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The 2011 European Championship Qualifiers featured 22 teams competing for five spots in the 2012 European Championship.

Contents

[edit] Pools

[edit] Antwerp

[edit] Zagreb

[edit] Barcelona

[edit] Tel Aviv

[edit] Krymsk

Flag of Moldova Moldova was to play but was a late withdrawal)

[edit] Games

[edit] Antwerp

[edit] July 25

[edit] July 26

[edit] July 27

[edit] July 28

[edit] July 29

[edit] July 30

[edit] Barcelona

[edit] July 25

[edit] July 26

[edit] July 27

  • Flag of Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 10, Flag of Hungary Hungary 0. T.J. O'Leary went the distance in a four-hit whitewash as Hungary had more errors (6) than hits. Zsolt Zalabai did okay, with two unearned runs in six innings, before Ireland turned it into a rout against his bullpen.
  • Flag of Spain Spain 6, Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 0. Spain probably gets its toughest challenge in the pool, but passes easily as anticipated. Ricardo Hernandez, Manny Olivera and Remigio Leal combine on a one-hit shutout as Spanish pitchers have still not allowed a run.

[edit] July 28

[edit] July 29

[edit] July 30

  • Flag of Spain Spain 3, Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2. After pounding the opposition through the first round, Spain had to battle to win the finale. Facing a lineup composed primarily of players with US minor league experience, Swiss youngster Lukas Croton tossed no-hit ball for five. Meanwhile, former Astros farmhand Antonio Noguera matched him for three. In the fourth, Switzerland took a surprising lead and they tacked on an insurance run in the 5th. In the bottom of the 6th, Croton finally yielded. It started with one out when diminutive Daniel Sánchez reached on an error. Danny Figueroa singled him over. After a second out, Croton threw a wild pitch then walked Marc Carrillo. 37-year-old Dominican veteran José Luis Riera then slapped a two-run single through the middle to tie it. In the 7th, Yancarlo Franco doubled, advanced on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Néstor Pérez. 48-year-old Cuban Remigio Leal relieved Noguera and allowed one hit, no runs and no walks over the final four innings while striking out six to pick up the crucial win.

[edit] Krymsk

[edit] July 27

  • Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 9, Flag of Belarus Belarus 0. A forfeit win for the Ukraine as Belarus had not arrived on site in time.
  • Flag of Russia Russia 7, Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 0. Russia avenged their 2007 European Championship loss to their rivals in a match-up of former USSR republics. Former Twins farmhand Andrey Lobanov fanned 8 and allowed four hits and no walks in 7 1/3 shutout innings while Anton Shirokiy tossed 1 2/3 hitless, scoreless innings with two more whiffs to end it. Dmytro Limarenko gives up four runs in five for the loss. Sergey Solovev goes 3 for 4 with four RBI to pace Russia's offense.

[edit] July 28

  • Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 16, Flag of Belarus Belarus 4. Seven different Ukrainians scored multiple runs in an easy romp. Belarus, like many other losers in the qualifiers, has more errors (4) than hits (3).
  • Flag of Russia Russia 5, Flag of Belarus Belarus 0. Denis Leonov and Nick Lobanov teamed up on a 3-hit, 10-strikeout shutout of Belarus, while Artemiy Artamonov fell a homer shy of the cycle and drove in two.

[edit] July 29

[edit] Tel Aviv

[edit] July 26

[edit] July 27

  • Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 14, Flag of Georgia (country) Georgia 1. As expected, Lithuania pounded their fellow former USSR member. Georgia had 7 errors and walked 8 batters, while Edvardas Matusevičius was 3 for 5 for the victors.
  • Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 8, Flag of Israel Israel 6. Israel staged a late rally in front of 650 fans but failed to beat the favored Brits. Aeden McQueary-Ennis fanned 15 and allowed four hits and one run in 7 innings, leaving with a 8-1 lead. Israel rallied off reliever Stephen Spragg, scoring five runs on three walks and three hit batsmen. Michael Johnson entered to save it. Guy Stevens took the loss. Britain was led by former Giants farmhand Aaron Hornostaj (4 for 5, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) and one of their few born-and-raised players, Brad Marcelino (3 for 3, 2B, BB, 3 R, RBI).

[edit] July 28

[edit] July 29

  • Flag of Israel Israel 7, Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 0. Oren Gal (3 for 4, 3 R) and Eitan Maoz (3 for 5, 2 2B, 4 RBI) lead the offense in a crucial stay-alive win as neither Paul Waterman nor Mike Renery is able to contain the Israelis. Shlomo Lipetz turns in a gem, with a complete game shutout against a team with a couple former minor leaguers.
  • Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 5, Flag of Israel Israel 2. The Gal-Maoz duo again strikes, with a Gal double and Maoz single producing a first-inning run against Alex Smith. Lipetz starts again but tires in the 4th after 12 shutout innings and allows two hits followed by a 2-run error by Gal. In the 5th, Brad Marcelino doubled and Aaron Hornostaj singled him in to put Great Britain up, 3-1. Smith makes it hold with solid work after the first. In the bottom of the 9th, Israel trailed, 5-1, but the home team rallied. With one out, Alon Leichman singled. After Gal flew out, Smith threw a wild pitch and Maoz singled. Maoz stole second, then Dan Rothem drew a walk to put the potential winning run at the plate. Michael Johnson was summoned from the bullpen to try to quench the rally. He promptly plunked Ophir Katz to make it a 3-run game. Johnson retired Jesse Sultanik on a grounder to end Israel's dramatic bid to win their first trip ever to a European Championship.

[edit] Zagreb

[edit] July 25

[edit] July 26

[edit] July 27

  • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 11, Flag of Romania Romania 5. Bulgaria improved to 2-0, led by four hits apiece by Alexander Gorrin and Petar Petrov.
  • Flag of Croatia Croatia 18, Flag of Serbia Serbia 2. When the unbeaten hosts met the winless Serbs, the outcome was easy to figure out. Slobodan Gales scored four runs and Filip Berecka drove in five in a romp.

[edit] July 28

[edit] July 29

[edit] July 30

  • Flag of Croatia Croatia 9, Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 4. Croatia locked up its return to the Euros with another win over Bulgaria. Again, Bulgaria kept it close for a time, as it stood at 1-1 after four and a half. In the bottom of the 5th, Slobodan Gales tripled in one run then scored to put Croatia ahead for good. Gales finished 3 for 4 with 3 runs, while Ernesto Pereira got the win and Marin Farkas tossed 2 2/3 hitless, scoreless innings for the save.

[edit] MVPs

  • Belgian second baseman Dennis Ribbens was awarded the MVP in Antwerp, after hitting .474/.565/.474 with 3 runs, 3 RBI and 4 steals (in 4 tries) over five games. He also played error-free ball in the infield.
  • Spanish first baseman José Luis Riera took home the MVP in Barcelona, going 4 for 12 with two triples, four walks, three runs and four RBI in five games.
  • Russian outfielder Victor Samchuk was MVP in Krymsk, going 7 for 11 with a double, homer, three walks, four steals (in four tries), four runs and four RBI in four games.
  • Great Britain catcher-pitcher Aeden McQueary-Ennis won the MVP in Tel Aviv. He hit .333/.417/.524 with 5 runs and 7 RBI in five games, while going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched.
  • Croatian outfielder Slobodan Gales got the MVP in Zagreb. He hit .450/.577/.750 with 9 runs, 6 RBI and four steals (in four attempts) in five games. He also won one game as a pitcher.

[edit] Standings

[edit] Antwerp

[edit] Barcelona

[edit] Krymsk

[edit] Tel Aviv

[edit] Zagreb

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