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 …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch secure spot in semis

In a game of which the score moved back and forth, the Dutch stayed at the right side of the score. The pitching struggled at times and gave away the lead in the sixth but eventually the Dutch bounced back to walk off the field with a 17-7 win.  The 17-7 may not reflect the …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch clinch hard fought victory over Germany

The final score did not really show the course of the game. The game was much closer than the score implicates. In the final inning, the Dutch scored two insurance runs to reach the final score of 4-1. A bases-loaded wild pitch in the first inning allowed the Dutch to score the opening run. Two …

U-12 European Championship: Easy win for the Netherlands

The Dutch team had a solid start at the U-12 European Championship. Austria didn't stand a chance as it was beaten in four innings 19-4. The Dutch had a modest start as they scored one run in the first inning when Otis Ward crossed home plate on a wild pitch. But in the second inning …

U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch no match for France

In a winner-takes-all game France bested the Netherlands 13-3 in six mercy rule innings. The Dutch let a 3-0 lead slip through their fingers. Both the hitting and the pitching did not work out today. The pitching was hit hard and the offense was kept in check by the French pitchers. The Netherlands took a …

AWBL roster team Europe released

According to baseball.it the roster of team Europe, that will participate in the Asia Winter Baseball League in Taiwan, has been released. The team with some of the biggest talents in Europe contains a couple of surprises. First of all the manager. Last year the team was under the helm of Italian manager Gilberto Girali, …

European Championship: The battle for the seventh spot

Because France (group B) and Sweden (group A) both finish fourth, both teams were excluded from the super round and from the relegation round.  The teams had to play only one game for the seventh spot in the final standings today. If one would expect a walk over for the French, Sweden proved that person wrong. …

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 Baseball highlights

Play by play announcer Tim Collins sent me the links to several highlights of the games that have been played with this year's European Championship so far. Sweden vs Czech Republic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSiiw0mIGEc&feature=youtu.be Great Britain vs Germany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub2-CDhdd7I&feature=youtu.be France vs Italy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zebEz84ajhQ&feature=youtu.be Germany vs Kingdom of rhe Netherlands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-CSnrLUKOw&feature=youtu.be Kingdom of the Netherlands vs Great Britain …

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 …

France Int’l Baseball Tournament: France clinches third spot

What looked like a commanding lead for France was blown in three innings after which both teams entered the ninth inning with a 9-9 score.   France  12  -  9  International Stars   In the ninth inning, Jack Shannon of the International Stars, retired the side. And even though the International Stars had a runner …

France Int’l Baseball Tournament: Dutch win with double digits again

After the Dutch won the first two games with double digits and France lost their first two games one might think that this game would be an easy win for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. And indeed the Dutch finished the game in seven mercy rule innings.   France  0  -  10  Kingdom of the Netherlands …

France Int’l Baseball Tournament:”Les Bleus” fall to International Stars

In yesterday's second game of the France International Baseball Tournament, the French national team lost to the International Stars 4-9.    International Stars  9  -  4  France   Even though France took a 1-0 lead when Bastien Dagneau doubled and was driven in by a single to left field hit by Amin Touhari, the International …

France International Baseball Tournament teed off today

Today the France International Tournament or Yoshida Challenge teed off with the opening game between Germany and France. This tournament is a preparation for the upcoming European Cup in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands. Next to Germany and France, also the defending champion the Netherlands and a team of internatonal stars are participating. The Dutch players representing …

WBC Qualifier 3: Lack of pitching depth cost France game

In a game that was close for the most part, Panama eventually stayed on the right side of the score as the French pitching staff had a hard time finding the strike zone at moments that mattered.    Panama   7   -   4   France    France took an early 2-0 lead as …

WBC Qualifier 3: France stuns Spain to stay alive

   France   5  -  3   Spain    In the day game, the French team did the unexpected. The team cruised to a 5-3 victory to send the Spaniards home and to stay alive in the tournament. Already in the first inning the French lineup did not show any mercy for the Spanish pitching staff as …

World Baseball Classic Qualifier 3: day one

On Thursday March 17, the WBC Qualifier 3  started with a matchup between Colombia  and Spain. Later Panama and France would face each other in the night cap No surprises on this day as both favorites won easily. But also the games of this qualifier were restricted by black outs. How on earth does MLB want to …