On the fourth day of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Rouen Huskies @ L&D Amsterdam, Parmaclima @ Fortitudo Bologna, Curaçao Neptunus @ Bonn Capitals, and Arrows Ostrava @ Heidenheim Heideköpfe.
Rouen Huskies @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates
Parmaclima 5 – 4 Fortitudo Bologna
A surprising result in the first semi-final today. Favorite Bologna fell to Parmaclima in a game in which the long ball ruled once again.
In the third inning Parmaclima had runners on first and second when gave Parma the lead on a home run to center field. In the fifth inning, Bologna got on the board thanks to a solo home run by Raywendley van Gurp and an RBI single by Osman Marval. One inning later, Van Gurp contributed once more with a single that drove in Daniel Xavier Monti.
In the seventh inning, Parma took a decisive lead when Cesare Astorri hit a two-run bomb. A home run by Bologna’s Ericson Neptali Leonora drove in the final run of the game.
Yomel Rivera earned the win for Parmaclima. In 2.1 innings in relief, he allowed one run on five hits and a walk and struck out four. Murilo Brolo took the loss. He lasted 6.1 innings and gave up all five runs that Parmaclima scored. He allowed five hits and three walks and struck out six.
Ricardo Segundo Paolini was the best hitter for Parmaclima as he went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
With Parma’s win, we will get a final that many did not expect.
Curacao Neptunus @ Bonn Capitals
Arrows Ostrava 11 – 3 Heidenheim Heideköpfe
The result was rather flattered as Arrows Ostrava scored eight runs in the final two innings.
During the first seven innings, Arrows had a lead but only of two runs (3-1). In the eighth inning, a three-run homer and a two-run homer decided the game. In the ninth, a stolen home plate, an HBP and a walk drove in three more runs for Ostrava. All that Heidenheim could do was scoring a run in the eighth and one in the ninth inning.
Boris Bokaj earned the win. He lasted five innings and gave up one run on three hits and two walks and struck out four. Luke Sommer lasted 7.1 innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks and struck out eight.
Brett Holtz was Ostrava’s best hitter as he went 2 for 4 with a home run, three RBI, and a run scored.