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
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.