Archive | July, 2012

Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Jumps out to Lead in Semi-Finals After Round One

The round robin semi-final round has started in the Dutch Baseball League. The top four teams play a 9 game round robin format with a 3-game series each weekend. The top two teams will advance to the Holland Series.

After Round 1, DOOR Neptunus is in the lead having swept its 3-game series with Corendon Kinheim. Not far behind is the defending champion L&D Amsterdam which took 2 out of 3 from the Vaessen Pioneers.

L&D Amsterdam 3, Vaessen Pioneers 1
Vaessen Pioneers 4, L&D Amsterdam 0
L&D Amsterdam 3, Vaessen Pioneers 1

Game 1 of the series saw Rob Cordemans pitch solid for 7 innings allowing just 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 8 Pioneers to earn the win for Amsterdam. Vaessen limited Amsterdam to only 3 hits, but the Pirates got 2 runs without a hit in the 2nd inning on a walk, a hit-by-pitch, an error, and a couple of sacrifice flies.

Vaessen bounced back in Game 2 to shout out Amsterdam. Joey Evans pitched 8 innings of shutout ball to pick up the win. Mark Duursma had a big day at the plate going 4-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Zerzinho CroesMichael Duursma, and Mark-Jan Moorman all pitched in with 2 hits each.

Game 3 saw another fine pitching performance. This time it was Amsterdam’s Ben Grover who went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits to pick up the victory. Bas de Jong had a nice day at the dish going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Wesley Connor drove in a run with a double.

DOOR Neptunus 4, Corendon Kinheim 1
Corendon Kinheim 2, DOOR Neptunus 7
DOOR Neptunus 7, Corendon Kinheim 3

DOOR Neptunus got a great outing from starter Diegomar Markwell in Game 1 as he went 8 innings allowing 1 run. Berry van Driel pitched the 9th to earn the save. Raily Legito led the offense going 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, a home run, and 2 RBI. Benjamin Dill added 3 hits, and Adrian Anthony went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored.

Game 2 was more of the same as Kevin Heijstek went 8 innings for the Neptunus to pick up the win allowing just 1 run on 3 hits. Raily Legito once again went deep, and Shaldimar Daantji added a double and 2 RBI.

DOOR Neptunus roughed up Corendon starter Nick Veltkamp who gave up 7 runs (5 ER) in 4.1 innings of work to take the loss. Tim Roodenburg went 6 innings allowing 2 runs to pick up the win. Raily Legito stayed hot going 3-for-4. Benjamin Dill went 2-for-4 driving in 3 runs.

Standings:
1. DOOR Neptunus 3-0
2. L&D Amsterdam 2-1
3. Vaessen Pioneers 1-2
4. Corendon Kinheim 0-3

Schedule:

Thursday August 2nd:
DOOR Neptunus – Vaessen Pioneers
L&D Amsterdam – Corendon Kinheim

Saturday August 4th:
Vaessen Pioneers – DOOR Neptunus
Corendon Kinheim – L&D Amsterdam

Sunday August 5th:
DOOR Neptunus – Vaessen Pioneers
L&D Amsterdam – Corendon Kinheim

Thursday August 9th:
Corendon Kinheim – Vaessen Pioneers
L&D Amsterdam – DOOR Neptunus

Saturday August 11th:
Vaessen Pioneers – Corendon Kinheim
DOOR Neptunus – L&D Amsterdam

Sunday August 12th:
Corendon Kinheim – Vaessen Pioneers
L&D Amsterdam – DOOR Neptunus

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France: Semi-Final Round Starts as Rouen Takes First Two Games

The semi-final round of the 2012 French Elite League Playoffs kicked off this weekend as the Rouen Huskies faced off with the Savigny Lions, while Paris UC played the Senart Templiers.

Each series will be a best-of-5 that will conclude next weekend. The finals are slated to be played the 2nd and 3rd weekend of August.

Paris UC advanced to the semi-final round after having defeated Montpellier in the quarter-finals. Savigny advanced after defeating Toulouse 2-0 in their 3-game series.

Rouen Huskies 10, 4 – Savigny Lions 0, 1

The Rouen Huskies took the first two games in the best-of-5 series with Savigny over the weekend. The series will head to Rouen next weekend to conclude the series.

Senart Templiers 7, 4 – Paris UC 6, 7

The Senart Templiers and Paris UC split the first two games of their semi-final series over the weekend. The series shifts to Senart next weekend for the final 3 games.

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Italy: Semi-Finals Head into Round 3 with Danesi Nettuno Atop Standings Through Round 2

Round 2 of the Italian Baseball League Semi-Final round was completed this weekend. The top four teams in the league play a round-robin format with the top two teams advancing to the championship round.

After Round 1 Danesi Nettuno and T&A San Marino were in the lead each winning 2 of their 3 matches. However, the two teams matched up with each other in Round 2 with Danesi taking control of the match up winning twice. In the other Round 2 match, Telemarket Rimini took 2-of-3 from Unipol Bologna after dropping the first game in 11 innings.

Heading into Round 3, T&A San Marino will face off with Unipol Bologna and Danesi Nettuno will square off with Telemarket Rimini. The top two will advance to the 2012 Italy Baseball Series.

Standings:

1. Danesi Nettuno 4-2
2. T&A San Marino 3-3
3. Telemarket Rimini – 3-3
4. Unipol Bologna 2-4

Round 1

Wednesday, July 18:
Danesi Nettuno 3, Unipol Bologna 2
Telemarket Rimini 2, T&A San Marino 4 (10)

Friday, July 20:
Unipol Bologna 11, Danesi Nettuno 7
T&A San Marino 11, Telemarket Rimini 5

Saturday, July 21:
Unipol Bologna 3, Danesi Nettuno 6

Sunday, July 22:
T&A San Marino o, Telemarket Rimini 5 (12)

Round 2

Wednesday, July 25:
Telemarket Rimini 2,  Unipol Bologna 3 (11)
Danesi Nettuno 3, T&A San Marino 0

Friday, July 27:
Unipol Bologna 3,  Telemarket Rimini 7
T&A San Marino 2, Danesi Nettuno 12

Saturday, July 28:
Unipol Bologna 2, Telemarket Rimini 4
T&A San Marino 12,  Danesi Nettuno 8

Round 3

Wednesday, August 1:
T&A San Marino – Unipol Bologna
Danesi Nettuno – Telemarket Rimini

Thursday, August 2:
Unipol Bologna – T&A San Marino
Telemarket Rimini – Danesi Nettuno

Friday, August 3:
Unipol Bologna – T&A San Marino
Telemarket Rimini – Danesi Nettuno

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Germany: Semi-Finals Underway with Both Series Tied 1-1

The semi-finals of the German Baseball League Playoffs kicked off this weekend. The Solingen Alligators are facing off with the Regensburg Legionaere, while Heidenheim and Paderborn are facing one another.

Solingen 1, 2 – Regensburg 5, 1

Solingen and Regensburg split a double header on Saturday with the Legionaere winning Game 1.

In Game 1, Regensburg jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the 1st inning. They added a single run in the 7th and scored two more in the 9th to win going away. Evan John Le Blanc (2-for-4) homered and drove in 2 runs. Petr Cech (2-for-3) added a home run, scored 2 runs, and drove in 2. Christoph Zirzlmeier (2-for-4) added a solo home run as well. Dustin Hughes drove in the only run for the Alligators with a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Mike Bolsenbroek pitched a complete game allowing a single run on 5 hits while striking out 10 to earn the win. Andre Hughes went the distance for Solingen taking the loss.

Solingen bounced back in Game 2 as Shelby Robertson pitched great allowing only 1 run on 6 hits over 9 innings picking up the win.

Solingen got on the board on a solo home run by Moritz Buttgereit (1-for-4) in the bottom of the 6th. Evan John Le Blanc (1-for-3) quickly tied the game for Regensburg with another home run in the top of the 7th. Solingen ended the game on a walk off single by Florian Gotze (1-for-4).

The games move to Regensburg for the final 3 games of the series next weekend.

Heidenheim 9, 10 – Paderborn  12, 4

Heidenheim and Paderborn also split the first 2 games of the 5 game series this weekend.

Paderborn pounded out 25 hits in Game 1 to win 12-9. Daniel Hinz (3-for-5) had a big day with a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI. However, Bjorn Schonlau had a bigger day pounding out 5 hits in 6 at bats with a home run, a run scored, and 3 RBI. Matt Martin was also 5-for-6 with 2 RBI.

Simon Guhring  tripled and drove in 3 runs for Heidenheim. Johannes Schaffler drove in 2 runs and was 3-for-5.

Game 2 went the other way as Heidenheim limited Paderborn to 4 runs to tie the series at 1. Heidenheim scored 9 runs in the 7th inning to go ahead and put the game away at the same time.

Alexander Lauterbach had 1 hit, but it was a good one being a grand slam in the 7th inning. Aaron Hornostay added 4 hits in 5 at bats driving in a run and scoring another. Justin Wilson drove in 2 runs going 2-for-5 to help Heidenheim tie the series.

Patrick Lawson pitched a complete game to earn the win. Brian Fields lasted 6 innings taking the loss for Paderborn.

Matt Martin had another big day for Paderborn going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI.

The games move to Paderborn next weekend.

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Pecos League: Playoff Spots Up For Grabs in Final Weekend

The Pecos League is in its final weekend of the regular season. There are three games to play with three teams already in the playoffs. The final spot will come down to the final few games as the Trinidad Triggers and White Sands Pupfish are battling it out for the final spot. Plus none of the top three seeds are set.

At the top of the standings are the Alpine Cowboys and the defending champion Roswell Invaders who are battling it out with the final 6 games of season. Alpine took the first game 6-5 by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to earn the win. On Sunday and Monday, the two teams will be playing double headers with the final game of the season coming Tuesday night.

In 3rd place at the moment is the Las Cruces Vaqueros who could still maybe come out on top. They are playing the 5th place White Sands Pupfish who are fighting for their playoff lives.

The playoffs will start on Wednesday, and the final weekend should be interesting with all the playoff spots being set.

In other recent news from the league, two players were signed by MLB affiliates.

Charlie Short of the Roswell Invaders was signed by the New York Yankees and assigned to one of the Yankees minor league teams. Short was a reliever for the Invaders and was having a great season. In 12 appearances, Short had 6 saves and 28 strikeouts in15 innings pitched.

Andrew Wall of the Alpine Cowboys was signed by the Washington Nationals and assigned to the New York-Penn League which is a short-season A league. The left-handed relief pitcher was 1-0 in 27 games with a 2.70 ERA over 20 innings pitched.

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2012 Big League World Series: Puerto Rico and Latin America Toss No-Hitters

EASLEY, South Carolina – The 2012 Big League World Series kicked off on Wednesday with a full slate of games. The tournament runs a week with the championship game next Wednesday.

In the International Pool, Puerto Rico has been hot at the plate outscoring their opponents 30-2. They lead the tournament with a .415 average, 11 doubles, and 12 stolen bases. They are second with an ERA of .63 trailing only the Central who has given up a single earned run in 3 games.

Puerto Rico has been dominating so far on the mound and at the plate. In its game with EMEA on Friday, Puerto Rico pitched a combined no-hitter. Starter Joe Jimenez (4 IP), reliever Francisco Rosa (1.2 IP), and reliever Randy Ventura (1.1 IP) combined for the no-hitter.

In Latin America’s game on Saturday against Asia-Pacific, Manuel Urdaneta and Robin Nunez matched what Puerto Rico did the day before by combining for a no-hitter. Urdaneta tossed 5 innings to earn the win, while Nunez finished off the final 2 innings for the combined no-hitter.

Day 1
Latin America 5, EMEA 3

West 4, Southwest 0

Central 1, SC District 1 0

Puerto Rico 9, Asia-Pacific 2

Day 2
Central 3, Southeast 1

West 2, East 1

EMEA 9, Canada 1

Day 3
Puerto Rico 7, EMEA 0

Central 8, West 1

Latin America 9, Canada 1

Southeast 4, Southwest 3

SC District 1 8, East 4

Day 4
Puerto Rico 14, Canada 0

Latin American 6, Asia-Pacific 0

East 4, Southwest 3

SC District 1 4, Southeast 2

Big League World Series Standings:

International Pool
1. Latin America 3-0
2. Puerto Rico 3-0
3. EMEA 1-2
4. Asia-Pacific 0-2
5. Canada 0-3

US Pool
1. Central 3-0
2. SC District 1 2-1
3. West 2-1
4. Southeast 1-2
5. East 1-2
6. Southwest 0-3

Schedule:

Sunday July 29th
Southwest vs SC District 1
Asia-Pacific vs EMEA
Puerto Rico vs Latin America

Monday July 30th
Canada vs Asia-Pacific
West vs Southeast
Central vs East

Tuesday July 31st
International Semi-Final
US Semi-Final

Wednesday August 1st
Championship Game

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2012 Big League World Series Starts Wednesday in South Carolina

EASLEY, South Carolina – The Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA gets most of the TV coverage and the big headlines, but soon another World Series in the Little League family starts, the Big League World Series.

Big League baseball is the oldest division in the Little League family for boys and girls ages 15-18, and every year the World Series is held in South Carolina. The World Series will begin on Wednesday July 25th with 11 teams from around the world taking part.

The tournament consists of 6 teams from around the USA and 5 international teams. The representatives are:

Asia Pacific – Muntinlupa, Philippines

Latin America – Maracaibo, Venezuela

EMEA – Buttrio, Italy

Canada – Windsor, Ontario

Puerto Rico – San Juan, PR

USA Central – Indiana

USA Southeast – Florida

USA Southwest – Laredo, Texas

USA West – Anaheim, California

USA East – Cumberland, New Jersey

A team from South Carolina also plays every year as the host team to round out the tournament.

The teams will play a round robin format with the top two teams in each pool (USA and International) advancing to the semifinals. The tournament runs for a week with the championship game on Wednesday August 1st.

For more information visit BigLeagueWorldSeries.org

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Cuba Wins 2012 Title over Puerto Rico

HAARLEM, Netherlands – Cuba won its 5th gold medal at the 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week by defeating Puerto Rico in the final. Cuba entered the medal round as the #3 seed and took down the top two seeds en route to the title.

Semifinals

Cuba 5, USA 3 (10)

Cuba defeated the USA in the first semifinal to advance to the final. Cuba had to come from behind scoring 3 runs in the top of the 8th to tie the game and send it to extra innings. In the first extra inning game of the tournament, Cuba used the international tie-breaker rules to score two runs to advance.

Puerto Rico 1, Netherlands 0

Puerto Rico continued to roll and the Netherlands continued to be shutout. After scoring 18 runs against Japan, the Dutch team went 27 innings without scoring a run. David Bergman pitched brilliantly for the Dutch but they couldn’t get anything offensively losing by a single run.

3rd Place Game – USA 4, Netherlands 3

American starter Marco Gonzales pitched great going 8 innings allowing only 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 9 to pick up the win. David Berg struggled as the Dutch team made a comeback in the 9th inning scoring 2 runs. Dan Child came in to shut the door on the Dutch rally to earn the save.

Gonzales finished the tournament 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings of work. He struck out 19.

Kyle Farmer (1-for-3) drove in a pair of runs for the USA, and   picked up 2 hits driving in a run as well.

The USA finishes with the bronze medal.

Championship Game – Cuba 4, Puerto Rico 2

Puerto Rico entered the game undefeated in the tournament, but couldn’t overcome a late inning throwing error by third baseman Jorge Jimenez that allowed a run to score in the bottom of the 8th in a 2-2 game. Cuba followed up the error with a RBI single to take a 2-run lead into the 9th inning

Norberto Gonzalez picked up the win with 5.1 innings of relief allowing only 1 hit. Benigno Cepeda took the loss pitching 3.1 innings of relief allowing 2 hits and 2 unearned runs for Puerto Rico.

Frederich Cepeda had a nice day at the plate for Cuba going 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and a solo home run. Rusney Castillo also pitched in with 2 hits and a RBI.

The win was Cuba’s 5th gold medal. Puerto Rico earned the silver marking its first medal of the tournament.

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Seeds Set for Medal Round

HAARLEM, Netherlands – The seeds for the final four teams to advance to the medal round are set after the games were finished on Friday. The four teams were set before the games started, but the seeds were still up in the air with Cuba and the Netherlands squaring off and the winner taking the #3 seed.

Puerto Rico 6, Chinese Taipei 5

Puerto Rico finished off the round robin play with a perfect 5-0 record taking down Chinese Taipei, who finished a disappointing 0-5. Puerto Rico jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a half an inning of play as Chinese Taipei starter Kuan Ju Chen couldn’t get out of the first inning only going a third of an inning. Puerto Rico pounded out 5 hits in the top of the first with the big blow coming on an  Antonio Candelaria (2-for-5) 3-run home run.

Nelson Feliu and Gabriel Robles both had 2 hits and a RBI. Ramesis Rosas didn’t pitch bad but didn’t get much help from his defense allowing 3 unearned runs on 3 hits in 4.2 innings. Rawell Rivera picked up the win finishing the game allowing 2 runs in 4.1 innings.

Cuba 4, Netherlands 0

Cuba shut out the hometown Dutch team to take the #3 seed leaving the Dutch to face Puerto Rico as the #4 seed.

Vladimir Garcia pitched great going 8 shutout innings allowing only 4 hits to pick up the win. Kevin Heijstek took the loss giving up 4 runs (3 ER) in 5.2 innings on 9 hits and 3 walks.

  had a big day at the plate for Cuba going 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and 3 walks. Barbaro Arruebarruena was also hot at the plate going 3-for-4 scoring 2 runs and knocking in another.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 5-0
2. USA 4-1
3. Cuba 3-2
4. Netherlands 2-3
5. Japan 1-4
6. Chinese Taipei 0-5

Schedule:

Saturday July 21
USA vs Cuba
Puerto Rico vs Netherlands

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Japan: High School Pitcher Throws 160 km/h (99 mph) Pitch

Forgive the lack of information here. I am taking this from a poorly translated article, but in Japan recently a high school pitcher threw 160 kp/h (99 mph).

The pitcher, Shohei Otani, from Hanamaki Higashi High School is 193 cm (6’4″) and 86 kg (189 lbs). The lanky right-handed pitcher showed it was not a fluke. In the 5th inning he threw a pitch 156 km/h and then topped it twice in the 6th when he reached 159 km/h and 160 km/h.

He definitely has a bright future if he chooses to pursue it, and he isn’t fully developed yet.

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Cuba Routes Japan and USA Squeaks by Netherlands

HAARLEM, Netherlands – For the second time in three days Japan gets routed. This time by Cuba. In game 2 of the day, the USA and Netherlands were locked in a pitchers battle.

Japan 1, Cuba 12

Cuba went up 4-0 after 2 innings and never looked back. Heading into the bottom of the 8th, Cuba was up 7-1, but scored 5 runs to end the game an inning early. Norberto Gonzalez picked up the win with 3 innings of scoreless relief. Motoki Higa took the loss for Japan tossing 4 innings allowing 5 runs (3 ER).

Yulieski Gourriel had a big day at the plate for Cuba going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and 3 RBI. Ariel Pestano had the big blow with a 2-run home run that ended the game. Pestano was 2-for-4. Jose Abreu added 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Yoshiki Eto homered for Japan knocking in the only run. Toru Hirai went 3-for-4 and was the only Japanese batter with more than 1 hit.

USA 1, Netherlands 0

The USA and Netherlands battled it out in a pitcher’s duel with the winner making a hold on the 2nd seed heading into the playoff round.

Carlos Rodon, a freshman from North Carolina State, pitched brilliantly going 7 shutout innings striking out 9 to pick up the win.  It was his second win of the tournament. Dan Child, a sophomore from Oregon State, picked up the save pitching the last 2 innings striking out 4 and not allowing a hit.

The USA scored a run in the 5th inning when with 1 out 2 straight hitters were hit by a pitch. The next batter walked. With the bases loaded, Michael Lorenzen was the 3rd batter to be hit by a pitch as the would be winning run scored.

The Dutch pitchers pitched great limiting the USA hitters to only 3 hits and 2 walks. However, Leon Boyd hit the 3 batters allowing the lone run to score taking the loss.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 4-0
2. USA 4-1
3. Netherlands 2-2
4. Cuba 2-2
5. Japan 1-4
6. Chinese Taipei 0-4

Schedule:

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
Cuba vs. Netherlands

Saturday July 21
No. 2 vs No. 3
No. 1 vs No. 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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2012 Little League World Series Regional Tournament Updates

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – After Chinese Taipei became one of the first teams to advance to the 2012 Little League World Series, Uganda became the first African nation to advance to Williamsport defeating Kuwait 5-2 in the championship game of the MEA Regional Tournament.

In other action, Curacao defeated Puerto Rico 10-1 to win the Caribbean Regional Tournament. Curacao rolled through the tournament outscoring their opponents 65 to 7.

In the Latin American Regional, Panama defeated Venezuela 6-5 to advance to the Little League World Series. Four of the five games Panama won were close games. They won three of the games by a single run and another by only 3 runs.

In the Japan Regional Tournament, a team from Tokyo Kitasuna Little League defeated Matsusake City 11-0 to advance. Kitasuna won the final three rounds of the tournament by 10 or more runs dominating the competition.

The eight American regional tournaments and the Canadian regional will take place in early August. The Europe and Mexico regionals will start this weekend and end the following weekend. After which each of the regional winners will play in the 2012 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA from August 16-26.

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Taipei City to host II IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship

12 Teams to compete in Tournament in Summer of 2013

Taipei City is going to host the II IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship in the summer of 2013. The success of the tournament, held for the first time in 2011, was the key factor to select Taipei for the second consecutive time. Deputy Mayor Timothy Ting and IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari jointly announced the decision on Saturday.

The 12U Baseball World Championship in 2013 is going to be played with 12 teams. Taipei City is an important partner of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), having hosted many IBAF events in the past. 12U is the prime category for youth baseball, as it is the foundation of baseball growth and development.

In July of 2011 Chinese Taipei won the inaugural edition of the 12U Baseball World Championship, defeating Cuba in the Gold Medal Game in front of a sellout crowd of 9,235 in attendance at Tien-Mou Stadium in Taipei City. Venezuela finished in third place, in front of Mexico, Japan and Brazil.

More information about the II IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship will be published in the coming months at www.ibaf.org.

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Lugazi Little League of Uganda Wins Regional Title, to be First African Team in Little League Baseball World Series

Press Release Little League Baseball

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 16, 2012) – For the first time in the 66-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series, a team from Africa will be in the field.  Lugazi Little League from Lugazi, Uganda, won the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region Tournament today with a 5-2 victory over Kuwait Little League from Kuwait City, Kuwait.

The five-team, four-day tournament was played at the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland.

Little League in Uganda is relatively new with the first local leagues chartering in 2005.

Lugazi is located in the southeastern area of the landlocked country, about 31 miles east of the capital city of Kampala. The Lugazi Little League is one of five chartered Little Leagues in Uganda, with four Little League (Majors) Baseball Division teams, and four Junior League Baseball Division teams. There are more than 700 boys and girls currently playing Little League Baseball and Softball in Uganda.

In 2011, a team from a different Ugandan local league, located in the capital city of Kampala, defeated a team from Saudi Arabia in the final game of the MEA Region Tournament. However, irregularities in the team’s birth and residence documents led to the U.S. State Department denying entry visas for the team. As a result, the Saudi Arabia team was awarded the regional title and competed in the 2011 World Series instead.

“After last year’s World Series, we met with State Department officials to work on ways to avoid a repeat of last year’s unfortunate situation,” Patrick W. Wilson, Little League International Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, said. “The meetings focused on ensuring that all players on the team, as well as the manager and coaches, would have all the necessary paperwork before the Uganda national championship team even traveled to Poland for the regional tournament.”

The next step for the Uganda team is to return to Uganda and begin the process of applying through the U.S. Embassy in Kampala for visas to enter the United States.

“In the months since our meetings with the U.S. State Department, we have been working with the local Little Leagues in Uganda on the methods to obtain the proper documents,” Mr. Wilson said. “We are grateful to the State Department for its assistance. As a result, we are now cautiously optimistic that the Uganda team will be joining us next month in South Williamsport for the 66th Little League Baseball World Series.”

Little League International, as with all teams traveling to and from all eight World Series tournaments in baseball and softball, pays all the travel, food and lodging expenses for the players, manager, and coaches. The Uganda team is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the second week of August.

Lugazi Little League posted a 3-1 record in pool play earning the No. 1 seed, and a spot in the championship game, on the basis of Little League’s tie-breaking rules.  Kuwait Little League and Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, also finished pool play with 3-1 records.  Kuwait Little League earned the other spot in the title game by virtue of winning the head-to-head game against Arabian American Little League.  All three teams involved defeated each other, creating the need to use the tie-breaker.

The new Middle East & Africa Champion suffered its only loss in the tournament, a 2-1 decision, to Arabian American Little League in its first game.  Lugazi Little League allowed only five runs in its five tournament games.

Lugazi Little League joins Aguadulce Cabezera Little League from Aguadulce, Panama, the Latin America Region Champion; Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo, Japan, the Japan Region Tournament Champion; Asia-Pacific Region Champion, Kuei-Shan Little League from Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei; and Pariba Little League from Willemstad, Curacao, the Caribbean Region Champion, in the 16-team Little League Baseball World Series field.

Lugazi Little League will play their first World Series game on Aug. 17, against the Latin America Region Champion, Aguadulce Cabezera Little League from Aguadulce, Panama.

The 66th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 16-26. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

The World Series will use the same format as last year with the teams split into two eight-team brackets – a U.S. bracket and an International bracket.

The 2012 World Series is the sixth under an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC. All games of the World Series will be televised live, in high definition, on the ESPN family of networks or ABC. ABC will air the World Series championship game, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m., and the U.S. and International Championship games the previous day beginning with the International contest at 12:30 p.m. and the U.S. game to follow. For the second year, all 21 World Series games played at Lamade Stadium will air on ESPN 3D.

As has been the case since 1997, everyone can follow the road to South Williamsport for the squads from the U.S. with ESPN and its family of networks coverage of the Little League Baseball regionals. Live coverage of the semifinals and championship game at all eight regional sites begins August 7. In addition, the New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise four pool play games in the New England Regional, played at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn., and both semifinals.

A new addition this year to the television schedule will feature the televising of all pool play games of the Southwestern Region Little League Baseball Tournament in Waco, Texas, by the Longhorn Network, part of the ESPN family, Aug. 3-6.

The U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern U.S. time): Southwestern Region (Aug. 9, 9 p.m., Waco, Texas, ESPN2); Southeast Region (Aug. 10, 7 p.m., Warner Robins, Ga., ESPN); Great Lakes Region (Aug. 10, 1 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); New England Region (Aug. 11, 6 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN); Northwest Region (Aug. 11, 4 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); Midwest Region (Aug. 11, 2 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); West Region (Aug. 11, 8 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); and Mid-Atlantic Region (Aug. 12, 5 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN2).

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided July 27 when the champion in the Mexico Region Tournament will be determined.

Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach, Calif., captured the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series Championship scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 2-1 victory over Hamamatsu Minami Little League, the Japan Region Champion.

Follow every pitch of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.4 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Puerto Rico and USA Remain Top Two Teams

HAARLEM, Netherlands – Puerto Rico stayed hot and improved to 4-0 in the tournament with a win over Japan. The USA stayed a game back by beating Chinese Taipei in a close game.

Japan 5, Puerto Rico 7

Puerto Rico stayed hot by coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Japan and stay in the top spot with one more game to go before the playoff on the weekend.

Rawell Rivera picked up the win tossing 3 innings of relief giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. Rabell Rivera picked up the save. Luis Rivera led Puerto Rico at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double scoring a run and driving in two. Jaime Ortiz drove in a pair of runs.

Naoyuki Morizono took the loss pitching 2.2 innings of relief giving up 3 runs on 3 hits. Keisuke Mekaru went 2-for-4 with a double driving in a pair of runs for Japan.

Chinese Taipei 0, USA 2

Team USA got back in the win column with a shout out of Chinese Taipei. Adam Plutko started pitching 4 innings not allowing a hit. Michael Lorenzen pitched .2 innings of relief and earned the win.  David Berg pitched the 9th inning striking out a pair to earn his second save. The American pitching staff only allowed 2 hits while striking out 9 in a dominating effort.

Kyle Farmer and Johnny Field each drove in a run with a double in the bottom of the 8th inning putting the USA on top.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 4-0
2. USA 3-1
3. Netherlands 2-1
4. Cuba 1-2
5. Japan 1-3
6. Chinese Taipei 0-4

Schedule:

Thursday July 19
Japan vs Cuba
USA vs The Netherlands

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
No. 3 vs No. 2

Saturday July 21
5th Place
No. 1 vs No 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Puerto Rico Defeats USA to stay Unbeaten

HAARLEM, Netherlands – After a little bit of rain that postponed a few games, the tournament is back on. Tuesday three games were played making up one of the rained out games.

Chinese Taipei 1, Cuba 2

Cuba finally got in the win column in a match of the two remaining winless teams. A pitcher’s duel ended with a 2-1 Cuba win when  Frederich Cepeda hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Ismel Jimenez picked up the win in relief tossing a scoreless inning. Pablo Fernandez got the save  getting the last two outs in the 9th.

Chen Meng Fan pitched well for Chinese Taipei tossing 8 innings allowing only 2 runs on 6 hits but took the loss. Po Ting Hsiao went 2-for-4 with a double.

USA 2, Puerto Rico 3

Puerto Rico continued its strong run through the field with its 4th straight win. This time they beat the formerly unbeaten USA.

Juan Padilla pitched well earning the win going 6.1 innings allowing only 2 runs (1 ER) on 6 hits. Jorge Jimenez had a big day at the plate going 1-for-2 with 2 walks and a 2-run home run.

Ryne Stanek took the loss for the USA going 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. Jose Trevino, a freshman from Oral Roberts, led the way for the Americans offensively going 3-for-4 with a RBI.

Netherlands 18, Japan 3 (7)

The game was close with The Netherlands winning 3-2 heading into the top of the 4th inning. Then the flood gates opened and the Dutch scored 9 runs in the 4th to take a huge lead.

Diegomar Markwell picked up the win for the Dutch pitching 6 innings allowing only 3 runs on 9 hits. Rudy van Heydoorn had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with 5 RBI. Heydoorn hit a 3-run home run and a double. Bas de Jong went 3-for-5 driving in 4 runs and scoring 3 times. Dwayne Kemp had 3 hits and Wesley Conner picked up 2.

Ginji Miyoshi went 2-for-4 for Japan scoring a run and driving in another. Kazuto Wakizono pitched in with 2 hits of his own. Tomu Inoue started and took the loss going only an inning giving up 3 runs. Ryoma Yamashiro took the brunt of the Dutch attack pitching only .2 innings giving up 7 runs on 7 hits.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 3-0
2. USA 2-1
3. Netherlands 2-1
4. Japan1-2
5. Cuba 1-2
6. Chinese Taipei 0-3

Schedule:

Wednesday July 18
Chinese Taipei vs USA
Cuba vs The Netherlands

Thursday July 19
Japan vs Cuba
USA vs The Netherlands

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
No. 3 vs No. 2

Saturday July 21
5th Place
No. 1 vs No 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Czech Republic: AVG Draci Brno Wins Regular Season Title

By Marvin Moore

CZECH REPUBLIC – AVG Draci Brno crushed Technika Brno 24-3 this past Sunday to win the Czech Baseball League regular season title. Technika ended Draci’s run of 16 consecutive national championships a year ago in a thrilling five-game fnals series.

Draci (25-11) regrouped from a 7-2 loss to Kotlarka Prague in the first part of a twinbill on Saturday with a 15-9 victory in the second encounter. Vojtech Jelinek (4-0) scattered four runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings to notch the key win.

Technika (24-11) swept the Arrows Ostrava on Saturday, 7-2 and 8-3, and will enter the postseason as the second-seeded squad.

A pair of Prague-based teams, Eagles (21-14) and Kotlarka (20-15), bagged the third and fourth playoff spots, respectively.


Saturday, July 14:

Skokani Olomouc  10,5 – Hrosi Brno 0,16
Eagles Prague 11,5 – Olympia Blansko 5,1
Kotlarka Prague 7,9 – Draci Brno 2,15
Technika Brno 7,8 – Arrows Ostrava 2,3

Sunday, July 15:
Draci Brno 24 – Technika Brno 3
Arrows Ostrava 6,15 – Olympia Blansko 5,4

 

2012 CZECH BASEBALL LEAGUE:

1. Draci Brno (25-11)

2. Technika Brno (24-11)

3. Eagles Prague (21-14)

4. Kotlarka Prague (20-15)

5. Arrows Ostrava (18-17)

6. Hrosi Brno (17-18)

7. Skokani Olomouc (15-20)

8. Olympia Blansko (0-35)

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Germany: 2012 Baseball Playoff Updates

By Marvin Moore

GERMANY – Justin Kuehn threw seven scoreless innings and Rodney Gessman delivered a clutch two-run single to help the Regensburg Legionaere complete a doubleheader sweep over the HSV Stealers with a 4-0 victory Saturday in the quarterfinals of the German Baseball League playoffs.

Kuehn (6-1) allowed just four hits and three walks while punching out five batters to put the South Division champion one win shy of advancing to the second round. Reliever Harry Glynne worked the final two frames to preserve the shutout and earn the save.

Gessman drove home Petr Cech and Matt Vance in a three-run third to put skipper Martin Helmig’s squad on top for good. Vance and Evan LeBlanc paced the Legionaere with two hits apiece.

HSV Stealers’ staff ace Antonio Peraza (6-2) was charged with the setback after issuing a walk and eight hits in a complete game outing.

The reigning German titleholder opened the best-of-five series with a decisive 13-2 win in the first encounter as Chris Howard doubled twice and tallied five RBIs.

Mike Bolsenbroek (8-0) scattered two runs on four hits and three walks over seven strong innings to pick up his eighth win of the year.

SOLINGEN SILENCES MAINZ
The Solingen Alligators opened the German postseason with a pair of impressive road wins over the Mainz Athletics to inch closer to the next round.

The North Division second-seeded squad rolled to a 9-1 win in the series opener behind another solid outing by homegrown ace Andre Hughes. The southpaw went the distance and fanned nine to improve to 13-0 this season.

Patrick Kanthak, Dominik Wulf and Travis Bass all went deep for the Alligators who pounded out 13 hits against three Mainz hurlers.

Shelley Robertson outduelled Pat Haugen in a matchup of American pitchers to lift Solingen to a 7-3 triumph in the second game.

Robertson (8-7) struck out nine over eight frames and finished the game with four scoreless innings to push the Athletics to the brink of elimination.

The Alligators capitalized on a key defensive blunder in the second to grab an early 3-0 lead before Kanthak and Dustin Hughes connected for back-to-back homers one frame later to put the game out of reach.

Andreas Lastinger collected three hits and scored twice for Mainz.

HAAR SURPRISES PADERBORN
Michael Stephan drilled a two-run blast and the Haar Disciples survived a late rally to upset the Paderborn Untouchables 7-6 Saturday in the first round of the German League playoffs.

Haar, the No. 4 seed from the rugged South Division and heavy underdogs against the two-time reigning North Division champion, rallied from a pair of early deficits to stun the Untouchables.

David Selsemeyer led the Disciples with a trio of hits while Stephan, Ty Ericksen and Christoph Ziegler added two hits each.

Gregor Klinc (2-1) tossed eight effective frames before running out of gas in the ninth to notch the win. Luke Steinlein retired all three batters he faced to earn the save.

Paderborn rebounded with a 3-1 decision in the twinbill finale to even the best-of-five series as American fireballer Brian Fields (12-1) struck out 11 in a stellar complete game appearance.

The Disciples took a quick 1-0 advantage in the first inning when Stephan singled home Steinlein. But Jendrick Speer went deep off Haar starter Francis Garcia (2-4) in the fourth to knot the score, and Sascha Brockmeyer plated the go-ahead run two innings later. Brockmeyer, who went 3-for-4, added an insurance run in the ninth with a solo bomb.

BONN TRIPS HEIDENHEIM
Lennart Weller doubled home Vincent Ahrens in the 12th inning to help the Bonn Capitals edge the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 8-7 Saturday and even their best-of-five series against the South Division heavyweight.

Heidenheim, which rolled to a decisive 9-3 victory in the first game of the quarterfinal doubleheader, raced out to a seemingly commanding 5-0 lead. However, Daniel Lamb-Hunt highlighted a game-changing four-run seventh with a three-run homer as the Capitals knotted the score at 6-6.

Bonn starter Charley Olson (10-1) worked all 12 frames and threw a ridiculous 166 pitches to deny Heidenheim a twinbill sweep.

Former Milwaukee Brewers prospect Simon Guehring paced the Heidekoepfe with three hits.

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

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Switzerland: Therwil Flyers Sweep Zurich Challengers

By Marvin Moore

SWITZERLAND – The Therwil Flyers got back on the winning track on Sunday with a pair of wins over the Zurich Challengers in Swiss Baseball League action at Kanelmatt 1 in Therwil. The Challengers’ home games had to be played on the road because the Heerenschürli ballpark is still closed after the July 3 flooding.

Therwil (9-4) routed Zurich 12-3 in the first game behind an 18-hit offensive assault. Chris Blackbee and Stefan Koller banged four hits apiece, and Reto Siegel reached base five times on three hits and two walks to pace last year’s runner-up squad.

Koller (4-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks over eight innings to earn the decision. Adrian Kaufmann worked a perfect ninth out of the bullpen to finish off the impressive victory.

Tobias Siegrist, Robert Sedin and Bryan Shemley tallied two hits apiece for the Challengers.

The Flyers completed the sweep with a rain-soaked 3-1 victory in the second encounter as play was stopped after five innings. Blackbee (1-0) picked up the win with five stellar frames on the mound.

Therwil opened the scoring in the first inning when Siegel crossed the plate on an RBI fielder’s choice by Kaufmann. But Zurich pulled even in the second on Harold Bregy’s run-scoring base hit.

The Challengers wasted a golden scoring chance in the third after Sedin led off with a single before swiping two bases. However, Blackbee retired the next three batters to defuse the threat.

The Flyers capitalized on an error and a passed ball in the fourth to take the lead for good. Both squads went down silently in the fifth before the clouds opened and the game was halted prematurely due to heavy rains.

In the lone other matchup slated this past weekend, the Luzern Eagles captured a pair of wins, 15-6 and 15-0, over the last-place Wil Devils.

2012 SWISS BASEBALL LEAGUE:

Bern Cardinals (15-1)
Embrach Mustangs (14-3)
Zurich Barracudas (10-5)
Therwil Flyers (9-4)
Zurich Challengers (8-7)
Zurich Lions (3-13)
Luzern Eagles (3-13)
Wil Devils (2-18)

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

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Italy: Unipol Bologna Tops San Marino to take Regular Season Title

By Marvin Moore

ITALY – Gabriele Ermini capped a three-hit game with a walk-off single and Unipol Bologna edged T&A San Marino 3-2 Saturday to capture the 2012 Italian Baseball League regular season title. Both squads finished with identical 31-11 cards but Bologna took the top seed with four wins in six outings against San Marino.

Bologna, which snapped the Titans 14-game winning streak with a suspense-filled 2-1 win on Friday night, fell behind early as San Marino delivered the first blow. Francesco Imperiali opened the fifth with a two-bagger off Tiago Da Silva and scored on Francesco Cingolani’s RBI sac fly.

The home team answered back in the bottom of the same frame. Leadoff man Juan Carlos Infante reached on a one-out walk and crossed the plate with the tying score on a run-scoring double by Claudio Liverziani.

The reigning Italian Series champion reclaimed the lead in the sixth on Laidel Chapelli’s RBI fielder’s choice. However, a pair of relief specialists, Cody Cillo and Nicholas Pugliese, combined for 3 2/3 scoreless frames to keep Bologna within striking distance.

Liverziani followed a one-out triple by Ermini in the seventh with an RBI sac fly to knot the score, and Bologna finished off the comeback win in the ninth to close the regular season on a winning note.

Pugliese (2-0) struck out two of the three batters he faced to seal the title-clinching win.

RIMINI 9, PARMA 0
Telemarket Rimini blanked Cariparma Parma to earn the third seed in the upcoming IBL postseason. Mario Chiarini blasted his seventh home run en route to a 3-for-5 effort at the plate, while Joe Persichina tallied four hits for the victorious Pirates. Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez (6-2) scattered two hits and fanned five over five strong innings to notch the win.

NETTUNO 10, GODO 5
Danesi Nettuno completed a three-game sweep over the Godo Knights to secure the final playoff spot. Nestore Morville, who stole home in a three-run opening frame, joined teammate Leonardo Mazzanti with three RBIs apiece. Massimiliano Masin (2-1) tossed one-hit ball over three innings to earn the win and Carlos Richetti picked up the save.

GROSSETO 10, NOVARA 4
Chris Grossman went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs to help Grosseto Baseball finish off a three-game sweep against Novara United. James Buccheri and Rolexis Molina both collected three hits for the seventh-place Grosseto franchise. Junior Oberto (1-7) pitched six shutout innings to get the win.

2012 ITALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE:

Unipol Bologna (31-11)
T&A San Marino (31-11)
Telemarket Rimini (28-14)
Danesi Nettuno (28-14)
Cariparma Parma (21-21)
Godo Knights (14-28)
Grosseto Baseball (11-31)
Novara United (4-38)

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

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Independent League Roundup: American Association and Atlantic League

American Association

The American Association began play in 2006. Today there are a total of 13 teams in the league spread throughout 3 divisions. Teams range from Canada to the south of Texas. As well, some teams have been in operation since 1993 while one is new for 2012.

The league includes two of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Doug Simunic and Ricky Van Asselberg.

Currently the Grand Prairie AirHogs and the Wichita Wingnuts lead the South and Central divisions. While the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Winnipeg Goldeyes are tied for first in the North division.

League Leaders

Jake Kahaulelio (Wichita) is the league leader in batting with an average of .381. Tim Alberts (Amarillo) is second at .369.

Cristian Guerrero (S. Falls) leads the league in home runs with 14. CJ Ziegler (Wichita) is second with 13.

Nic Jackson (Fargo) leads the league in RBI with 55, with John Alonso (Lincoln) second with 50.

Zach Penprase (Fargo) leads the league in stolen bases with 25.

Nick DeBarr (Grand Prairie) is the league leader in wins with 9, as Josh Lowey (Wichita) has 8.

The strikeout leader is Matthew Rusch (Winnipeg) with 66. In second are Ryan Mitchell (Amarillo) and John Brownell (Grand Prairie) with 61.

Shaun Garceau leads the league in ERA at 2.25 with Matthew Rusch close behind at 2.52.

American Association Standings:

North Division
1. Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks 32-21
2. Winnipeg Goldeyes 32-21
3. Sioux Falls Pheasants 27-25
4. St. Paul Saints 24-28

Central Division
1. Wichita Wingnuts 33-20
2. Kansas City T-Bones 29-26
3. Sioux City Explorers 24-30
4. Gray SouthShore RailCats 23-31
5. Lincoln Saltdogs 20-33

South Division
1. Grand Prairie AirHogs 37-17
2. Amarillo Sox 29-25
3. Laredo Lemurs 23-29
4. El Paso Diablos 20-31

Atlantic League

The Atlantic League has been in operation since 1998. The league has a higher salary cap than most independent leagues and thus will routinely employ higher level players including many ex-Major Leaguers.

The league includes 8 current teams with a 9th team slated to start play in 2014. It also includes two of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Sparky Lyle and Andy Etchebarren.

The league is broken down into two divisions with the Lancaster Barnstormers leading the Freedom Division and the Long Island Ducks leading the Liberty Division.

League Leaders

Adam Goodwin (Lancaster) leads the league in hitting with a .349 average. Andres Perez (York) is second in the league at .328.

Brock Peterson (Bridgeport) is the league leader in home runs with 16. Jaime Pedroza (Lancaster) and Brandon Sing (Long Island) are tied for second with 13.

The all-time Atlantic League RBI leader Jeff Nettles (Somerset) and Ramon Castro (York) are tied for the league lead in RBI with 50.

Adam Goodwin also leads the league in stolen bases with 21 where he is tied with 3 others including former Major Leaguer Freddie Bynum (Somerset).

Bobby Livingston (Sugar Land) leads the league in wins with 9. Paul Phillips (Somerset) and Corey Thurman (York) are tied with 8.

Mark Brackman (Lancaster), Paul Oseguera (Bridgeport), and Mike McGuire (Camden) are all tied for the league lead in strikeout with 74.

Dwayne Pollok (Lancaster) is the league leader in ERA at 2.33. Former Seattle Mariner John Halama (Lancaster) is second in ERA at 2.62.

Atlantic League Standings:

Freedom Division
1. Lancaster Barnstormers 47-25
2. York Revolution 36-36
3. Somerset Patriots 36-36
4. Sugar Land Skeeters 30-42

Liberty Division
1. Long Island Ducks 39-32
2. Camden Riversharks 35-36
3. Bridgeport Bluefish 33-39
4. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 31-41

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Website of the Week: Clubhouse GM

This weeks website is the Clubhouse GM.

Jeff and Jeremy at the Clubhouse GM bring you an interesting articles on a variety of things.

Jeremy is a huge fantasy player and with that comes a lot of information with scouting players for fantasy leagues. They have rankings,comparisons, and all sorts of stats that any fantasy player would find helpful.

Prior to the season they did season previews for almost all the teams that I found very interesting, but my favorite part of the site is their “Get to Know a Pro” section. Here they interview players from all levels and there are usually some interesting comments made.

The site is definitely worth a look if you don’t know about it already.

You’ll find the guys on Twitter as well at @ClubHouseGM or on Facebook.

So head on over and check it out. I’d highly recommend reading the Get to Know a Pro series that I really enjoy.

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Video of the Week: Chicks Dig the Longball

This is one of my favorite commercials. It has two of the greatest pitchers of all time talking about hitting.

 

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Cuba to Play CPBL Team in Exhibition in November

The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) announced that the Cuban national team will be making a trip to Taiwan to play a two game set in November.

The game will pit the current world #1 team in Cuba against the best that the CPBL has to offer.

Game 1 will be on November 12 at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung. Game 2 will be the following day at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium in Taoyuan.

It is also rumored that Cuba is looking to add either Japan or South Korea or both to its Asia trip.

The series is being called the 2012 CPBL vs Cuba Games and will be fully sanctioned by the IBAF. This is just one of many events by international baseball committees in an effort to promote the game internationally in hopes that they will receive reinstatement at the Olympic Games.

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