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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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Europe: 2010 American Imports All-Stars


A trio of former Major League pitchers – Kris Wilson, Jim Brower and Mike Hartley – headline the 2010 i-baseballcontent.com European Leagues American Import All-Stars.

The 33-year-old Wilson (pictured) had a 14-9 record with an ERA of 5.44 in 95 MLB appearances (20 starts). He struck out 142 batters in 243 1/3 innings with 68 walks. This past season for Danesi Nettuno of the Italian Baseball League (IBL), the right-hander posted a 7-4 record with 70 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.

Brower, who tossed a no-hitter in his IBL debut, suited up for eight different MLB teams. The 38-year-old righty went 8-4 with 69 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 83 1/3 innings for the Telemarket Rimini Pirates.

Hartley, who suited up for the Dodgers, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox in more than 200 Major League appearances, guided the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe to the European Champions Cup Final Four title game this past season. The 49-year-old skipper led the German South Division club to its first national championship in 2009, and lost in the Bundesliga championship series this year against the Regensburg Legionaere.

Other notable Americans having success on European diamonds this past season includes first baseman Gary Burnham and pitchers Patrick Ahearne and Eddie Aucoin.

Burnham signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007 and spent a decade in the minor leagues with several organizations. The 35-year-old, who has also played in Taiwan and Japan, batted .329 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 21 walks and 24 RBIs for the Godo Knights.

Ahearne played a lone season (1995) in the big leagues but won 114 games and logged more than 2,000 innings in a long minor league career. The 40-year-old compiled a 5-0 record in 2010 with 39 strikeouts and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings for Czech powerhouse AVG Draci Brno.

Aucoin, who compiled a 17-1 record on the indy circuit, is a well-travelled pitcher who has played in Colombia, Germany and the Netherlands. The 35-year-old went 7-5 with 67 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA in 94 innings with the Hoofddorp Pioniers this past season.

2010 American Imports All-Stars

C – Tyson Jaquez, Dohren Wild Farmers (Germany)
Batted .429 with seven doubles, five homers, 21 runs scored and 23 RBIs.

C – Whitney Pierce, Schwaz Tigers (Austria)
Aurian League MVP hit .423 with nine doubles, six home runs, 25 walks and 41 RBIs.

C – Bryce Enewold, Karlskoga Bats (Sweden)
Batted .387 with eight doubles, 30 runs scored, 18 walks and 15 RBIs.

1B – Ty Ericksen, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Hit .376 with five doubles, 18 walks, 26 runs scored and 23 RBIs.

1B – Gary Burnham, Godo Knights (Italy)
Batted .329 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 21 walks and 24 RBIs.

1B – Brian Hipps, Zurich Challengers (Switzerland)
Hit .469 with 13 doubles, two homers, 34 runs scored, 16 walks and 25 RBIs.

2B – Zach Kim, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Batted .350 with 12 doubles, 22 walks, 14 steals, 39 runs scored and 18 RBIs.

SS – Evan Porter, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
Hit .402 with six doubles, four home runs, 37 runs scored and 22 RBIs.

SS – Matthew Vance, Buchbinder Legionaere (Germany)
Batted .424 with 11 doubles, five homers, 17 steals, 37 runs scored and 24 RBIs.

SS – Dennis Kelly, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
Hit .425 with 10 doubles, six home runs, 23 walks, 19 steals, 39 runs scored and 26 RBIs.

SS – Kory Twede, Gauting Indians (Germany)
Batted .385 with nine doubles, four homers, 12 steals, 22 runs scored and 17 RBIs.

SS – Chris Beck, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Hit .422 with seven doubles, 16 walks, 15 steals, 30 runs scored and 22 RBIs.

3B – Shawn Vance, Sundbyberg Heat (Sweden)
Batted .471 with 12 doubles, three home runs, 32 runs scored and 43 RBIs.

3B – Daniel Meier, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Hit .339 with eight doubles, six homers, 23 runs scored and 24 RBIs.

OF – Jordan Pennington, Montpellier Barracudas (France)
Hit .436 with 11 doubles, five triples, 29 runs scored, 28 RBIs and 41 hits.

OF – Joseph Slater, Cologne Cardinals (Germany)
Batted .333 with six doubles, 13 steals, 25 runs scored and 34 hits.

OF – Kevin Malone, Valencia Astros (Spain)
Batted .394 with eight doubles, six homers, 44 runs scored and 31 RBIs.

OF – Tim Stewart, Savigny Lions (France)
Hit .341 with nine doubles, three homers, 24 runs scored and 25 RBIs.

SP – Jim Brower, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Went 8-4 with 69 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 83 1/3 innings.

SP – Terrence Antonacci, Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium)
Posted an 8-0 record with 62 strikeouts and an 0.92 ERA in 59 innings.

SP – Eddie Aucoin, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
Went 7-5 with 67 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA in 94 innings.

SP – Patrick Ahearne, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
Posted a 5-0 record with 39 strikeouts and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.

SP – Cody Cillo, UGF Bologna (Italy)
Compiled a 6-3 mark with 67 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA in 72 innings.

SP – Daniel Meier, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Went 7-5 with 94 strikeouts and a 1.58 ERA in 102 1/3 innings.

SP – Reed Brown, Stock City Cubs (Austria)
Compiled an 8-4 mark with 158 K’s and a 2.06 ERA in 105 innings.

SP – Bobby Carrington, ADO (Netherlands)
Went 3-3 with 77 strikeouts and a 1.82 ERA in 79 innings.

SP – Dusty Bergman, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Posted a 5-1 record with 62 strikeouts and a 2.81 ERA in 64 innings.

SP – Jason Enewold, Karlskoga Bats (Sweden)
Went 8-4 with 74 strikeouts and a 1.89 ERA in 81 innings.

SP – Josh Rickards, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
Posted a 9-2 record with 101 strikeouts and a 1.21 ERA in 82 innings.

SP – Kris Wilson, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Went 7-4 with 70 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.

SP – Ben Grover, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Posted a 5-1 record with 42 strikeouts and a 1.93 ERA in 84 innings.

SP – Vince DeCoito, Dohren Wild Farmers (Germany)
Compiled an 8-5 mark with 10 complete games, 136 K’s and a 2.94 ERA in 110 1/3 frames.

SP – Chris Cooper, Montepaschi Grosseto (Italy)
Posted a 4-4 mark with 49 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.

RP – Chris Di Roma, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Went 1-1 with eight saves, 37 strikeouts and a 1.64 ERA in 44 innings.

RP – Kyle Ward, Mr. Cocker HCAW (Netherlands)
Went 5-4 with 36 strikeouts and a 2.59 ERA in 48 2/3 innings.

RP – Marco Grifantini, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Posted a 5-0 record with four saves, 46 strikeouts and an 1.85 ERA in 48 2/3 innings.

COACH – Mike Hartley, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Led squad to the finals of the European Final Four and the German League.

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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2010 All-European Team


The 2010 I-BaseballContent.com All-European team is loaded with talent, featuring nine players who played key roles in helping their respective squads reach the championship series in both Italy and the Netherlands.

The 17-man first team, chosen by performances this past season and picked by former European coach and international baseball writer Marvin Moore, features a Triple Crown winner, front-of-the-rotation pitchers, line drive hitters and batters who hit for high averages.

Neptunus veteran slugger Raily Legito was tabbed as the Most Valuable Player. The versatile third baseman batted .340 with 18 extra-base hits, 35 RBIs and 11 stolen bases to help lead the Rotterdam club to back-to-back Dutch Series championships.

T&A San Marino centerfielder Carlos Duran was named the top offensive performer after becoming the first player since 1981 to win the Italian Baseball League (IBL) triple crown. The sweet-swinging lefty from Venezuela topped the league in batting average (.349), home runs (six), RBIs (39), hits (61) and runs scored (37).

Cariparma skipper Gilberto Gerali is the top manager after steering Parma to their first IBL crown since 1997.

The following are the first, second and honorable mention I-BaseballContent.com All-European teams for 2010.

2010 ALL-EUROPEAN BASEBALL FIRST TEAM

CATCHER
Sidney de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)

FIRST BASE
Jairo Ramos, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)

SECOND BASE
Davide Dallospedale, Cariparma Parma (Italy)

SHORTSTOP
Tony Granadillo, Pamplona (Spain)

THIRD BASE
Raily Legito, Neptunus (Netherlands)

OUTFIELD
Carlos Duran, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Dirk vant’ Klooster, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Bryan Engelhardt, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)

DESIGNATED HITTER
Maximiliano De Biase, T&A San Marino (Italy)

STARTING PITCHERS
Leon Boyd, Neptunus (Netherlands)
Rob Cordemans, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Jesus Matos, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)
David Bergman, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Henry Bonilla, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Terence Antonacci, Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium)

RELIEF PITCHERS
Michiel van Kampen, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Victor Moreno, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)
Marco Grifantini, Cariparma Parma (Italy)

MANAGER
Gilberto Gerali, Cariparma Parma (Italy)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Raily Legito, Neptunus (Netherlands)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carlos Duran, T&A San Marino (Italy)

2010 ALL-EUROPEAN BASEBALL SECOND TEAM:

CA – Martijn Meeuwis, Neptunus (Netherlands)
1B – Richard Montiel, Tenerife Marlins (Spain)
2B – Benjamin Dille, Neptunus (Netherlands)
SS – Juan Carlos Infante, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)
SS – Marco Yepez, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
3B – Orlando Munoz, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
OF – Bas de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
OF – Juan Camilo, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
OF – Wuillians Vasquez, Mr. Cocker HCAW (Netherlands)
DH – Jeffrey Arends, Neptunus (Netherlands)
SP – Diegomar Markwell, Neptunus (Netherlands)
SP – Sandy Patrone, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
SP – Dushan Ruzic, Neptunus (Netherlands)
SP – Patrik Ahearne, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
SP – Junior Guerra, Sant Boi (Spain)
SP – Tiago Da Silva, T&A San Marino (Italy)
SP – Jim Brower, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
SP – Trevor Caughey, Technika Brno (Czech Republic)
SP – Roberto Corradini, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
RP – Chris Di Roma, Telemarketr Rimini (Italy)
RP – Dave Draijer, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
RP – Pedro Orta, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
RP – Hector Perozo, Navarra (Spain)
RP – Berry van Driel, Neptunus (Netherlands)
RP – Fabio Milano, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)

2010 ALL-EUROPEAN BASEBALL HONORABLE MENTION:

CA – Juan Angrisano, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)
CA – Petr Cech, Buchbinder Legionaere (Germany)
CA – Tyson Jaquez, Dohren Wild Farmers
1B – Gary Burnham, Godo Knights (Italy)
1B – Lino Connel, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
1B – Magnus Pilegard, Stockholm (Sweden)
1B – Jan Drabek, Eagles Praha (Czech Republic)
1B – David Gauthier, Rouen Huskies (France)
2B – Emmanuel Febles, FC Barcelona (Spain)
2B – Martin Schneider, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
SS – Larry Jose Infante, Navarra (Spain)
SS – Danny Sandoval, Montepaschi Grosseto (Italy)
SS – Matthew Vance, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
SS – Jakub Hajtmar, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
SS – Dennis Kelly, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
SS – Aaron Hornostaj, Rouen Huskies (France)
3B – Marc Carrillo, Sant Boi (Spain)
3B – Bart Gabriels, Mr. Cocker HCAW (Netherlands)
3B – Shawn Vance, Sundbyberg Heat (Sweden)
3B – Dominik Wulf, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
OF – Laidel Chapelli, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
OF – Kenny Berkenbosch, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
OF – Tim Stewart, Savigny Lions (France)
OF – Robert Gruber, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
OF – Steven De Lannoy, Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium)
OF – Lennart Koster, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
OF – Kenji Hagiwara, Rouen Huskies (France)
OF – Kevin Malone, Valencia Astros (Spain)
OF – Sascha Lutz, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
SP – Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
SP – Eddie Aucoin, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
SP – Boris Bokaj, Buchbinder Legionaere (Germany)
SP – Juan Jose Lopez, Navarra (Spain)
SP – Jason Enewold, Karlskoga Bats (Sweden)
SP – Andre Hughes, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
SP – Joakim Claesson, Stockholm (Sweden)
SP – Kris Wilson, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
SP – Markus Winkler, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
SP – Tim Henkenjohann, Bonn Capitals (Germany)
RP – Al Morales, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
RP – Ruben Fente, Sant Boi (Spain)
RP – Remigio Leal, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
RP – Wayne Ough, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
RP – Jose Escalona, T&A San Marino (Italy)

TOMORROW: 2010 European Leagues American Import All-Stars

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European Baseball Top 30


Cariparma Parma is ranked No. 1 in the final 2010 i-baseballcontent.com European Top 30 baseball poll.

Parma, fresh from winning the Italian Baseball League title, rallied to take Game 6 and 7 of the Italian Series against UGF Fortitudo Bologna to capture its first national championship since 1997.

Neptunus, which struggled mightily at this year’s European Club Championships, regrouped to claim their second consecutive Dutch crown. The Rotterdam club, boasting one of the deepest rosters on the old continent, posted an astounding 39-3 record during the regular season before stopping the L&D Amsterdam Pirates in six games to win the Holland Series.

Arguably the top two circuits in Europe, the leagues in Italy and the Netherlands garnered nine selections – including the first five spots.

A total of 13 countries are represented including Germany (4), Spain (3), Czech Republic (2), France (2), Great Britain (2), Sweden (2), Switzerland (2), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Russia (1) and Ukraine (1).

2010 i-baseballcontent.com European Top 30

1. Cariparma Parma, Italy*
2. Neptunus, Netherlands*
3. UGF Fortitudo Bologna, Italy
4. T&A San Marino, Italy
5. L&D Amsterdam, Netherlands
6. Sant Boi, Spain*
7. Corendon Kinheim, Netherlands
8. Regensburg Legionaere, Germany*
9. Telemarket Rimini, Italy
10. Heidenheim Heidekopfe, Germany
11. FC Barcelona, Spain
12. Hoofddorp Pioniers, Netherlands
13. Draci Brno, Czech Republic*
14. Rouen Huskies, France*
15. Danesi Nettuno, Italy
16. Hoboken Pioneers, Belgium*
17. Tenerife Marlins, Spain
18. Karlskoga Bats, Sweden*
19. Technika Brno, Czech Republic
20. Savigny Lions, France
21. Richmond Flames, Great Britain*
22. Solingen Alligators, Germany
23. Bern Cardinals, Switzerland*
24. Paderborn Untouchables, Germany
25. BSK Stockholm, Sweden
26. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics, Austria*
27. London Mets, Great Britain
28. Tornado Balashikha, Russia*
29. Therwil Flyers, Switzerland
30. KNTU-Elizavetgrad, Ukraine*

* League Champion

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European Baseball News


ITALY – Baseball.it is reporting that Australian pitcher Dushan Ruzic will join the Telemarket Rimini Pirates for the 2011 campaign. The right-hander, who earned MVP honors at this year’s Holland Series, posted a 9-0 record with a 1.56 ERA to help Neptunus repeat as Dutch League champion.

The 6’8″ struck out 78 and allowed 45 hits in 81 innings this past season. He was sixth in ERA, second in opponent average (.167), third in strikeouts and tied with five others for second in wins.

Ruzic worked 14 frames in the 2010 European Cup without allowing an earned run and posted a victory against T&A San Marino. He starred in the 2010 Holland Series, winning Game 2 against the L&D Amsterdam Pirates out of the bullpen, saving Game 3 with 2 2/3 shutout relief innings, and winning Game 5 with two perfect frames.

Former Big Leaguer Staying With Nettuno
Danesi Nettuno will bring back ex-Major League pitcher Kris Wilson for the 2011 season. The 34-year-old was 7-4 with a 2.50 ERA in his maiden season in the IBL. Wilson took the hill for both the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees in the big leagues.

Chapelli To Join San Marino
Telemarket Rimini outfielder Laidel Chapelli is leaving the Pirates to join T&A San Marino, according to the Italian website, Baseball.it. The Cuban-born slugger has also played for Padova, Castelfranco and Parma. A member of the Italian National Team, the 38-year-old led Rimini with a .322 batting average this past season while scoring 28 runs scored and collecting 22 RBIs.

SPAIN

Barcelona Adds New Players
FC Barcelona has signed veteran slugger Jose Luis Riera and utility player Pau Sancho for the 2011 season. Barcelona finished in second place in 2010 behind league champion Sant Boi. The 36-year-old Riera will be entering his eighth season in the Spanish League after batting .346 with six homers and 45 RBIs this past season for Sant Boi. Sancho, 22, suited up for the Valencia Astros earlier this year.

Garcia Named New Halcones Skipper
Former Spanish National Team standout Manuel Garcia has been tapped to replace Diego Torres as manager of the Spanish League club Vigo Halcones. Garcia takes over a squad that finished in eight place this past season with a 9-27 record. During his playing career, he suited up for Ateneo Salmantino de Cornella de Llobregat, Sant Boi, Hercules Les Corts, FC Barcelona and Viladecans.

Pitching Prospect Has Knee Surgery
FC Barcelona right-hander Oscar Jimenez recently had successfully knee operation to repair a damaged meniscus. The Spanish League powerhouse expects the versatile hurler to be 100 percent for the 2011 season. The 19-year-old, who held opposing hitters to a meager .153 batting average in 2010, went 8-2 with a 2.50 ERA while tallying 70 strikeouts in 50-plus innings.

BELGIUM

Van Der Meiren To Coach Brasschaat
The Brasschaat Braves have announced that Filip Van Der Meiren will replace Dirk Pissiersens as manager in 2011. The Braves finished in fourth place this past season and are looking for their first championship since 2004. Van Der Meiren, who is coordinator of the Flemish Baseball Academy, played 14 seasons in the Belgian League before retiring last year.

Hoboken Adds Promising Outfielder
Belgian National Team outfielder David Herssens is leaving the Port of Antwerp Greys to join the two-time reigning national champion Hoboken Pioneers. The promising 21-year-old will be joined by former national team member Kevin Knollenburg, who has announced his retirement and will coach third base for the Pioneers.

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European League Champions


While several European baseball clubs continue their pursuit of a national championship this weekend, the majority of the leagues on the old continent have already put the finishing touches on the 2010 season

DOOR Neptunus, which endured a “humbling” European Cup tournament this past summer, regrouped to repeat as Dutch League champion. The Rotterdam squad captured a record-setting 13th national title, which surpassed the Haarlem Nicols who won 12 Dutch championships.

Cariparma Parma climbed back atop the Italian Baseball League mountain with a thrilling victory over reigning champion UGF Bologna in a seven-game thriller. However, Bologna added some hardware to its trophy case with tournament tiles at the European Cup and the Italian Cup.

Below is a look at the 2010 results in leagues all across Europe:

AUSTRIA
The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics swept the Schwarz Tigers in three games to win their second title in three years.

BELGIUM
The Hoboken Pioneers won their second consecutive championship with a three-game sweep against the Deurne Spartans.

CROATIA
Olimpija Karlovac beat Vindija Varazdin in six games to win their second Croatian title in four years.

CZECH REPUBLIC
13-time champion AVG Draci Brno and Technika Brno are tied at one game apiece in the best-of-five title series.

FRANCE
Defending champion Rouen Huskies will battle the Savigny Lions in the best-of-five finals.

GERMANY
The Buchbinder Legionaere beat the Heidenheim Heidekopfe in five games to win their second crown in three years.

GREAT BRITAIN
The Richmond Flames routed the Bracknell Blazers 10-1 to win the National Baseball League (NBL) title.

ITALY
Cariparma Parma slipped past UGF Bologna in seven games to win their first IBL title since 1997.

LATVIA
R?gas Lauvas swept Riga Diamonds/Latvijas Universit?te in three games to win Latvian crown.

LITHUANIA
Lituanica Kaunas defeated Juodasis Vikingas Vilnius in three games to win their 11th championship.

MOLDOVA
Kvint-SDYSOR Tiraspol captured their first-ever national crown this past season.

NETHERLANDS
DOOR Neptunus fought off the Amsterdam Pirates in six games to win back-to-back Dutch championships.

POLAND
MKS Stal BiS Kutno swept D?by Osielsko in three games to win the Polish title.

SPAIN
Sant Boi toppled FC Barcelona to win their first Spanish Leagurown since 2003.

SWEDEN
The Karlskoga Bats edged Stockholm in five games to claim their first championship since 2007.

SWITZERLAND
Defending champion Therwil Flyers will host the Bern Cardinals this weekend in a winner-take-all Game 5.

UKRAINE
KNTU-Elizavetgrad went 32-4 in 2010 to win their 13th Ukrainian championship in 19 years.

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European Baseball Coaching Clinic December 11-12 in Holland


24th European Baseball Coaching Clinic set for December 11-12 in Holland

Experienced coaches will share their knowledge at the 24th European Baseball Coaching Clinic in Rotterdam, Holland on December 11-12, with 18 sessions on fundamentals of throwing, hitting, pitching, catching, outfield play, situational hitting, teamforming, practice organisation, coaching and coaching third base.

Participants will receive an Official Certificate at the end of the course.

Logistics

Hotel: The clinic will be held in the Novotel Brainpark in Rotterdam, a comfortable and modern hotel situated only 10 minutes from downtown Rotterdam. The price for a shared double room is 46 euros per person per night and 70 euros for a single room. Breakfast buffet is included.

Travel: Participants can travel to Rotterdam by car, train or plane, with Easyjet flying to Rotterdam from different locations in Europe Travelling to Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport is also possible. The train ride from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes 25 minutes and costs 20 euros for the round trip.

Clinic Fee: Registration fee for the clinic is 149 euros, including clinic programme, lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, coffee and tea and a Happy Hour on Saturday evening.

Registration: You can register for the clinic via the official website (www.europeancoachclinic.nl) or by sending an email to harumi.ueda@knbsb.nl. For more information or answers to questions, e-mail: gijs.selderijk@knbsb.nl.

Clinic Leader

JIM JONES has over 45 years of baseball coaching experience at the youth, high school, college, semi-pro and international level. Jim served as assistant coach at Stanford University before becoming Head Coach at the University of Wyoming and then St Mary’s College in California. He is presently retired from teaching and serves as President of International Sports Group Inc. Jim was the European Baseball Coaching Clinic leader in 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and he has helped the development of baseball in the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia and Holland.

Speakers

REGGIE SMITH played for 17 years in the Major Leagues for the Red Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants. During his seven years with Boston Red Sox he hit 149 home runs and drove in 536 runs, both team records for a switch hitter. He hit 314 career home runs, won a Gold Glove as an outfielder, appeared in seven All-Star Games and played in four World Series, winning in 1981. Reggie was voted to the Dodgers’ All-Time Best Team by the fans in 2008. After retiring, Reggie became the Minor League Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers and later became the Dodgers’ hitting instructor and first base coach. Reggie was named the hitting instructor for the United States baseball team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where Team USA won Gold. More recently, Reggie was a Team USA coach for the 2007 Baseball World Cup, the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

ANDY MCKAY begins his 13th year as Head Coach and 18th season overall as a coach at Sacramento Community College. In Andy’s first season as the Panthers’ skipper in 1999, his team were California State Champions and he has won the Bay Valley Conference title five times. Before joining the SCC coaching staff, Andy spent one year as a player/coach at the University of Tampa, where he helped guide the Spartans to the Division II National Championship. Coach McKay spends the majority of his time on the field working with his pitching staff and catchers.

STEVE JANSSEN started his coaching career in Belgium as the Head Coach for the national team. From 2000-2006 he was the pitching coach for DOOR Neptunus in Holland, helping the team win national titles in 2003-2005. From 2002-2005, Steve was the pitching coach for the Dutch national team. In 2006, he was an Honorary Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA team, in 2007 he became Technical Director for the Belgian Baseball Federation and in 2008 he was Head Coach for Sparta/Feyenoord. In 2009, Steve served as Head Coach for DOOR Neptunus as the team won its first title since 2005. Steve won the EBCA Coach of the Year Award and Dutch Coach of the Year Award in 2009 and is now the pitching coach for the Dutch National Team.

CHARLIE URBANUS played 131 games for the Dutch National Team between 1972 and 1986 and as a youth player won the Roel de Mon Award in 1970 and the Ron Fraser Award in 1971. Charlie won club championships in 1979, 1980 and 1986 with Amstel Tijgers. He was Pitcher of the Year in 1973, 1975 and 1980, won the league batting title in 1979 and 1981 and was MVP of the league in 1973 and 1986. As a coach of DOOR Neptunus, Charlie was named Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1993 after championships in both years. In 1993 he won the European Cup II and in 1994 the European Cup I, and from 1989 until 1991 he was the pitching coach for the Dutch National Team. Charlie coached the Dutch Olympic team to a fifth place finish at the Sydney Olympics and in 1997 he was selected for the Dutch Hall of Fame. After coaching Amsterdam Pirates teams for 10 years, he became Head Coach of L&D Amsterdam in 2010.

BRIAN FARLEY played for the St Louis Cardinals as a pitcher at AA level. He also played for teams in both Australia and the Netherlands and in the Netherlands managed Twins Oosterhout and HCAW Bussum. With HCAW, he won the national title in 1998 and the European Cup in 2000 and was honoured as Coach of the Year in 1998. Brian was the pitching coach for the Dutch National Team in 1997 and from 2000-2002 and 2005-2008 and coached the team towards Olympic Games in Sydney and Beijing, World Championships in 2005 and 2007, the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and the Intercontinental Cup that same year. Since 2009, Brian has been a talent coach for the Dutch Federation and field manager for the Dutch Junior Team.

ROBERT EENHOORN is a former player with the Yankees and Angels. He played for the Netherlands in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and in 2000 in Sydney. Robert managed DOOR Neptunus in 1999 and 2001 and was honoured as Coach of the Year in both years. He managed the Netherlands to Gold Medals at the 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 European Championships and was the Team Manager at the Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing. Under his direction, the Dutch team finished fourth in the Baseball World Cup in 2005 in Holland and 2007 in Taiwan and won a Silver Medal at the Intercontinental Cup in 2006 in Taiwan. As of 2009, Robert has been Technical Manager for Dutch national teams.

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Solingen Alligators Clinch North Title


GERMANY – The Solingen Alligators (20-4) captured another North Division title with 12-8 and 15-0 wins over the Cologne Cardinals (7-17) this past weekend. Solingen, a perennial title contender, is looking for its first title since 2006.

Another North heavyweight, the Paderborn Untouchables (18-5), locked up the second seed in the upcoming post-season with 10-6 and 4-3 wins over the Pulheim Gophers (6-18), while the Bonn Capitals (6-17) slipped past the playoff-bound HSV Stealers (11-13) in two nailbiters, 5-4 and 3-2.

In the South Division, the Haar Disciples (8-16) garnered two wins against reigning title-holder Regensburg (21-3) to keep their playoff hopes alive. Haar can clinch a playoff berth if the Heidenheim Heidekopfe (17-5), which topped the Gauting Indians (6-18) twice by the scores of 12-2 and 2-0, sweeps the Mainz Athletics (8-14) next week.

BELGIUM

The Borgerhout Squirrels (6-12) pulled off a surprising 4-1 win over the Namur Angels (14-4) last weekend to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, and moved within one win of the fifth-place Merchtem Cats.

Merchtem (7-11) bagged a 7-4 victory against the Mortsel Stars (5-13) and the Brussels Kangaroos (5-13) outscored the Brasschaat Braves (9-7) in a wild shootout, 14-12.

CZECH REPUBLIC

The MZLU Express (11-11) knocked off Technika Brno (18-5) by the score of 3-2 last Wednesday to climb into a tie with the Ostrava Arrows (10-10) for the third spot in the Czech League.

The Prague Eagles (11-12) captured 10-5 and 9-1 wins against the Liberec Patriots (4-18) on Saturday, while Skokani Olomouc (11-12) routed the Tempo Titans (4-18) twice, 13-1 and 11-4.

FRANCE

The Rouen Huskies (17-3) shutout Clermont-Ferrand (4-17) twice this past weekend, 12-0 and 10-0, to remain atop the standings in the French League. The Huskies are eyeing their sixth national championship over the past seven years.

The second-place Montpellier Barracudas (14-3) extended their winning streak to 10 games with 12-1 and 11-9 victories against the La Guerche Hawks (12-10), while the Savigny Lions (13-9) claimed 16-6 and 13-9 wins over the Montigny Cougars (5-17).

Finally, the Senart Templiers (10-10) dealt STB Toulose (6-12) their fifth and sixth straight loss with a pair of road wins, 7-2 and 6-0.

THE NETHERLANDS

DOOR Neptunus (23-6-1) continued its winning ways in dominant fashion with three shutout victories, 4-0/10-0/11-0, over ADO (4-25-1). The Dutch Major League frontrunner has won 15 straight games and enjoy a 1 1/2 game lead over L&D Amsterdam (22-8).

Sparta/Feyenoord (17-12) climbed back into the playoff picture with a two games to one series win against the fourth-place Konica-Minolta Pioniers (18-11-1). Sparta/Feyenoord dropped the opening game 6-0 before winning the final two encounters, 5-2 and 6-5.

MediaMonks RCH (5-24) notched a pair of wins over Mr. Cocker HCAW (9-20-1) to earn their first series win of the season. RCH lost the first game 10-1 before bouncing back with two wins in a row, 3-2 and 8-3.

SWITZERLAND

The Therwil Flyers (12-4) captured a pair of home wins, 5-1 and 6-1, over the Embrach Rainbows (5-13) this past weekend to move into sole possession of second place. The Bern Cardinals, which claimed their second consecutive European Cup Qualifier tournament title in Austria on Saturday, continue to lead the Swiss League with a 14-1 record.

Both Zurich clubs remained in contention for a post-season berth with sweeps over the league’s lowest ranked squads. The Barracudas (8-6) swept the Reussbühl Eagles (1-17) in a pair of blowout wins (11-1 and 16-1), while the Challengers (10-8) topped the Sissach Frogs (4-12) twice, 20-12 and 8-6.

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European Baseball Title Races


EUROPE – The championship hunt in baseball leagues all across Europe is heating up with a slew of dynasties facing major challenges.

The surprising Namur Angels have established themselves as a serious threat to the Port of Antwerp Greys iron-clad grip on the Belgian crown. And, the Montpellier Barracudas have emerged as a solid contender against French heavyweight Rouen.

Below is a look at how some of the top leagues on the old continent are shaping up so far this season.

BELGIUM

The league-leading Namur Angels (13-2) and their prized American duo – Zachary Potter and Henry Perkins – are the favorites in a heated race with the Hoboken Pioneers (12-4) and the four-time reigning champion Port of Antwerp Greys (formerly the Merksem Royal Greys), which has a 11-5 card.

FRANCE

The Rouen Huskies (13-3) have claimed five of the last six league titles – including four in a row – and is in the driver’s seat again this season. The Montpellier Barracudas (10-3) have won six straight games and boasts one of the league’s best pitching corps, while the surprising La Guerche Hawks (11-7) are on a five-game roll. The Savigny Lions (10-8) have lost five consecutive outings after winning 10 of 13 games to start the season.

GERMANY

Three teams have sewed up playoff berths in the North Division led by the Solingen Alligators (18-2), Paderborn Untouchables (14-5) and the Dortmund Wanderers (13-9). The HSV Stealers (9-11) and the Cologne Cardinals (7-13) will contest for the final spot.

In the South, the defending German champion Regensburg Legionaera (19-1) join the Heidenheim Heideköpfe (14-4) and the Mannheim Tornados (14-8) with post-season dates already booked. However, the final playoff berth will be a battle between the Saarlouis Hornets (7-15), Mainz Athletics (6-14) and the Haar Disciples (6-16).

GREAT BRITAIN

The Herts Falcons (8-4) have moved atop the league standings with a four-game winning streak, but a trio of squads featuring the Bracknell Blazers (5-3), the reigning champion London Mets (6-4), and the Richmond Flames (7-5) all remain in the hunt for the British crown.

NETHERLANDS

Four European heavyweights and an up and coming squad are in contention in the Dutch Major League. DOOR Neptunus (17-6) and the Konica Minolta Pioniers (17-6) are tied for the top spot, while former title-holders L&D Amsterdam (2008) and Corendon Kinheim (2006 and 2007) boast records of 19-8 and 17-10, respectively. Also, Sparta/Feyenoord (14-10) and their ace Rob Cordemans is a team to keep an eye on down the stretch.

SPAIN

Marlins Puerto Cruz (22-0) is closing in on their fifth straight league title in Europe’s only league without a post-season format, and is eyeing an unprecedented unbeaten campaign. But, both F.C. Barcelona (18-4) and Sant Boi (16-6) remain in the hunt for the championship.

SWEDEN

Tranås (6-1) is the early leader in the Swedish League, but annual contenders Sundbyberg (5-2), and Karlskoga (6-3), along with 2008 defending champion Stockholm (6-3), remain the teams to beat once the playoffs gets underway.

SWITZERLAND

The four-time defending Swiss champion Bern Cardinals (14-1) suffered their first setback last weekend but remain the team to beat in the land of banks and chocolate. However, both the Lausanne Indians (11-4) and the Therwil Flyers (10-4) also boast championship-caliber squads.

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Marlins Puerto Cruz Remain Unbeaten


EUROPE – Spanish heavyweight Marlins Puerto Cruz continued their unbeaten streak this past weekend, while the Bern Cardinals suffered their first setback of the season in the Swiss League.

The Marlins improved their record to 22-0 with a pair of wins against El Llano, 4-1 and 10-8, to remain on course for their fifth consecutive league title. However, the four-time defending Swiss champion Bern lost to the Zurich Challengers, 12-6, before salvaging a doubleheader split with an 8-6 win in the second game.

Now, on to last weekend results from the top leagues in Europe.

AUSTRIA

Saturday, June 6th
SUPERFUND Wanderers 10,8 – PapaJoe’s Eglo Tigers 4,5*
MOSQUITO Athletics 12,3 – Union Kufstein Vikings 2,2*
Sunday, June 7th
Vienna Metrostars 15,13 – Dornbirn Indians 12,8*
Schwechat Blue Bats 11,2 – W.N. Diving Ducks 5,3

BELGIUM

Saturday, June 6th
Port of Antwerp Greys 11 – The Merchtem Cats 0
Brasschaat Braves 12 – Mortsel Stars 2
Namur Angels 4 – Hoboken Pioneers 3
Brussels Kangaroos 6 – Borgerhout Squirrels 3
Sunday, June 7th
Hoboken Pioneers 4 – Namur Angels 3
Port of Antwerp Greys 14 – The Merchtem Cats 0
Brasschaat Braves 9 – Mortsel Stars 5
Borgerhout Squirrels 15 – Brussels Kangaroos 5

CZECH REPUBLIC

Thursday, June 4th
Technika Brno 10 – MZLU Express 1
Saturday, June 6th
Draci Brno 10,11 – Tempo Titans 0,0*
Technika Brno 3,16 – Eagles 1,1*
MZLU Express 5,0 – Arrows Ostrava 4,7

FRANCE

Sunday, June 7th
Clermont-Ferrand 8,1 – Montigny Cougars 6,14
Montpellier Barracudas 7,9 – Savigny Lions 6,2*
La Guerche Hawks 5,13 – STB Toulouse 3,3*
Rouen Huskies 13,10 – Senart Templiers 3,2*

GERMANY

Friday, June 5th
Regensburg Legionäre 4 – Mannheim Tornados 1
Saturday, June 6th
Regensburg Legionäre 3 – Mannheim Tornados 0
Paderborn Untouchables 14 – Bonn Capitals 1
Dortmund Wanderers 10,1 – HSV Stealers 2,3
Sunday, June 7th
Pulheim Gophers 12,15 – Cologne Cardinals 5,5*
Haar Diciples 2,3 – Saarlouis Hornets 1,5

ITALY

Thursday, June 4th
Telemarket Rimini 7 – Cariparma Parma 0
T&A San Marino 7 – De Angelis Godo 1
Friday, June 5th
Telemarket Rimini 11 – Cariparma Parma 6
T&A San Marino 12 – De Angelis Godo 5
Montepaschi Grosseto 6 – Reggio Emilia 4
Fortitudo Bologna 4 – Danesi Nettuno 2
Saturday, June 6th
Cariparma Parma 6 – Telemarket Rimini 5
T&A San Marino 17 – De Angelis Godo 7
Fortitudo Bologna 5,5 – Danesi Nettuno 4,6
Montepaschi Grosseto 9,7 – Reggio Emilia 6,4*

NETHERLANDS

Thursday, June 4th
Corendon Kinheim 4 – L&D Amsterdam 3
Saturday, June 6th
DOOR Neptunus 3 – ADO 0
Corendon Kinheim 9 – L&D Amsterdam 4
Mr.Cocker HCAW 2 – MediaMonks RCH 1
Konica Minolta Pioniers 4 – Sparta/Feyenoord 1
Sunday, June 7th
Sparta/Feyenoord 5 – L&D Amsterdam 2
MediaMonks RCH 7 – Corendon Kinheim 4
DOOR Neptunus 4 – Mr.Cocker HCAW 2
Konica Minolta Pioniers 11 – ADO 0

SPAIN

Saturday, June 6th
Marlins Puerto Cruz 4,10 – El Llano 1,8*
Viladecans 7 – Baseball Navarra 5
F.C. Barcelona 2 – San Inazio 0
Sunday, June 7th
Baseball Navarra 9 – Viladecans 3
F.C. Barcelona 5 – San Inazio 2
Sant Boi 10,10 – Astros 0,1*
Pamplona 2,3 – Vigo 1,4

SWEDEN

Saturday, June 6th
Leksand 6,9 – Göteborg 3,6*
Rättvik 8,5 – Gefle 2,2*
Tranås 6,1 – Stockholm 3,7
Sunday, June 7th
Sundbyberg 8,4 – Karlskoga 7,5

SWITZERLAND

Saturday, June 6th
Zürich Challengers 12,6 – Bern Cardinals 7,8
Sunday, June 7th
Therwil Flyers 8,3 – Embrach Rainbows 1,0*
Lausanne Indians 15,14 – Reussbühl Eagles 11,4*

(* Indicates Doubleheader Sweep)

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European Baseball Races Taking Shape


EUROPE – The championship races in the European Leagues are shaping up at the midway point of the 2009 season. The L&D Amsterdam Pirates continue to pace the Dutch Major League, while both the Telemarket Rimini Pirates and Fortitudo Bologna share the top spot in the Italian Baseball League.

Marlins Puerto Cruz remains unbeaten in the Spanish League as the Tenerife-based powerhouse moves closer to capturing their fifth consecutive league title. In Switzerland, the Bern Cardinals remained on track to win an unprecedented fifth Swiss NLA crown.

Now, let’s take a look at last weekend’s scores across the old continent.

AUSTRIA

Thursday, May 21st
Vienna Metrostars 14,4 – W.Neustadt Diving Ducks 4,3*
Saturday, May 23rd
Schwechat Blue Bats 16,6 – Dornbirn Indians 5,4*
Sunday, May 24th
MOSQUITO Athletics 2,7 – SUPERFUND Wanderers 1,8
Union Kufstein Vikings 5,3 – PapaJoe’s Eglo Tigers 1,7

CZECH REPUBLIC

Saturday, May 23
Draci Brno 11,7 – Liberec Patriots 1,6*
Technika Brno 13,9 – Skokani Olomouc 1,6*
MZLU Express 3,7 – Tempo Titans 1,2*
Ostrava Arrows 7,4 – Krc Eagles 2,0*

GERMANY

Thursday, May 21st
Paderborn Untouchables 14,5 – Pulheim Gophers 2,3*
Dortmund Wanderers 7,0 – Solingen Alligators 6,11
Mannheim Tornados 14,13 – Mainz Athletics 3,3*
Friday, May 22nd
Regensburg Legionäre 7 – Saarlouis Hornets 6
Saturday, May 23rd
Regensburg Legionäre 5 – Saarlouis Hornets 0
Sunday, May 24th
Paderborn Untouchables 22,1 – Cologne Cardinals 5-4
Solingen Alligators 11,3 – Bonn Capitals 1,2*
HSV Stealers 11,6 – Pulheim Gophers 8,3*
Mannheim Tornados 10,2 – Gauting Indians 6,4
Haar Diciples 18,6 – Mainz Athletics 3,3*

ITALY

Thursday, May 21st
Telemarket Rimini 4 – Fortitudo Bologna 2
Cariparma Parma 5 – De Angelis Godo 0
Friday, May 22nd
De Angelis Godo 3 – Cariparma Parma 2
T&A San Marino 4 – Montepaschi Grosseto 1
Fortitudo Bologna 10 – Telemarket Rimini 3
Reggio Emilia 6 – Danesi Nettuno 5
Saturday, May 23rd
Montepaschi Grosseto 4,2 – T&A San Marino 3,5
Danesi Nettuno 10,5 – Reggio Emilia 4,1*
Fortitudo Bologna 4 – Telemarket Rimini 3
Cariparma Parma 23 – De Angelis Godo 11

THE NETHERLANDS

Thursday, May 21st
L&D Amsterdam 7 – Mr.Cocker HCAW 5
DOOR Neptunus 13 – MediaMonks RCH 5
Corendon Kinheim 4 – Konica Minolta Pioniers 2
Sparta/Feyenoord 11 – ADO 1
Saturday, May 23rd
DOOR Neptunus 14 – MediaMonks RCH 0
Corendon Kinheim 13 – Konica Minolta Pioniers 3
Mr.Cocker HCAW 3 – L&D Amsterdam 2
Sparta/Feyenoord 3 – ADO 0
Sunday, May 24th
L&D Amsterdam 7 – Mr.Cocker HCAW 2
Konica Minolta Pioniers 7 – Corendon Kinheim 1
DOOR Neptunus 6 – MediaMonks RCH 1
Sparta/Feyenoord 3 – ADO 2

SPAIN

Saturday, May 23rd
F.C. Barcelona 9 – El Llano 0
F.C. Barcelona 6 – Baseball Navarra 2
Sunday, May 24
C.B. Viladecans 17 – Valencia Astros 4

SWITZERLAND

Saturday, May 23rd
Zürich Barracudas 3,5 – Sissach Frogs 14,1
Lausanne Indians 9,13 – Zürich Challengers 3,5*
Sunday, May 24th
Bern Cardinals 6,9 – Embrach Rainbows 3,5*
Therwil Flyers 18,18 – 0,2*

* Indicates Doubleheader Sweep

Photo courtesy of Therwil Flyers

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Major Surprises In European Baseball Leagues


EUROPE – The Montpellier Barracudas made a huge statement last weekend in France with a sweep over reigning league champion Rouen. The Huskies, one of Europe’s most consistent teams during the 1990s, rarely drop both ends of a doubleheader.

In the Netherlands, MediaMonks RCH proved how competitive the Dutch Major League is – and finally got into the win column – with a victory over the L&D Amsterdam Pirates. In the Swiss League, the Lausanne Indians surprised the Therwil Flyers twice and solidified their status as a major contender for the NLA championship.

Now, let’s take a look at last weekend’s European baseball results.

AUSTRIA

Saturday, May 16th
SUPERFUND Wanderers 4,10 – W.N. Diving Ducks 2,9*
PapaJoe’s Eglo Tigers 18,10 – Schwechat Blue Bats 6,9*
Sunday, May 17th
Union Kufstein Vikings 22,26 – Dornbirn Indians 4,13*

BELGIUM

Saturday, May 16th
Namur Angels 15 – Brussels Kangaroos 2
Hoboken Pioneers 6 – The Merchtem Cats 0
Port of Antwerp Greys 7 – Brasschaat Braves 6
Mortsel Stars 10 – Borgerhout Squirrels 7
Sunday, May 17th
Namur Angels 13 – Brussels Kangaroos 5
Hoboken Pioneers 10 – The Merchtem Cats 0
Port of Antwerp Greys 8 – Brasschaat Braves 3
Borgerhout Squirrels 10 – Mortsel Stars 7

CZECH REPUBLIC

Saturday, May 16th
Draci Brno 3,20 – Praha Eagles 1,2*
Technika 15,8 – Tempo Titans 1,4*
MZLU Express 11,2 – Skokani Olomouc 6,9
Liberec Patriots 3,1 – Arrows Ostrava 1,8

FRANCE

Sunday, May 17th
Montpellier Barracudas 5,8 – Rouen Huskies 4,*
Savigny Lions 7,1 – La Guerche Hawks 4,2
Senart Templiers 21,19 – Montigny Cougars 11,2*
STB Toulouse 8,3 – Clermont-Ferrand Arvernes 4,1

GERMANY

Saturday, May 16th
Solingen Alligators 9,17 – HSV Stealers 2,2*
Bonn Capitals 5,0 – Cologne Cardinals 4,7
Dortmund Wanderers 7,4 – Pulheim Gophers 2,2
Sunday, May 17th
Heidenheim Heideköpfe 2,13 – Haar Disciples 1,3*
Mannheim Tornados 17,3 – Saarlouis Hornets 2,2*
Gauting Indians 7,1 – Mainz Athletics 4,5

ITALY

Thursday, May 14th
Telemarket Rimini 8 – De Angelis Godo 1
Cariparma Parma 8 – Reggio Emilia 1
Friday, May 15th
Telemarket Rimini 15 – De Angelis Godo 3
Cariparma Parma 3 – Reggio Emilia 1
Fortitudo Bologna 2 – Montepaschi Grosseto 0
T&A San Marino 5 – Danesi Nettuno 2
Saturday, May 16th
Telemarket Rimini 8 – De Angelis Godo 0
Cariparma Parma 11 – Reggio Emilia 10
Fortitudo Bologna 11,11 – Montepaschi Grosseto 1,6*
Danesi Nettuno 8,5 – T&A San Marino 1,1*

NETHERLANDS

Thursday, May 14th
L&D Amsterdam 10 – MediaMonks RCH 0
Konica Minolta Pioniers 11 – Mr.Cocker HCAW 1
Sparta/Feyenoord 1 – DOOR Neptunus 0
Corendon Kinheim 4 – ADO 1
Saturday, May 16th
L&D Amsterdam 6 – MediaMonks RCH 0
Mr.Cocker HCAW 8 – Konica Minolta Pioniers 3
Sparta/Feyenoord 7 – DOOR Neptunus 4
Corendon Kinheim 3 – ADO 2
Sunday, May 17th
MediaMonks RCH 9 – L&D Amsterdam 1
DOOR Neptunus 11 – Sparta/Feyenoord 1
Corendon Kinheim 14 – ADO 6

SPAIN

Saturday, May 16th
Sant Boi 7 – FC Barcelona 3
Marlins 5,8 – Viladecans 2,4*
Pamplona 16,10 – Astros 6,3*
Sunday, May 17th
FC Barcelona 8 – Sant Boi 3

SWITZERLAND

Saturday, May 16th
Zürich Barracudas 7,4 – 1,2*
Bern Cardinals 18,10 – Sissach Frogs 8,1*
Sunday, May 17th
Lausanne Indians 9,5 – Therwil Flyers 6,4*
Zürich Challengers 23,20 – Reussbühl Eagles 2,0*

Photo courtesy of therwil-flyers.ch

* Indicates Doubleheader Sweep

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European Scoreboard: Bern Cardinals Win Again


EUROPE – The defending champions from Spain, Germany and Switzerland all kept their records unblemished with victories over the weekend.

Marlins Puerto Cruz, which are eyeing their fifth consecutive Spanish League crown, fought off Sant Boi 3-2 in the second part of a twinbill to earn the sweep and extend their season-opening winning streak to 12 games.

Coach Martin Helmig’s Regensbug Legionaere turned back the Haar Disciples twice to claim their 14th straight victory, while Coach John Baum’s Bern Cardinals clipped the Reussbühl Eagles to improve their card to 9-0 in their quest to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive Swiss title.

Now, on to this week’s results all across Europe.

AUSTRIA

Saturday, May 9th
PapaJoe’s Eglo Tigers 13,4 MOSQUITO Athletics 5,10
Dornbirn Indians 12,5 Wiener Neustadt Diving Ducks 9,8
Sunday, May 10th
Schwechat Blue Bats 9,6 Vienna Metrostars 8,3*
SUPERFUND Wanderers 4,3 Union Kufstein Vikings 0,4

BELGIUM

Saturday, May 9th
Namur Angels 4, Brasschaat Braves 1
Hoboken Pioneers 9, Borgerhout Squirrels 1
Port of Antwerp Greys 8, Mortsel Stars 4
Merchtem Cats 8, Brussels Kangaroos 4
Sunday, May 10th
Namur Angels 9, Brasschaat Braves 2
Hoboken Pioneers 14, Borgerhout Squirrels 4
Port of Antwerp Greys 14, Mortsel Stars 13
Merchtem Cats 8, Brussels Kangaroos 2

CZECH REPUBLIC

Saturday, May 9th
Draci Brno 8, MZLU Express 2
Technika Brno 12,8 Arrows Ostrava 6,3*
Skokani Olomouc 17,12 Tempo Titans 8,22
Eagles Praha 7,1 Patriots Liberec 6,4

FRANCE

Sunday, May 10th
Rouen Huskies 5,13 La Guerche Hawks 2,10*
Senart Templiers 28,6 Clermont-Ferrand Arvernes 2,5*
Montpellier Barracudas 8,7 Montigny Cougars 5,5*
Savigny Lions 9,9 STB Toulouse 5,2*

GERMANY

Friday, May 8th
Buchbinder Legionäre 0, Haar Disciples 0
Saturday, May 9th
HSV Stealers 6,6 Bonn Capitals 4,3*
Solingen Alligators 20,3 Dortmund Wanderers 5,1*
Mannheim Tornados 8,11 Mainz Athletics 2,5*
Buchbinder Legionäre 8, Haar Disciples 0
Sunday, May 10th
Heidenheim Heideköpfe 14,9 Gauting Indians 5,2*

ITALY

Thursday, May 7th
Danesi Nettuno 3, Montepaschi Grosseto 1
Cariparma Parma 4, T&A San Marino 3
Fortitudo Bologna 5, De Angelis Godo 0
Friday, May 8th
Danesi Nettuno 5, Montepaschi Grosseto 1
Fortitudo Bologna 10, De Angelis Godo 2
T&A San Marino 5, Cariparma Parma 1
Telemarket Rimini 13, Reggio Emilia 1
Saturday, May 9th
Danesi Nettuno 3, Montepaschi Grosseto 1
Fortitudo Bologna 7, De Angelis Godo 5
Cariparma Parma 8, T&A San Marino 4
Telemarket Rimini 8,5 Reggio Emilia 2,6

NETHERLANDS

Thursday, May 7th
L&D Amsterdam 9, DOOR Neptunus 6
Konica Minolta Pioniers 14, MediaMonks RCH 0
Mr.Cocker HCAW 4, ADO 4
Sparta/Feyenoord 3, Corendon Kinheim 2
Saturday, May 9th
L&D Amsterdam 4, DOOR Neptunus 2
Konica Minolta Pioniers 6, MediaMonks RCH 5
Corendon Kinheim 6, Sparta/Feyenoord 0
Mr.Cocker HCAW 3, ADO 1
Sunday, May 10th
L&D Amsterdam 5, DOOR Neptunus 4
Konica Minolta Pioniers 6, MediaMonks RCH 5
Corendon Kinheim 1, Sparta/Feyenoord 0
ADO 9, Mr.Cocker HCAW 2

SPAIN

Saturday, May 9th
Marlins Puerto Cruz 13, Sant Boi 7
FC Barcelona 10, Vigo Halcones 0
El Llano 2, C.B. Viladecans 1
Baseball Navarra 8, Valencia Astros 4
Sunday, May 10th
Marlins Puerto Cruz 3, Sant Boi 2
FC Barcelona 4, Vigo Halcones 0
El Llano 3, C.B. Viladecans 2
Baseball Navarra 8, Valencia Astros 2

SWITZERLAND

Saturday, May 9th
Lausanne Indians 7,3 Therwil Flyers 6,15
Sunday, May 10th
Reussbühl Eagles 3,4 Bern Cardinals 6,11*
Zürich Challengers 11,3 Zürich Barracudas 14,6
Sissach Frogs 4,1 Embrach Rainbows 10,9*

* Indicates Doubleheader Sweep

Photo courtesy of the Solingen Alligators


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