The Netherlands win (10-9) a 10 inning thriller against the hosts Czech Republic in Brno and claim U-23 Baseball European Championship. Both teams qualify for the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2018.
The championship game was dominated by line ups over pitching. The Netherlands used 5 pitchers, with Colin Van Laar getting the last 5 outs on strikes, despite walking 3. Czech Republic used 6 pitchers and Ondrej Satoria went to the mound on the tenth to suffer the loss.
Czech Republic had tied the game in the ninth, taking advantage of wild (2 walks, 1 hit, 1 hitsbatter) reliever Angela and of a bad start (bases loaded walk) by Van Laar. The reliever struck out outfielder Hajtmar (looking to the out pitch on a full count) and Smola to escape the jam and struck out the side, after walking 2, to hold to a 2 run lead (2 RBI single by left fielder Engelhardt) in the tenth.
Belgium defeated Spain (3-2 in 10 innings) to claim third place. Below the full standings:
2. Czech Republic
7. Great Britain