Softball Qualifier EventGreat Britain is one win away from the Olympics after 4-2 victory over Czech Republic

26 July 2019

Great Britain remained undefeated at the Softball Qualifier Europe Africa thanks to the victory against Czech Republic, 4-2. In this way, the British team stayed at the top of the Super Round with a 2-0 record, while the Czech one is out of the Olympic Qualifier with no wins in two games. Georgina Corrick went the distance again, pitching a complete game, and got the win. Veronica Peckova suffered the loss.

After playing two weeks ago for the bronze medal in the European Championships, Great Britain and Czech Republic played against each other in another important game. Great Britain, who entered in the Final Round with a 1-0 record, selected Georgina Corrick as starting pitcher. On the other side, Czech Republic, who had to to win this game to keep its Olympics dreams alive, gave the ball to Veronica Peckova as a starter.

At the beginning of the game, Great Britain had the first occasion to score but it couldn’t. With two outs and runner on second, Alica Wolny went strikes out swinging. In the second inning, Czech Republic put two runners on bases. Ludmila Kucerova and Lucie Petraskova singled. Later, with two outs, Kucerova stole third. However, Weissova flied out foul.

Great Britain broke the tie game in the third frame. With one out, Sydney Brown was hit by pitch and moved to second on wild pitch. Later Aubrey Peterson singled. In the same action, Brown scored the 1-0 thanks to a difensive error.

The British team added two more runs in the next two innings. In the fourth, Amy Moore and Chloe Wigington singled. Then, they moved to scoring positions on wild pitches. Peckova got two outs but Snow, that had replaced Moore to run, scored on wild pitch. In the fifth frame, Peterson opened with a single, Myers and Wolny walked. Lauren Evenas hit an RBI single off Martina Blahova, that had entered in the game for Peckova.

Czech Republic reduced the deficit one inning later. Veronica Klimplova tripled to right and Tereza Jakesova walked. Then, Klimplova scored on passed ball for the 3-1. After Kubicova’s base on balls, Kucerova bunted and took the runners on scoring position. Later, Petraskova plated Jakesova from third with a sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the sixth, Great Britain extended the lead, scoring the 4-2. Hutchinson got four balls and Burge reached on error. In the action, Hutchinson moved to third. With two outs, Myers was intentionally walked to full the bases. Latery, Wolny got 4 balls for the 4-2.

On Saturday, the British team will play on Italy, while the Czech one will face the Netherlands in the last day of the Qualifier.

 

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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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