2015 European Cup

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The 2015 European Cup had its opening rounds in Paris and Chartres in France, and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. For the first time, a team from Belarus qualified for the European Cup. Former major leaguers Guillermo Rodriguez (Bologna) and Darwin Cubillan (San Marino) played.

Curaçao Neptunus won the title, their eighth all time. They become the first Dutch champions in eight years as teams from the Italian Baseball League had been on a roll in recent years.

Competing Teams[edit]

Paris and Chartres[edit]



June 2[edit]

Paris and Chartres[edit]


June 3[edit]

Paris and Chartres[edit]


June 4[edit]

Paris and Chartres[edit]


June 5[edit]

Paris and Chartres[edit]


June 6[edit]

Paris and Chartres[edit]

  • Unipol Bologna 9, L&D Amsterdam Pirates 0. Bologna punched its ticket to the group finals with a beating of their Dutch opponents as pitcher Raul Rivero limited the Pirates to 4 hits over 7 2/3 innings. Bologna scored early as 3B Francesco Fuzzi raced home from first base in the 1st when C Guillermo Rodriguez's soft fly ball ball landed between three fielders. 2B Alessandro Vaglio homered off losing pitcher Kyle Ward in the 3rd, then drove in RF Claudio Liverziani with a sacrifice fly in the 5th. Bologna blew the game open in the 7th when they scored 6 runs, taking advantage of reliever Tom de Blok's inability to retire any of the four batters he faced. LF Alessandro Grimaudo drove in the last two runs with a double, but Amsterdam was able to stave off a loss via the mercy rule. The Pirates' best scoring opportunity came in the 6th, when 2B Michael Duursma was gunned down at home while trying to score on 1B Kenny Berkenbosch's double to the right field corner.
  • Solingen Alligators 20, Brest Zubrs 1. In a game between two squads already eliminated from further competition, the Belarussians managed to keep the game close for a few innings, behind the pitching of Alex Lukashevich, who gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. However, Solingen brought out the sledgehammers in the 8th, scoring 13 runs against the overmatched Bisons. LF/CF Markus Stryczek went 4 for 4 with a double and a pair of walks for the Alligators while Nils Hartkopf is the winner, allowing 1 run on 4 hits in 6 innings.
  • T&A San Marino 11, Paris Université Club 1. San Marino was too strong for the host club, handing them another defeat by mercy rule. Back-to-back doubles by RF Gabriele Ermini and 1B Joe Persichina off P James Murrey highlighted a three-run 2nd, then a two-run double by 3B Joe Mazzuca, followed by a pair of errors by Paris 3B Nicolas Dubaut made the score 6-0 after 5. They then piled on for 5 more runs in the 6th against reliever Enrique Juma-Trinida, with Mazzuca contributing another two-run double. P Nicholas Morreale allowed only three singles in 6 innings. Paris finally managed to get on the board in the bottom of the 7th as DH Douglas Rodriguez led off with a triple off reliever Yovani D'Amico and scored the Parisians' lone run on a ground out. In spite of its emphatic victory, San Marino lost a complicated tie-breaker to Amsterdam and were eliminated from the competition.


June 7[edit]


  • Unipol Bologna 2, L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1. Only one Italian team made it to the final four, the worst performance by that nation in eight years, but Bologna did ensure an Italian representative in the finals for the 8th straight season with a close win today. In the bottom of the first, Bologna got all its runs. 3B Francesco Fuzzi drew a one-out walk from Kevin Heijstek, then RF Claudio Liverziani singled and an error by Amsterdam RF Linoy Croes advanced the runners. That brought up C Guillermo Rodriguez and the former major leaguer did his job, singling in both runners. Heijstek allowed four hits, one walk and no runs in the next eight innings, but the damage had been done.

Amsterdam rallied in the second off former AAA hurler Marquis Fleming (6 BB, 7 K, 3 H in 6 IP today). C Bas Nooij walked, DH Jesse Aussems singled and 3B Rashid Gerard singled to load the bags with no outs. A passed ball by Rodriguez made it 2-1. Croes flew out, then LF Roelie Henrique walked. SS Mike Duursma grounded into a double play, though, to end the threat. In the top of the 7th, Amsterdam had a shot when Aussems reached on an error by 1B Alex Sambucci to chase Fleming in favor of Justin Cicatello and advanced on a sacrifice and a fly out. Cicatello struck out Henrique and allowed only one baserunner in the 8th. In the 9th, Nick Pugliese came in to close and whiffed Bas Nooij and PH Koen Nooij then got Gerard on a grounder to wrap it up.


In the third, the Czechs looked to rally again as Schneider walked and 3B Přemek Chroust singled. 1B Michael Kremláček flew out to CF Shaldimar Daantji, who threw to second to get Schneider for a double play. Markwell then picked off Chroust. In the top of the 4th, Adam Hajtmar singled and was bunted over by 2B Jakub Hajtmar. Derhak flew out to Lopez, who threw out Hajtmar for the second outfielder double play in two innings. In the top of the 6th, Chroust singled and advanced on a wild pitch. With two outs, Jakub Hajtmar singled to center, but Daantji got his second assist, nailing Chroust at home.

Draci Brno still held the surprising 2-1 lead into the 7th when they brought in Radim Chroust as their fourth hurler of the day. With one out, Dille singled and advanced on a wild pitch, then was replaced by pinch-runner Urving Kemp. Daantji flew out, but SS Stijn van der Meer singled in Kemp and advanced on an error on the play by Dubový. The game was now tied 2-2. DH Dwayne Kemp singled in van der Meer with the winning run and stole second as well. 3B Raily Legito walked. Jan Vašourek relieved Chroust but was greeted by three straight RBI singles - from C Gianison Boekhoudt, Vernooij and Diaz - for a 6-2 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, Neptunus padded their lead as Daantji walked, van der Meer doubled him in and advanced on an error on the play by Ondráček and then Dwayne Kemp had a RBI single. Meanwhile, Kenny Vandenbranden had replaced Markwell in the 7th for Neptunus and was excellent (1 H, 0 BB, 3 K in 3 IP) for the relief win.

August 6[edit]

August 8[edit]

  • Curaçao Neptunus 3, Fortitudo Bologna 2. Having lost on the road, Neptunus went home and won a close game in front of 1,600 fans to tie it up. Raul Rivero (pitching star of the first round in Paris) and Diegomar Markwell (over a decade on the Dutch national team) had a fine pitching duel as the two teams combined for just ten hits. In the bottom of the third, the hosts got on the board as CF Shaldimar Daantji doubled, was bunted over by LF Urving Kemp and scored on a sacrifice fly by DH Dwayne Kemp. In the top of the 4th, RF Claudio Liverziani walked. 3B Cesar Suarez bunted for a single and an error by C Gianison Boekhoudt tied the game at one. No baserunners reached from the bottom of the 4th through the top of the 7th. In the home half of the 7th, 2B Benjamin Dille doubled, advanced on a grounder by SS Stijn van der Meer and scored on a wild pitch by Rivero to make it 2-1. Italy came back in the top of the 8th on a walk to CF Paolino Ambrosino, then C Marco Sabbatani bunted him over. Loek van Mil relieved and PH Alex Russo hit a game-tying single. With two outs, DH Francesco Fuzzi singled and Liverziani drew another walk to bring up cleanup man Suarez, but he was retired by the towering van Mil. In the bottom of the 8th, Urving Kemp drew a leadoff walk; with two away, 3B Raily Legito singled. Boekhoudt grounded to 2B Alessandro Vaglio, who threw it away for a game-costing error, Kemp scoring the winning run. In the 9th, van Mil allowed only a single to 1B Alex Sambucci to get the win in relief.

August 9[edit]

Final Standings[edit]

Paris Group[edit]

Rotterdam Group[edit]

Championship Series[edit]

Game Winner Score Loser Notes
Game 1 Unipol Bologna 5-3 Curacao Neptunus
Game 2 Curacao Neptunus 3-2 Unipol Bologna
Game 3 Curacao Neptunus 7-3 Unipol Bologna Neptunus wins Cup

Leaders and Awards[edit]

Paris and Chartres (stats exclude finale)[edit]

Rotterdam (stats exclude finale)[edit]


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