Softball Qualifier EventAll the action from day 1 of the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa

23 July 2019

Today the first day of competition for the Softball Qualifier held in Utrecht. Great Britain, Italy, Czech Republic and host Netherlands won their games at Sportpark Paperclip and will play the second day of the tournament with a winning record.

You can find all the information about the event, including full articles, photo galleries, boxscores, stats, standings and rosters at the tournament’s microsite.

Spain 2-9 Great Britain

Nerissa Myers hit two homers to guide Great Britain to a 9-2 victory in 6 innings over Spain in the first game of the tournament.

Tomorrow Great Britain will face South Africa at 13.00, while Spain will take on Netherlands at 19.00.



Botswana 0-7 Italy

Italy won the first game of their Softball Qualifier campaign, defeating Botswana 7-0 in 5 innings. Italian pitchers Greta Cecchetti and Ilaria Cacciamani combined for a No-Hitter, with 13 strikeouts and only one hit by pitch allowed.

Tomorrow Botswana will take on France at 10.00, while Italy will face Czech Republic at 16.00.



France 1-6 Czech Republic

Czech Republic opened with a 6-1 victory over France, in the third game of the day at Sportpark Paperclip, in Utrecht. Starter Veronika Peckova was brilliant from the circle, allowing only 1 hit.

Tomorrow both teams will play at 4 p.m. local time. France will take on Botswana at 10 a.m.



South Africa 1-11 Netherlands

The Netherlands beat South Africa 11-1 in 4 innings in the last game of  day one at the Softball Qualifier. The Dutch offense combined for 12 hits, including 5 doubles. Ilona Andringa from Team Netherlands got the win.

Tomorrow South Africa will face Great Britain at 13.00, while the Netherlands will take on Spain at 19.00.



The top eight softball teams from the Europe-Africa region will travel to the Netherlands and compete at the Take Off to Tokyo in 2019. The tournament will be hosted in Utrecht from the 23rd to the 27th of July, and will showcase six European and two African countries as they battle it out on the softball field. Eight teams will compete, but only one team will earn their ticket to Tokyo.


Softball Qualifier Event Europe/Africa

Sportpark de Paperclip
Parkzichtlaan 201
3451 GX Vleuten