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France: Division 1 Scores and Standings After Week 1


The French Division I season kicked off for 2015 this weekend with the Senart Templiers entering as defending champions. But don’t look now the Rouen Huskies will look to reclaim the throne they have held the previous nine years.

Rouen started their claim for another title with a bang outscoring the Beaucaire Knights 19-1 over a two game sweep. The defending champion Senart started off with a two game series win as well, but they did not blow out the Savigny Lions in both games.

Paris UC made it to the finals in 2014 but were in the only split series of the weekend. Paris split with Stade after getting shutout 1-0 in game 2.

There will be one less undefeated team next weekend as Senart and Rouen will square off.

French Division 1 Scores:

Beaucaire Chevaliers 0, Rouen Huskies 11
Beaucaire Chevaliers 1, Rouen Huskies 8

Stade Toulousain 5, Paris UC 8
Stade Toulousain 1, Paris UC 0

Montpellier Barracudas 4, Chartres French Cubs 1
Montpellier Barracudas 4, Chartres French Cubs 3

Senart Templiers 12, Savigny Lions 2
Senart Templiers 9, Savigny Lions 8

French Division 1 Standings:

1. Senart Templiers 2-0
2. Rouen Huskies 2-0
3. Montpellier Barracudas 2-0
4. Stade Toulousain 1-1
5. Paris UC 1-1
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers 0-2
7. Chartres French Cubs 0-2
8. Savigny Lions 0-2

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Groups Unveiled for the U12 Baseball World Cup


The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the groups for the upcoming U12 Baseball World Cup to take place in Taiwan later this summer. Twelve teams will compete for the title that the US will defend after winning the 2013 edition of the tournament in Taiwan.

The top four nations will compete in the event with the top two, Japan and the USA, competing in the same group for the first stage.

Group A
1. Cuba (World No. 3)
2. Chinese Taipei (No. 4)
3. South Korea (No. 8)
4. Venezuela (No. 10)
5. Brazil (No. 15)
6. Russia (No. 32)

Group B
1. Japan (No. 1)
2. USA (No. 2; Defending U12 World Champions)
3. Mexico (No. 12)
4. Australia (No. 14)
5. Nicaragua (No. 16)
6. France (No. 27)

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Europe gets historic victory, defeats No. 1 Japan 6-2 in global baseball showing in Tokyo


Press Release WBSC

TOKYO – Debuting in a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome against the top-ranked nation in the world, Europe recorded its historic first victory for the continent, defeating Japan 6-2 to split the two-game series.

Like in Game 1, Europe managed to get out of the gates early, tagging Samurai starter Takahiro Matsuba for back-to-back doubles in the second inning, authored by Italy’s Mario Chiarini and Spain’s Blake Ochoa, which put Europe up 2-0.

A towering three-run home run by the Netherlands’ Yurendell Decaster in the bottom of the third gave Europe a 5-0 lead. (VIDEO: Decaster HR)

With the cushion, Europe starter Diegomar Marwell (Netherlands) kept Japan’s bats quiet through three innings, only allowing three hits.

In the 5th, Tetsuto Yamada launched a solo home run and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s RBI single cut Europe’s lead to 5-2.

Europe manager Steve Janssen handed the ball to Germany’s Luke Sommer, who pitched a clean 6th to 8th innings.

Dutch flamethrower Tom Stuifbergen pitched the final inning, using a 95 mph/153 kmh fastball close out the game and register the save for Europe.

Sommer was credited with the win. Japan starter Matsuba took the loss.

The historic win for Europe follows the announcement by baseball’s world governing body, WBSC, to establish Team Europe. Europe was immediately pitted against the world No. 1 Japanese National Team, “Samurai Japan”, made up of top stars from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). The majority of players on Japan’s current roster were part of the Samurai selection that faced Team MLB in a best-of-five series, won by hosts Japan, last November.

Both WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari and NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki went down on the field Wednesday night to congratulate the European team, following their 6-2 win and two exciting contests in as many nights.

“These two highly competitive games send another message to the world that Europe can compete with anyone and that our sport is more global than ever,” President Fraccari said.

Two European countries, No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy, are among the elite field heading to the inaugural Premier 12™ that will unite baseball’s top twelve countries.

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said, “We have to give them credit. They’ve come a long way and played the game at a high level.”

“The victory was a historic one, as it was the debut of the multinational Team Europe,” The Japan Times reported.

Head coach Janssen (Netherlands National Team manager) and bench coach Marco Mazzieri (Italy National Team manager) compiled a roster of 28 European players from six countries: (by world rank) Netherlands, Italy, No. 17 Spain, No. 18 Germany, No. 20 Czech Republic and No. 27 France.

No. 36 Belgium and No. 39 Austria were also represented as part of Europe’s coaching staff.

Yokohama BayStars rising star Tsutsugo, 23, was one of the bright spots for the Samurai in the series, collecting a pair of hits and RBIs. “I would like come up with positive results during the [NPB] season [that are] worthy of a Samurai Japan member,” he said.

Over 44,000 people attended the historic matches, with an increase in attendance of approximately 2,000 more fans for Game 2, following Samurai Japan’s thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind victory in Game 1 Tuesday night.

The two-game series was broadcast free-to-air nationally across Japan by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), while Eurosport 2 transmitted the games live to potentially 73 million households across more than 50 European nations.

Prior to the start of Game 2 there was a moment of silence to honor the victims and raise awareness of ongoing recovery efforts four years after the 11 March 2011 Tsunami devastated the Fukushima region.

NPB — the second highest-attended major sports league in the world in 2014 (approx. 23 million) and WBSC Associate Member — hosted the Europe versus Japan two-game series.

Umpires from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL; WBSC Associate Member) officiated the two games.

Leading sports performance brand Asics backed Europe as the official kit sponsor.

The game ball that marked Europe’s first-ever pitch in Game 1 Tuesday night will be going to Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Team Europe’s official game jersey.

In the two-game series, Japan outhit Europe 16 to 13. Japan played spotless defense with the glove, committing no errors on defense. Europe also flashed the leather, executing a pickoff and making only one error on defense.

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Global Baseball Match: Europe Reveals Starting Lineup #EURvsJPN


TOKYO, Japan – The All-Euro team announced its starting lineup for the first game of the Global Baseball Match against Japan. The game will take place later today in the Tokyo Dome.

The starting ten (with DH) will feature players from only three countries: Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Europe manager Steve Janssen revealed the lineup via Twitter:

 

1. Juan Carlos Infante 3B (Italy)
2. Alessandro Vaglio 2B (Italy)
3. Curt Smith 1B (Netherlands)
4. Fernando Martinez RF (Spain)
5. Kaliam Sams LF (Netherlands)
6. Yurendell De Caster DH (Netherlands)
7. Oscar Angelo SS (Spain)
8. Ricardo Daschenko C (Netherlands)
9. Stefano Desimoni CF (Italy)
Rob Cordemans P (Netherlands)

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Global Baseball Match: Japan Announces Starting Pitchers; Europe Announces Schedule


The Global Baseball Match between the Samurai Japan and the All-Euro team is approaching quickly. The two teams will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Tokyo Dome for a pair of games.

Team Europe arrived in Japan yesterday and has announced its schedule. And there is news coming out now from the Japan squad as well as they have announced their starting pitchers for the two games.

Starting in Game 1 will be Daichi Osera of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Osera, a 23-year old right hander, won the 2014 Rookie of the Year Award this past season posting a 10-8 record with a 4.05 ERA.

Pitching Game 2 will be the Orix Buffaloes Takahiro Matsuba. He went 8-1 in 2014 in 21 starts. He posted an ERA of just 2.77 in his second year in the league.

Schedule courtesy IBAF.org

Friday, 6 March: Visit To Fukushima – Four Years Later

Following the team workout session Friday, members of Team Europe will visit the Fukushima region that was devastated on 11 March 2011. The area is still in the process of recovery from the disaster, and the visit is intended to pay tribute and raise awareness of the region’s ongoing recovery efforts.

Saturday, 7 March: Baseball Clinic with School Children

School children will join the team and have the opportunity to play ball and engage with the European players in a one-hour session after Europe’s official team practice.

Sunday, 8 March: Test match vs. Yomiuri Giants minor league team

On Sunday, Team Europe will play a friendly match versus the minor league affiliate of the Yomiuri Giants. Europe’s coaching staff will get its first opportunity to evaluate the team and get in some ‘live’ game experience.

Monday, 9 March: Practice Session And Press Conference

Team Europe’s final workout will take place at QVC Stadium.

Representatives from both Samurai Japan and Team Europe will attend a press conference at QVC Stadium. The time of the press conference is scheduled for 13:00 – 13:30local time. 

Tuesday, 10 March: Europe vs Japan Game 1 – 18:00

Europe will make its debut on the international stage as the visiting team, wearing their road grey jersey.

Photo shoots for both Europe and Japan will also be organized at the Tokyo Dome prior to pre-game batting practice.

Wednesday, 11 March: Europe vs Japan Game 2 – 18:00

Europe will play its first-ever game as the home team, sporting the white jersey. A special Opening Ceremony will be held prior to Game 2 at 17:25.

Broadcast Coverage

Both games of the historic Europe vs Japan Series will be broadcast ‘live’ in Europe via Eurosport 2, in addition to national coverage in Japan.

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Europe Logo and Jersey Revealed for Global Baseball Match Against Japan


The All-Euro team for the upcoming Global Baseball Match versus Japan has revealed both its logo and jersey.

A team of Europeans will take on some of the best from Japan in a two game series in March at the Tokyo Dome. The games will be held March 10 and 11.

The jersey, pictured below, will feature the home flag of each player’s home country on the right shoulder. Seven flags will be featured between the players and coaches representing Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Asics is the official apparel sponsor for Team Europe.

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All-Euro Team Announces Roster for Global Baseball Match Versus Japan


Recently Japan released its roster for the 2015 Global Baseball Match versus the All-Euro team. And now the All-Euro team roster has been announced.

It is comprised of players from five different European countries and led by a manager from a sixth. The Netherlands, 2011 World Champions, have the most players represented with fifteen. Included is 10-time Major League Baseball Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones.

Jones joins fellow NPB player Alessandro Maestri on the roster. Maestri was the first European raised player to make it to the NPB. He currently pitches for the Oriz Buffaloes where he had a solid season last year.

All-Euro Roster:

Pitchers:
Luke Sommer – Germany
Diegomar Markwell – Netherlands
Jose Escalona – Italy
Rob Cordemans – Netherlands
Owen Ozanich – France
Alessandro Maestri – Italy
Tom Stuiffbergen – Netherlands
Shairon Martis – Netherlands
Loek van Mil – Netherlands
Rick van den Hurk – Netherlands
Leslie Nacar – Spain
Jan-Niclas Stoecklin – Germany
Orlando Yntema – Netherlands
Kevin Heijstek – Netherlands

Catchers:
Blake Ochoa – Spain
Richard Daschenko – Netherlands
Gianison Boekhoudt – Netherlands

Infielders:
Curt Smith – Netherlands
Alessandro Vaglio – Italy
Oscar Angulo – Spain
Juan Carlos Infante – Italy
Michael Duursma – Netherlands

Outfielders:
Stefano Desimoni – Italy
Fernando Martinez – Spain
Kaliam Sams – Netherlands
Mario Chiarini – Italy
Yurendell De Caster (Utility) – Netherlands
Andruw Jones (DH) – Netherlands

Coaching Staff:
Steve Janssen Manager – Belgium
Marco Mazzieri Assistant Manager – Italy
Wim Martinus Assistant Coach – Netherlands
Sidney De Jongh Hitting Coach – Netherlands
Martin Brunner Pitching Coach – Austria
Ben Thijssen 3rd Base Coach – Netherlands
Augusto Medina 1st Base Coach – Italy

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France: New Logo and Schedule Released for 2015 Challenge de France


The 2015 Challenge de France schedule and new logo were released. The tournament will take place from May 14-17 in Chartres and Montigny.

Seven of the eight teams have been announced with one remaining.

The Senart Templiers are the defending champions having won the 2014 edition of the tournament defeating Montpellier in the final.

Challenge-de-France

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France: A Look Back at the 2014 French Division 1 Season


The 2014 French Division 1 season was one to remember. The Rouen Huskies, winners of 10 of the last 11 championships, did not make the finals, a team won its very first championship in the top league, and the final regular season standings were very close with such a competitive league this year.

The top four teams finished just 3.5 games apart with two tying atop the league for the best record. Montpellier and Paris tied atop the league with a 21-7 record. Rouen was close behind with a 20-8 record, but the eventual champ finished fourth in the regular season at 17-10. It was the first championship in Division 1 for the Senart Templars. They were runners up in 2007 and won the second division in 1997 and 2003.

Senart took care of Stade Toulouse in the quarter final round easily winning two quick games in the best-of-three series. In the other quarterfinal, Rouen took care of the Beaucaire Chevaliers in two close games.  Senart then took on top seeded Montpellier in a rematch of the Challenge of France tournament earlier in the year. Once again Senart would come out on top sweeping Montpellier in the best-of-five series to advance to the finals where they would play Paris who downed Rouen in three straight.

Senart continued to roll sweeping Paris in the finals to win its first Division 1 championship. Ernesto Martinez homered in the decisive Game 3. Ciro Silvino was named the series MVP.

In other league news, the 2015 dates and location for the Challenge de France is set. Chartres will host the event to be held from May 14-17. Montigny will be the location of the second field with the winner of the 12th annual event securing a spot in the European Cup in 2016.

Final Regular Season French Division 1 Standings:

1. Montpellier Barracudas 21-7
2. Paris UC 21-7
3. Rouen Huskies 20-8
4. Senart Templars 17-10
5. Stade Toulousian 13-15
6. Beaucaire Knights 10-18
7. Savigny Lions 6-22
8. Chartres Cubs 3-24

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France: Montpellier Leads League Standings


In the French Division 1 Baseball League, the Montepellier Barracudas currently lead the league in a tense four-way battle for the lead. Montpellier has a slim lead over Senart. Both teams have the same number of loses, but Montpellier has two more wins. Not far behind are both Paris UC and Rouen. The rest of the league is under .500.

Montpellier is coming off a 10-inning 7-5 loss to the worst team in the league the Chartres French Cubs who only have three wins on the season. Meanwhile, Senart swept Rouen in a two game set to move into second place all by itself.

Montpellier is getting the job done on the mound leading the league with an ERA of just 2.04. Leading the way for the best pitching staff is ace William Musson who is 7-2 with an ERA of just 1.42. Thomas Langloys has also contributed a lot with an ERA of just 1.37 to lead the league and a record of 3-1.

The Barracudas are in the bottom half of the league in hitting with a team average of just .268.

Paris UC is dominating the hitting. They lead the league with a team average of .349. They lead the league in hits (279), doubles (47), triples (14), home runs (8), and stolen bases (58).

Cody Regis is dominating the league’s pitching. So far this season Regis is leading the league in average (.484), hits (44), runs scored (31), RBI (33), triples (7), home runs (3), and total bases (74). He is also second in stolen bases with sixteen.

French Division 1 Standings:

1. Montpellier Barracudas 16-6
2. Senart Templiers 14-6
3. Paris UC 15-7
4. Rouen Huskies 13-7
5. Stade Touluse 7-11
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers 7-11
7. Savigny Lions 3-13
8. Chartes French Cubs 3-17

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France: Four Way Battle for First in Division 1 Standings


The first two months are over in the French Division 1 league and surprisingly the Rouen Huskies are not leading the league.

Rouen, who have won eight straight titles, sits in fourth place currently. However, they are not far out of first. Both the Montpellier Barracudas and the Senart Templiers are leading the league with an 11-5 record. Rouen and Paris UC are right behind the top two teams at 10-6.

None of the top teams seem to want to take control of the league lead and pull away. Over the past weekend, Rouen split with Paris UC and Montpellier split with Stade Toulouse. Senart split as well after winning big in Game 1 of the weekend.

French Division 1 Standings:

1. Montpellier Barracudas 11-5
2. Senart Templiers 11-5
3. Paris UC 10-6
4. Rouen Huskies 10-6
5. Stade Touluse 7-5
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers 5-7
7. Savigny Lions 2-8
8. Chartes French Cubs 0-14

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France: Montpellier and Rouen Tied Atop Division 1 Standings


The baseball season is under way in France as Rouen looks to keep up their continued dominance in the French Division I. So far they are still going strong starting the season 5-1 to stay tied atop the standings with Montpellier.

Rouen’s only loss so far this season was a 7-5 defeat to Toulouse (4-2) in Week 2. They will take on Senart (4-2) this coming weekend.

Tied with Rouen at the top is Montpellier who dropped their only game to Paris University Club in Week 2.

The newly promoted French Cubs from Chartres have struggled so far making the jump to Division 1. It took them until Week 3 to compete in a series even though they dropped it to Stade Toulouse.

There are only two series this coming weekend but both top teams will be in action. Rouen travels to Senart and Montpellier travels to Paris.

French Division I Standings:
1. Montpellier Barracudas 3-1
2. Rouen Huskies 3-1
3. Senart Templiers 4-2
4. Stade Toulouse 4-2
5. Paris UC 3-3
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers 3-3
7. Chartres Cubs 0-6
8. Savigny Lions 0-6

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France: Rouen Huskies Win Title Yet Again


The Rouen Huskies continue to dominate the French Division I League winning their 10th championship in the past 11 years.

However, it wasn’t an easy road for the Huskies this time around. In the finals Rouen faced off with the Senart Templiers who put up a fight. Senart actually held a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series needing just one more victory to win the title. But it wasn’t to be.

After Rouen and Senart split the first two games, the series shifted to Rouen where Senart immediately won the first game to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Senart Templiers 4, Rouen Huskies 0

Leonel Cespedes pitched a great game to give Senart the lead in the series. Cespedes pitched eight shutout innings allowing just eight hits. He out dueled Owen Ozanich who picked up the Game 1 win for Rouen.

Rolando Betancourt drove in a pair of runs going 2-for-4 for Senart to led the offense. He finished the playoffs with a .351 average, second on the team.

Senart Templiers 3, Rouen Huskies 7

Jose Rodriguez came back to tie up the series pitching Rouen to the win. He tossed a complete game allowing three runs on just five hits.

One of those hits was a three run home run from Rolando Betancourt for Senart who were trailing 7-0 at the time.

Boris Marche helped out the Rouen offense going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Senart Templiers 2, Rouen Huskies 5

Rouen clinched the series and the title with a Game 5 victory behind a complete game win from Yoann Vaugelade.

Vaugelade gave up just two runs (one earned) on eight hits shutting down the Senart offense in the winner-take-all game. It was his only start in the playoffs, and it was a big one. He became the youngest MVP at just 18 years and 2 days after his complete game win in the deciding game.

Joris Bert set the tone for the offense from the lead off spot. Bert went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs for Rouen.

Rouen fell behind 2-0 in the game, but then exploded for four runs in the fourth inning which was all they needed to clinch yet another title.

Photo courtesy Rouen Huskies

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France: Championship Series between Senart and Rouen Tied at a Game Apiece


The finals of the French Division I League started this past weekend between the Rouen Huskies and the Senart Templiers. The best-of-five series started on Saturday August 31.

Rouen advanced after defeating Montpellier 3-to-1 in the semifinals. Montpellier won Game 1 of the series and then dropped the next three. Rouen really put it away in Game 3 and 4 winning 11-1 and 12-2.

Senart advanced to the finals after downing Paris UC 3-to-1 in the semifinals. Paris took Game 2 by a score of 12-11, but Senart came back and took the series.

Rouen Huskies 10, Senart Templiers 2

Game 1 of the finals took place on Saturday with Rouen getting off to a nice start with a 10-2 win.

Owen Ozanich pitched great for Rouen. Ozanich tossed eight innings allowing just a single run on four hits to pick up the win.

Offensively Matthew Smith had a nice day at the plate for Rouen. He went 3-for-5 with a double and a RBI. Brian Ramirez also chipped in with three hits. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored.

Rouen Huskies 1, Senart Templiers 2

Rouen starter Jose Rodriguez pitched well. He pitched a complete game (eight innings) allowing just two runs on five hits, but took the loss.

Mathieu Brelle started for Senart and pitched well. He went 4.1 innings allowing one run on three hits but didn’t pitch long enough to factor into the decision. Henry Leyva came in and finished off the game tossing 4.2 innings to earn the win. He gave up four hits and struck out four to pick up the win.

Senart struck early by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and the pitching made it stand up. Ernesto Martinez (2-for-3) drove in both runs with a one-out two-run single.

The series now moves back to Rouen for the final three games.

French Division I Finals Schedule:

Saturday August 31
Rouen Huskies 10, Senart Templiers 2

Sunday September 1
Rouen Huskies 1, Senart Templiers 2

Saturday September 7
Senart Templiers at Rouen Huskies

Sunday September 8
Senart Templiers at Rouen Huskies
*Senart Templiers at Rouen Huskies

*if necessary

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France: Semifinals Kick Off with Series Splits


The semifinals have gotten underway in the French Division I playoffs with the Rouen Huskies taking on the Montpellier Barracudas and the Senart Templiers taking on Paris UC.

The first place Rouen Huskies fell in Game 1 to the Barracudas 4-1. They bounced back in Game 2 to split the first weekend games with a 3-2 win.

The series will head to Rouen for the final games this coming weekend.

In the other semifinal, Senart and Paris also split. Senart won Game 1 5-2 but dropped the second game 12-11. The series shifts back to Senart this coming weekend for the final games.

French Division I Playoff Schedule:

Saturday August 17th
Montpellier Barracudas 4, Rouen Huskies 1
Paris UC 2, Senart Templiers 5

Sunday August 18th
Rouen Huskies 3, Montpellier Barracudas 2
Senart Templiers 11, Paris UC 12

Saturday August 24th
Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies
Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

Sunday August 25th
*Rouen Huskies vs Montpellier Barracudas
*Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies

*Senart Templiers vs Paris UC
*Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

*if necessary

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France: Paris and Montpellier Advance in Division I Playoffs


The French Division I Playoffs kicked off this past weekend. Paris UC faced off with the Savigny Lions with the series going the max three games. In the other series, Montpellier took on Beaucaire. The winners would take on the top two finishers from the regular season in Rouen and Senart.

Savigny Lions 3, Paris UC 5
Paris UC 5, Savigny Lions 6 (10)
Savigny Lions 6, Paris UC 8

James Murrey pitched well for Paris in Game 1 of the series to help them take a 1-0 lead. Murrey tossed seven innings giving up just three runs. Frederic Mouchet finished off the game pitching two hitless innings to earn the save.

Delvin Sanders went 3-for-4 for Paris, while Mouchet drove in a pair of runs.

Pierrick Lemestre (3-for-4) led Savigny offensively driving in two runs with a double in the seventh inning.

Game 2 was tied 3-3 heading into the tenth inning when Pairs scored two in the top half of the tenth. However, Pierrick Lemestre came through big for Savigny. He was the hero of the day pitching all ten innings to earn the win, and driving in the winning runs in the tenth inning.

Lemestre went ten innings giving up five runs, with only one earned, while striking out eight on the hill. At the plate he went 2-for-4 with three RBI including a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth to even the series at one game apiece.

Douglas Rodriguez had a nice game for Paris at the plate going 3-for-4 driving in three runs.

Game 3 would decide who would advance to the next round and it took a late game comeback from Paris to pull out the win.

Pairs had a 5-3 lead heading into the eighth inning when Savigny broke out with three runs to take a 6-5 lead. The tying runs came across on a two-run single by Romain Martinez (2-for-4). They would pick up another run via an error to take the lead late in the game.

Gedeon Costes couldn’t hold onto the lead for Savigny though. He pitched four innings giving up four runs including three in the bottom of the eighth.

After getting two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth, Paris loaded the bases on a walk, a double, and an intentional walk. Then the tying run came on a balk by Savigny pitcher Costes. That was followed by an Enrique Trinidad (2-for-4) two-run double to give Paris the lead and eventually the win.

Keiran Mattison pitched the ninth to earn the save an send Pairs to the next round.

Beaucaire Chevaliers 0, Montpellier Barracudas 9
Montpellier Barracudas 8, Beaucaire Chevaliers 3

Montpellier came through with a sweep of Beaucaire easily winning both games of the series.

Game 1 was dominated by Montpellier stater Will Musson who tossed a complete game shutout. He gave up just four hits and struck out eleven in the win. Musson also had a hit and drove in a run at the plate.

Game 2 wasn’t much different than the first. Montpellier worked up an 8-0 lead late in the game before Beaucaire came through with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Laurent Andrades tossed a good game for Montpellier. He went six shutout innings giving up just three hits to earn the win.

Offensively, Theo Foulongne (1-for-3) scored a pair of runs and drove in two more to help Montpellier to the win.

Gabriel Sandersius (4-for-4) had a great day at the plate for Beaucaire but didn’t get much help.

In the next round, Montpellier will take on the Rouen Huskies, while Paris UC will face Senart.

French Division I Playoff Schedule:

Saturday August 17th
Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies
Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

Sunday August 18th
Rouen Huskies vs Montpellier Barracudas
Senart Templiers vs Paris UC

Saturday August 24th
Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies
Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

Sunday August 25th
*Rouen Huskies vs Montpellier Barracudas
*Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies

*Senart Templiers vs Paris UC
*Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

*if necessary

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France: Playoffs Start This Weekend


The French Division I regular season is over and the playoffs are set to start this weekend.

The league leader Rouen Huskies finished off the regular season with a sweep of the Beaucaire Chevaliers over the weekend to improve their record to 24-4. They will await the winner of one of the first playoff series.

Second place Senart Templiers dropped a pair of games heading into the playoffs. Paris UC took the weekend series from Senart as they enter the first round against the Savigny Lions.

The top two teams, Rouen and Senart, will rest this week and await the winners of the two first round series. Paris UC, the #3 seed, will take on the Savigny Lions who finished in 6th place. While the Montpellier Barracudas, #4, and Beaucaire Chevaliers, #5, will face off in the other playoff series.

French Division I Scores:

Senart Templiers 4, Paris UC 14
Senart Templiers 2, Paris UC 5

Stade Toulouse 5, Savigny Lions 7
Stade Toulouse 7, Savigny Lions 6

Rouen Huskies 10, Beaucaire Chevaliers 1
Rouen Huskies 2, Beaucaire Chevaliers 0

French Division I Playoff Schedule:

Saturday July 27th
Savigny Lions vs Paris UC
Beaucaire Chevaliers vs Montpellier Barracudas

Sunday July 28th
Paris UC vs Savigny Lions
Montpellier Barracudas vs Beaucaire Chevaliers

*Savigny Lions vs Paris UC
*Beaucaire Chevaliers vs Montpellier Barracudas
*if necessary

Final French Division I Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 24-4
2. Senart Templiers 19-9
3. Paris UC 18-10
4. Montpellier Barracudas 18-10
5. Beaucaire Chevaliers 10-18
6. Savigny Lions 10-18
7. Stade Toulouse 8-20
8. France Academy 5-23

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France: Scores and Standings Heading into Final Week


Heading into the final week of the regular season, the race for the final playoff spot is on. The Savigny Lions have a two game lead over Stade Toulouse with just two games to play. And to top it off, they will play one another in the final two games of the season. If Savigny can win one of two they will secure the final playoff spot.

The top six teams will head into the playoffs while the last two teams will play in a play down series.

French Division I Scores:

Paris UC 5, Stade Toulouse 1
Paris UC 5, Stade Toulouse 3

Senart Templiers 8, Montpellier Barracudas 4
Senart Templiers 10, Montpellier Barracudas 11

Savigny Lions 7, Beaucaire Chevaliers 5
Savigny Lions 4, Beaucaire Chevaliers 11

French Division I Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 22-4
2. Senart Templiers 19-7
3. Montpellier Barracudas 18-10
4. Paris UC 16-10
5. Beaucaire Chevaliers 10-16
6. Savigny Lions 9-17
7. Stade Toulouse 7-19
8. France Academy 5-23

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France: Scores and Standings from Division I League


The standings stayed the same this week after each series ended in a sweep in the French Division I League.

League leader Rouen swept through a pair of games with Toulouse, while second place Senart rolled through the France Academy team. The bottom four in the playoff race all lost this past weekend setting up a showdown in the final two weekends for who will find their way into the playoffs.

French Division I Scores:

Rouen Huskies 11, Stade Toulouse 1
Rouen Huskies 6, Stade Toulouse 0

Beaucaire Chevaliers 0, Montpellier Barracudas 4
Beaucaire Chevaliers 1, Montpellier Barracudas 11

France Academy 2, Senart Templiers 11
France Academy 3, Senart Templiers 15

Savigny Lions 5, Paris UC 13
Savigny Lions 2, Paris UC 4

French Division I Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 22-4
2. Senart Templiers 18-6
3. Montpellier Barracudas 17-9
4. Paris UC 14-10
5. Beaucaire Chevaliers 9-15
6. Savigny Lions 8-16
7. Stade Toulouse 7-17
8. France Academy 5-23

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French Division I Scores and Standings Update


With three more weeks left in the French Division I League, the Rouen Huskies are still leading the league. The real fight will be for the final few spots in the playoffs. Three teams are in striking distance of the final two playoff spots with the final week setting up to be a showdown for the final spot.

The top six teams will advance to the playoffs. Currently the final two spots are occupied by Beaucaire Chevaliers (9-13) and the Savigny Lions (8-14). But just a game off the pace is Stade Toulouse (7-15). The final weekend series will feature the Savigny Lions and the Stade Toulouse which might determine who makes it in and who goes home.

That is big because the final two teams have to play in the play down series with the loser of that series will have to play the winner of the Division II League to determine who will play in the top league in 2014.

French Division I Scores:

Savigny Lions 4, Rouen Huskies 6
Savigny Lions 9, Rouen Huskies 1

France Academy 6, Stade Toulouse 1

Montpellier Barracudas 4, Paris UC 7
Montpellier Barracudas 0, Paris UC 4

Beaucaire Chevaliers 6, Senart Templiers 11
Beaucaire Chevaliers 0, Senart Templiers 10

French Division I Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 20-4
2. Senart Templiers 16-6
3. Montpellier Barracudas 15-9
4. Paris UC 12-10
5. Beaucaire Chevaliers 9-13
6. Savigny Lions 8-14
7. Stade Toulouse 7-15
8. France Academy 5-21

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France: Rouen Splits Pair; Montpellier Sweeps Savigny


The Montpellier Barracudas picked up a game on the league leading Rouen Huskies after sweeping the Savigny Lions over the weekend in two close games. The Huskies split a pair with the Senart Templiers.

Results Week 8:

France Academy 3, Paris UC 12
France Academy 1, Paris UC 18

Senart Templiers 6, Rouen Huskies 4
Senart Templiers 3, Rouen Huskies 8

Savigny Lions 1, Montpellier Barracudas 2
Savigny Lions 0, Montpellier Barracudas 1

Beaucaire Chevaliers 9, Stade Toulouse 1
Beaucaire Chevaliers 6, Stade Toulouse 3

French Division I Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 15-3
2. Montpellier Barracudas 13-3
3. Senart Templiers 12-6
4. Paris UC 7-7
5. Beaucaire Chevaliers 6-8
6. Stade Toulouse 5-9
7. Savigny Lions 4-12
8. France Academy 2-16

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Challenge de France 2013 Starts Friday


The Challenge de France kicks off tomorrow, Friday May 9. The four-day tournament features all of the French Division I clubs along with the French 18U National Team.

The teams are broken down into two groups and will play a modified double elimination tournament. The groups are:

  • Group A: Rouen Huskies, Stade Toulousain, Savigny Lions, France U18
  • Group B: Paris UC, Templiers Senart, Montpellier Barracudas, Beaucaire Chevaliers

You can also find more information on the tournament’s Facebook Page.

2013 Challenge de France

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France: Annual Challenge de France Just Days Away


The 10th Annual Challenge de France is nearly upon us. The tournament featuring all seven of the Division I clubs, along with the French National 18U club, will be played in Paris from May 9th to the 12th.

The old round robin format has been replaced with a modified double elimination. Winners of the two pools will advance to the championship with the winner of that getting a ticket to the European Cup.

2013 Challenge de France

We will try to bring you daily coverage of the tournament, so stay tuned for more information.

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France: Senart Splits Pair, Drops One Game Back of Rouen


Week Five is in the books for the French Division I League as Rouen stays on top of the league with two huge wins over the weekend. The Senart Templiers fell a game back as they split their weekend set.

Results Week 5:

Paris UC 12, Stade Toulouse 3
Paris UC 11, Stade Toulouse 1

Senart Templiers 0, Montpellier Barracudas 1
Senart Templiers 5, Montpellier Barracudas 1

France Academy 3, Rouen Huskies 13
France Academy 1, Rouen Huskies 22

Savigny Lions 0, Beaucaire Chevaliers 7
Savigny Lions 5, Beaucaire Chevaliers 10

French Division I Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 9-1
2. Senart Templiers 8-2
3. Montpellier Barracudas 7-3
4. Beaucaire Chevaliers 3-5
4. Paris UC 3-5
6. Stade Toulouse 3-7
6. Savigny Lions 3-7
8. France Academy 2-8

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