Softball Qualifier EventPeckova leads Czech Republic to first win in Utrecht

23 July 2019

Czech Republic opened their Softball Qualifier campaign 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.

Czech Republic scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. An RBI single by Eva Rendlova to right field score Adela Weissova from third base, to make it 1-0. Then the Czech team loaded the bases with one out, on back to back singles by Tereza Jakesova and Veronika Klimpova. France managed to avoid more damage with a double play. Tereza Kubicova hit a short fly ball to the right field, and Rendlova was fired out at home plate with perfect assistance by Nathalie Glover.

One inning later Czech Republic exploded with five runs, including a 2-RBI double off the bat of Lucie Petraskova, a 2-RBI triple by Veronika Klimpova and an RBI single by Wiessova.

In the bottom of the sixth, France scored their only run of the game. With the bases loaded and two outs, Eloise Tribolet hit a soft grounder to shortstop Ludmila Kucerkova, who couldn’t handle the ball, allowing Pauline Prade to score from third.

Veronika Peckova collected the first win of the tournament, with a 1-hit, 9-strikeout, 5 innings performance for Czech Republic. The lost was charged to Charline Gartner, who surrendered 5 hits and 4 runs in 3 innings.

After the first day of play, Italy and Czech Republic lead the Group B with a 1-0 record. Tomorrow both teams will play at 4 pm local time. France will take on Botswana at 10 am

ABOUT 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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