Hosts Netherlands and Britain both made it two wins out of two in Group A to qualify for the super round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier in Utrecht. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.
Britain needed just three innings to beat South Africa 15-0 at Sports park de Paperclip, while the Dutch defeated Spain 7-0 later in the day. The two teams will face each other tomorrow to determine the winner of Group A. It will follow the match between Spain and South Africa, both of whom have been eliminated from the tournament. In Group B, Italy continued their perfect start with a 2-0 success over the Czech Republic.
The Italians scored the first point in the second inning with a Giulia Longhi double and they wrapped up victory in the sixth. It came after France had bounced back from their loss against the Czech Republic yesterday to overcome Botswana 11-2.
The outcome of Group B will be finalized tomorrow when Italy meets France and Botswana take on the Czechs. The top two teams will join Britain and the Netherlands in the super round, due to be held on Friday (July 26) and Saturday (July 27). The winner of that will gain a berth for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Great Britain’s women’s softball team has moved a step closer to qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games. The side won all seven of their matches at the European Championship in the Czech Republic including 2-0 wins over the hosts on Wednesday.
Head coach Rachael Watkeys said. “That was the first mission accomplished.”
Great Britain will now move on to a six-team Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier tournament from 23 July. Only one team from that will be among the six countries in Tokyo in 2020. In Ostrava at the European Championship, GB defeated Greece, Germany, Croatia, and Switzerland to top Group D in the first round. They then beat Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Spain in the second round to top Group E.