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Sweden: Stockholm Wins Fourth Title in Six Years


Stockholm has won the Swedish Elitserien championship after defeating defending champion Karlskoga Bats three-games-to-one in the series final.

With the series tied at one game each, Stockholm exploded for 13 runs, including eight in the fourth inning alone, in Game 3. The 13-3 win gave Stockholm a 2-1 lead in the series and put them one win away from their fourth championship in the past six years.

Daniel Wood hit a three-run home run for Stockholm, while Michael Maples (2-for-4) drove in four runs including three on a bases loaded double. Elvis Hammarstedt added three hits of his own including a triple.

Stockholm would finish off the series with a 6-2 win in Game 4. Alex Keenen pitched six innings allowing just two runs on four hits to pick up the win. Arvid Carlstedt finished off the last three innings to pick up the save.

Matt Merrifield led the offense going 3-for-5, while Peter Johannessen (2-for-4) picked up a couple of RBI in the win.

Alex Keenen was named the MVP of the finals. He pitched two games, winning both, and allowed just two runs in 12 innings. Overall in the playoffs, Keenen went 3-0 with an ERA of just 1.00.

Photo: Swedish Baseball Federation

2013 Swedish Elitserien Championship:

Stockholm 3, Karlskoga 5
Stockholm 4, Karlskoga 0
Karlskoga 3, Stockholm 13 (7)
Karlskoga 2, Stockholm 6

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Interview: Gothenburg Sharks American Import Matt Winter


Today we get the chance to visit with Matt Winter, an American playing in Sweden. Matt was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about how he got to Sweden and what’s its like to play overseas.

Tell us a little bit about your baseball background. How did you wind up in Laredo, Texas playing college ball?

My baseball background goes as such, i began playing the game at 5 years old and haven’t stopped since. I played all the way from t-ball to high school and then received a scholarship to Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. I was there for 2 years and then got a scholarhship to Texas A&M International University down in Laredo and took it! I chose tamiu because it was in the south and its every Iowa junior college baseball player to get out of the cold and get to warmer weather and high quality baseball. I graduated from Texas A&M International University in May of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

In 2011, you played in the Arizona Summer League. What was that experience like?

The Arizona Summer league was a big step for me in my baseball career. After college i still wanted to play and had something to prove, going undrafted i wanted to break into the independant leagues. I went to a tryout in Detroit, Michigan called the Indy pro showcase, i was invited to the Arizona summer league after completing the showcase. Once i arrived in Yuma and begain playing against some of the best amature players in the world i knew i had what it takes to play baseball at the next level. I hit .343 for the summer and I was on my way.

After leaving college, you started playing overseas. What made you decide that was what you wanted to do?

Playing baseball overseas was my only option at that time to continue playing. I didn’t have much going at the time as far as a job and  and i was ready for an adventure, i was ready to go do something special. I love the game of baseball and as a young man having alot of success in the game i knew there was a spot out there for me. It has been one of the best decisions i have ever made.

You used Teammates International to help find a position overseas. Tell us about your experience with them?

Its as simple as this, if it wasn’t for Duane Erickson and Teammates International I would have never gotten the oppertunity to play overseas and my life would be completely different right now, my career would have been over. I am very thankful for Duane and everything he has done for me as a player. He has been there for me the whole way and I have nothing but good things to say about him.

Your first stop overseas was in Sydney, Australia. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to play in Australia?

Australia was an incredible experience for me both on and off the baseball field. I learned so much about myself and about life. It was my first time outside the U.S. and i had to adapt and changing the way i looked at things. The baseball was great, very competitive and a higher level than college ball. Sydney was a great city i had alot of great times there and it’s an experience that i will never forget. There were alot of ups and downs during my time there and I have grown alot as a baseball player and as a person.

This season you are with Goteborg in Sweden. Tell us a little bit about that. How did you find your way to Sweden and how has it been so far?

I found my way here to Sweden again through Teamates International. They set me up with the Gothenburg Sharks and the rest is history! Sweden has been absolutley great, i have loved every minute of it. It really has been a special summer for me and I’m very happy over here!

You are having a nice season with Gothenburg so far. What is the competition like there?

The competition is good, we play at the elite level which is the highest level of baseball in Sweden. Alot of teams here rely heavily on there imports but as a whole the level of baseball is pretty competitive. I have been able to play at a high level all summer and it’s really made things that much better! Sweden is not known for there baseball but i’m enjoying it alot here!

What do you do when you are not playing? Do you have responsibilities to youth programs or do you get to do a lot of traveling?

I coach the Gothenburg regional team which is made up of non elite series players, as well as coach junior players, i do that twice a week! I do have time to travel around I just got back from the Swiss alps and have done alot of traveling throughout Sweden.

What are your plans in the future? Do you hope to continue around the European circuit like many others?

My plans are really up in the air right now, i’m just taking it one day at a time and seeing what happens! Its been alot of fun this summer and I have been doing this international baseball thing for a year now and if i get the oppertunity to keep playing i believe i will keep going!

We’d like to thank Matt for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us. If you are interested more in following Matt’s season with Gothenburg, you can follow him on Twitter at @MattWinter17.

We wish Matt good luck the rest of the season and wherever the rest of 2012 and beyond might take him on the diamond.

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Sweden: Stockholm BSK Signs Puerto Rican Joel Molina


SWEDEN – The Swedish baseball club Stockholm BSK has signed Puerto Rican catcher Joel Molina for the 2012 season. Stockholm has won three of the last four national baseball championships.

Molina attended Hudson Valley Community College in New York where he collected 57 hits and banged 20 doubles as a freshman. He transferred to Peru State College in 2007 and claimed All-Conference honors (Honorable Mention) with a .339 batting mark and 15 doubles.

The San Juan native returned to Puerto Rico after a successful collegiate career. Last year, he batted .409 with four doubles and 15 RBIs for the Gurabo Halcones.

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Sweden: Season Ready to Start April 24th


SWEDEN – The 2012 Swedish League campaign will get underway on April 24 with the Sundbyberg Heat pitted against the Swedish Baseball Academy. Reigning champion Stockholm will open the season the following week opposite Gefle.

The league format will be similar to last year. The first half of the regular season will be played until June 7 with the top six clubs advancing to the second half. The top four teams advance to the postseason.

Other squads competing in Sweden’s highest division includes Goteborg Hajarna, Karlskoga Bats, Leksand Lumberjacks and Alby Stars.

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Sweden: Nykoping Signs American Thomas Dore


SWEDEN – The Swedish club Nykoping has signed American outfielder Thomas Dore for the 2012 season. The Illinois native is expected to arrive in Scandinavia in late April or early May.

A switch-hitter, Dore is currently playing in South Africa. The Santa Clara University product might also suit up for Swedish heavyweight Stockholm if both clubs can come to an agreement.

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Sweden: Stockholm BSK Sweeps Gothenburg to Win Championship


SWEDEN – For the third time in the last four years, Stockholm BSK won the Swedish Championship after a three-game sweep of the Gothenburg Sharks in the finals.

After the two first games, played last weekend in Skövde since Göteborgs home field was unplayable due to flooding, Stockholm held a commanding 2-0 lead after winning two close games, 6-3 and 11-8.

In those games, however, the two top starters, brothers Joakim and Jacob Claesson went down with injuries. Joakim Claesson, one of Team Swedens top starters, broke his wrist after a hit by pitch, and Jacob Claesson experienced discomfort in his shoulder.

Therefore, in a surprise move, the Stockholm club relied on 17-year old southpaw Albin Sivard, a product of the club’s deep youth program, to take the hill in game three of the Swedish Finals.

Like the Claesson brothers, Albin Sivard has been bred trough the Stockholm youth program at the Skarpnäck field and now also practices year round as he studies at the Swedish Baseball and Softball Academy.

Albin Sivard had only pitched three innings in the Elite League this year, after an injury held him on the sidelines, but looked more like a seasoned veteran on the mound than a young rookie pitcher.

The young lefthander responded to the challenge by throwing seven shutout innings, only allowing one hit and two base on balls while striking out 12 batters en route to his first playoff win for Stockholm.

Offensively, Stockholm capitalized on six Gothenburg errors as they scored in every inning except the sixth, and by that time held a commanding 8-0 lead. The game was called in the bottom of the eight as Stockholm finished off Gothenburg, 10-0.

Curtis Dionne took the loss for Gothenburg, allowing seven runs (four earned) over three innings.

Magnus Pilegård earned MVP honors after hitting 5 for 12 in the finals with five rbi’s, four runs scored, and an important homerun in the second game.

Press Release: Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation

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Sweden: Stockholm Takes First Two Games in Finals Vs Goteborg


SWEDEN – Stockholm took the first 2 games on the road of the Swedish Elitserien finals defeating Goteborg Hajarna 6-3 and 11-8 on Saturday.

Justin Trejo pitched 6 strong innings to pick up the victory in Game 1, while Joakim Claesson pitched the final 3 frames to complete the game and earn the save for Stockholm. After 3.5 innings, Stockholm had jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Goteborg would come back with 2 runs of its own in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead in half. That’s as close as they would get.

Goteborg did threaten in the bottom of the 9th though. With the bases loaded and a run already in, Tony Dermendziev just missed a grand slam that would have been a huge walk-off victory for Goteborg.

Stockholm won Game 2 as well, but it cost them. Starting pitcher Jacob Claesson left the game in the 3rd inning with pain in his shoulder. Magnus Pilegard came in to relieve Claesson after he was pulled due to injury. However, it wouldn’t be the only Claesson injured. Jacob’s brother Joakim Claesson was hit by a pitch and broke his wrist.

Stockholm took control of the game in the 3rd inning scoring 5 runs to take a 5-1 lead. Goteborg came back immediately in the bottom half of the inning to get 3 of its own to push the score to 5-4, but they wouldn’t get any closer. Stockholm would get runs in the 5th, 6th, and 7th to push their lead to 11-4 and cruise to victory taking control of the series.

Stockholm returns home for games 3 and, if necessary, games 4 and 5.

Finals Schedule:
Saturday, September 17:
Goteborg 3 – Stockholm 6
Goteborg 8 – Stockholm 11
Saturday, September 24:
12:00 Stockholm – Goteborg
3:00 Stockholm – Goteborg*
Sunday, September 25:
12:00 Stockholm – Goteborg*
(*if necessary)

Photo Courtesy Swedish Baseball Federation

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Sweden: Stockholm Faces Goteborg Hjarna in Championship Series


SWEDEN – Top-seeded Stockholm and No. 3 Goteborg Hajarna advanced to the championship series with rubber match victories Sunday in the semi-final round of the Swedish Baseball League playoffs.

Stockholm (20-7), seeking its third national title in four seasons, rebounded from a series-opening 3-1 setback at the hands of the fourth-place Leksand Lumberjacks (16-11) Saturday with a 13-0 rout in the twinbill finale. Stockholm claimed a 5-4 win in the decisive third game to clinch a spot in the championship series for the fourth consecutive year.

Goteborg (17-10), an offensive-minded squad which led the league in scoring, suffered a 13-0 beatdown to the second-seeded Karlskoga Bats (17-10) in the series opener. However, the Sharks knocked off the reigning Swedish champion in the next two games, 16-7 and 11-6, to book a ticket to the finals.

2011 SWEDISH BASEBALL FINALS SCHEDULE
9/17 – Stockholm at Goteborg Hajarna
9/18 – Stockholm at Goteborg Hajarna
9/24 – Goteborg Hajarna at Stockholm
9/24 – Goteborg Hajarna at Stockholm*
9/25 – Goteborg Hajarna at Stockholm*

* If necessary

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Sweden: 2011 Baseball Playoff Preview


SWEDEN – Magnus Pilegard and Stockholm BSK will be seeking their third Swedish Baseball Championship in four years when the semi-final round opens Saturday with a pair of intriguing twinbill matchups. If necessary, the best-of-three series finales will take place the following day.

Stockholm (18-6), the top seed which won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009, will battle the fourth-place Leksand Lumberjacks (15-9) for a berth in the championship series. The two squads split four games this year with Leksand’s Richard Leander (2-0/0.90) throwing eight frames of three-hit ball in a 9-1 victory on Aug. 28.

The reigning Swedish champion Karlskoga Bats (16-8) meets Goteborg Hajarna (15-9) in the other semi-final matchup. Both teams captured hotly-contested doubleheader sweeps in their four encounters this season.

Pilegard finished third in the batting race this season with a .421 hitting mark. The catcher/corner infielder, who topped the league with 16 steals, has a career batting average of .443 (405-for-913) in nine seasons.

IMPORT WATCH
Former Philadelphia Phillies prospect Evan Porter hit .573 (47-for-82) en route to the 2011 batting crown for Goteborg Hajarna. The American shortstop enjoyed an MVP-like campaign while leading the league in hits (47), runs (41), doubles (17), slugging percentage (.987), on base percentage (.680), walks (29) and RBIs (43).

HITTERS TO WATCH
Travis Bass, Leksand (.492); Kenta Sato, Karlskoga (.414); Johan Klarberg, Leksand (.361); Bjorn Johannessen, Stockholm (.347); Petter Lundberg, Karlskoga (.333); Andreas Wahlin, Goteborg (.322); Johan Weidolf, Goteborg (.322); Brian Strawn-Johnson, Goteborg (.316); Justin Trejo, Stockholm (.315).

PITCHERS TO WATCH
Joakim Claesson, Stockholm (7-3/1.45); Paul Waterman, Karlskoga (9-2/1.89); Curtis Dionne, Goteborg (6-3/2.54); Nicklas Melin, Leksand (1-2/2.96); Jakob Claesson, Stockholm (7-2/3.31); Kenta Sato, Karlskoga (5-0/1.32); Justin Trejo, Stockholm (3-0/2.32); Brian Strawn-Johnson, Goteborg (4-1/3.16).

PREDICTION
Stockholm remains the favorite but should not look past a solid Leksand squad that led the league in fielding while finishing second and third, respectively, in pitching and hitting. Goteborg and Karlskoga are two evenly-matched teams in a series that sould go down to the wire. However, Stockholm has the pitching and a championship pedigree to reclaim its Swedish throne.

SWEDISH PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:

Saturday, September 10
Stockholm vs. Leksand Lumberjacks (DH)
Karlskoga Bats vs. Goteborg Hajarna (DH)

Sunday, September 11
Stockholm vs. Leksand Lumberjacks*
Karlskoga Bats vs. Goteborg Hajarna*

* If necessary

Marvin Moore is a freelance international baseball writer who coached in Europe for six years. He currently teaches baseball to poverty-stricken Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School.

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Sweden: Goteborg and Leksand Reach Semi-finals


SWEDEN – Both Goteborg Hajarna and the Leksand Lumberjacks secured their spots in the semi-finals last weekend in the Swedish Baseball League. The two squads will join Stockholm and the Karlskoga Bats in the postseason race to the league championship.

Goteborg (14-7) limited Gefle to a lone run in two games en route to a pair of easy victories, 11-1 and 8-0.

Leksand (13-9) torched first-place Stockholm 9-1 to keep its title hopes alive before the former champion rebounded to take the second game, 7-4.

SWEDISH BASEBALL LEAGUE
1. Stockholm (16-5)
2. Karlskoga (15-7)
3. Goteborg (14-7)
4. Leksand (13-9)
5. Sundbyberg (10-11)
6. Gefle (5-16)

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Sweden: Stockholm Leads Baseball Race


SWEDEN – The Karlskoga Bats rebounded from a 10-8 loss in the opening game to rout the Sundbyberg Heat 16-1 in the second contest and salvage a twinbill split last weekend in the Swedish League.

The scheduled matchup pitting Stockholm against the Leksand Lumberjacks was washed out due to rain.

SWEDISH LEAGUE
1. Stockholm (13-3)
2. Goteborg (11-4)
3. Karlskoga (12-6)
4. Leksand (9-6)
5. Sundbyberg (8-10)
6. Gefle (5-11)

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Sweden: Stockholm Moves into Second Place


SWEDEN – Stockholm moved into sole possession of second-place with a 12-6 victory Friday night against the Sundbyberg Heat. With the win, Stockholm (8-3) moved percentage points ahead of Goteborg Hajarna.

Goteborg (9-4) claimed a hard-fought 5-3 win over the Leksand Lumberjacks (7-4) in the front end of a twinbill on Saturday. The second game was postponed due to wet conditions.

The final matchup on the slate ended in a draw between Gefle (5-7) and the Alby Stars (4-10). Alby picked up a 9-4 road win in the first contest before Gefle returned the favor in the second game, 5-1.

SWEDISH BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Karlskoga Bats 11 03 Won 3
Stockholm 08 03 Won 1
Goteborg Hajarna 09 04 Won 1
Leksand Lumberjacks 07 04 Lost 1
Sundbyberg Heat 05 06 Lost 2
Gefle 05 07 Won 1
Alby Stars 04 10 Lost 1
Swedish Baseball Academy 01 13 Lost 7

 

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Sweden: Top Two Teams Square Off This Weekend


SWEDEN – The top two squads in the Swedish Baseball League will butt heads this weekend when Goteborg host the Karlskoga Bats in an highly-anticipated doubleheader. Goteborg (8-2) has a slim lead over the Bats (9-3), which are the defending league champion.

The Leksand Lumberjacks (6-2) will hit the road to battle Stockholm (6-2) in another pivotal twinbill matchup on Saturday. The final contest on the slate has Gefle (3-5) looking to end the four-game winning streak of the Sundbyberg Heat (4-4).

SWEDISH BASEBALL LEAGUE RESULTS:

Monday, June 6th
Leksand Lumberjacks 14,19 – Alby Stars 3,2

Tuesday, June 7th
Leksand Lumberjacks 12, Swedish Baseball Academy 3

Wednesday, June 8th
Sundbyberg Heat 7, Swedish Baseball Academy 0

SWEDISH BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Goteborg Hajarna 08 02 Won 3
Karlskoga Bats 09 03 Won 1
Leksand Lumberjacks 06 02 Won 3
Stockholm 06 02 Lost 1
Sundbyberg Heat 04 04 Won 4
Gefle 03 05 Won 2
Alby Stars 03 09 Lost 3
Swedish Baseball Academy 01 13 Lost 7

 

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Sweden: Karlskoga Bats Split Series with Stockholm


SWEDEN – Elias Solveling highlighted a pivotal three-run sixth with a two-run single and the Karlskoga Bats edged Stockholm 3-2 to salvage a twinbill split in the Swedish Baseball League.

Paul Waterman went the distance allowing two runs on five hits to notch his third win of the season for the reigning league champion.

Stockholm won the opening game 9-4 as Bjoern Johannessen and Matt Merrifield drove in two scores apiece. Scott Mulhearn homered and tallied three RBIs for Karlskoga.

Jakob Claesson surrendered four runs on six hits over seven frames to improve his record to 3-0.

ALBY, GOTEBORG SPLIT TWINBILL
Brian Straw-Johnson drove in three runs to lead Goteborg Hajarna to a 10-3 win over the Alby Stars. Johan Weidlof and Evan Porter combined to score eight runs. The Stars rebounded with an eight-run opening frame in the second matchup en route to a 15-9 victory.

GEFLE, LEKSAND BATTLE TO A DRAW
Mats Jones and Simon Emanuelsson both went deep and the Leksand Lumberjacks used a nine-run sixth to beat Gefle 13-3. Jones also finished up on the mound to earn the relief win. Gefle avoided the sweep with a 5-1 decision in the second encounter.

Saturday, May 21st
Goteborg 10,9 – Alby Stars 3,15
Leksand Lumberjacks 13,1 – Gefle 3,5
Stockholm 9,2 – Karlskoga Bats 4,3

SWEDISH BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Karlskoga Bats 07 01 Won 1
Goteborg Hajarna 05 01 Lost 1
Stockholm 05 01 Lost 1
Leksand Lumberjacks 01 01 Lost 1
Alby Stars 02 04 Won 1
Gefle 02 05 Won 1
Swedish Baseball Academy 01 06 Won 1
Sundbyberg Heat 00 04 Lost 4

 

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Sweden: Karlskoga Bats Sweep Gefle


SWEDEN – Kenta Sato fanned seven in another eye-raising outing on the hill to lead the Karlskoga Bats to a 4-2 win over Gefle in the front end of a Swedish League doubleheader last Saturday.

Sato (3-0) scattered a walk and two hits over six shutout innings, while Christoffer Johansson tallied a pair of RBIs for the reigning league champion.

The Bats completed the sweep with a lopsided 15-1 victory in the twinbill finale. Paul Waterman (2-0) walked two and struck out nine in five hitless frames. Elias Solveling and Jesper Joelsson combined to drive in six runs.

Saturday, May 14th
Goteborg 11,12 – Sundbyberg Heat 1,8*
Stockholm 11,15 – Alby Stars 1,5*
Karlskoga Bats 4,15 – Gefle 2,1*

* Doubleheader Sweep

SWEDISH BASEBALL LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Karlskoga Bats 05 00 Won 5
Goteborg Hajarna 04 00 Won 4
Stockholm 04 00 Won 4
Alby Stars 01 02 Lost 2
Gefle 01 04 Lost 2
Leksand Lumberjacks 00 00 Won 0
Sundbyberg Heat 00 04 Lost 4
Swedish Baseball Academy 00 05 Lost 5

 

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Dennis Cook continues as Head Coach for Team Sweden


Press Release Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation

The Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation has announced that former Major Leaguer Dennis Cook will continue to serve as the head coach of the Swedish National Baseball Team over the 2012 European Championships. The 48-year old Cook pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues, including the 1997 World Series with the Florida Marlins, where he picked up the win in Game 3 in relief.

The assistant coaches Stephen Labay, Rickard Reimer, and Doug Skiles also will continue over the 2012 European Championships.

The Swedish team finished in 5th place at the 2010 European Championships, ahead of powerhouses as Spain and Great Britain, teams who are loaded with players with professional experience.

“Our placement last year was a tremendous success given the tough group that we were assigned to. Much credit goes to the coaching staff, which was the strongest ever for a Swedish national team, and the staff made a huge impact on the development of the players,” says Ulf Steinvall, GM of the national teams.

Cook, who has Swedish roots, made his MLB debut for the San Francisco Giants in 1988 and stayed in the big leagues until 2002, pitching also for eight other teams. He received two World Series rings during his career, one with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and another one with the Anaheim Angels in 2002. The left-handed journeyman had an ERA of 3.91 in 665 appearances (71 starts) overall.

Photo: Swedish Baseball Federation

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Sweden: Goteborg Hajarna Sign American Duo


SWEDEN – The Swedish League club Goteborg Hajarna has added a pair of Americans, Brian Johnson and Evan Porter, for the upcoming 2011 season.

Both Johnson and Porter attended NCAA Division I Nebraska and helped the Cornhuskers advance to the 2007 College World Series in Omaha. Porter, who suited up in Germany last year with the Solingen Alligators, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.

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Sweden: Karlskoga Bats Sign Trio of Foreign Imports


SWEDEN – The Swedish League club Karlskoga Bats have signed a trio of foreign import players – Lee Darracott, Paul Waterman and Kenta Sato for the 2011 season. The Bats dethroned two-time Swedish champion Stockholm in last year’s title series.

Darracott, 25, was drafted in 2006 by San Francisco Giants but opted to attend college. For the past three years, the Canadian right-handed slugger has served as a player/coach in Australia.

Waterman is a Canadian left-hander who has a British passport. He played this winter in South Africa and previously pitched for the Mannheim Tornados and the Gauting Indians in the German League.

Sato hails from Japan and is a right-handed pitcher and infielder. He previously played at the collegiate and independent league levels in the United States, and is currently playing in Australia.

The newcomers are replacing brothers Bryce and Jason Enewold, along with Lithuanian hurler Eimantes Zickus, who is expected to remain for most of the season in Lithuania.

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Sweden: Karlskoga Bats Win 2010 Swedish Title


Swedish Finals, Game 3:

(1-2) Stockholm 6, Karlskoga Bats 7

Box Score

The Karlskoga Bats won Game 3 of the Finals 7-6 coming back from being down 4-2 late in the game. With a 4-run 7th inning, Karlskoga took the lead, and what looked like an insurance run in the 9th to go up 7-4 in the end proved critical. Olle Öijen and Stefan Fahlin both had 3 hits and 2 RBIs for Karlskoga to lead the way offensively. Eimantas Zickus (3-0) went the distance to pick up the win. Stockholm was led by Magnus Pilegård, Peter Johannessen, and Kevin Santiago offensively as all had 3 hits.

Swedish Finals, Game 4:

(2-2) Stockholm 7, Karlskoga Bats 0

Box Score

Stockholm bounced back in Game 4 with a 2-hit shutout by Joakim Claesson. Claesson (2-1) gave up only 1 walk in addition to the 2 hits while striking out 9. Magnus Pilegård led the way offensively going 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs on the day. Stockholm was also aided by 8 errors on the side of Karlskoga. Of the 7 Stockholm runs, only 1 was earned.

Swedish Finals, Game 5:

(2-3) Stockholm 2, Karlskoga Bats 3

Stockholm looked to make it a 3-peat, but Karlskoga would deny them winning 3-2 in the decisive Game 5. The bats quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back holding off Stockholm for their first title since 2007. Christoffer Johansson was named Most Valuable Player.

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Sweden: Karlskoga and Stockholm Split First Two Games of Finals


Karlskoga Bats 2, Stockholm 6

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KAR 000 000 110  2  7 5

Stockholm, the defending Swedish champion, started strong by scoring five runs in the first two innings on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Karlskoga Bats in Game 1 of the Swedish Finals. Setting the table was lead off hitter Liam Hopkins who scored three times. Damon Lessler went 3-for-5 with a RBI. The Bats could not get going offensively score 2 runs on 7 hits and faired even worse in the field committing 5 errors. Jakob Claesson (W 2-0) picked up his second win of the postseason. He allowed only 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 8 innings.

Karlskoga Bats 5, Stockholm 3

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The Karlskoga Bats rebounded from the Game 1 loss to win 5-3 on Sunday in Game 2 to even the best-of-five championship series. The Bats were down twice but each time found a way to fight back and find a way to win. Down 2-0 after 5 innings, Karlskoga bounced back in the 6th inning with a Christoffer Johansson 2-run homerun. Stockholm then retook the lead in the next half inning, but again Karlskoga came roaring back. Karlskoga scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to win going away 5-3. Eimantas Zickus (W 2-0) went the distance allowing 9 hits, 3 runs and 3 walks while tossing a complete game victory striking out 9 along the way.

Swedish Finals Schedule:
Saturday, September 25:
13:00 Stockholm – Karlskoga Bats
16:00 Stockholm – Karlskoga Bats
Sunday, September 26:
*13:00 Stockholm – Karlskoga Bats
*if necessary

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Sweden: Karlskoga Bats to Face Stockholm in Finals


Karlskoga Bats – Sundbyberg Heat 10-9

After splitting the first two games of the semifinals, Karlskoga and Sundbyberg played the decisive 3rd game to see who would face Stockholm in the finals.

Sundbyberg controlled the game the entire way never trailing till the end. They came out quick scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning and 3 more in the 2nd. But Karlskoga would bounce back with a run in the 1st, 4 in the 3rd, and 2 more in the 4th. After 4 innings the score was 9-7 and had the makings of another game like game 2 (won by Sundbyberg 23-12).

However, the pitching staffs settled down and Karlskoga added only 1 more run in the 5th to pull within 1 run. That is where it would stay until the bottom of the 9th when catcher Bryce Enewold, who was 2-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI, ended the game with a walk off home run. The two out series ending home run sends Karlskoga to the Finals and Sundbyberg home.

Michael Andersson picked up the win after pitching a scoreless 9th inning. Jason Enewold went 3-4 with 4 runs scored for Karlskoga. While Shawn Vance went 2-4 with a home run and 4 RBI for Sundbyberg.

SM-Finals:

Saturday, September 18 Karlskoga – Stockholm

Sunday, September 19 Karlskoga – Stockholm

Saturday, September 25
Stockholm – Karlskoga
Stockholm – Karlskoga

Sunday, September 26 Stockholm – Karlskoga

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Swedish Semifinals Begin This Weekend


The Swedish Semifinals kicks off with the best of three games this weekend. As Stockholm-meets Skarpnäck Tranas and Karlskoga Karlskoga meets IP-Sundbyberg. The defending champion Stockholm and Karlskoga will have the home field advantage in the series.

Stockholm, with the leagues best .324 average, and Tranas, league leaders in homeruns with 16, split their 4 games this season.
Karlskoga, with the leagues best ERA of 3.75, swept their 4 game season series with Sundbyberg, who finished 2nd in ERA with 4.51.

SM-semi-finals are played as follows:

Saturday, September 11
13:00 Stockholm – Trans
12:00 Karlskoga, Sweden – Sundbyberg
16:30 Stockholm – Trans
15:30 Karlskoga, Sweden – Sundbyberg
Sunday, September 12
12:00 Stockholm – Trans
12:00 Karlskoga, Sweden – Sundbyberg

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Sweden: Stockholm Topples Leksand


SWEDEN – Joakim Claesson (5-0) pitched seven effective innings, and Magnus Pilegard homered and drove in five runs to lead Stockholm to a 9-3 win Saturday over the Leksand Lumberjacks in the front end of a Swedish League doubleheader. The two-time reigning league champion finished off the sweep with a 12-9 triumph in the second game.

Stockholm (13-3), which has won five straight games, spotted the Lumberjacks a 3-0 advantage before taking control of the game with a six-run fifth off Leksand reliever Erik Sjors (0-1), and sealed the win with three late scores. Pilegard led a contingent of six Stockholm players who tallied a pair of hits.

Kevin Santiago and Markus Rosenkvist each drove in a trio of runs, and Jakob Claesson (4-2) overcame a “rocky” start to notch the win as Stockholm crossed the plate six times in the second en route to their 13th win in 16 games. Oscar Carlstedt worked the final four frames to earn his second save.

KARLSKOGA SWEEPS GOTEBORG
Henrik Johansson homered and drove in three runs, and the Karlskoga Bats edged Goteborg 7-6 in the first part of a twinbill. Jason Enewold (5-1) went six frames to pick up the win, while Michael Andersson collected the final nine outs to nab his third save.

Eimantas Zickus (4-2) struck out 10 in a complete game outing as the Bats topped Goteborg, 7-5, in the series finale. Kent Karlsson racked up three RBIs without a hit, and Henrik Johansson reached base four times and drove in a pair of scores.

SUNDBYBERG WHITEWASHES TRANAS
Robert Porsklint had three hits and the Sundbyberg Heat climbed out of a four-run hole to edge Tranas, 9-8, Saturday. Johan Tisell (3-1) picked up the win despite registering his second blown save. Rob Learned and Philip Gajzler both went deep as the Heat completed the sweep with a 11-9 victory to make a winner of Nick Soubiea (6-1).

SWEDISH LEAGUE

Team Won Lost Streak
Stockholm 13 03 Won 5
Karlskoga Bats 12 04 Won 6
Sundbyberg Heat 12 04 Won 4
Tranas 09 07 Lost 2
Goteborg 06 10 Lost 3
Leksand Lumberjacks 06 10 Lost 4

Photo courtesy of Stockholm

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Sweden: Stockholm Wins First Round


SWEDEN – Stockholm picked up a pair of wins against Gefle on Sunday to finish a game ahead of both the Karlskoga Bats and Sundbyberg Heat after the first round in the Swedish League. The trio will be joined by Tranas, Goteborg and the Leksand Lumberjacks in the second round, with the top four squads advancing to the playoffs.

Stockholm (11-3) plated 10 runs in the second to take a commanding lead in the first game of a twinbill against Gefle, and then survived a mad rally by Gefle, which scored 10 runs over the final three frames, to escape with a 14-12 victory. American Damon Lessler drove in three runs and Oscar Carlstedt hit his first homer of the year.

Tomas Jansson, Mikael Boström, Tomas Andersson and Kristoffer Sjöberg all homered for Gefle.

The reigning Swedish champion rolled to an easy 12-4 win in the second meeting.

The Bats (10-4) routed the Eskilstuna Hammers, 18-0 and 13-4, to earn their fourth consecutive win, while the Heat (10-4) disposed of the Lumberjack twice, 11-0 and 5-2, to remain a serious contender for the league crown.

SWEDISH LEAGUE SCOREBOARD:
Sunday, July 4

Stockholm 14, 12 – Gefle 12, 4
Karlskoga 18, 13 – Eskilstuna Hammers 0, 4
Sundbyberg Heat 11, 5 – Leksand Lumberjacks 0, 2
Goteborg 6, 4 – Tranas 4, 11

Team Won Lost Streak
Stockholm* 11 03 Won 3
Karlskoga Bats* 10 04 Won 4
Sundbyberg Heat* 10 04 Won 2
Tranas* 09 05 Won 1
Goteborg* 06 08 Lost 1
Leksand Lumberjacks* 06 08 Lost 2
Gefle 03 11 Lost 7
Eskilstuna Hammers 01 13 Lost 8

* Qualified for Second Round

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