Softball in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020

August 3rd, Rio de Janeiro; IOC session approved the proposal of Tokyo 2020 organizing committee to include five extra sports in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Within the newly added five sports softball (women’s fastpitch) and baseball (men’s) are included as well as karate, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing.

However this approval only applies on the 2020 Olympic Games and a repeated Olympic inclusion of softball and baseball will have to be agreed again later.

So after London and Rio de Janeiro with no softball awesomeness, get ready for Tokyo 2020!

The Olympic tournament will consist of six teams.

It’s time to take your working out seriously!
Republication: European Softball Federation

Women’s National Team 19th Place – 2016 World Championship

The Greek Women’s National Softball Team completed its 2016 season competing in the 15th Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C. Canada and finished 19th among 31 nations. This was Greece’s 2nd World Championship appearance after its participation in China in 2006.

The team started off facing 2 of the strongest softball nations in the 1st round. On opening day they were defeated by Cuba 8-1 followed by a defeat against China 5-1. The team bounced back and won a very strong Guatemala team 2-0.

The results of the 1st round of play placed Greece in the Round Robin Placement Bracket and would first face Austria. In a very close match, Austria came away with the win by a score of 5-4. Our next opponent was Serbia and with exceptional offense led by 2 doubles by Gialketsis and Chelsea Lisikatos & 1 by Donta, Panagiotou and Skarogianni Greece dominated Serbia 9-2. Pakistan our next opponent forfeited their game thus Greece won be default 7-0.

This moved the team to the Placement Playoff Bracket first defeating Uganda shutting them out 4-0 and then Peru by the same score.

We would then face Guatemala. It was a close game tied 1-1 for 4 innings when Demi Patonis singled scoring Donta from 3rd to put Greece ahead 2-1 which remained the final score.

Greece had secured 19th place in the tournament & would face Austria once again for the 18th spot. The game was even and remained scoreless for 7 innings putting the game in extra innings where Austria would score the only run of the game in the 8th inning defeating Greece 1-0.

With an overall record of 6 wins and 4 losses Greece remained 19th in the World and 6th in Europe.

STAFF
Head Coach: Jimmy Kolaitis
Assistant Coach: Kim Wright
Assistant Coach/Trainer: Charalambos Trigonakis
Assistant Coach: Marina Demore
Team Manager: Denise Horafa
Assistant Team Manager: Zoe Stavrou
Bat Girl: Sophia Sherik

PLAYERS
Loren Stavrou
Nikki Gialketsis
Katie Vretzos
Chelsea Lisikatos
Samantha Lisikatos
Demi Patonis
Ioanna Donta
Konstantina Panagiotou
Evangelia Stefatou
Artemis Traikapi
Efstathia Giavri
Athina Pavlou
Dora Skarogianni
Theourania Zavitsanou
Iliana Kourea

Greek Women’s U22 National Team – 6th in Europe

 Greek Women's U22 National Team - 6th in EuropeThe Women’s U22 National Team travelled to Pardubice, Czech Republic in July to compete in the U22 European Championships. The team had high hopes on improving their 3rd place finish in the previous U22 Championships. A difficult task as they faced some of the top European Softball Nations.

On opening day Greece faced the tournament favorite and later the European Champion Netherlands. The Dutch were too strong thus defeating Greece 15-0. The team bounced back and later that evening beat Poland 9-1 with solid pitching by Loren Stavrou.

The next match against Slovakia was highlighted by a Katie Vretzos homerun in the 5th inning, but that was not enough, as costly defensive errors resulted in a 5-2 loss. The defeat did not affect the team as the next day they dominated Lithuania and won 16-1.

The following two games of the tournament were against two of the strongest European nations, Russia and the host Czech Republic. Greece was defeated 15-0 and 9-1 respectively.

The final day of play saw a rematch against Poland. The game was tied 1-1 until the 6th inning, when costly defensive errors by the Greek team resulted in a 4-1 loss. This result placed Greece in 6th place in the European Championship.

STAFF
Head Coach: Dennis Horafas
Assistant Coach: Iandros Zavitsanos
Team Manager: Maria Horafa
Assistant Team Manager: Zoe Stavrou

PLAYERS
Loren Stavrou
Katie Vretzos
Demi Patonis
Iliana Kourea
Dafni Emmanouil
Danai Emmanouil
Foteini Nikolaki
Stavroula Tzortzi
Vasiliki Minou
Stavroula Merliga
Elpida Diavati
Iliana Vlasi

 

Surrey 2016 WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship

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The Greek Women’s National team will travel to Canada to compete in the 2016 Women’s World Championships held in Surrey, BC, Canada.  This will be Greece’s second participation in World Championships 10 years after competing in China and placing 9th in the competition.

A record 31 nations will be competing in the games from July 15-24, 2016.  The teams have been delegated into 8 sections as follows:

Round Robin Pools

Section 1: Japan, Venezuela, France;
Section 2: USA, Brazil, Austria, Israel;
Section 3: Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Serbia;
Section 4: Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Uganda;
Section 5: Chinese Taipei, Puerto Rico, India, Ecuador;
Section 6: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Philippines, Pakistan;
Section 7: China, Cuba, Guatemala, Greece;
Section 8: New Zealand, Italy, Kenya, Peru

Greece was placed in section 7 and will compete in the first round against China, Cuba and Guatemala.  Details on the Championship can be found on the tournament website: www.surrey2016.com.

Women’s National Team – 10th Place, 2015 European Championship

GSF_Womens_National_Team_Netherlands_30Jul15The Greek National Softball team completed its 2015 campaign at the 19th European Championship finishing 10th overall.  2015 marks the first time in eight years that Greece has competed with a National Team.

The 12 members of the team battled opponents, weather and a challenging playing schedule with great success, turning in a 5-3 record before the tournament was suspended due to weather.  Greece’s success was largely due to a strong battery, lead by pitchers Loren Stavrou and Artemis Traikapi and catcher Konstantina Panagiotou who caught every inning of the ESF Championship.

Greece’s victories over Slovakia, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden and Slovakia propelled them to the 9th place – 11th place bracket that lead Greece into another matchup against Sweden, Greece was up 4-3 with a runner on second base and one out when play was suspended and later cancelled.   Solid offensive performance by Stavrou who lead the team in batting average batting .522 for the tournament.  Teammates Panagiotou, Traikapi,  Ioanna Donta, Evaggelia Stefatou and Alexandra Papageorgaki all batting over .300 for the tournament.  The offense scored 48 runs in 8 games and was only shut out twice.

Earlier this spring the Women’s National Team won the gold medal in the 1st Balkan Championship held in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 23rd -26th, 2015.  Following the Balkan Championships the team continued to train a few days a week until July when their training schedule increased to 5-6 days a week.

Greek Softball Federation President, Kostis Liarommatis, initiated the surge to bring back the Women’s National Team in the fall of 2014.   Other members of his staff are Head Coach Tina Kramos, Assistant Coach Charalampos “Babis” Trigonakis, Pitching Coach Marina Demore, Team Manager Denise Horafa and Team Assistant Chelsea Lisikatos.  Team members include, Artemis Traikapi, Ioanna Donta, Alexandra Papageorgaki, Konstantina Panagiotou, Theodora Skarogianni, Iliana Kourea, Athina Pavlou, Nicole Kotsia, Dafni Emmanouil, Evaggelia Stefatou, Evaggelia Diamanti and Loren Stavrou.

Author:  Tina KramosWomen’s National Team Head Coach

Final Standings:  http://www.echw2015.nl/

Women’s National Team to Netherlands – 2015 Women’s European Championship

Hellas_Team_Women_04Jul15The Greek Women’s National Team travels to the Netherlands to compete in the 2015 Women’s European Championships in Rosmalen.  The Tournament will be held July 19-25, 2015.  Our team plays its first game on Sunday against Slovakia at 14:15 local time.

Details on the Championship and play by play of all our team’s games can be found on the tournament website: www.echw2015.nl

 

The National team’s complete first round schedule is as follows:

July 19th:  14:15   GREECE-SLOVAKIA

July 20th:  11:45   GREECE-ITALY

July 21st:  09:30   SWTZERLAND-GREECE

July 21st:  13:45   GREAT BRITAIN-GREECE

GSF WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER:

Artemis Traikapi, Ioanna Donta, Alexandra Papageorgaki, Konstantina Panagiotou, Theodora Skarogianni, Iliana Kourea, Athina Pavlou, Nicole Kotsia, Dafni Emmanouil, Evaggelia Stefatou, Evaggelia Diamanti and Loren Stavrou

GSF COACHING STAFF:

  • Tina Kramos – HEAD COACH
  • Charalampos Trigonakis – ASSISTANT COACH
  • Marina Demore – PITCHING COACH
  • Denise Horafa – TEAM MANAGER

The team is accompanied by the GSF President Kostis Liarommatis.

1st Balkan Championship – Greece Takes Home Gold

1st_Balkan_Championship_Greece_Takes_Gold_Apr23-26-2015The Women’s National Team won the gold medal in the 1st Balkan Championship held in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 23rd -26th, 2015.

In the first round of the tournament Greece won Serbia 12-2, Slovenia 9-1 and Bulgaria 9-8.  In the Final of the Championship Greece faced the Tournament hosts Bulgaria and won by a score of 4-3.

The coaching staff that led the team to this success was Head Coach: Babis Trigonakis,  Assistant Coach: Denise Horafa and the National Team Roster:  Alexandra Papageorgaki – Team Captain, Artemis Traikapi, Konstantina Panagiotou, Ioanna Donta, Ioanna Korontzi, Dora Skarogianni, Nefeli Anagnostou, Iliana Kourea, Evangelia Stefatou, Evangelia Diamanti, Athina Pavlou, Nicole Kotsia, Daphne Emmanouil, Stathoula Giavri and Christina Zampeta.

The head of the National Team was the Greek Softball Federation President Kostis Liarommatis.

1st Mixed Boys & Girls Softball Championship

The first ever mixed Slowpitch Softball Championship will take place November 29th, 2015 at the Ellinikon Softball Field.  Over 120 children aged 12 and 13 years old have registered to participate in the Championship.  The primary goal of this Championship is to bring awareness to the sport of softball and to create development teams for future Softball athletes.

Greek Women’s U22 National Team – 3rd Place in Europe

Womens_U22_Bulgaria_Championship_18Jul14The Women’s U22 National Team is a group composed of young women from almost all softball teams in Greece.  The team’s journey to Bulgaria began on July 6th, 2014 in order to confront the giants of European softball.

Greece, a relatively new member of International Softball, organized its first Women’s National Championship in 2000 and its first Men’s National Championship in 2014, had to face countries involved in the sport for over thirty years.  A difficult mission for the team but none of the players lost faith throughout the Championship.

The first game of the tournament, the National team had to face a very strong and later European Champion, Russia.  The team could not compete as it would have liked to and unfortunately lost 7-0.  The Greek team then faced the tournament organizers Bulgaria where they overcame the huge crowd and the home team advantage and defeated them 8-6.  The third game against Slovakia was very exciting.  At the beginning of the game Slovakia was leading 2-0 but Greece tied the game at 2-2 sending the game into extra innings.  In the eighth inning Greece would come away with the win by a score of 3-2.

Fourth day in Bulgaria and the National team would have to play their last two games of the first round on the same day.  Their first game was against the very strong Czech squad and they were defeated 9-0.  The team’s second game of the day was against the Ukraine and they needed to win to qualify for the play-offs.  The team started strong and led 2-0.  The Ukraine could only score 1 run as Greece won 2-1 and qualified.

First game of the playoffs and Greece would face the hosts, Bulgaria.  A win that would result in Greece bringing home a medal.  Greece had defeated Bulgaria in the first round and could do it again.  Not only did they do it, but they made it look easy beating Bulgaria 9-2.

The National Team would face the Czech Republic for a place in the final.  Unfortunately the team lost 10-0 against a very strong and experienced opponent.  This defeat was of little importance, since the team would bring the bronze medal back home to Greece.

Team Roster:  Ioanna Korontzi, Theodora Skarogianni, Iliana Kourea, Nefeli Anagnostou, Daphne Emnamouil, Danai Emanouil, Stavroula Tzortzi and Rania Zavitsanou.

Coaching Staff:  Dionysios Horafas, Head Coach, Babis Trigonakis, Assistant Coach, Denise Horafa, Team Manager and Dimitris Tsifakis, Team Assistant.

GSF President:  Kostis Liarommatis