Corona: Different Situations in Europe’s main Baseball Competitions, an update

A month ago, you could read an overview of the baseball situation in each of the main baseball countries in Europe as they all were/are hit by the measurements that surround the coronavirus. Here is an update per country. Belgium: Last week, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) sent a letter to all …

Combined no-hitter in Czech Extraliga

Today, history was written in the Czech Extraliga. Four pitchers threw a combined no-hitter, the second combined no-hitter in the history of the Extraliga and the ninth overall. Honza Novak started on the mound for Kotlarka Praha in the local Prague derby against Tempo Praha. Novak lasted seven innings, struck out twelve and walked two. …

Czech Extraliga starts tonight

The Czech Republic will have a European scoop. Tonight the Extraliga will be the first European baseball competition that will start this year. In one of three opening games, it will be a clash of the Titans. Reigning champion Arrows Ostrava will take on multiple champion Draci (Dragons) Brno. In the matchup between Ostrava and …

Corona: Different Situations in Europe’s main Baseball Competitions

As the coronavirus seems to be on its return, the baseball situation in the main European baseball countries is very different per country. In this blog post, I try to sum up the situation per country. Belgium: The VBSL (Flemish Baseball and Softball League) has announced that practice may take off on May 18 again …

Czech Extraliga to start soon

According to the Czech baseball website Milujeme Baseball, the Czech Republic's highest baseball league, the Extraliga, will start playing in the third week of May. After the CPBL (Taiwan) and the KBO (Korea), it will be the third league to resume play. Due to a lot of insecurity and changing situations, it wasn't clear when …

Dutch tumble two spots in World Ranking

Just two months after the previous World Ranking, the WBSC unveiled the newest one. In this new ranking the Dutch drop two spots from the seventh place to the ninth. Only after two months, the WBSC comes with a new ranking for baseball and softball. Of course, it is rather odd that after just two …

Czech Republic not represented by Eagles Praha in CEB Cup

This year, the Czech Republic will not be represented by the runner up of the Czech championship. Eagles Praha has announced to denounce participation. As a result, multiple Czech champion Draci Brno will take the place of Eagles Praha. According to the Czech baseball website Milujeme baseball, which is Czech for we love baseball, Eagles …

CEB announces groups of European Champions Cup

As we already knew which clubs would participate in the European Champions Cup, it was waiting for the grouping. Yesterday the CEB unveiled both groups A and B of the event in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Group A contains of the following clubs: Curaçao Neptunus (Ned) Fortitudo Bologna (Ita) Heidenheim Heideköpfe (Ger) Rouen Huskies (Fra) Group …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 5

On the fifth and final day of the European/African Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: Israel @ South Africa, Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Italy and Spain @ Czech Republic.  Israel  11  -  1  South Africa The only way Israel could blow its ticket to Tokyo was by losing to South Africa. But Israel …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 4

On the fourth day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Italy @ Spain and Czech Republic @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Kingdom o/t Netherlands  To keep the chance of qualifying alive, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did what it had to do: beating …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 3

On the third day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Czech Republic, Israel @ Italy and Spain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. Besides these games, the remainder of the game between South Africa and Italy, that was rained out on Wednesday, was resumed.  Italy  10  -  4  South Africa …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 2

On day two of the Olympic Qualifier the following games were scheduled:  South Africa @ Spain, the Czech Republic @ Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Spain After a strong part of a game vs Italy yesterday, South Africa appeared to continue to surprise the baseball community …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Dutch deal loss to Czech Republic

 In the opening game of the Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Parma, the Netherlands got their revenge for the defeat that was dealt by the Czech Republic in last week's European Championship.  In less than two hours the Dutch won by four runs to one. In the first inning, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took a …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch Czech Republic @ Kingdom of the Netherlands here.

Today the Czech Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will face each other in the opening game of the WBSC's Olympic Qualifier. The Dutch have a score to settle as the Czechs beat them last week in the European Championship. The countries that will face each other this week are: Hosting nation Italy, Czech …

2019 European Championship: Czechs clinch fifth spot with the long ball

In the battle for fifth place and thus a spot in the upcoming European/African Baseball Olympic Qualifier, Germany took on the Czech Republic. In a close game  the Czech Republic eventually stayed at the right side of the score: Germany took a quick lead in the second inning. Erik Brenk scored all the way from …

Watch the Czech Republic @ the Netherlands here

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will take on the Czech Republic. The Czechs fell to Israel and the Dutch are without a win or a loss as the game vs Great Britain was suspended due to falling darkness. Of course, the Czech Republic aims to hand the Dutch their second loss in their mutual …

U23 European Championship 2019: Czech Republic new champions

The Czech Republic succeeded the Netherlands as new U23 European Champions. Last year the Czechs lost in a nail biter to the Dutch 10-9. Today, the Czechs were too strong for Germany as they won 4-1. After Martin Muzik was hit by a pitch in the second inning, he scored all the way from first …

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 …