The baseball players lost to Australia 3:8, but they will also play in the next year's WBC

The baseball players lost to Australia 3:8, but they will also play in the next year's WBC

Baseballisté lost to Australia 3:8, but they will also play at Scaron

World Baseball Classic tournament in Tokyo, Group B match Czech Republic – Australia, March 13, 2023. Marek Chlup (right) from the Czech Republic at bat and Daniel McGrath from Australia.

Tokyo – The Czech baseball players said goodbye to the prestigious World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament with a 3:8 loss to Australia, but thanks to the fourth place in the Tokyo group, they advanced to the next year in 2026. Coach Pavel Chadim's selection ended with one win and three defeats second to last.

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Baseballisté lost to Australia 3:8, but will also play on the first team of the WBC

Baseballisté lost to Australia 3:8, but they will also play at the of the WBC

Baseballisté lost to Australia 3 :8, but they will also play on the next year's WBC

Baseballisté lost to Australia 3:8, but will play again m year of the WBC

The fifth China, which lost all four matches, has to qualify. The final one with Korea ended with a high score difference of 2:22 already after the fifth inning.

“South Korea showed tremendous strength. They gave over 20 points to China. We are very happy that it ultimately meant for us to stay in the tournament for the next time,” said coach Chadim in a press release. “I am extremely proud of the boys. We played four great games and showed that we can compete with the best teams in the world. Who would have thought that half a year ago,” declared the Czech coach.

According to him, the Czech representatives surpassed the three goals they had before the tournament. “We stayed in the WBC. We also broke through the baseball bubble, there is interest in us in the Czech Republic, and I believe that many children will play baseball. But beware, all glory ends and there is nothing older than yesterday's win. they whipped themselves, it's not easy to defend these results. It will be a daily job to prove that we are good,” said Chadim.

The baseball players started their WBC debut with a win over China after a turnover in the final inning 8:5 . In the second game, after a 1:0 lead after two innings, they lost to the favored home team, Japan, 2:10, and after conceding five points, they lost to the Koreans 3:7 in the first inning.

The match against Australia was even in six innings. Although Alex Hall hit a one-run home run to pitcher Martin Schneider in the first inning, the Czech fireman did not allow his opponents any more. When Schneider pitched in the sixth inning, Coach Chadim bowed to him. “If he didn't have to go down because of the high number of pitches (68), we might have won it,” said Chadim.

Schneider, who has become a favorite of Japanese fans, was not completely satisfied with his performance after the game. “The team result is always before the individual result. And I can't be satisfied if we didn't win,” the Czech pitcher was quoted by the website

Schneider added that overall baseball players left a good impression among the elite at the WBC. “We faced the best players in the world and we played every match with honor. Until the last match, we had a chance to advance to the quarterfinals, but it didn't happen, we didn't advance. It's like fifty to fifty,” said Schneider.

Captain Petr Zýma took care of the 1:1 tie in the third inning after American native Eric Sogard hit. The Czechs again presented themselves with a good defense in the field.

The victory of the Australians was decided by the final three innings, in which the opponent scored seven runs. Pitchers Marek Minařík and Daniel Padyšák faced tough batters, youngster Michal Kovala stopped the Australian onslaught for a moment, but he too was replaced and Jan Tomek finished the game.

At 1:6, the Czech batters still showed hope in the eighth inning and after Marko Chlupo's shot, Vojtěch Menšík and Sogard finished for two points. In the end of the last inning, the baseball players filled the bases thanks to the alternating players, but the game was ended by a double out by the Australian defense.

After the performance in Tokyo, Czech fans will see the representation at the September European Championship, which will be held in Brno, Ostrava, Prague, Třebíč and Blansk. “We want the first medal in history,” declared Chadim of the team's goal, whose basis should be the same as now at the WBC.

World Baseball Classic:

Group B in Tokyo:

Australia – Czech Republic 8:3, Korea – China 22:2 (ended after the 5th inning).

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1. Japan 4 4 0< /td>

38:8 100%
2. Australia 4 3 1 29:19 75.0
3. Korea 4 2 2 40:26 50.0
4. Czech Republic 4 1 3 16:30 25.0
5. 4 0 4 10:50


Japan and Australia advanced to the quarterfinals.