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: Relegation Round, Day 3

In the relegation round, two games were planned today: Greece @ France and Slovakia @ Ukraine. Both games were close affairs. Greece  12  -  9  FranceFor three innings, France was kept on a leash by Jonathan George Kountis but in the fourth inning, France struck first when Andy Paz hit a two-run home run. Greece …

2021 European Championship: Relegation Group, Day 1

Today four games were scheduled in the relegation group: Russia @ Ukraine, France @ Germany, Slovakia @ Austria, and Sweden @ Greece. In three of the four cases, it was a battle between neighboring countries. Russia  15  -  5  UkraineIn the first battle of neighboring countries, Ukraine was no match for Russia. After two innings, …

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 …

European Championship Qualifiers: Day 5

With two "championship" games to be played tomorrow, the decision fell in Bratislava and in Utena today. In Bratislava, Slovakia took on Ireland and in Utena, Lithuania faced Greece in the "championships" games. Other round robin games were played, but most did not really matter anymore. Only the game between Belarus and Switzerland was important …

European Championship Qualifier, Day 4

On the fourth day of the European Championship Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: Hungary @ Finland, Switzerland @ Slovenia, Romania @ Poland, Ukraine @ Bulgaria, Greece @ Lithuania, Serbia @ Estonia, Ireland @ Slovakia, and Russia @ Turkey. Hungary  5  -  3  FinlandA surprising result. Hungary took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and …

European Championship Qualifiers Day Three

On the third day of the European Championship Qualifiers the Belgrade group started as well. The following games were scheduled today: Ireland @ Hungary, Turkey @ Switzerland, Greece @ Romania, Estonia @ Ukraine, Lithuania @ Poland, Bulgaria @ Serbia, Slovakia @ Finland, and Russia @ Belarus. Ireland  16  -  3  HungaryUnlike yesterday, Ireland needed seven …

European Championship Qualifiers, Day Two

On the second day of the European Championship Qualifiers, the following games were scheduled: Finland @ Ireland, Slovenia @ Belarus, Poland @ Greece, Romania @ Lituania, Hungary @ Slovakia, and Switzerland @ Russia. Finland  1  -  6  IrelandThe first game in Bratislava today was the matchup between Finland and Ireland. Except the fact that Ireland …

Groups European Championship Qualifier announced

In a stream call, the WBSC Europe announced the four groups and their participants of the 2021 European Championship Qualifier. The qualifiers will be played at the same time. Five surprising countries were added to these qualifiers. The group that will play in Utena, Lithuania contains:- Georgia- Greece- Lithuania- Poland- RomaniaThe group in Bratislava, Slovakia …

European Championship will expand to 16 teams

It was rumored for quite some time but today, the WBSC announced that the European Championship will expand from twelve to sixteen teams, starting with next year's edition that will be played in Italy. All teams that participated in the 2019 edition, will participate in the 2021 edition. This means that the two countries that …

My top ten of national team baseball caps

I have written several blog posts about my favorite ballcaps already. But so far, I never wrote one about my ten favorite caps of national teams. National team caps are known for their simplicity and the lack of abundancy. Here is my top ten of national team caps. 10. Croatia This cap was worn by …

European championship B-pool: day 5

In Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, the preliminary round saw its last series of games. Unbeaten Israel and Russia have clinched a spot in the finals already. Even if Russia would lose and Greece would win, the Russians will qualify as they beat Greece in the mutual game. The following games were scheduled today: Ireland hosted Israel, Russia took …

European championship B-pool: day 4

On the fourth day of the tournament in Blagoevgrad, last year's winners of the C-pool, Greece and Ireland faced each other. Israel hosted Russia in a battle of the unbeaten teams and Serbia took on hosting nation Bulgaria. Ireland  0  -  3  Greece A close game and a somewhat unexpected winner. Last year during the …

2019 European Championship B-Pool: day three

In Blavgoevgrad, Bulgaria, the following games were scheduled today: Greece @ Serbia, Ireland @ Russia, Bulgaria @ Israel. Greece  9  -  5  Serbia Greece clinched its first victory of the tournament. After the Greek scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second and one in the sixth, it looked like they had …

2019 European Championship B-pool

In Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, the following games were scheduled today:  Serbia @ Israel, Greece @ Russia and Bulgaria @ Ireland. Serbia  1  -  11  Israel For five innings, Bulgaria could keep pace with Israel but in the sixth inning, Israel scored four runs and started to walk away. Back-to-back solo home runs, an RBI single and …

2019 European Championship B-pool

Today, the European Championship B-pool will start. The tournament is split into two groups. One part will be played in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, the other will be played in Trnava, Slovakia. The tournament in Slovakia will only start tomorrow. The winners of both groups will play a "playoff" series from July 26 - July 28 to …