10/17/2014, 4:00pm BST, By by British Baseball Federation
Following the recent European Baseball Championships in which the GB Team retained its status among the European elite, Sam Dempster has announced his retirement as Performance Director for GB Baseball and Senior National Team Head Coach.
The Netherlands won their 21st European Baseball Championship on Sunday 21 September, defeating Italy 6-3 in the Gold medal game in Brno, Czech Republic, as Kalian Sams and Curt Smith each hit a pair of home runs for Holland. Italy had won the last two European Championships.
TREBIC, CZECH REPUBLIC: SEPTEMBER 19 – Right-hander Jacob Esch threw seven perfect innings and combined with two other British pitchers for a one-hitter as the GB Baseball Team kept their place in the European Championship A Pool with an accomplished 9-0 win over Croatia.
TREBIC, CZECH REPUBLIC: SEPTEMBER 18 – Ben Pearson had four RBIs, Maikel Azcuy blasted three hits and Gavin Marshall pitched three sparkling innings in relief as the GB Baseball Team took a giant step towards retaining their European A Pool status this afternoon with a 10-4 victory over Greece.
TREBIC, CZECH REPUBLIC: SEPTEMBER 17 – Not long after losing their final European Championship Pool game yesterday afternoon to Italy in Regensburg, the GB Baseball Team was driven for several hours through the darkness and deposited in the Grand Hotel on the town square in Trebic, Czech Republic.