On the fourth day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: France @ Belgium, Israel @ Great Britain, Austria @ Croatia, Italy @ Spain, Sweden @ Czech Republic and Germany @ the Netherlands.
France 12 – 2 Belgium
A tough loss for Belgium. The tiny country did not stand a chance against Marc-André Habec, who gave up only one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings. The Belgian pitchers, on the other hand, were hit hard as they gave up eighteen hits.
Belgium would have lost anyway but the five France scored in the eighth inning made it a rather humiliating loss. On the pitching of Ben van Nuffel and Robin Roevens, France hit a single, a triple, and two home runs that drove in those five runs that ended the game in eight innings.
Marc-André Habec earned the win. Maxime Lefevre was France’s best hitter as he went 3 for 3 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.
Israel 7 – 4 Great Britain
Israel remained the only unbeaten team in group A. Great Britain took an early lead when Ben Andrews hit a three-run home run. But in the second inning, Israel scored twice in the second to get back in the game. In the fifth, Daniel Valencia singled home the game-tying run. A two-run seventh and one-run eighth and ninth innings, handed Israel the win. In the bottom of the seventh, Great Britain scored one more run but the team wasn’t capable to get closer anymore.
Joey Wagman pitched two innings in relief for the win. He allowed a hit, walked one and struck out two. Zach Weiss pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout for the save.
Pinch hitter Simon Rosenbaum was the best hitter as he went 1 for 1.
Austria 12 – 1 Croatia
Finally the first win for the debuting Austrians. They even needed only seven innings to beat Croatia. As the Austrians led by 4-1 already, an eighth-run sixth inning gave the game a somewhat flattering result. With the bases loaded, Benjamin Salzmann singled through the left side and drove in two runs. After Samuel Hackl was walked intentionally, a sac fly by Felix Zimmerle drove in another run. A bases-loaded walk and a grand slam home run by Dominik Talir drove in five more runs for the Alpine country.
Alex Seidl pitched seven strong innings in which he allowed one run on two hits and two walks and struck out two.
Samuel Hackl was the best Austrian hitter with two hits out of three at-bats. He belted a home run, drove in three and scored twice.
Italy 13 – 3 Spain
In a battle between two title candidates, Spain made Italy’s life hard but could not keep the Italians from walking away in the last three innings. In the last two international European tournaments (2016 European Championship and the Super 6 in 2018) Spain was clearly the better team of the two.
With Italy leading 3-0, Spain came back in the sixth inning as it scored twice. But one inning later, Italy scored four times on a single by Chris Colabello and a three-run home run by Giuseppe Mazzanti. In the ninth inning, Italy gave it another billing as it scored six times, leading to a flattering score.
Luis Lugo lasted 6.2 innings and gave up three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk as he fanned five.
Chris Colabello was the best hitter for Italy as he went 3 for 4 with a home run, five RBI and three runs scored.
Czech Republic 10 – 3 Sweden
Sweden is sole country without a win in group A. Today they couldn’t keep pace with the Czech Republic. After one inning it wasn’t a game anymore as the Czechs scored five runs. In the remaining eight innings, they scored five more runs, one in the fourth, two in the sixth, and two more in the eighth. Sweden wasn’t capable of fighting back. They Scandinavians scored three runs, one in the fourth, one in the seventh and one in the ninth. Jan Tomek, who usually serves as a reliever, pitched six fine innings in which he gave up one run on six hits and two walks and struck out six for the win.
Best hitter for the Czech Republic was Matej Hejma who went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
For Sweden, it comes down to the final game vs Great Britain to finish the round-robin with a win.
Germany – Kingdom of the Netherlands
In the nightcap of day four, the Dutch took on Germany. With their home field advantage and an experienced manager, the Germans can be regarded as dangerous outsiders, especially as they gave Israel a hard time last night.