2018 Federations Cup

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The 2018 Federations Cup was the third Federations Cup. It was held from June 11 to June 16, 2018 in Brasschaat, Belgium.

Last year's host and runner-up, the Astros Valencia (Spain), won the title, going 5-1. In the finale, they blew past the only team to beat them in the round-robin, crushing Sweden's Sölvesborg Firehawks 16-5. Yulman Ribeiro allowed two unearned runs in six after struggling in last year's finals to get the win. Eric Segura drove in 5, while Joel Johnson drove in 3 for the Firehawks. The MVP was Blake Ochoa, who hit .522/.714/.870 with 13 runs and 13 RBI in six games. Sandel Cuevas (.636 in the round-robin phase) was named Best Hitter. Artuur Driessens (1.00) of the host Brasschaat Braves (third-place at 4-1) was names Best Pitcher.

The Athletics Attnang-Puchheim (Austria) finished 4th (2-3) followed by 1-4 Vindija Varazdin (Croatia) and 0-5 Apollo Bratislava (Slovakia). The two countries thus lost their spots for the 2019 Federations Cup (Croatia would retain a spot after their entry in the 2018 CEB Cup finished last). Replacing Slovakia and champion Spain (which moved up to the 2019 CEB Cup) were Switzerland and a second Austrian entry, as they won the Federations Cup Qualifiers.



Astros Valencia 16-5 Sölvesborg Firehawks