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Spain: Defending Champs Tenerife Marlins Leading Division de Honor

The Division de Honor in Spain has finished Week 5 of the season. Last season’s champions, the Tenerife Marlins, are off to another great start with a current record of 8-0. So far in the season they have only been challenged in a couple of games. They lead the league in most offensive categories including average (.350), runs (74), and hits (99). However, where they have really shined is on the hill. The Marlins lead the league with a 0.67 ERA through the first five weeks allowing just five earned runs in sixty-seven innings.

The league leaders will be challenged this coming weekend however as they face off with one of the better hitting clubs in the league early in the season when they face San Inazio Bilbao (5-3). San Inazio is the only other club hitting over .300 (.327) and is second in the league in doubles (20).

Last season’s runner-up, CB Barcelona, has struggled through the first part of the season going 5-5.  That is almost equal to their total number of losses from a year ago. CBS Sant Boi, who finished third a year ago, is off to a solid start just a game behind the Marlins at 7-1. They have this weekend off.

Division de Honor Standings:
1. Tenerife Marlins 8-0
2. CBS Sant Boi 7-1
3. Valencia Astros 6-2
4. San Inazio Bilbao 5-3
5. CB Barcelona 5-5
6. CD Pamplona 3-5
7. Baseball Navarra 3-7
8. CB Vilamoura 1-7
9. El Llano BC 0-8

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Photos of New Baseball Complex in Hooddorp, Netherlands

The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association held a press conference at the new stadium in Hooddorp, Netherlands recently. Photographer Rob Jelsma was there and was able to snap a few photos of the new facilities.

You can check out the photos here at www.robjelsma.nl

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Haarlem Baseball Week Announces Schedule for 2014

The schedule for the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week has been announced. The tournament kicks off with the USA facing off with Japan. Day 2 has a full schedule of games with all four teams playing kicking off with the USA taking on Chinese Taipei. The last game of Day 2 features the host Netherlands taking on Japan.

The four team tournament has each team facing each other twice before the each team is reseeded and a single elimination tournament begins on Day 9. The ten day tournament ends with the championship game on July 20th.

Date: Time*: Nr.: Home team: Away team: Final result:
11-07-2014 19:00 1 USA Japan
12-07-2014 14:00 2 Chinese Taipei USA
12-07-2014 19:00 3 Japan Netherlands
13-07-2014 14:00 4 Netherlands USA
14-07-2014 19:00 5 Chinese Taipei Japan
15-07-2014 14:00 6 Japan USA
15-07-2014 19:00 7 Netherlands Chinese Taipei
16-07-2014 14:00 8 Japan Chinese Taipei
16-07-2014 19:00 9 USA Netherlands
17-07-2014 19:00 10 Chinese Taipei Netherlands
18-07-2014 14:00 11 USA Chinese Taipei
18-07-2014 19:00 12 Netherlands Japan
19-07-2014 14:00 13 No. 2 No. 3
19-07-2014 19:00 14 No. 1 No. 4
20-07-2014 14:00 15 Final
* All times are subject to change.

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France: Montpellier and Rouen Tied Atop Division 1 Standings

The baseball season is under way in France as Rouen looks to keep up their continued dominance in the French Division I. So far they are still going strong starting the season 5-1 to stay tied atop the standings with Montpellier.

Rouen’s only loss so far this season was a 7-5 defeat to Toulouse (4-2) in Week 2. They will take on Senart (4-2) this coming weekend.

Tied with Rouen at the top is Montpellier who dropped their only game to Paris University Club in Week 2.

The newly promoted French Cubs from Chartres have struggled so far making the jump to Division 1. It took them until Week 3 to compete in a series even though they dropped it to Stade Toulouse.

There are only two series this coming weekend but both top teams will be in action. Rouen travels to Senart and Montpellier travels to Paris.

French Division I Standings:
1. Montpellier Barracudas 3-1
2. Rouen Huskies 3-1
3. Senart Templiers 4-2
4. Stade Toulouse 4-2
5. Paris UC 3-3
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers 3-3
7. Chartres Cubs 0-6
8. Savigny Lions 0-6

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Germany: Solingen and Regensburg Lead Divsions

The first two weekends of the German Bundesliga are in the books and only two teams remain undefeated. In the North the Solingen Alligators are leading the way once again after defeating both the Bonn Capitals and the Cologne Cardinals over the past two weekends.

In the South, Regensburg is undefeated after crushing the Bad Homburg Hornets in a two game set this past weekend. The Legionaere are looking to once again finish atop the league where they have finished the past four years.

This upcoming weekend the North leading Solingen Alligators will take on the Dohren Wild Farmers who currently sit in second place. Dohren has a chance to make a statement and take over the lead in the division with a sweep of the Alligators.

The Wild Farmers are led offensively by Garrett Rogers who is leading the team with two home runs. Jason Mahood has been solid at the plate as well leading the team with a .357 average and six RBI. On the mound they are led by Jannis Wedemeyer and his 1.80 ERA. They will all need to come strong this weekend versus a solid Alligators squad.

The Alligators Tanner Leighton (.533/2 HR / 6 RBI) and Dustin Hughes (.571/ 1 HR/ 6 RBI) are leading the way offensively. They are strong offensively and on the hill. Christopher Mezger (2-0/ 1.20 ERA) and Harry Glynne (2-0/ 2.077 ERA) lead a strong pitching staff.

North Division Standings
1. Solingen Alligators 4-0
2. Dohren Wild Farmers 3-1
3. HSV Stealers 2-2
4. Bonn Capitals 2-2
5. Dortmund Wanderers 1-1
6. Paderborn Untouchables 0-2
7. Cologne Cardinals 0-4

South Division Standings
1. Regensburg Legionaere 4-0
2. Heidenheim Heidekopfe 3-1
3. Stuttgart Reds 3-1
4. Mainz Athletics 3-1
5. Mannheim Tornados 2-2
6. Haar Disciples 1-3
7. Tubingen Hawks 0-4
8. Bad Homburg Hornets 0-4

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Haarlem Baseball Week Announces First Participating Teams for 2014

The 27th edition of Haarlem Baseball Week will take place this summer from July 11-20. So far three international teams have been announced including the USA, Japan, and Chinese Taipei. The Dutch National Team will be the fourth team in the tournament while the fifth and sixth teams are still in progress.

Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico have been contacted to fill out the last two spots in the tournament. An announcement will be made later on when the details are finalized.

As soon as the final two teams are announced, we will bring it to you here.

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A Parents Perspective of Playing Baseball Overseas

I get emails all the time from players wanting to find ways to get into baseball overseas. While I have made a few contacts over the years with different teams and organizations, I have not put in the time and effort needed to really build those relationships into helping teams find players, mainly because I don’t have the time. However, a friend of the sites, David Burns, has done just that.

Burns is a Canadian who has been living, working, and playing in Austria for a decade now. A year or so ago Burns started a website called Baseball Jobs Overseas where he helps put players with teams who are looking to fill out their rosters.

So a year or so ago when James Milo sent me an email hoping to find a place for his son to play in Europe, I sent him over to Burns. Luckily for everyone involved it worked out well. James’ son Dominic wound up finding a place in Germany playing with the Dohren Wild Farmers this past season where he put up good numbers in the Bundesliga North Division.

James and his wife were fortunate to make a visit to Germany over the summer to visit their son and watch him play ball. Recently James wrote an article for David Burns over at Baseball Jobs Overseas to give a parents perspective, and I thought I would post a link here because it is such a good read.

Notes from a German Baseball Trip 2013 by James Milo.

I would recommend reading it for anyone who is looking to play ball overseas. It gives some good insights on the process and overall is just a good read.

And if you are a player looking to find a place to play next summer, check out the site and join the forum where you can find more information. David Burns has also started a nice podcasts where he has some good guests talking about baseball overseas, how to find a job, and what to expect when you do.

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New Baseball World Rankings – USA Ends Cuba’s Four Year Reign

USA Baseball has ended Cuba’s 4-year reign at the top of the World Baseball Rankings after a productive year in 2013.

The International Baseball Federation has used the World Baseball Ranking system since 2009, and each year Cuba has been at the top.

Team USA had a disappointing second round exit at the World Baseball Classic, but then picked up gold medals at the 12U Baseball World Cup and the 18U Baseball World Cup. Also giving Team USA points this summer was its “Friendship” series with Cuba where the USA’s National Collegiate Team won all five games.

Also jumping up in the standings was Japan who went from the third ranked country to the second also surpassing Cuba in the process. In the big tournaments of the year, Japan placed third at the World Baseball Classic, second at the 18U World Baseball Cup, and third again at the 12U Baseball World Cup.

The Dominican Republic made one of the bigger jumps in the standings after its win at the World Baseball Classic going from 13th a year ago to 5th.

The Netherlands remain the top European country in the standings as they swapped places with Canada moving up to 6th place.

The Americas continue to be the strongest in the polls collecting eleven of the top twenty spots. Asia and Europe combined take up 40% of the top twenty with both continents placing four teams. The last top twenty team comes from Oceania with Australia coming in at 14th.

Africa’s top representative is South Africa in at number 31.

Men’s Baseball World Rankings Top 10:

1. USA
2. Japan
3. Cuba
4. Chinese Taipei
5. Dominican Republic
6. Netherlands
7. Canada
8. South Korea
9. Puerto Rico
10. Venezuela

Complete World Rankings

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Kickstarter Campaign for DVD on Italian Baseball

I’m a huge fan of Kickstarter and the ability it gives independent filmmakers to finish or even start their projects.

It came to my attention today that Fabio Monticone has a new Kickstarter campaign to finish a documentary on Italian baseball. Monticone needs a hand finishing the DVD.

The film is called “Slug It Out” and is on baseball in Italy. Fabio needs the funds to produce 1,000 DVDs to distribute throughout Italy as well as paying for someone to translate the document from English to Italian.

Every little bit helps and this could be great for baseball in Italy. You can watch the video he made about the project on the “Slug It Out” Kickstarter page.

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Swiss Nationalliga A Semifinals Underway

The semifinals of the Swiss Nationalliga A are underway as the Bern Cardinals are taking on the Zurich Challengers while the Therwil Flyers take on the Embrach Mustangs in the other series.

The Bern Cardinals got their title defense underway with a 9-4 loss to Zurich in Game 1. Bern finished the regular season at the top of the standings with a 24-4 record, a game ahead of the Flyers.

Tobias Siegrest pitched the Challengers to the Game 1 win after tossing eight solid innings. Siegrest gave up four runs (two earned) while striking out nine to give his team the lead in the series.

Eidrys Reyes led the offense by setting the table going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. The top three in the lineup accounted for 10 of the teams 14 hits. Saentis Zeller followed up Reyes going 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Robert Sedin also had a big day going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, two runs, and two RBI.

Game 2 will be Saturday September 28 after Bern plays in the European Cup Playoff in Zurich.

In the other semifinal, the Therwil Flyers held off a late run by the Embrach Mustangs to hold on to an 8-6 win.

Luke Croton pitched the Flyers to the win tossing six solid innings allowing just two runs on four hits.

Offensively the Flyers were balanced. Hide Oshima (1-for-3) drove in three runs and stole a base, Stefan Koller (2-for-5) drove in a pair of runs, and Adrian Kaufmann (1-for-1/3 walks) scored three times.

The Flyers jumped on the Mustangs starter early scoring six runs in the first three innings to take control of the game.

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Great Britain: Harlow Nationals Win Historic Third Straight NBL Title

The Harlow Nationals completed a historic third consecutive National Baseball Championship title after defeating the Southampton Mustangs. It was the first time the Mustangs have made the championship.

Both teams had to win a wild-card game to advance. The Nationals then took down the regular season champion the Herts Falcons in the semi-finals before winning it all against Southampton.

For more information on the championship match, visit BritishBaseball.org.

National Baseball League Playoffs:

Sunday, September 1, 2013 – Wild Card Playoffs
Bracknell Blazers 4, Harlow Nationals 17
Essex Arrows 4, Southampton Mustangs 10

Saturday, September 14, 2013 – Semi-Finals
Harlow Nationals – Herts Falcons 8-7
London Mets – Southampton Mustangs 1-15

Sunday, September 15, 2013 – Finals
Southampton Mustangs 7, Harlow Nationals 12

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Sweden: Stockholm Wins Fourth Title in Six Years

Stockholm has won the Swedish Elitserien championship after defeating defending champion Karlskoga Bats three-games-to-one in the series final.

With the series tied at one game each, Stockholm exploded for 13 runs, including eight in the fourth inning alone, in Game 3. The 13-3 win gave Stockholm a 2-1 lead in the series and put them one win away from their fourth championship in the past six years.

Daniel Wood hit a three-run home run for Stockholm, while Michael Maples (2-for-4) drove in four runs including three on a bases loaded double. Elvis Hammarstedt added three hits of his own including a triple.

Stockholm would finish off the series with a 6-2 win in Game 4. Alex Keenen pitched six innings allowing just two runs on four hits to pick up the win. Arvid Carlstedt finished off the last three innings to pick up the save.

Matt Merrifield led the offense going 3-for-5, while Peter Johannessen (2-for-4) picked up a couple of RBI in the win.

Alex Keenen was named the MVP of the finals. He pitched two games, winning both, and allowed just two runs in 12 innings. Overall in the playoffs, Keenen went 3-0 with an ERA of just 1.00.

Photo: Swedish Baseball Federation

2013 Swedish Elitserien Championship:

Stockholm 3, Karlskoga 5
Stockholm 4, Karlskoga 0
Karlskoga 3, Stockholm 13 (7)
Karlskoga 2, Stockholm 6

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European Cup Playoffs in Rouen and Zurich This Weekend

The European Cup Playoffs kick off this weekend in both Rouen, France and Zurich, Switzerland.

Two teams, Rouen Huskies (FRA) and Bern Cardinals (SUI) are looking to defend the A-Pool spots for their federations. While the other teams are looking to get into the A-Pool.

Rouen will host the Borgerhout Squirrels (BEL), the North Stars SDUSHOR (RUS), and the Huskies.

In Zurich, the Cardinals will host the Senart Templiers (FRA) and KNTU Elizavetgrad (UKR)

2013 European Cup Playoff Schedule:

Rouen, France
Friday, September 20, 2013:
5:00 pm North Stars – Borgerhout Squirrels

Saturday, September 21, 2013:
5:00 pm Borgerhout Squirrels – Rouen Huskies

Sunday, September 22, 2013:
2:00 pm Rouen Huskies – North Stars

Zurich, Switzerland
Friday, September 20, 2013:
7:00 pm Bern Cardinals – Templiers Senart

Saturday, September 21, 2013:
2:00 pm Templiers Senart – KNTU Elizavetgrad (Zurich)

Sunday, September 22, 2013:
2:00 pm KNTU Elizavetgrad – Bern Cardinals (Zurich)

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Italy: Telemarket Rimini Takes 2-0 Lead in 2013 Italian Baseball Series

The Italian Baseball Series has begun as Telemarket Rimini is taking on T&A San Marino in a rematch from the 2012 championship series.

Last year, T&A San Marino won its second straight title after defeating Rimini 4-games-to-2 after winning the first three games of the series. This year Rimini looks to change things, and so far they have.

Telemarket Rimini dropped the first game of the 2012 Italian Baseball Series to T&A San Marino 8-5 after scoring five runs in the 9th inning to score a huge comeback. This year Rimini held on in the 9th in a 1-1 game to send it to extra innings before pulling it out in the 11th inning.

Both starters pitched very well in Game 1. Yorman Bazardo tossed 5.1 innings allowing just one run on three hits for Rimini. He didn’t factor into the decision and neither did San Marino starter Jim Magrane. Magrane went seven innings allowing one run on five hits.

With the game tied at one in the 11th inning, Adolfo Gomez (1-for-5) singled to get the inning started for Rimini. After a sacrifice bunt, Riccardo Bertagnon (2-for-4) walked to put a pair of runners on. James Buccheri (1-for-5) then broke the tie with a RBI single, but Rimini wasn’t done yet.

San Marino then made a pitching change to try and stop the bleeding. Christopher Cooper came on in relief but didn’t offer much. The first batter he faced, Leonardo Zileri (3-for-6), doubled bringing in two more runs to give Rimini a 4-1 lead. Cooper would eventually shut down the Rimini rally, but it was too little too late.

Enorbel Marquez picked up the win in relief tossing 5.2 scoreless innings. He gave up just three hits to give Rimini a 1-0 lead in the series.

Game 2 was a back-and-forth affair. Rimini took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. They would get one more to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but in the bottom half of the inning San Marino would tie it up with four runs of their own.

Rimini would come back in the seventh with three more runs to take a 7-4 lead. They would never see that lead go away the rest of the way as they scored four in the top of the 9th to put it out of reach.

Mattia Reginato homered in the loss for San Marino going 2-for-4. Francesco Imperiali had a nice day at the plate for San Marino as well going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Mario Chiarini (2-for-5) and Ramon Castro (2-for-4) both drove in three runs for Rimini in the win.

With the win, Rimini takes a 2-0 lead in the series as it heads back to Rimini.

Photo: FIBS/Ezio Ratti

2013 Italian Baseball Series Scores:

Friday September 13
Telmarket Rinini 4, T&A San Marino 1 (11)

Saturday September 14
Telemarket Rimini 11, T&A San Marino 7

Friday September 20
T&A San Marino at Telemarket Rimini

*Saturday September 21
T&A San Marino at Telemarket Rimini

*Sunday September 22
T&A San Marino at Telemarket Rimini

*If necessary

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Germany: Solingen Alligators Back in the Championship Series After Defeating Heidenheim

The Solingen Alligators are back in the championship series after a six year absence. The Alligators are looking to repeat what they did in 2006 when they won their only title despite having won their division six out of the past eight years.

In what turned out to be an exciting series, the Solingen Alligators defeated the Heidenheim Heidekopfe three games to one in the five game semifinal.

Game 1 saw Heidenheim pick up the win behind great pitching. Martin Dewald started the game and pitched four innings allowing just one unearned run while striking out seven. Luke Sommer then came in to finish it off. He pitched the final five innings without allowing a run and earning the win for Heidenheim. Sommer also provided some offense going 2-for-4 with a solo home run

The score was the same in Game 2, 3-1, but the outcome was different. This time the Alligators Nick Renault pitched a complete game allowing just one unearned run on six hits. He struck out nine to earn the win and even the series at one.

Dustin Hughes had a good game in the nine hole for Solingen. He went 2-for-4 driving in two of the three runs for the Alligators.

After a nice Game 1 start despite taking the loss, Andre Hughes came back in Game 3 and pitched a gem. He went the distance giving up just two unearned runs on seven hits to give Solingen a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Alligators got an immediate boost from the return of Kai Gronauer who returned to Germany after his season was over in the US. Gronauer played the 2013 season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Gronauer homered in his return driving in a pair of runs.

Needing just one more win to clinch their spot in the finals, Nick Renault once again pitched a great game to clinch the series. Renault went the distance allowing just one run on seven hits. Jack Frawley pitched well for Heidenheim, but lost in the pitchers duel.

Kai Gronauer once again had a nice game going 2-for-3. Dustin Hughes (2-for-4) got the scoring started in the first inning with a RBI single.

Heidenheim tied it in the third on a Jay Pecci single, but Solingen would come through once more.

In the sixth inning tied at one, Gronauer started the inning off with a single. Hughes followed up with a single of his own. After a fielder’s choice that had Gronauer out at third, Dominik Wulf singled to center driving in Hughes with the eventual winning run.

Renault shut down the Heidekopfe bats the rest of the way clinching the series for the Alligators.

2013 German Baseball League Semifinal Scores:

Solingen Alligators 1, Heidenheim Heidekopfe 3
Solingen Alligators 3, Heidenheim Heidekopfe 1
Heidenheim Heidekopfe 2, Solingen Alligators 6
Heidenheim Heidekopfe 1, Solingen Alligators 2

2013 German Baseball League Finals Schedule:

Saturday September 21
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 22
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Saturday September 28
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 29
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Thursday October 3
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

*If necessary

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Germany: Buchbinder Regensburg Legionaere Back in Finals Seeking Fourth Straight Title

The German Baseball League Championship Series is set after a pair of teams clinched their births over the weekend. The Buchbinder Legionaere are back in the finals after defeating the Bonn Capitals in the semifinal round. They are seeking their fourth title in a row and fifth in six years.

The Buchbinder Legionaere downed the Bonn Capitals in the semifinal winning the series three games to one.

The Legionaere took Game 1 behind a strong performance from starter Mike Bolsenbroek who pitched a complete game shutout. Bolsenbroek gave up just five hits while striking out 13.

In Game 2, the Legionaere exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to pull out an 11-6 victory. Matthew Vance had a huge game at the plate going 3-for-5. He homered in the eighth inning to tie the game at five. He also tripled, scored twice, and drove in three runs. Philipp Howard also had a nice game going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.

Bonn came back to pick up a win and extend the series a bit in Game 3.  The Capitals were down 4-0 before slowly making a comeback. They capped it off with two runs in the eighth to take the lead and the win.

Philipp Spade (2-for-3) and Bradley Roper-Hubbert (2-for-4) hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth to get the Capitals on the board.

Needing just one more win to clinch to series, the Legionaere broke out the bats in Game 4 clinching with a 13-6 win. They jumped out quickly with four runs in both the first and third innings to lead 8-0 early.

Evan John Le Blanc (3-for-5) hit a two-run home run. Every starter except one scored at least one run.

2013 German Baseball League Semifinal Scores:

Buchbinder Legionaere 1, Bonn Capitals 0
Buchbinder Legionaere 11, Bonn Capitals 6
Bonn Capitals 5, Buchbinder Legionaere 4
Bonn Capitals 6, Buchbinder Legionaere 13

2013 German Baseball League Finals Schedule:

Saturday September 21
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 22
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Saturday September 28
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 29
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Thursday October 3
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

*If necessary

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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Faces Vaessen Pioniers in 2013 Holland Series

The championship series of the Dutch Major League, better known as the Holland Series, is set and there will be a new champion for the 2013 season.

The Vaessen Pioniers will face off with DOOR Neptunus in the Holland Series after finishing up the semifinals.

Door Neptunus finished off the semifinal round robin with a loss to the 2012 champion Corendon Kinheim, but advanced with a semifinal best record of 6-3. Vaessen earned its way into the championship with a 2-1 win over L&D Amsterdam last Sunday. With the win, Vaessen advanced due to tiebreakers after finishing in a three-way tie at 4-5.

DOOR Neptunus finished the regular season with the best record in the league at 34-8. However, Vaessen wasn’t too far behind with a 29-12-1 record.

In the relegation round, the Ado Lakers will take on the Oosterhout Twins to see who will play in the Dutch Major League next season.

2013 Holland Series Schedule:

Saturday September 14
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers at DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 15
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers at DOOR Neptunus

Thursday September 19
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus at Vaessen Pioniers

Saturday September 21
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus at Vaessen Pioniers

Sunday September 22
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus at Vaessen Pioniers

Saturday September 28
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers at DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 29
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers at DOOR Neptunus

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France: Rouen Huskies Win Title Yet Again

The Rouen Huskies continue to dominate the French Division I League winning their 10th championship in the past 11 years.

However, it wasn’t an easy road for the Huskies this time around. In the finals Rouen faced off with the Senart Templiers who put up a fight. Senart actually held a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series needing just one more victory to win the title. But it wasn’t to be.

After Rouen and Senart split the first two games, the series shifted to Rouen where Senart immediately won the first game to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Senart Templiers 4, Rouen Huskies 0

Leonel Cespedes pitched a great game to give Senart the lead in the series. Cespedes pitched eight shutout innings allowing just eight hits. He out dueled Owen Ozanich who picked up the Game 1 win for Rouen.

Rolando Betancourt drove in a pair of runs going 2-for-4 for Senart to led the offense. He finished the playoffs with a .351 average, second on the team.

Senart Templiers 3, Rouen Huskies 7

Jose Rodriguez came back to tie up the series pitching Rouen to the win. He tossed a complete game allowing three runs on just five hits.

One of those hits was a three run home run from Rolando Betancourt for Senart who were trailing 7-0 at the time.

Boris Marche helped out the Rouen offense going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Senart Templiers 2, Rouen Huskies 5

Rouen clinched the series and the title with a Game 5 victory behind a complete game win from Yoann Vaugelade.

Vaugelade gave up just two runs (one earned) on eight hits shutting down the Senart offense in the winner-take-all game. It was his only start in the playoffs, and it was a big one. He became the youngest MVP at just 18 years and 2 days after his complete game win in the deciding game.

Joris Bert set the tone for the offense from the lead off spot. Bert went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs for Rouen.

Rouen fell behind 2-0 in the game, but then exploded for four runs in the fourth inning which was all they needed to clinch yet another title.

Photo courtesy Rouen Huskies

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Austria: Vienna Wanderers to Defend Title Against the Metrostars in Finals

The championship series is set in the Austrian Baseball League as the Vienna Metrostars will face off with defending champion Vienna Wanderers.

The Metrostars and Wanderers tied for the leagues best record after the regular season along with the Dornbirn Indians.  However, due to tiebreakers the Wanderers received the #1 seed and faced off with the Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks.

The Wanderers jumped all over the Diving Ducks at home in games 1 and 2 outscoring them 27-6 in the two wins. However, the Ducks weren’t going to just lie down and roll over. They came back with a win in Game 3 behind the big bat of Jake Turcato. Turcato went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI.

But that would be the only win for the Diving Ducks. The Wanderers came back to win both Game 4 and 5 to close out the series. Game 5 was not exactly a pitching clinic as the Wanderers won 13-12 by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Joseph Wilson led the offense for the Wanderers hitting at a .467 clip. Max Scholdan wasn’t far behind at .444. Scholdan led the team in hits (8) and RBI (14).  Hiroyuki Sakanashi led the team in stolen bases (9/11) and tied for the lead in runs (10).

Andrew Dowl led the pitching with a 2-0 record in a pair of starts. He allowed just two earned runs in 15 innings for a 1.20 ERA. He will now go up against a strong Metrostars offense.

In the other semifinal series, the Vienna Metrostars downed the Dornbirn Indians in five games.

Dornbirn won the first game 6-5 behind a Danny Hall Jr. home run. However, they would see the Metrostars come back to sweep the next four games.

The Metrostars unleashed the bats the rest of the way. The lowest run total they had in the final four games was eight. They finished the series with a flourish and 23 runs.

Over the course of the five game series, Peter Ferek hit at a .524 clip to lead the Metrostars. He led the team in nearly every offensive category including hits (11), doubles (3), RBI (12), and total bases (17). He also hit the teams only home run.

As a team the Metrostars posted a line of .316/.441/.391 which is pretty impressive and led all teams in the semifinals.

The team also posted an impressive team ERA of just 2.90. Led by Stefan Ludescher who pitched a shortened complete game not allowing an earned run. Jakob Simonsen also had a nice series pitching 12.2 innings while posting a 2.84 ERA.

2013 Austrian Baseball League Semifinals Scores:

Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 3, Vienna Wanderers 15 (7)
Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 3, Vienna Wanderers 12
Vienna Wanderers 5, Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 6
Vienna Wanderers 7, Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 1
Vienna Wanderers 13, Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 12

Vienna Metrostars 5, Dornbirn Indians 6
Vienna Metrostars 18, Dornbirn Indians 6 (8)
Dornbirn Indians 3, Vienna Metrostars 11
Dornbirn Indians 3, Vienna Metrostars 8
Dornbirn Indians 3, Vienna Metrostars 23 (6)

2013 Austrian Baseball League Finals Schedule:

Friday September 20
7:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Vienna Wanderers

Saturday September 21
7:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Vienna Wanderers

Rest of schedule including times TBA

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Italy: T&A San Marino and Telemarket Rimini Lead Semifinals 2-0

The semifinal round in the Italian Baseball League playoffs has started with four teams battling it out for a shot at the league title. The regular season champion Unipol Bologna (28-8) is taking on T&A San Marino (25-11) while runner-up Telemarket Rimini (27-9) is taking on Nettuno (25-11).

 Unipol Bologna 0, T&A San Marino 2

In Game 1 of the series, San Marino got a great start from pitcher Jim Magrane. He went 7.1 scoreless innings allowing just four hits while striking out 11 to help San Marino take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Bologna starter Raul Rivero pitched well but didn’t get any offensive support. He pitched all eight innings allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out nine.

Offensively neither team did much. Joseph Mazzuca led San Marino with the lone RBI while going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Nicholas Nosti had most of the offense for Bologna going 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in the loss.

Unipol Bologna 8, T&A San Marino 15

Game 2 couldn’t have been any different than Game 1, although the score wasn’t as close at it seems. San Marino was leading 15-1 heading into the ninth inning when Bologna pounced for seven runs. But it was too little too late and San Marino sits just one game away from a chance to defend its title.

Tiago da Silva pitched very well for San Marino. He tossed six scoreless innings giving up just two hits to earn the win. Bologna would get to the San Marino bullpen later in the game.

Carlos Richetti couldn’t get through the second inning for Bologna. With two outs in the second, Richetti had the third out on a strike out, but the ball got by the catcher and the runner reached first. It was all downhill from there. San Marino took advantage of the passed ball and would go on to score seven runs in the inning.

The big blow in the second came on a Jairo Ramos two-run home run. He would finish the day 2-for-4 with four RBI.

Mattia Reginato (1-for-5) added a two-run home run in the fifth for San Marino. Giovanni Pantaleoni had a big day at the plate as well going 4-for-5.

Claudio Liverziani hit a two-run home run for Bologna in the ninth.

Telemarket Rimini 6, Nettuno 3

Telemarket Rimini is looking to advance back to the IBL championship and claim what they came up short in last year. They took the right step this past weekend.

Game 1 saw a combined pitching effort from Yorman Bazardo (4.1 IP/2 R/1 ER) and Enorbel Marquez (4.2 IP/1 R) that limited Nettuno to just three runs (one earned) and struck out eleven total.

Leonardo Zileri (2-for-5) homered and scored twice to lead Rimini to a Game 1 win.

Telemarket Rimini 9, Nettuno 7 (12)

Rimini needed extra frames to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series over Nettuno. Neither starter pitched all that well as both teams got runs early. Rimini took a 4-0 lead after just two innings, but Nettuno came roaring back in the fifth with five of their own to take a 7-6 lead.

Rimini got a run in the seventh to tie it and that’s where it would stay until the 12th when Rimini would pick up two more on a Jack Santora two-run single. Santora finished the game 2-for-5 with five RBI.

Alexander Romero went 3-for-5 and his home run in the seventh tied the game.

Ben Harrison had a nice game for Nettuno in the loss. He went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

The two series now shift back to the home fields of Bologna and Rimini as it is setting up to be a rematch from the 2012 championship between T&A San Marino and Telemarket Rimini.

2013 Italian Baseball League Semifinal Schedule:

Friday August 30
Unipol Bologna 0, T&A San Marino 2
Telemarket Rimini 6, Nettuno 3

Saturday August 31
Unipol Bologna 8, T&A San Marino 15
Telemarket Rimini 9, Nettuno 7 (12)

Friday September 6
T&A San Marino at Unipol Bologna
Nettuno at Telemarket Rimini

Saturday September 7
*T&A San Marino at Unipol Bologna
*Nettuno at Telemarket Rimini

Sunday September 8
*T&A San Marino at Unipol Bologna
*Nettuno at Telemarket Rimini

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Germany: 2013 Semifinal Match Ups Set

The top four teams in the German Baseball League regular season have advanced to the semifinals. The #1 seed from the North Solingen Alligators will face off with the #2 seed from the South in Heidenheim Heidekopfe in one semifinal series. In the other series the #1 seed from the South Buchbinder Regensburg Legionaere will face off with the #2 seed from the North in the Bonn Capitals.

The Solingen Alligators defeated the Haar Disciples 3-to-1 in their first round series. Haar won the first game before Solingen came back to win three straight and advance.

Heidenheim swept through the Paderborn Untouchables in that first round series. The first two games of the series were close with Heidenheim winning 7-5 and 14-12.

Regensburg swept through the HSV Stealers over the past two weekends. They are looking to add another title to the shelf and will face off with Bonn in the next round.

The Bonn Capitals downed the Mainz Athletics in the first round. Bonn won a close game in Game 1 9-8 and then dropped the second game 7-1. They would split the next two games as well sending the series to a winner take all Game 5. Bonn would come out on top in that must win game 13-3.

2013 German Baseball League Playoff Schedule:

Saturday September 7
Games times 1:00 pm and 3:30pm
Solingen Alligators at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Buchbinder Legionaere at Bonn Capitals

Saturday September 14
Game times 1:00 pm and *3:30pm
Heidenheim Heidekopfe at Solingen Alligators
Bonn Capitals at Buchbinder Legionaere

Sunday September 15
Game time 2:00 pm
*Heidenheim Heidekopfe at Solingen Alligators
*Bonn Capitals at Buchbinder Legionaere

*if necessary

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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

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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Sweeps L&D Amsterdam; Playoffs Start This Weekend

The Dutch Major League finished its regular season this past weekend. The top two teams, DOOR Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam played a three game series that would determine playoff spots. DOOR would wind up sweeping the series knocking Amsterdam down to the #4 seed heading into the playoffs.

Corendon Kinheim headed into the final week just a game and a half up on the Vaessen Pioniers. Both teams went into the final weekend playing some of the teams lower in the standings. And both would wind up sweeping their opponents to advance to the playoffs claiming the #2 and #3 seeds.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3, DOOR Neptunus 4
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8, DOOR Neptunus 6
DOOR Neptunus 9, L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3

DOOR Neptunus set the tone of the series in Game 1 with a late inning walk-off comeback.

Both starting pitchers pitched well. Amsterdam’s Rob Cordemans started and pitching into the seventh inning. He finished 6.2 innings allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out seven. He left the game with it tied at two, but the Pirates came back after giving up the lead.

In the top of the eighth, Amsterdam took a 3-2 lead on a Percy Isenia (3-for-4) RBI single. That’s where the score would stay until the bottom of the ninth.

Pirates reliever Jurrian Koks came in to shut down Neptunus in the ninth, but the bats would get to him. Dwayne Kemp (2-for-4) led off the inning with a single. He was sacrificed to second but on the play Koks threw the ball away allowing both runners to be safe as Kemp advanced to third. Another error by the shortstop allowed a run to score and Gyenuar Lopez (0-for-3) to reach base.

And then the final stroke, the third error of the inning ended the game. Rudy van Heydoorn (0-for-4) reached on an error by the Pirates center fielder allowing the winning run to score from second.

Koks didn’t get an out but gave up two runs to take the loss.

Brenden Wise picked up the win in relief. DOOR starter Diegomar Markwell pitched well going 7.2 innings allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits.

DOOR would go on to take the next two games of the series setting up a rematch this weekend with Amsterdam in the first round of the playoffs. The top four teams in the standings advance to a round robin format. The two teams with the best record in the round robin will play in the 2013 Holland Series for the league championship.

Final Dutch Major League Standings:

1. DOOR Neptunus 34-8
2. Corendon Kinheim 31-11
3. Vaessen Pioniers 29-12-1
4. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 28-13-1
5. UVV 17-25
6. Mr. Cocker HCAW 14-27-1
7. Mampaey the Hawks 11-30-1
8. Ado Lakers 2-40

Dutch Major League Playoff Schedule:

Thursday August 22
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm Corendon Kinheim vs Veaessen Pioniers

Saturday August 24
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs DOOR Neptunus
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs Corendon Kinheim

Sunday August 25
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs Veaessen Pioniers

Thursday August 29
7:30 pm Corendon Kinheim vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Vaessen Pioniers

Saturday August 31
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs Corendon Kinheim
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 1
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Vaessen Pioniers

Thursday September 5
7:30 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Corendon Kinheim

Saturday September 7
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs Vaessen Pioniers
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 8
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Corendon Kinheim

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Austria: 2013 Playoffs Start Friday

The playoffs get going this coming weekend in the Austrian Baseball League. The league finished its play this past weekend when the Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks and the Dornbirn Indians played the final two games.

With a sweep the Indians would have finished first in the standings, but that wasn’t meant to be. The Diving Ducks and Indians split the weekend series which resulted in a three-way tie for first place, while the Diving Ducks took the last spot in the playoffs.

Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 6, Dornbirn Indians 4
Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 1, Dornbirn Indians 9

With the win in Game 2, the Indians push the Ducks into the #4 seed while the Indians claim the #2 seed.

With the three-way tie for first, the Vienna Wanderers claim the top spot in the playoffs gaining home field and will take on the #4 seed Diving Ducks in round 1 of the playoffs. The other match up will be the #2 Dornbirn Indians against the #3 Vienna Metrostars.

The best-of-seven series begin this weekend.

2013 Austrian Baseball League Playoff Schedule:

Friday August 23
7:00 pm Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks at Vienna Wanderers

Saturday August 24
1:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Dornbirn Indians
4:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Dornbirn Indians
7:00 pm Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks at Vienna Wanderers

Saturday September 7
1:00 pm Vienna Wanderers at Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks
1:00 pm Dornbirn Indians at Vienna Metrostars
4:00 pm Vienna Wanderers at Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks
4:00 pm Dornbirn Indians at Vienna Metrostars

Sunday September 8
*12:00 pm Dornbirn Indians at Vienna Metrostars
*3:00 pm Vienna Wanderers at Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks

Saturday September 14
*1:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Dornbirn Indians
*1:00 pm Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks at Vienna Wanderers
*4:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Dornbirn Indians
*4:00 pm Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks at Vienna Wanderers

*if necessary

Final Regular Season Standings:

1. Vienna Wanderers 12-8
2. Dornbirn Indians 12-8
3. Vienna Metrostars 12-8
4. Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 11-9
5. Stock City Cubs 9-11
6. Attnang Athletics 4-16

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