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Netherlands, France join Italy, Czechia in Semifinals at U-15 Baseball European Championship
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Netherlands, France join Italy, Czechia in Semifinals at U-15 Baseball European Championship

The Netherlands defeated host Slovakia 17-2 on Thursday evening at the U-15 Baseball European Championship in Trnava to win Group B with a 2-0 record and reaching the semi-finals. With the Dutch win France advanced as well as the second seed from that preliminary round pool. In Group A Italy prevailed 10-7 over Czechia to improve to 3-0 and win the pool ahead of the defending champion. Meanwhile Germany also entered the win column with a 22-1 win over Hungary.

Hungary – Germany 1-22 (Box score)

Germany scored 13 runs in the first two innings and added eight more in the fourth of a 22-1 blowout against Hungary in the morning game on Thursday in Trnava. Fabian Spiess went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBI. Finn Niemeyer scored four times for Germany, which had opened the tournament with losses to Italy and Czechia. Milan Svab scored the lone run for Hungary, which dropped to 0-3 in the tournament.

Czechia – Italy 7-10 (Box score)

In a meeting between two teams, which already had been qualified for the semifinals, Italy edged out Czechia 10-7 to win Group A of the preliminary round in the Thursday afternoon contest. Italy opened the game with eight runs in the first two frames and looked like a lopsided winner early on. But Czechia scored in each of the last four innings to cut the deficit, but in the end they couldn’t complete the comeback successfully. Andrea Destro collected three hits and two runs for Italy and also pitched 4 1/3 strong innings to pick up the win on the mound. Federico Tamburini also scored twice. Jakub Kliner drove in two for Czechia. Lukas Chromy had two runs.

Netherlands – Slovakia 17-2 (Box score)

The Netherlands celebrated their second win in as many days with a 17-2 win over host Slovakia in the evening game in Trnava. Six runs in the first and six in the third blew the score wide open, as the Dutch team crossed the home plate in each of the four innings played. Toss Linus Spekking had four runs and two RBI for the Netherlands. Jonas Rijpma scored three times. Jakub Holeski and Lukas Brhlovic scored the two runs for Slovakia in the second inning.


The U-15 Baseball European Championship continues on Friday with three games. In the morning at 10:00 Slovakia and Hungary open the classification round for ranks fifth to seventh. At 13:30 the first semi-final will feature the Netherlands and defending champion Czechia. In the evening game at 17:00 Italy squares off against France in the second semi-final.

All games of the U-15 Baseball European Championship in Trnava will be streamed live through the WBSC Europe YouTube Channel. Live play by play will be available for all games at www.wbsceurope.org.

Photo by Branislav Hantak