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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: Rob Cordemans Named Europe Starter for Game 1


TOKYO, Japan – It is only a few hours away from the big event of Europe versus Japan in the first ever Global Baseball Match.

Not long ago Europe manager Steven Janssen announced that his starting pitcher for Game 1 will be Dutch right-hander Rob Cordemans.

Rob has been a fixture on the Dutch National Team for years and has been a top European pitcher for the past ten years or more. He will be up against a stout Samurai Japan team.

The All-Euro team is behind the Japanese team in terms of training so far this year. Weather forced the European team’s warm up game. They have been forced to rely mainly on training indoors with a few outside practices. While Japan has already played a few spring games.

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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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Andruw Jones Withdraws from Europe vs. Japan Series


Team Europe lost a high profile player today as 10-time MLB Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones withdrew from the team for its upcoming trip to Japan.

Jones would have been a representative of the Netherlands for Team Europe in the Global Baseball Match coming up next week in Japan.

He released the following statement through the World Baseball Softball Confederation:

“It is with tremendous regret that I announce the difficult decision that I will not be able to represent Team Europe in its historic debut versus the Japanese National Baseball Team in front of passionate and familiar Japanese fans. While I had initially planned to be part of Europe’s roster, new duties may call upon me to be away from home for the next several months, so spending as much time as I can at home with my family and children who are in school is the number one priority for me right now. It remains a great honour to have been selected by Coach Janssen to wear the Europe jersey and I wish Team Europe and the Samurai Japan Global Baseball event nothing but success. I will be following the games and hope this great initiative can continue to further globalise our sport.”

Jones spent 17 years in the Major Leagues and the past two in Japan as part of the NPB. The rest of the team will arrive today in Japan and begin workouts for the games tomorrow.

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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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Eurosport 2 to Broadcast Global Baseball Match between Japan and All-Euro Team


The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced earlier today that the upcoming Global Baseball Match between the No. 1 world ranked Japan versus an All-Euro team to take place in Tokyo on March 10 and 11 will be televised in Europe by Eurosport 2.

Eurosport 2 broadcasts to over 73 million homes across 51 counties and in 18 different languages. It has obtained the broadcasting rights for the inaugural event including online and mobile devices in all languages.

This is a big step for European baseball in opening up the door for many to view via television and online to some of the best baseball players on the continent and in Japan.

This could help spur more interest in the upcoming Premier 12 tournament that will take place in November featuring the world’s top 12 ranked teams. In the world top 12 there are two European nations that will compete in No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy. Both countries will have a strong presence on the All-Euro team.

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


The Samurai Japan roster has been announced for the upcoming Global Baseball Match between Japan and an All-Euro team. The two game series will take place at the Tokyo Dome on March 10-11. The world ranked #1 Japan will be led by Hiroki Kokubo and will feature 26 players.

All twelve NPB teams are represented on the roster with four players coming from both the defending 2014 champion Softbank Hawks and the Hiroshima Carp. Japan will head into the series as a heavy favorite despite missing some of its marque players.

Some of the bigger names from the NPB that will be participating include Yoshihiro Maru (.310/19/67), Tetsuto Yamada (.324/29/89), Yuhei Takai (.316/23/90), and Yuki Yanagita (.317/15/70).

Not to mention some of the great arms that are in Japan including 2014 Rookie of the Year Daichi Ohsera (10-8/4.05) and Shintaro Fujinami (11-8/3.53). While some of the bigger name pitchers will not participate, Japan will still have a fine staff for the two game series.

Samurai Japan Roster:
Pitchers:
Daichi Ohsera (Hiroshima Carp)
Hirokazu Sawamura (Yomiuri Giants)
Shota Takeda (Softbank Hawks)
Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin Tigers)
Kazuhisa Makita (Seibu Lions)
Katsuki Matayoshi (Chunichi Dragons)
Takahiro Matsuba (Orix Buffaloes)
Yuki Matsui (Rakuten Eagles)
Yuji Nishino (Chiba Lotte Mariners)
Shoichi Ino (Yokohama Bay Stars)

Catchers:
Tsubasa Aizawa (Hiroshima Carp)
Hikaru Ito (Orix Buffaloes)
Seiji Kobayashi (Yomiuri Giants)
Motohiro Shima (Rakuten Eagles)

Infielders:
Ginji Akaminai (Rakuten Eagles)
Kenta Imamiya (Softbank Hawks)
Ryosuke Kikuchi (Hiroshima Carp)
Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank Hawks)
Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham Fighters)
Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri Giants)
Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult Swallows)

Outfielders:
Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima Carp)
Yohei Oshima (Chunichi Dragons)
Yuhei Takai (Yakult Swallows)
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama Bay Stars)
Yuki Yanagita (Softbank Hawks)

Coaching Staff:
Hiroki Kokubo (manager)
Toshihisa Nishi
Arihito Muramatsu
Kenichi Wakatabe
Atsunori Inaba
Akihiro Yano

The roster for the Euro team is expected to be release tomorrow.

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Italian Baseball Federation Releases Banner for Upcoming Euro vs. Japan Series


A global baseball match between the Samurai Japan team and an all Euro team will take place this coming March in Tokyo. The two teams will meet for a pair of games, and the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) just released the banner for the event via Twitter.

The game will take place on March 10 and 11 hosted by Japan at the Tokyo Dome. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) will be certifying the event.

via @FIBSpress on Twitter:

 

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A Parents Perspective of Playing Baseball Overseas


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

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

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

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

Notes from a German Baseball Trip 2013 by James Milo.

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

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

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Russia Wins B-Level European Championship in Vienna


The B-Level European Championships were held this week in both Zurich and Vienna. Six teams competed at each site trying to win a spot in the 2014 European Championship to be held in the Czech Republic.

While Great Britain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia were competing in the B-Level Championship in Zurich. Austria, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ireland were playing in Vienna.

Through the round robin play, three teams were tied with a 4-1 record. Austria, Russia, and Belarus all finished with just a single loss. Due to the tie-breaker rules, Austria and Russia would face off with one another in the Championship Game for a spot in the 2014 European Championship.

It was a close and exciting game, but Russia would come out on top when it was all settled by a score of 3-2. Errors played a big role in the game as both team picked up unearned runs.

Austria jumped out on top 1-0 with a run in the second inning. With two outs, Felix Zimmerle (1-for-4) singled to start the rally. Lukas Scheicher (2-for-3) then singled to move Zimmerle to second, but an error by the Russia center fielder let Zimmerle come all the way around to score the first run of the game.

Austria picked up another run in the third inning. Fabian Hirnschal (0-for-2) led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. He was quickly sacrificed to second base. Then after another ground out moved him to third, Peter Ferak singled (1-for-4) him home to give Austria a 2-0 lead.

Christian Tomsich was cruising on the mound for Austria. Through eight innings he had given up just one a run and had allowed only seven hits. However, in the top of the ninth he walked the lead off hitter and then gave up a single before being pulled for reliever Werner Harrasser.

Harrasser got the first batter he faced on a sacrifice that put runners at second and third with just one out. Then Aleksandr Maksiakov (1-for-2) was caught trying to steal home for the second out of the inning. It all looked good for Austria. The next hitter had an 0-2 count and it looked like they would advance. Then it happened.

A fly ball to center fielder Dominik Talir was dropped allowing a run to score to tie the game and opening up the way for Russia to take the win away from Austria. The next two hitters singled scoring the go ahead run for Russia and putting Austria in a corner heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Austria would make it interesting in the ninth. A one-out walk started it all, but with two outs and facing elimination, Richard Alzinger came up with a pinch-hit single to put runners at the corners. Austria was just a hit away from tying the game up. However, Andrey Lobanov settled down to get the final out and the win for Russia.

Lobanov went the distance for Russia giving up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out nine.

Peter Ferek (Austria) was named the tournament MVP. He hit .500 with five RBI. Victor Samchuk (Russia) was named the tournaments best hitter. He finished with a .750 average (6-for-8) with five walks. He was also 4-of-5 in stolen base attempts. Nikita Lobanov (Russia) was named the best pitcher. He struck out eight in his one appearance tossing a complete game and giving up just one unearned run.

B-Level European Championships Vienna Final Standings:

1. Russia 4-1
2. Austria 4-1
3. Belarus 4-1
4. Slovakia 2-3
5. Lithuania 1-4
6. Ireland 0-5

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Great Britain Wins B-Level European Championship in Zurich


The B-Level European Championships were held this week in both Zurich and Vienna. Six teams competed at each site trying to win a spot in the 2014 European Championship to be held in the Czech Republic.

Competing in Vienna were Austria, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ireland. And over in Zurich were Great Britain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia.

Each team played in a round robin format playing every other team once. The two teams with the best record would play one final game for the championship and a spot in next year’s European Championship.

In Zurich, Great Britain swept through the round robin play undefeated. They were led by Ian Young who led the entire tournament in hitting with a .571 average. He collected eight hits (2nd) and seven RBI (2nd to teammate Zach Wiley’s eight).

As a team Great Britain led the tournament in hitting (.359), doubles (12), runs (49), and fewest strikeouts (14). They also dominated the pitching stats as well. As a team its ERA was just 2.20 (1st), with 51 strikeouts (1st), and two saves (1st).

They faced off with a Ukraine team that went 3-2 in pool play losing only to Great Britain (4-2) and Switzerland (5-2). They placed second as a team in hitting, joining Great Britain as the only other team to hit over .300 with an average of .314.

The Championship Game was a close one once again with Great Britain coming out on top 2-0.

Greg Hendrix pitched a masterful game giving up just five hits tossing a complete game shutout. He struck out 13 in the win giving Great Britain a spot in next year’s European Championship.

Great Britain scored both of their runs in the second inning. The first coming off of an Ian Young (2-for-3) RBI single. Ryan Trask (2-for-3) came up with the other RBI when he singled in the second run of the inning. Hendrix did the rest.

Hendrix was named the MVP of the tournament. He won both of his starts giving up just four runs (two earned) in 16 innings while striking out 28 batters.  Ian Young was named the tournaments best hitter.

B-Level European Championship Zurich Final Standings:

1. Great Britain 5-0
2. Ukraine 3-2
3. Bulgaria 3-2
4. Poland 2-3
5. Switzerland 2-3
6. Slovenia 0-5

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Europe: 2013 BATC Cavaliers Name Kevin Roovers Head Coach


Press release Horbach Battle at the Castle Tournament

The BATC Cavaliers, one of the teams of the Horbach Battle at the Castle tournament, proudly present Kevin Roovers as their manager.

“Kevin Roovers is obviously a talented youth coach with lots of Dutch Major League experience to pass over to the kids. It didn’t takes us long to add Kevin to the managers corps when word got out that he would be interested in leading a team of youngsters during the tournament week” said the tournament management. “We are confident about his ability to teach youth players fundamentals but also to enjoy playing the game”.

Kevin Roovers pitched six seasons for HCAW in the Dutch Major League before returning to Oosterhout Twins in 2012, the place where he started playing baseball as a kid.

The Horbach Battle at the Castle toernooi is an initiative of Stichting ontwikkeling Jeugdhonkbal Zuidwest Nederland to develop youth baseball in the south of The Netherlands and will be held this year between july 8 – 13 in Oosterhout. The tournament aims to be the greatest U13 tournament in Europe.

Talented players born after may 1st of 2000 can register at www.batcbaseball.eu

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Europe: Battle of the Castle U13 Tournament Registrations Underway


REGISTRATIONS BATTLE AT THE CASTLE EUROPEAN U13 TOURNAMENT WELL UNDERWAY

The list of registered players is growing steadily. Already 32 players from 17 different clubs are eager to play for one the BATC teams to show off their baseball skills. Interesting are the registrations from Dutch baseball academy players, as well as alumini and future participants of the World Childrens Baseball Fair. With these players around, the level of play will be challenging. Making new baseball friends is also guaranteed with such a well spread entry list.

The tournament organisation is asking for international registrations. Are you passionate about baseball, and are you born after may 1 of 2000, register for the tournament! Players from Germany, France, Italy, UK, Belgium, Eastern Europe and North America are more than welcome to join at this great baseball event. Visit www. batcbaseball.eu for more information. There are various options to accomodate you and your parents.

The first edition of the Battle at the Castle U13 baseball tournament is held in Oosterhout, The Netherlands. It lasts 6 days from july 8 – 13 this summer and is unique in its kind.

For questions and information: mail us at batcbaseball@gmail.com

Press Release Battle of the Castle Tournament

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Jan Esselman New President of Confederation of European Baseball


Esselman wins elections at joint CEB-ESF Congress in Bled, Slovenia

By International Baseball Federation (IBAF)

Jan Esselman (Netherlands), who had served since 2005 as the Chair of the Technical Commission, is the new President of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB). Esselman won the election(15 to 7, 6 votes were invalid) against Vojco Korosec of Slovenia, the country that hosted the Congress in Bled.

After Massimo Fochi of Italy and Angelo Vicini of San Marino withdrew their candidatures, Peter Kurz (Israel) became the 1st Vice President.

Juergen Elsishans of Germany was elected 2nd Vice President over (14 votes to 12, 2 invalid) Alexander Ratner of Russia.

Petr Ditrich, who had been acting President for the last 11 months, after elected President Miller resigned, becomes the 3rd Vice President with 20 votes over Rod Moore of Denmark (4).

René Laforce (Belgium) was confirmed unopposed as the organization Treasurer. He had presented a 2012 accounting with an advance over 28,000 euros and is hopeful that CEB can breakeven also at the end of 2013.

Xavier Mateu of Spain is the new Secretary General. After Mario De Bono of Malta withdrew, he also won unopposed.

Matts Franson (Sweden), Michael Manning (Ireland), Didier Seminet (France), Monique Schmidt (Switzerland) and Valentinas Bobulis (Lithuania) are the five members at large.

After the winning teams of the 2012 season, CEB also awarded the individuals who had a special year.

The Coach of the Year was Marco Mazzieri, who led Italy to back to back European Championships (2010 and 2012).

The Umpire of the Year was Frantisek Prybil (Czech Republic).

The Scorer of the year was Denis Duin of The Netherlands.

Spain that qualified for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, was named The Federation of the Year.

Bled also hosted the Congress of the European Softball Federation (ESF), that confirmed President André Van Overbeek of the Netherlands, who won the voting (17 to 11) against Giovanni Antonio Sanna of Italy.

Ami Baran (Israel), who was the only candidate after Francesca Fabretto of Italy withdrew her candidature, is the new Secretary General. Eddy Van Straelen (Belgium) was unanimously confirmed as the Treasurer.

Gabriel Waage (Czech Republic) is the new 1st Vice President.

The other five Vice Presidents are Youri Alkalay (Bulgaria), Dejan Jesic (Serbia), John Austin (Ireland), Mette Niessen Jakobsen (Denmark) and Gilbert Tobbak (Belgium).

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Collegiate Baseball League Europe News


Collegiate Baseball League Europe (CBLE) is proud to announce that Bill Froberg, Martijn Meeuwis and Tony Klarberg return for the 2013 championship as the head coaches of the Cavaliers, Admirals and Falcons. Filip van der Meiren who joined Tony Klarberg as the Falcons co-skipper last year has commitments with the Belgium National 18U team and will assist Tony with the draft event on March 23. Jan Naterop who was the pitching coach for the Bombers last year will return for 2013 as well.

Collegiate Baseball League Europe is the only Wood Bat Summer League in Europe, the format is based on Collegiate Summer Leagues like Cape Cod and Northwoods in the US.

As you see CBLE is on track to make 2013 another great event following a very succesful inaugural tournament in 2012.

Last year CBLE had a great level of baseball, a lot of fun, daily attention in the newspaper and scouts of the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins attending some of our games.

Young prospects born after 1/1/1990 and before 12/31/1995 can send their resume to info@cble.org and join the draftlist.

Registration will close on March 16 and the draft will take place on March 24 and will be broadcasted live on our website.

In addition CBLE is pleased to inform you that it signed a letter of intent with the La Rochelle Boucaniers to play at their beautiful field near the Atlantic coast as soon as 2014. Venues in Spain and Germany will be announced soon as it plans to play a 4 week schedule from 2014 and beyond, whereby the league will travel around Europe and play for a week in each of the partnering host cities.

CBLE is starting to get more and more attention from US college players as well and an expanded schedule will make it more attractive for them to visit the “Old World” to spend their summer vacation.

The 2013 schedule starts on July 8 and will be broadcasted live on www.cble.org .

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Europe: Tournament Looking for U13 Players


Press Release BATC Tournament

REGISTRATIONS FOR EUROPEAN U13 TOURNAMENT OPEN

Between July 8th and July 13 of 2013 there will we an all new European U13 baseball tournament in Oosterhout, Netherlands. The “Battle at the Castle” tournament (BATC) will be a unique 6-day baseball event that provides a podium for the best European baseball players that are born after may 1st of 2000. Playing top level baseball, having fun and making new friends are the cornerstones of this great event.

The BATC Tournament will be held simultaniously with the Collegiate Baseball League Europe (www.cble.org) and has the same basic setup. There are 4 teams with 14 player rosters that combine for 13 tournament games. One of the highlights of the BATC Tournament is a true homerun derby on Wednesday July 10th 2013.

The North American summer leagues were an inspiration for the CBLE and BATC tournaments.  Competitive baseball during summer vacation is of great value for baseball players to work on their game. In the meanwhile the presence of young athletes benefits local communities and will raise the popularity of baseball.

The registration for Little League eligible players (born after may 1st of 2000) is open. For more information visit www.batcbaseball.eu.

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Lithuania: Vilnius Cup Results


By BaseballEurope.com

On 10-12 January 2013, Sportima Arena welcomed the 7th Annual Vilnius Cup Tournament: 12 teams in U-15 age group and 4 teams in U-12 age group. How competitive the teams were is evident from the fact that even seven games ended with a single point difference. The winner of one game was decided by drawing of lots..

The third place winner in the U-12 age group was Kaunas Lituanica with a 7:4 victory over Estonian Kiili Panthers. In the Finals, Vilnius Sporto Vilkai beat Sank Petersburgh National Team 4:0. The MVP award went to Povilas Grigas (Vilnius Sporto Vilkai). The teams received medals, cups, personal prizes and sweets.

In U-15 age group, two teams – Moscow Balashihkha and Kaunas Lituanica – met for a tough third place game which ended in a tie. To break the tie, the teams had two extra innings which eventually brought luck to the Muscovites.

The Finals saw the regular competitors of the tournament – Vilnius Sporto Vilkai and Brest Zubryj 1. Vilnius team pulled off the victory with a score 1:0. The MVP award was granted to Marius Balandis (Vilnius Sporto Vilkai) with his pitch speed of 80 mph adding to the success of his team. The teams of the tournament were presented medals, cups, and special prizes. The best players were granted baseball bats, and all the participants enjoyed the Lithuanian sweets.

FINAL STANDINGS

U-15
1 SPORTO VILKAI VILNIUS (LITHUANIA)
2 ZUBRIJ 1 Brest (BELARUS)
3 BALASHIKHA MOSCOW (RUSSIA)
4 LITUANIKA KAUNAS (LITHUANIA)
5 VILNIUS 97 (LITHUANIA)
6 BEGIAI RADVILISKIS (LITHUANIA)
7 ZUBRIJ 2 Brest (BELARUS)
8 BK VILNIUS (LITHUANIA)
9 SUGAR STORM Skidel (BELARUS)
10 VETRA UTENA (LITHUANIA)
11 KAUNAS (LITHUANIA)
12 MINSK (BELARUS)

U-12
1. SPORTO VILKAI Vilnius (LITHUANIA)
2. St.Petersburg baseball federation (RUSSIA)
3. LITUANIKA Kaunas (LITHUANIA)
4. PANTHERS Kiili (ESTONIA)

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European Cup: Schedules Announced for Barcelona and Regensburg


The Confederation of European Baseball technical commission did the drawings for the European Cups that will be played next June. The two cups will be played in Barcelona, Spain and Regensburg, Germany between June 4-9.

The winners of the two pools will play for the European Cup Championship in a best-of-three home and away series at the beginning of August.

Regensburg Pool:

  1. Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg (GER)
  2. Bern Cardinals (SUI)
  3. Unipol Fortitudo Bologna (ITA)
  4. L&D Amsterdam (NED)
  5. Krc Eagles Prague (CZE)
  6. T&A San Marino (SMA)

Regensburg Schedule:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Bern – Regensburg
San Marino – Prague
Amsterdam – Bologna

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Regensburg – Amsterdam
Prague – Bern
Bologna – San Marino

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Regensburg – San Marino
Prague – Bologna
Amsterdam – Bern

Friday, June 7, 2013
Regensburg – Prague
Amsterdam – San Marino
Bern – Bologna

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Prague – Amsterdam
Bologna – Regensburg
San Marino – Bern

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Final (1st vs. 2nd)

Times will be determined at a later date

Barcelona Pool:

  1. CB Barcelona (ESP)
  2. Rouen Huskies (FRA)
  3. Draci Brno (CZE)
  4. Telemarket Rimini (ITA)
  5. Untouchables Paderborn (GER)
  6. Corendon Kinheim (NED)

Barcelona Schedule:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Rimini – Kinheim
Paderborn – Barcelona
Rouen – Brno

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Kinheim – Rouen
Barcelona – Rimini
Brno – Paderborn

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Kinheim – Paderborn
Barcelona – Brno
Rouen – Rimini

Friday, June 7, 2013
Kinheim – Barcelona
Rouen – Paderborn
Rimini – Brno

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Barcelona – Rouen
Brno – Kinheim
Paderborn – Rimini

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Final (1st vs. 2nd)

Times will be determined at a later date

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Bern Cardinals Win European Cup Playoff in Zurich


ZURICH, Switzerland – The first of two European Cup Playoffs were played this weekend in Zurich between the Bern Cardinals and the Montpellier Baracudas. The Hoboken Pioneers withdrew from the tournament giving away the Belgian A-Pool spot.

After dropping the first game, Bern bounced back winning two games on Sunday to win the best-of-3 series and clinching their federation a spot in the 2013 A-Pool of the European Cups.

Bern Cardinals 2, Montpellier Baracudas 4

Montpellier (FRA) got a good outing by starter Thomas Langloys who tossed 7.1 innings allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits to pick up the win in Game 1. Thomas Meley picked up the save finishing off the game. Ryan Byrne took the loss for Bern.

Guillaume Felices scored twice going 2-for-4 for Montpellier. Juan Barrera drove in a run going 2-for-4 as the Barracudas took the first game.

Montpellier Barracudas 8, Bern Cardinals 9

Bern bounced back on Sunday taking Game 2 to tie the series at 1 game apiece behind a complete game win by Benjamin Waite who gave up 8 runs on 13 hits.

Kyle Orr took the loss for Montpellier lasting only 3 innings giving up 8 runs (3 ER).

Ryan Byrne came back after taking the loss on the hill in Game 1 to have a big day at the plate going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI including a double and a triple. Angelo Rodriguez drove in 2 runs, scored 2 more, and picked up 2 hits on the day helping Bern to the win.

Anthony Cros had a good day for Montpellier going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI. Kyle Orr and Guillaume Felices both drove in a run, scored twice, and picked up two hits in the game.

Montpellier Barracudas 7, Bern Cardinals 11

In the decisive Game 3, the Bern Cardinals held off a 9th inning comeback from Montpellier to hold onto the win and take the title. John Baum pitched all 9 innings for Bern allowing 7 runs on 10 hits. He tired late as Montpellier scored 5 in the top of the 9th to make it a closer game. Baum threw 156 pitches in the win.

Andy Pitcher took the loss for Montpellier going 4.1 innings allowing 6 runs on 9 hits. Anthony Cros had another big game going 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and 2 doubles in the loss.

Bern catcher Seth Suplin scored 3 times, drove in 2 runs, and hit a solo home run in the win. Johnny Perigo picked up 3 hits including a triple. Benjamin Waite went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI helping in the win. Bern pounded out 16 hits but had only 2 extra base hits.

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Europe Top Hitters and Pitchers From Weekending May 20, 2012


Tenerife Marlins staff ace Leslie Nacar continued his recent dominance last weekend against Sant Boi with a complete game six-hit gem that featured 12 strikeouts. The right-hander currently leads the Spanish Baseball League with 90 strikeouts in just 63 2/3 innings.

The 28-year-old Venezuelan hurler, who has punched out 44 batters in his last three starting assignments, fell behind early against Sant Boi. However, Nacar limited the 2010 Spanish champion to just four hits over the final eight scoreless frames to improve to 6-0 in 2012.

A former prospect in the San Francisco Giants farm system, Nacar posted a 2-5 record with a 2.41 ERA over 74 2/3 minor league frames at the Rookie League level.

HURLERS HONOR ROLL:

Lukas Croton, Therwil Flyers (Switzerland)
Posted six scoreless innings with three hits and a trio of K’s in roat over Wil.

Tiago Da Silva, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Went the distance in 2-1 win over Novara with three hits and eight K’s.

Orlando Yntema, UVV (Netherlands)
Went five shutout frames with two hits and two K’s in win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Martin Amparo, Bonn Capitals (Germany)
Threw seven shutout frames with five hits and four K’s in win over Dohren.

Tim Jones, Embrach Mustangs (Switzerland)
Texan tossed seven shutout frames with two hits and 13 K’s in rout over Zurich.

Juan Figueroa, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Scattered three hits and five K’s over seven scoreless frames in win over Rimini.

Trevor Caughey, Valencia Astros (Spain)
Scattered one run and seven hits with 10 K’s in a complete game win over Viladecans.

Rodney Rodriguez, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Allowed one run and four hits over six innings with 13 K’s in win over Novara.

Jose Romero, San Inazio (Spain)
Struck out six and issued just three hits and no walks over six frames of one-run ball.

Charlie Olson, Bonn Capitals (Germany)
Pitched complete game two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in 1-0 win against Dohren.

Riccardo Hernandez, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Allowed a run and three hits with six K’s in seven frames in win over Rimini.

Jose Hernandez, Barcelona (Spain)
Worked seven frames of one-run ball with five hits and 11 K’s in win over Navarra.

Duko Jansen, UVV (Netherlands)
Worked seven scoreless innings with just two hits in win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Darwin Cubilan, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Fanned six and issued just one hit in three relief innings to get win over Novara.

Enorbel Marquez, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Threw six shutout frames with three hits and two walks in 4-0 win over Nettuno.

SLUGGERS HONOR ROLL:

Wesley Connor, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Went 4-for-5 with home run, four RBIs and three runs scored in win over Kinheim.

Alexis Fumero, Pamplona (Spain)
Went 3-for-4 with a walk, triple and six RBIs in a win over Vigo.

Magnus Pilegard, Stockholm (Sweden)
Went 1-for-2 with triple, four walks, RBI, three steals and four runs scored.

Harry Wischnewski, Embrach Mustangs (Switzerland)
Reached base six times, scored five runs and stole four bases in win over Zurich.

Asier Izaguirre, San Inazio (Spain)
Turned in a 4-for-5 effort with a triple and four RBIs in win against El Llano.

Reto Siegel, Therwil Flyers (Switzerland)
Went 4-for-6 with a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored in win over Wil.

Casey Auerbach, Embrach Mustangs (Switzerland)
Canadian was 5-for-5 with triple, two doubles and seven RBIs in victory over Zurich.

Timor Kombarov, Alby Stars (Sweden)
Collected four hits, one walk, two RBIs and one run scored in loss to Stockholm.

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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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Europe: Top Hitters and Pitchers From Last Weekend


Senart Templiers dual threat Matthieu Brelle-Andrade enjoyed a banner day last Sunday to help the French Baseball League second-place squad sweep past the Pessac Panthers.

The 27-year-old tossed a complete game eight-inning no-hitter to help the Templiers blank Pessac, 10-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. The right-hander allowed only two batters to reach base (walk and error) while posting four strikeouts to improve his card to 2-2 with an eye-catching 1.61 ERA in 50 1/3 frames.

Brelle-Andrade, who leads Senart with a .333 batting mark (18-for-54), used the lumber to help the Templiers capture an 8-6 victory in the twinbill finale.

The French national team standout went 3-for-4 with a walk, double and four RBIs as Senart (12-4) remains in a three-way race with Rouen and Paris University Club for this year’s French national championship.

HURLERS HONOR ROLL:

Kyle Ward, UVV (Netherlands)
Pitched six scoreless frames with four hits and four K’s in 4-0 win over HCAW.

Ernesto Pino, El Llano (Spain)
Scattered three hits and one unearned run with six K’s over seven frames in 7-1 win.

Ben Grover, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Tossed six shutout frames with one hit and three K’s in 12-0 win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Eugen Heilmann, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Allowed four hits with five K’s over seven shutout frames in 12-0 win over Hamburg.

James Murrey, Paris University Club (France)
Scattered two hits, a walk and nine K’s over six shutout frames in 5-2 victory.

Ricardo Hernandez, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Issued five hits and struck out four in five shutout frames in 9-0 win over Godo.

Luke Sommer, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Allowed four hits and one earned run with six K’s over seven frames in win over ADO.

Anthony Peraza, Hamburg Stealers (Germany)
Pitched a complete game six-hitter with nine K’s in 3-1 upset win over Paderborn.

Marcos Tabata, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Worked four shutout one-hit relief innings with five K’s in 11-8 win over Cariparma Parma.

Jos de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Surrendered three hits and two walks with seven K’s in seven-inning complete game shutout.

Diegomar Markwell, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Allowed four hits and struck out five over seven scoreless frames in 1-0 victory.

David Bergman, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Hurled seven one-hit frames with two hits and four K’s in 5-1 win over ADO.

Tiago Da Silva, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Pitched seven shutout innings with six hits and seven K’s in no-decision effort.

SLUGGERS HONOR ROLL:

Sidney de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Went 2-for-2 with homer, two walks, a pair of RBIs, and two steals in 12-0 blowout win.

Andrew Smith, Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany)
Posted four hits, home run, five runs scored and four RBIs in 19-1 victory.

Hector Velasquez, El Llano (Spain)
Enjoyed 3-for-5 game with triple and five RBIs in 12-1 win over the Vigo Falcons.

Leonardo Zileri, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Tallied four hits with a walk, RBI and two runs scored in 15-14 win over Rimini.

Ty Ericksen, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Singled, doubled and tripled with four RBIs in 10-4 victory over Stuttgart.

Ethan Paquette, Rouen Huskies (France)
Went 4-for-4 with a walk, three doubles and a trio of RBIs in 9-4 victory.

Kenny Berkenbosch, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Collected a trio of hits and popped a three-run homer in 13-0 win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Sandel Cuevas, Valencia Astros (Spain)
Went 4-for-5 with a run, triple and RBI in 9-2 win over San Inazio Bilbao.

Evan Le Blanc, Regensburg Legionaere (Germany)
Went 3-for-3 with a run, double, two walks and three RBIs in 12-4 win over Mainz.

Bastien Dagneau, Rouen Huskies (France)
Collected four hits with double, stolen base and two RBIs in 8-4 victory.

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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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Website of the Week: The International Game


The International Game brings great opportunity to college players around the country to experience baseball in unique settings. Each year they take college players to Europe to compete in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

The directors of the tours include two highly experienced players and coaches both in the US and abroad. John Dobkowski has played in The Netherlands, Germany, and as a part of the Polish National Team. Ty Eriksen has experience in Germany, Israel, and is an assistant on the Austrian National Team.

Each year they take a team to the Czech Republic for Prague Baseball Week, one of the best baseball experiences in the world. Players will have a chance to not only play in beautiful Prague, but have the chance to tour and experience a bit of another culture. It’s a unique opportunity for college players to be exposed to baseball in another part of the world.

The level of talent that the teams play against range from national teams to professional teams. It’s a chance to become exposed to another baseball atmosphere where some of the players might one day wind up playing professionally.

For more information you can check out their website – The International Game, on their Face Book page, or follow them on Twitter to see what others are saying.

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2011 European Baseball Playoff Outlooks


The 2011 European Baseball Playoffs are in full force with the best squads on the old continent fighting for bragging rights and national championships. While several circuits across the Atlantic Ocean have already crowned a champion, the title season is just heating up in other places.

Below is a brief outlook from selected leagues in Europe:

AUSTRIA
The Austrian League concluded this weekend with four make-up games. The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (24-4) claimed the regular season crown and will be joined in the playoffs with the Vienna Wanderers (22-6), Vienna Metrostars (18-10) and the Schwaz Tigers (14-14).

BELGIUM
The two-time reigning Belgian champion Hoboken Pioneers will be seeking their third consecutive title when they battle the surprising Namur Angels in the Belgian Series. The Angels ousted the Merksem Royal Greys to reach its first league championship series since 1998.

CROATIA
BK Zagreb regrouped from a surprising setback in Game 4 to beat Nada SSM Split and capture the Croation Baseball League Championship. Zagreb, coached by former Major Leaguer Mike Hartley, took the best-of-seven title series four games to one.

CZECH REPUBLIC
16-time defending Czech League champion AVG Draci Brno has already booked a ticket to the championship series and will meet the winner of the Technika Brno vs Kotlarka Prague semifinal matchup.

FRANCE
The six-time reigning French champion Rouen Huskies booted the Savigny Lions from the playoffs in four games to earn their eight finals appearance in the last nine years. Skipper Robin Roy’s squad will meet the winner of the Montpellier Barracudas vs. Senart Templiers matchup in the title series. The Barracudas leads the best-of-five semifinal matchup two games to none.

GERMANY
The reigning German champion Buchbinder Legionaere picked up a pair of must-win road victories last weekend to force a winner-take-all Game Five against the Paderborn Untouchables on Sept. 24. The Regensburg club regrouped after dropping the first two games at the Armin-Wolf-Arena with 5-0 and 7-5 wins.

GREAT BRITAIN
The Southern Nationals steamrolled the reigning champion Richmond Flames and the Lakenheath Diamondbacks en route to a shocking National Baseball League (NBL) title.

GREECE
The Panthers Patras dethroned seven-time league champion Spartacus Glyfadas to win the 2011 Greek Baseball Championship.

IRELAND
The Dublin Spartans (11-5) have clinched a spot in the Irish Baseball League finals and awaits the winner of the Dublin Hurricanes (15-1) vs. Belfast North Stars (6-10) clash this past Saturday. The league finals will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Corkagh Park.

ITALY
T&A San Marino climbed out of an 0-2 hole to beat Danesi Nettuno in seven games to win the 2011 Italian Series. The Titans, which last won the IBL’s top prize in 2008, also won the regular season crown and finished first in the nine-game semifinal round.

MALTA
The Mellieha Northenders Reflections Sports Bar & Grill defeated the Mustangs to claim its seventh Malta Baseball crown in the past eight years. The Northenders, which have won a total of 11 championships, took the best-of-three finals in two games.

NETHERLANDS
The L&D Amsterdam Pirates disposed of the Vaessen Pioniers in five games to win its first Holland Series since 2008. American Ben Grover capped a strong season with seven innings of one-run ball.

RUSSIA
Tornado of Moscow (formerly Balashikha) captured its third consecutive Russian Baseball Championships title. In the best-of-five final, the Tornado stopped MGPU Moscow in four games (7-5, 5-3, 8-11, 14-7).

SPAIN
FC Barcelona bagged the Spanish League trophy with a sterling 33-3 record in one of the few European leagues without a playoff format. However, due to budget cuts at the giant football powerhouse, the baseball program is expected to be eliminated.

SWEDEN
Stockholm BSK is on the brink of its third national championship in four years after notching a pair of road wins against Goteborg Hajarna last weekend in the best-of-five league title series. Stockholm opened the series with a 6-3 triumph and put the Sharks in an two-game hole with an 11-8 win in Game Two.

SWITZERLAND
One of Europe’s best rivalries will be renewed when the Bern Cardinals and Therwil Flyers meet in the Swiss League Finals. The Cards are the reigning champion and are making an impressive seventh straight appearance in the title series. The Flyers, which lorded over Swiss baseball in the early and mid-1990s, have enjoyed two magical campaigns under American playing coach JB Tucker, and boast a deep and talented pitching unit.

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

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