Posted on 04 June 2013.
The European Cup kicked off today in both Barcelona, Spain and Regensburg, Germany. Twelve teams are competing to earn one of the births in the European Champions Cup finals later in the year.
In Regensburg, the six teams competing are:
Bern Cardinals (SUI)
Buchbinder Legionaere – host team (GER)
Eagles Prague (CZE)
Unipol Bologna (ITA)
T&A San Marino (SMA)
L&D Amsterdam Pirates (NED)
Day 1 Recap:
Unipol Bologna 4, L&D Amsterdam 3 (10)
Both teams got great outings from their starting pitchers but neither factored into the decision. Rob Cordemans went seven innings allowing just one run on three hits for the Pirates. His counterpart from Bologna, Raul Rivero, pitched just as well. Rivero went seven innings as well giving up just one run on five hits.
However it would be up to the bullpens to decide the game. Unipol Bologna’s bullpen didn’t give up a hit despite giving up two unearned runs. Matteo D’Angelo picked up the win pitching two innings. Nicholas Pugliese got the save with an inning of work.
The game was tied 1-1 as it moved into extra innings. With the tie breaking rules in effect, Bologna scored three runs in the top of the tenth inning. Runners were placed on first and second and the first batter for Bologna sacrificed them over. After an intentional walk to Nicholas Nosti (1-for-2), Juan Carlos Infante (0-for-3/2 RBI) worked a five pitch walk to drive in the second run of the game for Bologna.
The big blow came two batters later when Claudio Liverziani (1-for-4/2 RBI) came through with a two-run single to put Unipol Bologna up 4-1.
L&D Amsterdam tried to rally in their half of the inning. After the lead off batter loaded the bases when he reached on a fielder’s choice, Jesse Aussems (0-for-1) pinch hit grounding out to second base but driving in a run. With two outs, Pugliese uncorked a wild pitch scoring a second run in the inning for the Pirates and putting the tying run just 90 feet away. However, Pugliese got Rashid Gerard (0-for-4) to strike out swinging to end the game.
Eagles Prague 3, T&A San Marino 8
T&A San Marino entered the European Cup in Regensburg playing .500 ball in their last 10 games in Italy, so they were looking to get off on the right foot. Unfortunately for the Eagles Prague, they did just that.
San Marino pounded the Eagles starter, Bradley Merritt, for seven runs in six innings. Merritt didn’t help his cause walking six and hitting two more.
Jaro Ramos scored a pair of runs going 3-for-4 with a walk. Joseph Mazzuca added another pair of runs on a perfect day going 2-for-2 with a walk.
San Marino made the most of its eleven hits picking up eight RBI in the process. But it was a close game into the bottom of the seventh as San Marino led just 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh though, San Marino put the game away. They would score five runs on four hits in the inning to give them an 8-2 cushion late in the game.
Mattia Reginato (2-for-5) singled in a pair of runs in the seventh and would score four batters later when Lorenzo Avagnina (1-for-3) doubled in two more runs.
Leonardo D’Amico picked up the win in relief tossing 4.2 innings giving up just one unearned run on three hits.
Buchbinder Legionaere 14, Bern Cardinals 8
The Bern Cardinals jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead only to see it slip away in the later innings. The Cardinals offense jumped all over Legionaere starter Sven Schueller who lasted just a third of an inning giving up four runs.
The Cardinals picked up five runs in the top of the first. The scoring was capped off by a Marc Obussier (1-for-4) three-run home run. Bern picked up two more runs in the second inning and things were looking good. Then the offense went into hibernation for six innings.
After the first reliever couldn’t stop the bleeding, the Legionaere called on reliever Wolfgang Reitter to put a halt to the Bern offense. And that is just what he did. Reitter tossed five scoreless innings in relief allowing just two hits and walking three to pick up the win.
The Legionaere started the comeback in the third inning picking up five runs of its own. Christopher Howard (1-for-3) came up with the big hit in the inning, a three-run home run. They would pick up six more runs in the sixth inning to take an 11-7 lead. They continued to add to that lead from then on out.
Philipp Howard had a big day for the Legionaere going 3-for-3 and stealing two bases. Christoph Zirzlmeier doubled and drove in two runs going 3-for-5. Zirzlmeier also scored three runs. Enzo Muschik also had a nice day driving in three runs going 2-for-4 with a double.
EC Regensburg Schedule:
Wednesday June 5th
11:00 Bern Cardinals vs Eagles Prague
15:00 T&A San Marino vs Unipol Bologna
19:00 L&D Amsterdam vs Buchbinder Legionaere
Thursday June 6th
11:00 Unipol Bologna vs Eagles Prague
15:00 Bern Cardinals vs L&D Amsterdam
19:00 T&A San Marino vs Buchbinder Legionaere
Friday June 7th
11:00 Unipol Bologna vs Bern Cardinals
15:00 T&A San Marino vs L&D Amsterdam
19:00 Eagles Prague vs Buchbinder Legionaere
Saturday June 8th
11:00 Bern Cardinals vs T&A San Marino
15:00 L&D Amsterdam vs Eagles Prague
19:00 Buchbinder Legionaere vs Unipol Bologna
Sunday June 9th
13:00 Championship Game
EC Regensburg Standings:
1. Buchbinder Legionaere 1-0
1. T&A San Marino 1-0
1. Unipol Bologna 1-0
4. Bern Cardinals 0-1
4. L&D Amsterdam 0-1
4. Eagles Prague 0-1