Hosts Czechia defeated by England in 2023 European Baseball quarterfinal

A defeat by Great Britain means that the highest possible finish the Czechs can now attain is fifth position.

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Written by Expats.cz StaffČTK Published on 29.09.2023 10:00:00 (updated on 29.09.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

The Czech baseball team and host country of the 2023 European Baseball Championship was eliminated from the knock-out stages Thursday after being one match away from reaching the semifinals of the tournament.

A heavy defeat

In a match against Great Britain in Brno, the Czech squad suffered a significant 2:12 loss, extinguishing its hopes of securing its first-ever medals in the championship's history. With semi-final aspirations dashed, Czechia now finds itself competing for the fifth to eighth place rankings. The team's next challenge awaits on Friday, when it is scheduled to face France at 6:30 p.m.

The outcome of the quarterfinal clash was predominantly shaped by events occurring during the third and fifth innings. During this period, Great Britain managed to score eight critical runs, reversing the score from a 0:2 deficit to an 8:2 lead. Notably, the British team contributed significantly to its victory with a total of four home runs during the game.

Captain Petr Zýma, acknowledging the harsh reality of the defeat, stated, "It's a cruel loss, a cruel sport. But it's a sport for men, and as men, we have to be able to accept wins and heavy losses." He emphasized the importance of learning from the experience and maintaining their dignity in the face of adversity.

This setback means that the national team will not surpass its previous best performance in the domestic championship in 2014, when Czechia finished in fourth place. 

The Czech national baseball team was established in 1993. Its participation in the World Baseball Championship includes a 17th-place finish in 2005 and a 20th-place finish in 2009. The squad missed out on the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017, but successfully qualified in 2022, earning a spot in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Additionally, Czechia is a regular contender in the European Baseball Championship, serving as the host country in 2005 and 2014.

Eyes on the future

Coach Pavel Chadim, despite the disappointment, remained hopeful for the future of Czech baseball. He emphasized the significance of the home crowd's support and its role in nurturing the sport's growth. Chadim made a strategic choice by relying on Martin Schneider as the starting pitcher, marking Schneider's tournament debut. The experienced 37-year-old pitcher demonstrated his prowess with three strikeouts in the first two innings.

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Despite the disappointing loss, Coach Chadim chose to focus on the positive aspects of the journey. He recognized that few have the opportunity to experience such moments in front of a passionate crowd and expressed gratitude for being part of this memorable tournament.

In the coming days, the Czech team aims to regroup and end the tournament on a high note, leaving a lasting impression on both their fans and the future of Czech baseball.

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