Over the weekend the Women’s Softball World Championship and the bi-annual international baseball tournament, Honkbalweek Haarlem, concluded their ten-day events.
The teams from the Netherlands and Japan had strong outings at each tournament.
At Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands the Dutch National Team captured their fourth win in the 28th edition of Honkbalweek. They remained undefeated throughout the tournament and shutout Japan to take home this year’s title.
Australia, Chinese Taipei and Curacao finished in third to fifth. Organizers welcomed more than 40,000 fans in 17 games. Several promotions, including a youth baseball tournament and introduction of the women’s baseball national team kept fans entertained between games.
Meanwhile in Surrey, Canada the 15th WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship took place. 30 teams, the largest lineup in event history, participated. This year’s event was also the largest single sport World Championship ever organized in Canada. Team USA dethroned Japan in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday and celebrated their first World Championship since 2010. Host country Canada finished in third.
Many teams participated in the Women’s Softball World Championship for the first time this year. 11 of the countries came from European Softball. They showed not only quantity, but also quality.
The Netherlands captured a spot in the final standings finishing 4th overall. This is the best result for a European team in event history. Their run for a medal was ultimately decided in a playoff match against Canada.
Italy and Great Britain also reached the Championship Round finishing in the Top 16 of the event. The Czech Republic, Austria and Greece were the top three teams of the Placement Round, which was played to determine spots 17 to 30. France, Serbia, Ireland, Switzerland and Israel also participated.