Germany, Netherlands reach Gold Medal Game at U-12 Baseball European Championship 2024
05/07/2024 2 Minute Read

Germany, Netherlands reach Gold Medal Game at U-12 Baseball European Championship 2024

Germany and the Netherlands will play in the final of the U-12 Baseball European Championship in Paderborn, Germany. By reaching the Gold Medal Game both teams also qualified for the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2025. The Netherlands defeated Czechia 3-0 in the semi-final in the afternoon. In the second semi-final on Friday evening Germany had a brilliant start into their match, shutting out Italy 10-0. The Gold Medal Game will take place on Saturday at 18:00. In the relegation round Austria beat Ukraine 12-2 and France Lithuania 15-0.

Semi-Final: Netherlands – Czechia 3-0 (Box score)

The Netherlands have reached the Gold Medal Game of the U-12 Baseball European Championship with a 3-0 shutout over Czechia on Friday afternoon. Tijn Bake Luca Delemarre completely shut down the Czech offense, by striking out 12 batters in six innings, while allowing just five hits and a walk. On offense all three runs were scored by home runs. Marcelo Javier Montenegro Espinoza connected for two long balls, Krijn van der Wens for one. Otherwise Czech hurler Krystof Kotoucek matched his counterpart, but still ended up with the loss allowing four hits, three runs and a walk.  

Semi-Final: Germany – Italy 10-0 (Box score)

Germany is returning to the final of the U-12 Baseball European Championship for a third straight year. The defending champion downed Italy 10-0 after an impressive performance on both ends. Germany came out firing in the first inning, scoring seven runs. Keylen Fernandez Ruiz with a solo home run, Yannick Post with a two-run double and Thore Warlies with a grand slam home run helped to decide the outcome early. Germany added three more runs in the fourth and the fifth to end the game on ten-run rule. Post came through again with a RBI single, Raphael Acbas scored on a fielder’s choice and Warlies walked off Germany with a solo home run. Meanwhile Italy couldn’t much against Germany’s starting pitcher Felix Blesing. He went the distance, while allowing just four hits in five innings, striking out nine. He threw an economic 49 strikes within 62 pitches. Gianmaria Fontana took the loss for Italy, managing just two outs in the first.  

Relegation Round: Austria – Ukraine 12-2 (Box score)

In the relegation round Austria improved his record in the tournament to 2-2 with a 12-2 win over Ukraine. Ukraine took a quick 2-0 lead in the first on runs by Tykhon Tkachenko and Ivan Falion. But Austria answered right away with five runs and scored in each of the five innings played. Oskar-Tim Kampichler led the way by going 4-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI. Theodor Mirau collected two hits, two runs and two RBI.

Relegation Round: France – Lithuania 15-0 (Box score)

France also improved to 2-2 in the event, celebrating a 15-0 shutout over Lithuania. Five runs in the first, seven in the third and three in the fourth lifted them to a 15-run rule shortened victory. 11 different players scored for France. Quentin Huet scored three times. Tim Charbonneau hit a home run and drove in three. Three pitchers kept Lithuania to two hits, while combining for eight strikeouts. Aistis Vidoulis and Erikas Mordas each singled in the first and the second.


The Gold Medal Game between Germany and the Netherlands will be the rematch of last year’s final in Valenciennes, France. The final is scheduled to start at 18:00. For both teams the champion would be their fourth in the history of the tournament. But while Germany has won in 2022 and 2023, the Netherlands haven’t raised the trophy in this age category since 2001. Earlier in the day Ukraine will meet Lithuania at 10:30 with the losing team being relegated. At 13:00 Austria is taking on France in a battle for fifth place. At 15:30 Italy and Czechia are squaring off in a battle for bronze. All games will be streamed live at Live play by play is available through

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