Four Dutchies have reached the playoffs of the American Association (independent) with their team the Lincoln SaltDogs. Aruban Randolph Oduber and Curaçaoans Dashenko Ricardo, Curt Smith and Shairon Martis won last night’s game vs the Gary Southshore RailCats 3-1, to clinch the AA Central Division with a 3.5 game lead over the Kansas City T-Bones.
After taking a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, the SaltDogs, the RailCats appeared to spoil the SaltDogs’ party as they tied the game in the sixth inning. But eventually, Lincoln took a decisive 3-1 lead as they scored two runs in the seventh inning.
Randolph Oduber was the only Dutchie in the lineup as he went 1 for 4.
Shairon Martis, still the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter during the World Baseball Classic, was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles from the SaltDogs before the start of the season. The O’s sent him to extended spring training. Eventually, he pitched a few games for the O’s AAA team, the Norfolk Tides, before he was released. After his release, he returned to the SaltDogs to join his team mates of team Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Since his return to Lincoln, Martis appeared in seven games of which six starts and posted a 4-1 record with a 2.00 ERA. He struck out 32 and walked 11.
After being released by the Washington Nationals in April of last year, Randolph Oduber headed to the Netherlands to join Neptunus from Rotterdam. Randolph returned to US baseball after a year in the Dutch hoofdklasse.
In 91 games and 341 at bats, Randolph collected 97 hits of which 17 were home runs and another 17 were doubles. With a few games to go, his average stands at .284.
Before his arrival in Lincoln, Dashenko Ricardo spent the previous three seasons in the Netherlands; two with Kinheim from Haarlem and one with Neptunus from Rotterdam.
He is arguably one of the most complete ball players that have ever played in the Dutch hoofdklasse. Dashenko platooned behind the plate with Brent Dean, but Dashenko played the most games of the two: 66. In those 66 games, he collected 64 hits, 7 doubles, and 6 home runs. This resulted in a batting average of .270.
Curt Smit is by far the best hitter of the three Dutchie position players. In his fifth season with the SaltDogs, the first baseman played 93 games for the SaltDogs and collected 109 hits in 342 at bats, resulting in a whopping average of .319, fourth best in the BA leader board. Curt also hit 19 doubles and smashed 11 home runs.