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 …

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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 …

European Championship: September 15

In the super round three games were played today: Belgium vs Czech Republic, Germany vs Italy and Spain vs Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the relegation round, two games were played: Greece vs Russia and Great Britain vs Croatia.   Belgium  3  -  4  Czech Republic   In a game that needed ten innings to …

European Championship: September 13

Today Russia took on Great Britain in a game with a somewhat surprising outcome. France was not beaten up but not really a match for Spain. Germany beat the Czech Republic. Italy needed seven innings vs Croatia and Belgium mashed Greece.   Great Britain  5  -  11  Russia   Quite a surprising score in the …

European Championship Baseball highlights

Play by play announcer Tim Collins sent me the links to several highlights of the games that have been played with this year's European Championship so far. Sweden vs Czech Republic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSiiw0mIGEc&feature=youtu.be Great Britain vs Germany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub2-CDhdd7I&feature=youtu.be France vs Italy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zebEz84ajhQ&feature=youtu.be Germany vs Kingdom of rhe Netherlands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-CSnrLUKOw&feature=youtu.be Kingdom of the Netherlands vs Great Britain …

European Championship: September 11, 2016

On the third day of the European Championship the follwing games were scheduled: Czech Republic vs Sweden, Spain vs Croatia, Great Britain vs Germany, France vs Greece and Italy vs Belgium.   Croatia  0  -  6  Spain   In the first game of the day, Spain's victory never was in danger. Pitcher Lowuin Sacramento lasted seven …

European Championship: September 10, 2016

On day two of the European Championship in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, the following games were played: Sweden vs Russia, Spain vs Greece (the second mercy rule victory for the Spaniards), Czech Republic vs Great Britain, Italy vs France, Croatia vs Belgium and the Netherlands vs Germany.   Greece  1  -  12  Spain   Another mercy rule victory …

European Championship: September 9, 2016

On the opening day of the European Cup in the Netherlands, six games were played. No surprises as the Czech Republic blanked Russia, France beat up Croatia, Spain kicked teh butt of Belgium and Italy did not show any mercy with Greece. The only "normal" score was in the game between Germany and Sweden.   Sweden …

Dutch better be warned: Czechs win Italian Baseball Week

The Czech Republic has won the Italian Baseball week. The team clinched the title on Monday, with one more day to play. Eventually the team finished the tournament with a 3-1 record. The Czechs beat Italy 2-1 in the first confrontation between the two countries. In the previous game of the Czechs vs Spain, they …

New World Rankings released

The WBSC released the new World Rankings today. https://twitter.com/WBSCBaseball/status/710794210555854848 As expected Japan remained in first place as did the USA remained in second. Chinese Taipei moved up a spot and Korea moved up four due to their great performance during the inaugural Premier 12. Cuba dropped to fifth place. The biggest free fall made team …