European Champions Cup 2016: L&D Amsterdam a surprising winner?
You all may have noticed by now that L&D Amsterdam Pirates won the European Champions Cup by beating A.S.D. Rimini Pirates in extra innings. But was this a surprising win? Even though Curacao Neptunus won the cup last year, Italian club baseball was dominant in Europe over the past eight years. Since 1996, Neptunus from Rotterdam was the only Dutch team that won the European Cup (six times of which five in a row from 2000 through 2004).
When you look to the season so far, L&D Amsterdam Pirates was the dominant team in the Dutch Hoofdklasse next to Curacao Neptunus. Both teams battled for first place in the final weekend of the first half of the season and Neptunus won two of the three game series to take a temporary lead since the second game of that series was suspended. The two wins of Neptunus were with the slimmest possible margins of one run. So the Rotterdam based team wasn’t flat out dominant in the meeting vs Pirates, but still they showed who was the strongest of the two.
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