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Can Rouen win the French Baseball Division 1 title?

Will anyone challenge Rouen in the French Baseball Division 1 League this year? So far everything is leading to a resounding no. With four weeks left in the regular season, Rouen is a perfect 20-0.

However, there is a chance that Rouen could be upset as they were early in the year in the Challenge de France.Rouen rolled through the first two rounds outscoring its opponents 36-5. But they ran into the eventual champions in the semifinals when they faced off with the Senart Templiers.

Senart would down Rouen 9-4 in the semis before going on to defeat the MUC Barracudas in the championship.

Senart sits in 2nd place so far this season with a 15-5 record. While they pose a potential problem for Rouen, it currently looks like it will be a tough road.

Shortly after winning the Challenge de France, Senart was once again facing off with Rouen, this time at home. Senart played Rouen close but lost both games by scores of 1-4 and 5-6. They will get another shot at Rouen the last week of the season just before the playoffs.

The Templiars are the last team to win a title other than Rouen, which took home titles from 2005-2013 and 2015-2016. They have been the most dominate team in the league over the past few decades, and so far this year they have continued that dominance. Their players litter the league leader boards in both offense and pitching categories. So far they have had one hiccup in the Challenge de France and have even fared decently in international competitions.

European Champions Cup 2017

Recently they took part in the European Champions Cup in Regensburg, Germany. While they would finish with a 2-2 record, they had a pair of nice wins over some German opponents (Mainz and Regensburg). However, they lost pretty badly to the teams that would play for the championship in Unipol Bologna and champion Curaçao Neptunus.

So who will take home the title? Will Rouen continue its dominance or can the Templiars or Barracudas rise up and take the championship away from the 2-time defending champs?

For more on the French Division 1 League, or other French leagues, go to FFBS.fr 

For more articles from us on baseball in France, click here.

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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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