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​Great Britain U18 Roster Announced

Author: BBF , 20/05/19

Great Britain Baseball National Team Programme U18

Great Britain U18 Roster Announced 

Great Britain Baseball today announced the 18 player roster for the U18 National Team that will compete in the 2019 CEB Junior European Championship Qualifier from July 8th-13th in Sundbyberg, Sweden. GB will open the tournament against Switzerland, before playing Belgium, Israel and finally hosts Sweden at the end of the week. The top two teams will then play in a final on Saturday, where the winner progresses to next summer’s Junior European Championship. 

GB is seeking to bounce back following last year’s relegation from the Championship. In 2016 the team finished 8th place – the best finish by a U18 Great Britain team at the tournament, but they were not able to repeat that success in Italy last summer. The last time  GB played in a Junior European Qualifier was in 2014 where they place second and earned promotion to the European Championship. This summer a silver medal will not be sufficient as this year there are two pools with only the winners of each pool advancing to the European Championship. The other pool will play in Poland and will feature the National Teams of Austria, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine. 

The selection process began in March with tryouts held in Hemel Hempstead alongside other age groups. A record number of players attended the tryouts which highlighted the depth and strength of talent starting to come through the British club system. Following the drafting of a provisional roster, talent was further evaluated in the UK - and across the world - to find the best 18 players eligible to play for Great Britain.

“I believe that this is a team that the British baseball community can get excited about,” said Head Coach Will Lintern. “We have a broad depth of talent and experience on this squad and our energy and attitude is second to none.

“History tells us that if we play the game, our game, and not the opponent, then we will find success. We will focus on having quality at-bats and winning the free base war. We will believe in and live by our core values of attitude, integrity, confidence and hustle. We will stick with our process and not be distracted by outcomes. I am confident that when the dust settles, we will have prevailed.”

The U18 Great Britain Roster

NAME TEAM
William Baranello Point Beach HS, NJ, USA
Conor Baxter London Sports / Richmond Knights
Dylan Baxter London Sports / Richmond Knights
Will Clayton London Mets
Alex Deacon Herts Baseball Club
Ian Dellapina ACS Cobham / London Sports
Michael Flaherty American School in London / London Mets
Jaime Gustafson London Mets
Josh Jackson Hull Scorpions
Nathan Kettle London Mets
Ben Morris Bournemouth Bears
Aidan Pearce London Mets
Oscar Stodart Hoofddorp Pioniers, Netherlands
Joe Rawcliffe Cartmel Valley Lions
Jack Seppings Landmark Christian HS / Atlanta Warriors Georgia, USA
Nathan Simmons Brighton Baseball Club
Mitchell vom Scheidt Tanglin Trust School, Singapore / London Mets
Jamie Warren TASIS England / Herts Falcons

Leading the team for the 8th year is head coach Will Lintern. Further staff announcements will be made closer to the tournament.

Tournament Venue - Sundbyberg, Sweden

The Junior European Championship Qualifier will be hosted by the Sundbyberg Heat, a club in the top Swedish league Eliteserien. All games will be at played Orvallen, Sweden’s national baseball facility which was built to host games in the 2009 Baseball World Cup.

GO GB BASEBALL U18 TEAM!



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