Today the Dutch U23 team took on France for its second game of the tournament. After yesterday’s loss vs Great Britain, it was a must win situation for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. And once again, the Dutch stayed at the wrong side of the score as France won 2-1.
The Dutch team started slowly. The French took an early lead when Jose Paula hit a solo home run to left field. In the third inning, the Kingdom of the Netherlands tied the game at one when Julian Rip hit a solo shot to right center field.
But in the bottom of the same inning, France regained the lead again when Paolo Bossier singled down the left field line to drive in Leo Jiminian, who had gotten on base thanks to a double.
Even though the Dutch didn’t get many hits, they had their chances to add some runs. In the fifth for example, they had runners on first and second but thanks to a groundout, the Dutch couldn’t cash in. In the second inning, they also had a runner in scoring position but a dribbler to the pitcher, hit by Jeremy Tromp, killed the rally.
Bob van der Meer and Julian Rip were the only Dutch players to get a base hit. France, on the other hand, collected seven hits. Martijn Schoonderwoerd took the loss for the Dutch after three innings in which he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk and struck out one.
The Dutch had a slim chance of reaching the semi-finals but they were depending on the result of the game between Great Britain and Germany. If the Brits would win the Dutch had to beat the Germans by a big margin tomorrow, but there was no room for doubt as Germany beat up Great Britain 12-0.
Thanks to this result, the Dutch are now destined to play to avoid relegation. The fifth place is the best the Dutch can reach.