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.
Defending champs Stockholm will be playing this year’s Swedish Elite Division winners Tranås in the 2009 Swedish baseball finals August 29-30.
Stockholm, which finished in second place this year, beat last year’s co-finalist Karlskoga at home in two straight games in the best of three semi-finals Saturday, 5-2 and 7-4.
Tranås split Saturday’s semis with Leksand, losing the first game 4-3, but storming back in game 2 11-3. In Sunday’s decider, Leksand led 5-3 in the bottom of the 9th, when Tranås tied the score. Tranås went on to win a finals spot with a run in the 14th inning, making the final score 6-5.
This coming weekend’s finals will be played in Tranås, since they took first place in league play, with two games on Saturday, and a third, if necessary, on Sunday.
Home team, and defending Swedish champs, Stockholm won their opening day of the 2009 season, defeating Gefle 12-2 in 7 innings (the game was called then because of the mercy rule).
Stockholm also won game 2, 12-2.
Earlier, Karlskoga took two from Rättvik, 11- 1 (8 innings, mercy rule) and 11 -3.
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.