New Zealand ABL franchise to get help from every corner of the world

Good news for the new New Zealand ABL franchise. A top NPB club has agreed to send players to the team. With this move, the new club may be a lot more competitive. But there may be more help underway. According to the New Zealand Herald, Baseball New Zealand chief executive Ryan Flynn stated that an …

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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 …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Round 7 day 2

On day two of round seven, DSS crushed Storks, HCAW had no troubles with Hoofddorp Pioniers and De Glaskoning Twins and Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort ended in a tie. HCAW  8  -  0  Hoofddorp Pioniers The result was a bit flattered as four of the eight runs scored by HCAW were scored in the ninth inning. …

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 …

Silicon Storks makes surprising move

With the European Champions Cup going on, the news about Dutch hoofdklasse club Silicon Storks slipped through. Thanks to several injuries, the pitching staff of the club lacked players. To deal with this shortage, the club has signed former minor league pitcher Juan Carlos Sulbaran. Sulbaran worked his way through all levels of minor league …

European Champions Cup 2018: Easy victory for Curaçao Neptunus

Tonight, Curaçao Neptunus hosted T&A San Marino. even though the score was rather close, the Neptunus win was never endangered as their pitching was vastly dominant tonight. The Rotterdam based team won 3-0. Neptunus starting pitcher Orlando Yntema wasn't as strong as he normally is but he was good enough to keep San Marino from scoring. He …

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 …

Unique milestone for Stockton Ports

Last night, one of the charter members of the California League, the Stockton Ports, reached a rather unique milestone. The franchise that was founded in 1941 along with the California League, won its 5000th game. Three swings of the bat, all homers, clinched a 3-1 victory over the San José Giants last night. With this …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: round 6, day 3

With L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus preparing for the upcoming European Champions Cup, only two games were played today. DSS was way too strong for Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort and HCAW didn't have a problem with De Glaskoning Twins. Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort  4  -  10  DSS A regular victory for DSS today. Even …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Round 6, day 2

Only two games today as the game between Hoofddorp Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam Pirates rained out and the one between Silicon Storks and Curaçao Neptunus didn't take place either. De Glaskoning Twins headed to Bussum to take on HCAW and Quick Amersfoort hosted DSS. De Glaskoning Twins  3  -  1  HCAW Just like Thursday's game, …