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