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This weekend’s slate of European baseball games offers a slew of highly anticipated matchups featuring some of the top squads on the old continent.

In the Italian Baseball League (IBL), T&A San Marino (6-2) will battle Angel Service Nettuno (6-2) in a key two-game series. San Marino was swept by Rimini last weekend after opening the season with six consecutive wins.

The top four clubs in the Spanish Division de Honor will all face tough tests when CB Barcelona (10-4) clashed with CBS Sant Boi (10-2), and the Tenerife Marlins (11-3) collide with the Astros Valencia (10-4).

In the Belgian BBG, a rematch of last year’s championship series featuring thee Deurne Spartans (7-1) and the Borgerhout Squirrels (7-1). The Spartans defeated the Squirrels 11-0 in the decisive fifth game to capture their second straight Belgian First Division title.

A pair of Czech Extraleague squads – the Arrows Ostrava (10-4) and Technika Brno (9-4) – will square off in a pivotal matchup. Both squads are chasing league frontrunner Draci Brno (15-1), which is seeking an unprecedented 21st national championship.

In the German Baseball-Bundesliga, the Haar Disciples (6-4) will clash against the Mannheim Tornados (6-4) in a key South Division matchup. The unbeaten Heidenheim Heidekoepfe lead the division race with a 10-0 card.

The favorites in the Swiss National Liga A will all be in the action this weekend. The Zurich Challengers (3-2) and the Zurich Barracudas (3-2) will open a two-game series tonight, while the reigning champion Therwil Flyers (3-1) will test the upstart Sissach Frogs (4-2).

BRITISH NATIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE

Sunday, May 14
Southampton Mustangs (6-1) vs London Capitals (3-3) – DH
Herts Falcons (2-5) vs Brighton Jets (0-6) – DH
Southampton Mustangs (6-1) vs London Capitals (3-3) – DH
Herts Falcons (2-5) vs Brighton Jets (0-6) – DH

BASEBALL LEAGUE AUSTRIA

Saturday, May 13
Traiskirchen Grasshoppers (1-3) vs Vienna Metrostars (3-1) – DH
Hard Bulls (2-2) vs Athletics Attnang-Puchheim (6-0) – DH
Stockerau Cubs (4-0) vs Wr. Neustadt Diving Ducks (3-3) – DH

Sunday, May 14
Dornbirn Indians (1-1) vs Feldkirch Cardinals (1-5) – DH

BELGIAN BBG

Saturday, May 13
Brasschaat Braves (5-3) vs Louvain La Neuve Phoenix (1-7) – DH
Deurne Spartans (7-1) vs Borgerhout Squirrels (7-1)
Mortsel Stars (3-5) vs Royal Greys (1-7)

Sunday, May 14
Borgerhout Squirrels (7-1) vs Deurne Spartans (7-1)
Royal Greys (1-7) vs Mortsel Stars (3-5)

CZECH EXTRALEAGUE

Thursday, May 11
Eagles Prague 9 – Tempo Titans 3

Friday, May 12
Draci Brno (15-1) vs Trebic Nuclears (2-12)
Arrows Ostrava (10-4) vs Technika Brno (9-4)

Saturday, May 13
Cardion Hrosi Brno (8-5) vs Kotlarka Prague (8-6) – DH
Technika Brno (9-4) vs Arrows Ostrava (10-4)
Olympia Blansko (1-13) vs Eagles Prague (8-8) – DH
Tempo Titans (3-11) vs Skokani Olomouc (7-7)
Trebic Nuclears (2-12) vs Draci Brno (15-1)

Sunday, May 14
Tempo Titans (3-11) vs Skokani Olomouc (7-7)

DUTCH HOOFDKLASSE

Thursday, May 11
Curaçao Neptunus 6 – Hoofddorp Pioniers 2
Pickles UVV 5 – DSS 4
L&D Amsterdam 5 – HCAW 2

Saturday, May 13
Hoofddorp Pioniers (6-4) vs Curaçao Neptunus (7-3)
Pickles UVV (4-6) vs DSS (5-8)
HCAW (8-5) vs L&D Amsterdam (9-1)

Sunday, May 14
Curaçao Neptunus (7-3) vs Hoofddorp Pioniers (6-4)
DSS (5-8) vs Pickles UVV (4-6)
L&D Amsterdam (9-1) vs HCAW (8-5)

FRENCH DIVISION I

Sunday, May 14
Rouen Huskies (10-0) vs MUC Barracudas (7-3) – DH
Senart Templiers (9-1) vs Clermont-Ferrand Arvernes (3-7) – DH
Savigny Lions (4-6) vs Paris University Club (2-8) – DH
Montigny Cougars (5-5) vs St-Just-St-Rambert Ducks (0-10) – DH

GERMAN BASEBALL-BUNDESLIGA

Friday, May 12
Haar Disciples (6-4) vs Mannheim Tornados (6-4)

Saturday, May 13
Haar Disciples (6-4) vs Mannheim Tornados (6-4)
Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (10-0) vs Saarlouis Hornets (1-9)
Dohren Wild Farmers (5-3) vs Cologne Cardinals (1-7) – DH
Stuttgart Reds (4-6) vs Bad Homburg Hornets (1-9) – DH

Sunday, May 14
Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (10-0) vs Saarlouis Hornets (1-9)
Hamburg Stealers (4-4) vs Solingen Alligators (5-3) – DH
Dortmund Wanderers (3-7) vs Bonn Capitals (5-1) – DH

ITALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Friday, May 12
UnipolSai Bologna (6-1) vs Novara (4-4)
Angel Service Nettuno (6-2) vs T&A San Marino (6-2)
Parma Clima (2-5) vs Rimini Pirates (4-4)

Saturday, May 13
UnipolSai Bologna (6-1) vs Novara (4-4)
Angel Service Nettuno (6-2) vs T&A San Marino (6-2)
Rimini Pirates (4-4) vs Parma Clima (2-5)
Padule vs (1-7) Tommasin Padova (2-6) – DH

SPANISH DIVISION DE HONOR

Saturday, May 13
CB Barcelona (10-4) vs CBS Sant Boi (10-2)
Tenerife Marlins (11-3) vs Astros Valencia (10-4) – DH

Sunday, May 14
CB Barcelona (10-4) vs CBS Sant Boi (10-2)
S. Inazio Bilbao (4-7) vs Baseball Navarra (2-12) – DH
CB Viladecans (2-12) vs CD Pamplona (4-9) – DH

SWEDISH ELITSERIEN

Thursday, May 11
Swedish Baseball Academy 12 – Sundbyberg Heat 7

Saturday, May 13
Solvesborg (0-0) vs Swedish Baseball Academy (3-1) – DH

SWISS NATIONAL LIGA A

Friday, May 12
Zurich Challengers (3-1) vs Zurich Barracudas (3-2)

Saturday, May 13
Zurich Challengers (3-1) vs Zurich Barracudas (3-2)

Sunday, May 14
Bern Cardinals (1-3) vs Wil Devils (0-3)
Therwil Flyers (3-1) vs Sissach Frogs (4-2)

Photo: Zurich Barracudas

European Baseball Weekend Preview is a World Baseball News regular feature that is posted every Friday from April to September.

Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore
A former international baseball coach and award-winning sports writer, Marvin is the Managing Editor at World Baseball News. He transformed the Swiss National Team into a B-Pool contender which knocked off 1994 B-Pool champion Ukraine at the European Championship, and won four Swiss NLA titles in six seasons with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers.

The native Texan compiles the weekly European Baseball Power Rankings, European Baseball Players of the Week, European Baseball Weekend Preview, European Baseball Statistical Leaders, European Baseball Scoreboard and International Baseball Update.

Marvin, who has been an avid Texas Rangers fan for more than four decades, enjoys fishing, teaching youth baseball and playing fantasy sports. He was a co-founder of Mister-Baseball.com and also started BaseballdeWorld.com.

Marvin and his wife Lerma have two kids, Hali (16) and Saentis (13).

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