New Champions 2017

Austria Softball 2017 Championship between Sharks & Witches PC: Joe Yun

Across Europe leagues have finished their season and champions are being crowned every day. Here are a few of the latest league results.

In Austria baseball is still in the running for the finish line but women’s softball has already crowned their victor. The Witches from Linz overpowered the Sharx to take 2017’s top seat in the ASL.

This was the first title for the Witches franchise and the first defeat for the Sharx in the championship series since 2011. The Sharx went down biting, losing their 7th title by a margin of just one run. Martina Lackner took home the tournament MVP Award. Lackner pitched the first game in the series and closed the door on the Sharx after the Witches had given up a comfortable 4-0 lead from early in the game.

The Nadia Split in Croatia have been crowned champions of the European International League Baseball (EIB) A-Pool for the third year running. The EIB began running under their new format just three years ago so the Split are the undisputed champions of the league. That's pretty impressive for a team who doesn't even have their own baseball field!

In Finland the Espoo Expos, who have been the reigning champions since 2003, just added another championship to the trophy case. That gives them 15 and counting. This year it was the Puumat Tigers who fell to the Expos in a best of 5 series that included 2 shutout wins for Espoo.

Over in London the Mets are celebrating their national baseball league championship with heavy hearts. That’s because during the series, Marc Koyanagi, longtime supporter and father of two young players, suffered a medical emergency while watching. He did not recover after leaving the field on September 9th. Koyanagi was a trustee of the LondonSports Club, which supports their baseball and softball leagues. He was also the father of #32, 16-year old Graydon who was plays 2nd, 3rd and left for the Mets and is a member of Great Britain’s national team.

Italian baseball finished the season with a new champion. Rimini, who barely made the playoffs, surprised the top seated Bologna out of the gate after being down by three games in their first series. After taking out the top team, according to tournament MVP Federico Celli, they were unstoppable.

We’ll have to wait a few more weeks yet to see how softball finishes but Bollate, host of this year’s Women’s Softball European Championship, have pushed to the final series along with Forli.

Spain opted out of a championship series this season so their final baseball standings leave the Tenerife Marlins and Valencia Astros tied for top spot with identical 22-6 seasons and a .786 winning percentage. In softball however there was a clear champion. The San Sebastian Athletics finished their season with a record of 17-1 and a winning percentage of .944. The second place Sant Boi CBS never stood a chance of catching them, finishing with a 14-4 record.

There are still plenty of games left in the European season. Some of the top leagues across the continent are just entering their championship series runs. The German Bundesliga, the Czech Extraliga, French baseball and softball and the Netherlands Holland series in both sports are all underway. Check our events page for game dates and links to viewing the games online or in person. We’ll be updating the stats regularly with results and of course, we’ll continue to report on all remaining winners as champions are crowned across all the European baseball and softball leagues.

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