European Cup: Amsterdam qualifies, Neptunus eliminated for Final Four
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) / PARMA (Italy) -
By winning their fourth game in a row on Saturday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates qualified for the European Cup Final Four for the second time.
The next day, Amsterdam lost 6-5 to Fortitudo Bologna (Italy) to end in second place in the tournament which they organized on their home field in the Dutch capital.
Bologna was the tournament-winner and also qualified.
Amsterdam started the event on Wednesday with a 7-4 win vs. Heidenheim Heideköpfe (Germany) after initially trailing 4-0 after five innings.
The next day, the squad won 9-2 vs. Sant Boi (Spain) followed by victories vs. North Stars (Russia), 7-1, and Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium), 13-0.
At Parma, DOOR Neptunus opened its tournament on Wednesday with a 7-3 win vs. T&A San Marino in a game that was interrupted by heavy rain for more than one and a half hour in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The next day, its game against Draci Brno (Czech Republic) also was delayed by rain for more than an hour.
Neptunus was then leading, but Brno came back and won 4-3 in 10 innings.
On Friday, Neptunus won 6-2 vs. Tenerife Marlins (Spain) and on Saturday, the Rotterdam-squad defeated Rouen Huskies (France), 3-0.
This meant that the winner of the last game of the event on Sunday-evening between Neptunus and Parma became the second finalist.
Earlier, San Marino already had clinched a spot in the Final Four.
On Sunday-evening, after the game had started much later due to rain, Neptunus was left empty handed, as Parma won 7-1.
Last year, Neptunus also was eliminated when it hosted the event in Rotterdam.
Neptunus then lost to Hoboken and Tenerife.
Konica Minolta Pioniers, the second Dutch team in the Qualifier, also was eliminated last year.
In 2009, the second time the new formula for the European Cup Tournaments was used, both Dutch participants qualified.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Corendon Kinheim then both played in the Final Four in Barcelona (Spain), which then was won by Danesi Nettuno (Italy).
In 2008, Kinheim and Neptunus were eliminated for the first Final Four.
In 2007, the last year in which there were three European Cup Tournaments, Kinheim won the European Cup and Neptunus captured the Cup Winners Cup.
There were no Dutch participants in the CEB Cup competition.