Great Britain and the Czech Republic qualified for the 2023 World Baseball Classic

Regensburg (Germany) 2023 Qualifiers world classic baseball Held from Friday to Wednesday, Great Britain and the Czech Republic emerged as the two countries to qualify for the main tournament in March next year. This is the first trip to WBC for both countries.

The qualifying format for Regensburg was a double-elimination tournament with six teams: the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, South Africa and Spain. South Africa competed in the 2006 and 2009 WBC and Spain played in the 2013 event. The other four nations were trying to debut in the main tournament.

Germany and the Czech Republic were honored in the first round of qualifying. in the first round, Spain beat South Africa 5-4 And the Great Britain defeated France 14-4.

Spain won a match with the Czech Republic in the second round and Defeated the Czech Republic 21-7. Subsequently, Great Britain advanced with an extension With a score of 8-1 against Germany. Both teams then had two days off before playing their first show in the tournament winners category on Tuesday.

The Czech Republic had to qualify from the losers’ category. They got off to a good start with 7-1 win over France. After Sunday’s second match in the Loser category between Germany and South Africa, it was postponed until Monday, Germany He was knocked out by South Africa with a 11-5 victory.

Although former major leagues such as Bruce Maxwell and Aaron Aether were represented as well as several minor leagues, Germany lost 8-4 to the Czech Republic A one-player team born outside this small central European country.

In the final match of the first-place winners of the WBC major, Spain were three teams away from leading, and Great Britain led 9-8 in the bottom ninth place. Spain called on former Major League side Rainer Cruz to save the day, but Blue Jays junior player Jaden Rudd scored a solo goal at home for Great Britain to tie and send for the extras.

After Thomas of Great Britain (and the junior pirate league) prevented the Auto Runner (or anyone else) from scoring in 10th, the Britons won after an outside call was overturned at 3rd base by restarting at the bottom of the 10th and a. Sacrifice by Alex Crosby sent Great Britain to the first WBC.

Here the team celebrates and for the first time in international competition in more than 70 years, a national team from Great Britain sings in victory “God Save the King”.

Team Great Britain had only seven players on their roster who were born in the United Kingdom. Among them is former league chief Chris Reed, who was born in London but raised in California. There were several players from the Bahamas, two from the British Virgin Islands and the rest were mostly Americans and Canadians who were eligible for British citizenship because of their parents or grandparents. This included the selection of Harry Ford in the first round of the 2021 Mariners. Likewise, Spain had only two players who were born in Spain. The rest were born in Cuba, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, the United States and other hotspots of baseball in the Western Hemisphere.

Against Spain, almost the entire local Czech team was an underdog. For example, they lost to Spain 21-7 in their first match of the tournament.

Spain made an early lead when they doubled the first hit at the bottom of former goalkeeper Angel Belter. He was finished third in the fly by Noelfi Marty, one of the Reds’ best players, and then took home the first round of the match with a sacrifice by junior senator Justin Connell.

But the Czechs took the lead when they jumped Spain’s Ronald Medrano, a former farmer’s worker for the Cardinals, with two home runs by Martin Muzik in the second half. They interfered in another round to make it 3-1 when Marek Schlup scored a single kick at home in the fourth inning.

the game It will end with the Czechs winning 3-1. Spain could do nothing more than Czech star Martin Schneider, who played 6.1 runs. Marek Minaret will determine the last 2.2 innings to save.

The Czechs lived up to the motto they set for themselves at the start of the qualifiers: Small country, big dreams.

Six other teams will compete for the last two places in the Panama City qualifiers, which begin on September 30th. They will face Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Panama in the double elimination qualifiers.

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