Great Britain, Italy and the Netherlands remain with a perfect record after two days, with wins over South Africa, Czech Republic and Spain respectively. France earned its first win of the tournament against Botswana. Great Britain and the Netherlands already clinched their ticket to the Super Round.
You can find information like boxscores, stats, standings and rosters at the tournament’s microsite.
France 11-2 Botswana
France collected its first victory of the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa after a comfortable five-innings win over Botswana, 11-2. Kimane Rogron led the French offense with 3 hits. Pitcher Sarah Benchali got the win, Seth Onneetse the loss.
Tomorrow France will face Italy at 10.00, while Botswana will take on Czech Republic at 16.00.
South Africa 0-15 Great Britain
Great Britain grabbed the second win of the tournament with a 3-inning, 15-0 win over South Africa, by a score of 15-0. The European team scored 10 runs in the first episode and secured the victory.
Great Britain improves its record to 2-0, and tomorrow will play the last game of the Netherlands, in the last game of the Opening Round. With no wins in two matches, Botswana will take on Spain tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Czech Republic 0-2 Italy
Thanks to a great performance by pitcher Greta Cecchetti, Italy beat Czech Republic 2-0 in the second game of the Group B and remained undefeated at the WBSC Softball Europe Qualifier in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Italy scored the first point in the second inning with a double by Giulia Longhi and added the 2-0 lead in the sixth.
Thanks to this victory, Italy moves its record to 2-0 in the Group B, while Czech Republic is now 1-1. Tomorrow Italy will face France at 10.00, while Czech Republic will take on Botswana at 16.00.
The Netherlands 7-0 Spain
The Netherlands won today their second game of the tournament and qualified to the Super Round, starting on Friday. The host team defeated Spain, 7-0, in five innings, and remain unbeaten in Group A. The Netherlands pitching staff was dominant against the Spanish lineup, allowing only 1 hit in 5 innings. Ginger De Weert fanned 4 in 3 episodes pitched to claim the win, with no hits and no walks.
Tomorrow the host team will take on Great Britain at 7 p.m. Both teams are already qualified for the Super Round, so the winner of the game will advance to the next stage with a 1-0 winning record.