Kenny van den Branden joins Hoboken Pioneers

Quite a blow for the runner-up in the 2018 Belgian championship, the Borgerhout Squirrels. Ace pitcher, Kenny van den Branden has decided to turn his back on the Squirrels to join the Hoboken Pioneers. Kenny van den Branden guided the Borgerhout Squirrels to a spot in the Belgian championship series. His strong outing in game …

Steve Janssen manager of German national team

In a surprising move, the DBV (German Baseball Federation) assured itself of the services of Belgian native and former Dutch national team manager Steve Janssen.  According to Mister-baseball.com, the 46-year old will start his assignment on January 1st, 2019. Janssen will also be responsible for the German U23 team. Janssen will replace Martin Helmig who …

Super 6 2018: Belgium bests Germany in slow game

In one of the slowest games of the tournament, Belgium stayed at the right side of the score vs Germany. Germany came close in the final inning of the game but eventually, their offense fell short as Belgium beat the Germans 7-6. Germany took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on …

Super 6 2018: Czech Republic beats Belgium in slugfest

An entertaining game in which a lot happened. The score went back and forth and eventually, the Czech Republic stepped off the field as a victor as it beat Belgium 15-10.  Perhaps pitching wise it wasn't the best game of the tournament as both pitching staffs gave up many runs. But it was a game …

Super 6 2018: Day one

Since the WBSC Europe pushed back the European Championship to 2019 because it will serve as pre-qualifier for the Olympic Games, the Super 6 tournament was organized. This tournament hosts the six best baseball and softball countries in Europe. The six best baseball countries are Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Kingdom …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch recover after heavy loss vs Italy

After the big defeat vs archrival Italy, the Dutch team recovered well today. In five innings the Dutch swept Belgium aside as they beat their Southern neighbours 18-4. In the first inning, leadoff hitter Amarensio Franka drove the third pitch he saw to center field for an inside-the-park home run. In the bottom of that …

Steve Janssen to join Cubs’ organization

Earlier today, the KNBSB (through their website) and Steve Janssen (through his Facebook account) announced that Steve Janssen will leave the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) immediately to join the Chicago Cubs organization. Belgian born Steve Janssen was the manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2013. During the World Baseball Classics …

T&A San Marino signs Belgian slugger

Mister-baseball and the Mannheimer Morgen wrote about this already but in both cases, there was very little information. But now the move has been confirmed by the website of T&A San Marino and baseball.it. T&A San Marino has signed Thomas de Wolf from Belgium. The 27-year old player from Wilrijk in Belgium played in Germany …

Belgian Series 2017: Brasschaat forces fifth game

After a 1-0 victory yesterday, the Borgerhout Squirrels needed only one more victory to clinch their second Belgian title. But the Brasschaat Braves had a different opinion on this. The Braves beat the Squirrels 6-0, forcing a fifth, winner take all game. Of course, this victory was a team effort but starting pitcher Artuur Driessens …

Borgerhout Squirrels one win away from clinching Belgian championship

In a very quick game (1 hour, 35 minutes), the Borgerhout Squirrels bested the Brasschaat Braves 1-0. In a pitching matchup, Brasschaat couldn't get a grip on Kenny van den Branden's pitches. Center fielder Steven de Lannoy led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to right field. And Kenny …

Belgian championship series: Brasschaat Braves win game by the rulebook

This weekend the championship series in Belgium started. After the first two games, the series between the Borgerhout Squirrels and the Brasschaat Braves is tied at one. Nothing strange one would say. No. But still, there was something remarkable about yesterday's game. On Saturday, the Borgerhout Squirrels beat the Brasschaat Braves 6-2. But Sunday's game was …

Kevin Knollenburg new manager of De Glaskoning Twins

Today, De Glaskoning Twins announced their new manager on their website. After the 2017 season, the club decided it was time for a new skipper. After about three weeks the club has found its new manager in former first and third base coach Kevin Knollenburg. Kevin Knollenburg has about 31 years of baseball experience under …

U23 European Championship: Dutch advance to finals by beating Belgium

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team became the first finalist as they beat Belgium 10-5.  With this win, the Dutch also earned a ticket to the 2018 U23 World Cup. Even though the team remained unbeaten, today's victory wasn't as easy as it looked like on paper. In the first inning, Belgium took a …

European Championship: Dutch unbeaten to championship game

The Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Belgium today. After taking a quick 1-0 lead, Belgium bounced  back and took a 3-1 lead in the third inning. Eventually the Dutch turned the tables and walked off as a victor and enter the championship game with an unbeaten status.   Kingdom of the Netherlands  12  - …

European Championship: September 16

A decisive day today in the relegation group. All teams were tied for first place, so the losers of today's game would move down to the B group of Europe.  Also a decisive day for Spain and Italy. If Spain beat Belgium, they are in the final. For Italy it was a must win game vs the …

European Championship: September 13

Today Russia took on Great Britain in a game with a somewhat surprising outcome. France was not beaten up but not really a match for Spain. Germany beat the Czech Republic. Italy needed seven innings vs Croatia and Belgium mashed Greece.   Great Britain  5  -  11  Russia   Quite a surprising score in the …

European Championship: September 11, 2016

On the third day of the European Championship the follwing games were scheduled: Czech Republic vs Sweden, Spain vs Croatia, Great Britain vs Germany, France vs Greece and Italy vs Belgium.   Croatia  0  -  6  Spain   In the first game of the day, Spain's victory never was in danger. Pitcher Lowuin Sacramento lasted seven …