With the seventh place already clinched, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on South Africa that was still without a win. Unfortunately for the South Africans, the Dutch were not willing to change this as they beat Africa’s top baseball nation 10-0 in six frames.
Manager Eric de Bruin used three pitchers today. Starter Chris Stuart was kept on the mound for only three innings. In those frames, he was nearly perfect as he gave up a walk but he managed to keep South Africa hitless and struck out six. His successor on the mound, Naut Kragt, pitched two perfect frames without striking a batter out. Naut’s outing was especially impressive as all twelve pitches he threw were called for strikes. Sem Lauf pitched the sixth and final inning and remained perfect as well.
The Dutch did not only outscore South Africa 10-0, but they also outhit them 11-0. They took an early lead in the first inning when Ryson Polonius tripled to right field and scored on Darryl Collins’ groundout.
A big second inning, partially due to the lack of control of the South African pitching as they gave up two bases-loaded walks, handed the Dutch a 5-0 lead. A three-run fourth and one-run fifth and sixth innings ended the game prematurely.
Average wise, Ryson Polonius was the best Dutch hitter as he went 2 for 2. Darryl Collins drove in the most runs (four) as he went 1 for 3 with a triple. The best Dutch hitter throughout the tournament was Nick Hofer with a .429 batting average. Naut Kragt and Arij Fransen both had an ERA of 0.00. Kragt pitched in 7.2 innings and Fransen in 2.2.
As a team, the Kingdom of the Netherlands posted a .958 fielding percentage as they committed twelve errors throughout the tournament.
The fact that the team missed the Super Round by a nose hair must have been quite a blow but the team bounced back very well as they managed to win all their remaining games. Seventh place is still a good result.