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Spanish Division de Honor Standings

Spanish Division de HonorThe Spanish Division de Honor has a two-way tie atop the league with both Valencia and Tennerife tied heading into the final weekend. The season could wind up going down to the wire again like last year when Valencia won its first league title through a tiebreaker.

This weekend Valencia will face off with CB Viladecans who is currently sitting in 7th place at 6-20. Tennerife will face off with San Inazio Bilbao who has a bit better record at 11-13.

The head-to-head series between Tennerife and Valencia goes to Tennerife who is 3-1 against Valencia. So if the Astros plan on repeating, they will need some help from San Inazio Bilbao.

With a lot of help there is an outside chance that CBS Saint Boi could work its way into the championship, but it would require four pretty big upsets this weekend. That is not likely, but you never know.

Keep up to date on the happenings and results of the Spanish Division de Honor here.  Or for full scores from each week, click here.


Spain Division de Honor Baseball League Standings

TeamWonLost GB
Astros Valencia2150
Tenerife Marlins PC2150
CBS Sant Boi1862
FC Barceona15116
San Inazio Bilbao11139
C.D. Pamplona71914
C.B. Viladecans62015
Beisbol Navarra32318

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Spain: Division de Honor News and Notes

The Spanish Division de Honor is through six weeks of play so far after today. So far the Astros Valencia are leading the way with a 10-2 record after sweeping their weekend series with San Inazio Bilbao. Right behind the Astros are the Tenerife Marlins at 9-3. The Marlins were leading the league but dropped two over the weekend to CB Barcelona who sites right behind the Marlins in third place at 8-4.

It appears the league will be a three team race as no other club is above .500 at this point in the season. However, there is a lot of baseball left to be played with eight more weeks to go.

The game of the week might have been the first game between the Marlins and CB Barcelona. Barcelona used two errors in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Marlins and pick up the win.

Both teams picked up great pitching performances from their starters. Elian Leyva tossed eight strong innings giving up just a single run while striking out eleven for Barcelona, but he did not factor into the decision. Eric Paez picked up the win for Barcelona pitching a scoreless ninth. Yorfrank Lopez pitched great for the Marlins giving up only two runs, both unearned, while striking out nine taking his first loss of the season.

Current Division de Honor Standings:

  1. Astros Valencia 10-2
  2. Tenerife Marlins PC 9-3
  3. CB Barcelona 8-4
  4. CBS Sant Boi 6-6
  5. San Inazio Bilbao 6-6
  6. Baseball Navarra 5-7
  7. CD Pamplona 4-8
  8. CB Viladecans 0-12

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Spain: Valencia Sweeps Sant Boi, Moves into Second Place

Tenerife and Valencia continue to be the cream of the crop in the Spanish Division de Honor. Both teams swept their weekend series. With the sweep this weekend, Valencia moved in front of CBS Sant Boi by a game.

Valencia got a great outing from Trevor Caughey in Game 1 of the series. He tossed eight scoreless innings striking out 13 en route to the victory. Mathew Erickson picked up the save tossing the final inning giving up a run. Valencia would continue their good run with a 5-2 victory in Game 2 to move ahead of CBS Sant Boi by a game.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

CD Pamplona 5, San Inazio Bilbao 9

Astros Valencia 2, CBS Sant Boi 1
Astros Valencia 5, CBS Sant Boi 2

Baseball Navarra 8, CB Barcelona 1
Baseball Navarra 7, CB Barcelona 9

Tenerife Marlins 5, CB Viladecans 1
Tenerife Marlins 11, CB Viladecans 1

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Tenerife Marlins 10-2
2. Astros Valencia 9-3
3. CBS Sant Boi 8-4
4. Baseball Navarra 6-5
5. CB Barcelona 6-6
6. San Inazio Bilbao 4-6
7. CD Pamplona 2-9
8. CB Viladecans 1-11

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Spain: Week 2 Scores and Highlights from Spanish Division de Honor

We are two weeks into the early part of the season in the Spanish Division de Honor, and we have a couple teams already showing a strong push for the front of the pack.

A week after splitting with defending champion Tenerife, Sant Boi ran off two more wins to stay in the hunt for first place. They sit just a game behind two teams who are off to a perfect 4-0 record.

Those two teams are the Astros Valencia and Baseball Navarra. Valencia took care of Barcelona in their weekend set, while Navarra took down CD Pamplona.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

Baseball Navarra 7, CD Pamplona 3
Baseball Navarra 11, CD Pamplona 1

CBS Sant Boi 10, CB Viladecans 0
CBS Sant Boi 6, CB Viladecans 1

San Inazio Bilbao 1, Tenerife Marlins 7
San Inazio Bilbao 5, Tenerife Marlins 6

Astros Valencia 12, CB Barcelona 0
Astros Valencia 6, CB Barcelona 4

News and Notes from Week 2:

Yosue Castellano threw a complete game victory for Navarra in Game 1 of the weekend giving up just three runs (two earned) while striking out twelve. He improves to 2-0 on the season.

Andres Casado tossed a complete game (7 innings) win for Navarra in Game 2 giving up just one unearned run. He also improves to 2-0.

Hector Perozo (2-for-3/3 RBI) and Luis Compres (1-for-3) both homered for Navarra in the big Game 2 win.

Zael Honora tossed seven shutout for Sant Boi in Game 1 striking out 10 to pick up his second win on the season.

Jesus Golindano (1-for-4/2 RBI) homered in the 10-0 win for Sant Boi.

Danial Matias tossed a complete game win for Sant Boi in Game 2. He gave up just one run on two hits.

Javier Flores (2-for-3/2 RBI) homered for San Inazio Bilbao in the Game 2 loss.

Trevor Caughey (5 innings) and Mathew Erickson (2 innings) combined to shut out Barcelona in Game 1 both allowing just a single hit. Erickson also went 1-for-2 with a home run at the plate.

Eric Segura had the biggest game of the weekend in Game 2 of the series. He went 3-for-4 with 3 solo home runs to almost pick up the win for Barcelona.

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Astros Valencia 4-0
1. Baseball Navarra 4-0
3. CBS Sant Boi 3-1
3. Tenerife Marlins 3-1
5. CB Barcelona 1-3
5. San Inazio Bilbao 1-3
7. CB Viladecans 0-4
7. CD Pamplona 0-4

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Spain: Short Documentary on Spanish Division de Honor

For those of you not in the know, David Burns over at BaseballJobsOverseas.com does a fantastic job of finding players places to play over in Europe. David lives, works, and plays in Austria and has done so for years now.

Since starting the website he has helped quite a few players in finding positions in various countries. He also provides a great deal of information for those looking to play. He does a fantastic podcast talking to people all over the world about their baseball experiences and how others can benefit.

Now he has started a documentary series. As he gets the chance to travel around Europe he is filming a few interviews. He recently released the first one, and I highly recommend you check it out. Just click on the link below.

European Baseball Documentary Episode 1: Spanish Division de Honor

David talks to two different teams in Spain to give you a nice little glimpse at the league and what it is like to play there. You also get a look at a couple of the stadiums that they play in, which are much nicer than I initially imagined.

Check it out. It is only about 11 minutes, but it is worth the watch.

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Spain: 2015 Division de Honor Season Kicks Off

The Spanish Division de Honor kicked off the season this weekend with a full slate of games. The Tenerife Marlins are looking to repeat once again. The season will feature eight teams as El Llano is not back in the division this season. The season will consist of a 14-game round robin and the leader after the 28 game season will be the winner since there are no playoffs.

Only two teams swept this weekend as the Astros Valencia and Baseball Navarra both swept their series. Defending champion Tenerife split this weekend with CBS Sant Boi.

Leslie Nacar, who pitched for the All-Euro team in the Global Baseball Match, tossed a nice opening game for Tenerife but took the loss. Nacar tossed seven innings giving up just one run on four hits while striking out ten. However, Zael Honora tossed a complete game shutout for CBS Sant Boi to earn the first win of the season.

Valencia looks good this season after a few big additions. They added Trevor Caughey, who is back with the Astros after spending some time in Germany. They also added Oscar Angulo to go with Team Europe catcher Blake Ochoa.

Angulo made a huge impact in week 1 with his new club. In game 1, he went 4-for-6 scoring three times and driving in three more runs. In game 2 he scored three more times going 4-for-4.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

CD Pamplona 5, Astros Valencia 9
CD Pamplona 0, Astros Valencia 15

CB Barcelona 4, San Inazio Bilboa 0
CB Barcelona 7, San Inazio Bilboa 9

Tenerife Marlins 0, CBS Sant Boi 2
Tenerife Marlins 7, CBS Sant Boi 4

CB Viladecans 0, Baseball Navarra 15
CB Viladecans 0, Baseball Navarra 6

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Astros Valencia 2-0
2. Baseball Navarra 2-0
3. CB Barcelona 1-1
4. CBS Sant Boi 1-1
5. San Inazio Bilbao 1-1
6. Tenerife Marlins 1-1
7. CB Viladecans 0-2
8. CD Pamplona 0-2

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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.

Copyright © 2015 WBSC. All rights reserved.

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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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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:

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

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

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

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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Spain: A Look Back at the 2014 Division de Honor Season

The 2014 Spanish Division de Honor League was an interesting one. Two clubs had to move their games away from their home field because of a public swimming pool behind the fence. The city did not want either Baseball Navarra or CD Pamplona to play in Burlada ballpark due to the pool in fear of people getting hurt by balls. Without a playoff system in place the Tenerife Marlins wrapped up their second straight championship with two weeks left in the season due to their large lead over CBS Sant Boi.

CB Barcelona won the 2014 Copa del Rey defeating Tenerife in the championship. However, Barcelona would only finish in fourth place during the regular season. This will earn them a trip back to the Copa del Rey in 2015 along with Tenerife, CBS Sant Boi, and Astros Valencia.

Leading Tenerife to the title were several strong hitters including Yancarlo Franco (.463/3/35), Lesther Galvan (.431/6/45), and Richard Montiel (.397/2/30). Overall the team hit a whopping .350 for the season outscoring its opponents 295-126. Seven of the nine regulars hit over .300 for the season.

On the hill Leslie Nacar led the way with a minuscule ERA of just 0.81 over 15 games. Nacar went an amazing 14-0 striking out 130 over 100.1 innings.

Barcelona got a little stronger in the off-season. Returning from Japan is Jorge Balboa who spent 2014 playing with the Kochi Fighting Dogs. The Spanish national team pitcher played four seasons with Barcelona going a combined 36-6 with an ERA of 2.23.

Final Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

  1. Tenerife Marlins 26-6
  2. CBS Sant Boi 23-9
  3. Astros Valencia 21-11
  4. CB Barcelona 20-12
  5. San Inazio Bilbao 18-14
  6. CB Viladecans 15-17
  7. Baseball Navarra 14-18
  8. CD Pamplona 7-25
  9. El Llano 0-32

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Baseball’s Rise Marked By New Stadiums Worldwide

Press Release IBAF.org

“Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation.” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A fresh wave of planned or recently completed baseball and softball construction projects is set to boost the growing popularity and globalisation of the bat-and-ball sports, as well as local economies, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) officials reported. The latest developments follow historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda in early 2014.

Now, as baseball and softball’s global footprint deepens, new facilities are being rolled out in the Bahamas, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom, in addition to new-builds in mature markets like Mexico — and South Korea and Taiwan, where the first-ever domed baseball stadiums are currently taking shape.


In 2015, a new national baseball stadium in the Bahamas — Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium — will be completed and “heralds rapid expansion of the game of baseball in the Bahamas,” reads a statement posted in November on the official website of the Government of the Bahamas.

Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry Christie told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony:”This is a result of the extraordinary progress of baseball in the [Bahamas], without government support, sponsored by people who had an interest, who stimulated young people…to get involved in baseball. We are now talking a benefit to the economy of the Bahamas.”

Government officials in the Bahamas indicate the state-of-the-art facility “will support the nation’s current energies to fully develop its sports tourism.”


Europe’s first state-of-the-art baseball and softball complex just outside Amsterdam in Hoofddorp, Netherlands was inaugurated for the 2014 season and has already hosted its first international competition. As well as attracting major baseball and softball events to the region and providing a new and exciting athlete-/fan-experience, the venue’s strategic location makes it very attractive as a regional training centre to further strengthen the development of baseball and softball in the Netherlands and in Europe.

In 2013, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association unveiled Europe’s first baseball and softball urban playground. The innovative “urban” concept was rolled out in Rotterdam and aims to take organised baseball and softball to the street, increasing the sports’ pathway and connection with young people in non-traditional settings.

New Zealand

Last month, the Auckland Council unveiled a new crown jewel baseball facility, cited by Auckland city officials as “the first of its kind in New Zealand.” Baseball New Zealand and McLeod Park Baseball Diamond have since been awarded the hosting rights of the U18 Baseball Oceania Championship, which serves as the qualifier for the 2015 U18 WBSC Baseball World Cup. Following McLeod Park’s opening ceremonies, officials in New Zealand have already been assessing the feasibility of building baseball’s first-ever national stadium in New Zealand.


The Instituto Barcelona Deportes (Barcelona Sports Institute) announced last week that it is set to begin construction on a new sports/community project, including the roll out of a new softball field next to baseball’s Estadio Carlos Perez de Rozas on Pierre de Coubertin Street in Barcelona.

“Sport is fundamental in Barcelona, so we are committed to providing the city with sports facilities necessary to ensure constant sport and of quality,” Deputy Mayor for Quality of Life, Equality and Sports, Ms. Maite Fandos, said in a statement.

South Africa

In a joint venture, the City of Cape Town and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport announced last month the unveiling of the rebuilt Bishop Lavis Softball field, which included laser-levelling of the pitch, installation of irrigation, construction of a backstop and fence, as well as installation of floodlights to hold training and competitions in the evenings.

“We are committed to providing facilities which will encourage communities to participate in sport and will nurture young talent. Sport encourages young people to live healthy and keeps them involved in wholesome activities and off the street,” the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Alderman Belinda Walker, said in a statement.

United Kingdom

Following the first-ever dedicated baseball/softball stadium in the U.K. with Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex built last year in Slough, BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) recently announced plans to build a new baseball and softball facility in Manchester to promote the sports and bolster participation numbers in the North of England. As growth has taken off in the U.K., including the newest facility inaugurated in Essex, John Boyd, BSUK Joint CEO, announced in November a project to expand the Farnham complex to include another international-standard baseball field.

WBSC on Baseball/Softball’s Continued Trend of Global Growth

WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari hailed the wave of initiatives as a major boost for the positioning of baseball and softball as one of the world’s leading global sports, particularly as WBSC and its partners continue working toward a return of baseball and softball in the Olympic Games.

“Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation,” said the world governing body president. “More and more clubs, communities, cities and nations are investing in the development of baseball and softball because it is being recognised that baseball and softball are proven and popular sporting and fan activities that engage young people across both genders as well as sponsors and broadcasters, and can help to stimulate economies.

“WBSC, our National Federations, our professional league partners and the youth leagues are heavily invested in promoting our sport around the world to attract and reach — and remain relevant to — the next generation of athletes and sport fans, alike. This recognition and support from governmental institutions to help drive growth marks a significant breakthrough for our sport in terms of universality and evolving into a truly global sport.”

Based on data compiled, the WBSC estimates that over 65 million athletes practice the sport of baseball and softball in over 140 countries, with youth and females making up the majority of the participation-demographic.

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Spain: Defending Champs Tenerife Marlins Leading Division de Honor

The Division de Honor in Spain has finished Week 5 of the season. Last season’s champions, the Tenerife Marlins, are off to another great start with a current record of 8-0. So far in the season they have only been challenged in a couple of games. They lead the league in most offensive categories including average (.350), runs (74), and hits (99). However, where they have really shined is on the hill. The Marlins lead the league with a 0.67 ERA through the first five weeks allowing just five earned runs in sixty-seven innings.

The league leaders will be challenged this coming weekend however as they face off with one of the better hitting clubs in the league early in the season when they face San Inazio Bilbao (5-3). San Inazio is the only other club hitting over .300 (.327) and is second in the league in doubles (20).

Last season’s runner-up, CB Barcelona, has struggled through the first part of the season going 5-5.  That is almost equal to their total number of losses from a year ago. CBS Sant Boi, who finished third a year ago, is off to a solid start just a game behind the Marlins at 7-1. They have this weekend off.

Division de Honor Standings:
1. Tenerife Marlins 8-0
2. CBS Sant Boi 7-1
3. Valencia Astros 6-2
4. San Inazio Bilbao 5-3
5. CB Barcelona 5-5
6. CD Pamplona 3-5
7. Baseball Navarra 3-7
8. CB Vilamoura 1-7
9. El Llano BC 0-8

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Spain: Division de Honor Scores and Standings

The Spanish Division de Honor finished its last full weekend of play. The league leaders Tenerife Marlins were off over the weekend, while CB Barcelona spanked El Llano BC in a two game set. Barcelona outscored El Llano 44-0 in the double header.

In other action, Baseball Navarra swept CD Pamplona while the rest of the series were splits.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

El Llano BC 0, CB Barcelona 17
El Llano BC 0, CB Barcelona 27

Baseball Navarra 8, CD Pamplona 1
Baseball Navarra 9, CD Pamplona 3

CB Vilamoura 4, Valencia Astros 6
CB Vilamoura 4, Valencia Astros 3

CBS Sant Boi 1, San Inazio Bilbao 4
CBS Sant Boi 7, San Inazio Bilbao 4

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Tenerife Marlins 26-6
2. CB Barcelona 23-7
3. CBS Sant Boi 22-10
4. San Inazio Bilbao 17-15
5. Baseball Navarra 16-16
6. CB Vilamoura 15-17
7. Valencia Astros 13-19
8. CD Pamplona 7-23
9. El Llano BC 3-29

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Spain: Tenerife Marlins Clinch Regular Season Title

The Tenerife Marlins continued to hold onto first place in the Spanish Division de Honor with a weekend sweep over San Inazio Bilbao. In other action, CB Barcelona took over second place by itself with a sweep of Baseball Navarra, while CBS Sant Boi split a weekend series with the Valencia Astros.

Barcelona has played two games less than Sant Boi and will finish up the season with a two game set with CD Pamplona to make up a previous series from mid-June.

Heading into the final weekend, the Marlins have already clinched the regular season title, but the rest of the standings could change. If Barcelona can win out, they will face the Marlins in the best-of-five championship series. Barcelona will face the two teams at the bottom of the standings in its next two series.

San Inazio Bilbao 1, Tenerife Marlins 11 (7)
San Inazio Bilbao 5, Tenerife Marlins 6 (10)

Game 1 saw an offensive barrage from the Marlins as they scored ten runs in the first two innings to dominate the game.

Leslie Nacar (W, 9-4) picked up the win tossing seven innings allowing just one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out six in the shortened game due to the run-rule.

Jose Romero (L, 7-6) took the loss giving up ten runs in just two innings of work. He gave up eleven hits.

Edwin Encarnacion had a nice day at the plate for the Marlins. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI including one on a solo home run in the seventh inning which ended the game giving the Marlins a 10-run lead.Victor Valazquez drove in three runs as well going 2-for-3. He also stole a base in the game. Lesther Galvan picked up a couple of hits himself going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, and a double.

The lone run for San Inazio Bilbao came on a solo home run from Kelvin Feliz (1-for-3).

Game 2 was a much better game. The Marlins needed two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to send the game into extra innings coming back from a 5-2 deficit to pull out the win.

Juan Lopez pitched well for San Inazio Bilbao but didn’t factor into the decision. He went 6.2 innings giving up just two runs. He gave up ten hits but struck out nine. Remigio Leal (L, 1-3) took the loss in relief.

Danny Morales (W, 1-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief picking up the win for the Marlins. He gave up just one hit and struck out four.

Jose Morban (1-for-3) drove in a pair of runs for San Inazio when he hit a two-run home run in the second inning. Jose Romero (2-for-4), Kelvin Feliz (2-for-5), and Tomas Alvarez (2-for-3) all picked up two hits in the loss.

Yancarlo Franco had a huge game for the Marlins going 4-for-5 with a double and two stolen bases. Deion Galvan also had a nice day at the plate. He went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two doubles. He would double in the winning run in the tenth inning.

In other league action:

Riccardo Hernandez won his tenth game of the year for Barcelona which ties him for the league lead. He tossed seven shutout innings giving up just three hits while striking out eight. He improve his ERA to 1.18 which ranks him second.

Jose Riera had a nice weekend. He went a combined 5-for-9 in the two games. He drove in two runs and scored two more for Barcelona.

Also for Barcelona, Pau Sancho went 6-for-9 over the weekend with a couple of doubles. While Oscar Anguelo went a combined 6-for-10 scoring five runs and driving in three more.

In Game 1 between Pamplona and Vilamoura, Elys Montano pitched a complete game shutout win. He gave up four hits and struck out eleven for Vilamoura. Alexis Fumero pitched well for Pamplona going eight innings allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eleven but took the loss.

Zael Honora picked up his tenth win for Sant Boi pitching a complete game in the first game of the weekend.

Rafael Rivas drove in three runs in the win for Sant Boi in Game 1 of the weekend. He went 2-for-5 with a double.

League Scores:

San Inazio Bilbao 1, Tenerife Marlins 11 (7)
San Inazio Bilbao 5, Tenerife Marlins 6 (10)

CB Barcelona 8, Baseball Navarra 0
CB Barcelona 9, Baseball Navarra 2

CD Pamplona 0, CB Vilamoura 1
CD Pamplona 5, CB Vilamoura 6

Valencia Astros 3, CBS Sant Boi 6
Valencia Astros 2, CBS Sant Boi 1


1. Tenerife Marlins PC 26-6
2. CB Barcelona 21-7
3. CBS Sant Boi 21-9
4. San Inazio Bilbao 16-14
5. Baseball Navarra 14-16
6. CB Vilamoura 14-16
7. Valencia Astros12-18
8. CD Pamplona 7-21
9. El Llano BC 3-27

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Spain: San Inazio Bilbao Sweeps Valencia

The league leading Tenerife Marlins took two games easily from the last place El Llano BC over the weekend. Both games were ended early due to the run rule. Every series was a sweep over the weekend without a single upset as everyone kept pace with the team ahead of them or behind them with just two full weeks left of play in the regular season.

The best series, score wise, was between the fourth place San Inazio Bilbao and the seventh place Valencia Astros.

San Inazio Bilbao 5, Valencia Astros 1
San Inazio Bilbao 1, Valencia Astros 0

Game 1 was closer than the score indicates. Both starters pitched great. For San Inazio Bilbao, Jose Romero (W, 7-5) went eight innings giving up just one run on two hits. He walked five and struck out ten picking up the win.

For the Astros, Miguel Vargas (L, 4-5) pitched well until late. After six scoreless innings, Vargas would give up five runs in the final 2.1 innings he pitched. He finished with 8.1 innings pitched giving up five runs on seven hits. He struggled with his control at times though giving up five walks and throwing four wild pitches.

Rafael Llames had a great day at the plate for San Inazio Bilbao. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. He drove in two runs and scored two more.

Game 2 was a pitching duel as both teams combined for just nine total hits.

Juan Lopez (W, 8-4) started for San Inazio Bilbao and tossed six scoreless innings giving up just two hits. He walked two and struck out six picking up his eighth win. Remigio Leal (S, 6) picked up the save tossing three innings allowing just one hit.

Lowuin Sacramento (L, 3-6) took the loss for the Astros but pitched well. He tossed seven innings allowing just one unearned run on four hits. He walked five and struck out eight.

Jose Morban was the only hitter for either team with more than a single hit going 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks.

The only run of the game came in the seventh inning and was scored on a throwing error.

In other league action:

Leslie Nacar picked up his eighth win tossing five hitless inning. He struck out eleven in the win for the Marlins.

Jose Melendez went 2-for-4 driving in six runs with a pair of home runs in Game 1 for the Marlins. He drove in another three runs going 3-for-4 in Game 2.

Lesther Galvan homered and went 3-for-4 in Game 1 driving in three runs. In Game 2 he went 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI.

Richard Montiel homered, went 3-for-3, drove in two runs, and scored three more in Game 1. He homered again in Game 1 going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBI.

Yancarlo Franco homered in Game 2 going 4-for-4. He scored four runs and doubled twice for the Marlins.

Ricardo Hernandez picked up his ninth win. He tossed eight shutout innings striking out ten winning Game 1 for Barcelona.

Kevin Malone doubled, tripled, went 4-for-5, drove in three runs, and scored two more in Game 2 for Barcelona.

Zael Honora pitched well for Sant Boi picking up the win in Game 1. He tossed a complete game giving up just one run on five hits while striking out ten.

Alexis Fumero pitched well for Pamplona in Game 1 but took the loss. He went the distance giving up just two unearned runs on six hits while striking out nine.

Daniel Matias picked up his ninth win pitching Game 2 for Sant Boi. He went seven innings allowing one unearned run on ten hits.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

El Llano BC 0, Tenerife Marlins 14
El Llano BC 1, Tenerife Marlins 16

CB Vilamoura 0, CB Barcelona 4
CB Vilamoura 3, CB Barcelona 10

CBS Sant Boi 2, CD Pamplona 1
CBS Sant Boi 11, CD Pamplona 1

San Inazio Bilbao 5, Valencia Astros 1
San Inazio Bilbao 1, Valencia Astros 0


1. Tenerife Marlins 24-6
2. CB Barcelona 19-7
3. CBS Sant Boi 20-8
4. San Inazio Bilbao 16-12
5. Baseball Navarra 14-14
6. CB Vilamoura 12-16
7. Valencia Astros 11-17
8. CD Pamplona 7-19
9. El Llano BC 3-27

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Spain: League Scores, Highlights and Standings

Week 15 is in the books for the Spanish Division de Honor with the Tenerife Marlins keeping the top spot in the standings after a weekend sweep. CBS Sant Boi is making a charge to earn a top spot in the playoffs by sweeping CB Barcelona over the weekend.

In other action, the Valencia Astros swept CD Pamplona and San Inazio Bilbao swept El Llano BC in their two-game set.

The biggest series over the weekend was between CB Barcelona and CBS Sant Boi. With the sweep, Sant Boi is now tied with Barcelona being just three games back of first place. However, Barcelona still has the edge winning percentage wise having lost one less game.

CBS Sant Boi 1, CB Barcelona 0
CBS Sant Boi 8, CB Barcelona 2

Game 1 was a gem as both pitchers pitched great going the distance. Zael Honora picked up the win by not allowing a run. He gave up just three hits and struck out eleven. He improved his record to 7-1 on the year.

Ricardo Hernandez was the tough luck loser for Barcelona in Game 1. He tossed a complete game giving up just one unearned run on four hits. He struck out fifteen on the day dropping to 8-2.

The lone run came in the top of the seventh inning for Sant Boi. It all started when William Domero started the inning off with a walk. On a failed bunt attempt, Domero advanced to second on a throwing error by Barcelona pitcher Hernandez. He would advance to third on a ground out and then score when Stefano Pistocchi singled up the middle to drive him home.

Game 2 had a little bit more offense, but the result was the same as Sant Boi came out on top again.

Daniel Matias pitched a great game going the distance allowing just two runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out two to earn the victory improving his record on the year to 8-3.

Jorge Balboa didn’t have his day go as well. He lasted just 2.2 innings giving up seven runs, all earned, on six hits. Oscar Jimenez relieved Balboa and finished the game pitching well but giving up a run.

Dan Martinez had a great day from the lead off spot for Sant Boi. He went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a RBI triple. Marc Carrillo added a pair of hits of his own scoring a run.

Oscar Angulo and Andrew Avallone both finished the day 3-for-4 for Barcelona in the loss.

In other league action:

Jose Vidal Romero pitched six innings allowing just one run on five hits and striking out eight to pick up a win for San Inazio.

Domingo Morillo tripled and went 3-for-3 for San Inazio in Game 1 against El Llano. In Game 2 he doubled twice, drove in two runs, and finished the game 2-for-4.

Tomas Alvarez finished the double header 4-for-8 scoring three times and stealing four bases, all in Game 2.

Leslie Nacar pitched ten innings to pick up his seventh win. He gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out 19 against Navarra.

Emmanuel Febles had a great day for Navarra. He went 4-for-5 in the first game. He scored two runs, doubled, and stole a base. Then in Game 2 he added two more hits (2-for-5) including a double and another stolen base.

Hector Perozo also had a nice day for Navarra. In the first game he went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. In the second he drove in three going 2-for-3.

David Groener had a nice day for the Astros. In Game 1 he went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base. In Game 2 he didn’t get much to hit walking four times.

Sandel Cuevas went a combined 5-for-9 in the double header. He stole four bases (three in game 1), drove in four (three in game 2), and homered in the second game.

Pedro Peraza (2-for-4) and Edgar Aineto (1-for-5) hit a solo home runs in Game 2 for the Astros.

League Scores:

El Llano BC 1, San Inazio Bilbao 11 (7)
El Llano BC 3, San Inazio Bilbao 8

Tenerife Marlins 4, Baseball Navarra 3 (10)
Tenerife Marlins 8, Baseball Navarra 6

CBS Sant Boi 1, CB Barcelona 0
CBS Sant Boi 8, CB Barcelona 2

CD Pamplona 3, Valencia Astros 4
CD Pamplona 5, Valencia Astros 8


1. Tenerife Marlins PC 22-6
2. CB Barcelona 17-7
3. CBS Sant Boi 18-8
4. San Inazio Bilbao 14-12
5. Baseball Navarra 14-14
6. CB Vilamoura 12-14
7. Valencia Astros11-15
8. CD Pamplona 7-17
9. El Llano BC 3-25

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EC Barcelona: Telemarket Rimini Wins Championship with Win Over Corendon Kinheim

Telemarket Rimini took home the championship at the European Cup in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday with a 6-2 win over the Dutch club Corendon Kinheim. A day after both teams won one-run games to reach the championship, Rimini used an error to score three unearned runs in the third inning and held on to win the championship.

Rimini starter Yorman Bazardo came back after tossing eight shutout innings against Corendon Kinheim in the round robin portion of the tournament to get through only three innings. In those three innings, Bazardo gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits. Rimini got two great relief appearances from Carlos Pezzullo (2.0 IP / 1 hit / 0 runs) and Enorbel Marquez (4.0 IP / 1 hit / 0 runs). Marquez picked up the win.

Corendon Kinheim starter Leon Boyd lasted just an inning. Boyd came back on three days rest needing 30 pitches while allowing two runs on two hits. Jean Paul Gulinck took the lost after pitching 4.1 innings. He gave up four runs (one earned) on seven hits.

Leonardo Zileri (1-for-4) came up with a big two-out single to drive in the final two runs of Rimini’s three-run third inning. Mario Chiarini had a nice day at the plate going 2-for-4 scoring a run. All of Rimini’s 10 hits were singles in the game.

Ramiro Balentina (2-for-4) doubled hitting the only extra-base hit of the game for either club in the loss for Kinheim.

The win will put Telemarket Rimini up against fellow Italian Baseball League foe Unipol Bologna in the European Championship later on this summer in August.

Final Round Robin Standings:

1. Telemarket Rimini 4-1
2. Corendon Kinheim 3-2
3. Braci Brno 3-2
4. CB Barcelona 2-3
5. Paderborn Untouchables 2-3
6. Rouen Huskies 1-4

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EC Barcelona: Day Three Recap

Day 3 is done in Barcelona with the club from Italy, Telemarket Rimini, taking the lead heading into the final two days with an undefeated record. Rimini downed the French power Rouen Huskies in their match up on Thursday.

In other action, Draci Brno beat host CB Barcelona to stay right behind Rimini in the standings. And the Dutch club Corendon Kinheim finally got in the win column with a win over the German club Paderborn Untouchables.

Paderborn Untouchables 6, Corendon Kinheim 9

The Dutch club from Haarlem made a comeback after being down early on in the game but took the lead with a four-run fifth inning and held on for its first win in Barcelona.

Leon Boyd picked up the win needing 96 pitches to go six innings. He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out seven. Arshwin Asjes got the save but gave up a pair of runs pitching two innings.

Taylor Swift took the loss struggling with his control. He walked eight batters in 4.1 innings giving up six runs on just five hits.

Bryan Engelhardt led the Dutch offense going 3-for-4 in the game. He scored four times, doubled, and hit a two-run home run in the third inning. Ramiro Balentina scored another three runs going 2-for-4.

Robert Herrmann had a nice day at the plate in the loss for Paderborn. Herrmann went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs.

Telemarket Rimini 6, Rouen Huskies 3

Telemarket Rimini stayed unbeaten through the first three days of the tournament with a 6-3 win over the French club from Rouen.

Rouen jumped on Rimini early by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning and made the lead hold up until the eighth when Rimini came back to take the lead.

Yoann Vaugelade pitched well for Rouen tossing 6.2 innings allowing just one run on three hits. However, his relief couldn’t keep the Italian club from taking the lead. Keino Perez took the loss tossing just 1.1 innings while giving up five runs on five hits.

Alessandro Biondi earned the win with an inning of relief. Enorbel Marquez earned the save with two scoreless innings of relief.

Down 2-1 in the top of the eighth, shortstop Jack Santora (2-for-4) tripled clearing the bases and giving Rimini a 4-2 lead. Rimini would add two more in the top of the ninth earning the win.

Carlos Hereaud had a nice day at the plate for Rouen. He doubled twice going 2-for-3, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove in another.

Draci Brno 10, CB Barcelona 3

Draci Brno took advantage of five Barcelona errors to come back from a 2-0 deficit to pull out the win over the host club.

Michal Sobotka picked up the win tossing six innings giving up just two runs in the process. Andres Gimeno took the loss for Barcelona. He tossed just 4.1 innings giving up five runs on seven hits. Gimeno also walked five needing 97 pitches to get 13 outs.

A few Draci Brno batters had big days at the plate. Michal Ondracek went 4-for-5 driving in a run and scoring three others. Alexander Derhak added another three hits (3-for-6), doubling, and scoring two runs. Shortstop Martin Schneider walked twice, singled, scored twice, and stole two bases.

EC Barcelona Schedule:

Friday June 7th
10:30 Draci Brno vs Telemarket Rimini
15:00 Paderborn Untouchables vs Rouen Huskies
19:30 CB Barcelona vs Corendon Kinheim

Saturday June 8th
10:30 Telemarket Rimini  vs Paderborn Untouchables
15:00 Corendon Kinheim vs Draci Brno
19:30 Rouen Huskies vs CB Barcelona

Sunday June 9th
12:00 Championship Game

EC Barcelona Standings:

1. Telemarket Rimini 3-0
2. Draci Brno 2-1
3. Rouen Huskies 1-2
4. CB Barcelona 1-2
5. Paderborn Untouchables 1-2
6. Corendon Kinheim 1-2

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EC Barcelona: Telemarket Rimini Leads Standings After Day 2

Day 2 of the European Cup in Barcelona, Spain gave us three close games as the lone team from Italy leads the way staying undefeated.

Game 1 saw the Rouen Huskies from France down the Corendon Kinheim from the Netherlands with a late comeback. Next up we saw a shutout at the German club Paderborn Untouchables shutout the Czech club Draci Brno. The last game of the day featured the two undefeated teams as host CB Barcelona was downed by the Italian club Telemarket Rimini.

Rouen Huskies 9, Corendon Kinheim 7

The Dutch club from Haarlem saw their first win slip away from them in the ninth inning as the Rouen Huskies mounted a comeback scoring three runs to take a 9-6 lead.

All three runs scored by Rouen in the top of the ninth inning were unearned. The first two batters reached on errors as Rouen took advantage scoring three runs while coming up with only one hit.

Arshwin Asjes took the loss for Corendon after giving up three unearned runs on one hit in 1.2 innings of relief. Keino Perez picked up the win in relief tossing 2.2 innings giving up just one run on two hits for Rouen.

Carlos Hereaud came through with the big hit in the ninth for Rouen driving in two runs with a single. Hereaud finished the game going 2-for-3 with three walks and two runs scored.

Rene Cremer had a nice day for Corendon. The lead off hitter went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored.

Paderborn Untouchables 2, Draci Brno 0

Paderborn got a great outing from starter Harry Glynne who tossed a complete game shutout. He gave up just five hits, walked three, and struck out nine in the win.

Zachary Samuels took the loss for Draci Brno but pitched well. He went eight innings allowing just two runs on four hits.

The Untouchables only came up with four hits in the win. Two of them came from Matthew Martin (2-for-3).

Telemarket Rimini 2, CB Barcelona 1

Barcelona starter Jorge Balboa was the hard luck loser on Wednesday. He tossed a complete game allowing just two runs (one earned) on nine hits. He needed 175 pitches to finish nine walking seven in the process.

Roberto Corrandini picked up the win for Rimini. He tossed 6.1 innings allowing just one run on six hits. Enorbel Marquez got the save tossing an inning of relief.

Filippo Crociati scored both runs for Rimini going 2-for-4 in the process.

EC Barcelona Schedule:

Thursday June 6th
10:30 Paderborn Untouchables vs Corendon Kinheim
15:00 Telemarket Rimini vs Rouen Huskies
19:30 Draci Brno vs CB Barcelona

Friday June 7th
10:30 Draci Brno vs Telemarket Rimini
15:00 Paderborn Untouchables vs Rouen Huskies
19:30 CB Barcelona vs Corendon Kinheim

Saturday June 8th
10:30 Telemarket Rimini  vs Paderborn Untouchables
15:00 Corendon Kinheim vs Draci Brno
19:30 Rouen Huskies vs CB Barcelona

Sunday June 9th
12:00 Championship Game

EC Barcelona Standings:

1. Telemarket Rimini 2-0
2. CB Barcelona 1-1
3. Draci Brno 1-1
4. Rouen Huskies 1-1
5. Paderborn Untouchables 1-1
6. Corendon Kinheim 0-2

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EC Barcelona: Pitchers’ Duels Galore on Day One

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 Barcelona, the six teams competing are:

Paderborn Untouchables (GER)
Telemarket Rimini (ITA)
CB Barcelona (ESP)
Draci Brno (CZE)
Corendon Kinheim (NED)

Day 1 Recap:

Draci Brno 1, Rouen Huskies 0

A pitcher’s duel broke out in the first game in Barcelona as both starters pitched great.

Draci Brno starter Martin Schneider tossed 6.1 scoreless innings allowing just four hits while striking out seven. The two relievers that followed Schneider didn’t allow a hit over the last three innings. Karl Martin Malecek picked up the win allowing only a single walk in 1.2 innings of relief. Radim Chroust picked up the save pitching the final inning.

Rouen starter Owen Ozanich pitched a complete game but took the loss. Over nine innings, Ozanich gave up just a single unearned run on six hits while striking out eleven.

The only run of the game came in the top of the ninth inning as Draci Brno got a two out rally going to plate the only run of the game. After two quick outs, Micahal Ondracek (1-for-3) singled to get the rally going. After a failed pick off attempt, Michael Bren (1-for-4) singled down the right field line moving Ondracek to third base. Then, just when it looked like Ozanich had pitched out of the jam, Zachary Samuels pinch-hit and reached on an error allowing Ondracek to score from third.

Corendon Kinheim 0, Telemarket Rimini 1 (11)

The second game in Barcelona was just as good as the first. Again a pitchers duel, both starters went at least eight innings of scoreless ball.

David Bergman tossed nine shutout innings for Corendon allowing just eight hits. Yorman Bazardo started for Rimini and went eight shutout innings allowing just a single hit while striking out eleven. With the game going extra innings, neither factored into the decision.

Corendon Kinheim couldn’t score a bit in the top of the 10th inning and needed Dirk Van Klooster to throw out James Buccheri at the plate to push the game into the eleventh inning.

Again Corendon went hitless and couldn’t score in the top of the eleventh. Telemarket Rimini would make the most of it in the bottom of the inning. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Alexander Romero (2-for-5) came up with the walk-off single driving in Riccardo Babini (2-for-4).

CB Barcelona 4, Paderborn Untouchables 2

Barcelona got a great start out of Ricardo Hernandez to pick up the win in their first game of the tournament. Hernandez pitched seven innings allowing just one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out six in picking up the win. Andres Gimeno came in to pitch the final two innings to earn the save.

Leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Barcelona got the bats going. It all started with a Pau Sancho (2-for-5) one-out double. He quickly scored the tying run when Jesus Golindano (2-for-3) singled him home. After another out and an Angel Angulo (2-for-4) single, Oscar Roman (2-for-4) came through with a big two-out triple.

Paderborn came back with a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth, but it was too little too late. Eugen Heilmann pitched okay for Paderborn but took the loss going all nine innings allowing four runs (three earned) on ten hits.

Jendrick Speer was the only Untouchables hitter with more than a single hit going 2-for-4. He also stole two bases.

EC Barcelona Schedule:

Wednesday June 5th
10:30 Rouen Huskies vs Corendon Kinheim
15:00 Paderborn Untouchables vs Draci Brno
19:30 Telemarket Rimini vs CB Barcelona

Thursday June 6th
10:30 Paderborn Untouchables vs Corendon Kinheim
15:00 Telemarket Rimini vs Rouen Huskies
19:30 Draci Brno vs CB Barcelona

Friday June 7th
10:30 Draci Brno vs Telemarket Rimini
15:00 Paderborn Untouchables vs Rouen Huskies
19:30 CB Barcelona vs Corendon Kinheim

Saturday June 8th
10:30 Telemarket Rimini  vs Paderborn Untouchables
15:00 Corendon Kinheim vs Draci Brno
19:30 Rouen Huskies vs CB Barcelona

Sunday June 9th
12:00 Championship Game

EC Barcelona Standings:

1. CB Barcelona 1-0
1. Draci Brno 1-0
1. Telemarket Rimini 1-0
4. Corendon Kinheim 0-1
4. Rouen Huskies 0-1
4. Paderborn Untouchables 0-1

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Spain: Tenerife Marlins Take Over First Place with Sweep of BC Barcelona

The Tenerife Marlins took over first place in the Spanish Division de Honor with a two game sweep over CB Barcelona over the weekend. The Marlins need an extra frame in Game 1 to take home the win but won a slugfest in Game 2 to take a slight lead in the standings.

CB Barcelona 6, Tenerife Marlins 7 (10)

CB Barcelona 9, Tenerife Marlins 15

Deion Galvan walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to bring in the winning run for the Marlins in Game 1 of the series.

It was a back and forth game from the get go as the Marlins jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The lead would change hands four times as both teams battled back from deficits. The Marlins needed a run in the bottom of the ninth just to push it to extra frames. They got that tying run on a lead off home run from Yancarlo Franco (3-for-5) who had a big day at the plate scoring three times.

Leslie Nacar went the distance tossing ten innings to pick up the win. Ricardo Hernandez pitched the first nine innings for Barcelona but gave way to Andres Gimeno in the tenth. Gimeno would take the loss.

Oscar Angulo (1-for-3) and Jose Riera (2-for-3) both homered for Barcelona in the loss.

Game 2 featured a bit more offense as both teams combined for 24 runs on 24 hits.

Oscar Angulo (1-for-5) homered once again in the loss.

Lesther Galvan had a huge game for the Marlins going 3-for-5 knocking in four runs with a three-run double and a home run. Jose Melendez also homered for the Marlins going 3-for-5 in the game.

Cristian Remedos picked up the win pitching 7.1 innings of relief after starter Jesus Leon only lasted 1.2 innings. Barcelona starter Jorge Balboa took the loss giving up eight runs (seven earned) in three innings.

In other league action:

Zael Honora picked up a win tossing a complete game three-hitter for Sant Boi. He game up one run and struck out 14.

Eduardo Rivas went a combined 6-for-8, including a 4-for-4 game, in the double header for Sant Boi. He doubled and scored three runs in his four hit game.

Blake Ochoa had a great weekend for the Valencia Astros. In Game 1 he went 2-for-5 with a home run. In Game 2 he continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with another home run.

David Groener also homered in Game 1 for the Astros against Baseball Navarra.

Alberto Espanol homered in a loss for Baseball Navarra going 2-for-5 in Game 1 against the Astros.

Alexis Fumero tossed a complete game win for Pamplona. He gave up one run on six hits while striking out seven.

Gabriel Guerrero had a good day for Pamplona. In Game 1 of the weekend series against El Llano Guerrero went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. In Game 2, he picked up two more his in four at bats.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

CB Barcelona 6, Tenerife Marlins 7 (10)
CB Barcelona 9, Tenerife Marlins 15

CBS Sant Boi 2, CB Vilamoura 1
CBS Sant Boi 5, CB Vilamoura 6

CD Pamplona 6, El Llano BC 1
CD Pamplona 7, El Llano BC 8

Baseball Navarra 2, Valencia Astros 10
Baseball Navarra 7, Valencia Astros 3

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Tenerife Marlins 12-4
2. CB Barcelona 13-5
3. CBS Sant Boi 12-6
4. CB Vilamoura 10-8
5. San Inazio Bilbao 8-8
6. Baseball Navarra 7-11
7. CD Pamplona 7-11
8. Valencia Astros 6-10
9. El Llano BC 3-15

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Spain: Tenerife Marlins Keep Pace with League Leader CB Barcelona

The Tenerife Marlins kept pace with league leader CB Barcelona over the weekend with a pair of wins over El Llano BC. The Marlins have the most wins in the league with 11, but have one more loss than Barcelona at the moment having played two more games. The two league leaders will meet at the end of May.

Tenerife Marlins 2, El Llano 0

Tenerife Marlins 7, El Llano 3

Both starting pitchers in Game 1 went the distance and pitched well. Jesus Leon (W, 3-0) needed just 95 pitches to toss nine shutout innings for the Marlins. He gave up six hits and struck out 11 for the win to improve stay perfect on the year.

El Llano starter Yasiel Pino (L, 2-2) pitched equally as well but took the loss giving up two runs on seven hits over nine innings of work. He struck out 11 in the loss dropping to 2-2 on the year. Pino has the only two victories for the team so far this year.

The Marlins got a run in the top of the first inning. Hansel Suris (1-for-4) led off the game with a single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, to third on a single, and then scored on the second wild pitch of the game by Pino.

They would get the final run in the game in the top of the sixth. Jacobo Jose Garrido (2-for-4) doubled to lead off the inning. He scored when the next hitter Yancarlo Franco (1-for-4) singled through the right side of the infield.

Game 2 featured a little more offense, but the Marlins came out on top again. Richard Montiel had a big game going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI. He doubled to left in the first inning driving home the first run of the game and then drove in two more with a single to left in the top of the fourth inning.

Luis Miguel Munoz pitched in with a pair of RBI as well going 3-for-4 with a double in the win.

Cristian Remedios (W, 2-2)  tossed six innings giving up three runs (two earned) while striking out nine to even his record at 2-2. Danny Morales pitched the final three innings for his second save of the year.

Vito Abbattista (L, 0-2) dropped his second decision giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits in 3.2 innings of work.

In other action:

Oscar David Angulo went a combined 6-for-9 with five RBI in two games for CB Barcelona.

Angulo’s teammate’s Angel Aguado went 5-for-10 and Pau Sancho went 6-for-11 in the two games this past weekend as CB Barcelona swept CB Vilamoura.

Sant Boi picked up a pair of wins over Pamplona aided by a nice start from Zael Honora who tossed seven shutout innings allowing just four hits in a shortened run-ruled game.

Luis Alberto Burgos homered and drove in three runs in a game for Sant Boi this weekend.

Daniel Matias also tossed a nice game for Sant Boi going nine innings giving up one earned on five hits improving to 4-1 on the year.

Kelvin Feliz hit a two-run home run for San Inazio Bilbao leading them to a 3-0 win over the Valencia Astros.

Jose Vidal Romero tossed eight shutout innings for San Inazio Bilbao giving up just two hits and striking out 15 to improve to 2-2 on the year.


Tenerife Marlins 2, El Llano 0
Tenerife Marlins 7, El Llano 3

CB Barcelona 9, CB Vilamoura 2
CB Barcelona 10, CB Vilamoura 5

CD Pamplona 0, CBS Sant Boi 12
CD Pamplona 1, CBS Sant Boi 7

Valencia Astros 0, San Inazio Bilbao 3
Valencia Astros 1, San Inazio Bilbao 2

Baseball Navarra had the weekend off

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. CB Barcelona 10-2
2. Tenerife Marlins 11-3
3. CBS Sant Boi 7-5
4. San Inazio Bilbao 7-5
5. CB Vilamoura 6-6
6. Baseball Navarra 5-7
7. Valencia Astros 4-8
8. CD Pamplona 4-8
9. El Llano BC 2-12

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Spain: San Inazio Bilbao Blasts El Llano BC in a Doubleheader

The Spanish Division de Honor is in full swing already as they are a few weeks away from the halfway point of the season already. CB Barcelona still leads the league, but not far behind them are the Tenerife Marlins.

The weekend series between CB Barcelona and CBS Sant Boi was rained out. All other games took place as CB Vilamoura had the week off.

San Inazio Bilbao 23, El Llano BC 0 (5)

San Inazio Bilboa 10, El Llano BC 0 (8)

San Inazio got the sticks going early and often this weekend as they won by a combined score of 33 to 0 over El Llano.

In Game 1, San Inazio pounded out 25 hits scoring in four of the five innings played while limiting El Llano to just two hits. Jose Vidal Romero (W, 1-2) picked up the win going four innings allowing just one hit.

Every single hitter for San Inazio got at least one hit. Domingo Morillo and Jose Morales both went 5-for-5 in the game. Morillo drove in three runs and scored three, and Morales drove in five runs while scoring twice.

Game 2 wasn’t much better for El Llano as they only picked up a total of four hits in the game.

Juan Jose Lopez (W, 3-1) picked up the win for San Inazio pitching six innings allowing just three hits and striking out eight. Vito Abbattista (L, 0-1) took the loss going 7.1 innings giving up ten runs on 17 hits.

Jose Morales once again led the offense going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and knocking in a pair as well.

In other action:

Leslie Nacar pitched a complete game win for the Tenerife Marlins. Nacar gave up just one run on five hits while striking out 14.

Richard Montiel went a combined 5-for-8, hitting three doubles, and driving in two runs in each of the Marlins games this weekend.

Miguel Vargas pitched a complete game three hitter for the Valencia Astros. He gave up just one run and struck out 13 in the win.

Blake Ochoa homered going 2-for-4 while scoring three runs and driving in two for the Astros in Game 2 of their weekend series with Pamplona.

Spanish Division de Honor Results:

San Inazio Bilbao 23, El Llano BC 0 (5)
San Inazio Bilboa 10, El Llano BC 0 (8)

Baseball Navarra 1, Tenerife Marlins 5
Baseball Navarra 4, Tenerife Marlins 9

Valencia Astros 2, CD Pamplona 1
Valencia Astros 8, CD Pamplona 0

Current Standings:

1. CB Barcelona 6-2
2. Tenerife Marlins PC 7-3
3. CBS Sant Boi 5-3
4. CB Vilamoura 6-4
5. Valencia Astros 4-4
6. San Inazio Bilboa 5-5
7. Baseball Navarra 5-7
8. CD Pamplona 4-6
9. El Llano BC 2-10

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