In Korea the 7th Women’s Baseball World Cup is taking place and The Netherlands are holding the European flag high. As the women began their tournament, the men completed one of their own. Italy hosted the last of the European softball action for the year with the Super Cup Men’s Softball Championship.
Through September 11th, 12 national teams from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia are competing in the 7th Women’s Baseball World Cup. The tournament is being held at a brand new baseball complex in Gijang City, South Korea.
European baseball is represented by the Netherlands. During first-round play the Dutch finished with a 1-2 record. They defeated India on day one by a score of 9-2, their first win at a Women’s Baseball World Cup since the game for seventh place in Edmonton in 2012. Facing Japan and Canada in the other two group games, the Dutch team, expectedly, was defeated 12-0 and 7-1 respectively.
In the consolation round the Netherlands will take on Cuba, Pakistan, India, Hong Kong and surprisingly, the United States. Team USA was considered one of the favorites to win the Women’s Baseball World Cup. After two wins to start the tournament, a 10-2 loss to Australia on day three put them in a three-way tie. Chinese Taipei, Australia and the United States were tied in the standings, while also winning one game apiece against each other. The statisticians had to pull the calculator out. Chinese Taipei and Australia narrowly beat out Team USA, which had won a medal in all six previous World Cups. That means that the two-time World Champions will miss out on the Super Round Robin.
Play at the Women’s Baseball World Cup resumes on Wednesday, September 7th with the Netherlands taking on Cuba. Their other opponents in the consolation round will be the United States, Hong Kong and Pakistan.
The Women’s Baseball World Cup is held at a complex of four baseball fields near Busan, which was just opened on August 10. The complex is called baseball field of dreams and was built for amateur and youth baseball, but also for tournaments like the Women’s Baseball World Cup or off-season training of professional baseball teams.
In Azzano, Italy the competitive season of the European Softball Federation came to an end with the European Super Cup Men. 18 teams from eight countries competed in the tournament. In the end Italy’s own, Pro Roma beat the Braves from, Belgium 2-1, in the final on September 3. Spectrum from the Czech Republic, and the Bulls from Denmark, conclude the top four.