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Thursday, September 20, 2018

WBSC Europe - Super 6 - Day 3 Recap

The Czech Republic vs Belgium – Baseball
Game 1 of Thursday’s baseball tournament couldn’t have been more of a rollercoaster for either of the two teams. When Martin Muzik drove the ball over the outfielder to clear the bases and score three of his team mates, the Czech Republic was already leading 5-0. But then the Belgians unpacked their bats and went to work, scoring four with a homerun and three doubles in the second inning.
The game continued in the same manner, running up the score board. While the Czech added another run in the third, De Quint launched another homerun for the Belgique to take the lead, but the Czech answered making it a 7-7 ballgame.
With one more run in the sixth and a 2-run homerun in the seventh by Thomas De Wolf, it seemed like Belgium could walk away with a win, but the Czech Republic weren’t finished yet and answered with a Premek Chroust dinger and another run to tie the game: 10-10

Both teams showing off their offensive power, the Czech walked away with the W PC: Glenn Gervot

Eager to win the first game of the tournament, the win was up for grabs, but it was the Czech who once again showed their power. Hejma started off the eighth with a homerun and after Martin Muzik took another big hack, the score was already 14-10. When Cervinka added another solo-shot for the 15-10, the Czech’s first win was signed, sealed, and after a 1-2-3 inning of closer Martin Schneider and a game time of 3 hours and 35 minutes, finally delivered.

Germany vs Spain – Baseball
In Thursday’s second game, Germany was longing for its first success with ace Markus Solbach on the mound. Spain’s leadoff hitter Luis Guillorme took Solbach deep and once again in this tournament showed what he has learned during his Major League career with the NY Mets. A triple and a ground out scored the second run, as the Furia Roja stayed hot over the rest of the game, when a 2-run shot by Richard Muntiel in the third made it 4-0.

Solbach could keep Spanish batters quite in the fifth and in the sixth, but when they saw his pitches the fourth time through the lineup, they could land one hit after the other, scoring four more runs. The game ended with a score of 9-1, pushing Spain’s record to 3-0 after three days.

The Netherlands vs Italy - Baseball
The clash between Italy and the Netherlands is clear classic. Both seeking to take the next step to the final of this Super 6 tournament. And as it is a good manner to bring a hostess gift, Italy started the game with a Colabello-Homerun, scoring the first two runs of the game. An inning later, Alex Liddi scored two more runs with a hard hit ball through the left side. 2-0 Italy.
Starting Pitcher Alex Maestri first wore the jersey of the Azzuri in 2005, while never facing them on continental soil in a European Championship. While the Dutch stayed silent in the first, they eventually came through in the second. Sicnarf Loopstock added a homerun to his resume, making it 4-2 and one inning later his team mate Kurt Smith followed his lead with a 2-run shot, tying the game at 4.

In the fourth, the Dutch brought themselves into trouble. After a walk and a drop popup, they had runners on first and second. Giuseppe Mazzanti hit a stroke down the right field line for a double, taking back the lead in a hurry. Robel Garcia followed with a sac-fly for the 6-4.

As Kalian Sams could hit another homerun for the host of this Super 6 tournament, Italy extended its lead right away after Liddi tripled and was later driven in.

The Dutch went into their last inning with a 2-run deficit, but didn't give. Both Kalian Sams and Sicnarf Loopstok had already proven their power with a homer each, but when their team needed them most, they, again could deliver and tied the game in the ninth to a 7-7, forcing the game into extra-innings.

The fans in the packed ETO ballpark of Hoofddorp got an extra portion of baseball. With the speed-up rule in place, Italy started with runners on second and first. After an Andrew Maggi single they were able to score one run but left out a chance to do more out of it. The Dutch laid down a perfect sac-bunt to move both runners in scoring position with one out. Dwayne Kemp attacked the second pitch he saw, drove it to right field and tied the game at 8. Randolph then followed with another single, ending the game at a score of 9-8. The crowd was cheering all along, as they had an happy ending, following their team’s third win.

With that, Holland is the only team keeping a clean record of 3-0, while Italy and Spain trail with a 2-1 record. With the Czech Republic celebrating their first win of the Super 6, Belgium and Germany are still winless, but will face each other tomorrow at 11 AM.


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