The Czech National Team closes the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup with a historical result: reaching the top5 in the World. Czech Republic ranked fifth as the best performance ever, outdoing the performance of 2017 when the Czechs ranked eighth.
During the tournament, the Czech National team took over Softball Europe Instagram account to show what a day at the WBSC U-18 Softball World Cup looks like and reply to some of the questions from the European Softball community. All the stories can be found here.
Czech Republic opened the tournament on 6 December against the United States of America, losing their inaugural game, 10-0, against the team that later became World Champion.
On Day 2 of the WBSC U-18 Softball World Cup, pitcher Katerina Kindermannova collected 14 strikeouts in her first start to guide Czech Republic to an 8-0 win over host Peru.
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Then, the Czech squad topped the Netherlands, 2-1, and earned their second consecutive win in the event. With runners on third and second with two outs, Marina Burkovicova sored on a wild pitch, and Magdalena Kavanova took advantage of a throwing error in the same play to put the game 2-0.
On day 4, Mexico topped Czech Republic, 3-1, at Villa Maria del Triunfo softball stadium in Lima, Peru. The European champions tied the game in the bottom of the third, with an RBI double by lead-off hitter Nikola Schwarzingerova to left-center field. The game remained tied until the top of the seventh when Mexico scored twice on a bases-loaded walk and a throwing error by the Czech defense.
In their second game of the day, a well balanced Czech Republic lineup put together a 10-hit performance against Colombia to claim the team’s third win in the tournament, by a score of 10-5.
On the fifth day, Chinese Taipei beat the Czech Republic, 1-0, to secure a spot in Sunday's WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup Final. The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chi-Yun Lin doubled to lead off the inning, and one out later Hsin-Yun Li drove her in with a single up the middle.
Kairi Rodriguez hit the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Czech Republic, 4-3, and qualify Puerto Rico for the WBSC U-18 Softball World Cup Bronze Medal Game. The European champions took the lead twice in the game but couldn’t hang on in their last round-robin game.
Czech Republic ended with a 3-4 mark, ranking fifth at the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup.
Game results, standings, and streaming links can be found on the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup website.
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