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Groups for National Team Tournaments Announced for 2017 by CEB

The Technical Commission of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) announced the groups for national team championships for 2017.

The European Championship B-Pool will determine the last two spots for the 2018 European Championship in Germany, while the U23 European Championship will be occurring for the first time this August.

European Championship B-Pool
July 24/25– 29/30, 2017

Group 1: Miejska Gorka/Poland
1) Russia
2) Belarus
3) Ukraine
4) Lithuania
5) Poland
6) Slovakia

Group 2: Belgrade/Serbia
1) Serbia
2) Austria
3) Switzerland
4) Bulgaria
5) Greece
6) Israel

European Championship U23
Brno/Czech Republic
August 7 – 13, 2017

Group A – Brno/CZE
1) Netherlands
2) Croatia
3) Russia
4) Belarus

Group B – Wels/AUT
1) Spain
2) Great Britain
3) Austria
4) Poland

Group C – Trnava/SVK
1) Germany
2) France
3) Slovakia
4) Georgia

Group D – Brno/CZE
1) Czech Republic
2) Belgium
3) Ukraine
4) Lithuania

European Championship Qualifier Juniors U18
July 10/11 – 15/16, 2017

Group 1: Zuerich/Switzerland
1) Belgium
2) Russia
3) Poland
4) Ireland
5) Switzerland
6) Austria

Group 2: Varazdin/Croatia
1) Ukraine
2) Croatia
3) Sweden
4) Belarus
5) Slovakia

European Championship Cadets U15
Wiener Neustadt/Austria
July 17 – 23, 2017

Group A
1) Czech Republic
2) Russia
3) Austria
4) Poland
5) Netherlands

Group B
1) France
2) Germany
3) Lithuania
4) Italy
5) Spain

European Championship Juveniles U12
Utrecht/The Netherlands
July 10 – 16, 2017

Group A
1) Germany
2) Austria
3) France
4) Netherlands
5) Belarus

Group B
1) Czech Republic
2) Russia
3) Poland
4) Ukraine
5) Italy

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Euro League Games Postponed

Some bad news for the new Euro League Baseball came down from the CEB (European Federation) notifying the league that players competing in the ELB will not be able to participate in the European Champions Cup. So the games this coming weekend between Amsterdam Baseball and Draci Brno will have to be postponed since some of the L&D Amsterdam Pirates play for Amsterdam Baseball.

The players will be allowed to play after the European Champions Cup, but scheduling may be an issue for the ELB since the teams already have a full slate of league games.  The ECC will take place the first week of June. The league has not announced if/when the games will be rescheduled.

Press Release Euro League Baseball

(Amsterdam)- The management of Euro League Baseball and Team Amsterdam have decided to postpone the games of Team Amsterdam which were scheduled for May 15 and 16.

The reason for this, is the odd move of CEB (European Federation) to inform L&D Amsterdam that its players may not be eligible to play European Cup (EC) games if they participate in the ELB.

All the players participating in the European Cups shall be:
– regularly registered with their club.
– regularly registered in the national competition with their club the running year, with which they participate in the European Cup competition. The player is not allowed to play for another team in the running year till the start of the European Cups.
In case of a complaint, the information received by C.E.B. from the National Federation, will rule.

The original reason for the introduction of the rule was to ban competition fraud, which is not the case in this particular situation. In the past, there has been similar situations which didn’t lead to disqualification. It’s comparable with college players returning to their parent club in Europe.

Despite we’re convinced that the rule is misused to put pressure on L&D Amsterdam to drop out, we can’t ask the team’s management to take the risk of losing players’ eligibility.

This is a big disappointment since the KNBSB (Dutch Federation) recently informed all involved parties that it agreed on the participation of its members in Team Amsterdam.

It’s still not clear why the turnaround in the approach of the CEB came so unexpected and not before this weekend, while they previously informed us that they would follow the National Federations.

We’ll keep you informed about any developments regarding team Amsterdam and are grateful for the big support we’ve received. We still believe the team would be a great addition for European baseball and its fans.

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Martin Miller is no more the President of European baseball

The German official quit during the Congress of the Continental Confederation in Rotterdam

Riccardo Schiroli in Rotterdam

Martin Miller (right in the cover picture, awarding Dutch Federation’s Technical Director Rob Eenhoorn) quit as the President of the European Confederation (CEB). During the Congress in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the Executive of CEB was beaten in a voting that proposed some Statutes modifications.

During the discussion that followed, the delegate of Spain made it clear that the vote was not against cuts in expenses (the modifications were meant to obtain that result) but against the President.

Miller asked the Congress what the opinion was on the Statement and, after some seconds of silence, resigned.

Secretary General Sam Pelter (Israel) resigned as well.

First Vice President Petr Ditrich (Czech Republic) will be serving as President until the 2013 Congress, when a new President and a new Executive board will be elected.

The 2013 Congress of European Baseball will be held in Lubijana (Slovenia) and is meant to be a joint Congress with the Softball Federation (ESF).

IBF President Riccardo Fraccari attended the Congress and took his time to explain to the Federations how important it is to work together with softball for a joint bid for Olympic reinstatement.

Courtesy IBAF.org

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Sweden Wins EC Cadets Qualifier

SWEDEN – The Swedish national team rebounded from a tournament-opening loss to win four consecutive game to capture the gold medal at the 2010 15U Cadets European Championship Qualifier in Nykoping.

Lithuania dealt Sweden a 11-7 setback on the first day of the tourney, but the tournament host regrouped on Wednesday to edge Slovakia, 8-7. Joel Johnson went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and Jesper Fahlgren drove in three runs lead the Swedish squad to a high-scoring 18-13 win over Great Britain a day later to advance to the championship series against Lithuania.

1 – Sweden (4-1)
2 – Lithuania (2-3)
3 – Slovakia (2-2)
4 – Great Britain (1-3)

The visitors entered the best-of-three finals with a 1-0 advantage due to their win against Sweden on the first day of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) competition. However, Lithuanian pitchers walked nine batters and the team defense faltered with seven errors as the host squad rolled to a 12-2 win to set up a winner-take-all Game 3.

MVP – Joel Johnson, Sweden
Best Hitter – Joel Johnson, Sweden
Best Pitcher – Patrik Kovacocy, Slovakia

The decisive game never took place as the Lithuanian team had to catch a ferry that departed at 5:00 p.m. Sweden won the title game by forfeit, 7-0, to win the tournament.

Cadets European Championship Qualifier Results:

Monday, July 19
Lithuania 11, Sweden 7

Tuesday, July 20
Great Britain 10, Slovakia 5

Wednesday, July 21
Lithuania 16, Great Britain 11
Sweden 8, Slovakia 7

Thursday, July 22
Slovakia 5, Lithuania 2
Sweden 18, Great Britain 13

Friday, July 23
Slovakia 8, Great Britain 2

Saturday, July 24
Sweden 12, Lithuania 2
Sweden 7, Lithuania 0 (forfeit)

Photo courtesy of Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation

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Dutch Wins European 15U Baseball Crown

THE NETHERLANDS – Rachid Engelhardt drove in four runs with two extra-base hits and Tim Halderman threw four-plus scoreless relief innings, and the Netherlands pounded the Czech Republic 14-4 Saturday to win the 2010 15U Cadets European Championship at Eindhoven.

Engelhardt wiped away a one run Czech lead in the bottom of the first with a two-run double, and plated a pair of scores in a seven-run third with a triple.

Halderman (1-0) rescued the Dutch with a pair of strikeouts to squash a Czech rally in the second, and then proceeded to throw four shutout innings to clinch the gold medals.

Adam Hajtmar put the Czech on the board with a single in the first, but the Dutch answered back with a trio of runs in the same frame. The silver medalist took the lead again with a three-run second, but coach Jim Shuster’s squad knotted the score in the bottom of the frame, and blew the game open an inning later with seven runs.

Lorenzo Gradali struck out 16 and drove in three runs with two extra-base hits to help Italy capture the bronze medal with a convincing win over Belgium. Gradali (1-0) allowed a run on five hits with a pair of walks on the hill, and added a double and a triple at the plate.

Kevin Konig collected three RBIs and Germany clinched fourth-place with an easy win against Russia. Konig drove in two runs with a triple in the third, and plated a run in the fifth with a double. Pascal Winkler (1-0) worked the final three frames to earn the win.

Stéphane Daspremont scattered three hits over six scoreless innings to lead Belgium to a fifth-place finish with a 9-0 drubbing over Austria. Daspremont (1-0) walked two and struck out four before giving way to reliever Arne Van Royen, who tallied the final three outs to preserve the shutout win. Robin De Van Walle paced the Belgian offense with three hits and two RBIs.

1 – Netherlands (5-0)
2 – Czech Republic (4-1)
3 – Italy (3-2)
4 – Germany (3-2)
5 – Belgium (2-3)
6 – Bulgaria (2-3)
7 – Russia (1-4)
8 – Austria (0-5)

Photo courtesy of mg-oldman/FIBS

Source: Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)

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EC Cadets: Czech, Dutch Seeking Gold

NETHERLANDS – Jakub Ondracek’s two-run double highlighted a seven-run sixth and the Czech Republic knocked off Italy 15-10 Friday to remain unbeaten at the 2010 European Cadets (U15) Baseball Championship in Eindhoven. The Czech (4-0) will meet the Netherlands (4-0) on Saturday for the tournament title.

Italy (2-2) came out red-hot and tagged Czech starter David Vohanka for nine runs and six hits in just two frames. However, Italian starter Davide Anselmi surrendered six runs before getting pulled in the second with no outs as the two squads headed to the third knotted at 7-7.

The Italian squad regained the lead with a pair of runs in the third, and nursed the lead until the fifth when the Czech team closed the gap to a run on a single by Tomas Janoud. Coach Jiri Kotek’s talented bunch strung together six hits and a pair of walks the following inning to clinch a spot in the gold medal game.

Tomas Bocek (1-0) allowed a lone run on four hits and fanned six in five stellar relief frames to get credit for the win.

The Dutch decided the outcome quickly with 10 runs in the opening frame to post a lopsided victory against Bulgaria. Tim Schaareman went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Shane Boeree drove in three scores, while Floris Timmer and Rachid Engelhardt collected two RBIs apiece. Timmer (2-0) notched his second win of the week with three shutout relief innings.

Luca Patschke went 4-for-4 and Tarik Jerichow (1-0) tossed a two-hit shutout to lead Germany to an easy victory over Austria. Kevin Konig added three hits and Lukas Dickman drove in a trio of runs for skipper Geor Bull’s squad.

Kenny Dom delivered a key two-run double and Belgium climb out of a three-run hole with five scores in the fourth to pick up their first win of the tourney with a narrow victory against Russia. Dom went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Robin van de Wall added two hits for the Belgian squad. Nikita Dyakov collected two RBIs for the Russians. Matthew Permentier (1-0) earn the win and Robin Roevens picked up the save.

1 – C. Republic (4-0)
2 – Netherlands (4-0)
3 – Italy (2-2)
4 – Bulgaria (2-2)
5 – Germany (2-2)
6 – Belgium (1-3)
7 – Russia (1-3)
8 – Austria (0-4)

Photo courtesy of mg-oldman/FIBS

Source: Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)

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EC Cadets: Dutch, Czech Still Perfect

THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands remained on a collision course with unbeaten Czech Republic with a 11-5 victory over Italy Thursday at the 2010 European Cadets (U15) Baseball Championship in Eindhoven. With the win, the Dutch improved to 3-0 in the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) tournament.

Italy (2-1) opened the game in high gear with a three-run first. Frederico Celli doubled home a pair of scores to put the Italians on the board, and Mirco Bannini capped the early uprising with an RBI two-base hit.

The Netherlands’ Rachid Engelhardt crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the second, and Marciano Philippi’s two-run double highlighted a five-run fifth as the Dutch went on top, 6-3. Engelhardt and Philippi both knocked in a run in the fourth to help the tournament host stretch the lead to 11-3. The Italian squad scored three late runs before suffering their first loss of the tournament.

Michel Offerman (1-0) fanned four in two scoreless relief innings to earn the win.

Lucas Ercoli drove in three runs and tossed two perfect relief innings, and the Czech Republic trounced Russia to stay unbeaten. Ercoli (1-0) went 2-for-2 with a triple, while Adam Hajtmar, Jakub Podzimek and Tomas Ondra contributed two hits apiece.


Maximilian Greim threw one-hit ball over five scoreless innings, and Anthony Schulz had three hits to lead Germany past Belgium. Schultz drove in two runs with a pair of doubles, and Kevin Konig added a couple of triples and two RBIs. Greim (1-0) struck out nine while giving up a lone hit and four walks. Luis Santa Cruz, who drove in two runs at the plate, tallied the final two outs on the hill with a pair of strikeouts.

Aleksandar Ananiev drove in six runs and Antonio Karaganov just missed hitting for the cycle to help Bulgaria rout Austria. Ananiev doubled home a pair of scores in the second before drilling a three-run bomb in the fifth. Karaganov collected five RBIs with a single, double and a triple. Samuel Hackl had a pair of two-base hits for the Austrians. Petar Arbov (1-0) went the distance to earn the win, and aided his own cause with four walks and four runs scored.

1 – C. Republic (3-0)
2 – Netherlands (3-0)
3 – Bulgaria (2-1)
4 – Italy (2-1)
5 – Germany (1-2)
6 – Russia (1-2)
7 – Austria (0-3)
8 – Belgium (0-3)

Photo courtesy of mg-oldman/FIBS

Source: Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)

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EC Cadets: Top Squads Still Perfect

THE NETHERLANDS – Jorin van Amstel drove in three runs with two hits in a marathon 14-run second inning, and the Netherlands remained unbeaten at the 2010 European Cadets (U15) Baseball Championship with a 16-0 victory against Belgium in Eindhoven.

The 15-year-old infielder singled home Jules Peters in the first to put the Dutch on the board, and added a run-scoring base hit and a two-run double the following inning as skipper Jim Shuster’s squad sent a whopping 19 batters to the plate. Amstel went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs.

Kevin Loos and Milan Lammerts tallied back-to-back, two-run doubles in the game-deciding frame, while Tim Schaareman also drove in a pair of runs.

Floris Timmer (1-0) relieved starter Kay Timmermans to start the second, and tossed two hitless innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Daley Paalvast fanned two of the three batters he faced to seal the four-inning victory.

Lorenzo Fabbri stroked a go-ahead two-run single and Italy scored five times in the sixth to deal Germany its second loss in as many games. The Italians capitalized on a wild pitch and a passed ball to plate three runs in the opening frame, but the Germans scored a lone run in each of the next four innings to take the lead. Both squads scored twice in the fifth before Italy pulled away one inning later.

Leadoff hitter Anthony Schulz reached base four times and drove in a run on a single, triple, walk and a hit by pitch, and Kevin Konig swiped three bases for the Germans.

Enrico Varin (1-0) collected a pair of RBIs and tossed one-run ball over the final three innings to earn the win.

Ondrej Gurnik had five hits and the Czech Republic used 18 hits and 12 walks to hand Bulgaria its first loss of the tournament. The 14-year-old third baseman went 5-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, three RBIs and a trio of stolen bases to help the Czech squad remain perfect with a 2-0 record.

Svatoslav Kraut reached base four times and tallied four RBIs on two doubles, while Jakub Podzimek went 2-for-3 with a triple, three walks and three walks.

Lukas Ercoli (1-0), the second of six Czech pitchers, picked up the win with one scoreless relief inning.

Danil Goncharov and Anton Artemenkov drove in three runs apiece, and Russia capitalized on 14 walks to outlast Austria in a high-scoring shootout. Artemenkov, Vladsilav Goveradlo and Anri Nadirashvili combined to score nine runs for the Russians which rebounded from a lopsided loss to Bulgaria on Tuesday.

Marcel Ceska went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, a triple and three RBIs for the Austrian squad.

Goncharov (1-0) went the distance to notch the win.

Thursday, July 22
Bulgaria (1-1) at Austria (0-2)
Belgium (0-2) at Germany (0-2)
Netherlands (2-0) at Italy (2-0)
Czech Republic (2-0) at Russia (1-1)

Photo courtesy of mg-oldman/FIBS

Source: Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)

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IBAF President Opens CEB Congress

GERMANY – The Congress of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) has filled the missing spots in the Executive.

The Congress, that took place in Stuttgart (Germany) on Saturday March 6th, elected as the First Vice President Petr Ditrich (Czech Republic), as the Third Vice President Nick Manning (Ireland) and as the third Member at large Reiner Husty (Austria).

CEB delegates had been received Friday night by the Local Authorities of Bad Cannstatt, one of the 23 districts of Stuttgart and the home of the main field of the 2010 European Championship.

The Congress was opened by the President of the International Federation (IBAF) Riccardo Fraccari (former CEB Vice President), who attended the Congress together with Executive Director Roberto Fabbricini.

Fraccari began his speech saying that he felt “Strange being introduced as a guest, since I still feel one of the group”.

Then he presented is vision of the new IBAF: “Our first goal is still the reinstatement in the program of the Olympic Games. With all due respect to female baseball, I believe the only chance we have is a joint strategy with the International Softball Federation“.

In Fraccari’s view the future won’t see Continental Confederations but Continental offices of IBAF: “One of the problems of baseball is fragmentation. We need to have one strategy and we need to present ourselves as a single entity”.

CEB President Martin Miller commented: “It is important for Europe to have a European sitting on the presidential chair of the International Federation”.

Other guests to the Congress were Jason Holowaty and Pat Doyle (Major League Baseball), Beata Katsuba and Tom Mallets (Little League International) and Don Fehr (Major League Baseball Player Association).

The Congress approved unanimously the 2010 budget.

It was more difficult (3 votes against, 10 countries abstained) to approve the fee each of the member countries will have to pay starting 2011. Each country will be charged € 350.

“Still we expect some volunteer contribution from the larger Federations” said Treasurer René Laforce (Belgium).

The Congress also awarded Sweden as the Federation of the Year.

Individuals will be awarded during the 2010 European Championship.

The Awards will go to:

Linda Steiger, Netherlands –  Scorer of the Year.
Dana Beszynsky, Austria – Umpire of the Year.
Mauro Mazzotti, Italy – Manager of the Year.

The 2011 Congress will be hosted by the Federation of Belgium (that will be celebrating the 75th anniversary) in the City of Brussels.

Source: Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)

Photo courtesy of Henk Seppen/L&D Amsterdam

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CEB Sets 2010 European Cup Qualifier Groups

GERMANY – The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) recently announced the groups for the 2010 European Cup Qualifiers to be contested from June 14-19 in four European nations.


Reigning Ukraine champion KNTU Elizavetgrad will be the favorite at the qualifying event in Brest, Belarus. Dinamo Bucharest of Romania and Lithuania’s Kaunas Lituanica, which both won an EC Qualifier in 2008, could also contend for the tournament title.

Brest Zubrs, Belarus*
Dinamo Bucharest, Romania
Kaunas Lituanica, Lithuania
KNTU Elizavetgrad, Ukraine
TJ STU Angels Trnava, Slovakia
Tranås, Sweden**


A trio of squads led by Swedish national champion Stockholm will battle for supremacy at the EC Qualifier in Antwerp, Belgium. The host Port of Antwerp Greys and the Ostrava Arrows of the Czech Republic will also arrive at the tourney as title contenders.

Arrows Ostrava, Czech Republic
A.S. Spartakos Glyfadas, Greece
BK Vojvode, Serbia
Port of Antwerp Greys, Belgium*
Schwaz Tigers, Austria
Stockholm BSK, Sweden


The Slovenian champion BK Kranjski Lisjaki will join host Olimpija Karlovac and Austria’s top team, SUPERFUND Wanderers, as the front-runners at the EC Qualifier in Karlovac, Croatia.

BK Kranjski Lisjaki, Slovenia
Buffaloes Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Espoo Expos, Finland
Olimpija Karlovac, Croatia*
Superfund Wanderers, Austria
Szentendre Sleepwalkers, Hungary


A pair of former A-Pool heavyweights, MGPU-SYOS #42 of Russia and the Solingen Alligators, will be the top bets at the EC Qualifier in Solingen, Germany.

Academica de Coimbra, Portugal
Demony Miejska Górka, Poland
MGPU-SYOS #42, Russia
Oslo Pretenders, Norway
Solingen Alligators, Germany*
Therwil Flyers, Switzerland (pictured)

The winner of each competition will have the opportunity to play for a 2011 European Cup berth in a playoffs to be held this coming fall.

* Tournament Host
** Unconfirmed Participation

Photo courtesy of Therwil Flyers

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CEB Announces Sites For 2010 European Cup Qualifiers

GERMANY – The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) have announced the four hosts and sites of next summer’s European Cup Qualifiers. All four tournaments will be staged June 14-19 with the winning squads meeting in a playoff competition for a chance to qualify for the 2011 European Cup.

The Solingen Alligators (Germany) will join the Port of Antwerp Greys (Belgium), Brest Zubrs (Belarus) and Olimpija Karlovac (Crotaia) as tournament hosts.

The Alligators, who finished third in the German League in 2009, replaced the second-place Mannheim Tornados who opted not to compete in the European Cup qualifying competitions.

The Senart Templiers (France) swept the Bern Cardinals (Switzerland), 9-5 and 7-3, to secure the French League a second entry in next year’s European Cup after the other EC Qualifiers’ champions decided not to attend the 2009 playoff competition.

Photo courtesy of Solingen Alligators

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