U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch beat Italy in seven, advance to final

Today, the Dutch cruised through seven innings as they beat Italy 12-2. In the lion's den, the Dutch were way too strong for the host nation. Solid hitting and a pristine outing by Sem Robberse, laid the foundation for this easy victory. After the Dutch scored on a passed ball in the first inning, Italy …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch blank Ukraine in seven innings

The Kingdom of the Netherlands shoved aside the still winless Ukraine 17-0. Starting pitcher Chris Stuart took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but it was spoiled with two outs. Thanks to this win, the Dutch will advance to the semis as the winner of group A. Chris Stewart was dominating the Ukraine lineup …

Dutch fall to Czechs in semi-final

The Dutch fought like lions but in the end, they fell short to the team that has won multiple European championships (nine) and only failed to reach the final two times since 2002: The Czech Republic. In this game, the Czechs proved to be too strong as they won 10-5. After the Dutch had taken …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch clinch hard fought victory over Germany

The final score did not really show the course of the game. The game was much closer than the score implicates. In the final inning, the Dutch scored two insurance runs to reach the final score of 4-1. A bases-loaded wild pitch in the first inning allowed the Dutch to score the opening run. Two …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch no match for Italians

After three solid victories, the Dutch slammed into a wall vs Italy. The Azzurri were way too strong for their Dutch counterparts as they won 18-1. Sol Fahrner gave up three runs in the first inning on a walk, two singles and a double. In the second inning, Fahrner kept the Italians from scoring. In …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Another easy victory for Dutch

Today, the Dutch national team faced Slovakia. It was another easy win as the Dutch needed four innings to finish the job. Until the third inning, the Dutch led by five runs but a thirteen-run inning sealed the feat of the Slovakians prematurely as the Dutch won 26-2.  Once again the offense was red hot …

World baseball ranking: Netherlands drops a spot, Italy drops out of top 12

Today, a month and a half after the previous one, the WBSC announced the new baseball world ranking in a press release. The most surprising part was the move Mexico made. The Central Americans moved into the fifth place, their highest ranking ever. Another surprise is the fact that the United States has passed Japan for …

Kingdom of the Netherlands gains a spot in world ranking

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation presented the new world rankings baseball. In this ranking, the Dutch moved one place up, from the ninth to the eighth thanks to several good performances of several national teams. The other European top team, Italy, lost two places and dropped to the twelfth spot in the rankings, …

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 …

WBC 2017: Italy ousted in tie-breaker game

In a tie-breaker game of which the participation of Venezuela was rather controversial, Italy was kicked out of the tournament as the team blew a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning. After having beaten Venezuela on Sunday, Mexico was convinced that it would be the opponent of Italy in the tie-breaker game. …

2017 WBC: Exciting games a real promotion

Yesterday's games were a real promotion for the World Baseball Classic. Exciting games in which the score went back and forth and the one of this morning with a perhaps unexpected outcome showed that this event is worth watching.  Venezuela  11 -  10  Italy Yesterday, team Italy showed again that you cannot rule out the …

Cuba beats Australia and advances to 2nd round, Italy stuns Mexico

In the decisive game between Cuba and Australia in group B, the Cubans stayed at the right side of the score. After trailing 4-1, the Aussies pushed and scored two runs but eventually, they fell short.  For four innings not much happened. Both teams had runners in scoring position a few times but neither team …

Ballparks Around the World: Estadio Charros de Jalisco

In Ballparks Around the World, the Dutch Baseball Hangout pays attention to one of the venues of the upcoming World Baseball Classic: Estadio Charros de Jalisco, home of the Charros de Jalisco from the Mexican Pacific League. Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco is located in Zapopan, near Guadelajara in Mexico. The stadium was created …

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 …

AWBL roster team Europe released

According to baseball.it the roster of team Europe, that will participate in the Asia Winter Baseball League in Taiwan, has been released. The team with some of the biggest talents in Europe contains a couple of surprises. First of all the manager. Last year the team was under the helm of Italian manager Gilberto Girali, …

European Championship: September 17

On the final full day of the European Championship, Italy faced the Czech Republic, Spain took on Germany and the Netherlands faced Belgium.   Czech Republic  2  -  3  Italy   In what would be a close game, Italy took an early lead when Alex Liddi hit a two out triple to right field and scored …

European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands ousts Italy

Ciao Italia. That was the tendency of last night's game between Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy. If you are suffering from high blood pressure or hart failure, last night's game wasn't something for you to watch. What started as a quiet game in which the runs did not come cheap, turned out to be a …