France Int’l Baseball Tournament: Germany too strong for France again

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Yoshida challenge 2016
After Germany had a quick start, somehow the team started drowsing and gave France the chance to come back into the game. But eventually Germany regained the lead and
kept France at bay.

                                 Germany  10  –  8  France  

After the Gemans had taken, what looked like, a firm lead, the team failed to walk away in the fourth and the fifth inning and gave France the chance to get back in the game.
In the first inning, Max Boldt homered with Philipp Schulz on board. In the next inning, Germany would score two unearned runs for the 4-1 lead. One inning later, Chris Howard homered to left field for the 5-1 lead. France had scored a run in the bottom of the first inning as Maxime Lefevre scored on Bastien Dagneau’s single towards third base.

With a big fifth inning, France turned the game around. With runners on the corners, Felix Brown scored on a wild pitch by Lukas Steinlein. After Omar Williams drew a walk, Jorge Heraud singled towards third base and drove in Norbert Jongerius. With the bases loaded, Dylan Gleeson drew an RBI walk off Benjamin Thaqi. When the latter hit Pierrick Lemestre with a pitch a fourth run was scored. Thaqi also hit Felix Brown with a pitch and thus allowed the fifth run of the inning. Then Thaqi was replaced by Julius Spann, but the latter started his outing with giving up a bases loaded walk as well. The final run of the inning was scored on another wild pitch. In fact only one run was scored on a basehit. All the others were scored thanks to bases loaded walks and wild pitches.

After Germany scored two runs in the sixth inning, the team had a major chance to tie the game at least. As the Germans loaded the bases in seventh inning, but failed to pull the trigger.

In the top of the eighth inning, Eric Brenk was hit by a pitched and advanced to third on a failed pick off attempt by Anthony Piquet. Brenk was tripled home by Marcel Jimenez. Eventually Germany regained the lead on a double to center field, hit by Max Boldt.

After Germany scored a much needed insurance run in the top of the ninth, Tim Stahlmann shut the door for a two inning save.
Julius Spann earned the win. In 2.1 innings he allowed two hits, two walks and struck out three.
Anthony Piquet took the loss for France. In 1.1 inning in relief, he gave up two runs on one hit and two walks. He fanned one.

Best hitter for Germany was Chris Howard who went 2 for 3 with a homerun, an RBI and a run scored.

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