2021 European Championship: Placement Matches

On the last day but one, six placement matches were played. France @ Slovakia, Greece @ Ukraine, Sweden @ Austria, Belgium @ Croatia, Russia @ Germany, and Great Britain @ Czech Republic. France  6  -  5  SlovakiaIn a matchup between two countries that were demoted to the B-group already, France stayed at the right side …

2021 European Championship: Placement Matches

Today, the first of the placement matches for the fifth to eighth places took place. Belgium took on Great Britain and the Czech Republic faced Croatia. Great Britain  12  -  11  BelgiumBelgium fought hard but just fell short against a team with 46% of foreign born players. Thanks to the many errors, this game didn't deserve …

2021 European Championship: Quarter Finals

Today the following quarter finals were scheduled: Croatia @ Italy, Belgium @ Spain, Czech Republic @ Israel, and Great Britain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. All games were quarter final worthy as all of them had close scores. Croatia  5  -  8  ItalyA four-run eighth inning saved Italy from losing to Croatia today. Croatia fought …

2021 European Championship: Small Loss by Belgium vs Spain

In the first quarter final of today, Belgium took on Spain. Likely not many would have thought the Belgians could beat a team loaded with South and Central American players of which some have MLB experience. Belgium lost but played a good game and doesn't need to be ashamed about the result. Belgium  2  -  …

2021 European Championship: Day 3

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  …

2021 European Championship: Belgium Clinches Come-From-Behind Victory

After two losses, Belgium finally managed to clinch a victory. Against a Greek team, loaded with American players, the Belgians turned the tables in the bottom of the ninth inning. Greece  4  -  5  BelgiumBelgium took an early lead in the first inning on a double by Drew Janssen and a wild pitch.In the following …

2021 European Championship: Day 2

On the second day of the 2021 European Championship of Baseball, the following games were scheduled: Sweden @ Slovakia, Austria @ Greece, Croatia @ Ukraine, Spain @ Germany, Great Britain @ Russia, Israel @ France, Italy @ Belgium, Netherlands @ Czech Republic. Sweden  11  -  0  SlovakiaIn the matchup between two countries that lost their …

2021 European Championship: Italy pushes over Belgium

After the unexpected loss vs Austria, today's game vs Italy should be a must win game. But deep down inside, this game might have been a calculated loss for the Belgians. Italy  14  -  3  BelgiumIt was one of those games. The Belgian lineup was kept in check by the Italian pitching staff and the …

2021 European Championship: Day 1

On the first day of the 2021 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Czech Republic @ Sweden, Germany @ Croatia, Belgium @ Austria, Greece @ Italy, Slovakia @ the Netherlands, Ukraine @ Spain, Russia @ Israel, and France @ Great Britain. And on the very first day, there were a couple of surprising results. …

2021 European Championship: Major Upset, Belgium Falls to Austria

Belgium  11  -  12  Austria In the third game of the tournament, Austria upset Belgium in a narrow escape and a walk-off victory. Trailing 4-2 at the start of the bottom of the sixth inning, Austria grabbed the lead thanks to a two-run single by Ferdinand Obed and a three-run jack by Sammy Hackl. A …

Belgium Presents Roster for European Championship

In an e-mail with loads of information, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) announced the roster of the Red Hawks, the Belgian national team. The intriguing part of this roster is that it contains hardly any foreign players. One to be exact. Compare this to "Israel" and "Greece," which both have over 90% …

U23 European Baseball Championship: Day 4

On the fourth day of the 2021 U23 European Championship, two relegation games and two semi-finals were scheduled. The relegation games: France @ Belgium and Ukraine @ Czech Republic. Semi-finals: Great Britain @ the Netherlands and Germany @ Italy. France  12  -  5  Belgium https://dutchbaseballhangout.blog/2021/08/27/u23-european-baseball-championship-belgium-loses-big-against-france/ Ukraine  0  -  15  Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic wasn't wasting …

U23 European Baseball Championship: Belgium Loses Big Against France

In one of two relegation games, winless France faced Belgium that won one game in the round robin. Nevertheless the French were way too strong and clinched an easy victory. France  12  -  5  BelgiumThe game was actually scheduled at 10.00 in the morning but was moved back to 13.30 (1.30 PM) due to a …

U23 European Baseball Championship: Day 3

On the third day of the 2021 U23 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Ukraine @ the Netherlands, Belgium @ Germany, France @ Czech Republic, and Italy @ Great Britain. Ukraine  0  -  10  The Netherlands https://dutchbaseballhangout.blog/2021/08/26/u23-european-championship-ukraine-also-no-match-for-the-netherlands/ France  5  -  7  Czech RepublicBy losing to Great-Britain yesterday, it was clear that we will have …

U23 European Baseball Championship: Belgium no Match For Germany

There still was a chance that Belgium could repeat for third place, the spot the team ended in 2019, but by losing to Germany today, the team will not advance to the semi-finals. Belgium  2  -  10  GermanyThe Belgians were no match for Germany. Unlike the German pitching staff, the Belgian wasn't able to keep …

U23 European Baseball Championship: Day 2

On the second day of the 2021 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Belgium @ Ukraine, Czech Republic @ Great Britain, Germany @ the Netherlands, and France @ Italy. Belgium  6  -  3  Ukraine https://dutchbaseballhangout.blog/2021/08/25/u23-european-baseball-championship-belgium-vs-ukraine/ Czech Republic  5  -  6  Great BritainOpening the score without a hit. That is what happened to Great Britain. …

U23 European Baseball Championship: Belgium vs Ukraine

In a matchup between two teams that lost in mercy-rule fashion the day before, Belgium stayed at the right side of the score. Ukraine opened the score in the first inning but then Belgium took the lead and slowly walked away. Belgium 6 - 3 Ukraine After Ukraine took a 1-0 lead in the bottom …

U23 European Baseball Championship: Day 1

On the first day of the 2021 U23 European Baseball Championship the following games were scheduled: Great Britain @ France, Ukraine @ Germany, the Netherlands @ Belgium, and Italy @ Czech Republic. Great Britain 3 - 0 FranceIt was a game in which the runs and the hits did not come cheap. Both teams collected …