Monday, 11 June 2018 reporting Will Muoio
In 2017, the London Mets won the BBF National Baseball League Championship, and the runner-up was the Southampton Mustangs. As a result of the above, both teams have qualified to take part in the Confederate of European Baseball (CEB) Federations Cup in 2018.
The Mets will be in Pool 1, located in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria as the third seed. They will play against teams from Bulgaria, Poland, Austria, Romania, Georgia and Serbia.
"The Mets are excited to be representing British Baseball in the CEB tournament. Not only is it an opportunity for our players to compete against top quality Baseball clubs, but it also gives our club the chance to meet and to build friendships with others in the European Baseball community. You realise that you are part of something much bigger when you get out and interact with other European clubs. I expect us to be a very tough team to beat, but win or lose, this is always a great experience for us." - Drew Spencer, London Mets Manager
"Can't wait to show everyone what we're made of in Bulgaria. It's going to be a great week.' - Jonathon Cramman, OF/1B London Mets
The Mustangs are the third seed in Pool 2, located in Rybnik, Poland. They face off against teams from Poland, Bulgaria, Sweden, Lithuania, Belarus and Switzerland.
Both teams were in the CEB 2016 and 2017 Tournaments. Last season, both teams finished with two wins and two losses.
Here is the full schedule for the London Mets, where all games will have live statistics here.
Tuesday, June 12: vs. Beograd ’96 at 11:30 BST
Wednesday, June 13: vs. Blagoevgrad Buffaloes at 15:00 BST
Thursday, June 14: vs. Atletico Alexandria at 11:30 BST
Friday, June 15 vs. Vienna Wanderers at 11:30 BST
Saturday, June 16 vs. Barons Wroclaw at 11:30 BST
Here is the full schedule for the Southampton Mustangs, where all games will have live statistics here.
Wednesday, June 13 vs. Sundbyberg at 10:00 BST
Thursday, June 14 vs. KS Silesia Rybnik at 15:00 BST
Friday, June 15 vs. Zurich Barracudas at 10:00 BST
Saturday, June 16 vs. Kaunas County at 10:00 BST
If teams finish in the top two, they will play on Sunday, June 17.
A spokesperson for the BBF, said, "On behalf of the Federation, we wish both the Mets and Mustangs success as they play against some of Europe's top clubs. "
Both teams are on break from the National Baseball League (NBL) regular season, while competing afar. They both resume play in the NBL on Sunday, 24 June 2018.
The CEB Federations Cup is an annual baseball tournament, sanctioned and created by the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB). The inaugural season of the tournament was held in 2016 in Rouen, France and Chartres France.
Federations Cup Qualifier
In Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria 12 - 17 June 2018
Blagoevgrad Buffaloes (BUL)
Barons Wroclaw (POL)
London Mets (GBR)
Vienna Wanderers (AUT)
Athletico Alexandria (ROM)
BSC The Wolfes Tibilis (GEO)
Beograd 96 (SRB)
In Rybnik, Poland 12 - 17 June 2018
1. KS Silesia Rybnik (POL)
2. Athletic Sofia (BUL)
3. Southampton Mustangs (GBR)
4. Sundbyberg (SWE)
5. Kaunas County (LTU)
6. Brest Zubrs (BLR)
7. Zuerich Barracudas (SUI)