For 8.5 innings it looked like team Kingdom of the Netherlands would beat Taiwan but three errors by the Dutch catcher cost them the game eventually. The Dutch pitching was superb last night but unfortunately, the effort was in vain as the Dutch lost 4-3.
The Dutch took a quick lead in the first inning. Dwayne Kemp singled through the left side with runners in scoring position and thus drove in two runs. But in the bottom of the third inning, Taiwan cut the lead in half when H Lin singled up the middle and drove in a run from second base.
In general, it was a low scoring game in which both starting pitchers excelled. Even though Huang Tzu Peng lasted only four innings, he limited the Dutch to two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks as he struck out four. Kevin Heijstek was masterful in six innings as he gave up just one unearned run on two hits and a walk and fanned six. Kevin Kelly and Berry van Driel both pitched a shutout inning but things went ugly with Loek van Mil on the mound in the ninth frame, even though he wasn’t to blame.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Dutch scored, what should have been an insurance run when Dwayne Kemp hit a leadoff double and was driven in by Nick Urbanus who singled to left field.
But in the aforementioned ninth inning, Taiwan managed to turn the tables as they scored three runs of which only one was earned. After Chia Huang doubled to left center field, catcher Gianison Boekhoudt could not hold on to a ball and thus allowed Huang to advance to third base. Yi Chen then singled to right field and drove in Huang to cut the lead in half once again. C. Len followed with a single to center field on which Chen could advance to third. When Len attempted to steal second base, Boekhoudt made a throwing error that allowed Chen to score the game-tying run. Manager Sidney de Jong then replaced Loek van Mil with Mike Bolsenbroek. On the first pitch, Taiwan failed to execute a squeeze play and the runner got caught in a rundown. But catcher Gianison Boekhoudt threw the ball into left field and C. Len could score the walk-off run for Taiwan.
Thanks to this loss, the Dutch are eliminated for the final.
Loek van Mil took the bitter loss. Wen-Hao Cheng earned the win as he 0.2 perfect innings in which he struck out two.
Best hitter for Taiwan was C. Lin, who went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
The best hitter for the Dutch was Dwayne Kemp, who collected two hits out of four at-bats with a double, two RBI and a run scored.