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.
Stockholm defeats visiting Norrköping in Sweden’s first Spring Training game of 2008.
(Sorry about the poor quality, had to record with my cellphone.)
On day two of the final round of the European Baseball Championships, France shut out Sweden 10-0.
Starting pitcher Mattias Stenis gave up 8 earned runs in the first three innings. With the loss, Sweden is out of the running to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
Sweden’s final game, against Spain, will be broadcast by Eurosport 2 on Sunday at 17:30 Central European Summer Time.
quarterfinal of Svenska Cupen is going to be the first game between Leksand and
Rättvik in more than 2 years.
We expect a
big crowd for the game at Butcherfield. Philippe Longchamps
Finland won the 2007 Nordic Baseball Championships, going undefeated against Norway and the Swedish Juniors.
Norway and the Swedish Juniors split (their only wins), but since Sweden scored fewer runs against Norway than Norway against Sweden, under the tournament rules Norway finished second.
Norway lost both of its games Sunday, losing to Finland 13-3, and going down to Sweden 8-4.
The Nordic Baseball Championships are underway in the Swedish city of Karlskoga.
The adult national teams of Finland and Norway face the Swedish Junior National Team, as the Swedish adult national team would dominate. Last year the junior Swedes won the tournament.
Date Time Home Away
May 18 17:00 Sweden J 7 Finland 16
May 19 10:00 Norway 16 Sweden J 8
13:30 Finland 21 Norway 2
17:00 Finland 10 Sweden J 5
May 20 11:00 Norway 7 Finland 13
14:00 Sweden J 8 Norway 4
Mattias Stenis (left) threw a perfect game as Rättvik defeated Alby 10-0 May 1 in a 7 inning Swedish Cup game.
According to the Swedish Baseball Federation website, Stenis threw 12
A former Swedish national team pitcher, in 2004 Stenis pitched for neighboring Leksand but only threw 4 2/3
In another third round game Elite Division
The two teams will face off before that in regular Elite