2019 European Baseball Championship – Qualification

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The qualification for the 2019 European Baseball Championship started on July 25, 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Miejska Górka, Poland. The tournament was originally planned for 2018, but was moved back a year to 2019 to serve as a qualification for the 2020 Olympiad.

2016 Pool C[edit]

Qualification for
2019 European Baseball Championship C-Pool
Tournament details
Host countries Poland
 Slovenia
Dates 25–30 July 2016
Teams10 (from 1 continent)

Miejska Górka Group[edit]

Qualified for Final
Did not qualify for Final
Teams W L
 Poland 4 0
 Romania 2 2
 Estonia 2 2
 Hungary 1 3
 Georgia 1 3


Final[edit]

July 30, 2016 Poland  7–1  Romania Miejska Górka, Poland
Attendance: 250
Boxscore
Qualified for B-level Tournament.

Final standings[edit]

# Teams
1  Poland
2  Romania
3  Estonia
4  Hungary
5  Georgia


Ljubljana Group[edit]

Qualified for Final
Did not qualify for Final
Teams W L
 Slovenia 3 1
 Serbia 2 2
 Ireland 2 2
 Norway 2 2
 Finland 1 3

Final[edit]

July 30, 2016 Slovenia  2–6  Serbia Ljubljana, Slovenia
Attendance: 302
Boxscore
Qualified for B-level Tournament.

Final standings[edit]

# Teams
1  Serbia
2  Slovenia
3  Ireland
4  Norway
5  Finland

2017 Pool B[edit]

2017 European Baseball Championship - B-Pool
Tournament details
Host countries Serbia
 Poland
Dates 24–29 July 2017
Teams10 (from 12 continents)
2015
2019

Top team from each group qualified for the playoff, winner of which (Austria) qualified for the 2019 European Baseball Championship, bottom team from each group was relegated to C-Pool.

Pool 1 – Belgrade[edit]

Qualified for Final
Did not qualify fot Final
Teams W L
 Austria 4 1
 Israel 3 2
  Switzerland 3 2
 Serbia 2 3
 Bulgaria 2 3
 Greece 1 4

Final[edit]

July 29, 2017 Austria  12 – 2 (7)  Israel
Qualified for Playoff Series
Relegated to C-Pool

Final standings[edit]

# Teams
1  Austria
2  Israel
3   Switzerland
4  Serbia
5  Bulgaria
6  Greece

Pool 2 – Miejska Górka[edit]

Qualified for Final
Did not qualify fot Final
Teams W L
 Russia 4 1
 Lithuania 3 2
 Slovakia 2 3
 Belarus 2 3
 Poland 2 3
 Ukraine 2 3

Final[edit]

July 29, 2017 Russia  3–8  Lithuania
Qualified for Playoff Series
Relegated to C-Pool

Final standings[edit]

# Teams
1  Lithuania
2  Russia
3  Slovakia
4  Belarus
5  Poland
6  Ukraine

2018 Playoff Series[edit]

Winner of the best-of-three playoff series qualified for the 2019 European Baseball Championship. Playoffs were hosted by Wiener Neustadt.

June 29, 2018 Austria  10–0 (7)  Lithuania
June 30, 2018 Lithuania  3–25 (5)  Austria
July 1, 2018 Austria  not necessary  Lithuania

 Austria qualified for the 2019 European Baseball Championship.

2018 Pool C[edit]

Qualification for
2019 European Baseball Championship C-Pool
Tournament details
Host countries Ireland
 Ukraine
Dates 23–28 July 2018
Teams10 (from 1 continent)
← 2016
2021 →

Two groups of 5 nations competed, with the winner of each group advancing to the B-Pool.[1] The better of the two second-place teams (based on record, with first tie-breaker based on runs per inning differential) also advanced to the B Pool as a wild card.[2]

Ashbourne Group[edit]

Qualified for Final
Did not qualify for Final
Teams W L TQB
 Ireland (H) 4 0 1.5575
 Greece 3 1 0.4738
 Finland 2 2 −0.1366
 Slovenia 1 3 −1.0549
 Norway 0 4 −1.6517

Final[edit]

The final was a rematch of Ireland vs. Greece; Ireland won the group round game 10–0 in eight innings and the final 12–2. Ireland advanced to Pool B as the winner. Greece, as the runner-up, also advanced as the wild card after Ukraine beat Romania in the Kropyvnytskyi group. Greece's 3–1 record in group play was better than Romania's 2–2 record.

July 28, 2018  Ireland 12–2 (7)  Greece Ashbourne, Ireland
Boxscore
Qualified for B-level Tournament.

Final standings[edit]

# Teams
1  Ireland
2  Greece
3  Finland
4  Slovenia
5  Norway

Kropyvnytskyi Group[edit]

Qualified for Final
Did not qualify for Final
Teams W L TQB
 Ukraine (H) 4 0 1.7418
 Romania 2 2 0.0000
 Georgia 2 2 −0.1613
 Estonia 2 2 −0.7097
 Hungary 0 4 −0.5572

The three-way tie between Romania, Georgia, and Estonia at 2–2 was won by Romania with a Team Quality Balance within games played between those three teams of 0.5125 against Georgia's -.0625 and Estonia's −0.4183.

Final[edit]

The final was a rematch between Ukraine and Romania; Ukraine won the group round game 13–0 in seven innings and the final 3–2 (again in seven innings, due to weather). Ukraine, as the winner, advanced to Pool B. The better runner-up between the two groups also advanced, but Romania's 2–2 record in group play was worse than that of 3–1 Greece (the Ashbourne group runner-up).

July 28, 2018  Ukraine 3–2  Romania Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
Boxscore
Qualified for B-level Tournament.

Final standings[edit]

# Teams
1  Ukraine
2  Romania
3  Georgia
4  Estonia
5  Hungary

2019 Pool B[edit]

2019 European Baseball Championship B-Pool
Tournament details
Host countries Slovakia
 Bulgaria
Dates 1–6 July 2019
Teams14 (from 1 continent)
2017
2020

Pool B featured 14 teams competing in two groups of 6 and 8 teams. The two group winners faced off in the playoff for the last qualifying spot for the 2019 European Championship, which was won by Team Israel.[3]

Teams[edit]

Nine teams remain from the 2017 Pool B competition:

Five additional teams advanced from 2018 Pool C.

Group 1 - Trnava[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Qualified for Semifinals
Did not qualify for Semifinals
# Teams W L
1   Switzerland 3 0
2  Ukraine 2 1
3  Poland 1 2
4  Finland 0 3

Pool B[edit]

# Teams W L
1  Slovakia (H) 2 1
2  Lithuania 2 1
3  Belarus 2 1
4  Romania 0 3

Play-offs[edit]

 
SemifinalsFinals
 
      
 
July 5 13:30 Trnava
 
 
  Switzerland7
 
July 6 17:00 Trnava
 
 Lithuania12
 
 Lithuania7
 
July 5 17:00 Trnava
 
 Ukraine5
 
 Slovakia1
 
 
 Ukraine18
 
3rd Place
 
 
July 6 13:30 Trnava
 
 
  Switzerland9
 
 
 Slovakia11

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinals order will be switched, because home team advanced to this round.

July 5, 2019
13:30
Switzerland   7-12  Lithuania Trnava
Attendance: 50
Boxscore
July 5, 2019
17:00
Slovakia  1-18 (6)  Ukraine Trnava
Boxscore

3rd Place Game[edit]

July 6, 2019
13:30
Switzerland   9-11  Slovakia Trnava
Attendance: 40
Boxscore

Final[edit]

July 6, 2019
17:00
Lithuania  7-5  Ukraine Trnava
Attendance: 100
Boxscore

Classification Round – Pool C[edit]

Pos. Teams W L
5  Belarus 3 0
6  Poland 2 1
7  Finland 1 2
8  Romania 0 3

Final standings[edit]

Qualified for Playoff Series
# Teams
1  Lithuania
2  Ukraine
3  Slovakia
4   Switzerland
5  Belarus
6  Poland
7  Finland
8  Romania

Group 2 - Blagoevgrad[edit]

Qualified for Final
Did not qualify for Final
# Teams W L
1  Israel 5 0
2  Russia 4 1
3  Greece 3 2
4  Serbia 2 3
5  Ireland 1 4
6  Bulgaria (H) 0 5

Final[edit]

July 6, 2019
10:00
Israel  5-3 Russia  Blagoevgrad
Attendance: 126
Boxscore

Final Standings[edit]

Qualified for Playoff Series
# Teams
1  Israel
2  Russia
3  Greece
4  Serbia
5  Ireland
6  Bulgaria

2019 Playoff Series[edit]

Winner of the best-of-three playoff series qualified for the 2019 European Baseball Championship. Playoff host was Utena, Lithuania.[3]

July 26, 2019
14:00
Lithuania  2-12  Israel Utena
Attendance: 354
Boxscore
July 27, 2019
14:00
Israel  15-0 (5)  Lithuania Utena
Attendance: 402
Boxscore
July 28, 2019
14:00
Lithuania  not necessary  Israel

 Israel qualified for the 2019 European Baseball Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 Europe Schedule".
  2. ^ "Competition Rules" (PDF). CEB. p. 42.
  3. ^ a b "European Baseball Championship B-Pools start on July 1st & 2nd, 2019 with 14 teams aiming to qualify for the European Baseball Championship | CEB". www.baseballeurope.com. Retrieved 2019-07-04.

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