Day 3 – 15 games, no rain, transfer to the second phase of the tournament
Last round-robin games were scheduled for today, including some head to head matches for the second spot in the pools, you can read more about these games here - we've prepared some short interviews for you.
First match up was between Ukraine and Austria. Austrian pitcher Martina Lackner only allowed a single hit, therefore Ukraine didn’t manage to score. Austrian offence did well with 12 hits total, thanks to that 5 runs were scored.
Expectations of a tight game again – Sweden vs. Germany. Germans didn’t have the best memories to a similar game from the last championship that had cost them an elimination from the top 8. This time, Germans came back stronger and made sure that they are one of the top 8 teams. They overplayed the Swedish team 17:4 with an outstanding offence.
The top 8 teams were set and devided into two new pools. Pool E consists of Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Austria. All these teams played their first games in the E pool tonight. Netherlands mercied Spain 7:0 as well as Italy mercied Austria with the same score.
More interesting results came out of the F pool where the remaining teams compete: Czech Republic, Russia, Germany and Great Britain. Czech Republic played Russia and Germany played team GB. Both games also finished with a same tight score - 2:1. Russians and Brits were the teams who took the win at the end.
Teams from the E and F pools will continue tomorrow and the top 6 will be determined at the end of the day.
Remaining teams created pools G, H and I. Also they are continuing their journey in this tournament.
Four days to go!
Schedule and scoring here
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