On the third day of the 2021 European Baseball Championship, the following games were scheduled: Great Britain @ Israel, Russia @ France, Ukraine @ Germany, Sweden @ the Netherlands, Slovakia @ Czech Republic, Greece @ Belgium, Austria @ Italy, and Croatia @ Spain. Several countries clinched their first victory of the tournament.
Great Britain 4 – 11 Israel
In the final game of the round robin, Great Britain never stood a chance against Israel.
By the time the British scored a run in the fourth inning, Israel had a comfortable 5-0 lead already. In the fifth, Israel added three more runs and in the sixth and the eighth, three more were scored. Great Britain countered in the sixth and the eighth by scoring three runs.
Great Britain was limited to four hits.
DJ Sharabi pitched one perfect inning with a strikeout for the win. Spencer Kreisberg took the loss after 4.1 innings. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and four walks and struck out two.
Ben Wanger was the best hitter for Israel. He went 3 for 3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.
Russia 4 – 5 France
France clinched its first victory of the tournament. After Les Bleus had taken a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second, Russia cut the lead in half on a bases-loaded walk in the third inning. But the French countered with a run when Andy Paz singled to right field and drove in Félix Brown.
The French barely could cling on to the lead they had built as the Russians scored twice in the seventh inning but José-Andres Paula, who earned the save, and Eric Moore kept the Russians at bay in the final two innings. Quentin Moulin earned the win after six innings in which he gave up three runs on three hits and three walks and struck out three. Vadim Balan took the loss. In two innings he gave up three runs on one hit and four walks and struck out two. The number of hits was equally divided between Paolo Brossier, Andy Paz, José-Andres Paula, and Martin Vissac. All went 1 for 3 but Paolo Brossier drove in three runs with a doulbe.
Ukraine 5 – 15 Germany
Germany also clinched its first victory of the tournament by beating Ukraine in mercy rule fashion. Ukraine boldly took a 4-0 lead in the second inning and extended their lead with a run in the third, but that was all the Ukrainians were capable of. In the bottom of the third, Germany got on the board with two runs and took the lead in the fourth when it scored six runs. Two one-run innings and a big inning in the sixth, sealed the fate of Ukraine. In the sixth, an RBI single by Simon Gühring, a two-RBI single by Elias von Garssen and a two-RBI double by Pascal Amon drove in five runs.
Lennard Stöcklin earned the win. In 3.2 innings, he gave up one run on six hits and struck out two. Andrii Boiko took the loss after only 0.2 inning in which he issued five runs on four hits and a walk.
Erik Brenk was the best German hitter as he went 3 for 4 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored.
Sweden 5 – 15 Kingdom of the Netherlands
Slovakia 3 – 13 Czech Republic
Twice in this game, Slovakia took the lead, but the Czech Republic bounced back as many times and walked off as the victor. After Slovakia had taken a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, the Czechs scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and never looked back. After a big sixth inning, in which six runs were scored on RBI singles by Matej Hejma and Peter Cech and a double by Premek Chroust and on a fielding error and a wild pitch, the Czech Republic would score three more runs in the remaining two innings.
Radim Chroust earned the win after five innings. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks and struck out four. Martin Gieci took the loss. In five innings he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks and struck out four.
Average-wise, Petr Zyma was the best Czech hitter as he went 1 for 1 with a solo home run.
Greece 4 – 5 Belgium
Austria – Italy
Despite being outscored by Italy, Austria wasn’t exactly outhit by the Italians. The Austrians collected four hits less than their opponent. The big difference was the timely hitting of the Italians and the Austrian lack thereof. For example in the second inning, when Italy came through three times with runners in scoring position which resulted in six runs. Of the seven times the Austrians had runners in scoring position, they cashed in only once by scoring one run. Eventually Italy would win in seven innings, thanks to a walk-off grand slam.
Alex Bassani earned the win after one no-hit inning in relief in which he struck out three.
Omar Luis Duenas Hidalgo lasted one inning and was tabbed for the loss. He gave up six runs on two hits and five walks.
Erick Epifano was Italy’s best hitter, average-wise. He went 1 for 1 with a double, two RBI, and three runs scored.
Croatia 0 – 12 Spain
A “Spanish team loaded with Central American players no-hit Croatia in seven innings. Croatia has a couple of batters that can handle the bat very well but they were silenced by four Spanish pitchers. In the fourth inning, Spain scored four runs thanks to an RBI double by Leonmartires Rodriguez, a two-RBI single by Edison Valerio, and an RBI single by Jesus Ustariz. In the following innings, it looked like Spain even didn’t bother to score more runs.
Ernesto Pino earned the win in two perfect innings in which he struck out one. Pavao Karin took the loss. He lasted 1.1 inning and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks.
Spain’s best hitter was Leonmartirez Rodriguez who went 3 for 4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored.
Both Spain and Croatia will advance to the quarter finals.