European Champions Cup 2018 awarded to Curaçao Neptunus

The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) has announced that the organization of the 2018 European Champions Cup has been awarded to Curaçao Neptunus. For the club from Rotterdam, it is a nice addition to the celebrations of its 75th anniversary. The current European and Dutch champion organized this tournament for the last time in 2015 when …

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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 …

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: The Netherlands finishes on top of its group

Once again the opponent took a lead in the first few innings of the game, but also this time, the Dutch rallied for the lead and eventually the win. After the Czech Republic had taken a 4-1 lead, the Dutch walked off as a victory as they beat the Czechs 11-6.  The Czechs took a …

U15 European Championship 2017: Russia blanked by the Netherlands

In the fourth game of the Netherlands on the 2017 U15 European Championship, the team showed no mercy for Russia as they won 17-0 in four mercy rule innings. Russia managed to collect only one hit on the superb pitching of the Dutch and the Netherlands took advantage of eleven walks, four errors, one balk, …

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. …

U15 European Championship 2017: Austria no match for the Netherlands

With the U12 European Championship barely over, the next one is up and running already. In Wiener Neustad (Vienna New town) in Austria, the Dutch took on the host country. The story of the game was one about the Austrian pitching lacking control as they gave up eight walks, threw one wild pitch and hit …

U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch beat Russia for fifth spot

After the Netherlands lost big to France yesterday, they had to take onRussia in the game for the fifth and sixth place. It wasn't a blowout victory, but the Dutch scored enough runs to beat the Russians by 9-5. The Dutch took a quick lead in the first inning when they scored four runs. With …

U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch no match for France

In a winner-takes-all game France bested the Netherlands 13-3 in six mercy rule innings. The Dutch let a 3-0 lead slip through their fingers. Both the hitting and the pitching did not work out today. The pitching was hit hard and the offense was kept in check by the French pitchers. The Netherlands took a …

U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch finish off Austria in five innings

In a game in which Austria was no match for the Netherlands, the Dutch finished the game in five innings, beating the Austrians 17-6. The difference was not only the Austrians being outhit by the Dutch but also the number of walks (8) the Austrian pitching gave up. Add the number of extra base hits …

U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch beat reigning champion

Despite the Germans had a bonafide slugger in their ranks, it did not really harm the Netherlands as the latter beat the reigning European champion 12 - 5.  A solid performance by starting pitcher Ryan Hoogendoorn, clutch hitting and patience at bat led to this victory.  For the first time in sixteen years, the KNBSB (Royal …

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 …