Jakob Claesson throws the first pitch for Opening Day 2013
Stockholm won its opening day home doubleheader against Göteborg on May 1, 12-0 and 22-9. Since then Stockholm has held on to first place, with a 5-1 record going into Saturday’s home doubleheader against defending champs Karlskoga.
At 6-2 Karlskoga is essentially tied for first place, just a few percentage points behind Stockholm.
In game 1 of the best-of-five 2012 Swedish Baseball Championships, favored team Karlskoga narrowly defeated Leksand, 3-2.
Game 2 will be played on Sunday.
Stockholm City Sports Commissioner Regina Kevius throws out the first ball at Opening Day 2012
Defending Swedish champs Stockholm opened the 2012 season with a doubleheader at home against Gefle on May 1. Despite a second innng 2 RBI double by Daniel Wood, back in Stockholm after playing for Norwegian champs Oslo last year, Stockholm lost the opener 5-4.
But Stockholm came back to win game 2, 10-8.
Here’s the roster for the Swedish national team in the upcoming Baseball World Cup qualifier here in Sweden. The most glaring impression is that Stockholm, Swedish Champions in both 2009 and 2008, first place league finisher in 2008, second place in 2009, is woefully under-represented. (Just one pitcher, one catcher, one infielder, and one outfielder, four members of the best team in the country in a 24 man roster.)
This may be because neither national team captain Kalle Knutsson, nor any of his coaches, are from Stockholm:
Tomas Börjes, Rättvik
Björn Johannessen, Stockholm
Henrik Johansson, Karlskoga
Lukas Olsson, Leksand
Magnus Pilegård, Stockholm
Rickard Reimer, Rättvik
Adam Sorgi, Rättvik
Mikael Andersson, Tranås
Tony Dermendziev, Tranås
Peter Johannessen, Stockholm
Christoffer Johansson, Karlskoga
Philip Gajzler, Sundbyberg
David Leander, Tranås
Per Lindgren, Sundbyberg
Joakim Claesson, Stockholm
Maikel Hurtado, USA
Tomas Häggblom, Eskilstuna
Peter Jansson, Rättvik
Kent Karlsson, Karlskoga
Rickard Leander, Leksand
Nicklas Melin, Rättvik
Nick Soubiea, Sundbyberg
Christian Staehely, Everett AquaSox
Johan Tisell, Sundbyberg
Sadly, Swede Bryan Berglund, who played for Royal High School in Simi Valley, California, and recently signed a minor league contract with the Flordia Marlins, was forbidden from the Marlins from taking part in the qualifier.
Stockholm has won the Swedish Baseball championships for the second year in a row.
Stockholm defeated home team Tranås in the third and final game of the best-of-three series 6-5. The two teams split Saturday’s doubleheader.
Stockholm, which also won the Swedish Elite Division title last year, finished second to Tranås in this year’s league play.
The Swedish Baseball Federation website reports that Stockholm took an early 6-2 lead. Tranås closed to 6-5 in the 7th inning off Stockholm starter Niklas Eriksson. Joakim Claesson, who started and pitched 7 innings in the opening game Saturday, closed the door, pitching the 8th and 9th innings.
Joakim Claesson was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the finals.
Home team Tranås came back to tie the 2009 Swedish Elite Division Baseball finals, winning Saturday’s game 2 by a score of 9-3.
Defending championships Stockholm had taken the opener 9-2.
This year’s best-of-three tournament will be determined by Sunday’s game 3.
Visiting Stockholm took the opener in this year’s Swedish Elite Division Baseball finals, beating Tranås 9-2.
Stockholm just needs to win Saturday’s second game in the best-of-three series to defend the championship they took last year.
In this year’s Elite Division, Stockholm finished second to Tranås.