In the super round three games were played today: Belgium vs Czech Republic, Germany vs Italy and Spain vs Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the relegation round, two games were played: Greece vs Russia and Great Britain vs Croatia.
Belgium 3 – 4 Czech Republic
In a game that needed ten innings to be decided, Belgium was one strike away from the victory but eventually took a bitter loss.
In the third inning the Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead when Jakub Hajtmar doubled down the left field line and was doubled home by Martin Schneider.
But in the next inning Belgium would tie the game when Steven de Lannoy singled, then advanced to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a dropped fly ball by the Czech left fielder. When Jamie Verheyleweghen grounded out 6-3, De Lannoy could score the game tying run.
With Jamie Verheyleweghen on third base in the sixth inning, Petr Minarik threw a wild pitch that allowed Verheyleweghen to score the go-ahead run.
But the Czechs did not give up. With two outs and a 1-2 count, Petr Zyma singled Michal Ondracek home for the game tying run.
In the top of the tenth Belgium scored again, but pitcher Thomas de Wolf wasn’t able to keep the Czechs from scoring the game tying and winning run.
So Thomas de Wolf took the loss after three innings in which he gave up three hits (one earned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out two.
Daniel Mraz earned the win as he recorded his only out, the final out of the top of the tenth.
Best hitter for the Czech Republic was Petr Zyma who went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Greece 3 – 1 Russia
With two teams that were cannon fodder to most of the other teams but with Russia playing a good game vs the Netherlands and clinching a win vs Great Britain, one would expect Russia to win this game.
Greece took a bold and early 2-0 lead in the first inning when Dimitrios Kourtis doubled to right center field and drove in Nikolaos Lekkas and Max Gouoren.
The Greek scored an insurance run in the fourth inning which proved not to be necessary as the Russians only scored once in the eighth inning. With two outs, Frank Bulte reached base on a fielding error. Bulte advanced to second on a single by Artemiy Artamonov. Eventually he was driven in on a double down the left field line, hit by Nikita Monakhov.
Jonathan Kountis earned his first win of the tournament by pitching nine innings in which he gave up one unearned run on six hits. He walked only two and struck out nine.
Andrey Lobanov took the loss. In five innings he gave up three runs on ten hits and a walk and he struck out four.
Best hitter for Greece was Dimitrios Kourtis who went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs batted in.
Italy 12 – 0 Germany
Even though Germany could keep pace (more or less) for a long time, they eventually proved to be no match for Italy.
Italy scored three runs in the top of the second inning. Only one time in the game, the Germans had a runner on third, but they could not cash in.
After Italy had taken a 3-0 lead, the Germans could hope on a better result for four innings but in the sixht Italy added three more runs to their total.
Even though it was clear that Germany was no match for the Squadra Azzurra, the six runs that the Italians scored in the ninth led to a score that did not quite reflect the course of the game. Five fielding errors committed by the Germans led to three unearned runs.
Italy did not only outscore the Germans, they outhit them as wel (14-4).
With a score like this one would expect a lot of extra basehits, but nothing could be further from the truth as Italy hit only two doubles.
Orlando Oberto went the distance for the win. In this way the other Italian pitchers could get some rest. In nine innings Oberto issued only four hits and a walk and struck out four.
The loss went to Andre Hughes. In 1.1 innings he gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. He also fanned two.
Best hitter for Italy was Alessandro Vaglio. He went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two RBI and a runcored.
Great Britain 6 – 2 Croatia
With Great Britain being one of the two teams without a win so far, a win for Croatia would have been logical. Both teams were each other’s match for five innings before Great Britain took a 4-0 lead in the sixth. With runners on the corners, Zack Wiley singled down the left field line to drive in the opening run. Then Nateshon Thomas hit a bases clearing double down the left field line. Thomas could score the fourth run for the British as Spencer Kreisberg singled up the middle.
After the British scored two more in the top of the ninth, Croatia scored on a two run homer to left field, hit by Philip Smith. But from that moment on the gas was out of the tank and so the British walked off the field with the win.
Cody Chartrand earned the win as he gave up five hits and a walk and struck out three in six innings. Conrad Cornell earned the three inning save as he issued two runs (one earned) on two hits.
Danijel Levak took the loss for Croatia. In five innings he gave up four hits on seven runs, walked and struck out two.
Best hitter for Great Britain was Nateshon Thomas, who went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
The report of the game between Spain and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will follow later and seperately.
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