Spain – Czech Republic 6-5 (10)
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Spain has won a dramatic extra-inning affair against the Czech Republic on Thursday afternoon in Haarlem to open the second round at the 2012 European Championship. A hit by pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth inning lifted Team Espagna to 6-5 victory.
It was a thrilling back and forth affair, especially in the four innings. The lead changed several times and the IBAF Extra Inning Rule was needed to decide the outcome. While the Czech team failed to score despite having the bases loaded with one out in the top of the tenth, Spain came through when a pitch hit pinch hitter Kelvin Feliz with two outs.
Spain had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a sac fly by Paco Figueroa. The score didn’t change until the seventh inning. Matej Hejma (4-4, 2 RBI) homered and Jakub Malik hit a RBI triple to give the Czech a one-run advantage. But Spain struck right back. Jesus Golindano doubled home two runs with two outs in the bottom half of the frame.
Again the Czech team answered in the top of the eighth. This time they plated three runs on RBI singles by Pavel Budsky and Hejma plus a RBI groundout by Martin Schneider. But they couldn’t hold on to the lead, as a bases loaded walk by Riera and another sac fly by Paco Figueroa evened the score for Spain. Both teams couldn’t do anything in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings.
Spain improves to 2-1 in the second round, while the Czech squad dropped to 1-2.