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Europe gets historic victory, defeats No. 1 Japan 6-2 in global baseball showing in Tokyo

Press Release WBSC

TOKYO – Debuting in a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome against the top-ranked nation in the world, Europe recorded its historic first victory for the continent, defeating Japan 6-2 to split the two-game series.

Like in Game 1, Europe managed to get out of the gates early, tagging Samurai starter Takahiro Matsuba for back-to-back doubles in the second inning, authored by Italy’s Mario Chiarini and Spain’s Blake Ochoa, which put Europe up 2-0.

A towering three-run home run by the Netherlands’ Yurendell Decaster in the bottom of the third gave Europe a 5-0 lead. (VIDEO: Decaster HR)

With the cushion, Europe starter Diegomar Marwell (Netherlands) kept Japan’s bats quiet through three innings, only allowing three hits.

In the 5th, Tetsuto Yamada launched a solo home run and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s RBI single cut Europe’s lead to 5-2.

Europe manager Steve Janssen handed the ball to Germany’s Luke Sommer, who pitched a clean 6th to 8th innings.

Dutch flamethrower Tom Stuifbergen pitched the final inning, using a 95 mph/153 kmh fastball close out the game and register the save for Europe.

Sommer was credited with the win. Japan starter Matsuba took the loss.

The historic win for Europe follows the announcement by baseball’s world governing body, WBSC, to establish Team Europe. Europe was immediately pitted against the world No. 1 Japanese National Team, “Samurai Japan”, made up of top stars from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). The majority of players on Japan’s current roster were part of the Samurai selection that faced Team MLB in a best-of-five series, won by hosts Japan, last November.

Both WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari and NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki went down on the field Wednesday night to congratulate the European team, following their 6-2 win and two exciting contests in as many nights.

“These two highly competitive games send another message to the world that Europe can compete with anyone and that our sport is more global than ever,” President Fraccari said.

Two European countries, No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy, are among the elite field heading to the inaugural Premier 12™ that will unite baseball’s top twelve countries.

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said, “We have to give them credit. They’ve come a long way and played the game at a high level.”

“The victory was a historic one, as it was the debut of the multinational Team Europe,” The Japan Times reported.

Head coach Janssen (Netherlands National Team manager) and bench coach Marco Mazzieri (Italy National Team manager) compiled a roster of 28 European players from six countries: (by world rank) Netherlands, Italy, No. 17 Spain, No. 18 Germany, No. 20 Czech Republic and No. 27 France.

No. 36 Belgium and No. 39 Austria were also represented as part of Europe’s coaching staff.

Yokohama BayStars rising star Tsutsugo, 23, was one of the bright spots for the Samurai in the series, collecting a pair of hits and RBIs. “I would like come up with positive results during the [NPB] season [that are] worthy of a Samurai Japan member,” he said.

Over 44,000 people attended the historic matches, with an increase in attendance of approximately 2,000 more fans for Game 2, following Samurai Japan’s thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind victory in Game 1 Tuesday night.

The two-game series was broadcast free-to-air nationally across Japan by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), while Eurosport 2 transmitted the games live to potentially 73 million households across more than 50 European nations.

Prior to the start of Game 2 there was a moment of silence to honor the victims and raise awareness of ongoing recovery efforts four years after the 11 March 2011 Tsunami devastated the Fukushima region.

NPB — the second highest-attended major sports league in the world in 2014 (approx. 23 million) and WBSC Associate Member — hosted the Europe versus Japan two-game series.

Umpires from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL; WBSC Associate Member) officiated the two games.

Leading sports performance brand Asics backed Europe as the official kit sponsor.

The game ball that marked Europe’s first-ever pitch in Game 1 Tuesday night will be going to Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Team Europe’s official game jersey.

In the two-game series, Japan outhit Europe 16 to 13. Japan played spotless defense with the glove, committing no errors on defense. Europe also flashed the leather, executing a pickoff and making only one error on defense.

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Global Baseball Match: Europe Reveals Starting Lineup #EURvsJPN

TOKYO, Japan – The All-Euro team announced its starting lineup for the first game of the Global Baseball Match against Japan. The game will take place later today in the Tokyo Dome.

The starting ten (with DH) will feature players from only three countries: Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Europe manager Steve Janssen revealed the lineup via Twitter:


1. Juan Carlos Infante 3B (Italy)
2. Alessandro Vaglio 2B (Italy)
3. Curt Smith 1B (Netherlands)
4. Fernando Martinez RF (Spain)
5. Kaliam Sams LF (Netherlands)
6. Yurendell De Caster DH (Netherlands)
7. Oscar Angelo SS (Spain)
8. Ricardo Daschenko C (Netherlands)
9. Stefano Desimoni CF (Italy)
Rob Cordemans P (Netherlands)

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Global Baseball Match: Japan Announces Starting Pitchers; Europe Announces Schedule

The Global Baseball Match between the Samurai Japan and the All-Euro team is approaching quickly. The two teams will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Tokyo Dome for a pair of games.

Team Europe arrived in Japan yesterday and has announced its schedule. And there is news coming out now from the Japan squad as well as they have announced their starting pitchers for the two games.

Starting in Game 1 will be Daichi Osera of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Osera, a 23-year old right hander, won the 2014 Rookie of the Year Award this past season posting a 10-8 record with a 4.05 ERA.

Pitching Game 2 will be the Orix Buffaloes Takahiro Matsuba. He went 8-1 in 2014 in 21 starts. He posted an ERA of just 2.77 in his second year in the league.

Schedule courtesy IBAF.org

Friday, 6 March: Visit To Fukushima – Four Years Later

Following the team workout session Friday, members of Team Europe will visit the Fukushima region that was devastated on 11 March 2011. The area is still in the process of recovery from the disaster, and the visit is intended to pay tribute and raise awareness of the region’s ongoing recovery efforts.

Saturday, 7 March: Baseball Clinic with School Children

School children will join the team and have the opportunity to play ball and engage with the European players in a one-hour session after Europe’s official team practice.

Sunday, 8 March: Test match vs. Yomiuri Giants minor league team

On Sunday, Team Europe will play a friendly match versus the minor league affiliate of the Yomiuri Giants. Europe’s coaching staff will get its first opportunity to evaluate the team and get in some ‘live’ game experience.

Monday, 9 March: Practice Session And Press Conference

Team Europe’s final workout will take place at QVC Stadium.

Representatives from both Samurai Japan and Team Europe will attend a press conference at QVC Stadium. The time of the press conference is scheduled for 13:00 – 13:30local time. 

Tuesday, 10 March: Europe vs Japan Game 1 – 18:00

Europe will make its debut on the international stage as the visiting team, wearing their road grey jersey.

Photo shoots for both Europe and Japan will also be organized at the Tokyo Dome prior to pre-game batting practice.

Wednesday, 11 March: Europe vs Japan Game 2 – 18:00

Europe will play its first-ever game as the home team, sporting the white jersey. A special Opening Ceremony will be held prior to Game 2 at 17:25.

Broadcast Coverage

Both games of the historic Europe vs Japan Series will be broadcast ‘live’ in Europe via Eurosport 2, in addition to national coverage in Japan.

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Europe Logo and Jersey Revealed for Global Baseball Match Against Japan

The All-Euro team for the upcoming Global Baseball Match versus Japan has revealed both its logo and jersey.

A team of Europeans will take on some of the best from Japan in a two game series in March at the Tokyo Dome. The games will be held March 10 and 11.

The jersey, pictured below, will feature the home flag of each player’s home country on the right shoulder. Seven flags will be featured between the players and coaches representing Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Asics is the official apparel sponsor for Team Europe.


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All-Euro Team Announces Roster for Global Baseball Match Versus Japan

Recently Japan released its roster for the 2015 Global Baseball Match versus the All-Euro team. And now the All-Euro team roster has been announced.

It is comprised of players from five different European countries and led by a manager from a sixth. The Netherlands, 2011 World Champions, have the most players represented with fifteen. Included is 10-time Major League Baseball Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones.

Jones joins fellow NPB player Alessandro Maestri on the roster. Maestri was the first European raised player to make it to the NPB. He currently pitches for the Oriz Buffaloes where he had a solid season last year.

All-Euro Roster:

Luke Sommer – Germany
Diegomar Markwell – Netherlands
Jose Escalona – Italy
Rob Cordemans – Netherlands
Owen Ozanich – France
Alessandro Maestri – Italy
Tom Stuiffbergen – Netherlands
Shairon Martis – Netherlands
Loek van Mil – Netherlands
Rick van den Hurk – Netherlands
Leslie Nacar – Spain
Jan-Niclas Stoecklin – Germany
Orlando Yntema – Netherlands
Kevin Heijstek – Netherlands

Blake Ochoa – Spain
Richard Daschenko – Netherlands
Gianison Boekhoudt – Netherlands

Curt Smith – Netherlands
Alessandro Vaglio – Italy
Oscar Angulo – Spain
Juan Carlos Infante – Italy
Michael Duursma – Netherlands

Stefano Desimoni – Italy
Fernando Martinez – Spain
Kaliam Sams – Netherlands
Mario Chiarini – Italy
Yurendell De Caster (Utility) – Netherlands
Andruw Jones (DH) – Netherlands

Coaching Staff:
Steve Janssen Manager – Belgium
Marco Mazzieri Assistant Manager – Italy
Wim Martinus Assistant Coach – Netherlands
Sidney De Jongh Hitting Coach – Netherlands
Martin Brunner Pitching Coach – Austria
Ben Thijssen 3rd Base Coach – Netherlands
Augusto Medina 1st Base Coach – Italy

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Belgium: Eight Teams to Fight for First Division Title in 2015

The Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation announced the teams that will compete in the Belgian First Division for the 2015 season. Joining the defending champion Borgerhout Squirrels will be seven other teams.

Joining the First Division this year will be the LLN Phoenix and the Gent Knights. Dropping down a level will be the Merchtem Cats.

Belgian First Division Teams for 2015:
Borgerhout Squirrels
Brasschaat Braves
K. Deurne Spartans
Gent Knights
K. Mortsel Stars
Royal Greys
LLN Phoenix
Namur Angels

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Belgium: A Look Back at the Belgian First Division 2014 Season

The Belgian First Division was a close one this year. The top two teams finished just two games apart with the third place team not far behind. The Borgerhout Squirrels (28-6) and the Brasschaat Braves (26-8) both had solid seasons finishing one and two in the league and facing off with each other in the championship series. The Morstel Stars were not far behind the top two teams finishing at 24-10.

The Braves (26) and Squirrels (18) dominated the power rankings in the league’s hitting as both teams led the league in home runs. They were also the top two teams in doubles and slugging percentage. On the pitching side the two teams also led the league in ERA (Squirrels 2.65 and Braves 3.03).

Daniel Billingsley (Braves) was the most dominating pitcher of the year. He went 10-2 with 10 complete games and an ERA of just 2.00. He struck out 131 in 103.1 innings of work leading his team to the championship series. The top hitter of the season was Steven de Lannoy (Squirrels) who hit .410 on the year. He ranked high in just about every category finishing second in average, tied for first in home runs (4), second in total bases (71), second in runs (44), third in hits (48), fourth in RBI (36), and tied for fourth in doubles (9). He was also 21-23 in stolen bases which ranked him third.

The Belgian Series went the full five games as the Braves and Squirrels went back and forth splitting the first four games. The Braves kept the series alive with an 11-10 win in Game 4 but fell 8-1 in Game 5 as the Borgerhout Squirrels claimed the title. It was payback for the Squirrels after losing the 2013 title to the Braves.

Belgium 1st Division Final Regular Season Standings:

1. Borgerhout Squirrels 28-6
2. Brasschaat Braves 26-8
3. Mortsel Stars 24-10
4. Royal Greys 18-15
5. Namur Angels 11-24
6. Deurne Spartans 9-26
7. Merchtem Cats 4-31

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Belgium: Mortsel Stars Add American Pitcher Vinny Lally

By Mortsel Stars

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
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.

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.


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.


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


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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.


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.


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


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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