Great Britain did all they could in Germany on Wednesday, but sadly it wasn’t quite enough to earn a European Championship quarter-final place.
The Lions beat Sweden 13-7 to finish their First Round on a 2-3 win-loss record. The result left the team and their supporters waiting nervously as Germany played the Czech Republic, knowing that a win for Germany would be enough to put GB through to the quarter-finals.
Unfortunately for us, the Czech Republic had other ideas. Their 10-6 victory meant the Czechs finished 3rd in Pool A. Germany’s previous 1-0 win over GB on Sunday broke the tie between the two 2-3 teams, putting them in fourth place and Great Britain into the classification round.
I did a live-stream on Periscope/Twitter after the game and have uploaded it onto the new British Baseball Beat YouTube channel, adding in some excellent photos by Paul Stodart, who is out in Germany with the team.
As discussed in the video, here’s how the Classification Round section is structured (all times in BST).
The tournament continues for Great Britain with a game against Austria on Thursday (10.00am BST first pitch). Follow the game live at baseballsoftball.tv.