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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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Russia Wins B-Level European Championship in Vienna


The B-Level European Championships were held this week in both Zurich and Vienna. Six teams competed at each site trying to win a spot in the 2014 European Championship to be held in the Czech Republic.

While Great Britain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia were competing in the B-Level Championship in Zurich. Austria, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ireland were playing in Vienna.

Through the round robin play, three teams were tied with a 4-1 record. Austria, Russia, and Belarus all finished with just a single loss. Due to the tie-breaker rules, Austria and Russia would face off with one another in the Championship Game for a spot in the 2014 European Championship.

It was a close and exciting game, but Russia would come out on top when it was all settled by a score of 3-2. Errors played a big role in the game as both team picked up unearned runs.

Austria jumped out on top 1-0 with a run in the second inning. With two outs, Felix Zimmerle (1-for-4) singled to start the rally. Lukas Scheicher (2-for-3) then singled to move Zimmerle to second, but an error by the Russia center fielder let Zimmerle come all the way around to score the first run of the game.

Austria picked up another run in the third inning. Fabian Hirnschal (0-for-2) led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. He was quickly sacrificed to second base. Then after another ground out moved him to third, Peter Ferak singled (1-for-4) him home to give Austria a 2-0 lead.

Christian Tomsich was cruising on the mound for Austria. Through eight innings he had given up just one a run and had allowed only seven hits. However, in the top of the ninth he walked the lead off hitter and then gave up a single before being pulled for reliever Werner Harrasser.

Harrasser got the first batter he faced on a sacrifice that put runners at second and third with just one out. Then Aleksandr Maksiakov (1-for-2) was caught trying to steal home for the second out of the inning. It all looked good for Austria. The next hitter had an 0-2 count and it looked like they would advance. Then it happened.

A fly ball to center fielder Dominik Talir was dropped allowing a run to score to tie the game and opening up the way for Russia to take the win away from Austria. The next two hitters singled scoring the go ahead run for Russia and putting Austria in a corner heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Austria would make it interesting in the ninth. A one-out walk started it all, but with two outs and facing elimination, Richard Alzinger came up with a pinch-hit single to put runners at the corners. Austria was just a hit away from tying the game up. However, Andrey Lobanov settled down to get the final out and the win for Russia.

Lobanov went the distance for Russia giving up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out nine.

Peter Ferek (Austria) was named the tournament MVP. He hit .500 with five RBI. Victor Samchuk (Russia) was named the tournaments best hitter. He finished with a .750 average (6-for-8) with five walks. He was also 4-of-5 in stolen base attempts. Nikita Lobanov (Russia) was named the best pitcher. He struck out eight in his one appearance tossing a complete game and giving up just one unearned run.

B-Level European Championships Vienna Final Standings:

1. Russia 4-1
2. Austria 4-1
3. Belarus 4-1
4. Slovakia 2-3
5. Lithuania 1-4
6. Ireland 0-5

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Russia: Moscow Tornados Win 2011 Title


RUSSIA – The Moscow Tornados defeated MGPU Moscow 14-7 to capture the 9th Russian Baseball Championship. The Tornados, formerly of Balashikha, won the best-of-five title series in four games.

The Tornados opened the series with a 7-5 triumph followed by a 5-3 victory in Game 2. MGPU staved off elimination with an 11-8 win in the third game before the two-time defending champion clinched the title with a convincing 14-7 victory.

The championship was the third consecutive national crown for the Tornados, while MGPU settled for the runnerup trophy. The Moscow North Stars finished in third-place after winning the bronze medal game.

Source: Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)

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Russia Wins 2011 ECQ-Russia


July 29

RUSSIA – Viacheslav Vasilyev and three relievers combined on a five-hitter to help Russia beat Ukraine 8-2 Friday to clinch a spot at the 2012 European Championship.

Vasilyev (1-0) scattered a run, a walk and three hits over six solid innings to notch the qualifying tournament title. Russia (4-0) went unbeaten in the three-team tourney and outscored the opposition by a 30-2 margin.

Most Valuable Player – Victor Samchuk, Russia
Batted .636 (7-for-11) with three walks, four steals, two extra-base hits and four RBIs.

Best Pitcher – Denis Leonov
Allowed two hits and fanned nine over eight frames in a 5-0 win over Belarus.

Best Batter – Sergey Solovev
Hit .667 (8-for-12) with four runs, two doubles and nine RBIs.

2011 ECQ-RUSSIA FINAL STANDINGS

1. Russia (4-0)
2. Ukraine (2-2)
3. Belarus (0-4)

Russia Wins Euro Baseball Qualifier

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Baseball In Russia Overcoming Obstacles


RUSSIA – It’s the bottom of the ninth, but there are men on base and sluggers on deck as baseball enthusiasts in Russia go into bat for America’s favorite pastime.

“The situation is slowly, but surely, changing for the better despite the obstacles,” said Yury Kopylov, head of Russia’s baseball and softball federation. “This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of baseball in Russia.”

While Russia has reaped success in sports that were practiced little during the Soviet era — tennis and curling, for example — baseball is still very much on the sidelines.

This surprises some, since the ancient Russian game lapta — a sport involving a stick and a ball that was popular for centuries — is governed by rules closely resembling modern baseball.

Baseball made its debut in Russia in the 1930s, when US migrants fleeing the Great Depression made their way to the Soviet Union hoping to find a better life — and a place to play baseball.

The Communist powers at the time even went so far as to classify baseball as a new “national” sport in the Soviet Union.

The Kremlin’s apparent willingness to play ball in the early 1930s came to an abrupt end in 1937, however, with the start of the internal security crackdown of the Great Terror.

Suddenly, baseball players were viewed with official suspicion, arrested and accused of espionage while the sport itself was re-classified as a bourgeois pursuit alien to Soviet morality. The sport was later totally banned.

It was only in the late 1980s, as the Soviet Union itself began to fall apart, that the sport started to make a timid reappearance in the fields of Russia.

It was then that baseball was included in the program for the Summer Olympics, giving the Kremlin the ideological cover it needed to ease restrictions on the sport.

The Soviet national federation of baseball and softball was established and the first national baseball championship took place in 1989, with 24 teams battling for the title.

Baseball began to take root again in Russia, with the number of national league teams gradually expanding to 50 along with a steady growth in the numbers of actual players.

Despite the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia continued to cultivate baseball.

But development of baseball in Russia then took another hit, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) striking the game off its list of sports for the 2012 Games.

Kopylov, who admits he faces an uphill struggle to promote baseball in Russia, lamented the IOC’s decision, noting that baseball competitions in recent Olympic Games had been hugely popular.

“The exclusion of baseball from the Olympic program was a mistake,” he said. “It is a very democratic and dynamic game and I hope it will soon regain Olympic status.”

Photo courtesy of Natali Gutovskaya M-SPORT

SOURCE: AFP MOSCOW

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Rockford RiverHawks Ink Russian Pitcher


USA – The Rockford RiverHawks continued their tradition of international acquisitions on Friday when they signed Russian pitcher Slava Vasilyev.

Vasilyev is a right-handed 24-year-old from Moscow with many accolades from his native country. He won the Russian Baseball League’s Most Valuable Player award in 2007 and helped lead the Russian club team MGPU to the league championship title in 2008. Vasilyev also played outfield. He is a graduate of Moscow City Pedogogical University.

“We are very pleased to have Slava in the league,” Frontier League commissioner Bill Lee said. “He demonstrates that the Frontier League has grown to attract players from all over the world. I personally wish him the best of luck to become successful and attain his dreams in professional baseball.”

Vasilyev has no prior professional experience.

Vasilyev is the third foreign player on the Rockford roster this year. Injured pitcher Jose Mateo is from the Dominican Republic, and Tanner Watson, the team’s all-time wins leader, is a Canadian national. Catcher Robert Sabates, a native of Cuba, is now a resident alien in the U.S.

The RiverHawks almost missed out on the Russian prodigy. Vasilyev was initially discovered by scouts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the spring of 2008. The Dodgers liked what they saw and wanted to sign him, but Vasilyev had university course requirements to complete in Moscow. This winter Vasilyev impressed RiverHawks manager Bob Koopmann and Director of Baseball Operations Dave Ciarrachi during practice sessions. Koopmann soon dubbed Vasilyev the “Russian Rocket.”

Vasilyev arrived to Rockford with limited English skills. In order to improve his abilities, he has brokered a lingual exchange in the Hawks’ locker room.

“We plan to have Russian class in the clubhouse,” RiverHawks clubhouse manager Alex Sagas said. “He will teach me Russian and I will help him with his English.” Sagas also said he will distribute Russian phrases to teammates to help them communicate with Vasilyev.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.

Photo courtesy of leaguelineup.com

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Moscow Wins Russian Cadets Championship


RUSSIA – The Specialized Youth Olympic School No. 42 captured the Russian Cadets Championship which held from June 15-22, 2009 at the baseball fields of Balashikha and Planernaya.

The Moscow team clinched the tournament title by defeating the Youth of Moscow team in the final series, two games to one. 2-1.

The Balashikha Sharks claimed the bronze medals of the national cadets championship for the first time in club history.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Specialized Youth Olympic School No. 42
2. Youth of Moscow
3. Balashikha Sharks

The tournament was a preparatory event for the best players selection to the national cadets team, which will compete in the upcoming 2009 European Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Most Valuable Player
Alexander Plotnikov

Best Pitcher
Dmitry Semenov

Best Hitter
Denis Leonov

Best Fielder
Vladislav Shmorgilo

Article and Photo courtesy of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)

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