Germany with two teams in next year’s ECC

Today, the final of the CEB cup was played. The opponents were the German runner up Heidenheim Heideköpfe and the Czech runner up Draci Brno. For eight innings, both teams were each other's equal but in the eighth, the Heideköpfe struck hard and stepped off the field as the winner. Eight innings long, neither team …

European Champions Cup: Time to make changes?

As far as I can remember, in the past decade, no European Champions Cup has seen this many games that ended in five, six or seven innings. In all cases but one, the winners were teams from Italy and the Netherlands. A dominance like this can't be good for baseball. Perhaps it is time to …

European Champions Cup 2019: UnipolSai Bologna new European champion

With the elimination of Neptunus by Bologna, it was clear we would get a new European Champion. The question was who? It turned out that Neptunus was beaten by the future European champion, who won easily by beating L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8-0.  Both opponents brought the pitchers they used in the first game of the …

European Champions Cup 2019: Deurne Spartans fall in relegation game

Belgium has lost its spot in the ECC after regaining it last year when the Borgerhout Squirrels won the CEB Cup. After taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Spartans were not able to cling on and lost to Arrows Ostrava 13-3 in seven innings. Spartans took an early lead when Joannes David …

European Champions Cup 2019: Neptunus ends in third place after forfeit

In the consolation game for the third and fourth spot, Curaçao Neptunus took revenge for the whipping the team got last night in the semi-final. Eventually, Neptunus won thanks to a forfeit. About how you will read below.  In the second inning, Neptunus laid the foundation for a solid victory over Pariclima Parma. With the …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 4

On day four of the ECC, the following games were scheduled:  Deurne Spartans @ Rouen Huskies, Parmaclima Parma @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Arrows Ostrava @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ Curaçao Neptunus.  Deurne Spartans  4  -  5  Rouen Huskies A very bitter loss for the Deurne Spartans. After the team took an unexpected 4-0 …

European Champions Cup 2019: Neptunus doesn’t stand a chance against unleashed Bologna

The story of tonight's game was Stephen Perakslis. The American with Greek roots was at the right time at the right place for Bologna as he kept Neptunus totally in check. Eventually, Neptunus fell to the Italian champion 10-3. In a battle of the champions, Fortitudo Bologna struck first in the second inning. With Diegomar …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 3

On the third day of the ECC, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Parmaclima Parma @ Bonn Capitals, Rouen Huskies @ Curaçao Neptunus Group B: Arrows Ostrava @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, UnipolSai Bologna @ Deurne Spartans. Parmaclima Parma  17  -  8  Bonn Capitals In a crazy game, the Bonn Capitals took a 7-0 lead …

European Champions Cup 2019: Pirates brushes Arrows Ostrava aside

Arrows Ostrava  2  -  22  L&D Amsterdam Pirates Once again L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed only five innings to finish the game. This time Arrows Ostrava was the victim of an ill-equipped pitching staff and an unleashed Pirates' offense. For two and a half innings, Arrows Ostrava was capable to keep pace with the club from …

European Champions Cup 2019: Neptunus unbeaten to semis

Rouen Huskies  3  -  8  Curaçao Neptunus For seven innings, the Rouen Huskies could keep pace with Curaçao Neptunus rather well, but eventually, in the eighth, the current Dutch champion scored four runs that led to a score that perhaps didn't really show the real balance of power. On the other hand, only three of …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 2

On the second day of the ECC, the following games were scheduled:  Group A: Bonn Capitals @ Curaçao Neptunus and Parmaclima Parma @ Rouen Huskies Group B: L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ Deurne Spartans and Arrows Ostrava @ UnipolSai Bologna. Bonn Capitals  4  -  14  Curaçao Neptunus Game report L&D Amsterdam Pirates  17  -  0  Deurne …

Eurpean Champions Cup 2019: L&D Amsterdam Pirates beat Deurne Spartans in lopsided game

L&D Amsterdam Pirates  17  -  0  Deurne Spartans In a very lopsided game in which Deurne Spartans got one hit, L&D Amsterdam Pirates only needed five innings to seal Deurne’s feat. After leading 2-0 at the start of the second inning, four singles, a double, a walk, a home run and some aggressive base running, …

European Champions Cup 2019: Bonn Capitals no match for Neptunus

Bonn Capitals    -    Curaçao Neptunus In the first four innings, everything went Bonn's way completely as the Germans scored four runs. But in the fifth, their pitching collapsed and Neptunus took advantage in the biggest possible way as it scored eight runs to turn the tables in just one inning. Back-to-back solo home …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 1

On the first day of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Deurne Spartans @ Arrows Ostrava and Curaçao Neptunus @ Parmaclima Parma. Group B: Rouen Huskies @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Deurne Spartans  2  -  17  Arrows Ostrava In every possible way, Arrows Ostrava was superior …

European Champions Cup 2019: Victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates in close game

UnipolSai Bologna  1  -  2  L&D Amsterdam Pirates Also, today's second Italian-Dutch matchup was won by the Dutch side. Two solo home runs gave L&D Amsterdam Pirates a 2-0 lead after four innings. Denzel Richardson connected for a leadoff long ball to left-center field in the second inning. In the fourth, hired gun Sharlon Schoop …

European Champions Cup 2019: Neptunus just stays at right side of score

  Curaçao Neptunus  2  -  1  Parmaclima Parma A narrow escape for Curaçao Neptunus in a very close game. The two starting pitchers, Orlando Yntema for Neptunus and Erly Casanova for Parma, kept the opponent in check very well. Yntema did a tad better as he shut out the opponent in seven innings, striking out …

European Champions Cup to start tomorrow

The European Champions Cup will start Tuesday, June 4. This year the tournament with the eight best European clubs will be played in Bologna and neighboring Castenaso. Champions Cup is a bit odd term as not only national champions are participating. Italy and the Netherlands are represented by two clubs each: their national champions and …

Dutchies contribute in Bologna win

Tonight, Fortitudo Bologna pushed over Godo Baseball. In seven innings the Knights were brushed aside 14-0, a blowout score in which the two Dutch players of Bologna, Jarreau Martina and John Polonius had their fair share. For two innings, Godo managed to keep Bologna scoreless but in the third, the reigning Italian champion scored twice. …