Germany, Netherlands win First-Round Groups at U-12 Baseball Euros
04/07/2024 2 Minute Read

Germany, Netherlands win First-Round Groups at U-12 Baseball Euros

Germany and the Netherlands have closed out the first round of the U-12 Baseball European Championship in Paderborn, Germany by winning their respective preliminary round groups. The Netherlands defeated Italy 5-1 to win Group B. Germany prevailed 5-4 in a thriller over Czechia in to claim first place in Group A. Italy and Czechia will join the Netherlands and Germany in the semi-finals on Friday. Meanwhile Austria picked up their first win in the tournament with a 17-3 victory over Lithuania, while France shut out Ukraine 13-0 for their first victory.

Austria – Lithuania 17-3 (Box score)

After surviving an early scare, Austria picked up their first win of the tournament with a 17-3 victory over Lithuania in the early morning game on Thursday. Lithuania took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a pair of bases loaded walks to score Lukas Kerulis and Erikas Mordas. But Austria answered right away with five runs in the bottom half of the frame and continued to score in the three frames as well to widen the advantage. Marc Andre Moczkowski went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI. Oskar-Tim Kampichler contributed three hits, three runs and four RBI. Tobias Kropik homered alongside a three-run, three-RBI performance. Lukas Kerulis scored twice for Lithuania.

Netherlands – Italy 5-1 (Box score)

In the second game of the day, the Netherlands celebrated a 5-1 win over arch European baseball rival Italy. The Dutch team scored in each of the first four innings to capture the victory and first place in the group. Both teams had won the first two games of the tournament entering the contest. Andrew Jerome Arends opened the scoring with RBI single in the first. One inning later a RBI single by Ardjosoediro and a RBI groundout by Dyshairo Zandvliet made it 3-0. A RBI groundout by Gianmaria Fontana plated Lorenzo Pilatti in the third to put Italy on the board. But Krijn van der Wens first scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the third to extend the lead to again three runs and then finalized the score with a RBI single in the fourth.

France – Ukraine 13-0 (Box score)

In the afternoon game France reached the win column in Group A with a 13-0 shutout over Ukraine. The French Juveniles scored in each of the first four innings and defending a commanding lead from the beginning. Remi Monnier set the tone from the leadoff spot, hitting a home run, while going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. Five players by France scored at least twice. Pitchers Guillaume Labbal, Remi Monnier and William Lemarie combined to keep Ukraine to a hit by Yehor Tushyn from the mound.

Germany – Czechia 5-4 (Box score)

In a thriller on Thursday evening Germany secured first place in Group A with a 5-4 victory over Czechia. The defending champion used a five-run rally in the third to turn an early 0-3 deficit into the win. Czech had the better beginning, scoring three times in the second on a RBI double by Adam Pavlis and a two-run home run by Dominik Maly. One inning later Jonathan Strübing put Germany on the board with a sac fly. Felix Blesing followed with a RBI double. And then Matthes Schwarcke turned the game around with a three-run home run for a 5-3 advantage. Czechia responded with a RBI double by Stepan Svec in the top of the fourth. In the last two innings Czechia put runners on base, but failed to bring the tying run over the plate. Relievers Thore Warlies and Yannick Post combined for eight strikeouts in the last three frames to secure the German win.


On Friday the semi-finals will take center stage at the U-12 Baseball European Championship. At 15:30 Czechia will take on the Netherlands, while at 18:00 Italy squares off with defending champion and host Germany. The winners advance to the Gold Medal Game on Saturday at 18:00, while also qualifying for the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2025. Earlier in the day the relegation round starts with Austria facing Ukraine at 10:30 and France playing against Lithuania at 13:00.

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