In yesterday’s second game of the France International Baseball Tournament, the French national team lost to the International Stars 4-9.
International Stars 9 – 4 France
Even though France took a 1-0 lead when Bastien Dagneau doubled and was driven in by a single to left field hit by Amin Touhari, the International Stars stepped on it in the top of the third inning. Kevin Faries of the Cologne Cardinals led off the inning with a triple to right center field. Chad Scheilz (Traiskirchen Grasshoppers) struck out but still reached base on a throwing error. Joshua Wyant of the Dortmund Wanderers then singled to center field to drive in Faries for the game tying run. Joe Randazzo (Fuessen Royal Bavarians) laid down a sac bunt to put runners in scoring position. A bases clearing triple by Brandon Marshall (Zuerich Challengers) cleared the bases to give the International Stars a 3-1 lead. Jack Shannon of the Cologne Cardinals then reached on a fielding error by France’s second baseman on which Brandon Marshall could score the fourth run.
France had a rather big inning in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Pierre Turets grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that drove in Bastien Dagneau. Amin Touhari advanced to third on the play. A single by Norbert Jongerius drove in Touhari for France’s second run of the inning. After Jongerius stole second, Felix Brown singled to left field and drove in Jongerius. But from there the run production stalled.
The International Stars scored five more runs (two in the fourth, one in each of the next three innings).
Jimmy Jensen of the Templiers de Senart, earned the win. In eight innings he gave up all the runs that France scored on nine hits. He walked one and struck out six. Lucas Serafin took the loss. In three innings he allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out one.
Best hitter for the International Stars was Joshua Wyant, who went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored.