In the first semi-final of the day, the Netherlands took on the number two of group B, Germany. The Dutch’ neighbours didn’t stand a chance against the Dutch lineup.
The Dutch clinched an easy 11-3 victory. This victory was the fourth in a row for the Netherlands as the team enters the final for the first time since 2001.
In the first inning, the Dutch took the lead when Otis Ward tripled and drove in Darryl Mercado. Mercado was driven in on a 5-3 groundout hit by Yilmer Contreras. In the second inning, two walks, a single, an HBP and a 6-3 groundout drove in four runs to give the Dutch a commanding 6-0 lead. The 6-3 groundout had some consequences as the Germans thought they had made a double play. But the umpire ruled Otis Ward safe at second base and while the Germans were already heading to the dugout, the Dutch kept running and scored three times
After the Dutch had scored twice in the fifth inning, they lost their concentration a bit. The Germans gladly took advantage and scored thrice. This bad inning was a wakeup call as the Dutch bounced back in the sixth. Singles by Tijn Fredrikze, Keegan Pieternella and Colin Broers drove in three runs to put the final score on the board.
Tijn Fredrikze, who was also the best hitter with 2 hits out of three at-bats, earned the win as he lasted 4.1 innings. Fredrikze allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks and fanned four. Jorrit Patist, who replaced Fredrikze in the fifth inning, gave up one hit in 2.2 innings.
Keegan Pieternella, Yilber Contreras and Colin Broers went 2 for 4. Pieternella drove in three and scored twice, Contreras drove in one and scored two runs as well and Broers drove in two runs.
In tomorrow’s final, the Dutch will face Italy, that beat the Czech Republic 2-1.