The Euro Interleague, which pits the top clubs from Central Europe and the Balkans, returned last week after a year’s absence. Europe’s largest multi-country circuit will feature only six teams, down from 11 in 2019 and one of the smallest rosters since its foundation in 1998. Hungarian power Budapest Red Wolves drew the Opening Day bid at Érd Aeros, a club from a southwest suburb of Hungary’s capital city, claiming a road win. Apollo Bratislava, Beograd ’96, Nada Split, and Vojvodina Novi Sad will also participate in the interleague, which will feature a single doubleheader against each other club, with the regular season concluding on June 19.
Érd had a promising start, with a pair of runs in both the first and the second, taking a 5-0 lead in the third and cruising until the Red Wolves batted in the fifth. From that point on, it was all Budapest, which scored four runs in the fifth and another three in the following frame, tacking on a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth. The Wolves’ Carlos Rubio hit his first round-tripper of 2022 for Budapest, while Péter Gornik turned in five innings of shutout relief, punching out five.
Week 1 (April 3)
At Érd: Érd 5 – Budapest 11
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By Gabriel Fidler.