Men's European Championship (XIV.)
Location: Havlíčkův Brod, Kostelec nad Orlicí, Czech Republic
Dates: 25 Jun 2018 to 30 Jun 2018
The Czech Republic seized the fourth consecutive European title.
They beat the Netherlands in the final 10:3. The winning run was scored on a two-run walk-off homerun by Matouš Kasal: "It feels amazing, this was my second walk-off homerun in the tournament and I have never hit one before. To make it happen at such a huge event? It is incredible!"
The Czechs started off strong in the first inning. The first three batter; Svoboda, Mertl, and Kopečný scored. Offensive pressure of the defending champion continued in the second and the third as well. In the fourth inning only, the Dutch managed to fight back. With bases loaded, Emeron Lourens singled to make the score 8:2.
Since that moment, the Czech crowd was impatiently waiting for the winning run. In the sixth inning, score 8:3, Matouš Kasal hit a two-run walk-off homerun and ended the game. The Czech Republic seized the title again, this was the fourth title in a row and the tenth title in total.
The last day of the tournament comprised four final games and started with the game Croatia vs Germany. The Croatians hit well and uncompromisingly defeated Germany 11: 0 so that Croatia placed 7th and Germany 8th.The next game; Belgium vs Israel was quite a tight one with the final score 11:7. Belgium placed 5th, Israel 6th.
Team GB lost to Denmark the previous day and was left out of the top three, taking the 4th place.
In the semifinal game the Netherlands faced Denmark and after a thrilling fight, the Danish were defeated 3:5. The Danish pitcher Kim Hansen recorded an impressive number of 11 strikeouts, but that wasn't enough.
9th place game: Italy vs Slovakia – score 10:2
11th place game: Sweden vs Lithuania – score 16:6