Softball Qualifier EventFrance defeats Botswana for their first win of the Qualifier

24 July 2019

France collected their first victory of the Softball Qualifier after a comfortable 11-2 win over Botswana. Kimane Rogron led the French offense with 3 hits, and pitcher Sarah Benchali got the win.

France started the game well, scoring 8 points in the top of the first inning. The French team had 5 hits, including a double by Kimane Rogron, while Botswana defense committed 6 errors. In the bottom of the first, Botwsana scored their first point. Kagiso Lowang  hit a sacrifice fly to score teammate Bafedile Dube.

France added 3 more runs in the second, thanks to a pair of RBI singles by Pauline Prade and Kimane Rogron.

One inning later, Botswana scored their second run. With one out, Bafedile Dube and Goitseone Monyadzwe reached on errors.  Bafedile Dube then scored on a stolen base.

After this win, France moves to 1-1 record in the Group B and will play against Italy at 10.00 tomorrow. On the other side, Botswana is now with a 0-2 record and will take on Czech Republic at 16.00 on Thursday afternoon.


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.


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