U-18 European Championship 2018: Kingdom of the Netherlands brings home title

The Dutch U-18 squad managed to win the 2018 European title by beating Spain 6-3. Luuk ter Beek pitched a gem and kept the Spanish scoreless in eight innings.  It wasn't really a close game but the Dutch did not manage to walk away from their opponent. In the first four innings, the Dutch jumped …

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Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Dutch lose first game of tournament

Despite getting one hit more than their opponent and despite the error their opponent committed, the Dutch could not clinch the win today as they fell 3-2 to Taiwan. Most of the action happened in the first half of the game as both teams scored their runs in or before the fifth inning. In the …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Surprising win by Germany

Tonight, the Germans, who fell to the Kingdom of the Netherlands yesterday, stunted vs Cuba, the 25-time world champion. In a seesaw game, the Germans eventually prevailed as they clinched the surprising 5-4 win. Germany took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning that lasted until the top of the second when the Cubans …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Easy win for Dutch vs Italy

In the second game for both teams, Italy was no match for Kingdom of the Netherlands. Especially Rob Cordemans kept the Italians limited to two base hits. The Dutch beat their arch rival 7-0. It was a great day for Dutch baseball today. Next, to the win of the U-18 team vs and in Italy, …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch beat Italy in seven, advance to final

Today, the Dutch cruised through seven innings as they beat Italy 12-2. In the lion's den, the Dutch were way too strong for the host nation. Solid hitting and a pristine outing by Sem Robberse, laid the foundation for this easy victory. After the Dutch scored on a passed ball in the first inning, Italy …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch blank Ukraine in seven innings

The Kingdom of the Netherlands shoved aside the still winless Ukraine 17-0. Starting pitcher Chris Stuart took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but it was spoiled with two outs. Thanks to this win, the Dutch will advance to the semis as the winner of group A. Chris Stewart was dominating the Ukraine lineup …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Dutch do not have to go deep vs Germany

In their first game of the 2018 Haarlem Baseball Week, team Kingdom of the Netherlands did not have much trouble with their German opponent. Three Dutch pitchers combined for a 6-0 shutout and limited the Germans to three hits. After Japan beat Italy 1-0 in the opening game, the Dutch had it much easier against …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch secure spot in semis

In a game of which the score moved back and forth, the Dutch stayed at the right side of the score. The pitching struggled at times and gave away the lead in the sixth but eventually the Dutch bounced back to walk off the field with a 17-7 win.  The 17-7 may not reflect the …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Ireland beats Germany in surprising win

In an 11-3 clubbing, Ireland beat Germany to pull a surprising win in the U-18 tournament. Normally, one should consider Germany as one of the top teams in championships like this but since the Germans are now 0-3, it is safe to say that is not the case this year. Ireland, where baseball is not …

MLB suspends Papa John’s promotion after racial slur

Major League Baseball has suspended the Papa Slams promotion after a racial slur made by Papa John's founder and chairman John Schnatter has been made public by Forbes. The relationship between Major League Baseball and Papa John's began in 2016 when baseball started dubbing grand slams “Papa Slams.” Each grand slam allowed baseball fans to …

Minor League Affiliation News

In the last few days, there has been a lot of PDC extensions. The Baltimore Orioles extended the player development contracts with five of their affiliations and the Cincinnati Reds did the same with their Advanced Rookie team of the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The Baltimore Orioles extended the PDCs with the Norfolk Tides …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Relatively easy win for Dutch over Czechs

After a day of rest, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the Czech Republic. Until the seventh inning, the Czechs could keep pace with the Dutch but eventually, the Kingdom of the Netherlands walked away and won 9-5. In the first two innings, both teams kept each other in balance but in the third, …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Great Britain no match for Dutch

Only five innings was what the Dutch needed to shove aside Great Britain. The Kingdom of the Netherlands showed no mercy as the team outscored their opponent 21-2 and outhit them 15-4. Eight of the twenty-one runs the Dutch scored were unearned thanks to the five errors the British defense committed.  After a slow start …

Dutch fall to Czechs in semi-final

The Dutch fought like lions but in the end, they fell short to the team that has won multiple European championships (nine) and only failed to reach the final two times since 2002: The Czech Republic. In this game, the Czechs proved to be too strong as they won 10-5. After the Dutch had taken …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Neptunus humiliates Pirates

After a close win on Thursday in Amsterdam, Curaçao Neptunus was clearly the better team today as it beat L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8-0. With this win, Neptunus takes over the lead in the standings again.  Orlando Yntema was practically unhittable today as he limited L&D Amsterdam Pirates to just two hits in a complete game shutout. Curaçao …

Carter Kieboom selected for the Futures Game

A son of a Dutch father has been selected to play in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 15 which is part of the All-Star Weekend. The 20-year old Carter Kieboom is having a very solid season. Carter started the 2018 season with the A-Advanced Potomac Senators. In the first weeks, he struggled …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch clinch hard fought victory over Germany

The final score did not really show the course of the game. The game was much closer than the score implicates. In the final inning, the Dutch scored two insurance runs to reach the final score of 4-1. A bases-loaded wild pitch in the first inning allowed the Dutch to score the opening run. Two …