The final stage of this tournament is here! Four quarterfinals are waiting for us today, but also in the placement games, there are some great matchups to be played.
The day kicks off with the matchup between Poland and Slovakia, starting at 11 AM at MBS Brno. Both had to wait until their last day of the group stage to finally get the first win under their belt. Poland is known for its hard battles, so Slovakia better stays strong, especially in the last innings. Watch Live!
Austria and Georgia on the other hand, are still hunting their first victory of the tournament. Austria was much closer to a win than Georgia, who was defeated in mercy rule three times so far. Either way, one team will walk away with its first win of the tournament, battling for the spots 13 to 16 in the ranking. The matchup will start at 1 PM at Hrosi’s stadium.
The first quarter final already is blockbuster game. A battle between two kingdoms, the Netherlands and Great Britain both seek a spot in Europe’s Top 4. While Team GB present itself as a threat to batters all over the continent, the Dutch are the top dog within in this tournament. At 3 PM, we will know more. The British could tap ace Nolan Bond for this matchup, who no-hit Austria on opening day. The Oranje again, are undefeated so far and let no moment for doubt that those guys are on a mission for a medal. The Draci complexe is ready for another big matchup, and so is playo.tv who will broadcast this matchup.
A little later in time, Spain and Croatia face at Hrocha. Spain presented itself as a strong team, connecting on and off the field. Their pitching was solid, but so far, the Spanish couldn’t outscore the other teams yet. But also, Croatia didn’t show too much power. The win against Belarus was their only blow-out so far. The 5 PM game could develop to a close matchup between two talented teams, while Spain might be a little bit in favor to advance to tomorrows semifinal.
Three colors will be seen in the stands of Blansko’s Strawberry Field: red, gold and black, the colors of Germany and Belgium. At 6 PM the two countries will face to determine the third spot in the semifinals. Die Mannschaft, Germany, could celebrate a last-inning win against France and might carry a lot of momentum. In the opposing dugout Belgium had a pretty clean preliminary round, but had a really hard time against Czech. The Germans proved their hot bats and a deep pitching staff, giving them the better odds for tonight.
The highlight for the fans of host team Czech is the night game at Městský Baseball Stadium. The opponent, France, just missed to win Group C in Trnava, but showed some great performance in the course of the tournament so far. The big question will be: Can the French equipe stop the red-hot Czech? The host team only allowed one run, while scoring 44 with its offense. For the participant of the 2016 U23 World Cup, everything but a win would be a big disappointment.