Germany with two teams in next year’s ECC

Today, the final of the CEB cup was played. The opponents were the German runner up Heidenheim Heideköpfe and the Czech runner up Draci Brno. For eight innings, both teams were each other's equal but in the eighth, the Heideköpfe struck hard and stepped off the field as the winner. Eight innings long, neither team …

European Champions Cup 2019: Deurne Spartans fall in relegation game

Belgium has lost its spot in the ECC after regaining it last year when the Borgerhout Squirrels won the CEB Cup. After taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Spartans were not able to cling on and lost to Arrows Ostrava 13-3 in seven innings. Spartans took an early lead when Joannes David …

CEB Cup 2019: Heidenheim and Brno still unbeaten

As most of the attention of this blog is going to the European Champions Cup, one would forget there is also another European tournament going on: the CEB cup is taking place in Brno, Czech Republic. With two groups of four teams, two teams stood out above the rest so far: the Heidenheim Heideköpfe in …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 4

On day four of the ECC, the following games were scheduled:  Deurne Spartans @ Rouen Huskies, Parmaclima Parma @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Arrows Ostrava @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ Curaçao Neptunus.  Deurne Spartans  4  -  5  Rouen Huskies A very bitter loss for the Deurne Spartans. After the team took an unexpected 4-0 …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 3

On the third day of the ECC, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Parmaclima Parma @ Bonn Capitals, Rouen Huskies @ Curaçao Neptunus Group B: Arrows Ostrava @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, UnipolSai Bologna @ Deurne Spartans. Parmaclima Parma  17  -  8  Bonn Capitals In a crazy game, the Bonn Capitals took a 7-0 lead …

European Champions Cup 2019: Pirates brushes Arrows Ostrava aside

Arrows Ostrava  2  -  22  L&D Amsterdam Pirates Once again L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed only five innings to finish the game. This time Arrows Ostrava was the victim of an ill-equipped pitching staff and an unleashed Pirates' offense. For two and a half innings, Arrows Ostrava was capable to keep pace with the club from …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 1

On the first day of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Deurne Spartans @ Arrows Ostrava and Curaçao Neptunus @ Parmaclima Parma. Group B: Rouen Huskies @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Deurne Spartans  2  -  17  Arrows Ostrava In every possible way, Arrows Ostrava was superior …

European Champions Cup to start tomorrow

The European Champions Cup will start Tuesday, June 4. This year the tournament with the eight best European clubs will be played in Bologna and neighboring Castenaso. Champions Cup is a bit odd term as not only national champions are participating. Italy and the Netherlands are represented by two clubs each: their national champions and …

Rick van Dijck takes step back

Dutch pitcher Rick van Dijck, who has spent several years in the highest Czech league will not be seen in the Czech Extra League in 2019 but will play one level lower with SaBaT Prague.   According to Milujeme-Baseball.cz, the Dutch pitcher will reinforce the ranks of the second division club from Prague. In the …

Mike Bolsenbroek leaves Regensburg, Jan Tomek fills the void

According to the website of the Regensburg Legionäre, their ace Mike Bolsenbroek turns his back on the club to join the three-time German champion, Heidenheim Heideköpfe. According to head coach Tomas Bison the Legionäre have tried everything to change his mind but the offered contract wasn't financially attractive to continue his stay with Regensburg.  "It …

U23 Baseball World Cup 2018: Czechs surprisingly beat Dutch

The Kingdom of the Netherlands got off a wrong start in the consolation round as the team was beaten 4-3 by the Czech Republic. The Czechs took an early lead on a sac fly to left field and a two-run homer hit by Jakub Grepl. https://twitter.com/MilujemeBasebal/status/1055477690009042949 For five innings, the Dutch lineup was kept in …

Super 6 2018: Day 5

Plenty of games scheduled today. First of all the regular games between Spain and Italy, Czech Republic and Germany and Kingdom of the Netherlands vs Belgium but also yesterday's rained out game between Spain and Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Czech Republic  4  -  5  Germany  In the game between the Czech Republic and Germany, both …

Super 6 2018: Italy needs five innings to beat Czech Republic

In a rather ridiculous game, Italy was much too strong for the Czech Republic. Italy has a couple of power hitters on its squad but with the strong wind, almost every Italian player turned into a power hitter. The result was that eleven home runs were hit in this game. Nine by Italy, two by …

Super 6 2018: Czech Republic beats Belgium in slugfest

An entertaining game in which a lot happened. The score went back and forth and eventually, the Czech Republic stepped off the field as a victor as it beat Belgium 15-10.  Perhaps pitching wise it wasn't the best game of the tournament as both pitching staffs gave up many runs. But it was a game …

Super 6 2018: Day one

Since the WBSC Europe pushed back the European Championship to 2019 because it will serve as pre-qualifier for the Olympic Games, the Super 6 tournament was organized. This tournament hosts the six best baseball and softball countries in Europe. The six best baseball countries are Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Kingdom …

Dutch fall to Czechs in semi-final

The Dutch fought like lions but in the end, they fell short to the team that has won multiple European championships (nine) and only failed to reach the final two times since 2002: The Czech Republic. In this game, the Czechs proved to be too strong as they won 10-5. After the Dutch had taken …