What started as a bit of a dull game, ended as a nail biter as the Dutch stayed at the right side of the score and clinched the European championship with an unbeaten status.
Spain 2 – 3 Kingdom of the Netherlands
With Spain and Kingdom of the Netherlands the strongest teams advanced to the championship game. It was also for the first time in the history of the European Championship that the Dutch and Spain faced each other in the championship game.
In the second inning, Gianison Boekhoudt got on base on a double to left field. After Dwayne Kemp, who played left field for the occasion, Randolph Oduber laid down, what should have been, a sacrifice bunt. But pitcher Leslie Nacar did not field the ball properly, so all runners were safe. When Nick Urbanus hit a ground ball single to center field, Kemp and Boekhoudt scored the 1-0 and 2-0.
In the next 5.5 inning nothing much happened. Spain and the Netherlands both had their chances to score, but both teams failed to cash in. Spain ,for example, had Daniel Martinez at third base in the third inning but Rob Cordemans struck out Engel Beltre for the final out of the inning. The Dutch on their turn blew a big scoring change in the eighth inning. With runners on first (Gianison Boekhoudt) and second (Yurendell de Caster), Kalian Sams singled to left field. De Caster was held at third base, but Gianison Boekhoudt did not pay attention and ran to third base. It took a moment before the Spanish defense realized that Boekhoudt wasn’t where he should. Catcher Blake Ochoa threw to pitcher Perez Andres, who then threw to second baseman Oscar Angulo, who tagged out Boekhoudt. With still runners on the corners, Randolph Oduber struck out for the final out of the inning.
Shortly before the base running boner, Spain had tied the game. And that was what the game needed. After back -to-back singles by Oscar Angulo and Engel Beltre, Angulo was bowled off second base on a laser beam pick off throw by catcher Dashenko Ricardo.
But then Jesus Martinez hammered a 1-2 offering into the bullpen in right field.
When after nine innings the game was still tied at two, extra innings were needed.
With Blake Ochoa placed on second and Daniel Martinez placed on first, Luis Guillorme laid down an almost perfect bunt. Even though he was thrown out 5-3 he advanced both runners. With one out and runners in scoring position, Loek van Mil took care of he next two batters as he struck out Oscar Angulo and Engel Beltre.
After Christopher Garia was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Yurendell de Caster singled up the middle to drive in Dashenko Ricardo for the walk off victory.
Rob Cordemans started the game for the Dutch and lasted four solid innings in which he gave up only two hits, a walk and struck out two. Lars Huijer, normally starting pitcher with his club Vaessen Pioniers, pitched then next three innings in which he gave up four hits, walked one and struck out one. Shairon Martis gave up the two runs to Spain in just one inning of work.
Eventually Loek van Mil earned the win after two innings in which he did not allow a basehit and fanned three.
Best hitter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands was Nick Urbanus, who went 2 for 4 with two RBI.
With this victory, the Dutch team clinched its 22nd European title.
Here are the highlights of the championship game:
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