Ukraine – Russia 2-4
Russia lifted Germany into first place in Group A at the European Junior Championship, defeating the Ukraine 4-2 on Friday. D. Leonov (W) struck out twelve going the distance. A. Plotnikov and M. Novozhilov combined for four RBI. A. Borsch had four hits and two RBI for the Ukraine.
Lithuania – Netherlands 1-16 (5)
The Dutch team clinched first place in Group B with a 16-1 rout over Lithuania. They scored eleven runs in the second frame to decide things early. U. Kemp and T. Halderman had three-run doubles during the rally.
Belgium – Italy 3-14 (7)
Italy finishes in second place in Group A after a 14-3 victory over Belgium. They scored eight runs in the seventh to end the game on ten-run rule. Italy is playing the Netherlands in the semi-finals. M. Mercuri had a three-run double in the seventh. L. Ainger scored three times in the game.
Czech Republic – France 12-2 (7)
The Czech Republic dispatched France 12-2 in seven innings en route to the semi-finals, overcoming a 0-2 deficit in the process. M. Vykoukal (W) struck out nine in going the distance for the win. He also tripled and doubled to drive in three.
Final Standings Preliminary Round:
- Germany 3-1
- Italy 3-1
- Russia 2-2
- Ukraine 2-2
- Belgium 0-4
- Netherlands 4-0
- Czech Republic 2-2
- France 2-2
- Spain 2-2
- Lithuania 0-4