Mike Bolsenbroek to join Brisbane Bandits

According to mister-baseball.com, Dutch pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek will join the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for the 2019/2020 season. The 32-year old Bolsenbroek joined the Regensburg Legionäre in 2008 and except for the two years he spent in the US with the organization of the Philadelphia Phillies, he played with the Legionäre ever since. …

2019 European Championship: Czechs clinch fifth spot with the long ball

In the battle for fifth place and thus a spot in the upcoming European/African Baseball Olympic Qualifier, Germany took on the Czech Republic. In a close game  the Czech Republic eventually stayed at the right side of the score: Germany took a quick lead in the second inning. Erik Brenk scored all the way from …

Watch Germany @ the Netherlands here

Today, the Netherlands will face hosting nation Germany. After an easy victory over Sweden, the Dutch are looking for their second win of the tournament. Germany lost its unbeaten status yesterday after a heartbreaking loss vs Israel in ten innings. The game will be played as the nightcap of a long day of baseball. It …

Complaining neighbors manage to annoy baseball fans

Once again complaining neighbors have made baseball's life nearly impossible. In the past, the Dutch Baseball Federation implemented the dreaded curfew rule to avoid complaints from people living around or near baseball diamonds. The curfew rule prevents clubs to start a new inning after 22:30 (10:30 PM) during night games. This time neighbors living near …

U23 European Championship 2019: Czech Republic new champions

The Czech Republic succeeded the Netherlands as new U23 European Champions. Last year the Czechs lost in a nail biter to the Dutch 10-9. Today, the Czechs were too strong for Germany as they won 4-1. After Martin Muzik was hit by a pitch in the second inning, he scored all the way from first …

U23 European Championship 2019: Dutch clinch first win

Already eliminated from the semi-finals, team Kingdom of the Netherlands clinched its first victory of the tournament by beating Germany, that was unbeaten until today, 2-1 in another close affair. Two pitchers of Oosterhout Twins and one of Meerlease Pioniers had strong outings. Thomas Roijers (Twins) pitched four solid innings in which he gave up …

A day at the Dohren Wild Farmers

Yesterday, I spend a day at the Dohren Wild Farmers, a baseball club about 20-40 km from Hamburg in Germany. The baseball facility was made by the club itself without any financial help of the local municipality. As Dohren counts a bit more than 1,200 inhabitants, the club counts about 150 active members. The weather …

U12 European Championship 2019: Dutch unbeaten to finals

In the first semi-final of the day, the Netherlands took on the number two of group B, Germany. The Dutch' neighbours didn't stand a chance against the Dutch lineup.  The Dutch clinched an easy 11-3 victory. This victory was the fourth in a row for the Netherlands as the team enters the final for the …

My top ten of European ballcaps

Recently I wrote a blog post about my favorite Dutch ballcaps. Today I will post one about my favorite European ballcaps. Throughout Europe, there are many baseball clubs. Some of them sport some nice ballcaps. Time for an overview of my favorite ones. Be warned, there is a lot of green coming up.  10. Munich-Haar …

Germany with two teams in next year’s ECC

Today, the final of the CEB cup was played. The opponents were the German runner up Heidenheim Heideköpfe and the Czech runner up Draci Brno. For eight innings, both teams were each other's equal but in the eighth, the Heideköpfe struck hard and stepped off the field as the winner. Eight innings long, neither team …

CEB Cup 2019: Heidenheim and Brno still unbeaten

As most of the attention of this blog is going to the European Champions Cup, one would forget there is also another European tournament going on: the CEB cup is taking place in Brno, Czech Republic. With two groups of four teams, two teams stood out above the rest so far: the Heidenheim Heideköpfe in …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 4

On day four of the ECC, the following games were scheduled:  Deurne Spartans @ Rouen Huskies, Parmaclima Parma @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Arrows Ostrava @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ Curaçao Neptunus.  Deurne Spartans  4  -  5  Rouen Huskies A very bitter loss for the Deurne Spartans. After the team took an unexpected 4-0 …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 3

On the third day of the ECC, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Parmaclima Parma @ Bonn Capitals, Rouen Huskies @ Curaçao Neptunus Group B: Arrows Ostrava @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, UnipolSai Bologna @ Deurne Spartans. Parmaclima Parma  17  -  8  Bonn Capitals In a crazy game, the Bonn Capitals took a 7-0 lead …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 2

On the second day of the ECC, the following games were scheduled:  Group A: Bonn Capitals @ Curaçao Neptunus and Parmaclima Parma @ Rouen Huskies Group B: L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ Deurne Spartans and Arrows Ostrava @ UnipolSai Bologna. Bonn Capitals  4  -  14  Curaçao Neptunus Game report L&D Amsterdam Pirates  17  -  0  Deurne …

European Champions Cup 2019: Bonn Capitals no match for Neptunus

Bonn Capitals    -    Curaçao Neptunus In the first four innings, everything went Bonn's way completely as the Germans scored four runs. But in the fifth, their pitching collapsed and Neptunus took advantage in the biggest possible way as it scored eight runs to turn the tables in just one inning. Back-to-back solo home …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 1

On the first day of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Deurne Spartans @ Arrows Ostrava and Curaçao Neptunus @ Parmaclima Parma. Group B: Rouen Huskies @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Deurne Spartans  2  -  17  Arrows Ostrava In every possible way, Arrows Ostrava was superior …