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 Group A and Draci (Dragons) Brno in Group B.
The Heidenheim Heideköpfe, last year’s runner up in the German Championship, didn’t have any problems so far as it shut out all of its opponents and won by double digits: 12-0 vs Vindija Varazdin from Croatia, 20-0 vs Minsk from Belarus and 13-0 vs the Zürich Challengers.
Draci Brno, runner up in the Czech championship, on its turn had to work harder. It barely won vs Astros Valencia from Spain (2-1). The Dragons had an easy win over Bio TexCom KNTU from Ukraine (10-0) and had to fight off the Montigny Cougars from France in the final two innings to win 6-5.
The Heidenheim Heideköpfe will now face Montigny in the semi-final and Draci Brno will take on Minsk in today’s second semi-final. It is expected that both the Heideköpfe as Draci will advance to the final.
The opponent of the Heideköpfe, Montigny Cougars, managed to win only one game. But thanks to the mutual result the Cougars ended in second place in group B.
Minsk, the opponent of Draci Brno, two of their three games and clearly ended in second place of group B.
The team that wins the final, will give their country the right to play in the European Champions Cup next year. For both Germany and the Czech Republic, it would mean that they will have two representatives in the ECC again, although in the case of the Czech Republic it is depending on the result of the ECC’s relegation game that will be played this afternoon. Arrows Ostrava will face Deurne Spartans in that game.
A big thank you goes out to Milujeme Baseball for the CEB cup logo.