2017 European Championships "Pool B"
Belgrade, Serbia July 24-30, 2017
This wasn't one of Hellas' better tournaments as they finished in last place with a 1-4 record and a trip to the "Pool C" Championship in 2018.
The one win though came against Israel, one of the tournament favourites, and it sparked a renewed commitment to search for new players that will help the team win in 2018 and then continue moving forward.
Now about the win.
Jonathan Kountis, Hellas' hard throwing right-hander, silenced Israel's bats for 9 full innings, racking up 15 strikeouts while going toe-to toe with Israel's pitcher who matched Kountis for most of the game ... until the 8th inning. Entering the bottom of the 8th down 1-0, Hellas was faced with a 2-out situation and runners on 1st and 3rd. Max Warren, Hellas' center-fielder turned shortstop, laced a 2-strike double into the gap in left-centre that scored the tying run and the go ahead run as Jamie Lekas raced around the bases from 1st base.
The winner of the tournament was Austria who went undefeated and who now faces Lithuania, the winner of the other B-Pool tournament that was taking place in Poland at the same time. One of these teams will advance to Pool A for their 2019 championship and entry to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The other remains in Pool B and awaits the winners of the 2018 Pool C Championship for another Pool B Championship in 2019 which will determine the final entry to Pool A.
Teams that were in our division : Austria Bulgaria Hellas Israel Serbia Switzerland
2016 European Championships Pool "A"
Amsterdam (Hoofddorp), The Netherlands Sep. 9-18, 2016
One could not have asked for better baseball weather than the baseball Gods gave for this tournament. The best in 150 years for this time of the year according to the local residents although we were hard-pressed to find anyone that age to verify the claim.
Hellas was also hard-pressed to remain in Pool "A". Our 1-6 record relegated us to Pool "B" along with Russia whom Hellas beat 3-1 in our 2nd last game of the tournament behind the stellar complete game, 6 hitter 9 strikeout pitching performance by Jonathan Kountis and timely hitting of Dimitri Kourtis who drove in 2 runs.