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Belgium: Mortsel Stars Add American Pitcher Vinny Lally


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The Mortsel Stars added American pitcher Vinny Lally to the 2013 roster. The left-handed pitcher played for Yale University, where he earned a 16-7 record and 4.62 ERA over his 181 innings at the Division I level. The lefty appeared in 57 games, which included 27 starts, five complete games and three shutouts. Lally racked up 175 strikeouts and allowed just 153 hits in a career that also included an All-Ivy Honorable Mention in 2010 when he went 7-2 with a 4.71 ERA.

Besides Lally, the Stars already added 6 additional players to their roster, while not losing any of the regular 2012 players. Shane Van Elsacker (C), Juan Alcantera (3B), Wesley Janssens (2B), Dorian Reynaerts (1B), Maxim Van Hoorebeek (P) and Jonathan Duran Garcia (UT) are the new additions. Also pitching coach Alwin Van Maanen and assistant coach Yves van Strijdonck are broadening the coaching staff.

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Belgium: Mortsel Stars Announces Easter Tournament


Belgian division 1 club Mortsel Stars will have an international tournament during the Easter weekend of March 30th till April 1st, 2013. Besides their own D1 team, PUC Paris (3rd Elite Division France), the national team of Finland and Olympia Haarlem (3rd 1ste Klasse Netherlands) will participate in this 3-day event. Mortsel has one of the nicest ballparks in Belgium, and is located at the south corner of Antwerp International Airport (Luchthavenlei, Mortsel).

Every day two regular 9-inning games will be played. Besides the games there will be a party on Saturday evening and a home run derby on Sunday. Also several activities for kids will be present. Entrance to the tournament is free.

More information on the website: http://www.mortselstars.be/tournament/ , or
on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/477780768935729/ .

The tournament schedule:

Saturday March 30th, 2013
11h00 Opening Ceremony
11h10 GAME 1: Mortsel Stars (B) – Olympia Haarlem (NL)
14h30 GAME 2: PUC Paris (F) – Team Finland
20h00 10th INNING PARTY

Sunday March 31st, 2013
10h30 GAME 3: Olympia Haarlem (NL) – Team Finland
13h30 HOME RUN DERBY
14h30 GAME 4: Mortsel Stars (B) – PUC Paris (F)

Monday April 1st, 2013
10h30 GAME 5: Team Finland – Mortsel Stars (B)
14h00 GAME 6: PUC Paris (F) – Olympia Haarlem (NL)
17h30 (approx.) Closing Ceremony

Press Release Mortsel Stars

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ECQ Namur: Montpellier Barracudas Win


NAMUR, Belgium – With a 7-1 win over the Espoo Expos, the Montpellier Barracudas won the European Cup Qualifier. Montpellier finished the tournament undefeated outscoring their opponents 56-18.

The host Namur Angels finished in 4th place with a record of 2-3. The Russian team Tornado Moscow finished in 3rd while the Espoo Expos of Finland finished runner-up.

European Cup Qualifier in Namur (BEL) Final Standings:

  1. Montpellier Barracudas (FRA)
  2. Espoo Expos (FIN)
  3. Tornado Moscow (RUS)
  4. Namur Angels (BEL)
  5. White Sharks Almada (POR)
  6. Goteborg Hajarna (SWE)

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Belgium: Hoboken Pioneers Regain Top Spot with Sweep


BELGIUM – The Hoboken Pioneers regained the top spot in the Belgian Baseball League with a two-game sweep against the Brasschaat Braves this past weekend.

The two-time reigning league champion captured a hard-fought 7-5 win on Saturday before completing the sweep the following day with a 14-4 victory.

The Deurne Spartans (3-8) knocked the Namur Angels out of first place with a 1-0 victory on Sunday. The Angels (8-4) bagged a 6-3 win a day earlier.

The Borgerhout Squirrels (7-5) and the Royal Greys (7-6) split a pair of 2-1 decisions, while the Mortsel Stars (5-6) and Antwerp Eagles (2-10) also split a pair of one-run games.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:
Hoboken Pioneers 7 – Brasschaat Braves 5
Borgerhout Squirrels 2 – Royal Greys 1
Namur Angels 6 – Deurne Spartans 3
Mortsel Stars 10 – Antwerp Eagles 9

SUNDAY, MAY 20:
Hoboken Pioneers 14 – Brasschaat Braves 4
Royal Greys 2 – Borgerhout Squirrels 1
Deurne Spartans 1 – Namur Angels 0
Antwerp Eagles 4 – Mortsel Stars 3

2012 BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE:

1.Hoboken Pioneers (9-3)
2.Namur Angels (8-4)
3.Borgerhout Squirrels (7-5)
4.Royal Greys (7-6)
5.Brasschaat Braves (6-6)
6.Mortsel Stars (5-6)
7.Deurne Spartans (3-8)
8.Antwerp Eagles (2-10)

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Belgium: Rematch of Last Year’s Belgian Series Ends in Split


BELGIUM – The Hoboken Pioneers and the Namur Angels battled to a two-game draw this past weekend in a highly-anticipated rematch of last year’s Belgian Series.

American Jake Hummel went 5-for-7 at the plate and tossed seven strong innings as Namur (5-1) captured an 18-10 slugfest in the series opener. However, Kenny Van Den Branden threw a complete game four-hit shutout as the defending league champion salvaged a split with a 3-0 victory.

The Mortsel Stars (2-4) knocked off the Royal Greys, 16-6, in the first game of a two-game set before falling 6-1 the following day.

2012 BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE:
Hoboken Pioneers (5-1)
Namur Angels (5-1)
Royal Greys (4-3)
Brasschaat Braves (3-3)
Borgerhout Squirrels (3-3)
Deurne Spartans (2-3)
Mortsel Stars (2-4)
Antwerp Eagles (0-6)

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Belgium: Namur Angels Add Pair of Americans


BELGIUM – The Namur Angels have add American collegiate players Greg Van Sickler and Jake Hummel for the 2012 Belgian League season.

Namur, which reached the Belgian Series in 2011, appear primed for another strong season by adding the pair of NCAA standouts.

Van Sickler is a four-year starter out of Shenandoah University (Virginia) which made back-to-back D3 World Series appearances.

A two-way player, he appeared in the individual categories rankings of NCAA in both pitching and hitting. On the mound he sported a 3.15 career ERA with a career-best 1.81 and a 8.3 strikeout to walk ratio in his senior year. Offensively, Van Sickler is a .411 career hitter, with 22 homeruns and 190 RBIs in 177 at bats. His stellar senior campaign earned him a All American 1st team selection, an elite group of the very best NCAA D3 players.

Hummel hails from Peoria (Arizona) and started his college career as a two-way player (P/OF) at Scottsdale Community College. He was also a part of the team that finished second at the NJCAA World Series.

The right-hander transferred to the University of the Pacific where he focused on pitching. Used as a starter as well as a reliever, he posted an overall 12-9 record with 3 saves and a 4.65 ERA. In 2 years in the Big West Conference, he struck out 127 batters walking only 53 over 191 innings.

Both players have been recruited for their baseball abilities but also fit very well the “Namur Angels profile” that aims to recruit good role models and teachers. Greg will be in charge of the U15 team while Jake will coach the junior team. Both players have coaching experience with youth players back home in the United States.

Source: Namur Angels

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Belgium: Hoboken and Namur Open Season with Sweeps


BELGIUM – The Mortsel Stars and the Brasschaat Braves battled to a draw this past weekend in a 2012 Opening Day matchup in the Belgian Baseball League.

Brasschaat (1-1) used a walk-off home run with two down in the ninth to claim a dramatic 6-5 victory on Saturday. Cuban slugger Nguyen “Papi” Boulet homered while scattering five runs over seven frames in a no-decision effort.

Mortsel (1-1) salvaged a split the following day with a 5-3 win in the series finale. Rafael Duran Garcia paced the offense with a run-scoring single and RBI triple.

Christophe Van Braecken (1-0) came out of the bullpen to notch the win.

The Hoboken Pioneers and the Namur Angels both opened the season with sweeps. Hoboken whipped the Antwerp Eagles, 10-2 and 17-1, and Namur stopped the Borgerhout Squirrels, 9-5 and 11-4.

The Deurne Spartans and the Royal Greys split a two-game set. Deurne took the season opening game, 6-5, before the Royal Greys cruised to a 7-3 victory in the series finale.

2012 BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE:
Hoboken Pioneers (2-0)
Namur Angels (2-0)
Brasschaat Braves (1-1)
Deurne Spartans (1-1)
Mortsel Stars (1-1)
Royal Greys (1-1)
Antwerp Eagles (0-2)
Borgerhout Squirrels (0-2)

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Interview with Schwaz Tigers Player/Coach Adam Sowell


Adam Sowell is a veteran of the European baseball leagues having played in Sweden (where he was MVP), Belgium, The Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and now Austria. So we asked Adam to tell us a little bit about life in Europe as an American player.

You initially went to Temple College in Texas out of high school. What was it like playing for former MLB pitcher Craig McMurtry?

Probably the scariest coach I’ve played for, lol. I remember after an away game watching Coach McMurtry turn a trash can round to hide the huge hole he put into it from beating it with a bat after something went wrong during a game. I was with him
in his first 2 years as coach, I enjoyed playing for him and I always try to check up on the Leopards to see how they are doing.

After college you signed with the Rivercity Rascals in the Frontier League. What was the biggest difference in playing in the minors and college ball?

In college if you don’t run hard in practices, the coaches are yelling at you. Once you get to the pros, the coaches don’t watch you anymore, you’re on your own.

You quickly found a home in the leagues of Europe jumping around from Belgium (Hoboken Pioneers), to Sweden where you were the MVP, to a short stint in the Dutch League, and so on while playing in the Czech Republic last season. Why do you keep returning to Europe?

I enjoy seeing new countries and learning new cultures. Little responsibility, some monthly cash, a free apartment and lots of baseball…. I guess I’m just a big kid at heart.

What has been your favorite place to play in Europe?

 The Czech League. The weather there wasn’t as cold and rainy as the other countries I’ve played in. The Eagles complex was also very impressive.

What about your favorite city to live in or visit?

So far it has been Karlskoga, Sweden, a small town with a population of about 27,000. The people in the town were very friendly, spoke pretty good English and it was easy to get around. I enjoyed going to the night club Stat and hanging out at Cafe Paris, a popular coffee shop in the city center. Okay who am I kidding, the girls are hot and my exact type. I’m considering returning to Sweden at some point to play for a team.

How would you rank the leagues in Europe against say college or the independent leagues in the States?

I’d say if you took an average independent league team and put them up against one of the better teams in Europe, for one game, it would be close. Teams in America have a lot more depth and the gap between the best college teams and the worst college teams are much smaller than the best and worst in Europe.

Aside from playing ball in Europe, what was the best part of living there as an American?

 I feel like I continue to improve and grow as a person as I learn and experience the non-tourist cultures of every new country I  live in. Most Americans rarely travel outside of America and when they do, it’s only for a short time in a touristy area where everyone speaks perfect English.

You are currently in Thailand, but are you looking to return to the diamond somewhere in Europe for the 2012 season?

Yes, I just committed to the Schwaz Tigers in Austria today as the new player/coach. They are in the process of getting the contracts together so it hasn’t been official announced yet. I chose the Tigers because the town and the club reminded me a lot of the Karlskoga Bats in Sweden in which I enjoyed greatly.

With your experience and success, have you ever thought of trying to make it either back in the States in the minors as a player or coach?

I haven’t really given it too much thought. It might be something I’d look into further down the road, but for now I’m looking into crossing off a few more European countries on my baseball list over the next few years.

I’d like to thank Adam for taking some time to answer a few questions for us.

You can follow Adam and his adventures overseas on his blog at AdamVanWildest and on his YouTube page. Right now you can check out some videos on living in Thailand and hopefully soon some videos on life in Austria.

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Belgium: Hoboken Pioneers Close to Third Straight Championship


BELGIUM – The Hoboken Pioneers moved closer to its third consecutive national championship with a pair of victories over the Namur Angels last weekend in the Belgian Finals.

The two-time reigning champion opened the best-of-five title series with a 11-7 decision last Saturday over the surprising Angels, which were making its first appearance in the championship series in 12 years.

Hoboken nipped Namur, 4-3, in Game 2 the following day to move within one win shy of a threepeat.

SERIES-AT-A-GLANCE
Game 1 – Hoboken Pioneers 11, Namur Angels 7
Game 2 – Hoboken Pioneers 4, Namur Angels 3
Game 3 – Namur Angels at Hoboken Pioneers
Game 4 – Namur Angels at Hoboken Pioneers*
Game 5 – Namur Angels at Hoboken Pioneers*

(Hoboken Pioneers leads series 2-0)

* If necessary

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Belgium: Namur Angels Advance to Finals to Face Hoboken


BELGIUM – The Namur Angels clinched a spot in the 2011 Belgian Series with a 12-6 victory over the Merksem Royal Greys last weekend.

The Angels jumped out early to a lead and never looked back. In the first inning they scored 3 runs with 2 coming on a home run from Michael Benton. The Greys fought back with 3 runs and 2 home runs of their own. However, the Angels would not be denied.

In the second inning, Nicholas Frederick hit a grand slam for Namur to put the Angels back in the lead where they would stay.  They scored 4 more in the 3rd inning to go up by 8, and they would never look back cruising to the win.

This will be the Angels first trip to the finals since 1998. They will take on the tw0-time defending champion Hoboken Pioneers in the best-of-five championship series.

The best-of-five championship series will begin on September 24th.

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Belgium: Hoboken Splits with Namur Angels


BELGIUM – The Hoboken Pioneers continued their quest for a third consecutive Belgian League title with a two-game split against the rejuvenated Namur Angels this past weekend in the first round of the playoffs.

Hoboken (6-2), which swept the Angels earlier this month to open the postseason, dropped the first game on Saturday, 8-6. However, the two-time reigning league champion bounced back the following day to claim a hard-fought 3-1 victory over second-place Namur (4-3).

The Merksem Royal Greys resuscitated their finals hopes with a sweep, 13-2 and 10-1, against the Borgerhout Squirrels. The Royal Greys will next face Hoboken in a crucial two-game set while the Squirrels (1-6) will clash with the Angels.

Saturday, August 27
Namur Angels 8, Hoboken Pioneers 6
Merksem Royal Greys 13, Borgerhout Squirrels 12

Sunday, August 28
Merksem Royal Greys 10, Borgerhout Squirrels 1
Hoboken Pioneers 3, Namur Angels 1

BELGIAN PLAYOFF STANDINGS
1. Hoboken Pioneers (6-2)
2. Namur Angels (4-3)
3. Merksem Royal Greys (4-4)
4. Borgerhout Squirrels (1-6)

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Belgium: Hoboken, Antwerp Earn Sweeps


BELGIUM – The Hoboken Pioneers remained perfect in the postseason with two narrow victories last weekend against the Antwerp Royal Greys in the Belgian Baseball League.

Hoboken (4-0) limited the Greys to just a lone score en route to 3-1 and 3-0 wins to sweep the two-game set. With the losses, the Greys playoff card dropped to .500 at 2-2.

The Namur Angels (1-2) notched their first win of the postseason with an 8-3 victory Sunday over the winless Borgerhout Squirrels (0-3). The matchup between the two squads on Saturday was postponed due to bad weather.

BELGIAN PLAYOFF STANDINGS
1. Hoboken Pioneers (4-0)
2. Antwerp Royal Greys (2-2)
3. Namur Angels (1-2)
4. Borgerhout Squirrels (0-3)

Marvin Moore is a freelance international baseball writer who coached in Europe for six years. He currently teaches baseball to Filipino Kids at the Future Stars Baseball School.

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Belgium: Hoboken, Antwerp Earn Sweeps


BELGIUM – The Hoboken Pioneers and the Antwerp Royal Greys both started the Belgian League Playoffs last weekend with a pair of key victories.

The Pioneers, the two-time reigning national champion, claimed two wins (5-2 and 9-4) over the Namur Angels to begin its quest for a third consecutive title.

The Royal Greys, one of the most successful clubs in Belgium, picked up a pair of narrow wins, 3-1 and 2-1, over the top-ranked Borgerhout Squirrels.

BELGIAN PLAYOFF STANDINGS
1. Hoboken Pioneers (2-0)
2. Antwerp Royal Greys (2-0)
3. Borgerhout Squirrels (0-2)
4. Namur Angels (0-2)

Marvin Moore is a freelance international baseball writer who coached in Europe for six years. He currently teaches baseball to Filipino Kids at the Future Stars Baseball School.

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Belgium Wins 2011 ECQ-Belgium


BELGIUM – Terrence Antonacci threw five innings of one-run ball and Belgium booked a ticket to the 2012 European Championship with a 7-1 victory against Austria Saturday at the European Championship Qualifier in Antwerp.

Antonacci (2-0) allowed two hits, a walk, and five strikeouts en route to his second win of the week-long tournament. The host nation finished the event with an unblemished 5-0 record and outscored opponents 50-11.

Most Valuable Player – Dennis Ribbens, Belgium
Leadoff hitter batted .474 (9-for-19) with four walks, four steals and three RBIs.

Best Pitcher – John Dobkowski, Poland
American right-hander tossed a complete-game as Poland tripped Austria, 6-1.

Best Batter – Lukasz Nolbrzak, Poland
Batted .750 (6-for-8) with a pair of walks and three RBIs.

2011 ECQ-BELGIUM FINAL STANDINGS

1. Belgium (5-0)
2. Austria (2-3)
3. Poland (2-2)
4. Slovakia (2-2)
5. Latvia (0-4)

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Belgium: Deurne Spartans Keep Playoff Hopes Alive


BELGIUM – Five teams remain in the playoff hunt in the Belgium League with four games left on the slate in the regular season. The top four squads will advance to the postseason.

The Royal Greys (17-7) occupy the top spot and edged the Mortsel Stars 10-9 Saturday in the series opener of a two-game set. However, the Stars (9-17) salvaged a split with a 6-5 win the following day.

The second-place Borgerhout Squirrels (18-8) also settled for a split against the Hoboken Pioneers (15-11) this past weekend. The Squirrels took the first game on Saturday in convincing fashion, 11-4, before the reigning league champion evened the series with a 12-1 rout a day later.

The Namur Angels (16-10) tightened its grip on the third spot with a pair of wins, 11-1 and 16-3, against the Merchtem Cats.

The fifth-place Deurne Spartans (14-12), riding a four-game winning streak, picked up two one-run decisions over the Brasschaat Braves, 4-3 and 9-8, to keep their playoff hopes alive.

BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Royal Greys 17 07 Lost 1
Borgerhout Squirrels 18 08 Lost 1
Namur Angels 16 10 Won 2
Hoboken Pioneers 15 11 Won 1
Deurne Spartans 14 12 Won 4
Mortsel Stars 09 17 Won 1
Brasschaat Braves 07 19 Lost 5
Merchtem Cats 06 18 Lost 4

 

Marvin Moore is a freelance international baseball writer who coached in Europe for six years. He currently teaches baseball to Filipino Kids at the Future Stars Baseball School.

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Belgium: Namur Angels Move Into Third Place


BELGIUM – The surging Namur Angels won both games against the reigning Belgian League champion Hoboken Pioneers last weekend to move into third-place. The Angels (12-9) are chasing the Borgerhout Squirrels (16-5) and the Royal Greys (16-6) with seven games remaining in the regular season.

The league-leading Squirrels clobbered the Merchtem Cats, 15-7 and 14-4, while the Deurne Spartans (10-10) surprised the Royal Greys 5-1 Saturday before falling 10-7 the following day.

The Brasschaat Braves (7-15) and the Mortsel Stars (8-13) split a weekend series. The Braves won a high-scoring 11-10 contest on Saturday before the Stars cruised to an 11-1 win a day later.

BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Borgerhout Squirrels 16 05 Won 6
Royal Greys 16 06 Won 1
Namur Angels 12 09 Won 2
Deurne Spartans 10 10 Lost 1
Hoboken Pioneers 10 10 Lost 2
Mortsel Stars 08 13 Won 1
Brasschaat Braves 07 15 Lost 1
Merchtem Cats 05 16 Lost 3

 

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Belgium: Namur Angels and Royal Greys Split Weekend Series


BELGIUM – The Namur Angels pounded the Royal Greys 12-2 Saturday in the Belgian Baseball League to remain in the hunt for a postseason berth. However, the league-leading Greys captured a 13-5 win the following day to improve its season record to 15-5.

Namur (10-9) is currently in fourth-place just a half game behind the Hoboken Pioneers (10-8), and one game ahead of the Deurne Spartans (9-9).

The Borgerhout Squirrels (14-5) swept two games from the Brasschaat Braves (6-14) to move just one game back of the Royal Greys.

BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE RESULTS

Saturday, June 4th
Namur Angels 12, Royal Greys 2
Mortsel Stars 11, The Merchtem Cats 6
Borgerhout Squirrels 10, Brasschaat Braves 8

Sunday, June 5th
Borgerhout Squirrels 13, Brasschaat Braves 7
Royal Greys 13, Namur Angels 5

BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Royal Greys 15 05 Won 1
Borgerhout Squirrels 14 05 Won 4
Hoboken Pioneers 10 08 Won 1
Namur Angels 10 09 Lost 1
Deurne Spartans 09 09 Won 3
Mortsel Stars 07 12 Won 1
Brasschaat Braves 06 14 Lost 4
Merchtem Cats 05 14 Lost 1

 

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Belgium: Namur Angels Take Two from Brasschaat Braves


BELGIUM – Justin Latta worked eight scoreless frames and the Namur Angels blanked the Brasschaat Braves 6-0 Saturday in the Belgian League

Cleanup hitter Angel Rosario Williams drove in Mike Perkins with a single up the middle in the first, and later scored on a passed ball to put the Angels up 2-0.

Namur struck again the next inning when Florentin Goyens drilled a three-bagger to right field, andlater scored on a wild pitch. Goyens also singled and scored in the eighth.

The Angels whipped the Braves 13-10 in Antwerp the following day to finish off the weekend series sweep. American catcher Mike Perkins had a career day, going 5-5 in the game with 3 runs scored and an RBI triple as Namur plated seven runs in the opening frame.

Saturday, May 21st
Namur Angels 6 – Brasschaat Braves 0
Hoboken Pioneers 10 – Mortsel Stars 3
Merchtem Cats 16 – Deurne Spartans 1
Borgerhout Squirrels 6 – Royal Greys 5

Sunday, May 22nd
Namur Angels 13 – Brasschaat Braves 10
Royal Greys 12 – Borgerhout Squirrels 8
Mortsel Stars 14 – Hoboken Pioneers 12
Deurne Spartans 6 – Merchtem Cats 4

BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Royal Greys 11 03 Won 1
Borgerhout Squirrels 09 05 Lost 1
Namur Angels 09 05 Won 5
Hoboken Pioneers 08 06 Lost 1
Deurne Spartans 06 08 Won 1
Brasschaat Braves 05 09 Lost 2
Mortsel Stars 05 09 Won 1
Merchtem Cats 03 11 Lost 1

 

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Belgium: Namur Angels Take Two from Merchtem Cats


BELGIUM – Justin Latta threw his first complete game of the season as the visiting Namur Angels defeated the Merchtem Cats 4-3 Saturday in the Belgian League.

Latta, who walked six and struck out seven, surrendered three runs on six hits in an impressive outing.

The Angels put the finishing touches on their second sweep of the season the following day by routing the visiting Merchtem Cats 15-5. With the win, the Angels moved into third place in the Belgian League and improved their season record to 7-5.

Saturday, May 14th
Royal Greys 5 – Mortsel Stars 3
Namur Angels 4 – Merchtem Cats 3
Deurne Spartans 2 – Brasschaat Braves 1
Borgerhout Squirrels 8 – Hoboken Pioneers 5

Sunday, May 15th
Namur Angels 15 – Merchtem Cats 5
Brasschaat Braves 4 – Deurne Spartans 3
Royal Greys 11 – Mortsel Stars 1
Hoboken Pioneers 5 – Borgerhout Squirrels 2

BELGIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Royal Greys 10 02 Won 4
Borgerhout Squirrels 08 04 Lost 1
Hoboken Pioneers 07 05 Won 1
Namur Angels 07 05 Won 3
Brasschaat Braves 05 07 Won 1
Deurne Spartans 05 07 Lost 1
Mortsel Stars 04 08 Lost 3
Merchtem Cats 02 10 Lost 8

 

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Belgium: Brasschaat Braves Sign American Pitcher


BELGIUM – The Brasschaat Braves have announced the signing of American right-hander Ulysses Roque for the upcoming 2011 season. The Braves finished the regular season last year in fourth-place with a 13-10 record.

The 26-year-old attended Bellevue University in Nebraska before stints in both the Frontier League and the American Association. The Florida product has a 5-9 professional record with a 4.63 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 81-plus innings.

BELGIAN LEAGUE TO OPEN APRIL 9

The two-time reigning Belgian champion Hoboken Pioneers will begin defense of their crown on April 9 with a season-opening matchup against the Merchtem Cats. The Pioneers limited opposing teams to just 64 runs in 22 regular season games a year ago to claim back-to-back titles.

The surprising Deurne Spartans, which reached the championship series last season after being promoted from the second division, will square off against the Mortsel Stars. Other games on slate includes the Borgerhout Squirrels tangling with the Namur Angels, and the Brasschaat Braves squaring off against the Port of Antwerp Greys.

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Belgian League Transfers


BELGIUM – National team outfielder Steven De Lannoy is leaving the Hoboken Pioneers to join the Borgerhout Squirrels next season in the biggest move after the first transfer deadline (players from the Dutch-speaking clubs) in Belgium’s top league. De Lannoy, one of the league’s premier hitters, played a key role in helping the Pioneers capture back-to-back championships.

The 27-year-old torched opposing pitchers to the tune of .506 (41-for-81) as the Pioneers swept the surprising Deurne Spartans in the Belgian Series. The multi-talented centerfielder, who posted an impressive .620 on base percentage, also tallied 10 doubles,25 walks, 24 stolen bases and scored 41 runs,

De Lannoy batted .368 (7-for-19) with four doubles and two steals with the national team at the 2010 European Championships in Germany. The smooth-swinging, left-handed slugger finished second at the European Cup with a .471 batting average (8-for-17) with a trio of two-baggers and three stolen bases.

The Pioneers also suffered another defection when outfielder Thomas De Wolf, the lone Belgian national in the U.S. minor leagues, opted to transfer to the Brussels Astros. The left-handed hitter, who will turn 21 on Dec. 22, hit .250 (51-for-204) with 11 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 25 RBIs in 69 games for the New York Mets Rookie squad in the Dominican Summer League.

Other players leaving Hoboken includes Francisco Quinorero (Brussels Astros), Gianni Russo (Borgerhout Squirrels) and Kevin Vervloet (Borgerhout Squirrels).

BRASSCHAAT BRAVES
New skipper Filip van der Meiren welcomes Aneudy Garcia (1-1, 6.56 ERA) and Jeroen Swers (.180) from the Deurne Spartans while Gert Pissierssens and Mika Uten will suit up for the Antwerp Eagles next year.

DEURNE SPARTANS
An exodus of players and coaches – Wesley Verelst (1-1, 4.50 ERA), Harold Castillo (.333), Manuel Holguin, Maxim Arnots (.115), Elias Lugo, Manuel Martinez (.275) – to the Merchtem Cats has resulted in a roster overhaul for the 2010 league runner-up.

MORTSEL STARS
Added Andy Ruelle of the Port of Antwerp Greys while losing Craig (coach) and Jacub Huffman (2-2/.188) to the Namur Angels, and Stijn Janssens (.231) and Michael Somerlinck to Hoboken.

BORGERHOUT SQUIRRELS
Upgraded the offense significantly with the addition of batting champion Steven De Lannoy. Also added former Hoboken players Russo and Vervloet.

PORT OF ANTWERP GREYS
Former champion lost two players, David Herssens (.228), Jason Foek (.261), to the Merchtem Cats while Ruelle transferred to the Stars. Kevin Knollenburg (.268), Nick Vanthillo (.438) and Dennis van Hoof (.348/4-1, 1.70 ERA) all hung up their cleats.

MERCHTEM CATS
Lost Jonas Verhaevert but added a large cast of newcomers including Jason Foek (Port of Antwerp Greys), Carlos Martinez Yan (Brussels Astros), and the Deurne Spartans’ Manuel Martinez, Manuel Holguin and coach Elias Lugo.

NAMUR ANGELS
Ronny Heymans announced his retirement and will remain with the club as a coach. Welcomes Jacub and Craig Huffman from Mortsel.

The second deadline for players from the French-speaking clubs to announce their transfers will expire this week.

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Belgium: Hoboken Pioneers Up 2-0 in Finals


BELGIUM – The Hoboken Pioneers will be looking to wrap up their second consecutive national crown when the reigning Belgian champion host the Deurne Spartans on Saturday in Game 3 of the league finals. The Pioneers leads the best-of-five title series two games to none.

Hoboken opened the series with a convincing 10-0 shutout win on Oct. 2 against the upstart Spartans, which reached the finals in their maiden season in the first division. One day later, the Pioneers captured a high-scoring 17-9 road win to inch closer to back-to-back championships.

Steven de Lannoy has enjoyed another stellar campaign at the plate for Hoboken with a .506 batting average while leading the team in hits (41), runs (41), doubles (10), walks (25) and stolen bases (24). Other top hitters are Dennis Ribbens (.395), Sammy Lauwers (.387), Greg Lambrechts (.359), Dennis De Quint (.337) and Randy Giorgiadis (.321).

American Terence Antonacci, who punched out 62 in 59 innings, is the staff ace going 8-0 with an 0.92 ERA. Kenny van den Branden (6-1, 1.38 ERA) and Tom Lorrentop (4-1, 2.50 ERA) round out the league’s top-ranked pitching staff.

Johan Silva and Alexis Marquez are the leading sluggers for Deurne. Silva hit .400 (32-for-80) and clubbed five homers and drove in 23 runs, while Marquez – who anchored the pitching unit with a 4-6 record – batted .364 with four dingers.

BELGIAN SERIES AT A GLANCE:

Game 1: Hoboken 10, Deurne 0

Game 2: Hoboken 17, Deurne 9

Game 3: at Hoboken, Oct. 9

Game 4: at Deurne, Oct. 10*

Game 5: at Hoboken, Oct. 16*

(Hoboken leads series 2-0)

* If necessary

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Belgium: Brasschaat Turns Back Greys


BELGIUM – The Brasschaat Braves clinched the final postseason berth in the Belgian League with a pair of wins against the Port of Antwerp Greys this past weekend. The Greys (14-8), which captured four consecutive league titles from 2005-08, suffered their fourth loss in a row. The Braves lorded over Belgian baseball with four straight national championships from 2001-04.

Brasschaat (13-10) claimed a 3-1 road win over the Greys on Saturday before returning home the following day to notch a narrow 8-7 victory. The Braves, who split a two-game set against Port of Antwerp in April, took the season series three games to one.

Reigning Belgian champion Hoboken disposed of The Merchtem Cats twice, 11-1 and 14-1, to improve to 19-2 on the season. The Pioneers are scoring a whopping 10 runs per contest, while limiting opposing teams to just three runs a game.

The surprising Duerne Spartans continued their impressive debut in Belgium’s top league with two lopsided wins, 20-3 and 11-1, against the Mortsel Stars.

BELGIAN LEAGUE SCOREBOARD:

Saturday, July 3
Hoboken Pioneers 11, The Merchtem Cats 1
Brasschaat Braves 3, Port of Antwerp Greys 1
Deurne Spartans 20, Mortsel Stars 3

Sunday, July 4
Hoboken Pioneers 14, The Merchtem Cats 1
Brasschaat Braves 8, Port of Antwerp Greys 7
Deurne Spartans 11, Mortsel Stars 1

Team Won Lost Streak
Hoboken Pioneers* 19 02 Won 4
Port of Antwerp Greys* 14 08 Lost 4
Deurne Spartans* 13 09 Won 3
Brasschaat Braves* 13 10 Won 2
Namur Angels 10 12 Won 1
Mortsel Stars 05 17 Lost 7
The Merchtem Cats 03 19 Lost 8

* Clinched playoff berth

Photo courtesy of Brasschaat Braves

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MLB Stars To Conduct European Clinics


NETHERLANDS – Eight Major League Baseball stars will participate in a number of clinics from Saturday, November 6 through Sunday, November 13 for youth baseball players in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

The MLB stars includes Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies), Johnny Damon (Detroit Tigers), Barry Zito (San Francisco Giants) and Josh Johnson (Florida Marlins) will be there to make some dreams come true for many young baseball players in Europe.

The event is a Rick VandenHurk initiative (Florida Marlins) to promote baseball in Europe, to stimulate the return of baseball to the Olympics, to support the Baseball Academies, and to bring the dream, that turned into a reality for Rick, closer to many youth baseball players.

European Big League Tour Clinic Dates:

November 06 – Indoorsportcentrum, Eindhoven (Belgium)
November 07 – Extran Hal, Haarlem (Netherlands)
November 10 – Sporthal, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
November 13 – Nixdorff Sporthal, Paderborn (Germany)

For additional information visit www.europeanbigleaguetour.com

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