On day 2 in Wels, the fans could watch two terrific games at the U23 Championship 2017. Team GB could celebrate a comeback-win against Poland. At the evening game, Austria proved their talent competing on a high level against Spain. In the end the Spanish could score three runs more than Austria to go 2-0 in the tournament.
Poland jumpstarted against the young pitcher from Great Britain, scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Team GB had a hard time against the Polish ace, staying hitless over seven innings against Pawel Sztejka, but turning the game around after they finally got him in the eighth. Poland could tie the game in the ninth for a 9:9, so the game went into extra-innings. On the first attempt, both teams scored three runs to force another inning. Team GB found the luckier end, scoring one in the eleventh and Jonathan Fretheim shut the door to secure the second win in the tournament.
Austria had to take a tough loss on day one. On Tuesday they came out to show a much better performance. With rookie Christoph Vanas on the mound, they controlled the game over a long period of time, but still weren’t able to produce offensively. Sammy Hackl could finally record the first hit for Team Austria in the fourth, but nothing followed. After an error, Spain could score it’s first run and could add two more in the eighth against reliever Lukas Bickel. Spain eventually won the game 3:0, but host team Austria showed some great performance that night and a lot of potential to built up on.