Federation Cup 2024: Hoboken Wins Second Game in a Row
06/06/2024 2 Minute Read

Federation Cup 2024: Hoboken Wins Second Game in a Row

The runner up of last year’s Belgian Series, Hoboken Pioneers, was too strong for the organizing team, Zürich Barracudas from Switzerland. Defensive-wise, it wasn’t the best of games, as both teams committed three errors. Pioneers needed nine innings to clinch a 9-2 victory.

Already in the first inning, Hoboken took the lead and never looked back. With Benjamin Goffaux on second and two outs, Xander Verspreet singled to center field to drive in Goffaux. 
The next inning was a big one for Pioneers. Two wild pitches allowed the Belgian team to score twice and extend its lead to three runs. When Benjamin Goffaux bunted towards the mound and reached base on a throwing error that allowed Zion de Brauwer to score the third run of the inning. Another wild pitch made Benjamin Goffaux touch home plate. The Swiss defense kept committing errors as Xander Verspreet got on base thanks to a throwing error that allowed Dennis de Quint to score from second base. Verspreet could score the sixth and final run of the inning on another wild pitch. 

In the fourth inning, Xander Verspreet got on base on a single, advanced to second on a passed ball, and moved to third on a balk. He crossed home plate on Wesley Janssens’ single through the right side. 

Vegas Tiliakos drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh. He advanced to second on a balk and reached third base on a 6-3 groundout hit by Lucas Rizzi. A single through the left side by Benjamin Goffaux made Tiliakos score the final run for Hoboken Pioneers. 

Even though the Barracudas were kept in check by the Belgian pitching staff, they finally got on the board in the eighth inning. Simon Brändli led off with a double and moved to second on a sac bunt by Nicholas Fischer. A throwing error by the shortstop allowed Kyle Graves to get on base and made Brändli score the first run for the Swiss champions. On a stealing attempt by Kyle Graves, Hoboken’s catcher committed a throwing error that allowed Graves to score the second run. But that was all the Barracudas were capable of. 

Even though the Swiss had only one hit less than the Belgians, they didn’t stand a chance. Their hits were spread throughout the game, but what really killed them were the many wild pitches and the three errors. 

Kevin Desmedt pitched the needed five innings for the win. He needed only fifty-two pitches to accomplish the feat. He struck out four and allowed only two hits. 
Cee-Jay Eduar Savoldelli took the loss, as he didn’t last longer than 1.1 innings. He gave up seven runs (two earned) on three hits. 

Benjamin Goffaux was the best hitter for Hoboken Pioneers, as he went 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. 

Thanks to this win, Hoboken is still unbeaten. The Belgians are trailing the Rattvik Butchers from Sweden by half a game as the Swedes have won all their games so far.