Game #1: Paris University Club vs Stuttgart Reds

190501 Reds Puc 0180Host Stuttgart, Germany rolled to victory over the defending European Zone Champion Paris University Club in the tournament’s first game 20-0. The Reds broke open the game in the top of the first inning, when they scored eight runs. They would later do the same in the top of the fourth. The top-three hitters in the Reds’ order, Fabian Beck, Fridolin Fink and Moritz van Bergen all recorded multi-hit, mutli-RBI games, as both Fink and van Bergen knocked two doubles each on the day. Stuttgart split the pitching duties between four players, who worked five innings, led by Yannick Witt, who got the win.


Grußwort / Greetings from Stuttgart

Dr. Martin SchairerAb dem 1. Mai werden wieder Bälle quer über den Schnarrenberg geschlagen: Nach der erfolgreichen Premiere im vergangenen Frühjahr ist die Landeshauptstadt in die-sem Jahr zum zweiten Mal Gastgeber, wenn sich die besten Baseball-Nachwuchs-mannschaften Europas messen. Vom 1. bis zum 5. Mai spielen acht Teams um den Titel, der in diesem Jahr erstmalig auch zur Teilnahme an den Weltmeisterschaften in den USA berechtigt. Mit dem europaweit einzigartigen PALOMINO 18U European Tournament werden die Stuttgart Reds also erneut ihrem Ruf gerecht, Vorreiter im Baseball-Sport in und um die Region Stuttgart zu sein.

Neben den Titelverteidigern aus Paris und den Stuttgart Reds als Gastgeber kommen die Mannschaften aus Paderborn, den Niederlanden, Polen, der Schweiz, Belgien und Großbritannien. Das Turnier auf dem Schnarrenberg findet großen Anklang in Base-ball-Europa, die limitierten Teilnehmerplätze sind so begehrt, dass sogar einige Teams abgelehnt werden mussten. Das Teilnehmerfeld ist also hochklassig besetzt und ver-spricht spannungsgeladene und mitreißende Spiele.


All Teams selected for PALOMINO European Qualifier 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany

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After having received a cancellation from one team just before the end of the year 2018, finally hosting Baseball Club Stuttgart REDS managed to confirm that all teams are set for the 2019 European Qualifier of PALOMINO 18U age group to be played from May 1st until May 5th.

Besides host Stuttgart REDS (Germany) and last year’s winner Paris University Club (France), participating teams will be National Teams from Poland, Switzerland and Belgium, a select Team Netherlands United Baseball and club teams from Paderborn Untouchables Germany and London Mets from Great Britain.


Palomino 18U World Series to include PONY European Zone Champion in 2019

PONYEarlier this week, during PONY’s annual Board of Directors Meeting, it was announced that the 2019 Palomino World Series in Laredo, Texas would be expanding from an eight-team tournament to a 10-team tournament. The Board decided to award one of the two new automatic qualifying bids to the PONY Palomino European Zone Champion.

 “This is a significant step forward to provide additional opportunities for our members in Europe,” said Abraham Key, PONY Baseball and Softball President & CEO. “European baseball is progressing, as witnessed by their Colt League World Series championship in 2017, and we are excited to take this next step in our commitment to baseball in Europe.”


PALOMINO Baseball European Zone Tournament 2019

We are pleased on behalf of PONY and Stuttgart REDS Baseball Club, Stuttgart, Germany to invite European youth baseball teams to the 2019 PALOMINO European Zone Tournament. This tournament, in its second edition develops to an 8 team tournament in 2019 and continues the tradition of existing PONY and COLT and now PALOMINO tournaments held every spring. This 2019 PALOMINO tournament will take place in Stuttgart REDS DB Ballpark, Germany for the age group 18U and teams with players according to the latest PALOMINO age, in 2019: born September 2000 to August 2004 included.


Paris wins TVC tournament

180430 Pony 0537At the first ever international tournament for under-18s hosted by TV Canstatt’s baseballers, the team from Paris prevailed over both the London team and the TV Canstatt host team, the Stuttgart Reds.

Top class baseball was to be seen at the DB Ballpark. The world baseball organization PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) worked with TV Canstatt to organize the U18 tournament, named ‘Palomino’. Future tournaments will serve as an open European championship, to enable teams to qualify for annual world championships to be staged in the US. This coveted opportunity isn’t yet available for the winners of this tournament. Chief organizer Andre Fink of the Stuttgart Reds, however, hopes soon to receive a positive message from Washington that Europe will gain this starting place and that TV Canstatt will be the annual host of this internationally important event.


Paris University Club wins Palomino European Zone Championships

x 180429 Pony 0313With three teams in title contention with five games remaining at the Palomino European Zone Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, every out mattered on championship Monday. After it was all said and done, two teams (Paris University Club and the London Mets) finished with 4-1 overall tournament records, but because of Paris’s 10-7 head-to-head victory over London yesterday, the French owned the tournament tiebreaker and won their first-ever Palomino European Zone title.


Game #15: Stuttgart Reds 12 (3-2) vs. Swiss National Team 5 (3-2)

180430 Reds SW 0097An eight-run bottom of the second inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Tomoya Kakita, ignited the host Stuttgart Reds’ offense to 12 runs in the final game of the Palomino European Zone Championships, as they won 12-5 over the Swiss National Team. The victory gave the Reds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Swiss for the tournament’s third place. The loss gave Paris University Club the title, because of its head-to-head victory over the London Mets Sunday.

The Swiss got off to a hot start in the game’s first inning, scoring runs on a Sven Ambhl ground out, a Luka Ivanisevic RBI single and a Jonah Schaller RBI double (3-0). The bottom of the second is when Stuttgart really took control of the game’s momentum.


Game #14: Paris University Club 14 (4-1) vs. Brabant United 3 (0-5) (F/5)

180430 Bra PUC 0053An eight-run top of the first inning propelled Paris University Club to victory 14-3 over Brabant United Monday afternoon, as the French were able to take advantage of eight Brabant United errors in the game as well.

In the top of the first, Paris used five hits (two for extra bases), three Brabant United errors and two walks to score its eight runs. Erwan Prieur, Kevin Khemache, Jules Diego Rabearivelo, Arthur Dionnet and Phillip Bird all picked up RBIs in the inning. Brabant United got a run back in the bottom of the first, when Ties Olijslagers doubled home Tobias Van Schooneveld to make it 8-1 Paris.


Game #13: London Mets 17 (4-1) vs. East Europe All-Stars 1 (1-4) (F/4)

180430 EEA Mets 0152London used 17 hits to tally 17 runs in the team’s decisive victory Monday afternoon over the East Europe All-Stars 17-1 in four innings, thanks in part to a nine-run rally in the bottom of the fourth.

Six players recorded multiple hits and multiple RBI in the game for the Mets. Freddy Mosier was a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple, double, three RBI and four runs scored, while leading the team with six total bases. Joe Perez was also perfect, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored.


Game #12: Stuttgart Reds 11 (2-2) vs. Brabant United 3 (0-4)

180430 Reds Bra 0205The host Stuttgart Reds struck early and never allowed their opponent Brabant United to extend a rally in their 11-3 victory Monday morning.

The Reds shot out to a four-run lead in the top of the first, when Jonas Van Bergen led off the game with a double and Fabi Beck drove him in on a single to right field. Benedikt Schaffer walked. Two at-bats later, Beck and Schaffer stole. Beck came around to score on the overthrow and Schaffer took third. Amando Dossow singled in Schaffer and Dossow later scored from second on a fielder’s choice play to complete the scoring for the inning.


Game #11: London Mets 6 (3-1) vs. Swiss National Team 5 (3-1) (F/6)

180430 Mets SW 0201The London Mets’ Joe Perez came through in the clutch for his team in the sixth inning of a one-run game against the previously-undefeated Swiss National Team to start day four at the Palomino European Zone Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

With runners on second and third with no outs, down 4-3, Perez chopped a ball up the middle for a single that was hit hard enough to get through the infield but soft enough to slow down in the outfield grass, allowing both Aidan Pearce and Freddy Mosier to score and give London a 5-4 lead.


Game #10: Paris University Club 15 (3-1) vs. East Europe All-Stars 13 (1-3)

180429 EEA PUC 0005Paris University Club won an exciting marathon of a game that lasted late into Sunday night 15-13 over the East Europe All-Stars and stayed in title contention. Both teams combined to score 21 of the game’s 28 runs in the final two innings, after East Europe tied the game at seven by the end of the sixth inning.

In the top of the sixth with two outs, Paris loaded the bases thanks to Ewan Hauser reaching on an error, a Jules Diego Rabearivelo walk and a Paul Stukas single. Samy Jamous reached on an error on a fly ball to left field, scoring Hauser, before Pierre Monbeig singled to center field, making it a 7-3 game.


Game #9: London Mets 7 (2-1) vs. Brabant United 2 (0-3) (F/5)

180429 Bra Mets 0112The London Mets struck early and tightened up defensively when they needed to in their 7-2 win over Brabant United Sunday afternoon. Despite matching the Mets in hits (seven), Brabant United hurt itself by leaving 11 runners on base in five innings.

London jumped out to an early lead in the first, when Freddy Mosier hit a two-RBI double. Joe Perez later singled, advancing Mosier to third, and Mosier was brought home on Greg Kettle’s sacrifice fly to right field. Tosh Lawson singled, scoring Perez, for the Mets’ fourth and final run of the inning. They added another run in the second thanks to a Brabant United balk when Graydon Koyanagi was on third base (5-0).


Game #8: Swiss National Team 7 (3-0) vs. East Europe All-Stars 1 (1-2) (F/6)

180429 EEA SW 0112Yannic Sutter pitched a gem for the Swiss National Team in game two Sunday, as his team gave him plenty of run support and won 7-1 over the East Europe All-Stars. In six innings, Sutter allowed just one hit on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine.

The Swiss took the lead first, in the bottom of the first, when, with the bases loaded, Livio Bundi hit a pop fly to second base and reached on an error, allowing Nicholas Fischer to score from third. Jonah Schaller later walked and scored Nik Diener in the process. Michael Diaz Pino scored on a wild pitch during Aron Augsburger's at-bat, and Augsburger reached on an error to score Bundi. In the inning, the Swiss scored four runs off two East Europe errors, two walks and a hit batsman.


Game #7: Paris University Club 11 (2-1) vs. Stuttgart Reds 5 (1-2) (F/6)

180429 Reds PUC 0106The Paris University Club won a slugfest Sunday morning 11-5 over the host Stuttgart Reds to start day three of the Palomino European Zone Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Paris used 11 hits (eight for extra bases) and took advantage of three Reds errors that resulted in six runs to improve its tournament record to 2-1.

Paris got off to a solid start thanks to a few Stuttgart miscues, when, in the bottom of the first, Pierre Monbeig sharply hit a line drive to right field and the ball was misplayed on the bounce by the Reds right fielder, allowing Paul Stukas to score from first. On the play, Monbeig advanced all the way to third. On the next at-bat, Jules Diego Rabearivelo reached on an error and advanced to second, scoring Monbeig (2-0). After a walk to Kevin Khemache, Paul Bird crushed a two-RBI double to center field, completing the scoring for the inning.


Good afternoon to everybody

180429 Pony 0025On behalf of PONY League Europe it is my great pleasure to be present here at Opening ceremony of the first time ever PONY League Palomino tournament here at Stuttgart.
I am pleased that MLB, represented by Martin Bunner, joined us for ceremony.


This ceremony reminds me year 2003, when we started in Prague, Czech Republic with PONY category  U16 with only 4 teams. And this year in Prague we welcomed 55 teams (39 baseball U16 and U 14 and 16 girls softball U16 teams).



Game #6 Swiss National Team 7 vs. Brabant United 2

180428 Swiss BRA 0097A four-run bottom of the sixth inning when it was just a 3-2 game changed the game for the Swiss National Team, earning the team its second win of the tournament 7-2 over Brabant United. Livio Bundi shined on the mound for the Swiss, as he tossed a complete game, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk, while striking out 10 on the afternoon.

Bundi retired the first nine-consecutive batters he faced, before, in the bottom of the third inning, he broke open the scoring with an RBI single to center field. The lead would be short-lived when Brabant United finally struck back with two runs of its own in the top of the fourth. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Ties Olijslagers and Tjeerd Hessels recorded back-to-back RBI singles to center field, before Bundi struck out the final two batters he faced.


Game #5: Paris University Club 10 vs. London Mets 7 (F/5)

180428 PUC Mets 0186The Paris University Club quickly put its loss to the Swiss National Team behind it and burst onto the scene with a seven-run bottom of the first inning, propelling them to a sizable lead that they were able to hold on to after five innings to win 10-7.

Ben Jones’ RBI double in the top of the first gave the London Mets an early lead that proved to be short lived.In the bottom of the first, a single and two walks loaded the bases for the Paris University Club. After a strikeout, Jules Diego Rabearivelo grounded into a fielder’s choice at second base that scored a run. Then another walk loaded the bases once more, before Erwan Prieur, Matho Launay and Lucas Khemache hit back-to-back-to-back doubles, giving Paris a 6-1 lead, but the French weren’t done there.


Game #4: Stuttgart Reds 5 vs. East Europe All-Stars 3

180428 Reds EEA 0425Two errors that led to runs two runs and 12 runners left on base by East Europe proved to be the difference in the Stuttgart Reds’ 5-3 victory in Saturday’s second game.

The Reds got on the board first in the top of the first, when East Europe’s Vilius Paikovas walked in a run with the bases loaded and Yannick Witt scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat, as the Reds took an early 2-0 lead. East Europe manufactured a run in the bottom of the first, when Norvydas Zukauskas led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a fly out and Aliaksandr Lukashevich brought him home on a single through the right side.

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