World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win first game

After falling to Chinese Taipei in the final inning last night, the Dutch bounced back vs Curaçao. In thirteen innings the Dutch clinched the 10-7 victory.

In the regular innings, the runs did not come cheap. In the third inning, Rob Cordemans gave up two runs to Curaçao when Reangelo Beaumont was driven in from second base on a single by Shurendell Mujica and Dennis Gustina crossed home plate on a hit by Denzel Richardson.

Despite giving up two runs in the third inning, Rob Cordemans pitched a solid game. In eight innings, Cordemans gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out six.

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Max Draijer, best Dutch hitter

During the following innings, the fans could see flawless baseball but the game lacked base hits. It took the Kingdom of the Netherlands until the eighth inning to tie the game.
With the bases loaded, Stijn van der Meer singled home Max Draijer. Bram Grooten scored the game-tying run when Dwayne Kemp drew a bases loaded walk.

As both teams did not score in the remaining regular innings, extra innings were needed. And they turned out to be wild. Both teams did not score in the tenth inning, but the Kingdom of the Netherlands added two runs to their score on a single by Dudley Leonora. But Curaçao would tie the game in the very same inning as Edinho Meyer tripled home Raywendley van Gurp and Shurendell Mujica.

In the twelfth frame, both teams would score twice again, so the game needed a thirteenth.  With hits from Dwayne Kemp and Rowan van Hoek and a throwing error on a hit ball of Nick Urbanus, the Dutch managed to score four more runs. The four run margin appeared to be too much to overcome for Curaçao. With Berry van Driel on the mound to shut the door, Curaçao scored once to reach the final score of 10-7. Van Driel stepped off the mound as the winning pitcher.

Max Draijer was the best hitter for the Dutch with one hit out of one at-bat.



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