After Saturday crowned the Qualifier winners, the European Cups “A” in Brno (Czech Republic) and Hoofddorp (Netherlands) ended with the finals.
In Brno Rimini celebrated the tournament win thanks to a 9-2 victory over the previously unbeaten team of DOOR Neptunus. Seven runs in the top of the ninth broke a 2-2 tie and blew the score wide open at the same time. Pierangelo Cit had two RBI. Giuseppe Spinelli scored twice. Gianision Boekhoudt hit a solo home run for Rotterdam. Raily Legito had tied the game with a RBI single in the eighth. Neptunus was 5-0 going into the finals, including a 17-3 rout of the Pirates on Thursday. But in the final Michael Ekstrom matched Diegomar Markwell on the mound and in the end Rimini won the battle of the bullpens.
- Rimini (ITA)
- DOOR Neptunus (NED)
- Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg (GER)
- Draci Brno (CZE)
- Templiers Senart (FRA)
- KNTU Elizavetgrad (UKR)
In Hoofddorp the unbeaten Dutch team suffered the loss against an Italian Baseball League club in the final as well. T&A San Marino prevailed 2-1 against the Vaessen Pioniers to earn the title at the new Park21 ballpark. A solo home run by Jairo Ramos in the fourth and a RBI single by Wuillians Vasquez in the sixth made the difference. Dirk van’t Klooster had tied the game with a RBI single in the fifth. On the mound Jose Guera and Jesus Delgado out-dueled Ricardo Hernandez and Sedley Karel. In the preliminary phase the Pioniers had beaten San Marino 4-2.
- T&A San Marino (SMA)
- Vaessen Pioniers (NED)
- Rouen Huskies (FRA)
- Solingen Alligators (GER)
- Nettuno (ITA)
- Kotlarka Prague (CZE)
With the wins by T&A San Marino and Rimini it will be a local derby in the best of three European Champions Cup Final Series in August. Both ballparks are separated by a mere 15 kilometers near the Adriatic Sea.
All results, box scores, statistics and final reports are available at www.baseballstats.eu