Asia Winter League: Europe clinches another tie

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In today’s game between team Europe and the CPBL, both teams were each other’s match for nine innings in runs, hits and errors.

Owen Ozanich lasted five innings in whiche he gave up three runs on five hits and two walks. He also fanned four. It looked like if Europe would end up on the wrong side of the score early as his opponent, Lin Hua Quing also lasted five innings but limited Europe to one hit, a solo homerun by DH Chris Howard in the second inning.

Owen Ozanich: three runs on five hits in five innings

Trailing by two runs after the sixth inning, Premek Chroust drew a lead off walk to start the inning. Alessandro Deotto followed with a with a double to drive in Chroust for the second European run of the game.

In the top of the ninth, Europe even took a one run lead as pinch hitter Freddy Noguera and shortstop Mattia Mercuri both drove in a run. Mercuri  got on base thanks to a fielding error on which catcher Alberto Mineo could score the go-ahead run. Noguera on his turn drove in Premek Chroust, who had drawn a lead off walk.

With one out away from the victory and a runner on second base, Gianny Fracchiolla could not hold the lead as he gave up the pitch that would lead to the game tying run to pinch hitter Zeng Tao Rong.

As written above, both teams were each other’s match today. Both teams scored four runs, collected seven hits and committed one error.

After Owen Ozanich was pulled after five innings, Leonel Cespedes took over. He lasted 1.1 innnings in which he gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one. His replacement, Matz Schütte pitched 1.2 perfect frames in which he struck out one. Next to giving up the game tying hit, Fracchiolla walked one and struck out two.

Chris Howard (left) went 2 for 3 with a solo homerun (photo: baseball-softball.de)

Chris Howard was the best hitter for Europa as he went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored (his solo homerun in the second inning). Federico Giordani went 2 for 4 and his fellow country man Alessandro Deotto got one hit out of two at bats. Two other players from Italy got one base hit as well: Luca Martone went 1 for 2 and Freddy Noguera went 1 for 1 with his game tying hit in the top of the ninth.

Thanks to this result, Europe now has one win, seven lossen and three ties.

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