Legnano wins European Cup...|
PRAGUE (Czech Republic) - Legnano AMGA from Italy on Saturday won the European Cup for the first time in club-history after winning 4-0 in the final of the event in Prague vs. Dornbirn Sharx, which became the first team from Austria to play in the all-deciding game. Earlier in the day, the Sharx dethroned Fiorini Forlž from Italy as Cupholder by winning 3-1, thanks to a 3-run homerun by Melissa Wood.
It was the fourth time in a row that the European Cup was won by an Italian club.
In the B-Pool, AS Maroussi from Greece won the final, beating Titano Hornets 4-2.
This means, that a team from Greece will play in the A-Pool next year.
Aimee Murch of Legnano was named Best Pitcher of the tournament, while Melissa Wood won the award for Most Valuable Player.
Best Hitter was Daniela Castellani (Legnano), who batted .609.
Solange Starrenburg of Terrasvogels finished in third place on the batting list with a .556 average, trailing Castellani and Eva Trevisan (Forlž), who hit .567.
Solange also was fourth best in On Base Percentage with .579.
In the pitching department, Dagmar Bloeming finished in fourth place with lowest ERA (1.71) and was the leader in Fewest Walks Allowed with 3.
At Bollate in Italy, Sparks Haarlem from the Netherlands captured the CupWinners and became the first Dutch club to win this Cup since Terrasvogels had won it in 2003.
In the final, Sparks Haarlem won 5-2 vs. organising club Bollate.
By winning the Cup, it means that three Dutch clubs will participate in next years European Cup Tournaments.
Since Terrasvogels was eliminated for the medal-round and finished in a disappointing sixth place, the team had the day off on Saturday.
Players and staffmembers therefore could fill in the day like they wished, before coming to the field of SK Joudrs for the Closing Ceremony.
Everyone went out to see something of Prague.
The three M's (Martin, Michael, Marco) decided to visit Troja Chateau, which was built as a summer palace for Count VŠclav Vojtžch Sternberg to a design by celebrated Burgundian architect Jean-Baptiste Mathey.
The Troja Chateau is a 17th century building, complete with French gardens and Baroque sculptures, modelled in an Italian villa-style.
On the impressive staircase are ornaments of the ancient gods of Olympus.
After everyone arrived at the softball-field, we watched the final.
Hereafter, the Closing Ceremony followed, which was attended by ALL participating teams from both the A and B-Pool, but some of the (American) pick-up players already had left their teams and returned to the States.
When all prices and individual awards were handed out, it was time to take some team pictures, but then it was back to the hotel for dinner and a night out in the city.
Terrasvogels returns home on Sunday and will focus on a new goal: succesfully defending the national title!
The beautiful Chateau Troja near the Prague Zoo
Assistant Coach Michael Laarman waves to his friends at the Chateau
Assistant Coach Michael Laarman and Facility Manager Martin de Jonker wave from the balcony
The gardens of Chateau Troja
Was this the first baseball-player in the Czech-area in ancient years?
The Chateau Troja
Everything was possible during this tournament
Even a TV-camera ON the field!
Assistant Coach Michael Laarman with Annemiek van Riessen (left) and Solange Starrenburg
Blake Hoorelbeke and Crissy Autry wait for their pancakes
Players and family watch the final between Legnano and Dornbirn Sharx
Four fathers pose together: Harm Horeman (Dana's father), John van Heijst (Petra's father),
Bertil Haage (Femke's father) and Hans Jansen (Marieke's father)
Harm and Bertil played together in the Dutch National Baseball Team in the 70s and 80s
Solange Starrenburg (left) and Femke Haage
The team poses during the Closing Ceremony
Marieke Jansen and Olga Kleinlooh pick up the trophy for 6th place
ESF-Delegates Totoni Sanna (Italy) and Gabriel Waage (Czech Republic) hand out the awards
The Umpire Corps of the 2008 European Cup Tournament
Dutch umpires are Bob Gieskens (standing, third from right)
and Arie Nokkert (seated, second from right)
AS Maroussi 2004 from Greece, which won the Cup in the B-Pool
Petra van Heijst assists Nicole Wessels, who has been stung by a wasp
Terrasvogels poses after completion of the Closing Ceremony
European Cup Winner Legnano from Italy
Checking out the tournament statistics