2021 European Champions Cup: Day 4

On the fourth day of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Rouen Huskies @ L&D Amsterdam, Parmaclima @ Fortitudo Bologna, Curaçao Neptunus @ Bonn Capitals, and Arrows Ostrava @ Heidenheim Heideköpfe. Rouen Huskies @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates https://dutchbaseballhangout.blog/2021/07/16/2021-european-champions-cup-rouen-huskies-ld-amsterdam-pirates/ Parmaclima  5  -  4  Fortitudo BolognaA surprising result in the first semi-final today. Favorite …

2021 European Champions Cup: Day 3

On the third day of the 2021 European Champions Cup, the following games were (re)scheduled: Parmaclima @ Arrows Ostrava, Curaçao Neptunus @ Heidenheim Heideköpfe, Parmaclima @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ Rouen Huskies, Curaçao Neptunus @ Fortitudo Bologna, and Arrows Ostrava @ Bonn Capitals. Parmaclima  13  -  8  Arrows OstravaArrows Ostrava wasn't blown away …

2021 European Champions Cup: Day 2

On the second day of the 2021 ECC, the following games were scheduled: L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ Bonn Capitals, Fortitudo Bologna @ Rouen Huskies, Curaçao Neptunus @ Heidenheim Heideköpfe, and Parmaclima Baseball @ Arrows Ostrava. L&D Amsterdam Pirates   @  Bonn Capitals https://dutchbaseballhangout.blog/2021/07/14/2021-european-champions-cup-ld-amsterdam-pirates-bonn-capitals/ Fortitudo Bologna  17  -  1  Rouen HuskiesIn a very lopsided game, Fortitudo Bologna …

2021 European Champions Cup: Day 1

On day one of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled:Rouen Huskies @ Curaçao Neptunus, Bonn Capitals @ Parmaclima Baseball, Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ Fortitudo Bologna, and Arrows Ostrava @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Rouen Huskies  4  -  14  Curaçao NeptunusNeptunus needed eight innings to clinch the victory in the opening game of the tournament. …

European Champions Cup to Start Tomorrow

Another week full of European Baseball ahead. Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 13th, the European Champions Cup will start in Ostrava, Czech Republic. You may consider this tournament the Champions League of European baseball. Once again the best teams from all over Europe will gather to decide who will be the next European Baseball champions. The following …

A Walk Along European Foul Lines

Another overview of played games in Europe's major baseball countries. Austria As usual, we take off in Austria where some extra games were played on Ascension Day. The Traiskirchen Grasshoppers pushed over the Schwechat Bats in the first game of a three-game series 12-1 in seven innings. The other two games also lasted seven frames …

Walk Along European Foul Lines

Time for another overview of the results of the European Leagues that have started already. Austria A surprising result this weekend as the Diving Ducks Wiener Neustadt beat the leaders in the Baseball Bundesliga East standings, Dornbirn Indians twice. In game one, the Ducks won with the smallest possible margin: 1-0. In game two, Dutchie …

A Walk Along The European Foul Lines

With the Dutch hoofdklasse starting this weekend, there are now five major countries where the competition has started: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. Here is an overview of this week's games in the various leagues. Austria Two clear victories for the Schwechat Blue Bats, that is debuting in the Austrian Baseball Bundesliga. …

A Walk Along The European Foul Lines

We have to wait five more days before the Dutch hoofdklasse will start. Therefore we will have another walk along the baseball diamonds in Europe, where the season has started already. Austria On Friday, the Diving Ducks Wiener Neustadt clinched a surprising win vs the reigning champions Vienna Metrostars as they beat the team from …

A Walk Along the European Foul Lines

With the season on its way in three European Countries, yours truly thought it would be nice to give a weekly overview of the various leagues in Europe. Pretty soon, the Dutch League will join. Also the Northern Division of the German 1. Bundesliga and likely the Belgian Top League as the Belgian government stated …

Baseball in Europe Slowly Taking Off

Last week, the German 1. Bundesliga South had the scoop of being the first league to start the season in Europe. This weekend, three other countries will start their baseball season.In Germany there is this curious situation that only the Southern Division has started play. In the North, local corona rules do not allow to …

Czech Extra League to start later as planned

The Czech Extra League, the highest level of baseball in the Czech Republic will start a week later than planned due to COVID-19 according to milujeme-baseball.cz.The original starting date, April 2nd, will not be met. But the dark scenarios of starting at the end of April or the beginning of May, are also scratched. The …

Player from Philippines to join Czech Extraliga

Blesk Jablonec, that will debute in the Czech Extraliga has a first. For the first time in history of European baseball, a player from the Philippines will play at the highest level of a country. According to Czech baseball website milujeme-baseball.cz, Paulo Macasaet will join Blesk Jablonec. According to milujeme-baseball.cz, the 25-year-old Macasaet has been …

Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Rick van Dijck

For the average (Dutch) baseball fan, the name Rick van Dijck may not ring a bell immediately but Rick is one of those Dutch players that is playing abroad for several years now. Time to put him into the spotlights. Rick started to play baseball at the age of eight with De Knuppelaars from Rosmalen. …

Czech Republic wants to organize 2023 European Championship

Yesterday the Czech Baseball Association announced after its last meeting, it wants to host the 2023 European Championship. It would not be the first time the Czech Republic would (co-)host the event. In a statement CBA chairman Petr Ditrich said: "Yes, we would like to host the European Championships in 2023." "We have no information …

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 …