The Czech Republic celebrated a huge triumph at the European Softball Championship Junior Women in Rosmalen, Netherlands. They defeated Italy 5-3 in the Gold Medal Game on Saturday to win the title. They had finished the second round with a 4-1 record and had shut out Italy (5-0 in second round) 5-0 in the semi-final en route to the final. Italy then went on to beat Russia 9-2.
Great Britain finished in fourth place ahead of the Netherlands. The Dutch team lost four games during the second round, all with one run difference, three through walk-off hits. They had won the title two years ago. Two-time runner up Germany cruised through the consolation round to claim ninth place over Spain.
1) Czech Republic
4) Great Britan
15) Ukraine (withdrew prior to event)
Best Batter: Erika Piancastelli (Italy)
Best Pitcher: Alice Nicolini (Italy)
Most Valuable Player: Marta Gasparotto (Italy)