Curaçao heads to Little League World Series final

It was a close call as Japan threatened in the sixth inning with runners in scoring position but the tiny Caribbean island managed to keep Japan at bay and advance to the Little League finals, where it will meet the winner of the game between the US Southwest region and West region.  Thanks to an …

Holland Series 2019: Neptunus in driver’s seat

Another close game, another victory for Curaçao Neptunus. For five innings the team was kept in check by Kevin Heijstek as he limited them to one hit. The team needed only two innings to turn the tables and walk off the field with a 2-1 victory. Until the third inning, neither team did not score …

Hensley Meulens debuted in MLB 30 years ago

Hensley Meulens, the Curaçao-born bench coach of the San Francisco Giants made his first step in Major League Baseball, today 30 years ago. With the New York Yankees, Meulens became the first player from Curaçao to make it to the bigs. Meulens was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 1985. After …

Holland Series 2019: Neptunus strikes first

In game one of the 2019 Holland Series, Curaçao Neptunus hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates. In a real see-saw game, both teams took the lead several times. But eventually, Neptunus took full advantage of Pirates' struggling pitching and beat their opponent 6-4. Curaçao Neptunus opened the score in the third inning when Stijn van der Meer …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Playdowns, round two, game one

In the second round of the playdowns, Silicon Storks from the Hague hosted DSS from Haarlem. The game was played in Hoofddorp as Storks' home field doesn't have artificial lights. DSS clinched an easy 3-1 victory. Juan Carlos Sulbaran limited his former team (Storks) to three hits in six innings. He needed a lot of …

Complaining neighbors manage to annoy baseball fans

Once again complaining neighbors have made baseball's life nearly impossible. In the past, the Dutch Baseball Federation implemented the dreaded curfew rule to avoid complaints from people living around or near baseball diamonds. The curfew rule prevents clubs to start a new inning after 22:30 (10:30 PM) during night games. This time neighbors living near …

Rouen Huskies in driver’s seat

In France's Division 1 best-of-five championship series (Championnat de France), the Rouen Huskies have taken a commanding 2-0 lead. After yesterday's game in Sénart was rained out, a doubleheader was played today.  In both games, the Huskies beat the Templiers de Sénart with big margins: 9-2 and 10-3. The first game of today was also …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019, playdowns: Quick Amersfoort wins decisive game

As expected, Quick Amersfoort won game five of the first round of the playdowns. Due to a lack of pitching depth, Silicon Storks was no match as Quick beat them 11-1 In the first inning, a muffed throw allowed Quick to put runners in scoring position before Rachid Engelhardt hit a sac fly to drive …

Baseball 4 Equador needs your help

Baseball 4 Equador is a charity initiated by Dutch Ed Slingerland. Baseball 4 Equador is part of the charity organization of Young Life, a company that is dealing in 100% essential natural oils and of which the owner started his charity fo build a school for children of people in Equador that worked for his …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019, play downs: Storks pulls off surprising win vs Quick

A hard-fought victory for Silicon Storks this afternoon with a starring role for starting pitcher Jurrian Koks, who pitched 8.0 innings keeping Quick in check rather well. Storks walked off the field as a victor, beating Quick Amersfoort 3-1. Silicon Storks took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Kevin Nieveld drew …

Curaçao beats Australia in 3.5 innings in Little League World Series opener

In the opening game of the 2019 Little League World Series in Williamsport PA, the Caribbean champions, Curaçao needed less than four innings to beat Australia in the World Group. in 3.5 innings, Curaçao beat the Aussies 11-0. The eleven runs Curaçao scored came on ten hits and three walks. Of those ten hits, only …

Baseball related songs: “Fernando” by the Baseball Project

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to Fernando of the Baseball Project. Fernando is the only song in Spanish performed by the group. It won't come as a surprise that the song is about the former Mexican phenom Fernando Valenzuela. Fernando Valenzuela debuted in the Majors in 1980 with the Los …

Dutchies around the World

In this episode of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Ozhaino Albies, Carter Kieboom, Spencer Kieboom, Sherten Apostel, Shervyen Newton, Edmond Americaan, Stephan Vidal and Roger Bernadina. Ozhaino Albies The Curaçaoan second baseman is having a good season so far. Currently, his batting average stands at .300. The main reason for that is …

U23 European Championship 2019: Czech Republic new champions

The Czech Republic succeeded the Netherlands as new U23 European Champions. Last year the Czechs lost in a nail biter to the Dutch 10-9. Today, the Czechs were too strong for Germany as they won 4-1. After Martin Muzik was hit by a pitch in the second inning, he scored all the way from first …

U23 European Championship 2019: Belgium clinches third place

In a close game in which Belgium scored an insurance run only late in the game, France was beaten 2-0 in what was a pitching duel. After Belgium didn't stand a chance yesterday vs Germany, it recovered quite well from a 10-1 defeat. In the second inning, Benjamin Goffaux led off with a double, followed …

U23 European Championship 2019: Finally a solid victory for Dutch

In its fifth and final game, the Kingdom of the Netherlands finally clinched a convincing victory. During the tournament, the bats stayed silent, most of the time but today they woke up as the Dutch collected fifteen hits vs Croatia as they won 14-0 in five innings. Also today, the pitching was okay, in fact, …

U23 European Championship 2019: Dutch clinch second victory in rain-shortened game

In the first game of the consolation round, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Ukraine. In the first two innings, the Dutch offense had to get used to the slow pitches of the Ukraine pitcher but eventually, in the top of the third, they broke open the score. A walk and a throwing error …

U23 European Championship 2019: Dutch clinch first win

Already eliminated from the semi-finals, team Kingdom of the Netherlands clinched its first victory of the tournament by beating Germany, that was unbeaten until today, 2-1 in another close affair. Two pitchers of Oosterhout Twins and one of Meerlease Pioniers had strong outings. Thomas Roijers (Twins) pitched four solid innings in which he gave up …