Three days full of the best men’s fastpitch in Europe have passed. Round robin games at the Men’s European Super Cup are over. Some say that this is where the real tournament begins.
The best three teams from each round robin pool advanced into the Super Cup competition. All these teams were sorted by ranking and will now take part in the double elimination round. The same system applies for the remaining teams, who keep competing for the ESF Cup.
Group A was dominated by Brasschaat Braves (BEL), silver medalists from the last two Super Cups. They won all their games, though their game against Quick Amersfoort (NED) was very tight, Braves scored their winning run in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 4-3. Quick then took the second spot in group A. Third position which guarantees a shot at the Super Cup was taken by the Czech U23, which actually is the Czech U19 National Team – the players who won this year's U-19 Men’s European Championship.
Barracudas (FRA) and Span (CRO) place fourth and fifth respectively.
Three teams all with one loss and three wins advanced to the Super Cup round from group B: Spectrum (CZE), Argentina U19, and Hoofddorp Pioniers (NED).
Amager Vikings were close to making things a bit more interesting in their group when they were in the lead 5-2 in the fifth inning against Spectrum. Czech men showed a great turn-over when they scored five runs in the sixth and won the game.
Together with the Italian All-star, Vikings are now in the lower ESF Cup pool.
The last game of group C was also the deciding game – who would place first? Bulls (DEN) or Zraloci (CZE)? Their match-up was decided in the second inning by Kim Hansen’s two.run homerun.
MRKI Medvedi are the third advancing team, while Bears (BEL) and Spikes (NED) are not.
Hippos (CZE) have been performing a great level of softball, they were undefeated after the round robin games.
Three teams found themselves in a tie situation with the same number of wins and losses. Hurricanes and Contios advanced, but Chicaboo’s were unlucky (or just not strong enough) and joined Germany in the lower bracket.
After the round robin, there are only three undefeated teams: Brasschaat Braves, Hippos Havlickuv Brod, and Stenlose Bulls.
Mikulas Klas (Hippos) is the leader of homerun statistics – he hit three so far. His teammate – Michael Holobradek struck out the most batters - 26.
Find the schedule and results here