Today the following games were scheduled:
Greece vs Croatia, Germany vs Russia, Great Britain vs Sweden, Italy vs Spain and France vs Belgium.
Croatia 10 – 0 Greece
Greece hosted Croatia but never was a match for the Croatians. After two innings Croatia had a 5-0 lead already. The achilles heel of the Greek was their outfield and especially their left fielder. Even though the Greek collected seven hits, they never came close of scoring a run. They were outhit by Croatia that collected sixteen hits. Eventually the Croatians needed eight innings to seal Greece’s fate. Of the sixteen hits that Croatia collected, two hits were doubles.
Catcher Philip Smith was the best hitter for Croatia, going 4 for 5 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.
Antonio Horvatic pitched a complete game and allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out seven.
Panagiotis Sykaras lasted 7.1 innings for Greece and was credited for all runs that Croatia scored. Despite the many runs and hits that he allowed, he still managed to strike out nine hitters.
Russia 4 – 16 Germany
Despite the good game that the Russians played vs the Netherlands yesterday, the proved to be no match against Germany today.
For two innings the Russians may have hoped that they had a chance on a good game as Germany led 3-0, but in the third their offense exploded when they scored seven innings.
A three run homrun by Ludwig Glaser was the sparkplug for the German offense in the third ining.
Eventually Germany beat Russia 16-4 in seven innings.
Russia scored four runs in the sixth inning of Johannes Krumm to get “back” in the game. But Germany added four runs to their total in the bottom of the sixth as well to get the twelve run margin to finish the game in seven innings after Kevin Trisl kept the Russians from scoring in the seventh.
Johannes Krumm earned the win as he gave up four runs on seven hits. He struck out three and walked two. Viacheslav Shmelev lasted only 2.1 innings and allowed nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits and walked five.
Best hitter for Germany was Shawn Larry who went 3 for 4 with two triples, three RBI and four runs scored.
Belgium 14 – 3 France
Belgium did finish off France in seven innings today. Next to the offense the story of today was pitcher Kenny van den Branden. Even though van den Branden gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks, he was practically unhittable for the French. He pitched a seven inning complete game.
The offense of Belgium exploded in the very first inning as they scored six runs. With Belgium leading 1-0 already, Steven de Lannoy hit a three run homerun to right center field. Belgium scored two more in the first inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
Eventually Belgium scored four runs in the seventh inning to finish the game with an eleven run difference. a
It won’t come as a surprise that Kenny van den Branden earned the win. Yoann Vaugelade took the loss. After 0.2 innings he was replaced. He gave up six runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks.
Best hitter for Belgium was Jamie Verheyleweghen, who went 3 for 5 with two RBI and one run scored.
Sweden 9 – 6 Great Britain
After nine innings the game was tied at five. Even after ten innings the game was tied, at six. Eventually Sweden walked off as a winner after eleven innings.
The classic scenario with the runners placed on first and second is laying down a bunt. That is what happened. Matthew Merrifield laid down a sac bunt but reached first base on a fielding error by GB pitcher Greg Hendrix to load the bases.
When Peter Johannesen was hit by a pitch, Joel Johnson scored the go-ahead run for Sweden. Adam Sorgi singled down the left field line to drive in two insurance runs for Sweden.
Three quick outs for Great Britain ended the game with a 9-6 victory for Sweden.
Per Sjoers earned the win after pitching four innings in which he gave up one unearned run on three hits.
Greg Hendrix took the loss after giving up three runs in the eleventh.
Best hitter for Sweden was Matthew Merrifield who went 3 for 5 with a double, a triple, three RBI and a run scored.
Spain 8 – 3 Italy
In an exiting game between the two Southern European countries, the score went back and forth. After Alessandro Vaglio drew a walk in the bottom of the second, he scored on Erick Epifano’s double. Spain would bounce back with a mammoth homerun hit by Blake Ochoa to left field. But in the very same inning, Italy would take the lead again on a single by Giuseppe Mazanti that was followed by a fielding error by Spain’s left fielder on which Sebastiano Poma scored the game tying run. With the bases loaded, Jairo Ramos singled and drove in Alex Liddi for the go-ahaed run.
In the top of the sixth, Engel Beltre singled to center field and advanced to third on Jesus Golindano’s ground ball single to center field. A sac fly to center field, hit by Jesus Martines, drove in Beltre for the game tying run.
A bases loaded walk in the top of the ninth gave Spain the lead again. When Julio Guillorme hit a 4-3 ground out, Yancarlo Franco scored to give Spain a two run lead.
Then Oscar Angulo hit a monster homerun to left field to give Spain a five run lead over
Italy did not score anymore, so Spain walked of with a bit of flattered win. The five run difference did not quite show that the game was a close one.
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