France came on strong to claim the victory over Sweden 18-3 with a 5th inning mercy rule in the opening day of the Men's Softball European Championship.
Currently unranked and fielding a team for the Championship for the first time since 1995, France sent a strong message with their second game in this tournament. After losing by the mercy rule themselves to the Czech Republic earlier in the day, the French decided to turn the tables on Sweden.
CF Jacques Boucheron led off the scoring with a 2-run home run in the 1st inning for France. Sweden responded by tying the game up at two in the bottom half of the first with a home run of their own courtesy of 3B Daniel Franco.
France reclaimed the lead in the 2nd and never looked back. They extended it in the 3rd and, heading into the 5th, were ahead 8-3. That’s when they slammed on the gas pedal.
In the top of the 5th France scored 10 runs. Jean Janousek, Lucas Mangle and Rony Papa all contributed with RBI hits. The major damage though came from Anthony Cros who hit a grand slam later in the inning which was merely a part of his monster day. Cros plated five men and scored four times, all out of the leadoff spot.