On the seventh day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled.
In the play downs: Sweden @ Great Britain and Croatia @ Austria
In the quarter-finals: France @ Israel, Belgium @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Czech Republic @ Spain and Germany @ Italy
Sweden 2 – 12 Great Britain
Despite the ten-run difference, Great Britain needed eight innings to avoid direct relegation. The British got off a quick start as they scored four times in the first two innings. In the fourth, Sweden got on the board as it scored twice on two groundouts.
But that was all Sweden was capable of. Great Britain kept scoring runs: four in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Paul Kirk Patrick, who’s pitching in the Dutch hoofdklasse, earned the win after five innings in which he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three.
Best hitter for Great-Britain was Will Savage, who went 3 for 4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored.
Great Britain will face the loser of the game between Croatia and Austria to decide who will be the second country that will be demoted. Sweden will go down to the European B poule after this loss.
A personal note: It is strange to see that Sweden has relegated. As far as I can remember, Sweden was always part of the European A poule.
Croatia 0 – 10 Austria
Austria did pretty well for a debuting country. The Alpine country managed to stay in the A poule by beating Croatia. Christian Tomsich kept Croatia limited to two hits in a complete game (seven-inning) outing. After an early two-run lead, the Austrians had a big inning in the third. A two-run double, a sac fly and a three-run homer drove in six runs for the Austrians.
Best hitter for Austria was Ferdinand Obed who went 3 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.
Croatia will now face Great-Britain. The loser of that game will be demoted to the B poule too.
France 2 – 8 Israel
Even though it wasn’t a blowout score, France was no match for Israel.
In nine innings, four Israeli pitchers limited France to two runs on five hits and a walk.
Israel jumped on French starter Owen Ozanich. In three innings and three batters faced in the fourth, he allowed seven runs on seven hits and a walk an struck out three.
David Sharabi earned the win after two innings in relief. He allowed two unearned runs on two hits and struck out three.
Israel’s best hitter was Jeremy Wolf as he went 3 for 4 with a double.
Israel advances to the semi-finals where it will face the winner of the game between Germany and Italy. France will face the loser of that game.
Belgium – Kingdom of the Netherlands
Here is the link to the game report.
Czech Republic 4 – 5 Spain
In this close game, Spain had to go deep to clinch the win. Two times the Iberians took the lead but as many times the Czech Republic managed to tie the game.
After nine innings, the score was tied, so extra innings were needed. With runners placed on first and second, Marin Muzik laid down a bad bunt which resulted in Martin Cervenka being tagged out at second base. The next two Czech batters struck out. Spain, on the other hand, showed how to deal with a tie-break. Lesther Galvan laid down a sac bunt to move both runners to the next base. After an intentional walk, Spain did not score right away as Oscar Angulo was thrown out at home plate. But the next batter, Blake Ochoa singled to right center field to drive in the walk-off run.
Spain will face the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the semi-finals, the Czechs will face the loser of the game between Germany and Italy.
Germany 5 – 7 Italy
Germany got off a great start in the first inning as it jumped on veteran Alessandro Maestri. With runners on first and second, Donald Lutz doubled to center field to give Germany a 2-0. A throwing error made Lutz advance to third from where he scored on Max Boldt’s groundout. Pascal Amon then homered to right field to make if 4-0.
An HBP and two singles led to another run for Germany in the third inning.
But in the fifth inning, Italy pushed and got runners in scoring position with two outs. Alessandro Vaglio then singled to left field to drive in two runs. In the fifth inning, starting pitcher Luke Sommer could not cling on to the lead and gave up three runs to let Italy tie the game. Chris Colabello led off with a home run and two sac flies drove in a run each. Eventually Italy won it thanks to a walk-off home run by Alberto Mineo who hit the ball to right center field.
Michael Johnson earned the win. He pitched three innings in relief kept the German lineup limited to one hit and struck out five.
Giuseppe Mazzanti was red hot as he went 4 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Italy will now face Israel in the semis. Germany will take on France in a battle for fifth place.