PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Central European baseball powerhouse Czech Republic defeated Germany, 4-1, in the Final of the U-23 European Baseball Championship 2019.
Eight European nations battled in the continental championship, including Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and Ukraine. The games in Prague were the first to be played under the new seven-inning regulation of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).
Czech Republic went undefeated on home soil, escaping a 10-9 scare with France in the semi-finals. Czech slugger Martin Muzik was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
As the European champion and runner-up in the U-23 category, Czech Republic and Germany qualify into the 12-nation WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2020 in Mexico.
In the bronze medal match, Belgium shut out France, 2-0.
Netherlands, the top-ranked team in Europe and previous U-23 European champion, finished in 5th Place.
- 1st. Czech Republic
- 2nd. Germany
- 3rd. Belgium
- 4th. France
- T-5th. Great Britain
- T-5th Netherlands
- 7th. Ukraine
- 8th. Croatia
Nations competing in continental championships/World Cup qualifiers are awarded points in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings, based on the final standings.
Complete results and statistics can be found at https://www.baseballstats.eu/2019/prague/schedule.php.