Groups of upcoming European Championship

If everything had happened according to the original schedule, the European Championship would have been played this year. But with baseball becoming an Olympic Sport in Japan, the WBSC Europe (former CBE) decided to push back the tournament so it can serve as pre-qualifier for the Olympic Games. The tournament will be played in 2019 …

Super 6 2018: Belgium bests Germany in slow game

In one of the slowest games of the tournament, Belgium stayed at the right side of the score vs Germany. Germany came close in the final inning of the game but eventually, their offense fell short as Belgium beat the Germans 7-6. Germany took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on …

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 …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch recover after heavy loss vs Italy

After the big defeat vs archrival Italy, the Dutch team recovered well today. In five innings the Dutch swept Belgium aside as they beat their Southern neighbours 18-4. In the first inning, leadoff hitter Amarensio Franka drove the third pitch he saw to center field for an inside-the-park home run. In the bottom of that …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Another easy victory for Dutch

Today, the Dutch national team faced Slovakia. It was another easy win as the Dutch needed four innings to finish the job. Until the third inning, the Dutch led by five runs but a thirteen-run inning sealed the feat of the Slovakians prematurely as the Dutch won 26-2.  Once again the offense was red hot …

U23 European Championship: Dutch advance to finals by beating Belgium

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team became the first finalist as they beat Belgium 10-5.  With this win, the Dutch also earned a ticket to the 2018 U23 World Cup. Even though the team remained unbeaten, today's victory wasn't as easy as it looked like on paper. In the first inning, Belgium took a …

European Championship: Dutch unbeaten to championship game

The Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Belgium today. After taking a quick 1-0 lead, Belgium bounced  back and took a 3-1 lead in the third inning. Eventually the Dutch turned the tables and walked off as a victor and enter the championship game with an unbeaten status.   Kingdom of the Netherlands  12  - …

European Championship: September 16

A decisive day today in the relegation group. All teams were tied for first place, so the losers of today's game would move down to the B group of Europe.  Also a decisive day for Spain and Italy. If Spain beat Belgium, they are in the final. For Italy it was a must win game vs the …

European Championship: September 13

Today Russia took on Great Britain in a game with a somewhat surprising outcome. France was not beaten up but not really a match for Spain. Germany beat the Czech Republic. Italy needed seven innings vs Croatia and Belgium mashed Greece.   Great Britain  5  -  11  Russia   Quite a surprising score in the …

European Championship: September 11, 2016

On the third day of the European Championship the follwing games were scheduled: Czech Republic vs Sweden, Spain vs Croatia, Great Britain vs Germany, France vs Greece and Italy vs Belgium.   Croatia  0  -  6  Spain   In the first game of the day, Spain's victory never was in danger. Pitcher Lowuin Sacramento lasted seven …

European Championship: September 10, 2016

On day two of the European Championship in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, the following games were played: Sweden vs Russia, Spain vs Greece (the second mercy rule victory for the Spaniards), Czech Republic vs Great Britain, Italy vs France, Croatia vs Belgium and the Netherlands vs Germany.   Greece  1  -  12  Spain   Another mercy rule victory …

European Championship: September 9, 2016

On the opening day of the European Cup in the Netherlands, six games were played. No surprises as the Czech Republic blanked Russia, France beat up Croatia, Spain kicked teh butt of Belgium and Italy did not show any mercy with Greece. The only "normal" score was in the game between Germany and Sweden.   Sweden …

Groups for 2016 European championship announced

The groups of the 2016 European Championship have been announced by the CEB (European basebal confederation). The tournament will be played in the super duper, brand new Park 21 in Hoofddorp, home of the Vaessen Pioniers. The European Championship will be played from September 9 through September 18. Twelve countries will participate. The current European …

European Cup 2014: Belgium clinches first win with a no-no

After two games in which they played good ball and kept it close until some bad inning ruined it all, the Red Hawks (as the moniker of team Belgium goes) finally won their first game. Normally I only write about the Netherlands, but in this case I thought the Red Hawks deserved some attention; especially …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day Two

No surprises on day two. There were a couple of mercy rule shortened games, a game that needed extra inings and a rain shortened game. Sweden and Great Britain led off the day at 9.30. They had to catch up yesterday's rained out game. The British won 7-1. Spain only needed six innings to beat …