U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch finish off Austria in five innings

In a game in which Austria was no match for the Netherlands, the Dutch finished the game in five innings, beating the Austrians 17-6. The difference was not only the Austrians being outhit by the Dutch but also the number of walks (8) the Austrian pitching gave up. Add the number of extra base hits at moments that really mattered and the big margin is explained.

After Austria took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to an error, a passed ball and a RBI single to left field by Lisa Riedl, the Netherlands countered with three runs (two unearned) in the bottom of the first inning. With runners on first and second, Yari van Melick doubled to center field and drove in Miquel Willem and Jamie Beerman. Van Melick himself advanced on a scoring error. Thibaud Pastor drove in Van Melick with a 4-3 groundout.

In the next two innings, the Dutch scored six runs to walk away and never look back. In the second inning, back-to-back walks and an HBP loaded the bases before Jamie Beerman doubled down the left field line to drive in two runs. Two more runs were driven in on a single to center field, hit by Maxwell Cornelissen. A bit later in the inning, with another bases loaded situation, the Dutch scored two more on a wild pitch and a throwing error by the first baseman that followed.

Of the six runs that were scored in the bottom of the third inning, four were unearned.
With one out, Jamie Beerman tripled to right field and was driven in on a single by Yari van Melick. With runners in scoring position, Otis Ward drew a walk on a wild pitch that allowed Yari van Melick to score. But next to the lack of control, the Austrian pitchers were not supported by their defense at times either. After Ward had gotten on base on a walk/wild pitch, Maarten Smit got on base thanks to a fielding error by the Austrian first baseman, that allowed Thibaud Pastor to score. After the Dutch loaded the bases once more, Leandro Mata singled to the shortstop and allowed Otis Ward to cross home plate. When Miquel Willem singled to center field, he drove in Toby Hernandez and Maarten Smit for the fifth and sixth run of the inning.

Jamie Beerman pitched in the first three innings for the win, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits. His successor, Dieudonne van Zoelen, lasted 1.2 innings. He gave up three unearned runs, so he kept his ERA at 0.00. Van Zoelen was replaced after recording two outs in the fifth inning by Yari van Melick, who recorded the final out of the game.

Next to pitching in this game, Dieudonne van Zoelen went 1 for 1 at bat (photo: courtesy of Jan Kruijdenberg photography)

The final two runs for the Netherlands were scored in the fourth inning on a triple to right field, hit by Dieudonne van Zoelen.

Best hitter for the Netherlands was Dieudonne van Zoelen, who went 1 for 1 with a triple and two RBI.

Other hitting results:

Yari van Melick: 3 for 4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored
Jamie Beerman: 2 for 3 with a double and a triple, two RBI and three runs scored
Miquel Willem: 1 for 2 with two RBI and two runs scored
Thibaud Pastor: 1 for 3 with one RBI and two runs scored
Leandro Mata: 1 for 3 with one RBI

The other results of today:

Germany  11  –  6  France
Italy  15  –  0  Russia
Czech Republic  15  –  0  Poland

Thanks to the win of Germany over France, the Netherlands is now in the sole lead of group a, leading both France and Germany by a game.

In the other group, Italy and the Czech Republic are vastly superior and will battle it out for the first place of group B tomorrow. Both teams have won all their games and cannot be caught by any of the other contestants. The winners of both groups will face each other in the final on Saturday.



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