In the nightcap of day four, the Dutch “hosted” Germany. For one and a half inning, the Germans were able to keep pace with their opponent but after the second inning, the Dutch stepped on it twice to walk away with the 8-1 win.
The Dutch bats were very awake tonight as they collected ten hits, of which three were home runs. Also the pitching was on a roll. Lars Huijer lasted 6.2 innings as he allowed one run on four hits and a walk and fanned eleven batters.
The sole run that Huijer gave up came in the top of the second inning after the Dutch had taken a 1-0 lead. But after Germany had tied the game, the Kingdom of the Netherlands put some distance when Ademar Rifaela hit a two-run home run and took Hendrik Clementina, who had gotten on base on a single through the left side. From that moment on the Dutch never looked back. In the remaining innings of Huijer’s outing, Germany got only two hits.
The fourth inning had almost the same scenario as the second as Ademar Rifaela homered again and took Hendrik Clementina with him.
In the next three innings, the Dutch were kept in check by Daniel Thieben and Maurice Wilhelm but in the eighth, the Dutch flexed their muscles one more time.
It looked like the Dutch would not score in the eighth either when Lukas Steinlein recorded two quick outs. But Steinlein could not get out of the inning as he gave up singles to Sicnarf Loopstok and Hendrik Clementina before he gave up a home run to… Ademar Rifaela, who fought off ten pitches before he connected for the home run.
Lars Huijer earned the win. Kevin Kelly pitched 1.1 innings as he allowed a hit and struck out two. Tom Stuifbergen pitched the ninth inning, allowed one hit and struck out one.
Ademar Rifaela was the best hitter for the Netherlands as he went 3 for 4 with three home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored.
Tomorrow, the Dutch will face the unbeaten team Israel. After that game, the remainder of the suspended game vs Great Britain will be played.