Softball Qualifier EventHumhej, Blahova no-hit Botswana as Czech Republic advances to Super Round

25 July 2019

Czech Republic clinched today the second place in Group B and advanced to the Super Round of the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa at Sportpark Paperclip in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Czech team defeated Botswana by a score of 12-0 and finished the Opening Round with a 2-1 record. From the circle, Katelyn Humhej and Martina Blahova combined to pitch a four-innings no-hitter.

In the bottom of the first inning, Czech Republic scored a total of 10 runs to take control of the game, with two outs. Czech’s offensive connected 4 hits and took advantage of 4 defensive errors to secure the win from the beginning.

The Czech squad added one in the second on a fielders choice, and finally scored the last run of the game in the third on a sacrifice fly by Ludmila Kucerkova to plate Lucie Petraskova, who had led off the frame with a triple.

Humhej fanned 3 hitters in 2 innings, with 1 walk; while Blahova collected 4 strikeouts in 2 frames, with 1 walk, to claim the win. For Botswana, starter Lesego Ditau was charged with the loss.

With a record of 2-1, Czech Republic finishes the Opening Round at second place in Group B, and advances to the Super Round, starting tomorrow. Botswana ended its participation in the tournament.


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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Softball Qualifier Event Europe/Africa

Sportpark de Paperclip
Parkzichtlaan 201
3451 GX Vleuten