Ireland Top Group B Unbeaten
Day 2 Dominated
Updated: 19:45 July 17, 2019
Ireland started Day 2 of the European Championships unbeaten and top of the table and that is how the finished after setting their stall out and dominating both Bulgaria and Italy.
In the first game of the day, after a slow start against Bulgaria, Ireland took control half way through and never looked back finishing strong by scoring 12 runs in the bottom of 6 to beat a good Bulgaria team 20-4 (runs ahead rule).
Ireland then faced Italy in the afternoon game. Ireland dominated the game from start to finish and saw off Italy 20-12 to finish top of Group B with four wins as the first round of the tournament comes to a close. This was the first win of any Irish national softball team over European powerhouse Italy.
Ireland finish the first round unbeaten and above defending champions Germany.
Ireland now progress to the next round of the tournament and as B1, Ireland will play Great Britain, the winner of Group A tomorrow at 17:45 Irish Time. The benefit of going unbeaten through the first round is that Ireland bring forward a 2 win and 0 loss record by virtue of beating Germany and Belgium as we take on the top 3 teams from Group A.
At the end of the next round robin phase, the final will be contested by the top two teams and bronze by the teams ranked 3 and 4.
A phenomenal start to the tournament and Ireland now carry some real momentum into the medal round.
Softball Ireland hope to stream tomorrow’s evening’s game on our Facebook page and all the results and schedules may be found by clicking here.
The schedule for the next phase of games is outlined below – Ireland are B1 in Group C.