NETHERLANDS – Day 2 has come and gone at the European Championships hosted by the Netherlands. Day 2 saw a few more blowouts, as Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands won big.
Spain 10, Russia 1
Spain got a great start from Ricardo Hernandez picking up the win. Hernandez went 7 innings giving up only 1 run on 3 hits. He threw only 75 pitches in 7 innings.
Spain pounded out 20 hits in the rout. Francisco Figueroa had a big day at the plate for Spain going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles. Daniel Martinez doubled twice, drove in 3 runs, and scored another. Franklin Tavarez chipped in with 3 hits and a RBI, and Nestor Perez drove in 2 runs on 3 hits as well.
Yury Bakalets was the only Russian hitter with more than 1 hit going 2-for-3. Niko Chermoshentsev took the loss lasting only 4.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 11 hits.
Belgium 2, Germany 10
Germany rode the arm of starter Andre Hughes to victory as he went 7 innings allowing just 1 run on 10 hits. Robbe De Jongh took the loss for Belgium starting and going 7.1 innings allowing 8 runs on 13 hits.
Offensively Germany was led by Maximilian Kepler who homered for the second straight day going 3-for-5 and driving in a pair of runs. Max Boldt had a nice day as well going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a RBI. Christopher Howard drove in 3 runs including a pair on a 2-run double as Germany pounded out 16 hits.
Stijn Janssens drove in both runs for Beligum with a pair of hits going 2-for-4. Benjamin Dille, Thomas de Wolf, and Lorenzo Oeyen all had 2 hits for Belgium in the loss.
Croatia 2, Greece 7
Greece found the win column in their 2nd game against Croatia. Greece jumped out to a 6-0 lead scoring 6 in the 3rd inning and held on for the victory.
Piter Tountas doubled twice driving in a run and scoring another. Iason Zachos picked up a pair of hits along with a RBI as it was a team effort for Greece as 7 different batters drove in a run.
On the hill, Panagiotis Sykaras pitched well for Greece picking up the win tossing 6 innings allowing 2 runs (0 ER) on 5 hits.
Mathew Susac took the loss starting and going 3 innings allowing 6 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits. Michel Curic drove in a run going 2-for-4 for Croatia. Filip Berecka added a pair of hits as well in the loss.
France 0, Netherlands 15 (5)
The Netherlands ran all over France on Day 2 of the tournament winning big. The Netherlands pounded out 11 hits and worked 5 walks en route to 15 runs.
Michael Duursma drove in 3 runs and scored 3 runs going 2-for-2. Hainley Statia doubled twice, drove in 2 runs, and finished the day 2-for-4, while Nick Urbanus (2-for-3/2 RBI) and Danny Rombley (2-for-2/RBI) both scored 3 runs.
On the mound, the Netherlands got a great start out of Robbie Cordemans who pitched a complete game shutout allowing only 4 hits and striking out 8.
Quentin Pourcel started and lasted only 0.2 innings giving up 6 runs (4 ER) on 2 hits and 3 walks.
Czech Republic 1, Great Britain 6
Great Britain looking to get back onto the medal stand picked up a win to improve to 1-1 so far. Great Britain used a steady attack scoring a single run in 6 different innings to pick up the win.
Gregory Hendrix picked up the win tossing a complete game 5-hitter allowing just the 1 run and striking out 8.
Five different batters drove in a run as Aaron Hornostaj led the way offensively picking up 3 hits including a triple, a RBI, and 2 runs scored. Matthew Roxburgh, Matthew McGraw, Michael Johnson, and Richard Klijn all picked up 2 hits for Great Britain in the win.
Marek Cervenka took the loss for the Czech Republic pitching 5 innings allowing 3 runs (2 ER) on 7 hits.
Sweden 1, Italy 8
Italy jumped out to a 4-1 lead with a 4-run second inning and they never looked back picking up their 2nd straight win.
Luca Panerati picked up the win pitching 6 strong innings allowing only 1 run (0 ER) on 2 hits. Nicklas Melin took the loss lasting only 3.1 innings giving up 5 runs on 4 hits.
Juan Carlos Infante blasted a 3-run home run to cap the 4-run 2nd inning for Italy. Christopher Colabello and Tyler Latorre both picked up 2 hits in the win.