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Stockholm Takes on Tranås in 2009 Swedish Finals

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.

France Shuts out Sweden

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.

Finland Wins Nordic Championships

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.

Nordic Championships Underway

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

Stenis Throws Perfect Game

Photo: Lina Longchamps/Rättvik Butchers

Mattias Stenis (Photo: Lina Longchamps/Rättvik Butchers)

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
strike-outs as the Division 1 team beat last year’s Elite Division last
place finisher in the third round of the cup. It was Stenis’ first official game
for Rättvik since they won the Swedish championship in 2002.

A former Swedish national team pitcher, in 2004 Stenis pitched for neighboring Leksand but only threw 4 2/3
innings. Last year, as Leksand finished runner-up in the Swedish
championships, Stenis had an ERA of 2.85 over 60 innings and a 5-3


In another third round game Elite Division Stockholm
followed up its doubleheader loss in the first weekend of the new
season with a 9-5 victory over lower divsion local rival City. Stockholm advances to the  quarter finals in the Cup, meeting last year’s Swedish champions  Sundbyberg on June 6.

The two teams will face off before that in regular Elite
Division play, at Sundbyberg on May 5.