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Friday, September 21, 2018

WBSC Europe - Super 6 - Day 4 Recap

The Netherlands vs Greece - softball
Who would have thought that the score would be 4-0 for Greece in the top of the 1st! One of the most experienced players on the Dutch team Rebecca Soumeru was unable to stop the Greek offense; five hits appeared in her records. Marjolein Merkx came into the game for Soumeru and finished the game as the winning pitcher in the end.

The Dutch didn’t allow any more runs and started their hitting streak. Two runs in the first, seven in the second and five in the fourth ended the game prematurely; run-ahead-rule in effect; 14:4.
A good number of players had a perfect record of their hitting: Maria Zepeda (GRE), Wies Ligtvoet (NED), Laura Wissink (NED), Maxime van Dalen (NED), and Virginie Anneveld (NED).

Belgium vs Germany - baseball
Belgium and Germany not only share the same colors of their flag, they also were still seeking for their first win at this WBSC Europe Super 6 tournament. Both teams were able to score their first runs in the second, but Germany couldn’t follow up on their early success against the Belgian starter Kevin Desmedt.

Again, de Quint and de Wolf lead their offense against Sascha Koch, launching a homer each. The Belgians piled up a few more runs to lead it 7-1 in the seventh, when Germany’s batters finally woke up again. Maik Emke rounded the bases after long shot over the right field fence. Due to an error Germany scored another run in the eight, making it 7-5. More runs would have been up for grabs, but a double play ended the threat.
 
Belgium celebrates it's first Super 6 victory PC: Glenn Gervot

The Germans tried to start a rally in the ninth but felt one run short, letting Belgium walk away with their first win: 7-6.

Russia vs Great Britain - softball
An 8-inning game that was tied on hits (9-9) decided about the one team that would make it to the bronze-medal game.

photo by Robert Bos

Team GB experienced that always-wanted moment when everything just comes together. Sacrifice bunt, and then hit by hit, the British took a 5-2 lead. Russia added only one more in the bottom of the 8th and will play for the 5th spot in the tournament tomorrow.

Italy vs the Czech Republic - baseball
Game two saw another proof of power of Team Italia in this event. Although the Czech offense wasn’t sleeping either, starting the matchup with a run, the Azzuri came out red-hot. Former Major Leaguers Liddi and Colabello went deep back to back and Garcia followed their lead. The three homeruns were only a first taste of what this game would bring. Another three homeruns by followed in the second, this time of the bats off Mineo, Mazzanti and, again, Alex Liddi.
Colabello hit three of his four hits out of the park, lead Italy to a 25-10 blowout win PC: Glenn Gervot

The slugfest went on and on and even the Czech powerhouse Jakub Malik and Matej Hejma could join the club. In the end, Italy combined for 24 hits, nine of those homeruns and 25 runs.

Greece vs Italy - softball
photo by Corrado Benedetti
Amanda Fama started the game off with an inside-the-park-homerun; 1- for Italy. Azzurri went on with scoring in the 2nd and also in the 4th when Italian player Giulia Longi showcased an inside-the-park grand slam!
The game was over after five innings. After a great batting performance against the Dutch, Greece couldn’t really hit the ball and lost 0-8.

The Netherlands vs the Czech Republic - softball
The last game of the day the Netherlands against the Czech Republic had to be rescheduled due to weather issues, therefore the two teams for the final game were still not determined.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday morning at 10:30, which will push the softball placement games to a later time.

Spain vs the Netherlands - baseball
While the rain moved the last softball game of Day 4 to the next day, the Dutch and the Spanish gave it a try on the baseball diamond. To make sure the fans at the ETO ballpark get to see at least something, they could score their first three runs. Ace pitcher Robbie Cordemans had a quick 1-2-3 inning, but as the rain started again, also this game was called and moved to Saturday 3 PM. The matchup Belgium vs Netherlands will be moved to 7 PM.

Tomorrow is the last game of softball at Super 6 Russia and Greece will play at some time around noon for the 5th place. Great Britain is still waiting for its opponent for the bronze-medal game. The final is scheduled for 18:00, but who will be the two teams to compete for gold? We’ll find out after tomorrow’s game at 10:30 (NED vs CZE).

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