2023 European Championship

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The 2023 European Championship was the 37th European Championship. It was held in five Czech Republic cities from September 24 to October 1, 2023 - Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Trebic and Blansko. Returning were fourteen of the sixteen teams from the 2021 European Championship, with two spots changing hands. Flag of Slovakia Slovakia failed to requalify in the 2023 European Championship Qualifiers while Flag of Russia Russia was banned due to their military assault of Ukraine. Replacing them were two newcomers who won spots in the qualifiers - Flag of Hungary Hungary and Flag of Switzerland Switzerland. It was the first time since the 1995 European Championship (when Ukraine and Slovenia debuted) that two countries debuted in the same European Championship. See 2023 European Championship (Rosters) for player, coach and manager listings.


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  • Bronze Medal Game: Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 5, Flag of Germany Germany 4. Already ensured of their worst finish ever, the Netherlands have to go extra innings to stop Germany from their first medal in 13 years. Germany scores in the 4th off Shairon Martis when 3B Eric Brenk reaches on an error by the tourney's Best Defensive Player award winner, SS Didi Gregorius, then C Vincent Ahrens walks and 1B Simon Bäumer singles with two outs to score Brenk. Titus Von Kapff blanks the defending champs for four innings and Simon Groß works a scoreless 5th. In the 6th, the Netherlands finally scores when 3B Juremi Profar homers (one of his three hits). DH Sicnarf Loopstok doubled, advanced on an error and scored on a wild pitch. With two away, C Dashenko Ricardo went yard for a 3-1 lead. DH Shawn Larry had just the second hit off Martis, a solo shot in the 7th, to close it to 3-2. Wendell Floranus fails to close it out for a second straight day. In the 9th, Larry doubles and LF David Grimes bunted, but a fielder's choice left runners on the corners with no outs. CF David Dinski's sac fly brought in PR Cody Schultz. The Netherlands got two hits off Sven Schüller in the bottom of the inning but failed to score. In the 10th, Brenk bunted the starting runner over. Kevin Kelly got Ahrens on a grounder but RF Yannic Walther singled in SS Alex Schmidt. Bäumer singled but Kelly retired Schultz to keep it a one-run game. In the bottom of the 10th, Ricardo hit a one-out, two-run homer off Mark Harrison (with 2B Sharlon Schoop aboard as the starting runner) to save some pride for the Netherlands.
  • Gold Medal Game: Flag of Spain Spain 11, Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 2. Spain cruises to their first title since 1955 as they jump on Austin Hassani for five in the first; Chris Messer follows with four shutout innings but it's too little, too late. CF Engel Beltre finishes a triple shy of a cycle and LF Daniel Jiménez doubles three times among his four hits (driving in three). SS Nick Ward scores both British runs in a matchup of ringer-laden teams. It's the best finish for a Great Britain team, matching their Silvers from 1967 and 2007. It was the first time since 1967 that neither Italy or Netherlands won and the first time both countries participated and one of them did not win. Pablo Guillén, Carlos Sierra, Daniel Álvarez and Rhiner Cruz combine on a three-hitter, fanning ten.



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