Category: Stockholm

Stockholm leads as Swedish Baseball season 2013 underway

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.

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Karlskoga takes game 1

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 Baseball Opening Day 2012

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.

Stockholm Under-represented in National Team

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:

Catchers (2)

Tomas Börjes, Rättvik
Björn Johannessen, Stockholm

Infielders (5)

Henrik Johansson, Karlskoga
Lukas Olsson, Leksand
Magnus Pilegård, Stockholm
Rickard Reimer, Rättvik
Adam Sorgi, Rättvik

Outfielders (7)

Mikael Andersson, Tranås
Tony Dermendziev, Tranås
Peter Johannessen, Stockholm
Christoffer Johansson, Karlskoga
Philip Gajzler, Sundbyberg
David Leander, Tranås
Per Lindgren, Sundbyberg

Pitchers (10)

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 Repeats as Swedish Champions

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.

Stockholm Leads Swedish Baseball Finals

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.