Austria Falls To France
You wouldn’t know it by looking at the score but the match-up between France and Austria was a can’t-miss. France jumped off to an early lead with a 5 run 3rd. Austria answered in the 4thwith 3 and then put up 2 more in the 5thto tie it before the Frenchmen closed the door with 7 additional runs in the 6th. Austria added another at the bottom of the same inning, just to let it be known they shouldn’t be counted out, but there would be no more offensive action from either side.
France’s centerfielder Fred Hanvi had himself one heck of an offensive outing. He opened up the scoring for the game with a 3rdinning grand slam. That was one of two hits on the day, both homeruns. Between them he drove in 7. As the #4 batter, no one could accuse him of slacking on his cleanup duties.
On offense for Austria their leadoff batter, shortstop Mortz Scheicher had the hot bat. Mortz had 4 hits, including 2 doubles, and 2 RBIs on the day.
Between the clubs 8 pitchers were used. France went through 5 with the W eventually being awarded to Esteban Prioul but not because he deserved it. He threw 2.0 innings giving up 5 earned runs off 5 hits, striking out 2 while walking 3.