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European Championship: Italy Routs Greece


GERMANY – Giuseppe Mazzanti hit two of Italy’s four home runs and Tiago Da Silva worked five solid innings to help Italy pound Greece 13-1 on Saturday at the 2010 European Baseball Championship at Heidekoepfe Ballpark in Heidenheim. With the win, the Pool B favorites moved into sole possession of first place with a 2-0 record.

Mazzanti (pictured), who was drilled by an inside pitch in the first, retaliated with a grand slam in the third. The 2008 Italian Baseball League (IBL) batting champion added a solo blast in the seventh to finish the contest with five RBIs.

Greece tagged Da Silva with a quick score in the opening frame when Nicholas Theodorou stroked a leadoff single, stole second and later crossed the plate on a wild pitch. However, the Azzurri dominated the rest of the match.

Laidel Chapelli stretched the Italian squad lead to 6-1 with a two-run blast in the fifth. The 38-year-old finished ninth in the IBL batting race this season with a .322 average, but failed to hit a long ball in 149 at-bats.

Italy torched Greek reliever Christofor Rompinson to put the game away with a six-run sixth. The veteran right-hander sandwiched a flyout and a double between a pair of walks, and then uncorked a wild pitch to force in a run. Another walk followed by another wild pitch plated the second run of the frame, and Jack Santora jacked a 2-0 pitch from the struggling hurler over the right field fence for a grand slam.

Da Silva (1-0) allowed just two hits with one walk and five strikeouts to earn the win in a nifty 70-pitch outing. Carlos Pezzullo retired all six batters he faced to seal the lopsided win.

SPAIN 7, CROATIA 6
Yoel Hernandez (1-0) scattered three hits over seven innings and Willian Domero had three hits as Spain rebounded from a tournament-openng loss to Italy with a victory against Croatia.

Domero highlighted a two-run second with an RBI single, and opened the fourth with a leadoff double to spark a three-run rally.

Daniel Martinez smacked a solo homer in the sixth before Croatia got on the board an inning later on an RBI groundout by Ivan Racic.

Emannuel Febles (pictured, right) stretched the Spanish lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the seventh, but Croatia made things interesting with a five-run ninth featuring a pair of two-run singles by Filip Berecka and Bobo Gales. But with the tying run 90 feet away, Jose Estebin Cruz replaced Ruben Fente on the mound and retired Marin Farkas on a groundout to end the game.

SWEDEN 4, GREAT BRITAIN 1
Joakim Claesson worked eight-plus effective innings and Sweden turned five double plays to capture their first win of the tournament against Great Britain. The Stockholm staff ace, who has posted a 5-0 record this season for the two-time reigning Swedish champion, allowed nine hits and four walks in a blue-collar like effort.

British starter Brian Essery (0-1) balked in Magnus Pilegard in the second, and Sweden pushed the lead to 3-0 the next frame on singles by Rickard Reimer and Kris Sjoeberg.

Claesson (1-0) ran out of gas in the ninth and forced in a run with a walk after loading the sacks with a trio of free passes. However, burly right-handed reliever Kent Karlsson induced a groundout from Richard Klijn to seal the win.

GROUP B SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Friday, July 23
Great Britain 10, Croatia 1
Greece 12, Sweden 9
Italy 9, Spain 1

Saturday, July 24
Spain 7, Croatia 6
Sweden 4, Great Britain 1
Italy 13, Greece 1

Sunday, July 25
Great Britain (1-1) vs Italy (2-0)
Sweden (1-1) vs Croatia (0-2)
Spain (1-1) vs Greece (1-1)

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European Championship: Italy Spanks Spain


GERMANY – Mario Chiarini drove in five RBIs with a pair of home runs to help Italy beat Spain 9-1 Friday afternoon in a 2010 European Baseball Championship matchup at TVC Stadium in Stuttgart. The Pool B favorites opened the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) tournament with 16 hits, including five extra-base hits.

Chiarini (pictured), who hit a disappointing .228 for Rimini during the Italian Baseball League regular season with five homers in 167 at-bats, went 4-for-5 and scored three runs in a dominant offensive showing. Laidel Chapelli and Tony Granato added three hits apiece for an Italian national team that consists of players solely from Italy’s professional league.

Italy chased Spanish starter Manuel Olivera (0-1) with a four-run opening frame. Chiarini followed a one-out single by Granato with a two-run homer to deep center, and Chapelli doubled home Giuseppe Mazzanti with two outs. Stefano capped the early fireworks with an RBI seeing-eye single through the right side.

Granato and Chiarini started the second with a single and double, respectively, to spark another rally for the Azzurri. Jairo Ramos Gizzi stretched the lead to 5-0 with a base hit, and Chapelli banged home his second run of the game with a single to shallow left center that loaded the sacks with just one out. But F.C. Barcelona ace Pedro Belmonte, who went 10-1 for the Spanish League runner-up this year, induced back-to-back flyouts to squash the rally.

Coach Marco Mazzieri’s squad put the game out of reach in the third when Chiarini launched a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right center to push the lead to 9-0. Spain added a run in the fifth off Italian starter Chris Cooper (1-0), who worked six innings of one-run ball with seven hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

Justin Cicatello and Marco Grifantini combined to punch out five hitters over three perfect relief innings to seal the win.

GREAT BRITAIN 10, CROATIA 1
Alexander Smith worked seven strong innings and Michael Johnson drove in four runs to help Great Britain pound Croatia. Johnson highlighted a six-run first with a two-run double, and added RBIs in the second and fourth. Evan Romanchuk went 3-for-5 with a double and solo homer, while Richard Klijn had three hits. Smith (1-0) allowed one run on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts to garner the win. Relievers Stephen Spragg and Jeffrey Mottl both worked a scoreless frame.

GREECE 12, SWEDEN 9
James Demetral collected four hits and bullpen mates Constan Kapothanasis and Max Warren scattered one run over four-plus innings to lead Greece past Sweden. Warren, who tallied the final six outs to earn the save, also contributed three hits and a pair of RBIs. Peter Maestrales clubbed a three-run homer in a key five-run sixth. Adam Sorgi went 4-for-5 with an RBI, and both Kristoffer Sjoberg and Peter Johannessen homered for the Swedish squad.
Kapothanasis (1-0) allowed four hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 frames.

Friday, July 23
Great Britain 10, Croatia 1
Greece 12, Sweden 9
Italy 9, Spain 1

Saturday, July 24
Spain (0-1) vs. Croatia (0-1)
Great Britain (1-0) vs. Sweden (0-1)
Greece (0-1) vs. Italy (1-0)

Photo courtesy of Ezio Ratti/FIBS

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Germany Wins European Championship Opener


GERMANY – Martin Dewald cruised through five innings, Simon Guehring drove in three runs with four hits and Germany beat Ukraine 10-0 on Friday night in front of 700 fans in a Pool A matchup at the 2010 European Baseball Championship in Stuttgart.

Dewald (1-0) allowed two hits and a walk while striking out eight on a soggy evening at TVC Stadium. The right-hander, who struck out the side in both the third and fourth frames, threw 64 pitches while sitting down 12 of the first 13 batters he faced.

Georgia State skipper Greg Frady (pictured) and his German squad raced out to a rapid-fire 3-0 lead against Ukraine starter Anatolliy Korolev, who hit leadoff man Sascha Lutz with a full count pitch to ignite the rally. Dominik Wulf and Ludwig Glaser smashed back-to-back RBI doubles, and Guehring followed with a two-run drive.

Lutz, whose younger brother Donald plays in the Reds farm system, singled home a run in the fourth before collecting his second RBI of the game two innings later with a fielder’s choice.

Germany plated a pair of scores on a run-scoring double by Klaus Hopfensperger and an error in the seventh, and Guehring poked a two-base hit to the gap in left center to drive in Glaser in a two-run eighth.

Dominik Hartinger retired all six batters he faced with three strikeouts before giving way to Moritz Sckaer, who fanned two and issued a pair of walks in a 28-pitch inning to end the game after eight frames due to the 10-run rule.

Friday, July 23
Germany 10, Ukraine 0
France vs. Belgium (Ppd.)
Czech Republic vs. Netherlands (Ppd.)

Saturday, July 24
Belgium (0-0) vs. Ukraine (0-1)
Netherlands (0-0) vs. France (0-0)
Germany (1-0) vs. Czech Republic (0-0)

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Dutch Favored At European Championship


GERMANY – The 2010 European Baseball Championship will get underway today in Germany when Great Britain opposes Croatia in a Pool B matchup in Stuttgart. The 12-team Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) tournament, which takes place from July 23 to August 1, will also be played in the southwestern German cities of Heidenheim and Neuenburg.

The Netherlands, which have captured the gold at the last five tournaments, headline a parity-laden group of Pool A squads eyeing a semifinal berth. Germany appears primed to make some noise on its home soil, while France, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Belgium should battle for the final medal round spot.

Italy and Spain are the favorites in an uninspiring Pool B, with Great Britain, Sweden, Croatia and Greece looking for a magical tournament run.

THE FAVORITE
The Dutch possess a pitching rotation that is second to none in Europe, and a lineup of battled-tested hitters. While any team is vulnerable in a single game matchup, no other squad besides Italy boast enough pitching to pose a serious threat to the five-time reigning European champion.

THE CONTENDER
The debacle in 2007 has been forgotten and the Italians have assembled a well-balanced squad that should reclaim its place among the elite national teams on the old continent.

DARKHORSE TEAMS
Both Germany and Spain will be looking to take the next step and contend for a berth in the Gold medal game on August 1. However, success or failure for these pair of would-be elite teams will be their ability to score early runs and avoid the upset bug.

CINDERELLA SQUADS
The Czech Republic and France each have enough talent to advance to the final round. The Czech squad is the best bet to not only advance, but could also make a splash against the darkhorse teams as well.

BEST OF THE REST
Great Britain arrives at the tourney with an unknown mix of global players, but could spice up a less than stellar Pool B lineup. Belgium has a staff ace in Terence Antonacci that could cause major problems for Germany or the Czech Republic. Ukraine, Sweden, Croatia and Greece will be looking to gain valuable experience for the future.

FRIDAY, JULY 23

Pool A
France vs. Belgium
Czech Republic vs. Netherlands
Ukraine vs. Germany

Pool B
Croatia vs. Great Britain
Sweden vs. Greece
Italy vs. Spain

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German European Championship Squad


GERMANY – American coach Greg Frady and the German Baseball and Softball Federation have announced a 25-man roster for the 2010 European Championship to be held in the German cities of Heidenheim, Neuenburg and Stuttgart from July 23 to August 1. Frady and his staff will pare down the roster to 24 after a one week training camp from July 12-18.

Telemarket Rimini left-hander Enorbel Marquez Ramirez (pictured) will once again headline the pitching rotation for the Germans. The Cuban-born southpaw, who along with Mannheim Tornados outfielder Sascha Lutz was named to the 2007 European Championship All-Star squad, tossed seven scoreless innings Friday night in a 3-0 win over UGF Bologna to improve to 9-2 in his maiden season in the Italian Baseball League.

Frady, who has compiled a 132-100-1 record in four seasons at Georgia State University, guided Germany to a fourth-place finish at the competition three years ago. The Netherlands captured their fifth consecutive tournament crown at the 2007 event, and has collected a record-setting 20 European Championship titles.

The 2010 German national team is listed below:

CATCHERS
Simon Guehring (Heidenheim Heidekoepfe); Chris Howard (Buchbinder Legionaere)

INFIELDERS
Max Boldt (Mainz Athletics); Ludwig Glaser (Buchbinder Legionaere); Philipp Howard (Buchbinder Legionaere); Nils Hartkopf (Solingen Alligators); Dominik Wulf (Solingen Alligators); Edward Martinez (Saarlouis Hornets); Jendrick Speer (Paderborn Untouchables)

OUTFIELDERS
Cedric Bassel (Buchbinder Legionaere); Rodney Gessmann (Buchbinder Legionaere); Klaus Hopfensperger (Buchbinder Legionaere); Robert Gruber (Heidenheim Heidekoepfe); Sascha Lutz (Mannheim Tornados); Julius Uelschen (Paderborn Untouchables)

PITCHERS
Martin Almstetter (Heidenheim Heidekoepfe); Markus Winkler (Heidenheim Heidekoepfe); Martin Dewald (Heidenheim Heidekoepfe); Dominik Hartinger (Gauting Indians); Tim Henkenjohann (Bonn Capitals); Philipp Hoffschild (Buchbinder Legionaere); Andre Hughes (Solingen Alligators); Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez (Telemarket Rimini); Moritz Sckaer (Cologne Cardinals); Eugen Heilmann (Paderborn Untouchables)

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Czech Set European Championship Team


CZECH REPUBLIC – The Czech Baseball Association (CBA) has announced a 22-man roster for the 2010 European Baseball Championship which will be held in the German cities of Heidenheim, Neuenburg and Stuttgart from July 23 to August 1. The squad will be coached by AVG Draci Brno skipper Arnost Nesnal.

The Czech national team will prepare for the European Championship by competing at the Prague Baseball Week from July 13 to 17 on their home soil. Other participants slated for the tournament includes the national teams from Austria, Croatia, Israel, Russia, the Czech junior national team, as well as a team from the United States.

2010 CZECH REPUBLIC NATIONAL TEAM:

CATCHERS:
Petr Cech (Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg), Jakub Vojak (Saarlouis Hornets) and Radim Chroust (AVG Draci Brno).

INFIELDERS:
Pavel Budsky (AVG Draci Brno), Jakub Sladek (Kotlarka Prague), Jakub Hajtmar (AVG Draci Brno), Martin Schneider (AVG Draci Brno), Jan Drabek (Eagles Prague), Tomas Polansky (AVG Draci Brno) and Petr Baroch (Kotlarka Prague).

OUTFIELDERS:
Jakub Malik (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Ales Navratil (Arrows Ostrava), Michal Ondracek (AVG Draci Brno), Karel Hrusovsky (AVG Draci Brno) andMartin Vesely (AVG Draci Brno).

PITCHERS:
Boris Bokaj (Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg), Marian Gajdos (Kotlarka Prague), Jan Homolka (Eagles Prague), Vojtech Jelinek (AVG Draci Brno), Leos Kubat (MZLU Express Brno), Petr Minarik (AVG Draci Brno, pictured), Jan Rehacek (Minnesota Twins) and Radim Chroust (AVG Draci Brno).

COACHES:
Arnost Nesnal (Manager), Radek Prochazka (Assistant Coach), Jan Rubes (Assistant Coach), Greg McCarthy (Assistant Coach), Premysl Zak (Trainer) and Martin Mohyla (Doctor).

Photo courtesy of AVG Draci Brno

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Britain Set European Championship Roster


GREAT BRITAIN – The British Baseball Federation (BBF) has announced a preliminary 40-man roster for the 2010 European Baseball Championship. The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) tournament, which is the main competition for national baseball teams in Europe, begins on July 23 in the German cities of Heidenheim, Neuenburg and Stuttgart.

Great Britain, which will be managed by American Pat Doyle, reside in Pool B with Italy, Spain, Sweden, Croatia and Greece. Doyle and GB general manager Jason Greenberg must trim the roster to 24 prior to the start of the tournament.

2010 GREAT BRITAIN NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER (PRELIMINARY):

Drew Bignall, Thomas Boleska, Michael Clarke, Brook Coatsworth, Henry Collins, Jonathon Cramman (pictured), Brendan Cunliffe, Brian Essery, Mitch Evans, Chris Falls, Theodore Gieschen, Aaron Hornostaj, Samuel Jew, Michael Johnson, Richard Klijn, Spencer Kreisberg, George Lintern, William Lintern, Ethan Mack, Matthew Maitland, Bradley Marcelino, Matthew McGraw, Aeden McQueary-Ennis, Jeffrey Mottl, Christopher Mowday, David Rees, Michael Renery, Evan Romanchuk, Euan Shields, Alexander Smith, Stephen Spragg, Ryan Stewart, David Synnott, Michael Trask, Ryan Trask, Paul Waterman, Sam Whitehead, Sam Wiley, Callum Woods and Ian Young.

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2010 European Baseball Championship Schedule


GERMANY – The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) recently approved the tournament schedule for the 2010 European Championship. The main competition for European national teams will take place from July 23 to August 1 in three German cities (Stuttgart, Heidenheim and Neuenburg).

The Netherlands, who will be the favorites to win the tournament gold, are grouped with the Czech Republic, France, Ukraine, Germany and Belgium.

Italy and Spain are the top bets in the other group and will clash on the opening day of the tourney. Other teams in this group includes Greece, Great Britain, Sweden and Croatia.

Tournament games will be played at Stuttgart Ballpark (cap. 5,000), Heidekoepfe Ballpark (cap. 3,000) in Heidenheim, and the Atomics Baseball Park (cap. 1,000) in Neuenburg.

2010 European Championship Schedule:

JULY 23
Croatia vs Great Britain (Stuttgart)
Sweden vs Greece (Heidenheim)
Italy vs Spain (Stuttgart)
France vs Belgium (Neuenburg)
Czech Republic vs Netherlands (Heidenheim)
Ukraine vs Germany (Stuttgart)

JULY 24
Spain vs Croatia (Stuttgart)
Belgium vs Ukraine (Heidenheim)
Great Britain vs Sweden (Stuttgart)
Netherlands vs France (Neuenburg)
Greece vs Italy (Heidenheim)
Germany vs Czech Republic (Stuttgart)

JULY 25
Great Britain vs Italy (Stuttgart)
Netherlands vs Ukraine (Heidenheim)
Germany vs Belgium (Stuttgart)
France vs Czech Republic (Neuenburg)
Sweden vs Croatia (Heidenheim)
Spain vs Greece (Stuttgart)

JULY 26
Czech Republic vs Belgium (Stuttgart)
Great Britain vs Spain (Heidenheim)
Croatia vs Greece (Stuttgart)
France vs Ukraine (Neuenburg)
Netherlands vs Germany (Heidenheim)
Sweden vs Italy (Stuttgart)

JULY 27
Spain vs Sweden (Stuttgart)
Ukraine vs Czech Republic (Heidenheim)
Belgium vs Netherlands (Stuttgart)
Greece vs Great Britain (Neuenburg)
Italy vs Croatia (Heidenheim)
Germany vs France (Stuttgart)

JULY 28
Group A #6 vs Group B #6 (Stuttgart)
Group A #5 vs Group B #5 (Heidenheim)
Group A #4 vs Group B #4 (Stuttgart)

JULY 29
Group A #1 vs Group B #3 (Stuttgart)
Group A #2 vs Group B #2 (Heidenheim)
Group B #1 vs Group A #3 (Stuttgart)

JULY 30
Group B #3 vs Group A #3 (Stuttgart)
Group B #2 vs Group A #1 (Heidenheim)
Group B #1 vs Group A #2 (Stuttgart)

JULY 31
Group A #2 vs Group B #3 (Stuttgart)
Group A #3 vs Group B #2 (Heidenheim)
Group A #1 vs Group B #1 (Stuttgart)

AUGUST 1
Championship Game (Stuttgart)

Source: Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)

Photo courtesy of International Baseball Fedration (IBAF)

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Germany To Host 2010 European Baseball Championship


GERMANY – The Dutch National Team will be the heavy favorites when the 2010 European Baseball Championship takes place next summer in three German cities. The competition, governed by the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB), is the main tournament between national baseball teams in Europe.

The Orange and Black, which have captured five consecutive European Championship titles, are in Group 1 with host Germany, France, Czech Republic, Belgium and Ukraine. The Dutch also boast a tournament-high 20 gold medals.

Italy and Spain headline the teams in Group 2. The Italians have won the tournament on eight occasions while the Spainards looked impressive at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup. Other squads includes Great Britain, Sweden, Croatia and Greece.

The Dutch went undefeated in the 2007 tournament and beat Great Britain in the title game, 6-1. Former skipper Robert Eenhorn blasted the tournament organizers after the championship game was played in the morning while a meaningless game between host Spain and Sweden was held later in the day.

2010 European Championship Schedule:

July 23rd:
Czech Republic vs Netherlands
Ukraine vs Germany
France vs Belgium
Croatia vs Great Britain
Italy vs Spain
Sweden vs Greece

July 24th:
Netherlands vs France
Germany vs Czech Republic
Belgium vs Ukraine
Great Britain vs Sweden
Spain vs Croatia
Greece vs Italy

July 25th:
Netherlands vs Ukraine
Germany vs Belgium
France vs Czech Republic
Great Britain vs Italy
Spain vs Greece
Sweden vs Croatia

July 26th:
Netherlands vs Germany
France vs Ukraine
Czech Republic vs Belgium
Great Britain vs Spain
Sweden vs Italy
Croatia vs Greece

July 27th:
Germany vs France
Belgium vs Netherlands
Ukraine vs Czech Republic
Spain vs Sweden
Greece vs Great Britain
Italy vs Croatia

July 28th:
Classification Games

July 29th – July 31st:
Final Round

August 1st:
Championship Game

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