U-18 European Championship 2018: Kingdom of the Netherlands brings home title

The Dutch U-18 squad managed to win the 2018 European title by beating Spain 6-3. Luuk ter Beek pitched a gem and kept the Spanish scoreless in eight innings.  It wasn't really a close game but the Dutch did not manage to walk away from their opponent. In the first four innings, the Dutch jumped …

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Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Dutch lose first game of tournament

Despite getting one hit more than their opponent and despite the error their opponent committed, the Dutch could not clinch the win today as they fell 3-2 to Taiwan. Most of the action happened in the first half of the game as both teams scored their runs in or before the fifth inning. In the …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch beat Italy in seven, advance to final

Today, the Dutch cruised through seven innings as they beat Italy 12-2. In the lion's den, the Dutch were way too strong for the host nation. Solid hitting and a pristine outing by Sem Robberse, laid the foundation for this easy victory. After the Dutch scored on a passed ball in the first inning, Italy …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch blank Ukraine in seven innings

The Kingdom of the Netherlands shoved aside the still winless Ukraine 17-0. Starting pitcher Chris Stuart took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but it was spoiled with two outs. Thanks to this win, the Dutch will advance to the semis as the winner of group A. Chris Stewart was dominating the Ukraine lineup …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Dutch do not have to go deep vs Germany

In their first game of the 2018 Haarlem Baseball Week, team Kingdom of the Netherlands did not have much trouble with their German opponent. Three Dutch pitchers combined for a 6-0 shutout and limited the Germans to three hits. After Japan beat Italy 1-0 in the opening game, the Dutch had it much easier against …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch secure spot in semis

In a game of which the score moved back and forth, the Dutch stayed at the right side of the score. The pitching struggled at times and gave away the lead in the sixth but eventually the Dutch bounced back to walk off the field with a 17-7 win.  The 17-7 may not reflect the …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Relatively easy win for Dutch over Czechs

After a day of rest, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the Czech Republic. Until the seventh inning, the Czechs could keep pace with the Dutch but eventually, the Kingdom of the Netherlands walked away and won 9-5. In the first two innings, both teams kept each other in balance but in the third, …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Great Britain no match for Dutch

Only five innings was what the Dutch needed to shove aside Great Britain. The Kingdom of the Netherlands showed no mercy as the team outscored their opponent 21-2 and outhit them 15-4. Eight of the twenty-one runs the Dutch scored were unearned thanks to the five errors the British defense committed.  After a slow start …

Dutch fall to Czechs in semi-final

The Dutch fought like lions but in the end, they fell short to the team that has won multiple European championships (nine) and only failed to reach the final two times since 2002: The Czech Republic. In this game, the Czechs proved to be too strong as they won 10-5. After the Dutch had taken …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Neptunus humiliates Pirates

After a close win on Thursday in Amsterdam, Curaçao Neptunus was clearly the better team today as it beat L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8-0. With this win, Neptunus takes over the lead in the standings again.  Orlando Yntema was practically unhittable today as he limited L&D Amsterdam Pirates to just two hits in a complete game shutout. Curaçao …

Carter Kieboom selected for the Futures Game

A son of a Dutch father has been selected to play in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 15 which is part of the All-Star Weekend. The 20-year old Carter Kieboom is having a very solid season. Carter started the 2018 season with the A-Advanced Potomac Senators. In the first weeks, he struggled …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch clinch hard fought victory over Germany

The final score did not really show the course of the game. The game was much closer than the score implicates. In the final inning, the Dutch scored two insurance runs to reach the final score of 4-1. A bases-loaded wild pitch in the first inning allowed the Dutch to score the opening run. Two …

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 …

Two Storks players go college

When the Dutch hoofdklasse will continue on July 26, Silicon Storks will have to do without two players. Local newspaper Algemeen Dagblad released an article about these two, Kendrick Delima and Aaron de Groot, who will move to the USA to play college ball. Delima will head to Trenton, Missouri to attend North Central Missouri College. …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch no match for Italians

After three solid victories, the Dutch slammed into a wall vs Italy. The Azzurri were way too strong for their Dutch counterparts as they won 18-1. Sol Fahrner gave up three runs in the first inning on a walk, two singles and a double. In the second inning, Fahrner kept the Italians from scoring. In …

Juan Carlos Sulbaran back in pro ball

After an absence of more than a year, Juan Carlos Sulbaran has made a return to professional baseball. The last game as a pro was at AA level with the Springfield Cardinals RedBirds. Yesterday he returned to pro ball with the independent Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.   Last Thursday in the hoofdklasse report …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Another easy victory for Dutch

Today, the Dutch national team faced Slovakia. It was another easy win as the Dutch needed four innings to finish the job. Until the third inning, the Dutch led by five runs but a thirteen-run inning sealed the feat of the Slovakians prematurely as the Dutch won 26-2.  Once again the offense was red hot …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch finish job vs Croatia in three innings

One hour and three minutes were all the Dutch needed to finish the game vs Croatia. In three innings the Dutch beat up the Croatian pitching and won 20-0. For the Croatians, this was the third big defeat in a row. In the previous two games, the team from the Balkan fell to Italy 24-0 and …