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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Sweden wins B-Level European Championship in Vienna

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Sweden has won the B-Level European Championship in Vienna, Austria. On Saturday evening the Scandinavian team defeated Austria 8-5 in the championship game in the front of a sold-out stadium to return to the 2016 European Championship. Sweden finished in 11th place in last year’s tournament, getting relegated to the B-Pool.

It was a close contest at the Prater in Vienna. Austria took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Sweden first tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh. After Austria regained the lead in the eighth, Sweden put four runs on the board in the ninth to seal the win. Peter Johannessen tied the game with his RBI single. After the bases got loaded with an intentional walk, Matt Merrifield scored the go-ahead run through a passed ball. A RBI single and a hit batter with the bases still loaded added some insurance, which wasn’t needed as Austria went down in order in the bottom of the ninth. Richard Alzinger and Moritz Hackl hit home runs for Austria. Peter Johannessen had three RBI.

During the closing ceremony Sweden’s catcher Bjorn Johannessen was named Most Valuable Player. His brother Peter Johannessen picked up the trophy for the best batter. Dean Kremer of Israel, who got drafted by the San Diego Padres last month, took home the award for the best pitcher.

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