Belgium vs Italy – Baseball
Everything was set for a great second day of the Super 6 baseball tournament on Wednesday. Being shoo-in in this matchup, Italy needed some time against the Belgian hurler Artuur Driessens. It took Italy two former Major Leaguer and Minor League infielder Robel Garcia, who took the ball deep in the third, to give the Azzuri a 3-0 lead. One frame later, the Maggi brothers combined for another run.
Belgian’s Red Devils performed all well, but were overpowered by Italy’s Angelo Palumbo, who never let the opposing offense find into the game, allowing only one run over five innings. Some of the fans at ETO Ballpark at Hoofddorp had a déjà vu in the sixth, when, again, Beau Maggi again started with a double and two batters later, his brother drove him in for another run. Also Garcia wasn’t finished for today, adding a double and a triple to his resume.
But the Belgian red-hot devils proved that you should never write them off. In the 8th, de Wolf and de Quint started some traffic on the bases. The pressure was on and as the relief pitcher Valerio Simone had it in his hands after a comebacker, he threw away the ball, allowing another run on the error for Belgium. A single followed, making it a 4-5 one-run game. Italy fought right back and scored another two runs, as Robel Garcia completed his historic cycle, the first in Super 6 history. They finally could walk away with a 7-4 win for Italy, after closer Alex Bassani closed the door to secure his first save.
Belgium put the pressure on, but Italy stayed solid - PC: Glenn Gervot
the Czech Republic vs Spain – Baseball
There was no question, that Spain has lots of power in their lineup. Also on Wednesday they did not forget their bats at home. The Spanish had already scored a run after a few hits and loaded up the bases, when Blake Ochoa smashed the ball over the left field fence for the first grand slam at the Super 6 tournament. Czech’s Pitcher Jan Novak eventually found back in the game, but could only keep the Iberian bats quiet.
Jakub Malik didn’t like his team’s 5-run deficit and decided to step up and shorten up the score to a 5-1 after a homerun on his behalf. The Spanish were right back on it, scoring three more runs and making the Czech pay for another error in the defense. This seemed to be enough motivation for Jakub Malik who recorded his second RBI of the day.
But nothing really could stop Spain, as they put on one run after the other. Also the Czech weren’t lazy, adding some to their account as well, but in the end, Spain walked away with a 12-7 win.
Germany vs the Netherlands – Baseball
When setting up the game plan for tonight’s game against the Dutch, the Germans knew it won’t be an easy game at all. They would have to keep to score at zero as long as possible. Going into the game, that plan didn’t work out too well, having Dwayne Kemp launching a home run in the game’s first at bat. An error later in the inning even made it 2-0 for the Dutch.
While holding the Oranje at two runs would be quite a thing, the German hopes were soon destroyed by a Dutch 5-run inning. After a single, Yurendell Decaster doubled down the left field line fore two runs before Dudley Leonora homered for another two, making 7-0 after three.
In the fourth Germany finally came through. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Gühring, Wilhelm and Ahrens connected to their first run of the game. In the seventh the Dutch once again showed that they are a European powerhouse. An inning that included a single, a triple, a pair of doubles and a homerun scored five more innings for the final score of 13-1 for host of this Super 6 tournament.
Germany could not catch-up with the over-powering Dutch - PC: Glenn Gervot
This was our second they here from the Super 6. Hoofddorp hast been a great host and we are all looking forward to day 3, which will feature another seven games of baseball and softball, as we hope for more terrific hits and dives, grabs and slides.