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Great Britain Wins B-Level European Championship in Zurich

Great Britain Wins B-Level European Championship in Zurich

The B-Level European Championships were held this week in both Zurich and Vienna. Six teams competed at each site trying to win a spot in the 2014 European Championship to be held in the Czech Republic.

Competing in Vienna were Austria, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ireland. And over in Zurich were Great Britain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia.

Each team played in a round robin format playing every other team once. The two teams with the best record would play one final game for the championship and a spot in next year’s European Championship.

In Zurich, Great Britain swept through the round robin play undefeated. They were led by Ian Young who led the entire tournament in hitting with a .571 average. He collected eight hits (2nd) and seven RBI (2nd to teammate Zach Wiley’s eight).

As a team Great Britain led the tournament in hitting (.359), doubles (12), runs (49), and fewest strikeouts (14). They also dominated the pitching stats as well. As a team its ERA was just 2.20 (1st), with 51 strikeouts (1st), and two saves (1st).

They faced off with a Ukraine team that went 3-2 in pool play losing only to Great Britain (4-2) and Switzerland (5-2). They placed second as a team in hitting, joining Great Britain as the only other team to hit over .300 with an average of .314.

The Championship Game was a close one once again with Great Britain coming out on top 2-0.

Greg Hendrix pitched a masterful game giving up just five hits tossing a complete game shutout. He struck out 13 in the win giving Great Britain a spot in next year’s European Championship.

Great Britain scored both of their runs in the second inning. The first coming off of an Ian Young (2-for-3) RBI single. Ryan Trask (2-for-3) came up with the other RBI when he singled in the second run of the inning. Hendrix did the rest.

Hendrix was named the MVP of the tournament. He won both of his starts giving up just four runs (two earned) in 16 innings while striking out 28 batters.  Ian Young was named the tournaments best hitter.

B-Level European Championship Zurich Final Standings:

1. Great Britain 5-0
2. Ukraine 3-2
3. Bulgaria 3-2
4. Poland 2-3
5. Switzerland 2-3
6. Slovenia 0-5

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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