Mike Bolsenbroek leaves Regensburg, Jan Tomek fills the void

According to the website of the Regensburg Legionäre, their ace Mike Bolsenbroek turns his back on the club to join the three-time German champion, Heidenheim Heideköpfe. According to head coach Tomas Bison the Legionäre have tried everything to change his mind but the offered contract wasn't financially attractive to continue his stay with Regensburg.  "It …

ABL: Two sweeps and two 3-1 series wins

Behind some strong offense and solid pitching (at times), the Sydney Blue Sox handed a 4-0 series loss to the Perth Heat. The Canberra Cavalry swept the Geelong-Korea team, Brisbane clinched a 3-1 series win vs Melbourne as both teams played a tripleheader on Saturday and the Adelaide Bite clinched a 3-1 series win over …

Kingdom of the Netherlands drops one spot in World Rankings

After the U23 World Cup, that was won by Mexico, the WBSC has presented the new World Ranking. Some changes occurred as Japan regained first place again and the USA dropped into second place. Most of the countries that reached the Super Round of the U23 World Cup gained a spot in the World Rankings. …

French division I expands to 12 teams

The French Baseball Federation will expand the French first division to twelve teams. As a result, the league will be split into two groups. This year, only seven teams finished the competition of the French top league.      The two groups contain the following teams: Group A Rouen Baseball 76 Montpellier Barracudas Lions de …

No European/WBSC team in Asia Winter League

Unlike the past three seasons, there will be no European team or representation of the WBSC in this year's Asia Winter League. The organization of the tournament did not disclose a reason. In 2015, a European All-Star team debuted in the Asia Winter League. They weren't quite successful. Sure the team won some games but …

Softbank Hawks one win away from clinching NPB title

The Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka won game five of the NPB series vs the Hiroshima Toyo Carp today. The team of Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk beat the Carp 5-4. Thanks to this win, the team only needs one more win to clinch the NPB championship. After game one, that ended in a 2-2 …

U23 World Cup Baseball: Dutch end tournament with third consecutive loss

A third consecutive loss resulted in a disappointing tenth place for team Kingdom of the Netherlands in this year's U23 World Cup. Once again, the pitching did not pan out well and after a good first inning, the batters were kept in check. This resulted in an 11-3 loss vs Puerto Rico. Team Kingdom of …

U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch humiliated by Australians

Yesterday the woes for the Kingdom of the Netherlands continued. After a surprising loss vs the Czech Republic, Australia was much too strong for the Dutch as they fell 16-3. Nothing went the Dutch' way. The pitching did not pan out the way it should and the lineup was kept in check by the Australian …

U23 Baseball World Cup 2018: Czechs surprisingly beat Dutch

The Kingdom of the Netherlands got off a wrong start in the consolation round as the team was beaten 4-3 by the Czech Republic. The Czechs took an early lead on a sac fly to left field and a two-run homer hit by Jakub Grepl. https://twitter.com/MilujemeBasebal/status/1055477690009042949 For five innings, the Dutch lineup was kept in …

U23 World Cup Baseball: Dutch move on to consolation round

Despite two consecutive wins, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will continue the U23 World Cup tournament in the consolation round. The results against Colombia is a disadvantage for the Dutch as they start with a 1-1 record in the standings of the consolation round, while Colombia is starting with a 2-0 record. The Australians also …

Softbank Hawks advance to Nippon Series to face the Hiroshima Toyo Carp

The Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Central League) and the Softbank Hawks  (Pacific League) will face each other in the 2018 Nippon Series. The Carp swept the Yomiuri Giants 4-0 to advance and today, the Hawks clinched a Nippon Series spot by beating the Seibu Lions 6-5. As usual, the winner of the regular season in each …

U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch let down by pitching in loss to Mexico

The second loss in as many games. After the loss vs Colombia, the Dutch fell to Mexico yesterday. The problem wasn't the offense as the Dutch collected twelve hits but merely the pitching that gave up fourteen runs on sixteen hits and six walks. As a result, the Kingdom of the Netherlands fell to Mexico …

Groups of upcoming European Championship

If everything had happened according to the original schedule, the European Championship would have been played this year. But with baseball becoming an Olympic Sport in Japan, the WBSC Europe (former CBE) decided to push back the tournament so it can serve as pre-qualifier for the Olympic Games. The tournament will be played in 2019 …

Dutch jump two spots on world ranking

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the newly updated WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which weigh a country’s National Team performance, from U-12 to Professional, in official WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period (2015-2018). Those countries that finish with the first twelve teams at the end of this year, automatically qualify for the …

Super 6 2018: Final canceled, Dutch declared winners

Once again Pluvius was the spoiler. After the game between Spain and Kingdom of the Netherlands was postponed on Friday night with the Dutch leading 3-0, the continuation of the game after eight full innings on Saturday was impossible as the floodgates of heaven opened again. As the game was called after eight full innings …

Super 6 2018: Netherlands vs Spain rained out

After the game was postponed last night with a 3-0 lead for the Dutch, it continued this afternoon. To make a long story short: In the top of the ninth, the Dutch were leading 12-10 when the floodgates of heaven opened. Eventually, after about an hour and a half, the game was called and the …

Super 6 2018: Italy needs five innings to beat Czech Republic

In a rather ridiculous game, Italy was much too strong for the Czech Republic. Italy has a couple of power hitters on its squad but with the strong wind, almost every Italian player turned into a power hitter. The result was that eleven home runs were hit in this game. Nine by Italy, two by …

Super 6 2018: Belgium bests Germany in slow game

In one of the slowest games of the tournament, Belgium stayed at the right side of the score vs Germany. Germany came close in the final inning of the game but eventually, their offense fell short as Belgium beat the Germans 7-6. Germany took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on …