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.
Stockholm and Karlskoga will be facing each other in the finals of this year’s Swedish Elite Division.
Stockholm secured its spot with a 15-3 victory over home team Rättvik, taking the best of three series 2-1.
Karlskoga beat Sundbyberg 8-2 to take the series in two straight games.
The finals open this coming weekend at Stockholm’s home diamond at Skarpnäck and move back to Karlskoga the following weekend. The last game would be played September 21 at Karlskoga, if required in the best of five series.
Oskar Carlstedt prepares to throw the opening pitch
Stockholm holds undisputed first place in the Swedish Elite League, after Sunday’s round of doubleheaders.
Stockholm defeated visiting Gefle 23-1 (called in 7 innings because of the 10 run rule) and 10-2. Oskar Carlstedt got the win in the opener, pitching the first 5 innings, with Johan Lindgren pitching the final two.
Stockholm’s clean-up hitter Björn Johannessen was 4 for 5, with two doubles and a triple, and 7 RBIs. Stockholm scored 7 runs with two outs in the second inning, with 4 more runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, and ten in the sixth.
The second game was more even, but Stockholm had a 6-0 lead by the end of the second inning. Jakob Claesson pitched five shut-out innings, with seven strike-outs before he was relieved by older brother Joakim, back in Sweden after playing college baseball in the United States. Linus Hösöyen pitched the final 1 and 2/3 innings.
Stockholm is now 4-0 and alone in first place, after the second week of the new season. Tranås and Rättvik are tied for second with 3-1 records, after splitting their Sunday doubleheader 8-2 and 2-13.
Karlskoga and Leksand are tied for fourth place, with 2-2 records, after Karlskoga beat Lekand (last year’s Swedish champions) twice Sunday, 11-2 and 9-2.
Alby and (last year’s first place finisher) Sundbyberg share sixth place, after splitting Sunday 6-8 and 14-2.
Gefle, with an 0-4 record, is in last place.
In what must have felt like revenge for last week’s loss in the finals of the Swedish Championships, Sundbyberg beat Karlskog 9-2 Saturday, to win the Swedish Cup.
Sundbyberg’s pitcher Nick Soubiea was named Most Valuable Player.
Karlskoga won the second of Saturday’s games against Sundbyberg 5-4, giving them a 3-1 victory in the best of 5 Swedish finals series.
It’s the first time in the club’s 15 year history that they’ve won the Swedish Championships.
WP: Adam Sowell (2-0)
LP: Michael Andersson (0-1)
Adam Sowell was named as Most Valuable Player.