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 …

Dutch win first ever Colt League World Series game

The Dutch Colt League team, the first Dutch representative at a Colt League World Series ever, debuted with a blast. In five innings the team beat thet tournament host Lafayette from Indiana 10-0.   The Dutch team, created with players from the various Dutch baseball academies,  got off a fast start as they scored four runs in …

U15 European Championship 2017: Germany clinches European title

Staying undefeated in the round robin doesn't mean a thing. That is the lesson that has to be learned from this championship. The Dutch won all their games in the first round, while Germany lost the one vs Spain. Still, Germany beat the Dutch 4-2 in the final. Germany proved to be too strong for …

U15 European Championship 2017: The Netherlands to face Germany in the final

The Netherlands will face Germany in the final of the 2017 U15 European Championship. Germany beat the Czech Republic 9-8 in the first semi final. The Netherlands clinched an easy victory over France. Chris Stuart was the tormentor of the French lineup as he cruised through six innings and guided the Netherlands to a 6-2 …

U15 European Championship 2017: Dutch come off well against Poland

In the second game of the European U15 Championship, the Dutch had to step on it against Poland. Poland that lost in five innings against the Czech Republic the previous day, had a 4-0 lead after three innings. The Dutch had to make a last ditch effort to turn the tables and beat Poland 7-4. …

European Champions Cup 2017: There will be a new champion

Yesterday, Curaçao Neptunus beat T&A San Marino in a rather lopsided game in which the Italians could not get a grip on Diegomar Markwell's pitches. In the other semi-final, L&D Amsterdam just stayed at the wrong side of the score as they fought their way back after trailing 7-0.  T&A San Marino  1  -  7 …

European Champions Cup 2017: Day 3

Two games next to the ones with the Dutch teams involved: Fortitudo Bologna vs Mainz Athletics and A.S.D. Rimini Pirates vs T&A San Marino. In the game between Bologna and Mainz, it showed what a lack of pitching depth can lead to. Mainz Athletics  2  -  22  Fortitudo Bologna The Mainz Athletics weren't a shadow …

European Champions Cup 2017: Curaçao Neptunus clinches spot in semis

Until the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, Rouen Huskies was a tough opponent for Curaçao Neptunus. Only after the Dutch team took a 5-2 lead, things started to roll. Eventually, Neptunus beat the Huskies 9-3.  Today's game started better for Curaçao Neptunus than yesterday's. With two outs, Christian Diaz hit a line drive to the …

European Champions Cup 2017: Day 2

Despite Rimini's 9-2 loss vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates, it was a good day for the Italian baseball clubs. The other two Italian representatives won with big numbers. Rouen Huskies  0  -  14  Fortitudo Bologna If Fortitudo Bologna had stepped on it a bit more, the game vs the Rouen Huskies could have been over in …

European Champions Cup 2017: Easy victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

In the second matchup vs an Italian opponent in as many days, L&D Amsterdam cruised through nine innings for an easy win. Rob Cordemans pitched six innings in which he gave up only one run. At bat, Pirates was more efficient than their opponent, as they beat A.S.D. Rimini Pirates 9-2. After a scoreless first …

European Champions Cup 2017: Major upset in group A

Today Dutch champion Curaçao Neptunus faced the Mainz Athletics. One grand slam home run made the difference today. Who did hit it? Max Boldt of the Mainz Athletics. Eventually, it prevented Neptunus from winning the game as the Rotterdam-based team lost 7-6. Misja Harcksen started on the mound for Curaçao Neptunus. It was quite a while …

European Champions Cup 2017: Day 1

Next, to the two games in which the two Dutch representatives played, there were two other games featuring the Mainz Athletics and the Rouen Huskies and the Buchbinder Legionnaere from Regensburg and the Rimini Pirates. Mainz Athletics  7  -  17  Rouen Huskies In a crazy game, the Mainz Athletics blew a 3-1 and a 5-3 lead …

European Champions Cup 2017: Another solid Dutch victory

After L&D Amsterdam Pirates beat their "Italian" opponent this morning, it was Curaçao Neptunus' turn to face an Italian team. So far in the Dutch hoofdklasse, Neptunus did not show their best baseball yet, but today vs Fortitudo Bologna, it was the way it used to be. In a walk over victory, the Rotterdam-based team beat …