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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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EU International Stars wins Prague Baseball Week Title


Prague Baseball Week finished up on Saturday with EU International Stars (USA) taking home the title with a win over the Czech Republic National Team.

The baseball filled week saw twelve teams from eight different countries come to compete.

The EU Stars took home the title running off four straight wins after dropping the opening game 8-5 to the Czech Republic U18 team. Their final victory came against the Czech National Team which saw them winning 5-3 to give the Czech team its first loss and giving itself the 2013 title.

Another team from the USA finished in third. The USSSA team defeated Slovakia 7-6 in the third place game.

Final Prague Baseball Week Standings:

1. EU International Stars (USA)

2. Czech Republic National Team

3. USSSA (USA)

4. Slovakia

5. Germany

5. Czech Republic U18 Team

5. Sweden U21

5. Sweden National Team

9. AIST (USA)

10. Poland National Team

11. Croatia

12. Belarus

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Czech Republic: Draci Brno and Prague Eagles Face Off in Finals


The Prague Eagles upset the defending Czech champion Technika Brno winning the best-of-5 semi-final series 3-2 with an 11-4 victory on Sunday. Prague will face off with Draci Brno in the finals as they defeated Kotlarka Prague 3-games-to-1 in their semi-final series.

 

Czech Semi-Final Results:

Saturday, August 11:
Eagles Prague – Technika Brno 7-9
Eagles Prague – Technika Brno 5-2
Kotlarka Prague – Draci Brno 8-7
Kotlarka Prague – Draci Brno 7-8
*Draci wins Series 3-1

Sunday, August 12:
Technika Brno – Eagles Prague 4-11
*Eagles win Series 3-2

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Czech Republic: AVG Draci Brno Wins Regular Season Title


By Marvin Moore

CZECH REPUBLIC – AVG Draci Brno crushed Technika Brno 24-3 this past Sunday to win the Czech Baseball League regular season title. Technika ended Draci’s run of 16 consecutive national championships a year ago in a thrilling five-game fnals series.

Draci (25-11) regrouped from a 7-2 loss to Kotlarka Prague in the first part of a twinbill on Saturday with a 15-9 victory in the second encounter. Vojtech Jelinek (4-0) scattered four runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings to notch the key win.

Technika (24-11) swept the Arrows Ostrava on Saturday, 7-2 and 8-3, and will enter the postseason as the second-seeded squad.

A pair of Prague-based teams, Eagles (21-14) and Kotlarka (20-15), bagged the third and fourth playoff spots, respectively.


Saturday, July 14:

Skokani Olomouc  10,5 – Hrosi Brno 0,16
Eagles Prague 11,5 – Olympia Blansko 5,1
Kotlarka Prague 7,9 – Draci Brno 2,15
Technika Brno 7,8 – Arrows Ostrava 2,3

Sunday, July 15:
Draci Brno 24 – Technika Brno 3
Arrows Ostrava 6,15 – Olympia Blansko 5,4

 

2012 CZECH BASEBALL LEAGUE:

1. Draci Brno (25-11)

2. Technika Brno (24-11)

3. Eagles Prague (21-14)

4. Kotlarka Prague (20-15)

5. Arrows Ostrava (18-17)

6. Hrosi Brno (17-18)

7. Skokani Olomouc (15-20)

8. Olympia Blansko (0-35)

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American Team AIST Wins Prague Baseball Week


PRAGUE, Czech Republic – The Prague Eagles hosted Prague Baseball Week last week with an American team coming out on top.

The American team of AIST (American International Sports Teams) defeated the Czech National Team 12-6 to take the title. It was AIST’s second straight Prague Baseball Week title. AIST finished the tournament undefeated with a 5-0 record.

AIST was a team made up of college players from around the USA. The team steamrolled through most of the competition having only a single close game coming in their second contest against another American team (Team International) winning 7-6.

The Czech U21 Team took third place defeating USSSA (USA) on the final day 2-1.

Andrew Benton, of Briar Cliff College, was named the tournament MVP from AIST.

Final Standings Pool A:
1. AIST (USA)
2. Czech Republic
3. Czech U21
4. USSSA (USA)
5. Belgium
6. Czech U18
7. Team International (USA)
8. Sweden

Final Standings Pool B:
1. Slovakia 21U
2. Poland
3. Lithuania
4. Belarus

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Czech Republic: Technika Brno Takes Over First Place with Sweep of Olympia Blansko


CZECH REPUBLIC – Technika Brno moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Czech Baseball League with a pair of victories against cellar-dwelling Olympia Blansko. With the wins, Technika improved to 13-5 on the season.

The reigning league champion rolled to a 21-4 blowout win in the first part of a doubleheader, and then foiled the upset-minded winless Olympia squad with a 12-11 triumph in the second contest.

Second-place Draci Brno (12-6) and third-place Arrows Ostrava (11-7) split two games. The Arrows knocked off the 16-time Czech champion 9-7 in the first encounter before falling in the second matchup, 12-9.

Eagles Prague (9-7) and Hrosi Brno (9-7) also split a twinbill, while Kotlarka Prague (8-10) earned two wins over Skokani Olomouc (6-10).

SATURDAY, MAY 19:
Technika Brno 21,12 – Olympia Blansko 4,11
Arrows Ostrava 9,9 – Draci Brno 7,12
Eagles Prague 4,0 – Hrosi Brno – 3,7
Kotlarka Prague 7,5 – Skokani Olomouc 1,3

2012 CZECH LEAGUE:

1.Technika Brno (13-5)
2.Draci Brno (12-6)
3.Arrows Ostrava (11-7)
4.Eagles Prague (9-7)
4.Hrosi Brno (9-7)
6.Kotlarka Prague (8-10)
7.Skokani Olomouc (6-10)
8.Olympia Blansko (0-16)

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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Czech Republic: Draci Brno and Technika Brno Tied atop Standings


CZECH REPUBLIC – Reigning Czech champion Technika Brno extended its winning streak to four games with an 8-4 victory Saturday over Draci Brno in one of the few Czech Baseball League games not rained out last weekend.

Former Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Jakub Toufar (5-1) scattered six hits and one earned run over seven frames to help Technika (11-5) move into a tie for the top spot with Draci (11-5)

Kotlarka Prague (6-10) and the Arrows Ostrava (10-6) split a doubleheader. Kotlarka routed the Arrows 14-2 in the first encounter before dropping the twinbill finale, 8-4.

2012 CZECH LEAGUE:

Draci Brno (11-5)
Technika Brno (11-5)
Arrows Ostrava (10-6)
Eagles Prague (8-6)
Hrosi Brno (8-6)
Skokani Olomouc (6-8)
Kotlarka Prague (6-10)
Olympia Blansko (0-14)

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Czech Republic: Draci Brno Leads League by Two Games


CZECH REPUBLIC – Eagles Prague avoided a sweep at the hands of league-leading Draci Brno Saturday with a narrow 4-3 victory in the second part of a Czech Baseball League matchup. The Eagles (8-6) are knotted in fourth-place with Hrosi Brno.

Draci (11-3), which leads reigning champion Technika Brno and Arrows Ostrava by two games, coasted to a 6-1 win in the opening matchup.

Technika (9-5) escaped with a slim 2-1 win over Kotlarka Prague (5-9) before rolling to a 12-2 victory in the twin bill finale, and the Arrows outlasted Hrosi Brno (8-6), 9-5 and 12-11.

2012 CZECH LEAGUE:

Draci Brno (11-3)
Technika Brno (9-5)
Arrows Ostrava (9-5)
Eagles Prague (8-6)
Hrosi Brno (8-6)
Skokani Olomouc (6-8)
Kotlarka Prague (5-9)
Olympia Blansko (0-14)

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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Czech Republic: Draci Brno Sweeps Olympia Blansko


CZECH REPUBLIC – Draci Brno finished off a three-game sweep over cellar-dwelling Olympia Blansko Saturday to remain atop the Czech Baseball League.

Draci (10-2), which took the series opener on Wednesday, blanked Olympia 13-0 in the first part of a doubleheader before avoiding the upset in the second encounter, 11-8.

Hrosi Brno (8-4) occupies the second spot despite dropping two of three games to reigning Czech titleholder Technika Brno (7-5), which is knotted in a three-way tie for third-place with both the Arrows Ostrava (7-5) and Eagles Prague (7-5).

FRIDAY, APRIL 27:
Skokani Olomouc 10 – Arrows Ostrava 0
Kotlarka Prague 3 – Eagles Prague 1

SATURDAY, APRIL 28:
Draci Brno 13,11 – Olympia Blansko 0,8
Arrows Ostrava 12,16 – Skokani Olomouc 9,6
Technika Brno 14,15 – Hrosi Brno 4,5
Kotlarka Prague 8,20 – Eagles Prague 7,10

SUNDAY, APRIL 29:
Hrosi Brno 13 – Technika Brno 12

2012 CZECH LEAGUE:

Draci Brno (10-2)
Hrosi Brno (8-4)
Arrows Ostrava (7-5)
Eagles Prague (7-5)
Technika Brno (7-5)
Kotlarka Prague (5-7)
Skokani Olomouc (4-8)
Olympia Blansko (0-12)

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Czech Republic: Three-Way Tie Atop Standings


CZECH REPUBLIC – AVG Draci Brno moved into a three-way tie for the top spot in the Czech Baseball League with a three-game sweep over Kotlarka Prague last weekend.

Draci is knotted with Eagles Prague and Hrosi Brno in first-place with identical 7-2 cards.

Tomas Polansky went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, and Thomas Brice tallied two RBIs on a pair of doubles to help Draci claim an 8-3 victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Martin Schneider (1-0) notched the relief win despite surrendering a run in just one frame of work.

The Czech powerhouse, which won an unprecedented 16 consecutive league titles until last year, nipped Kotlarka 7-6 in the second game. Michal Sobotka (1-1) scattered two scores over seven innings to get the decision.

Draci completed the sweep on Sunday with a 10-5 win as Petr Minarik (3-0) threw seven scoreless frames to remain perfect on the young season.

Hrosi Brno and Eagles Prague also bagged a trio of victories. Hrosi disposed of Skokani Olomouc (10-6, 10-5 and 3-0), while the Eagles manhandled Olympia Blansko, 7-1, 15-1, and 10-6.

Martin Drong (2-0) went the distance allowing just five hits to help Arrows Ostrava avoid a series sweep with an 8-2 triumph over Technika Brno in Sunday’s finale.

The reigning Czech titleholder took the first two games a day earlier, 16-5 and 3-1.

2012 CZECH BASEBALL LEAGUE:

AVG Draci Brno (7-2)
Eagles Prague (7-2)
Hrosi Brno (7-2)
Technika Brno (5-4)
Arrows Ostrava (5-4)
Skokani Olomouc (3-6)
kotlarka Prague (2-7)
Olympia Blansko (0-9)

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Czech Republic: Eagles Prague Sweep Technika Brno


CZECH REPUBLIC – Lukas Borecky worked six strong innings and Eagles Prague completed a three-game sweep over Technika Brno Sunday with a narrow 5-4 victory in the Czech Baseball League.

Borecky (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout en route to the win.

The Eagles (4-2), which are currently tied with AVG Draci Brno, Hrosi Brno and Arrows Ostrava for the league lead, rolled to a 9-2 triumph in the front end of Saturday’s doubleheader. Matej Husek (2-0) struck out seven and walked one over six innings of one-run ball to earn the decision.

The Prague-based club finished off the twinbill sweep with another 9-2 victory. Brad Merritt (1-0) scattered two runs and four hits over six frames to pick up the win.

Draci (4-2) swept two games (19-6 and 6-2) against Skokani Olomouc on Saturday before dropping the series finale the following day by a margin of 4-2.

Hrosi Brno (4-2) captured a pair of 3-2 wins against Kotlarka Prague before getting pounded 10-0 in Sunday’s series finale.

The Arrows Ostrava (4-2) won all three games against last-place Olympia Blansko. Ostrava bagged 11-0 and 5-2 victories on Saturday before finishing off the three-game set the next day with a 6-3 win.

2012 Czech Baseball League:

AVG Draci Brno (4-2)
Cardion Hrosi Brno (4-2)
Arrows Ostrava (4-2)
Eagles Prague (4-2)
Technika Brno (3-3)
Skokani Olomouc (3-3)
Kotlá?ka Prague (2-4)
Olympia Blansko (0-6)

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Czech Republic: Technika Brno Opens Title Defense with Sweep of Olympia Blansko


CZECH REPUBLIC – Daniel Mraz popped one of six home runs and Technika Brno opened its Czech Baseball League title defense on Saturday with a 15-1 drubbing over Olympia Blansko in the front end of a twin bill.

Matt Lawman, Jiri Marek, Matej Mensik, Wayne Ough and Richard Sazavsky also hit long balls for the reigning league champion.

Martin Stritecky (1-0) scattered four hits, no walks and six strikeouts over five innings of one-run ball to get the win.

Technika edged upset-minded Olympia, 3-2, in the second game behind three dominant relief frames by Jakub Toufar (1-0) before completing the three-game sweep on Sunday with a 9-2 victory.

The Arrows Ostrava stunned Czech powerhouse AVG Draci Brno, 7-4, to avoid a season-opening sweep. Draci won the first two games a day earlier, 5-2 and 12-0.

Skokani Olomouc regrouped after an uninspired 16-0 loss to Kotlarka Prague in the season opener to win the next two games, 5-4 and 7-5.

Hrosi Brno took the rubber match against Eagles Prague in blowout fashion with an 18-5 rout. The Eagles claimed a narrow 7-6 decision in the first game of the new season before dropping the second contest, 8-6.

2012 CZECH BASEBALL LEAGUE:

Technika Brno (3-0)
AVG Draci Brno (2-1)
Arrows Ostrava (1-2)
Eagles Prague (1-2)
Hrosi Brno (2-1)
Kotlarka Prague (1-2)
Skokani Olomouc (2-1)
Olympia Blansko (0-3)

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Czech Republic: Technika Brno Names Wayne Ough New Head Coach


CZECH REPUBLIC – Reigning Czech League champion Technika Brno has named former AVG Draci Brno standout Wayne Ough as its new head coach. Technika stunned Draci in last year’s title series to snap the Dragons’ streak of 16 consecutive championships.

The 33 year-old started his professional career as a prospect in the New York Mets farm system. He suited up for Draci during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, batting .382 with 14 doubles, 12 stolen bases, four triples, two homers and 31 RBIs. On the hill, Ough fanned 45 in 25 frames with five saves and a 0.36 ERA.

The Aussie right-hander played the second half of last season with the RiCo Highlanders (Austria), and posted a 2-2 mark with a 4.66 ERA in the Australian Baseball League this past winter with the Adelaide Bite.

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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Czech Republic: AVG Draci Brno Adds Pair of Imports


CZECH REPUBLIC – Czech powerhouse AVG Draci Brno have added Australian outfielder Tom Brice and veteran Czech standout Michal Bren for the 2012 season.

The Dragons, which had its record-setting string of 16 consecutive national titles snapped last year by Technika Brno, also welcomes back talented backstop Alex Derhak.

A trio of players, including Americans Greg McCarthy and Pat Ahearne, were not re-signed. Draci, which was founded as a softball club in 1972, will be celebrating its 40th club anniversary this year.

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Czech Republic: Technika Brno Adds Pitching Duo


CZECH REPUBLIC – Defending Czech League champion Technika Brno has added a pair of right-handers, Wayne Ough and Jakub Toufar, for the 2012 season.

Ough, a 33 year-old Aussie, won a pair of Czech national championships with AVG Draci Brno in 2009 and 2010. The former minor leaguer, who went 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA in nine appearances with the Adelaide Bite (Australian Baseball League) this past winter, also pitched in the Austrian Baseball League last year.

Toufar pitched in the Minnesota Twins farm system for two seasons prior to joining Express Brno. The 24 year-old posted a 6-5 record with a 3.50 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 97-plus innings.

KOTLARKA ADDS HURLER AND HITTING DUO
Kotlarka Prague has signed national teamer Marian Gajdos and upgraded its offensive lineup with the additions of Basilio Barrios and Charles Magedanz.

Gajdos, who fanned 20 and walked an equal number in 44 1/3 frames, compiled a 2-5 record with a 5.89 ERA in 14 outings last year with Express Brno.

Barrios batted .299 last season with the Eagles (Prague), while Magedanz hit .307 in the Czech Second Division with the Tempo Titans.

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Czech Republic: Technika Brno Advances to Championship


CZECH REPUBLIC – Technika Brno booked its second consecutive league championship ticket with a doubleheader sweep over Kotlarka Prague Saturday in the Czech League semifinal playoffs.

Technika, which won the best-of-five series three games to one, took the twinbill opener 5-1 before eliminating Kotlarka with a 13-3 win in the second matchup.

Technika will meet AVG Draci Brno in a rematch of last year’s finals. The 16-time reigning Czech champion ousted the Eagles Prague from the postseason ten days ago.

SERIES-AT-A-GLANCE:
Kotlarka Prague 5, Technika Brno 3
Technika Brno 3, Kotlarka Prague 2
Technika Brno 5, Kotlarka Prague 1
Technika Brno 13, Kotlarka Prague 3

(Technika Brno wins series 3-1)

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8th Annual EBCA Convention Set


CZECH REPUBLIC – The European Baseball Coaches Association in collaboration with the Czech Baseball Association and International Sports Group will hold its 8th Annual Convention in Prague.

The prestigious Grand Majestic Plaza, located in the heart of the historical and business center of Prague will host the 8th edition of the most international yearly coaching clinic in Europe.

Participants will have the possibility to stay in one of the 196 spacious design rooms of the gorgeous hotel from Friday November 11 to Sunday November 13 of 2011.

As usual, International Sports Group will bring over top American speakers that will be ideally complemented by a selection of coaches who have an extensive knowledge of European Baseball.

The clinics will start on the Friday night and will be followed by the annual awards ceremony. It will end in the afternoon of Sunday 13.

The Convention will allow coaches to meet and learn from each other. The EBCA staff will also conduct the bulk of the interviews for the EBCA exchange 2012 hopefuls .

The EBCA will reveal the speakers names and bios and more exciting news in the coming days and weeks.

Media Release: European Baseball Coaches Association (EBCA)

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Czech Republic: AVG Draci Brno Wins Season Crown


CZECH REPUBLIC – AVG Draci Brno bagged another Czech Baseball League regular season crown with a trio of victories last weekend.

The 16-time defending league champion claimed an impressive 18-5 victory Saturday over third-place Technika Brno before finishing off the twinbill sweep with a 9-6 win. Draci (28-7) completed its regular season slate a day later with a 6-5 triumph over cellar-dwelling NAVISYS Hrosi Brno.

Kotlarka Prague (25-10) disposed of Eagles Prague 6-3 to enter the postseason as the second seed. The Eagles (20-15) still managed to clinch the final playoff spot despite the setback.

CZECH BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. AVG Draci Brno (28-7)
2. Kotlarka Prague (25-10)
3. Technika Brno (22-13)
4. Eagles Prague (20-15)
5. Arrows Ostrava (15-18)
6. MZLU Express Brno (14-21)
7. Skokani Olomouc (7-26)
8. NAVISYS Hrosi Brno (7-28)

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Czech Republic: Draci Brno On A Roll


CZECH REPUBLIC – AVG Draci Brno continued its late-season surge with a pair of impressive victories last Saturday to extend its Czech League winning streak to seven games. The reigning 16-time national champion has a 1 1/2 game lead over second-place Kotlarka Prague.

Draci (23-6) picked up a key 7-2 win against Kotlarka (23-9) in the front end of a mixed doubleheader, and completed a twinbill sweep with a 15-5 rout over Eagles Prague. Technika Brno (19-11) also dealt setbacks to both the Eagles and Kotlarka.

Saturday, August 13th
AVG Draci Brno 7, Kotlarka Prague 2
Technika Brno 6, Eagles Prague 5
AVG Draci Brno 15, Eagles Prague 5
Technika Brno 11, Kotlarka Prague 1

On Sunday, MZLU Express Brno (13-18) tallied wins over Arrows Ostrava (13-17) and Skokani Olomouc (7-23) in another set of mixed twinbills featuring four squads.

Sunday, August 14th
MZLU Express Brno 4, Arrows Ostrava 3
Skokani Olomouc 9, NAVISYS Hrosi Brno 5
MZLU Express Brno 7, Skokani Olomouc 4
Arrows Ostrava 6, NAVISYS Hrosi Brno 2

NAVISYS Hrosi Brno (7-25) remained in the league cellar after suffering losses at the hands of Ostrava and Olomouc.

CZECH BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. AVG Draci Brno (23-6)
2. Kotlarka Prague (23-9)
3. Technika Brno (19-11)
4. Eagles Prague (18-14)
5. Arrows Ostrava (13-17)
6. MZLU Express Brno (13-18)
7. Skokani Olomouc (7-23)
8. NAVISYS Hrosi Brno (7-25)

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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Second European Big League Tour set for November


MLB Players to bring Baseball to the Youth of Europe

After the tremendous success of the inaugural event in 2010, the European Big League Tour proudly announces – in cooperation with Major League Baseball (MLB) and Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) – the Tour’s return for 2011.

This November, a group of MLB stars are set to participate in the second European Big League Tour. Events will be held from Saturday, November 5, 2011 through Sunday, November 13, 2011 for youth baseball audiences in The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Italy.

Tour organizers are expecting as many as ten big league players to make the trip across the Atlantic to help make the dreams come true for many young baseball players in Europe.

Opening Day for the 2011 European Big League Tour will be Friday November 4. The event will commence with a VIP Dinner and auction at the Barbizon Palace, Amsterdam, with all proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald Foundation.

The Tour was founded by Major League pitcher and native Dutchman, Rick VandenHurk (Baltimore Orioles), and has been supported by MLB and MLBPA. It was established to promote the game of baseball throughout Europe, stimulate baseball’s return to the Olympics, support the many Baseball Academies in the region and bring the dream (that turned into a reality for Rick) closer to the aspiring youth baseball players throughout Europe.

Dates:
November 4 th VIP Dinner and Auction at Barbizon Palace, Amsterdam
November 5 th Clinic – Utrecht
November 6 th Clinic – Ronald McDonald Centre Amsterdam
November 9 th Clinic – Krc gym, Prague, Czech Republic
November 12 th Clinic – Parma or Rome, Italy.

For additional information visit www.europeanbigleaguetour.com

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Czech Republic: Draci In Top Spot


CZECH REPUBLIC – AVG Draci Brno took over sole possession of the top spot in the Czech League with a pair of wins last weekend. The 16-time defending national champion is 21-6 and leads second-place Kotlarka Prague by a half game.

Draci (21-6) rolled past the Arrows Ostrava 11-3 on Saturday before shutting out Skokani Olomouc 12-0 the following day to extend its winning streak to five games.

Kotlarka (23-7) dropped a 12-0 decision to last-place NAVISYS Hrosi Brno Saturday after slipping past MZLU Express Brno 7-6 earlier on the same day.

Technika Brno (17-11) collected two lopsided wins against Olomouc (11-0) and Ostrava (12-4), while Eagles Prague (18-12) are riding a seven-game winning streak after stopping Hrosi (8-3) and MZLU Express (7-2).

CZECH BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. AVG Draci Brno (21-6)
2. Kotlarka Prague (23-7)
3. Technika Brno (17-11)
4. Eagles Prague (18-12)
5. Arrows Ostrava (12-16)
6. Express Brno (11-18)
7. NAVISYS Hrosi Brno (7-23)
8. Skokani Olomouc (6-22)

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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