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Belgium: Hoboken and Namur Open Season with Sweeps

Belgium: Hoboken and Namur Open Season with Sweeps

BELGIUM – The Mortsel Stars and the Brasschaat Braves battled to a draw this past weekend in a 2012 Opening Day matchup in the Belgian Baseball League.

Brasschaat (1-1) used a walk-off home run with two down in the ninth to claim a dramatic 6-5 victory on Saturday. Cuban slugger Nguyen “Papi” Boulet homered while scattering five runs over seven frames in a no-decision effort.

Mortsel (1-1) salvaged a split the following day with a 5-3 win in the series finale. Rafael Duran Garcia paced the offense with a run-scoring single and RBI triple.

Christophe Van Braecken (1-0) came out of the bullpen to notch the win.

The Hoboken Pioneers and the Namur Angels both opened the season with sweeps. Hoboken whipped the Antwerp Eagles, 10-2 and 17-1, and Namur stopped the Borgerhout Squirrels, 9-5 and 11-4.

The Deurne Spartans and the Royal Greys split a two-game set. Deurne took the season opening game, 6-5, before the Royal Greys cruised to a 7-3 victory in the series finale.

2012 BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE:
Hoboken Pioneers (2-0)
Namur Angels (2-0)
Brasschaat Braves (1-1)
Deurne Spartans (1-1)
Mortsel Stars (1-1)
Royal Greys (1-1)
Antwerp Eagles (0-2)
Borgerhout Squirrels (0-2)

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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