In its first Olympic baseball game ever, Hellas, as the blue script on Greece's classic if not classical white uniforms proclaimed, scratched out two singles, made two errors and lost 11--0 on Sunday to the Netherlands--not that the crowd of 5,009 seemed to mind. The fans cheered every play by the jerry-built team (one native Greek, 22 Americans with Greek heritage) inspired and supported by Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

"The first pitch I threw was a ball, and they were cheering, and I got confused," said starting pitcher Clint Zavaras, 37, a former major leaguer who has been out of professional baseball for 10 years. "I had to check the scoreboard to make sure it wasn't a strike." --M.F.