Sunday, July 5, 2009


It’s a good thing for the Rouen Huskies that the have an eight-game French Elite League winning streak going. They’ve needed all eight of those wins to stay ahead of the hard-charging Montpellier Barracudas, who’ve won ten in a row themselves.

Rouen lifted their league record to 17-3 last weekend with a double-shutout sweep of the Clermont-Ferrand Arvernes. Robin Roy allowed four hits while striking out 14 batters in the opener as Rouen beat the Arvernes 12-0 in seven innings. In the second game, Rouen’s Keino Perez gave up only one hit over seven innings as the Huskies drilled Clermont-Ferrand, 10-0.

Montpellier is 1.5 games behind Rouen following their doubleheader sweep of La Guerche. The ‘Cudas won the opener, 12-1, as pitcher Thomas Langlois pitched eight strong innings for the winners. Montpellier built a 10-1 lead after five innings in the nightcap, but the Hawks closed the gap and forced the ‘Cudas to hang on for an 11-9 victory to bring their Elite League record to 14-3. Savigny is in third place, five games behind Rouen with a 13-9 mark.

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