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.