Dutch hoofdklasse 2017:

In a game with nothing at stake, as the positions in the regular season were set already, Curaçao Neptunus hosted Pickles UVV.  Without flexing their muscles, Neptunus beat UVV 2-0.  Until the fourth inning Pickles UVV could keep pace with Curaçao Neptunus when neither team scored. But in the bottom of the fourth, Neptunus loaded the …

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Dutch hoofdklasse 2017: Curaçao Neptunus wins in comeback-from-behind fashion.

After trailing 5-0 at the start of the fifth inning, Curaçao Neptunus managed to come back in the ninth inning and walk away with the 7-5 victory in extra innings. L&D Amsterdam Pirates' bullpen did not manage to do the job as they gave up four runs in the ninth inning. A passed ball and …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch surrender win in last inning

For 8.5 innings it looked like team Kingdom of the Netherlands would beat Taiwan but three errors by the Dutch catcher cost them the game eventually. The Dutch pitching was superb last night but unfortunately, the effort was in vain as the Dutch lost 4-3. The Dutch took a quick lead in the first inning. …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win first game

After falling to Chinese Taipei in the final inning last night, the Dutch bounced back vs Curaçao. In thirteen innings the Dutch clinched the 10-7 victory. In the regular innings, the runs did not come cheap. In the third inning, Rob Cordemans gave up two runs to Curaçao when Reangelo Beaumont was driven in from second …

Kingdom of the Netherlands falls to Koreans in second game as well

Today the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the NC Dinos, also from the KBO. In a wild game in which the score went back and forth, the Dutch ended at the wrong side of the score. The Dutch pitching staff showed two faces today; one that performed well and another that did not deliver when needed. …

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands: the roster behind the WBC roster

Yesterday the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) presented the roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. But next to that roster, there is, what they call, a designated pool of pitchers. This designated pool of pitchers is a list with reserve players. Even though Kenley Jansen has …

Kingdom of the Netherlands: What conclusions can be drawn from friendly matches vs Japan?

Last Saturday and Sunday, team Kingdom of the Netherlands played two exhibition games vs team Samurai Japan. The two games were part of  a four game series. Two were played between Mexico and Japan. For Japan it was a must to win all games, but one was lost to Mexico (7-3). The Dutch played two …

Holland Series 2016: Neptunus one win away from clinching championship

In a game that started like the one of yesterday, Curacao Neptunus stepped off the field as a victor. In a close game both teams left eight runners on the bases. Pirates got runners in scoring position four times without taking advantage of it, Neptunus did so three times. Where Neptunus' bullpen was the achilles heel …

Holland Series 2016, game one: L&D Amsterdam Pirates wins nail biter

What appeared to become a game in which L&D Amsterdam Pirates did not have much of a chance to close the gap as they trailed 5-2, turned into a nail biter. The Amsterdam based team managed to tie the game in the final inning, so extra innings were needed. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  6  -  5  …

European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands vs Great Britain

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands is regarded as the big favorite to win this year's European Cup. To meet that expectation, the Dutch had to win vs Great Britain. The Dutch did what they had to do and won in seven inings.   Kingdom of the Netherlands  11  -  1  Great Britain    Diegomar Markwell …

Premier 12: Kingdom of the Netherlands – USA, one disastrous inning makes the difference

Today team Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the USA in the quarter-finals. After dealing with quite some bad luck (family matters for Andruw Jones, injuries of several players), the team was hit by bad luck again. Proposed starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens had to return home due to family matters. He was replaced by Tom …

Premier 12: Kingdom of the Netherlands A lot – Italy 1

In today's game between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy, the Southern Europeans were no match for the Northern Europeans. Where Rob Cordemans got the nod of Hensley Meulens, I had my doubts because he was hit rather hard in his last two Hoofdklasse starts. And in the bottom of the first inning the …

Dutch gather at Curacao to prepare for Premier12

The Dutch national team went to Curacao to prepare for the upcoming Premier 12 tournament which will start on November 8. The players arrived at the Blue Bay Curaçao Golf & Beach Resort in Willemstad yesterday. At the resort the local players that received a call up joined the team, together with manager Hensley Meulens. Meulens …

Rosters of the Dutch All Star Game presented

Yesterday the rosters of the Dutch All Star game were announced. There is a slight change regarding to previous years with the forming of the teams. In the previous years you had a North team and a South team. North mainly cointaining players form L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Corendon Kinheim, Vaessen Pioniers and HCAW. The South …

European Cup best of three: Game 3 in Rotterdam

Finally after eight years, the supremacy of Italian baseball clubs has been broken. In a rather dominant outing Curacao Neptunus from Rotterdam, beat Fortitudo Bologna 7-3. The rubber game of the three game series started at noon today, because of the flight schedule of the Italians. Curacao Neptunus took a lead in the bottom of the …

European Cup best of three: Game one in Bologna.

Today the two winners of the preliminary rounds of the European Cup in Rotterdam and in Paris faced each other for game one in Bologna. Fortitudo Bologna had won the tournament in Paris and advanced to the championship series. So did Curacao Neptunus from and in Rotterdam. Curacao Neptunus @ Fortitudo Bologna  3 - 5 …

Dutch Hoofdklasse, Tuesday July 7: Curacao Neptunus @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Because of European Cup obligations Curacao Neptunus later this season, the game that was scheduled then, between Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Pirates was played today. In a high scoring and close game, Neptunus took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. With two outs and Rien Vernooij on first, Vernooij advanced …

Robert Eenhoorn in the center of the attention during Dutch Star Awards

Tonight the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) organized the Star Awards. An evening where several prices were given to softball and baseball players from the Dutch Hoofdklasse. I will focus on the baseball awards. But the night was built around Robert Eenhoorn, former shortstop of the New York Yankees. For years, after his …