DOOR Neptunus 04 02 Won 3
Vaessen Pioniers 02 01 Lost 1
UVV 01 02 Won 1
Mr. Cocker HCAW 00 03 Lost 3
Sparta/Feyenoord 00 03 Lost 3
ADO 00 03 Lost 3

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