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The 2013 European Cup was the 50th European Cup. Eight countries participated, including the first ever appearance by a team from Switzerland, with the Bern Cardinals qualifying. Former major leaguers to appear were Darwin Cubillan (San Marino), Chris Aguila (Bologna), Alex Romero (Rimini) and Yorman Bazardo (Rimini).

Unipol Bologna won their second straight European championship as they beat Italian rivals Telemarket Rimini in the final.


[edit] Competing Teams

[edit] Barcelona

[edit] Regensburg

[edit] Results

[edit] June 4

[edit] Barcelona

[edit] Regensburg

  • Regensburg Legionäre 14, Bern Cardinals 8. Regensburg survived a scare. Not fearing the first Swiss entry much, they sent out a couple younger hurlers early on and promptly allowed 7 runs in the first two innings, with a 3-run homer by 3B Marc Obussier the big blow. Reliever Wolfgang Reitter allows only two hits in five shutout innings, and Regensburg's bats then come into play. C Christopher Howard hits a towering three-run homer in the third, CF Philipp Howard goes 3 for 3 with a walk and two steals, 1B Christoph Zirzlmeier is 3 for 5 with 3 runs and 2 RBI and RF Enzo Muschik drives in 3 more.

[edit] June 5

[edit] Barcelona

  • Telemarket Rimini 2, CB Barcelona 1. In a closely-fought match, the Italian entry prevailed over Spain. In the second, LF Filippo Crociati got a two-out single for Rimini, after which Jorge Balboa issued three straight walks to force in a run. In the 4th, Crociati again got things going with a single. He took second and third on a botched pick-off by Balboa, then was singled home. Roberto Corradini contained Barcelona until the 7th, when veteran 1B José Luis Riera singled in 2B Jesús Golindano. Barcelona loaded the bases but reliever Carlos Pezzullo escaped without further harm. Pezzullo tossed a scoreless 8th and Enorbel Márquez finished with a shutout 9th to wrap up the win. Showing European standards are different than American ones, Balboa threw 175 pitches and walked 8 in a complete game effort.

[edit] Regensburg

[edit] June 6

[edit] Barcelona

3B Octavio Medina drew an opening walk from Dutch national team hurler Leon Boyd; after a single, SS Jendrick Speer hit a run-scoring single. DH Björn Schonlau hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Taylor Swift didn't start much sharper, issuing opening walks to SS René Cremer and RF Dirk van 't Klooster, then Kinheim pulled off a double steal. Swift recovered to retire C Ramiro Balentina, LF Bryan Engelhardt and 1B Jeffrey Arends in order without allowing a run. Kinheim again blew a chance in the second, as Swift issued walks to 3B Mervin Gario, CF Remco Draijer and Cremer but did not allow a score.

In the third, Paderborn padded their lead on a walk and a triple. Kinheim finally stopped stranding runners in the bottom of the inning as Balentina led off with a single and Engelhardt went deep to cut it to 3-2. C Robert Herrmann and 1B Tristan Gerdtommarkotten singled for Paderborn in the 4th and a throwing error by Engelhardt made it 4-2.

The tide turned in in the bottom of the 5th. Swift continued to display wildness, walking Balentina and Engelhardt. He struck out Arends but walked DH Quintin De Cuba. Gario then singled in two runs to tie the score. Daniel Rahn relieved Swift and got an out on a force, but he then plunked Draijer and gave up a 2-run single to Cremer as Kinheim went ahead by a 6-4 margin. They added insurance in the 7th on a one-out single by Balentina, a walk to Arends, de Cuba getting plunked and a two-out single by 2B Roy Seltenrijch (Arends was out trying to score on the play).

Jean-Paul Gulinck replaced Boyd in the 7th and tossed a shutout inning. In the 8th, he was replaced by former Reds minor leaguer Arshwin Asjes. Herrmann greeted him with a single. RF Sascha Brockmeyer and Gerdtommar both singled as well to load the bags. After an out, LF Marcel Schulz singled in one run and Medina hit into a run-scoring force to cut it to 7-6. Paderborn got no further, though. In the 8th, Kinheim added a couple insurance runs. Balentina singled, Engelhardt doubled, Arends hit a sac fly and De Cuba got a RBI single. Herrmann finished with 3 hits in a losing cause, while Balentina had 3 runs for the victors and Engelhardt had 3 hits and 4 runs.

  • Telemarket Rimini 6, Rouen Huskies 3. 17-year-old Yoann Vaugelade nearly pitched Rouen to an upset win but player-manager Keino Perez (a former Indians farmhand) blew it in relief. Rouen went ahead in the bottom of the first on a one-out walk to 2B Dylan Gleeson from Sandy Patrone and a RBI double by SS Carlos Hereaud. C Boris Marche singled, then a sacrifice fly made it 2-0. While both teams had opportunities, neither one scored again until the 7th. SS Jack Santora drew a one-out walk and DH Alex Romero walked with two outs. 44-year-old LF Jim Buccheri then delivered a run-scoring single, knocking out Vaugelade (3 H, 6 BB, 1 R in 6 2/3 IP) in favor of Perez. In the 8th, Rimini feasted on the veteran hurler. 1B Giuseppe Spinelli singled and Perez made an error on a bunt by 3B Adolfo Gomez. 2B Riccardo Babini bunted into a force at third, then CF Leonardo Zileri drew a full-count walk. Santora then got the big hit, a 3-run triple down the right field line to put Rimini ahead 4-2. Hereaud opened the 8th with a double and came around on a one-out single to close it to 4-3. Rimini got two more in the 9th off Perez, though. Buccheri doubled, C Riccardo Bertagnon laid down a bunt hit and Spinelli cracked a run-scoring double. After an out, Babini hit a sacrifice fly for a 6-3 lead. Cuban veteran Enorbel Marquez had a perfect 9th for his second save of the Cup.

[edit] Regensburg

[edit] June 7

[edit] Barcelona

  • Paderborn Untouchables 10, Rouen Huskies 5. Two 1-2 clubs squared off in another important game. Neither pitcher had a good day particularly, but they had long ones: Eugen Heilmann threw 139 pitches in a complete game win (10 H, 5 R) while Mathew Smith gave up 14 hits and 10 runs in 8 innings in a loss, throwing 136 pitches. Four players have two RBI for Paderborn while LF Marcel Schulz has 3 hits from the #9 spot in the order.

[edit] Regensburg

  • Eagles Prague 5, Regensburg Legionäre 3. The hosts blow it to fall to 2-2 and hurt their chances of advancing. Prague got going in the first when DH Martin Laube hit a one-out homer off former minor leaguer Mike Bolsenbroek. Regensburg came back in the second, aided by errors by 3B Lukas Borecky and 1B Jan Homolka, scoring twice. They had a chance at another but DH Michael Weigl was gunned down at the plate. Prague retook the lead in the third on an error by 1B Christoph Zirzlmeier, a walk to Laube, a one-out intentional walk to CF Matěj Hejma and a sacrifice fly by RF Jan Pojer. A delayed double steal of home made it 3-2. In the 5th, Prague got insurance on a double by Borecky, another error by Zirzlmeier and a RBI grounder from C Tom Ward. They made it 5-2 in the 6th on a double by Pojer and two grounders. Regensburg had not gotten anything off starter Tomas Duffek since the second until the 8th, when 3B Ludwig Glaser walked, Borecky made an error and Weigl delivered a run-scoring single. Bradley Merritt relieved Duffek and closed out the upset.

[edit] June 8

[edit] Barcelona

[edit] Regensburg

[edit] June 9

[edit] Barcelona

In the bottom of the third, though, Rimini put it away against reliever Jean-Paul Gulinck. With one out, Romero walked, Gomez singled and LF Jim Buccheri singled to load the bags. 1B Giuseppe Spinelli then singled home Romero. After an out by C Riccardo Bertagnon, Babini hit into a run-scoring error by Gario and CF Leonardo Zileri hit a two-run single for the final 6-2 margin. Carlos Pezzullo and Enorbel Marquez tossed six shutout innings of relief for Rimini, allowing only two hits. Kinheim did get a chance in the 4th, loading the bases for 2010 Hoofdklasse MVP Engelhardt, but he grounded out.

[edit] Regensburg

Down 4-0, Bologna finally got to Chris Cooper in the 4th. CF Chris Aguila walked, 1B Luca Bischeri grounded him over and both 2B Alessandro Vaglio and DH Francesco Fuzzi singled to close it to 4-1. In the 6th, Cooper walked Bischeri and Vaglio singled. Jim Magrane relieved but walked Fuzzi and C Marco Sabbatani delivered a two-run single to cut the gap to one. Bologna took the lead in the 7th. LF Nick Nosti singled and stole, then moved to third on a ground-out by RF Claudio Liverziani. Aguila hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Darwin Cubillan replaced Magrane. After a sacrifice hit by backup 1B Daniele Malengo, Vaglio singled to make it 5-4.

San Marino then staged a comeback of its own. In the 8th, Mazzuca led off with a double off Rivero. Avagnina laid down a bunt then Imperiali was intentionally walked. C Simone Albanese doubled to tie the score. In the 9th, Vasquez hit a one-out double for San Marino and a Nosti error sent him to third. Ramos was walked intentionally, then Nick Pugliese relieved. Mazzuca hit a sacrifice fly for a 6-5 lead. Avagnina popped out to end the inning. In the bottom of the 9th, Nosti singled and stole second. Liverziani drew a walk to put the potential winning run aboard. Aguila singled to score Nosti with the tying run. Malengo was walked intentionally to bring up Vaglio, but the move backfired for Cubillan and San Marino when Vaglio got his 4th hit of the day to end it.

[edit] August 1

[edit] August 2

[edit] Championship Series

Bologna beat Rimini two games to none

[edit] Final Standings

Barcelona Group

Regensburg Group

[edit] Awards and Leaders

[edit] Barcelona

[edit] Regensburg

[edit] Finals

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