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Sep, 2017

Pole de Bordeaux and Madrid Brewers win PONY European Zone Qualifiers

It was a sensational weekend of baseball at the third annual PONY European Zone Qualifying Tournaments in Gijon, Spain. In the Pony 14U division, Pole de Bordeaux went undefeated, outscoring its opponents 61-6 along the way, and won back-to-back championship titles for France. Meanwhile, Spain's Madrid Brewers highlighted the tournament with its 7-3 upset of previously unbeaten Pole de Bordeaux in the championship game. Because of their victories, both teams will receive automatic bids to the PONY European Zone Championships in Prague, Czech Republic on April 19-22, 2018.

Pony 14U Tournament Results/Stats
Colt 16U Tournaments Results/Stats

Pony 14U championship game: Pole de Bordeaux, France 16 CBS Gava, Spain 1 (F/4)

As it had done all tournament long to other opponents, Pole de Bordeaux was able to capitalize on CBS Gava's mistakes to claim a 16-1 championship victory Sunday afternoon at the PONY European Zone Qualifying Tournaments. Seven runs in the first inning proved to be more than enough run support, as France's pitching staff kept Spain's bats at bay to win convincingly.

CBS Gava struck first in the top of the first, when Joel Gomez Moreno stole home after singling earlier in the inning, but that early lead would be short lived. In the bottom of the first, Pole de Bordeaux took advantage of five CBS Gava errors, five wild pitches and a passed ball, four walks and a balk, while recording six stolen bases and two hits to take a 7-1 lead. Joshua Rene cashed in Marc Doray on a single in the bottom of the second to extend the lead after two complete.

Pole de Bordeaux's Kosta Coureaud electrified the Gijon crowd when he hit a two-run homerun to left field in the bottom of the third (10-1). Later in the inning, Thomas Demory hit a double and scored on Maxence Pouret's single (11-1), and after advancing two bases on two separate wild pitches, Pouret scored on an error, completing the scoring for the inning, as France held a commanding 12-1 lead. 

In the bottom of the fourth, Pole de Bordeaux scored a pair of runs with the bases loaded thanks to a wild pitch and an error (14-1). Pouret successfully ended the game by way of 15-run rule when he scored Clement Jullia and Demory on his double to left field, as France won 16-1.

Four Frenchmen recorded multi-hit games. Pouret led the team with three RBI, while Coureaud and Demory tied with a team-high three runs scored apiece. For CBS Gava, Moreno recorded two of CBS Gava's four hits on the day and scored the team's lone run.

On the mound, Doray and Pouret combined for four innings pitched, allowing just one earned run on four hits with two walks, while striking out nine.

Pole de Bordeaux returns the championship trophy back to France after the Academie de Bordeaux won it in 2016. With the win, the team receives an automatic bid to the 2018 PONY European Zone Championships in Prague, Czech Republic in April. Check out the team and individual award winners' photos below.

GAME STATS


2017 PONY European Zone Qualifying Tournament Pony 14U Champion: Pole de Bordeaux, France


2017 PONY European Zone Qualifying Tournament Pony 14U Finalist: CBS Gava, Spain


Batting Champion: Carmen Caicoya Rodriguez, Llano Warriors, Spain (6-for-9, .667 BA, two doubles, five runs scored, three RBI)


Pitching Champion: Marco Ariza, EBS Os Tilos, Spain (9.2 IP, W, four hits allowed, four runs (all unearned) allowed, 14 K, BB)


Tournament MVP: Kosta Coureaud, Pole de Bordeaux, France (6-for-10, .600 BA, homerun, two doubles, five RBI, eight runs scored, three walks, six stolen bases)


Colt 16U championship game: Madrid Brewers, Spain 7 Pole de Bordeaux, France 3 

Javier Paniagua's go-ahead run scored on a dropped third strike (wild pitch) in the bottom of the third inning proved to be the game-winner, as the Madrid Brewers of Spain defeated Pole de Bordeaux, France Sunday 7-3 in the Colt 16U championship game of the PONY European Zone Qualifying Tournament. Teammates Livan Delgado and Mario Dominguez came in and pitched two innings of shutout relief to secure the victory.

Pole de Bordeaux started off the game hot, as Louis Foucaud and Diego Patreau hit back-to-back singles to open the game, and Mathias Lacombe came through with an RBI when he singled home Foucaud. Patreau later scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 France, before the offense left runners on the corners to end the inning. 

The Madrid Brewers countered in the bottom of the first, as Paniagua hit a one-out triple, which scored Delgado, to get his team on the board, and Andres Galaron knocked in Paniagua to tie the game at one after one complete.

An error proved to be costly for Pole de Bordeaux in the bottom of the second. Pedro Contro hit a grounder to second and eventually reached on an error on the throw. He then stole second and advanced to third on Evy Beltre's ground out. On a 3-2 count during the following at-bat to Julian Llorente, Contro scored on a passed ball (3-2 Madrid).

Pole de Bordeaux would not give up though. In the top of the third, Erwan Prieur singled with one out, stole second base on the following at-bat and then came around to score on a throwing error when Benjamin Vitoux hit a single to center. After three complete, the game was tied at three.

In the bottom of the third, another costly mistake plagued Pole de Bordeaux, as Paniagua scored on a dropped third strike (wild pitch) to score the game's eventual game-winning run (4-3 Madrid).

Brewers starter Deglado and reliever Dominguez proved to be shut down in the top of the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Despite allowing a double, Delgado induced two ground outs and recorded a strike out looking in the top of the fourth in just a 10-pitch inning. Dominguez started off the fifth by allowing a hit to Lacombe, but then got the next two hitters to strike out and ground out, before giving up another single, this time to Salim Krenter, before recording Pole de Bordeaux's final out on a fly out to third base.

The two teams decided to play out the final half inning. Dominguez recorded a two-RBI triple, and Javier Salazar brought Dominguez home on a ground out to second base, completing the game's scoring at a final score of 7-3 Madrid.

Paniagua and Galaron paced Madrid with two hits apiece, while Paniagua led the team with three runs scored. Dominguez led the team with two RBI. For Pole de Bordeaux, Foucaud and Lacombe both recorded two hits to lead the team.

Delgado recorded the win for Madrid, going four innings strong, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Lacombe was saddled with the loss, but pitched admirably. Prior to the game's final half inning, Lacombe pitched four innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks, while striking out five.

With the win, the team receives an automatic bid to the 2018 PONY European Zone Championships in Prague, Czech Republic in April. Check out the team and individual award winners' photos below.

GAME STATS


2017 PONY European Zone Qualifying Tournament Colt 16U Champion: Madrid Brewers, Spain


2017 PONY European Zone Qualifying Tournament Colt 16U Finalist: Pole de Bordeaux, France


Batting Champion: Erwan Prieur, Pole de Bordeaux, France (8-for-13, .615 BA, five doubles, five RBI, eight runs scored, two walks, three stolen bases)


Pitching Champion: Jencri Almonte, Madrid Brewers, Spain (5.1 IP, W, 0 ER, five hits allowed, four K, seven BB)


Tournament MVP: Livan Delgado, Madrid Brewers, Spain (Hitting: 7-for-11, .636 BA, two doubles, two RBI, seven runs, four walks; Pitching: 7 IP, 2 W, four runs (three earned), nine hits allowed, 13 K, 2 BB)

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