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GB Baseball U23 Team makes history

Author: BBF , 14/08/19

European Championship 7th to 11th August results

International competition, e.g., at the European Championship U23 Tournament is the essence of top baseball. The teams finishing in 1st and 2nd place will qualify for the 2020 WBSC U23 Baseball World Cup. The teams placed 7th – 8th will be relegated to the European Championship Qualifier, which takes place in 2020.

In 2019, the European Championship U23 Tournament was made up to two Pools: 

Standing Pool A 

  • France
  • Germany 
  • Great Britain 
  • Netherlands

Standing Pool B 

  • Belgium 
  • Croatia 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Ukraine

Subsequent, to the standings in the first two games, would determine the C-Pool and games. 

The GB Baseball U23 team played five games in total at the European Championships (7th to 11th August, in Prague, Czech). In the first four games, their record was two wins, and two loses.

RESULTS

 NETHERLANDS v GREAT BRITAIN (W) 1 - 2

 GREAT BRITAIN v GERMANY (W) 0 - 12

 FRANCE (W) v GREAT BRITAIN 8 - 2

 GREAT BRITAIN (W) v CROATIA 7 - 6. [extra innings]

So Sunday, 11th August was the determining game as to whether GB Baseball would achieve their ever highest place at the European Championship with a win or bow out in the bottom of the standings.

GB Baseball faced Ukraine from Pool B.

In an incredible twist of faith, and the determination to succeed, GB Baseball pulled out a triumphant victory over Ukraine. Final score GB Baseball 3 and Ukraine 2.

First-year Coach, Drew Spencer said, "It's difficult to put into words what it felt like to put on a Great Britain uniform for the first time. This week was really special for me and the coaches. Especially after how this team performed. Although we had some historic moments. Wins and losses will never tell the full story of how this team came together. It was inspiring. We played for each other and learned a lot about what it takes to win at this level, which took all 17 members of the team. I can't wait for 2021.

I would especially like to thank the players who graduated from U23s this year. We would not have achieved much without them setting the example both on and off the field. I wish you all the best of luck in the rest of your GB Baseball careers."


FINAL STANDINGS POOL C

TEAM WINS LOSES GAMES BACK
Great Britain 3 0 -
Netherlands 2 1 1
Ukraine 1 2 2
Croatia 0 3 3

Note: Final overall standings made-up from three Pools: 

1. Czech Republic

2. Germany 

3. Belgium

4. France

5. Great Britain and Netherlands | However, head-to-head competition GB ahead. 

7. Ukraine

8. Croatia


A spokesperson for the British Baseball Federation, said, "there are so many allocates to go around on an excellent performance by GB Baseball in Czech. For example, Drew Spencer the first-year coach of the U23 Team did an amazing job leading the team to victory. Further, let's not forget the assistant coaches who were key in doing a combination of duties at the Tournament, and providing insights which made a big difference throughout the series. Next, the players who were playing together in a competitive setting for the first time. To get the right mix of skills and personalities to peak in a tournament of this magnitude says so much about the players and coaches. As the saying goes, None  of us, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great determination, and together, which leads us to do something special, e.g., the top finish for a GB Baseball U23 in a CEB Tournament."

The spokesperson went on to say, "we now move on to our GB Baseball Seniors Team, which is scheduled to compete for the Olympics in Germany in September. Here we come, Europe, GB Baseball destiny awaits!"

To view the stats over five days of competition at the European Championship U23 click the following link https://www.baseballstats.eu/2...

To relive the victory in Czech, see below. 

However, first congratulations to the roster of the Great Britain U23 National Team: 


GB BASEBALL U23 ROSTER (last name, first name)

  • ARMSTRONG, LUKE
  • BERGER, ELLIOT
  • BOHN, DEXTER
  • CASAL, CARLOS
  • DIAZ, JUAN
  • DIX, JAMIE
  • FRETHEIM, JONATHAN
  • HASSANI, AUSTIN
  • KIRKPATRICK, PAUL
  • McGRATH, CONOR
  • MOSIER, FREDERICK
  • QUACKENBUSH, IVAN
  • RODRIGUEZ, MIGUEL
  • SABISTON, LIAM
  • SOLLECITO, MATTEO
  • VOM SCHEIDT, MITCHELL
  • MOLINA, SEBASTIAN

COACHES (last name, first name)

  • SPENCER, ANDREW - head coach
  • CRAMMAN, JONATHON
  • LAINOFF, BRIAN
  • RODRIGUEZ, JONATHAN
  • MINFORD, RICHARD

See below for a Play-by-Play of Ukraine vs Great Britain game from 11th August 2019 in Prague, Czech at the European Championship U23 Tournament. 

GREAT BRITAIN top of 1st

DIAZ walked (3-2 BBBKFFFB).

::: Coaching visit to mound :::.

DIAZ failed pickoff attempt.

SOLLECITO grounded out to 2b (2-0 BB); DIAZ advanced to second.

DIAZ advanced to third on a throwing error by p, failed pickoff attempt.

BERGER struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (1-2 FBSFS).

FRETHEIM hit by pitch (3-2 BKFB).

DIX struck out swinging, grounded out to c unassisted (3-2 BFBKBS).

0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

UKRAINE bottom of 1st

CHUKHAS struck out looking (3-2 BKBBFFK).

BOIKO K flied out to cf (0-0).

BABII popped up to 1b (0-0).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of 2nd

McGRATH grounded out to 2b (1-2 KBFF).

CASAL struck out looking (1-2 KFFFBK).

MOSIER flied out to rf (0-0).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UKRAINE bottom of 2nd

ZHANTALAI flied out to ss (0-0).

KOSENKO grounded out to p (1-2 KBK).

ROHACH grounded out to 2b (0-0).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of 3rd

RODRIGUEZ grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-0).

DIAZ grounded out to ss (0-1 K).

SOLLECITO singled to shortstop (2-2 SBBK).

SOLLECITO stole second.

BERGER grounded out to ss (2-2 BKBK).

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UKRAINE bottom of 3rd

HVRYTISHVILI struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS).

BOVTACH grounded out to ss (1-0 B).

SAVCHENKO singled to shortstop (0-1 K).

CHUKHAS singled to shortstop (1-1 BF); SAVCHENKO advanced to second.

BOIKO K flied out to cf (0-0).

0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of 4th

FRETHEIM flied out to cf (0-1 K).

DIX struck out looking (3-2 BKKBFBK).

McGRATH flied out to cf (0-0).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UKRAINE bottom of 4th

BABII walked (3-2 BSBSBB).

ZHANTALAI singled to right center (0-1 K); BABII advanced to second.

KOSENKO grounded into double play ss to 1b (0-2 FF); ZHANTALAI out on the play; BABII advanced to third.

ROHACH struck out swinging (1-2 KSFBS).

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of 5th

CASAL flied out to ss (1-2 SBF).

MOSIER struck out swinging, grounded out to c unassisted (0-2 KKS).

RODRIGUEZ walked (3-1 BKBBB).

RODRIGUEZ failed pickoff attempt.

RODRIGUEZ out at first p to 1b, picked off.

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UKRAINE bottom 5th

HVRYTISHVILI grounded out to 3b (0-0).

BOVTACH reached on a muffed throw by 1b, assist by ss (1-1 BS).

SAVCHENKO reached on a fielder's choice to third base (0-1 S); BOVTACH out at second 3b to 2b.

CHUKHAS doubled to left center, advanced to third on a throwing error by p, RBI (0-1 F); SAVCHENKO scored, unearned.

::: Coaching visit to mound :::.

BOIKO K walked (3-2 FFFBBBB).

BOIKO K advanced to second on a fielder's choice; CHUKHAS out at home p to 1b to c, caught stealing.

1 run, 1 hit, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of 6th

DIAZ struck out looking (0-2 FSK).

SOLLECITO singled to left field (1-0 B).

SOLLECITO stole second, picked off.

BERGER flied out to lf (2-0 BB).

FRETHEIM reached on a fielding error by 3b (1-1 BK); SOLLECITO advanced to third on the error.

::: Coaching visit to mound :::.

DIX singled to left center, RBI (2-1 FBB); FRETHEIM advanced to second; SOLLECITO scored, unearned.

McGRATH singled to center field, RBI (1-0 B); DIX advanced to third; FRETHEIM scored, unearned.

ZYLKA to p for KOSTASHCHUK.

CASAL grounded out to 2b (0-1 K).

2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

UKRAINE bottom of the 6th

BABII struck out swinging, grounded out to c unassisted (2-2 KBKBS).

ZHANTALAI flied out to lf (1-2 KBF).

KOSENKO singled to right field (0-0).

KOSENKO stole second.

ROHACH struck out swinging (2-2 SSBBS).

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of the 7th

MOSIER grounded out to p, bunt (0-0).

RODRIGUEZ walked (3-1 BBSBB).

PORTUGALSKYI to p for ZYLKA.

DIAZ doubled down the lf line (2-1 BBK); RODRIGUEZ advanced to third.

SOLLECITO flied out to lf, SF, RBI (3-1 BBBK); RODRIGUEZ scored.

BERGER flied out to cf (0-1 K).

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UKRAINE 7th

HVRYTISHVILI struck out looking, grounded out to c unassisted (0-2 FSFK).

LUKIN pinch hit for BOVTACH.

LUKIN singled up the middle (1-1 BK).

KALAITANOV pinch hit for SAVCHENKO.

KALAITANOV singled through the left side (0-0); LUKIN advanced to second.

CHUKHAS reached on a fielder's choice to pitcher (0-0); KALAITANOV out at second p to 2b; LUKIN advanced to third.

BOIKO K singled to second base, RBI (2-0 BB); CHUKHAS advanced to second; LUKIN scored.

BOIKO K stole second; CHUKHAS stole third.

BABII struck out looking (3-2 BBKSBK).

1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.


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