Archive | July, 2013

2013 European Champions Cup Starts Thursday in Italy

The European Champions Cup kicks off on Thursday August 1 between two Italian powers. Unipol Bologna will be defending its title after winning the European Cup in Regensburg, Germany. They will be facing off with fellow Italian Baseball League club Telemarket Rimini.

Rimini won the European Cup in Barcelona, Spain. After finishing with a 4-1 record in the pool play, Rimini defeated Dutch power Corendon Kinheim in the final to earn a trip to the Champions Cup.

Bologna swept through the Regensburg European Cup undefeated in pool play. They defeated fellow IBL team T&A San Marino in the final to advance.

The best-of-three series will start in Bologna. Game 2 and 3, if necessary, will be played in Rimini. Each game will start at 9 pm.

2013 European Champions Cup Schedule:
Thursday, August 1, 2013:
Telemarket Rimini at Unipol Bologna

Friday, August 2, 2013:
Unipol Bologna at Telemarket Rimini

Saturday, August 3, 2013:
*Unipol Bologna at Telemarket Rimini
*if necessary

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2014 European Championship First Round to be Played in Germany and the Czech Republic

The 2014 European Championship will be hosted by two countries. The Czech Baseball Association has announced an agreement with the Regensburg Buchbinder Leagionaere to host a first round group at Armin-Wolf-Arena. Joining Regensburg, Germany will be two Czech cities in hosting the event. Once Czech city will host the other first round while the last will host the final round.

In the running for the two Czech cities are Prague, Brno, Trebic, and Ostrava.

The tournament will be played next September starting with two groups. Group A will feature Greece, Czech Republic, Spain, Russia, Croatia, and the Netherlands. This group will play the first round in a Czech city.

Group B will be played in Regensburg and will feature France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, and Sweden.

Both Great Britain and Russia won the B-Level Championship earlier this year to qualify for next year’s tournament. Italy will look to defend its title from 2012. Italy has won the previous two titles and ranks second only to the Netherlands in total medals and gold medals.

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France: Paris and Montpellier Advance in Division I Playoffs

The French Division I Playoffs kicked off this past weekend. Paris UC faced off with the Savigny Lions with the series going the max three games. In the other series, Montpellier took on Beaucaire. The winners would take on the top two finishers from the regular season in Rouen and Senart.

Savigny Lions 3, Paris UC 5
Paris UC 5, Savigny Lions 6 (10)
Savigny Lions 6, Paris UC 8

James Murrey pitched well for Paris in Game 1 of the series to help them take a 1-0 lead. Murrey tossed seven innings giving up just three runs. Frederic Mouchet finished off the game pitching two hitless innings to earn the save.

Delvin Sanders went 3-for-4 for Paris, while Mouchet drove in a pair of runs.

Pierrick Lemestre (3-for-4) led Savigny offensively driving in two runs with a double in the seventh inning.

Game 2 was tied 3-3 heading into the tenth inning when Pairs scored two in the top half of the tenth. However, Pierrick Lemestre came through big for Savigny. He was the hero of the day pitching all ten innings to earn the win, and driving in the winning runs in the tenth inning.

Lemestre went ten innings giving up five runs, with only one earned, while striking out eight on the hill. At the plate he went 2-for-4 with three RBI including a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth to even the series at one game apiece.

Douglas Rodriguez had a nice game for Paris at the plate going 3-for-4 driving in three runs.

Game 3 would decide who would advance to the next round and it took a late game comeback from Paris to pull out the win.

Pairs had a 5-3 lead heading into the eighth inning when Savigny broke out with three runs to take a 6-5 lead. The tying runs came across on a two-run single by Romain Martinez (2-for-4). They would pick up another run via an error to take the lead late in the game.

Gedeon Costes couldn’t hold onto the lead for Savigny though. He pitched four innings giving up four runs including three in the bottom of the eighth.

After getting two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth, Paris loaded the bases on a walk, a double, and an intentional walk. Then the tying run came on a balk by Savigny pitcher Costes. That was followed by an Enrique Trinidad (2-for-4) two-run double to give Paris the lead and eventually the win.

Keiran Mattison pitched the ninth to earn the save an send Pairs to the next round.

Beaucaire Chevaliers 0, Montpellier Barracudas 9
Montpellier Barracudas 8, Beaucaire Chevaliers 3

Montpellier came through with a sweep of Beaucaire easily winning both games of the series.

Game 1 was dominated by Montpellier stater Will Musson who tossed a complete game shutout. He gave up just four hits and struck out eleven in the win. Musson also had a hit and drove in a run at the plate.

Game 2 wasn’t much different than the first. Montpellier worked up an 8-0 lead late in the game before Beaucaire came through with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Laurent Andrades tossed a good game for Montpellier. He went six shutout innings giving up just three hits to earn the win.

Offensively, Theo Foulongne (1-for-3) scored a pair of runs and drove in two more to help Montpellier to the win.

Gabriel Sandersius (4-for-4) had a great day at the plate for Beaucaire but didn’t get much help.

In the next round, Montpellier will take on the Rouen Huskies, while Paris UC will face Senart.

French Division I Playoff Schedule:

Saturday August 17th
Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies
Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

Sunday August 18th
Rouen Huskies vs Montpellier Barracudas
Senart Templiers vs Paris UC

Saturday August 24th
Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies
Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

Sunday August 25th
*Rouen Huskies vs Montpellier Barracudas
*Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies

*Senart Templiers vs Paris UC
*Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

*if necessary

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2013 Big League World Series: Southeast Downs the West in the USA Championship Game

EASLEY, South Carolina – After Venezuela defeated Chinese Taipei in the International Championship, South Carolina District 7 (Southeast) took on California District 13 (West) in the USA Championship Game.

The Southeast got outhit 9-8, but they made the best of those eight hits scoring seven runs to earn the USA Championship and a trip to the 2013 Big League World Series Title Game.

The Southeast jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and added three more in the third inning to take an early 5-1 lead.

Ramone Osuna (2-for-3) led off the second inning for the Southeast with a double. Two batters later he would come around to touch home on a Glen Batson (1-for-4) line drive single to center. They would score once more on a Grant Cox (2-for-3) double. It was the first of three runs Cox would drive in in the game.

An inning later, Cox would drive in two more runs with a bases loaded single. That hit gave the Southeast a 5-1 lead. Bradley Jones (1-for-3) homered in the sixth inning giving the Southeast a 6-1 lead that they never would give up.

The West tried to mount a comeback scoring a pair of runs in the fourth inning, but that was as close as they would get. Ricky Davis and Casey Ryan both went 3-for-4 in the loss for the West.

The West scored two of its three runs on wild pitches. The other came on an error.

With the 7-3 win, the Southeast will now face Latin America (Venezuela) in the 2013 Big League World Series Championship Game on Wednesday night.

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2013 Big League World Series: Latin America Scores in the Ninth to Win International Championship

EASLEY, South Carolina – The Championship Game is set for the 2013 Big League World Series after the semifinal matches on Tuesday. The top two teams in each pool (USA and International) played for a spot in the final game that will come on Wednesday night.

The International Pool Championship Game featured two very solid teams in Asia-Pacific (Chinese Taipei) and Latin America (Venezuela). Asia-Pacific entered the game undefeated after finishing 4-0 in the pool play. They gave Latin America its only loss of the tournament in a 7-1 victory early on. However, this time Latin America would get its revenge.

Latin America jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. It got the inning started with a lead off single by Alexander Lopez (1-for-4). A pinch-runner was brought in for Lopez and he was quickly moved to second base. After reaching third base on an error, Latin America had runners at the corners with no outs. Then the runner at first was thrown out stealing second. The batter at the time then hit a ground ball and the runner at third was thrown out at home.

It looked like Asia-Pacific would get out of the inning, but Latin America would mount a two-out rally. A walk put runners at first and second with the eighth and ninth hitters in the lineup coming up. Diego Paz (1-for-3) singled in the first run of the game, and EJ Lugo (1-for-3), the ninth place hitter, came through with another RBI single to give Latin America a 2-0 lead.

Asia-Pacific came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the third on a Kuo-Chen Fan double (2-for-4). It tied the game in the fifth inning on a Chen-Fei Lin double (1-for-2).

The game stayed tied with both pitching staffs having nice days. Latin America reliever Franklin Morales pitched five innings allowing just one run on one hit. He would eventually pick up the win.

Fang-Chun Yuan pitched great in relief as well for Asia-Pacific. He came on in the second inning and went 7.1 innings in relief. He didn’t give up a run until the ninth inning when Latin America would finally get to him.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Andherson Yance (2-for-3) got the Latin America rally going with a double. Two pitches later Luis Macias (1-for-4) singled up the middle to drive in Yance with the go-ahead run.

With the lead, Alvaro Lugo came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth to earn the save and send Latin America to the World Series Championship Game.

They will now face the USA Pool champion in the 2013 Big League World Series Championship on Wednesday night.

Photo Big League World Series

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Germany: Regensburg Sweeps Mainz to Tie for Division Lead

In a weekend consisting mainly of split series by top teams, Regensburg Buchbinder Legionare swept Mainz Athletics to tie for first place in the Bundesliga South division at a record of 17-5.

Game 1 | Friday, July 26, 2013
Regensburg   8   11  0
Mainz              1    4   2

Regensburg was able to jump to an early lead in the second as they pounded four runs over the home team Mainz. The Legionaere were led by Richard Klijn who went 2-for-3 and collected four RBI on a home run and a double. Matthew Vance also came in offensive support going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Christian Decher suffered his third loss of the season to Regensburg, giving up eight hits over eight innings of work and allowing four earned runs. Mike Bolsenbroek, on the other hand, was lights out for Regensburg as he also went eight innings and gave up one earned run over four hits while striking out nine. Bolsenbroek improved to 6-1 on the season, proving to be an ace for Regensburg.

Game 2 | Saturday, July 27, 2013
Regensburg  7  12  1
Mainz             0   3   2

Pitching once again was key for Regensburg as they took the final game of the weekend series 7-0, led by a combined shutout by starter Boris Bokai who notched the win in five innings and reliever Justin Kuehn. Kuehn earned his second save of the season throwing four innings.

Despite the strong performance, the game remained scoreless until the fifth inning, when Regensburg put up 3 unanswered runs in the top of the inning. Vance was strong again for the visitors as he knocked in two RBI going 2-for-3 with a double. Also with two RBI was Philipp Howard whose two hits were a homerun and double. With a game-high 3 RBI was Evan John LeBlanc who also had a home run and double.

The two teams will sit atop the south division for the week with Heidenheim behind just one game. Heidenheim had a buy this past weekend.

Game 1 | July 27, 2013
Solingen      3    10   4
Paderborn   11  16   2

Game 2 | July 28, 2013
Solingen     1  6  3
Paderborn  0  5  0

Third place Paderborn split their weekend series with first place Solingen, holding the north division leaders to a combined four runs.

In game one, six players had multi hit games for Paderhorn as they exploded for 11 runs on 16 hits. Marcel Schulz led with a game-high three RBI as he went 3-for-5 and Daniel Hinz finished 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a game-high four runs scored. Harry Flynne threw a complete game for Paderborn, striking out 11 and did not allow Solingen to capitalize on 10 hits.

A complete game performance by both Solingen’s Nick Renault and Paderborn’s Eugene Heilmann made for a pitchers duel to decide the second game. Heilman suffered the loss giving up a walk-off RBI to Dominik Wulf in the bottom of the ninth. Renult dominated over his nine inning performance, striking out 13 and allowing just five hits.

Other scores:

Berlin vs. Dortmund
Game 1 | Berlin 4, Dortmund 12
Game 2 | Berlin 4, Dormtund 2

Bonn vs. Hamburg
Game 1 | Bonn 3, Hamburg 8
Game 2 | Bonn 10, Hamburg 7

Cologne vs. Paderborn
Game 1 | Cologne 2, Paderborn 9
Game 2 | Cologne 1, Paderborn 12

Tübingen vs. Haar
Game 1 | Tübingen 3, Haar 8
Game 2 | Suspended

South Division Standings:

1. Buchbinder Legionaere 17-5
1. Mainz Athletics 17-5
3. Heidemheim Heidekopfe 16-6
4. Haar Disciples 13-8
5. Stuttgart Reds 11-11
6. Bad Homburg Hornets 7-17
7. Mannheim Tornados 4-18
8. Tubingen Hawks 2-17

North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 20-4
2. Bonn Capitals 19-5
3. Paderborn Untouchables 19-7
4. HSV Stealers 15-9
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 11-13
6. Cologne Cardinals 9-17
7. Dortmund Wanderers 3-21
8. Berlin Sluggers 2-22

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2013 Big League World Series Enters Final Day of Pool Play

EASLEY, South Carolina – The 2013 Big League World Series is nearing the final stages. Today is the last day of the pool play as the semifinal teams will be set after today’s action.

Asia-Pacific (3-0) looks to stay undefeated as it takes on Canada (0-3). Already having secured a spot in the semifinals, they will be preparing for the next game. Canada has not won a game so far.

The Host South Carolina (2-2) team was eliminated from the semifinal round yesterday. After starting the tournament 2-0, they fell two straight games by a single run. On Saturday they lost to the Southeast, which is the only unbeaten in the US Pool, and then on Sunday they fell to the West 2-1. That win put the West in the semifinals knocking out the Host team in the process.

In other action today, the Southeast (3-0) will look to stay unbeaten as it faces off with the East squad (1-2). And in the final game of the day, and of the pool play, the Central (1-2) will play the Southwest (0-3).

The semifinals will take place on Tuesday July 30. The top two teams in the International Pool will play first followed by the two best teams in the US Pool. The winners will play for the 2013 Big League World Series title on Wednesday July 31 at 6:30 pm.

Big League World Series Schedule:

Monday July 29th
Canada vs Asia-Pacific
East vs Southeast
Southwest vs Central

Tuesday July 30th
1st Place International vs 2nd Place International
1st Place USA vs 2nd Place USA

Wednesday July 31st
Championship Game

Big League World Series Standings:

International Pool
1. Asia-Pacific 3-0
2. Latin America 3-1
3. Mexico 2-2
4. Europe & Africa 1-3
5. Canada 0-3

USA Pool
1. Southeast 3-0
2. West 3-1
3. South Carolina Host 2-2
4. Central 1-2
4. East 1-2
6. Southwest 0-3

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USA Wins IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup over Chinese Taipei

In its first ever time to field a 12U National Team, the USA wins the IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup with an 8-1 victory over host and defending champion Chinese Taipei.

Justin Campbell was brilliant on the hill for Team USA pitching 5.2 innings allowing just one run. He gave up six hits and struck out four to earn the win for Team USA. Campbell would go on to be named the starting pitcher for the tournament all-star team.

Team USA broke it open in the second inning when the struck for seven runs. Joseph Naranjo (2-for-3) started the inning off with a solo home run, his first. They would pick up seven hits in the inning, including another hit by Naranjo who went 2-for-2 in the inning alone.

Jakob Hines (2-for-3) doubled and hit a solo home run as he drove in a pair of runs in the game. It was his third home run of the game. He too was named to the tournament all-star team as an outfielder.

Team USA gave up just six runs in the entire tournament and three of those came in their only loss to Venezuela.

Earlier in the day Japan defeated Venezuela 8-2 to win the bronze medal.

Gold Medal Game
Chinese Taipei 1, USA 8

Bronze Medal Game
Venezuela 2, Japan 8

5th Place Game
South Korea 1, Panama 6

7th Place Game
Brazil 0, Mexico 4

Final Standings

1) USA
2) Chinese Taipei
3) Japan
4) Venezuela
5) Panama
6) Korea
7) Mexico
8) Brazil
9) Italy
9) Russia
11) Czech Republic
11) Hong Kong
13) Pakistan
13) Philippines

All Star Team

Starting Pitcher: Justin Campbell (USA)
Relief Pitcher: Kevin Martin (USA)
Catcher: Gabriel Briones (USA)
First Baseman: Po-Chun Chen (TPE)
Second Baseman: Anthony Volpe (USA)
Third Baseman: Kevin Garcia (MEX)
Shortstop: Chin-Chun Chen (TPE)
Outfielder: Jakob Hines (USA)
Outfielder: Jose Aguilar (VEN)
Outfielder: Chih-Heng Chiu (TPE)

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Russia Wins B-Level European Championship in Vienna

The B-Level European Championships were held this week in both Zurich and Vienna. Six teams competed at each site trying to win a spot in the 2014 European Championship to be held in the Czech Republic.

While Great Britain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia were competing in the B-Level Championship in Zurich. Austria, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ireland were playing in Vienna.

Through the round robin play, three teams were tied with a 4-1 record. Austria, Russia, and Belarus all finished with just a single loss. Due to the tie-breaker rules, Austria and Russia would face off with one another in the Championship Game for a spot in the 2014 European Championship.

It was a close and exciting game, but Russia would come out on top when it was all settled by a score of 3-2. Errors played a big role in the game as both team picked up unearned runs.

Austria jumped out on top 1-0 with a run in the second inning. With two outs, Felix Zimmerle (1-for-4) singled to start the rally. Lukas Scheicher (2-for-3) then singled to move Zimmerle to second, but an error by the Russia center fielder let Zimmerle come all the way around to score the first run of the game.

Austria picked up another run in the third inning. Fabian Hirnschal (0-for-2) led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. He was quickly sacrificed to second base. Then after another ground out moved him to third, Peter Ferak singled (1-for-4) him home to give Austria a 2-0 lead.

Christian Tomsich was cruising on the mound for Austria. Through eight innings he had given up just one a run and had allowed only seven hits. However, in the top of the ninth he walked the lead off hitter and then gave up a single before being pulled for reliever Werner Harrasser.

Harrasser got the first batter he faced on a sacrifice that put runners at second and third with just one out. Then Aleksandr Maksiakov (1-for-2) was caught trying to steal home for the second out of the inning. It all looked good for Austria. The next hitter had an 0-2 count and it looked like they would advance. Then it happened.

A fly ball to center fielder Dominik Talir was dropped allowing a run to score to tie the game and opening up the way for Russia to take the win away from Austria. The next two hitters singled scoring the go ahead run for Russia and putting Austria in a corner heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Austria would make it interesting in the ninth. A one-out walk started it all, but with two outs and facing elimination, Richard Alzinger came up with a pinch-hit single to put runners at the corners. Austria was just a hit away from tying the game up. However, Andrey Lobanov settled down to get the final out and the win for Russia.

Lobanov went the distance for Russia giving up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out nine.

Peter Ferek (Austria) was named the tournament MVP. He hit .500 with five RBI. Victor Samchuk (Russia) was named the tournaments best hitter. He finished with a .750 average (6-for-8) with five walks. He was also 4-of-5 in stolen base attempts. Nikita Lobanov (Russia) was named the best pitcher. He struck out eight in his one appearance tossing a complete game and giving up just one unearned run.

B-Level European Championships Vienna Final Standings:

1. Russia 4-1
2. Austria 4-1
3. Belarus 4-1
4. Slovakia 2-3
5. Lithuania 1-4
6. Ireland 0-5

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Great Britain Wins B-Level European Championship in Zurich

The B-Level European Championships were held this week in both Zurich and Vienna. Six teams competed at each site trying to win a spot in the 2014 European Championship to be held in the Czech Republic.

Competing in Vienna were Austria, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ireland. And over in Zurich were Great Britain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia.

Each team played in a round robin format playing every other team once. The two teams with the best record would play one final game for the championship and a spot in next year’s European Championship.

In Zurich, Great Britain swept through the round robin play undefeated. They were led by Ian Young who led the entire tournament in hitting with a .571 average. He collected eight hits (2nd) and seven RBI (2nd to teammate Zach Wiley’s eight).

As a team Great Britain led the tournament in hitting (.359), doubles (12), runs (49), and fewest strikeouts (14). They also dominated the pitching stats as well. As a team its ERA was just 2.20 (1st), with 51 strikeouts (1st), and two saves (1st).

They faced off with a Ukraine team that went 3-2 in pool play losing only to Great Britain (4-2) and Switzerland (5-2). They placed second as a team in hitting, joining Great Britain as the only other team to hit over .300 with an average of .314.

The Championship Game was a close one once again with Great Britain coming out on top 2-0.

Greg Hendrix pitched a masterful game giving up just five hits tossing a complete game shutout. He struck out 13 in the win giving Great Britain a spot in next year’s European Championship.

Great Britain scored both of their runs in the second inning. The first coming off of an Ian Young (2-for-3) RBI single. Ryan Trask (2-for-3) came up with the other RBI when he singled in the second run of the inning. Hendrix did the rest.

Hendrix was named the MVP of the tournament. He won both of his starts giving up just four runs (two earned) in 16 innings while striking out 28 batters.  Ian Young was named the tournaments best hitter.

B-Level European Championship Zurich Final Standings:

1. Great Britain 5-0
2. Ukraine 3-2
3. Bulgaria 3-2
4. Poland 2-3
5. Switzerland 2-3
6. Slovenia 0-5

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IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup: USA Faces Defending Champion Chinese Taipei in Final

The championship game is set for the IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup. The defending champion, and host, Chinese Taipei will face off with the USA at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Both teams defeated previously unbeaten teams in the semifinals to advance.

In the bronze medal game, Japan and Venezuela will face off with one another after both lost big in the semifinal round. It was both teams first loss in the tournament.

Playing for fifth place will be Panama and Korea who both won on Saturday after losing in the quarterfinal round. The seventh place game will feature Mexico and Brazil.

South Korea 8, Mexico 4

South Korea used a five-run second inning to take a big lead early on. They wouldn’t give it up as they cruised to an 8-4 victory over Mexico giving them a spot in the fifth place game.

Dong-Wook Kwon drove in four runs for South Korea going 2-for-3 on the day including a two-run double in the second inning. Korea lead off hitter Ji-Min Shin set the table for the team scoring twice and driving in another run. He went 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base, and a walk.

Claudio Galvez was the only hitter for Mexico with more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with a double.

Japan 1, USA 9

Team USA used a grand slam and great pitching to give Japan its first defeat in the tournament earning a victory to the championship game on Sunday.

The USA pitching staff gave up just three hits to the powerful Japan team that went undefeated in play against its Group A opponents.

Colton Olasin hit his second home run of the tournament. This one was a grand slam in the fourth inning giving Team USA a 9-1 win. Anthony Volpe led the team with three hits. He went 3-for-4 scoring twice and driving in another run.

Chinese Taipei 8, Venezuela 0

Chinese Taipei entered the tournament as the defending champions having defeated Cuba in the gold medal game in 2011. They entered the semifinal game having lost just once, but their opponent, Venezuela, had not lost yet. That all changed after Saturday.

Chinese Taipei starter Po-Chun Chen was dominating. He allowed just two hits in 5.2 innings striking out ten to earn the win and help his team reach the gold medal game for a second straight time.

Chih-Chun Chin went 2-for-4 hitting a solo home run, his third. Chun-Hao Ma led the team with three hits (3-for-4) with three runs scored.

Panama 3, Brazil 1

Panama used timely hitting and great pitching to limit Brazil to just one run on two hits. Ariel Vega pitched a complete game allowing just one unearned run to help Panama earn a spot in the fifth place game.

Combined the two teams only had six hits but five errors. Brazil committed four errors that led to two unearned runs.

The loss for Brazil puts them in the seventh place game against Mexico.

IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup Schedule:

7th Place Game
Mexico vs Brazil

5th Place Game
Panama vs South Korea

Bronze Medal Game
Japan vs Venezuela

Gold Medal Game
USA vs Chinese Taipei

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Baseball and Softball Continue Global Growth with First New Facility in Britain

Press Release World Baseball Softball Confederation

LONDON (UK) – The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) campaign to be included in the 2020 Olympic Games has received a major boost with official opening weekend activities at the first dedicated national baseball and softball venue in Britain.

The facility, which features a full size international standard baseball field and three softball/youth baseball fields, has been designed to encourage young people and women and girls into the sports from Britain’s vibrant multicultural communities.

The demand for the new facility also highlights the increasing popularity of the two sports amongst women and young people from a wide variety of backgrounds, in the United Kingdom and across Europe, which has seen rapid growth in softball and baseball over recent years in these important, non-traditional new territories and markets.

The opening ceremony for the venue on Saturday at Farnham Park, in Slough, near London, was the culmination of planning by BaseballSoftballUK, and funding from Sport England, the UK Government’s sports development body.

The state of the art facility was also jointly financed by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund of Major League Baseball (MLB) which, along with other professional leagues around the world, is providing important support and backing for the WBSC campaign for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is thrilled to award BaseballSoftballUK this grant that assisted in the creation of a new facility at Farnham Park Sports Ground,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “It is exciting to have a new complex in the United Kingdom and our hope is that a facility such as this will continue to introduce kids to the pastime and grow the games of baseball and softball.”

The new facility will also support the creation of a new after-school program in the community and a girls fast-pitch softball league. The complex will be considered the “home” of British baseball and softball and will host local, regional and national tournaments and training for more than 1,000 youth, ages 8-16, year-round.

“This is the first facility of its kind here in the United Kingdom, and has been in part funded by Sport England and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and is part of BaseballSoftballUK’s highly successful vision for the sports to be played in every park – a growth strategy that has seen the number of regularly playing baseball and softballers double over the past four years from 10,000 to 20,000,” said John Boyd, Joint CEO and Head of Development at BaseballSoftballUK.

“This is a momentous achievement that will further attract athletes to our sport in the UK and underpin baseball and softball’s continued rise in Europe and worldwide emergence,” said WBSC co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter.

“We fully support the single baseball/softball venue concept, as WBSC is proposing a streamlined shared venue for the 2020 Olympic Games. The forward-thinking Farnham Park project highlights the significant benefits and realities of baseball and softball’s partnership and long-term sustainability,” the co-Presidents added.

A similar modern concept baseball and softball venue is set to be completed in March 2014 at “Park 21” in the Amsterdam metropolitan region, while in May 2012, the first international standard ballpark in France was inaugurated just south of Paris in Senart.

At the professional level, baseball and softball are a $20 billion business worldwide, and are among the leading professional sports, which helps stimulate new construction projects.

Baseball is broadcast into 200 countries and the sport and its audiences are continuing to globalise and grow in key regions of the world including India, Africa, Middle East, Caribbean, South America, and China as well as Europe and has 250 million fans worldwide.

The World Cup of Softball held last weekend in Oklahoma City was broadcast by ESPN into more than 140 countries.

If included, softball and baseball would be unlike any other sport at the 2020 Olympic Games, bringing new and unique sporting skills and qualities to Olympic fans and viewers as the only bat and ball sport at the Games, helping to balance and diversify the Olympic programme and Olympic Games experience.

With 65 million active players around the world at various levels, baseball and softball currently ranks as the largest sport not on the Olympic programme, and with the full support and resources of the sport’s professional partners, the potential for baseball and softball to become the next great global game is very real.

“The World Baseball Softball Confederation regards the Olympic Games as the highest honour and greatest goal for every athlete and sport, and we will place our full global resources and passion for the Games at the service of the Olympic Movement,” WBSC co-presidents Fraccari and Porter said.

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About the World Baseball Softball Confederation:
Formed under the authority and merger of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF), the World Baseball Softball Confederation has been established to provide a unified voice and governance for all disciplines of Baseball and Softball. The WBSC has 133 National Federations.

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Germany: 2013 All-Star Rosters Announced

The rosters for the German Baseball League All-Star Game have been announced. The teams consist of all-stars from the north and south divisions to be played in Bonn on August 18.

Each team is represented by at least one player with a maximum of three. The two managers, Stefan Fechtig (North – Paderborn) and Martin Helmig (South – Regensburg), chose the team. The award winners from the previous year were also invited.

The festivities on All-Star Sunday kick off at 10:45 with warm-ups. The home run derby will take place at 12:30 and the game is scheduled for 2:00pm.

2013 German Baseball League All-Star Rosters:

North

Name Team Position
Buffa, Brent HSV Stealers Outfielder
Buttgereit, Moritz Solingen Alligators Outfielder
Faries, Kevin Dortmund Wanderers Infielder
Glynne, Harry Untouchables pad. Pitcher
Greenberg, Adam Berlin Sluggers Outfielder
Herrmann, Robert Untouchables pad. Catcher
Hinz, Daniel Untouchables pad. 1st base
Krzysiak, Eric HSV Stealers Catcher
Kujoth, Michael HSV Stealers Outfielder
Leighton Tanner Solingen Alligators Infielder
Milo, Dominco Drilling Wild Farmers Catcher
Nehring, Florian Bonn Capitals Outfielder
Olson, Charley Bonn Capitals Pitcher
Renault, Nick Solingen Alligators Pitcher
Rivers, Alexander Cologne Cardinals Pitcher
Rogers, Garrett Drilling Wild Farmers 1st base
Rogers, Mike Cologne Cardinals Infielder
Roper-Hubbert., Bradley Bonn Capitals Catcher
Wesche, Roy Dortmund Wanderers Outfielder
Zrinzo, Joe Drilling Wild Farmers Pitcher
Coaches: Team
Fechtig, Stefan (HC) Paderborn Untouchables
Heid, Mirko Bonn Capitals
Eberhardt, Norman Solingen Alligators

South

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Name Team Position
Haugen, Patrick Mainz Athletics Pitcher
Bolsenbroek, Mike Buchbinder Legionaries Pitcher
Fields, Brian Haar Disciples Pitcher
Payne, Spenser Bad Homburg Hornets Pitcher
Glynn, Elliot Bad Homburg Hornets Pitcher
Stoecklin, Jan Mannheim Tornados Pitcher
Hodges, Joshua Tuebingen Hawks Pitcher
Kotowski, Kevin Mainz Athletics Outfielder
Gühring, Simon Heidenheim Heideköpfe Catcher
Emery, Matti Stuttgart Reds Catcher
Boldt, Max Mainz Athletics Infielder
Vance, Matt Buchbinder Legionaries Infielder
Glaser, Louis Buchbinder Legionaries Infielder
Pecci, Jay Heidenheim Heideköpfe Infielder
Steinlein, Luke Haar Disciples Infielder
Petersen, Joshua Haar Disciples Infielder
Beck, Chris Stuttgart Reds Infielder
McOwen, James Heidenheim Heideköpfe Outfielder
Lutz, Sascha Stuttgart Reds Outfielder
Brown, Clarence Tuebingen Hawks Outfielder
Coaches : Team
Helmig, Marting (HC) Buchbinder Legionaries
Hartley, Mike Heidenheim Heideköpfe
Wermuth, Ulli Mainz Athletics
Maxwell, Keith Haar Disciples

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Big League World Series Day Two Recap

EASLEY, South Carolina – Day 2 is in the books at the 2013 Big League World Series in Easley, South Carolina. It was a light day with only three games on the schedule.

The first game of the day featured the Southwest taking on the Southeast. It was a close game for a few innings as the Southwest took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but an inning later the game was virtually over.

In the bottom of the fourth inning the Southeast team scored ten runs to blow the game open. The Southwest committed three errors in the inning and would wind up scoring nine unearned runs off of Southwest starter Marshall Kasowski. The Southeast would win going away 12-2.

Ki-Janna Madden went 2-for-4 and homered for the Southwest. Both of the Southeast’s runs came off of solo home runs. One was from starting pitcher Kasowski (2-for-3) and the other from Gavin Grissom (1-for-2).

Central 3, East 2

In Game 2 of the day, the Central team from Michigan used a late inning rally to move past the East squad as they once again fell in a close game. Once again errors played a huge part as all of the Central’s runs were unearned. The East committed three errors in the sixth inning allowing Central to take the lead and the win.

Austin Batka pitched well for Central giving up just two runs (one unearned) in five innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out five to earn the win.

Jake Ellis led the offense going 3-for-4 scoring a run for the Central.

Canada 1, Mexico 7

The last game of the day was in the International Pool with Mexico having a big inning to run away with the game. Again errors played key parts in the game. Four of the seven runs for Mexico were unearned on three Canada errors.

Carlos Medina pitched very well for Mexico. He tossed a complete game. He allowed just one unearned run on three hits.

With the win Mexico evened its record to 1-1. They will face Europe & Africa on Friday morning.

Big League World Series Schedule:

Friday July 26th
Mexico vs Europe & Africa
Southwest vs East
Canada vs Latin America
West vs Southeast
Central vs Host

Saturday July 27th
Europe & Africa vs Canada
Asia-Pacific vs Latin America
Central vs West
Host vs Southeast

Sunday July 28th
West vs Host
Asia-Pacific vs Mexico
Europe & Africa vs Latin America

Monday July 29th
Canada vs Asia-Pacific
East vs Southeast
Southwest vs Central

Tuesday July 30th
1st Place International vs 2nd Place International
1st Place USA vs 2nd Place USA

Wednesday July 31st
Championship Game

Big League World Series Standings:

International Pool
1. Latin America 1-0
1. Asia-Pacific 1-0
3. Mexico 1-1
4. Canada 0-1
4. Europe & Africa 0-1

USA Pool
1. South Carolina Host 1-0
1. Central 1-0
1. Southeast 1-0
1. West 1-0
5. East 0-2
5. Southwest 0-2

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IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup: Semifinal Games Set for Saturday

The quarterfinals are over at the IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup in Taipei, Chinese Taipei. The eight teams played on Friday with all of the higher ranking teams winning and advancing onto the semifinal round.

In the first game of the day, Venezuela came back against Mexico to win 5-3. Mexico took an early 1-0 lead and held it until Venezuela, who was undefeated in Group B, scored three in the fourth inning. Venezuela added two more in the sixth and then had to hold off a last inning rally by Mexico to advance.

Kevin Garcia homered for Mexico in the second inning to give them a 1-0 lead. He would finish the game as the leading hitter for Mexico going 3-for-3.

Carlos Fernandez hit a two-run pinch-hit double in the fourth in his only at-bat of the game. The double gave Venezuela a 2-1 lead. Third baseman Sander Mora doubled in a pair of runs himself in the fifth inning. He would finish the game 1-for-1 with a pair of walks.

Panama 2, Japan 4

Japan, who won Group A going undefeated, scored a pair of runs in the first and second inning and held on for the win to advance.

It was a double by Tomoharu Moriya that drove in the first two runs of the game. Then in the second inning Japan used a single and a pair of walks to load the bases for Taiyo Ueda who came through with a two-run single.

Noel Suarez would come on in relief for Panama and shut down Japan the rest of the way, but it was too late. Hidemasa Takamizu pitched four innings allowing just two unearned runs to earn the win for Japan.

Brazil 0, USA 2

Andrew Pintar pitched five shutout innings giving up just two hits to pitch Team USA into the semifinals. Eric Taniguchi pitched well for Brazil but took the loss. He gave up just two runs (one earned) in five innings.

The USA took an early lead in the second inning on a throwing error by the Brazil catcher. They would add an insurance run in the fifth inning on a Colton Olasin solo home run.

South Korea 1, Chinese Taipei 3

The host Chinese Taipei advanced to the semifinals defeating Asian rival South Korea in a close match on Friday night. Chinese Taipei took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. The first run came on a RBI single from Chun-Hao Ma who finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. The second run to come around that inning was scored on a dropped fly ball. South Korea committed three errors in the inning.

South Korea would strike back in the next half inning with a run of their own. After a throwing error by the pitcher, Dong-Wook Kwon doubled in the only Korean run of the game.

Ching-Chieh Chen pitched a complete game giving up just one unearned run on two hits while striking out six.

Semifinal Round Schedule:

Saturday July 27th

Loser’s Bracket
10:00 am South Korea vs Mexico
2:00 pm Panama vs Brazil

Winner’s Bracket
10:00 am Japan vs USA
2:00 pm Chinese Taipei vs Venezuela

Photo Courtesy IBAF.org

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Today in Baseball History – July 25

July 25, 1930

The Philadelphia Athletics pull off a triple steal twice in one game against the Indians. It is the only time it has happened in a MLB game. The A’s won 14-1.

July 25, 1941

Lefty Grove would win the final game of his career which also happened to be win #300 as the Red Sox beat the Indians before a crowd of 16,000.

July 25, 1977

Pete Rose singles in the fourth inning of a Reds loss to St. Louis. It is his 2,881st hit surpassing Frankie Frisch as the all-time leader among switch-hitters.

Born on this day:

1962 Doug Drabek

1971 Billy Wagner

1976 Javier Vazquez

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Italy: Unipol Bologna and Parma Split Weekend Set

There are four weeks left in the regular season of the Italian Baseball League and the top four teams are separated by only four games.

Of the top four teams in the standings, only one didn’t sweep the last weekend series. Telemarket Rimini, T&A San Marino, and Nettuno all swept their series, while Unipol Bologna split with Parma over the weekend. Despite the split, Bologna is still in second place only two games back of Rimini.

Parma Baseball 5, Unipol Bologna 2 (11)
Unipol Bologna 9, Parma Baseball3

Unipol Bologna fell in extra innings in Game 1 of the weekend. It was a pitchers duel as both starters gave up just a single run, but it was a late rally from Parma that changed the game.

Jose Sanchez gave up just one run in six innings for Parma. He allowed just five hits and struck out eight. Two of those hits came in the first inning that led to the first run of the game. Rosario Reyes (1-for-5) doubled in the first to drive in the only run until the ninth inning for either team.

Raul Rivero tossed eight shutout inning before Parma would get to him for a run in the ninth. In fact he gave up only one hit through the first eight innings, but after a lead off double he was pulled for relief pitcher Roger Luque.

Luque came in and quickly gave up two runs (one charged to Rivero) failing to get through the ninth inning as Parma took a 2-1 lead heading into the ninth inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Luca Bischeri (3-for-5) doubled to start the inning. He would later score on a Nicholas Nosti sacrifice fly to tie the game and send it into extra frames.

Neither team could do anything in the tenth inning, but Parma would break through in the eleventh. Stefano Desmoni got the scoring started with a RBI single. He would come around to score later on a tw0-run double by Osman Marval giving Parma a three run lead.

Marcos Tabata would load the bases in the bottom of the ninth with a walk, but got the final two batters to end the game and pick up the win in relief for Parma.

In Game 2, Parma took an early 3-0 lead only to see it slip away when Bologna scored six runs in the fifth inning. They would add another in the eighth and two more in the ninth to win going away and split the series.

Alessandro Vaglio drove in three runs for Bologna going 2-for-3. Nicholas Nosti stole two bases, drove in two runs, and scored two more going 1-for-5.

Osman Marval had a nice game for Parma in the loss driving in two of the three runs while going 3-for-4.

In other Italian Baseball League Action:

Ben Harison homered going 2-for-5 with five runs scored for Nettuno in a Game 1 win. He homered again in Game 2 going 3-for-5.

Riccardo De Santis pitched seven strong innings for Nettuno in Game 2 of the weekend. He gave up just two runs on five hits while striking out seven.

Paolino Ambrosino drove in four runs with a pair of home runs for Nettuno in Game 2 of the weekend going 2-for-4.

Andrea Sgnaolin also homered for Nettuno in Game 2 of the weekend series going 1-for-3 with three walks.

Yoman Bazardo tossed seven innings of one-hit ball while striking out eleven picking up a win for Rimini in Game 1 of the weekend.

Jack Santora and Mario Chiarini both went 4-for-5 with three runs scored in Game 2 of the weekend for Rimini.

Wuillians Vasquez hit his seventh homer of the season for San Marino in Game 1 going 2-for-5.

Mattia Reginato also homered for San Marino in Game 1. It was his fifth of the season.

In Game 2 for San Marino, Tiago da Silva pitched seven shutout innings giving up just three hits to pick up the win.

Jairo Marquez went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI including a solo home run for Palfinger Reggio Emilia in their Game 1 loss.

Erik Epifano scored three times, drove in three runs, and went 3-for-3 in Game 2 for Palfinger Reggio Emilia.

Italian Baseball League Scores:

Nettuno 9, Novara Baseball 6 (11)
Nettuno 12, Novara Baseball 6

Telemarket Rimini 5, Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 0
Telemarket Rimini 7, Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 1

Godo Knights 0, T&A San Marino 9
T&A San Marino 3, Godo Knights 0

Palfinger Reggio Emilia 6, New Black Panthers 7
Palfinger Reggio Emilia 8, New Black Panthers 3

Parma Baseball 5, Unipol Bologna 2 (11)
Unipol Bologna 9, Parma Baseball 3

Italian Baseball League Standings:

1. Telemarket Rimini 23-5
2. Unipol Bologna 21-7
3. Nettuno 20-8
4. T&A San Marino  19-9
5. Parma Baseball 17-10
6. Palfinger Reggio Emilia 14-13
7. New Black Panthers 9-19
8. Novara Baseball 7-20
9. Godo Knights 5-23
10. Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 3-24

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Big League World Series Kicks Off in South Carolina

EASLEY, South Carolina – The Big League World Series kicked off yesterday in Easley with eleven teams competing for the 2013 title. The teams are set up into two groups (USA and International) with the two best teams in each group play in the semifinal round. However, unlike all other Little League tournaments there is a host team that plays in the USA bracket.

The teams in the 2013 Big League World Series are:

USA Group
Host – South Carolina District 1
East – New Jersey District 3
Southeast – South Carolina District 7
Central – Michigan District 9
Southwest – Orwall LL, Texas District 28 (The Woodlands)
West – California District 13 (Thousand Oaks)

International Group
Canada – District 3 – Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Mexico – Sutaj Alfarera LL – Tlaquepaque, Mexico
Asia-Pacific – Tao-Yuan County Big LL – Tao-Yuan County, Chinese Taipei
Latin America – Venezuela, District 1, Maracaibo
Europe & Africa – Germany, District 2

Game 1 of the day kicked off in the International Group between Team Mexico and Latin America. Mexico got off on the right foot by scoring an early run without even getting a hit, but then their bats were shut down by the Latin America pitching staff. Mexico was limited to a single hit by three pitchers. Latin America came back to score three in the sixth inning to start off with a win.

Game 2 was the first game in the USA Group between East and West. The West, from Thousand Oaks, California, has finished runner-up four times in the last ten years. They won the title in 1998. However, they needed to hold off a late rally to hang on to the win. The West scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead. The East came back quickly with a run in the sixth and the seventh falling short by one.

While the first two games were close, the last two of the day were not. In Game 3, the Southwest fell to the Host team 15-5 as the Host team got off to a 6-0 lead after just two inning. LT Tolbert (2-for-3/4 RBI) and Brice Maready (2-for-4/3 RBI) both had productive days at the plate for the Host team. Branden Navarro drove in three of the five runs for the Southwest in the loss.

The final game of the day had Asia-Pacific dominating Europe & Africa by a 13-2 clip. Asia-Pacific used its power hitting a pair of home runs. One came from Fan Kuo Chen who went 3-for-4 blasting a three-run home run in the third inning to give the team a 6-0 lead. The other came off the bat of Lin Chen Fei (2-for-2) who hit a two-run shot in the second inning.

The schedule for Day 2 features only three games.

Thursday July 25th
Southwest vs Southeast
East vs Central
Mexico vs Canada

Friday July 26th
Mexico vs Europe & Africa
Southwest vs East
Canada vs Latin America
West vs Southeast
Central vs Host

Saturday July 27th
Europe & Africa vs Canada
Asia-Pacific vs Latin America
Central vs West
Host vs Southeast

Sunday July 28th
West vs Host
Asia-Pacific vs Mexico
Europe & Africa vs Latin America

Monday July 29th
Canada vs Asia-Pacific
East vs Southeast
Southwest vs Central

Tuesday July 30th
1st Place International vs 2nd Place International
1st Place USA vs 2nd Place USA

Wednesday July 31st
Championship Game

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IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup: Teams are Set for Semifinal Round

The first round of the 12U Baseball World Cup is in the books and they are moving on to the semifinal round. There were a few exciting games to finish out the round.

Brazil needed extra innings to avoid an upset to the Philippines. Japan needed a walk-off hit to stay undefeated and pick up a win over Mexico. Mexico tied the game with two runs in the last inning only to see Japan score the winning run in the bottom half.

In other action, the USA dominated Korea to win 18-1 in the battle for second place in Group B. Venezuela stayed unbeaten in Group B by downing Panama 8-4. Chinese Taipei stomped Italy 11-0 and Russia scored a run on a walk off single to win 2-1 over Hong Kong.

Now that Round 1 is finished, teams are looking forward to who they will play in the semifinal round which will start on Friday.

Semifinal Round Schedule:

Friday July 26th

10:00 am Chinese Taipei vs South Korea
2:00 pm USA vs Brazil
2:00 pm Japan vs Panama
6:30 pm Venezuela vs Mexico

Round 1 12U Baseball World Cup Standings:

Group A
1. Japan 6-0
2. Chiese Taipei 5-1
3. Brazil 4-2
4. Mexico 3-3
5. Italy 2-4
6. Czech Republic 1-5
7. Philippines 0-6

Group B
1. Venezuela 6-0
2. USA 5-1
3. South Korea 4-2
4. Panama 3-3
5. Russia 2-4
6. Hong Kong 1-5
7. Pakistan 0-6

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Germany: Buchbinder Legionaere Sweeps Haar Disciples

With the Mainz Athletics idle this past weekend, the Buchbinder Legionaere stayed on pace with a sweep of the Haar Disciples. With the two wins, the Legionaere stay just two games behind the division leading Mainz.

In other action, the Stuttgart Reds swept the Mannheim Tornados. In the first game they simply destroyed the Tornados 27-0. However, the second game was much closer but the Reds still pulled out a 3-2 win scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth.

The only other series in the South Division had the Heidemheim Heidekopfe taking two games from the Bad Homburg Hornets. With the two wins, Heidenheim stays just percentage points behind the Legionaere in third place.

Buchbinder Legionaere 4, Haar Disciples 0
Buchbinder Legionaere 6, Haar Disciples 3

Game 1 saw a great pitching performance from Legionaere starter Mike Bolsenbroek. He gave up just four hits in 8.2 innings of work. The win improved his record to 6-1, and he lowered his ERA to just 1.27.

Matt Vance set the table from the lead off spot for the Legionaere. He went just 1-for-3 but worked a walk and stole two bases. Mic Weigl was the only Legionaere hitter with more than one hit. He went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Game 2 saw a bit more offense. Again Mic Weigl went 2-for-4. He stole a base and score a run for the Legionaere in the win. Enzo Muzhik knocked in a pair of runs going 2-for-3 with a double.

Tony Younis knocked in a pair of runs in the loss for Haar going 2-for-3 with two doubles.

In other South Division action:

Thomas De Wolf pitched a complete game shutout for Stuttgart. He went seven innings allowing just one hit. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored four times.

Gavin Ng doubled twice and went 4-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored for Stuttgart in the blowout win.

Also in the blowout win for Stuttgart, Sascha Lutz went 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. He also doubled twice. Chris Beck tripled and drove in four runs going 2-for-5, Markus Winkler scored three times and went 4-for-6 with a double, and Darren Marquez hit a three-run home run.

Richard Olson pitched a complete game victory for Stuttgart in Game 2 of the weekend series. He gave up just two runs on six hits and struck out 15.

Jay Pecci had a great Game 1 for Heidenheim. He went 3-for-4 with a walk and three stolen bases. He also scored twice. In Game 2, he went 3-for-5 with a double and two triples.

Simon Guhring homered and went 2-for-5 in Game 1 for Heidenheim. In Game 2, he went 3-for-4 finishing a homer shy of the cycle and driving in three runs.

Luke Sommer pitched seven innings allowing just two runs (one earned) while striking out nine to earn the win. He also tripled and went 2-for-3 at the plate in Game 1.

James McOwen picked up three hits going 3-for-5 in Heidenheim’s Game 1 victory.

Jack Frawley picked up the win in Game 2 for Heidenheim tossing seven innings giving up just two runs (one earned) on four hits.

South Division scores:

Buchbinder Legionaere 4, Haar Disciples 0
Buchbinder Legionaere 6, Haar Disciples 3

Mannheim Tornados 0, Stuttgart Reds 27 (7)
Mannheim Tornados 2, Stuttgart Reds 3

Bad Homburg Hornets 3, Heidemheim Heidekopfe 9
Bad Homburg Hornets 2, Heidemheim Heidekopfe 8

South Division Standings:

1. Mainz Athletics 17-3
2. Buchbinder Legionaere 15-5
3. Heidemheim Heidekopfe 16-6
4. Haar Disciples 12-8
5. Stuttgart Reds 11-11
6. Bad Homburg Hornets 7-17
7. Mannheim Tornados 4-18
8. Tubingen Hawks 2-16

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Germany: Bonn Capitals Move to Within One Game of First Place Solingen in North Division

The Bonn Capitals moved a game closer to first place after they swept their weekend series and the Solingen Alligators split theirs. Solingen fell 5-4 to Paderborn in the first game of the weekend but bounced back to win the second game and keep a hold of their first place standing by only a game.

The next day, knowing Solingen had lost a game, Bonn dominated the Dortmund Wanderers in a pair of games at home. Bonn won the first game 14-6 and then thumped Dortmund 14-0 in the second. The pair of wins puts Bonn just one game away from the division leaders.

Dortmund Wanderers 6, Bonn Capitals 14
Dortmund Wanderers 0, Bonn Capitals 14 (7)

In Game 1, the Bonn Capitals got a great relief appearance from Maximilian Schmitz-Stercken who tossed 5.1 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Over those five plus innings, Schmitz-Stercken gave up just a single hit. He did walk five but struck out seven as well.

Offensively Bonn had a nice day off of the Dortmund pitching staff. Bradley Roper-Hubbert had a nice game going 3-for-3. He doubled twice and hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning that gave Bonn a 9-6 cushion.

Daniel Lamb-Hunt also had a nice day hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning. He would finish with four RBIs in the game. Philipp Spade (3-for-4) and Jonathan Schemmel (3-for-5) both finished with a three hits each.

Game 2 was all Bonn. Three pitchers combined to limit Dortmund to just three hits over seven innings. Charles Olson started but went just four innings. He gave up only one hit and struck out five. Yanis Theissen relieved him and pitched a scoreless inning to earn the win. Moritz Sckaer pitched the final two innings completing the shutout.

Philipp Spade picked up another three hits in the second game going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Daniel Lamb-Hunt was the big RBI man of the game with four going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, a double, and a triple.

In other North Division action:

Garrett Rogers went 2-for-6 in Game 1 for Dohren hitting a home run.

Rogers’ teammate Rene Schmidt scored twice and went 4-for-5 in the Game 1 win.

Rene Wolf homered going 2-for-5 in a loss for Cologne.

Alex Rivers pitched Cologne to a win in Game 2 of the weekend series. He tossed 6.2 scoreless innings allowing just six hits while striking out eight.

Dominic Milo went 4-for-4 in the Game 2 loss for Dohren. It was the second time this year he has collected four hits in a game against Cologne.

Octavio Medina went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks in an eleven inning win for Paderborn.

Nick Renault pitched a complete game shutout for Solingen in Game 2 of the weekend series. He allowed just four hits and struck out 18.

Tanner Leighton went 4-for-4 in the win for Solingen. He walked once and doubled twice.

Florian Gotze hit his first home run of the season for Solingen in the 5-0 win.

Adam Greenberg went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a home run for Berlin in its Game 1 loss.

Greenberg’s teammate Rolland Stiller picked up three hits of his own and scored three times in the Game 1 loss for Berlin.

Eric Krzysiak went 4-for-7 in Game 1 and 3-for-4 in Game 2 for the Stealers over the weekend. He drove in three runs in each game.

Mirko Oliczewsky went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in Game 1 for the Stealers. He doubled, stole three bases, and was hit by a pitch as well.

Brent Buffa had a busy weekend. In both games for the Stealers he went 2-for-4 with three RBI. In Game 2, he also tossed a complete game shutout giving up just three hits and striking out eleven.

North Division Scores:

Cologne Cardinals 5, Dohren Wild Farmers 7
Cologne Cardinals 4, Dohren Wild Farmers 0

Solingen Alligators 4, Paderborn Untouchables 5 (11)
Solingen Alligators 5, Paderborn Untouchables 0

HSV Stealers 20, Berlin Sluggers 9
HSV Stealers 7, Berlin Sluggers 0

Dortmund Wanderers 6, Bonn Capitals 14
Dortmund Wanderers 0, Bonn Capitals 14 (7)

German North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 19-3
2. Bonn Capitals 18-4
3. Paderborn Untouchables 16-6
4. HSV Stealers 14-8
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 11-13
6. Cologne Cardinals 9-15
7. Dortmund Wanderers 2-20
8. Berlin Sluggers 1-21

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USA Collegiate National Team Completes Sweep of Cuba

The USA Collegiate National Team finished up its summer schedule with a 5-3 win over Cuba. The win gave the USA a historic sweep and helped it finish with a 20-3 record.

Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State) got the start and was virtually untouchable. He tossed 6.2 innings of scoreless ball giving up just two hits. He struck out eleven en route to his third win of the summer.

The middle relief struggled a bit for Team USA giving up three runs in the eighth inning, but Ryan Burr (Arizona State) was able to come in an shut down the Cuban bats in the ninth to pick up his sixth save.

The big blow for Cuba to get back in the game came off the bat of Lazaro Herrera who came on to hit a pinch-hit three-run home run off of Chris Diaz (Miami, Fla.).

Team USA got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. After working a walk and then stealing second, Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) scored on a Michael Conforto (Oregon State) double.

Trea Turner (North Carolina State) got the offense going again in the fifth inning. After working a walk and quickly stealing second, he moved to third base on a wild pitch. Alex Bregman (LSU) wasted no time in bringing him in by hitting a sacrifice fly to center field to give Team USA a 2-0 lead.

Errors would be Cuba’s downfall as the game progressed. They gave up three unearned runs over the sixth and seventh innings.

Team USA finished the summer going 13-0 in exhibition games and 7-3 in international play.

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IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup Wraps Up First Round on Thursday

The 12U Baseball World Cup is nearing an end to its first round with just one more day of games left. The top four teams in each group will advance.

After an off day on Tuesday, the teams were back in action on Wednesday. Brazil won a crucial game against Italy by a score of 5-2 to help vastly improve its chances of reaching the next round. This was the only close game of the day.

Brazil held off a ninth inning rally to pull out the win and put itself in third place in the standings of Group A. They hold the tiebreaker against both Italy and Mexico should they wind up tied because they beat both teams during the first round.

In other action, Panama stomped Hong Kong ensuring Panama will move onto the next round. Panama scored ten runs in the bottom of the first inning and ran away with the game 15-0.

The USA improved to 4-1 with a 19-0 victory over Russia. Three USA pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter and put the team just one win away from securing the #2 seed in Group B.

The second closest game of the day was a 13-0 win by Mexico over the Czech Republic. Mexico scored ten runs in the final two innings to run away with the game.

In the biggest blowout of the day, Venezuela downed Pakistan 25-0 to stay unbeaten in Group B. Two pitchers combined for the four inning no-hitter. Pakistan finished the tournament 0-6.

The final game of the day had host Chinese Taipei defeat the Philippines 17-0. The Philippines collected just two hits in the game, both by center fielder Efrician Mercado. Chinese Taipei blasted three home runs including two from its center fielder Chiu Chih-heng.

12U Baseball World Cup Standings:

Group A
1. Japan 5-0
2. Chiese Taipei 4-1
3. Brazil 3-2
4. Mexico 3-2
5. Italy 2-3
6. Czech Republic 1-5
7. Philippines 0-5

Group B
1. Venezuela 5-0
2. South Korea 4-1
3. USA 4-1
4. Panama 3-2
5. Hong Kong 1-4
6. Russia 1-4
7. Pakistan 0-6

12U Baseball World Cup Schedule:

Thursday July 25th

Brazil vs Philippines
Korea vs USA
Venezuela vs Panama
Japan vs Mexico
Russia vs Hong Kong
Italy vs Chinese Taipei

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Spain: Tenerife Marlins Clinch Regular Season Title

The Tenerife Marlins continued to hold onto first place in the Spanish Division de Honor with a weekend sweep over San Inazio Bilbao. In other action, CB Barcelona took over second place by itself with a sweep of Baseball Navarra, while CBS Sant Boi split a weekend series with the Valencia Astros.

Barcelona has played two games less than Sant Boi and will finish up the season with a two game set with CD Pamplona to make up a previous series from mid-June.

Heading into the final weekend, the Marlins have already clinched the regular season title, but the rest of the standings could change. If Barcelona can win out, they will face the Marlins in the best-of-five championship series. Barcelona will face the two teams at the bottom of the standings in its next two series.

San Inazio Bilbao 1, Tenerife Marlins 11 (7)
San Inazio Bilbao 5, Tenerife Marlins 6 (10)

Game 1 saw an offensive barrage from the Marlins as they scored ten runs in the first two innings to dominate the game.

Leslie Nacar (W, 9-4) picked up the win tossing seven innings allowing just one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out six in the shortened game due to the run-rule.

Jose Romero (L, 7-6) took the loss giving up ten runs in just two innings of work. He gave up eleven hits.

Edwin Encarnacion had a nice day at the plate for the Marlins. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI including one on a solo home run in the seventh inning which ended the game giving the Marlins a 10-run lead.Victor Valazquez drove in three runs as well going 2-for-3. He also stole a base in the game. Lesther Galvan picked up a couple of hits himself going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, and a double.

The lone run for San Inazio Bilbao came on a solo home run from Kelvin Feliz (1-for-3).

Game 2 was a much better game. The Marlins needed two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to send the game into extra innings coming back from a 5-2 deficit to pull out the win.

Juan Lopez pitched well for San Inazio Bilbao but didn’t factor into the decision. He went 6.2 innings giving up just two runs. He gave up ten hits but struck out nine. Remigio Leal (L, 1-3) took the loss in relief.

Danny Morales (W, 1-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief picking up the win for the Marlins. He gave up just one hit and struck out four.

Jose Morban (1-for-3) drove in a pair of runs for San Inazio when he hit a two-run home run in the second inning. Jose Romero (2-for-4), Kelvin Feliz (2-for-5), and Tomas Alvarez (2-for-3) all picked up two hits in the loss.

Yancarlo Franco had a huge game for the Marlins going 4-for-5 with a double and two stolen bases. Deion Galvan also had a nice day at the plate. He went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two doubles. He would double in the winning run in the tenth inning.

In other league action:

Riccardo Hernandez won his tenth game of the year for Barcelona which ties him for the league lead. He tossed seven shutout innings giving up just three hits while striking out eight. He improve his ERA to 1.18 which ranks him second.

Jose Riera had a nice weekend. He went a combined 5-for-9 in the two games. He drove in two runs and scored two more for Barcelona.

Also for Barcelona, Pau Sancho went 6-for-9 over the weekend with a couple of doubles. While Oscar Anguelo went a combined 6-for-10 scoring five runs and driving in three more.

In Game 1 between Pamplona and Vilamoura, Elys Montano pitched a complete game shutout win. He gave up four hits and struck out eleven for Vilamoura. Alexis Fumero pitched well for Pamplona going eight innings allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eleven but took the loss.

Zael Honora picked up his tenth win for Sant Boi pitching a complete game in the first game of the weekend.

Rafael Rivas drove in three runs in the win for Sant Boi in Game 1 of the weekend. He went 2-for-5 with a double.

League Scores:

San Inazio Bilbao 1, Tenerife Marlins 11 (7)
San Inazio Bilbao 5, Tenerife Marlins 6 (10)

CB Barcelona 8, Baseball Navarra 0
CB Barcelona 9, Baseball Navarra 2

CD Pamplona 0, CB Vilamoura 1
CD Pamplona 5, CB Vilamoura 6

Valencia Astros 3, CBS Sant Boi 6
Valencia Astros 2, CBS Sant Boi 1

Standings:

1. Tenerife Marlins PC 26-6
2. CB Barcelona 21-7
3. CBS Sant Boi 21-9
4. San Inazio Bilbao 16-14
5. Baseball Navarra 14-16
6. CB Vilamoura 14-16
7. Valencia Astros12-18
8. CD Pamplona 7-21
9. El Llano BC 3-27

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