Rich Haldane pitching for Britain at Euro Championships

Rich Haldane, who pitched for Perkasie, PA Hoffman Rise in the 2007 ToC, is pitching for Great Britain in the 2008 Euro Championships. Britain is looking to qualify for the 2009 ISF World Championship in Saskatoon next July.

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Drama in the Game between the Netherlands and Great Britain
Af: Caroline Damsbo Holme

Even though the Netherlands were favorites in the game against Great Britain, the underdogs from overseas came out as the winners in the end with a score of 7-5. The game was tight throughout the seven long innings and the whole event lasted more than three hours – that is three hours full of great entertainment!

With actual fights, illegal pitches, hit by pitch and intentional walks, the game between Great Britain and the Netherlands provided the growing number of spectators with great entertainment. Especially British pitcher Richard Haldane claimed a lot of the attention, when he threw three illegal pitches, after he had already had several talks with the umpires in the first innings about his pitching style.

Best batter for Great Britain was probably James Chalmers who had two great hits before he was intentionally walked twice. The Netherlands had quite a few good hits; among these was one by Joost Droog and one by Enrique Javier who hit the ball out in right field in the 2nd inning. Still it wasn’t enough, and the Dutch suffered their first defeat against the Brits in a very long time.

Great Britain Left Little Room for the Belgian Team when they Met in their First Game
Af: Nana Rasmussen

Great Britain won 8-0 against Belgium and got off to a good start in this year’s European Championship. Great Britain scored their first 3 runs in the very first inning and steadily kept on going with one run in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. With Belgium unable to fight back, Great Britain won the game on mercy rule.

Great Britain did not leave much to chances when they met the Belgian team. Great Britain’s pitcher, Rich Haldane, pitched a good game, and with a well playing field behind him the British team had control over the game all the way through. The game ended in the bottom of the fifth inning with a nice play by 3rd baseman, Neil Davies.

For more on the European Championship, click here.

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