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U23 European Championships This Week

by Matt Smith

In a busy year of international baseball, the latest competition sees Great Britain heading to Prague for the Under 23 European Championships.

Drew Spencer of the London Mets has taken on the role of GB’s U23 Head Coach and he will lead a team to the Czech Republic looking to build on the positive performances shown by the U12s and U18s so far this summer.

The U23 event takes place from Wednesday to Sunday and consists of eight teams spread across two first round pools.

Great Britain are in Pool A alongside France, Germany and the Netherlands, with Pool B containing Belgium, Croatia, Ukraine and the hosts, Czech Republic.

GB Schedule

Great Britain’s First Round schedule is as follows:

  • Wed 7th – Netherlands (15:00 local, 14:00 in UK),
  • Thurs 8th – Germany (15:00 local, 14:00 in UK),
  • Fri 9th – France (13:30 local, 12:30 in UK).

Once the First Round games are complete, the top two teams from each Pool will play semi-finals on Saturday (Pool A 1st vs Pool B 2nd etc), with the winners heading to the Final on Sunday and the losers playing a Third-Place game.

The teams that finish third and fourth in the First Round will play out their own Second Round on Saturday and Sunday, so all eight teams are ensured of five games across the five days.

Full Schedule details are available on the CEB Tournament webpage.

How To Follow The Action

The hosts Eagles Praha stream their league games live from their main field on YouTube, so that’s likely to be used during the U23 tournament. Great Britain’s games on Wednesday and Thursday will be played on that field, with the Friday game being on the Tempo Prague Field which doesn’t appear to have a live webstream presence.

As always with CEB events, there will be a live game tracker available from the main tournament page, whilst no doubt the Great Britain Baseball Twitter feed will be providing updates as well.

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