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France: Championship Series between Senart and Rouen Tied at a Game Apiece

France: Championship Series between Senart and Rouen Tied at a Game Apiece

The finals of the French Division I League started this past weekend between the Rouen Huskies and the Senart Templiers. The best-of-five series started on Saturday August 31.

Rouen advanced after defeating Montpellier 3-to-1 in the semifinals. Montpellier won Game 1 of the series and then dropped the next three. Rouen really put it away in Game 3 and 4 winning 11-1 and 12-2.

Senart advanced to the finals after downing Paris UC 3-to-1 in the semifinals. Paris took Game 2 by a score of 12-11, but Senart came back and took the series.

Rouen Huskies 10, Senart Templiers 2

Game 1 of the finals took place on Saturday with Rouen getting off to a nice start with a 10-2 win.

Owen Ozanich pitched great for Rouen. Ozanich tossed eight innings allowing just a single run on four hits to pick up the win.

Offensively Matthew Smith had a nice day at the plate for Rouen. He went 3-for-5 with a double and a RBI. Brian Ramirez also chipped in with three hits. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored.

Rouen Huskies 1, Senart Templiers 2

Rouen starter Jose Rodriguez pitched well. He pitched a complete game (eight innings) allowing just two runs on five hits, but took the loss.

Mathieu Brelle started for Senart and pitched well. He went 4.1 innings allowing one run on three hits but didn’t pitch long enough to factor into the decision. Henry Leyva came in and finished off the game tossing 4.2 innings to earn the win. He gave up four hits and struck out four to pick up the win.

Senart struck early by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and the pitching made it stand up. Ernesto Martinez (2-for-3) drove in both runs with a one-out two-run single.

The series now moves back to Rouen for the final three games.

French Division I Finals Schedule:

Saturday August 31
Rouen Huskies 10, Senart Templiers 2

Sunday September 1
Rouen Huskies 1, Senart Templiers 2

Saturday September 7
Senart Templiers at Rouen Huskies

Sunday September 8
Senart Templiers at Rouen Huskies
*Senart Templiers at Rouen Huskies

*if necessary

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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