On the sixth day, two games were scheduled: Great Britain @ Austria and Sweden @ Croatia.
Great Britain 1 – 6 Austria
After three quick British outs in the first inning, Austria rallied for a big inning. Moritz Scheicher led off with a solo home run, Benjamin Salzmann doubled after two walks and drove in Joachim Frick. A single by Samuel Hackl, drove in Austria’s third run and scored himself thanks to a failed pickoff attempt.In the second inning, both teams scored once. Great Britain thanks to a solo home run by Alex Crosby, Austria thanks to a bases-loaded single to left field by Felix Zimmerle.
In the meantime, Austrian starting pitcher Tobias Kiefer worked his way through six innings in which he gave up a run on four hits and a walk and struck out four. He needed ninety-two pitches to accomplish this.
Kiefer’s successor, Benjamin Salzmann did a fine job too as he pitched 2.1 innings in which he gave up two runs and a walk but kept Great Britain from scoring.
After nothing much happened until the eighth inning, Austria added one more run in the eight when Ferdinand Obed scored on a wild pitch.
Tobias Kiefer earned the win and Benjamin Salzmann was the best hitter for Austria as he went 4 for 5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
Tomorrow, Austria will face the winner of the game between Croatia and Sweden. The loser of that game will take on Great Britain in an attempt to avoid direct relegation to the European B-group. The winner of that game will still have to play a game vs the loser of the game Austria vs Croatia/Sweden. The loser of that game will also be demoted to the European B-group.
Sweden 2 – 17 Croatia
In the second game of today, Sweden was no match for Croatia. The Scandinavians started well as they scored two runs in the first inning when Nicolas Filice drove in Pontus Bystroem. Alex Rubanowitz scored from third when Peter Johanessen was caught stealing second base. But that was all Sweden was capable of.
Croatia on its turn scored four runs on six hits in the first and never looked back.
Only in the second inning, Croatia did not score. In the third inning, Croatia rallied for six runs, in the fourth, they scored two, in the fifth three and in the sixth two more. After the first inning, Sweden managed to collect only two more hits as the team was kept in check by Antonio Horvatic, who pitched a “complete game” in which he gave up two runs on four hits and a walk and struck out eight.