Posted on 21 March 2012.
FRANCE – The Rouen Huskies opened the 2012 French Baseball League season with a pair of narrow victories against the Montpellier Barracudas.
Right-hander Owen Ozanich (1-0) threw five strong innings to lead Rouen to a 2-1 win in the front end of a doubleheader. The 22 year-old French-born American, who attended the University of Vermont, fanned six and walked one in a sterling outing.
Montpellier starter Thomas Langloy (0-1) was tagged with the loss despite a solid six-inning performance.
The defending French champion finished off the sweep with a suspense-filled 1-0 triumph in the twinbill finale. Christopher Mezguer struck out eight in four frames before giving way to middle reliever Joris Bert. Veteran righty Keino Perez (1-0) tallied the final eight outs to earn the decision.
STB Toulouse needed extra frames to claim a 9-8 victory over the Savigny Lions on Sunday morning. However, Savigny regrouped to salvage a split with a 15-4 drubbing in the second encounter.
The Senart Templiers and Paris University Club (PUC) both captured two wins on Opening Day. The Templiers stopped the Pessac Panthers, 6-5 and 7-2, while PUC hammered league newcomer Beaucaire, 21-3 and 10-3.
WEEK ONE SCOREBOARD:
Rouen 2, Montpellier 1
Rouen 1, Montpellier 0
PUC 21, Beaucaire 3
PUC 10, Beaucaire 3
Senart 6, Pessac 5
Senart 7, Pessac 2
Toulouse 9, Savigny 8
Savigny 15, Toulouse 4
FRENCH LEAGUE STANDINGS:
1. Paris University Club (2-0)
1. Rouen Huskies (2-0)
1. Senart Templiers (2-0)
4. Savigny Lions (1-1)
4. STB Toulouse (1-1)
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers (0-2)
7. Montpellier Barracudas (0-2)
8. Pessac Panthers (0-2)
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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