13 National Teams to compete in European Baseball Championship Qualifiers in Utena, Belgrade and Blagoevgrad

13 National Teams to compete in European Baseball Championship Qualifiers in Utena, Belgrade and Blagoevgrad
10/07/2022
From July 12 to 17 the European Baseball Championship Qualifiers will be played in Utena, Lithuania, Belgrade, Serbia and Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. 13 national teams will compete in the three tournaments with the winners meeting in a playoff tournament in the summer of 2023 to claim two spots in the main tournament of the European Baseball Championship to be played in the Czech Republic in 2023.

The group in Utena will feature the national teams from Finland, Lithuania, Romania and Switzerland, vying for a spot in the playoff tournament. From Wednesday to Friday a round robin preliminary round will be played with games scheduled at 11am and 4pm. On Saturday at 2pm the final between the top two teams will be played to determine the Utena winner.

The group in Blagoevgrad also will see four teams with host Bulgaria, France, Ireland and Slovenia. Also there a preliminary round robin from Wednesday to Friday will be played with games set at 11am and 4pm. The final on Saturday at 2pm features the top two teams from this pool, hoping to book a playoff spot.

The group in Belgrade meanwhile will have five teams in the tournament with Hungary, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia. Here the preliminary round robin starts on Tuesday and lasts through Saturday with two games each day at 11am and 4pm. The final will be played on Sunday at 2pm.

Live scoring for all three events will be available through www.wbsceurope.org. Live streaming is available for selected games. Check the WBSC Europe website for more information.

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