The young group of Austrians around starting pitcher Christian Tomsich will stay in Europe’s highest level.
In the 1st inning Team Austria scores against Team Croatia through a 2-run-homerun by Benjamin Salzmann. Austria’s offense can add to their lead in the 3rd. with a 3-run-homerun by Moritz Hackl they score a total of 6 runs in the 3rd. Starting pitcher for Croatia, Marin Tadic has to leave early and hands over to Ronald Krsolovic. He’s followed by the 18 year old Borna Strelec in the 5th inning. The austrians get runners on base again and score 2 more RBI’s by Dominik Talir to make it a 10 run lead.
Starting pitcher for Austria, the 41year old veteran Christian Tomsich, only allows 3 baserunners in 7 shutout innings to make it a 7 inning mercy-rule win.
For the first time in austrian baseball-history the team around Headcoach Hiro Sakanashi will remain in the A-level. On Sunday they will play for the 9th spot of the tournament.