The first finalists have been found after day four at the Qualifiers for the European Cups on Thursday.
In Antwerp everything is still undecided though. Nada Split stunned the hosting Brasschaat Braves 8-2 in game two. Split scored three runs each in the sixth and eighth to blow the game open. Dario Colovic hit a home run. Matthew McAllister struck out ten in seven solid innings.
In the afternoon game the Leksand Lumberjacks had defeated the Zurich Challengers 12-6. Per Sjoers, Tyler Overstreet and Jonathan Schoeden hit home runs for the Swedes. Robert Sedin had five hits for Zurich. Francisco Colindres went deep. Friday’s contest between Leksand and Split will decide about the final.
In Athens the Sofia Blues and the Olympic sports school 42 will play in the final on Saturday. The Sofia Blues made this happen with a 6-4 stunner over Olimpija Karlovac, which lost for the second time in the tournament and therefore missed the championship game. A strong start by Martin Andonov, who also had three hits on offense, led the Bulgarian club to the win.
In game two on the day Atletico Alexandria upset Moscow 13-10, even though they nearly blew a 10-1 advantage in the process. They still will finish in fifth place, as they had lost the first three games. Vlad Talangescu led all batters by going 3-for-5 with an inside the park home run, a triple, three runs scored and five RBI.
In Brest the people in attendance saw two lopsided wins on Thursday. The Vienna Metrostars crushed the Angels Trnava 13-2 in the early game. Peter Ferak, David Dorffner and Didier Letouze each had three RBI. Tim Patrick went the distance on the mound.
Afterwards Brest Zubrs shut out Centaury Warsaw 10-0. Maksim Burdzin and Kiryl Kazlouski combined to allow just four hits and two walks. Thanks to the two victories by Vienna and Brest both teams reached the final game on Saturday.
In Sweden rain hindered organizers a little bit, but after a two-hour delay all games were played. In the first match the North Stars Moscow beat Vilnius BC 5-4. Oleg Semenov drove in the game-winner with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth. A RBI groundout in the seventh had tied the game. Overall Moscow erased a 0-4 deficit.
In the evening the Stockholm Monarchs edged out the Bern Cardinals by the same result. Stockholm scored thrice in the fourth and twice in the fifth to take the lead. The Cards tried to come back, but got stopped right in time by reliever Mark Langone. In Stockholm semi-final games will be played on Friday. The North Stars face Bern, Stockholm takes on Vilnius.
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