2019 European Championship, day 3


On the third day of the European Championship, the following games were scheduled: 
Austria @ Italy, Great Britain @ Czech Republic, Belgium @ Croatia, Sweden @ the Netherlands, France @ Spain and Israel @ Germany.

 Austria  1  –  10  Italy
In the opening game of today, Italy took on debuting Austria. Of course, the Austrians did not stand a chance vs the Italian powerhouse but the Austrians played a good game of baseball. As a matter of fact, the Austrian defense committed only one error.
By the time the Austrians got on the board, thanks to a single to third base by Moritz Hackl, the Azzuri were leading by four runs already. Another proof that the Austrians were playing decent baseball is the fact that Italy wasn’t able to end the game in less than nine innings. Italy hit three dingers (Andrew Maggi, John Andreoli and Chris Colabello).
Matteo Pizziconi earned the win after five innings of work. Pizziconi, normally a reliever, gave up an unearned run on seven hits as he struck out three.
John Andreoli was the best Italian hitter going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and a run scored. 

 Great Britain  4  –  3 Czech Republic
So far it is a tournament with surprising results. As the Czech Republic was beaten by Israel, it beat the Netherlands that was on its way to beat Great Britain which beat the Czechs today. The win did not come cheap as the British needed extra innings to clinch the win.
As the British had a 3-0 lead at the start of the bottom of the seventh inning, the Czechs rallied for three runs as Martin Schneider hit a three-run shot. After nine innings the score was still tied at three. What had to be a sac bunt ended in a fielding error by first baseman Daniel Vavruska so Great Britain loaded the bases in the top of the tenth inning. When Alex Crosby grounded into a double play, Richard Klijn scored the go-ahead run.
Even though the Czech Republic started well by bunting the runners over to third and second, they failed to execute. As a result, Great Britain won its first game of the tournament. Richard Brereton earned the win after 1.1 innings of work. He walked three, struck out one but did not give up a run.
Best hitter for Great Britain was Richard Klijn, who went 1 for 3 with a run scored. 

 Belgium  9  –  6  Croatia
After seven innings, it looked like Croatia would clinch its first victory as it led Belgium 6-3. But a monster inning by the Red Hawks, turned the tables and handed Belgium its second win of the tournament.
Trailing 6-3 at the start of the bottom of the eighth inning, the Croatian pitching collapsed after Jose Diaz was pulled. In seven innings, he threw 140 pitches so it was time to send him to the showers. With runners in scoring position, Jamie Verheyleweghen singled up the middle and drove in two runs. A single by Tim Veraghtert and a fielding error loaded the bases. After Jamie Verheyleweghen was thrown out at home plate (force out), Thomas de Wolf homered to left center field to give Belgium the lead and eventually the win.
Kenny van den Branden pitched two innings in relief for the win. Thomas de Wolf was the best hitter for Belgium as he went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double, five RBI and a run scored. 

 Sweden    –    The Netherlands Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Dutch flag
The Dutch looked to bounce back after the surprising loss vs the Czech Republic.
Here is the link to the game report.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor France flag France  3  –  6  Spain
A two-run homer by Bastien Dagneau gave France a 2-0 lead. Frederic Hanvi drove in the third run in the sixth inning with a single up the middle. Leonel Cespedes, who was pulled after the sixth inning, limited Spain to four hits. After he was replaced, things went completely wrong for France. Cespedes successor, Eric Moore, allowed four hits (two earned) on one hit and two walks. Moore was pulled without recording an out. The French pitchers didn’t get the needed help of their defense as France committed three errors in that seventh inning alone which led to six runs of which four were unearned.
Andres Perez pitched 2.1 innings for the win as he walked one and struck out two.
Leonmartir Rodriguez was Spain’s best hitter today. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. 

Vlag van Israël Israel  4  –  2  Germany
In a matchup of two unbeaten teams, Israel opened the score in the first inning as doubles by Mitch Glasser and Nick Rickles drove in the first run of the game. In the third, a double and two singles gave Germany the 2-1 lead. Germany would hold that lead until the eighth inning when Ty Kelly singled to left field and drove in Mitch Glasser for the game-tying run. In the bottom of the second, Germany had runners on first and second with one out when Marco Cardoso took a high ball on the inside after which catcher Nick Rickles bowled Eric Brenk of first base with his laser arm.
In the bottom of the ninth, Marco Cardoso lined the ball to right field where Jeremy Wolf made an ultimate attempt to catch the ball as he dove for it but missed. Cardoso thankfully raced to third base but did not score as Jonathan Demarte retired the next three batters. In the tenth, runners were placed on first and second. Germany sent Lukas Steinlein to the mound. Steinlein hit Ty Kelly with a pitch to load the bases and gave up a line-drive single to Nick Rickles that drove in the go-ahead run for Israel. A sac fly drove in an insurance run. Germany could not overcome this Israel lead.
Jonathan Demarte earned the win after two innings in relief as he gave up three hits and struck out two. Best hitter for Israel was Nick Rickles who went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.

Standings after day three:

Standing Pool A
Pos
Team
GP
WO
LO
AVG
GB
1
    ISRAEL
3
3
0
1000
0
2
    GERMANY
3
2
1
667
1
3
    GREAT BRITAIN
2
1
1
500
1.5
4
    NETHERLANDS
2
1
1
500
1.5
5
    CZECH REPUBLIC
3
1
2
333
2
6
    SWEDEN
3
0
3
0
3
Teams tied appear in alphabetical order until the end of each round
Standing Pool B
Pos
Team
GP
WO
LO
AVG
GB
1
    ITALY
3
3
0
1000
0
2
    SPAIN
3
3
0
1000
0
3
    BELGIUM
3
2
1
667
1
4
    FRANCE
3
1
2
333
2
5
    AUSTRIA
3
0
3
0
3
6
    CROATIA
3
0
3
0
3
Teams tied appear in alphabetical order until the end of each round

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