European youth teams advance to the Little League Softball World Series
When the Little League Europe-Africa
Regional Tournaments were played in Breda and Moergestel, Netherlands, teams
from Lombardia LL (Italy) and Netherlands LL won their respective tournaments
and thereby also advanced to the Little League Softball World Series
tournaments in the United States.
All tournaments were played in the Netherlands between July 11-14, 2019.
Little League Softball
The youngest division, played by players born 2006-2008 was decided in Moergestel, the Netherlands with four teams present from Netherlands, Brabant, Italy and Czech Republic.
After the initial round-robin tournament, a page system playoff was played in accordance with Little League rules and regulations, in which the team from Lombardia was the strongest.
The girls from Lombardia LL went 5-0 in the tournament and beat Northwest Czech Republic LL by a score of 14-1 in the final game. The Netherlands won the consolation game.
The winners from Italy will advance to play in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, on August 7-14.
All the results from the tournament are available here
More pictures and info from the nice tournament in Moergestel can be found on their Facebook page here
Junior League Softball
Also in Moergestel, the softball division for girls born 2004-2006 was decided with four teams from Czech Republic, Brabant, Netherlands and Italy.
With the same format as for the youngest players, the standings after the round robin turned up exactly the same, with Lombardia LL undefeated, the Netherlands team in second place, the team from Northwest Czech Republic (Prague) in third place and the host team Brabant Bandits in fourth place.
In the final, Lombardia LL won against Northwest Czech Republic LL with the score 6-3.
The winners from Lombardia LL will advance to play in the Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington, on July 28-August 3.
All the results from the tournaments are available here
More pictures and info from the Junior League tournament in Moergestel can be found on Facebook: here
Senior League Softball
The oldest Little League division is for girls born 2002-2006, and in this age category teams can be selected from all league teams in a district (country).
This tournament was played in Breda, Netherlands, with three teams present from Czech Republic, Italy and Spain.
The teams played a double round robin in which the Netherlands team went undefeated and Czech Republic went 2-2. Spain finished third in the tournament.
In the final game, Netherlands had no problems defeating Czech Republic who made seven errors in the final game while the Netherlands pitching only surrendered one hit.
The final score was 14-0 for the Netherlands.
Netherlands will now participate in the Senior League Softball World Series in Sussex County, Delaware, on July 29-August 4.
The final game was streamed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2011nZlOs9g
All the results from the Senior League Softball tournament are available at here
More pictures from the Senior League Softball tournament is available on Facebook: here