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European Championships: A No-Hitter and a Cycle Highlight Day 1

European Championships: A No-Hitter and a Cycle Highlight Day 1

THE NETHERLANDS – Day One of the 2012 European Baseball Championships is in the books. Six games in all were played on Friday, and all but two were blowout wins.

Greece 0, Spain 10 (8)

Spain got off to a good start as Leslie Nacar tossed 7 shutout innings allowing only 3 hits and striking out 9 en route to the win. Franklin Tavarez (2-for-3) doubled and scored 3 times from the number 2 spot in the order. Leonardo Hernandez picked up 3 hits including a double driving in a run to help in Spain’s 14 hit attack.

Efthymio Karkatselos took the loss for Greece lasting only 2.1 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. The Greece offense was stifled all day as they only picked up a total of 3 hits.

Russia 1, Sweden 14 (7)

Russia cut the Sweden lead to 4-1 and then the flood gates opened as Sweden got 7 runs in the bottom of the 4th to blow the game open.

Peter Johannessen drove in 4 runs with a 2-run double and 2 RBI ground outs going 1-for-4 on the day. Matthew Merrifield had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored. In total, Sweden pounded out 11 hits in the rout to pick up a win to start the tournament.

Rikard Leander tossed 6 innings allowing a single run on 7 hits while striking out 6. Anton Shirokiy took the loss for Russia.

Germany 5, Czech Republic 4 (10)

In perhaps the best game of Day 1, the Czech Republic came back from down 3-1 to tie it and send it into extra innings, but couldn’t complete the comeback falling short in the 10th inning.

A walk and a pair of errors in the bottom of the 8th inning by Germany allowed the Czech Republic to tie the game at 3 forcing the extra frame. In the 10th, Germany score twice. They got the first run on a bases loaded hit by pitch and the second on a sacrifice fly.

In a dramatic finish, the Czech Republic loaded the bases on a bunt single (tie break rules put runners at 1st and 2nd to start the inning) with no outs. That was followed by a pair of strike outs before Jan Drabek (2-for-5) singled up the middle driving in a run only to have the tying run thrown out at the plate for the final out of the game.

Luke Sommer pitched well for Germany but didn’t factor into the decision. Martin Dewald picked up the win pitching 3.1 innings in relief. Jendrick Speer drove in 3 runs, and Maximilian Kepler (2-for-5) blasted a solo home run.

Marek Minarik took the loss for the Czech Republic pitching 3 innings in relief allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Paval Budsky (3-for-5) doubled twice and drove in a run in the loss.

Great Britain 1, France 3

Patrice Briones pitched a complete game allowing just 1 run on 6 hits to lead France to the win over Great Britain.

With the game tied at 1 in the bottom of the 4th inning, France picked up a run on a throwing error and another on a RBI single to take the lead for good. Maxime Lefevre drove in a run with a single in the 4th inning. Frederic Hanvi didn’t pick up a hit but with a pair of walks he wrecked havoc on the base paths stealing 2 bases and scoring 2 runs.

Aeden McQueary-Ennis took the loss for Great Britain pitching 4 innings allowing 3 runs (2 ER). Matthew McGraw picked up a pair of hits for Great Britain going 2-for-3 with a double.

Croatia 0, Italy 16 (5)

Italy made short work of Croatia pounding out 20 hits en route to the big win to open the tournament. Tiago Da Silva and Carlos Richetti combined to no-hit the Croatians on Friday night. Da Silva pitched 4 innings striking out 6 and Richetti finished off the no hitter in the 5th.

Tyler Latorre went 3-for-3 with a double, a RBI, and 3 runs scored to help Italy to the win. Mario Chiarini drove in 3 runs picking up a pair of hits including a triple. Every starter for Italy picked up at least one hit in the game.

Belgium 0, Netherlands 17 (6)

Tom Stuifbergen tossed 6 shutout innings allowing just 4 hits to pick up the win against Belgium in the opener for the Netherlands. The offense pounded out 14 hits in the rout as Kalian Sams put an exclamation point on the game with a grand slam in the 6th inning. Sams hit for the cycle going 4-for-4 and driving in 8 runs on the night.

The schedule for Saturday features the following:

Spain vs Russia

Belgium vs Germany

Croatia vs Greece

France vs Netherlands

Czech Republic vs Great Britain

Sweden vs Italy


About Eric Bynum
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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