The Dutch Colt League team, the first Dutch representative at a Colt League World Series ever, debuted with a blast. In five innings the team beat thet tournament host Lafayette from Indiana 10-0.
The Dutch team, created with players from the various Dutch baseball academies, got off a fast start as they scored four runs in the first inning off Jackson Ross. Ross had some control issues as he started with giving a lead off walk to Leandro Tromp, followed by singles by Denzel Bryson and Tyler Boersma. With the bases loaded, Tyler Collins was hit by a pitch to drive in the opening run. With two outs, Nolan Beugeling reached base on an error by the third baseman TJ Preston and then stole second and advanced to third when the throw to second was misplayed, giving Collins the opportunity to score on the throw. Beugeling then scored from third on a wild pitch, extending the lead to 4-0.
Control issues by the Lafayette pitchers and a couple of errors made the Dutch extended their lead to 9-0 in the fourth inning. Thomas Kwakernaak singled to right and
stole second with one out. Mick Vos then singled to right and Kwakernaak was able to score when first baseman Carson Barrett misplayed the throw in from the outfield and Vos advanced to second on the play, extending the lead to 5-0. Jeandro Tromp drew a
walk and Tyler Boersma was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Darryl Collins drew a walk off reliever Adam Dienhart and thus allowed the Dutch to score their sixth run.
Relief pitcher Adam Dienhart walked Darryl Collins, which scored a run and gave the Netherlands a 6-0 lead. Another error allowed Tromp and Boersma to score to push the Dutch to an 8-0 lead. Nolan Beugeling lined a double to left center on which
Darryl Collins could score the 9-0.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Dutch ended the game due to the mercy rule as they scored their tenth run. Shuruengelo Mingeli led off the inning with a single to center and was able to advance to second when the center fielder bobbled the ball. Mingeli headed to third on Mick de Vos’ ground out to first and crossed home plate on a sharp grounder to second base. Second baseman Trey Cochran tried to nail Mingeli at home plate but he beat the throw for the 10th and game ending run.
Luuk ter Beek took a no-hitter into the fifth but it was spoiled when Jacob Kyle hit a double in the top of the fifth. Luuk struck out five and did not give up a walk.
Best hitter for the Netherlands was Shuruengelo Mingeli. In his sole plate appearance, he got one hit. Most impact had Darryl Collins, who went 1 for 3 with two RBI.
Of the ten runs the Dutch scored, only four were earned, which says a lot about the fielding of the opponent.