Euro League Baseball officially ceased to exist

After one year the Euro League Baseball did not return. It did not signal its end right away, but it was an omen what was about to come. Eventually, what many expected to happen after a year of silence, happened. The league ceased to exist.  After its inaugural year, the Euro League Baseball did not return. …

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Road to Tokyo long but manageable for Kingdom of Netherlands

Today the website of the Italian Baseball federation (FIBS) published an article on the final qualifying process for the Olympic baseball tournament in Tokyo. This process is an extensive one for the European countries. Even if the Kingdom of Netherlands qualifies for the Premier 12 tournament that will be held in November 2019, it will …

World baseball ranking: Netherlands drops a spot, Italy drops out of top 12

Today, a month and a half after the previous one, the WBSC announced the new baseball world ranking in a press release. The most surprising part was the move Mexico made. The Central Americans moved into the fifth place, their highest ranking ever. Another surprise is the fact that the United States has passed Japan for …

Groups for European Champions Cup set

The European Baseball Confederation (CEB) has drawn the teams for the two groups for the upcoming European Champions Cup which will be played in Rotterdam next year. Reigning champion Curaçao Neptunus will face two opponents from the Italian Serie A1 (recently the Italian Baseball Federation (FIBS) decided to fold the Italian Baseball League). Neptunus will be …

Asia Winter Baseball League 2017: WBSC keeps CPBL in check for second win

After a 10-5 loss vs the NPB East delegation, the WBSC took on the CPBL today. For five innings the WBSC kept the Taiwanese in check as they allowed three runs on six hits. Final score 5-3. Pitcher Joshua Kimborowicz kept the Taiwanese limited to two hits and struck out five in six innings of work. The …

First win for WBSC in 2017 Asia Winter Baseball League

After yesterday's tie vs the JABA team, the WBSC team took on the NPB West today.  Despite almost collecting as many hits (12-14) the NPB West team managed to score only four runs. The defense of the team was shabby as they committed six errors, which cost them the game. The WBSC beat the NPB West …

Only two Dutchies on WBSC roster for 2017 Asia Winter Baseball League

The 2017 Asia Winter Baseball League is around the corner. The various participants have released their roster: CPBL, NPB, KBO, JABA All-Star and WBSC All-Star. New is this row of participants are the JABA representation and the WBSC representation. In the previous two editions, Europe has sent a team, but as the team got more …

Overview of national champions in Europe in 2017

Here is an overview of this year's baseball champions of European countries as far as the available information allows me to write something about it. Austria: In the ten-team Baseball League Austria, the reigning champion Attnang-Puchheim Athletics took on the Vienna Wanderers. The Athletics won the first two games at home but fell twice to …

European Baseball Series 2017: Kingdom of the Netherlands avoids sweep

In the third game of this series between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy, the Dutch stayed at the right side of the score this time. Both teams collected six hits but the three errors the Italians committed, costed them the game as the Dutch scored four unearned runs and won 5-2.  Even though …

Italy clinches European Baseball Series 2017

With a 6-2 victory, Italy clinched the EuropeanBaseall Series vs the Netherlands. Once again the Italian pitching kept the Dutch lineup off balanced. The Italians only got one more hit than the Dutch but were much more effective. In the first three innings, Italy scored a run in each inning for a 3-0 lead. A …

European Baseball Series 2017: Dutch lose indolent game vs Italy

In the first game of a series with nothing at stake but bragging rights, Italy outlasted the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In a game with very little going on, the Italians beat the Dutch 3-2 as they outhit them 9-5. For the third time in the history of European Baseball, this European Baseball Series was …

Do you want to play in Taiwan? This is your chance

The TOMA Footrans Traveling Team (TFTT ) from Japan will launch a showcase team in Taiwan in January 2018. The team is managed by Toma Irokawa who was a head coach of Iran, Pakistan and Hong Kong national team. The team mainly consists of Asian professional and amateur players who want to play abroad, but …

U23 European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands wins championship in extra innings

In a real nail biter, the Kingdom of the Nethelrlands beat the Czech Republic in extra innings. The Dutch gave away the lead thrice but eventually ended at the right side of the score: 10-9. The plan was to win the championship, but the championship game was nearly a bridge too far for the Kingdom …

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 …

U23 European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands advances to semis

In a mercy rule shortened game, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team beat Great Britain 11-1. After the British had taken a surprising 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Dutch scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the second inning. For the biggest part of the game, Great Britain …

U23 European Championship: Dutch clinch first place in group A

In a matchup between two unbeaten teams in group A, Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Croatia. After a rough start in which the Dutch defense made two errors that led to two Croatian runs, the Dutch restored order and won 18-3.  After the shabby defense in the first inning, the Dutch bounced back and …

U23 European Championship: Cumbersome victory for Dutch

After the first two innings, it looked like the Kingdom of the Netherlands would clinch an easy victory vs Russia, but after those innings the offense stalled. Only in the seventh, the Dutch scored a couple of runs again. Even though the Dutch had some problems adapting to the speed of the Russian pitchers, Russia …

U23 European Championship: Dutch clinch victory vs Belarus

In the seventh game of the day, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team took on Belarus. Belarus starting pitcher Branislau Tatarevich kept the Dutch in check rather well, but eventually, in the eighth inning he collapsed and the Dutch walked away. In the end, the Dutch won 9-0. The Dutch took a slim lead …