In the second game of the European U15 Championship, the Dutch had to step on it against Poland. Poland that lost in five innings against the Czech Republic the previous day, had a 4-0 lead after three innings. The Dutch had to make a last ditch effort to turn the tables and beat Poland 7-4.
After Kacpar Blacha got on base on a single to left field in the first inning, he stole second and was driven in on a double by Tobiasz Swiatlowski. In the second inning, Filip Sarota singled home Hubert Marcinkowski to give Poland a 2-0 lead. In the third, the Polish team extended their score with two more runs but from there the run production stalled. Nick Boxelaar, who gave up two runs in the third inning, kept Poland from scoring in the fourth inning, the inning in which the Dutch started to turn things around.
After Kacpar Blacha gave up back-to-back walks to start the fourth frame, Poland recorded two quick outs on force outs at third and second. But Blacha could not get out of the inning as he gave up two consecutive walks again to allow the Netherlands to get on the board.
In the fifth inning, the Dutch rallied for the lead. A single, two consecutive errors and a walk, allowed the Dutch to make it 2-4. A single by Luca Pastor brought the Dutch within one run from Poland. Nick Boxelaar’s triple to center field, drove in two more runs to give the Dutch a 5-4 lead.
The Netherlands stepped on it one more time in the sixth inning. A single by Ayran Araya Lemaire and a double by Jesse Velders drove in two more runs for the Netherlands. After the Dutch scored the sixth and seventh run, Filip Sarota entered the game and kept the Netherlands from scoring for the remainder of the game.
Nick Boxelaar pitched three innings in relief for the win. He gave up two runs on four hits and struck out two. Chris Stuart earned the save after pitching two shutout innings in which he gave up one hit and fanned four.
Tobiasz Swiatlowski took the loss. In 1.2 innings, he gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits and two walks.
Four Dutch hitters went 1 for 2 with an RBI: Raydley Legito, Ayran Araya Lemaire, Jesse Velders and Luca Pastor.
Poland outhit the Dutch 9-6, but the thirteen walks given up by the Polish pitching made the difference. A notable feat is the Dutch played flawless baseball and the Dutch pitching did not issue any walks.
The other results of today:
Spain 1 – 11 Italy (six innings)
Lithuania 1 – 14 Germany (five innings)
Austria 24 – Russia 7 (six innings)