By now this is old news but all major baseball news outlets in the Netherlands overlooked a fine debut by a 17-year old kid. On Friday, June 14, an unusual day for hoofdklasse games, Sebastian Kok made his debut for the flagship team of Meerlease Pioniers vs Silicon Storks.
Sebastian entered the game in the fifth with a 3-1 lead. His predecessor, Lars Broersen, just lasted four innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks. When Sebastian took the mound, he inherited runners on first and second. Thanks to a sac bunt, both runners advanced a base and thanks to Sergio Schoop’s double, they were able to score. Both runs were added to Broersen’s ERA. Sebastian recorded the final out of the inning as he recorded his first hoofdklasse strikeout.
Cold-blooded, Sebastian cruised through the sixth inning as he retired the side. After his strong two-inning outing, Kok was pulled.
During his outing, Pioniers scored three runs, that gave them a 5-2 lead. Thanks to three insurance runs in the seventh, Pioniers stayed at the right side of the score and Sebastian got the win.
The 17-year old lefty was the best pitcher of the Amsterdam Diamonds baseball academy in 2018. He was also chosen as U18 MVP at the 2018 Battle at the Castle tournament in Oosterhout.