European Champions Cup 2018: Curaçao Neptunus repeats as champion

In the final of the 2018 European Champions Cup, Curaçao Neptunus was vastly dominant over A.S.D. Rimini Pirates, outscoring the Italian champion 5-0 and outhitting them 10-4. For former Neptunus member Kevin Kelly, the outcome could not have been more bitter. Apparently, without a starting pitcher, Rimini manager Paolo Ceccaroli threw him in to be the …

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European Champions Cup 2018: L&D Amsterdam Pirates saves Dutch ticket

For most of the week, L&D Amsterdam Pirates played like a sack of potatoes but in its hour of need the team stepped on it and saved the ECC ticket for the Netherlands for 2019. Kevin Heijstek was the starting pitcher. In the first game of the tournament he was too but then it was like …

European Champions Cup 2018: A.S.D. Rimini and Curaçao Neptunus face each other in final

A Dutch-Italian final tomorrow as A.S.D. Rimini Pirates moved to the final as they beat Fortitudo Bologna 2-1 and Curaçao Neptunus beat Rouen Huskies 4-0 in the semis. In a close game, Rimini stayed at the right side of the score. In a real pitching duel, Raul Ruiz earned the win after eight innings in which …

Borgerhout Squirrels brings back Belgium to highest European level, the Netherlands must fear for one European ticket

  In the final of the CEB cup (one level below the European Champions Cup), Borgerhout Squirrels from Belgium hosted the Bonn Capitals from Germany. In a very close game, the Belgian champion stayed at the right side of the score.  The key to the Squirrels' win was their pitching. Kenny van den Branden, who …

European Champions Cup 2018: Rimini eliminates L&D Amsterdam Pirates from semis

After the devastating loss vs the Rouen Huskies yesterday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had to take on A.S.D. Rimini Pirates from Italy in the decisive game of group A. Even though it wasn't a blowout like yesterday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates finished the game at the wrong side of the score as Rimini won 3-2. In the …

European Champions Cup 2018: Draci Brno blows big lead…twice

They were close to pulling another stunt but eventually, they were not able to hold the lead. Draci Brno took a big lead twice, but as many times T&A San Marino managed to come back and win the game 12-11. In a game that did not really matter anymore as both teams were eliminated for …

European Champions Cup 2018: Rouen Huskies reaches semi-finals

After stunning L&D Amsterdam Pirates yesterday, the Rouen Huskies proved to be no fluke today as they beat the Heidenheim Heideköpfe 6-2 to clinch a spot in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup. No big inning but a regular victory as the Huskies scraped up their runs in the first, the third, the fourth, the …

European Champions Cup 2018: Regular victory for Curaçao Neptunus

After two big surprises today, Draci Brno wasn't able to stunt against Curaçao Neptunus. For four innings the Czech champion could keep pace but eventually, the team met their match in this game as they lost 7-2. In the first four innings, Radim Chroust allowed only one Neptunus runner on base. But in the fifth, Neptunus pushed for …

European Champions Cup 2018: Day two

The second day was clearly a day of surprises. In the first game, L&D Amsterdam Pirates was blown away by the Rouen Huskies. But in the second game of today, the Heidenheim Heideköpfe stunned A.S.D. Rimini Pirates by beating them 3-1. Fortitudo Bologna put T&A San Marino on the rack as they won A.S.D. Rimini …

European Champions Cup 2018: Embarrassing loss for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Six hits were all that L&D Amsterdam Pirates could produce against Owen Ozanich of the Rouen Huskies. The French champion, on the other hand, managed to collect twelve hits and score eight times to hand Pirates a humiliating loss: 8-1 Owen Ozainich was practically unhittable today. Only in the ninth inning, Pirates got past second base …

European Champions Cup 2018: Hard fought victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

An unexpected close game today between the Heidenheim Heideköpfe and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Pirates had to go deep but eventually came back from trailing 2-0 and won 4-2. Kevin Heijstek wasn't sharp today. Before he knew it Heidenheim had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the six innings he lasted on the …

European Champions Cup 2018: day one

The European Champions Cup 2018 started today. The following games were scheduled: Draci Brno @ Fortitudo Bologna, Rouen Huskies @ A.S.D. Rimini Pirates, Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates and T&A San Marino @ Curaçao Neptunus Draci Brno  1  -  4  Fortitudo Bologna In the opening game of the tournament, Draci Brno starting pitcher Wesley Roemer, kept …

Chance to win two general admission passes for European Champions Cup

Next week (June 6 - June 10), Curaçao Neptunus will organize the annual European Champions Cup, the European championship baseball for clubs. The club wanted to organize the event as part of its 75th anniversary. As a baseball fan in Europe, you have the opportunity to win a general admission pass which is valued at …

Euro League Baseball officially ceased to exist

After one year the Euro League Baseball did not return. It did not signal its end right away, but it was an omen what was about to come. Eventually, what many expected to happen after a year of silence, happened. The league ceased to exist.  After its inaugural year, the Euro League Baseball did not return. …

Road to Tokyo long but manageable for Kingdom of Netherlands

Today the website of the Italian Baseball federation (FIBS) published an article on the final qualifying process for the Olympic baseball tournament in Tokyo. This process is an extensive one for the European countries. Even if the Kingdom of Netherlands qualifies for the Premier 12 tournament that will be held in November 2019, it will …

World baseball ranking: Netherlands drops a spot, Italy drops out of top 12

Today, a month and a half after the previous one, the WBSC announced the new baseball world ranking in a press release. The most surprising part was the move Mexico made. The Central Americans moved into the fifth place, their highest ranking ever. Another surprise is the fact that the United States has passed Japan for …

Groups for European Champions Cup set

The European Baseball Confederation (CEB) has drawn the teams for the two groups for the upcoming European Champions Cup which will be played in Rotterdam next year. Reigning champion Curaçao Neptunus will face two opponents from the Italian Serie A1 (recently the Italian Baseball Federation (FIBS) decided to fold the Italian Baseball League). Neptunus will be …

Asia Winter Baseball League 2017: WBSC keeps CPBL in check for second win

After a 10-5 loss vs the NPB East delegation, the WBSC took on the CPBL today. For five innings the WBSC kept the Taiwanese in check as they allowed three runs on six hits. Final score 5-3. Pitcher Joshua Kimborowicz kept the Taiwanese limited to two hits and struck out five in six innings of work. The …