Holland Series 2018: L&D Amsterdam pushes Curaçao Neptunus aside

In the second game of the Holland Series, Kevin Heijstek was vastly dominant as he went the distance for L&D Amsterdam Pirates and secured the 7-0 win for the team from the Dutch capital.  L&D Amsterdam Pirates took an early lead in the first inning. With runners on the corners, Kalian Sams hit into a …

Dutch roster for Super 6 revealed

Today manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Evert-Jan 't Hoen announced the names of the players that will be on the roster of the Dutch squad that will participate in the Super 6 tournament that will be held in Hoofddorp (near Amsterdam) from September 18 through September 23. The team contains players from US/Canadian …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Playoffs, round 1, day 2

Only one game took place today due to bad weather. L&D Amsterdam Pirates went to Bussum to take on HCAW in what would become a very close game. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  1  -  2  HCAW The game was played around  some rain delays. Until the sixth inning not really much happened partly because of the good …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Dutch fall to Japan in ten innings

Not team Samurai Japan but a selection of college all-stars is representing Japan. A guarantee for small ball. And that is exactly how the team beat team Kingdom of the Netherlands in extra innings as they won 5-3.  In a very close game, the Dutch eventually ended at the wrong side of the score. In …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Dutch do not have to go deep vs Germany

In their first game of the 2018 Haarlem Baseball Week, team Kingdom of the Netherlands did not have much trouble with their German opponent. Three Dutch pitchers combined for a 6-0 shutout and limited the Germans to three hits. After Japan beat Italy 1-0 in the opening game, the Dutch had it much easier against …

European Champions Cup 2018: L&D Amsterdam Pirates saves Dutch ticket

For most of the week, L&D Amsterdam Pirates played like a sack of potatoes but in its hour of need the team stepped on it and saved the ECC ticket for the Netherlands for 2019. Kevin Heijstek was the starting pitcher. In the first game of the tournament he was too but then it was like …

European Champions Cup 2018: Hard fought victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

An unexpected close game today between the Heidenheim Heideköpfe and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Pirates had to go deep but eventually came back from trailing 2-0 and won 4-2. Kevin Heijstek wasn't sharp today. Before he knew it Heidenheim had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the six innings he lasted on the …

European Baseball Series 2017: Dutch lose indolent game vs Italy

In the first game of a series with nothing at stake but bragging rights, Italy outlasted the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In a game with very little going on, the Italians beat the Dutch 3-2 as they outhit them 9-5. For the third time in the history of European Baseball, this European Baseball Series was …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Heijstek goes deep for win

As a deluge hit the Netherlands in the past days, all games but one were canceled. Only the game between Hoofddorp Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam was played. Both teams were each other's match but in the end, L&D Amsterdam prevailed as they scored a run in the ninth to clinch a 5-4 victory. It was …

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: Easy victory for Dutch vs Cuba

A juvenile team Kingdom of the Netherlands beat Cuba in a surprisingly easy way. The Dutch pitching limited the Cubans to one run and seven hits in a 6-1 victory as the Dutch outhit them 12-7.  After Gianison Boekhoudt doubled home Stijn van der Meer from second base, Cuba tied the game in the bottom …

European Champions Cup 2017: Clear victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

In a game that was close a close affair for  5 innings, L&D Amsterdam clinched a clear 5-1 victory over San Marino. L&D Amsterdam Pirates loaded the bases once with less than two outs but failed to push for more runs, but nevertheless, it was a clear victory for the Dutch. In a game that started in …

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands loses first practice game

In the first practice game since the start of their training camp in preparation of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the Dutch team traveled to Tucson to face the KT Wiz from the Korean Baseball Organization for a practice game. Thanks to some sloppy defense by the Dutch, the Koreans won 5-2.  The KT Wiz …

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 …

Kevin Heijstek out for the season

By now this is old news already, but I have totally missed it. Bad news for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, good news for the rest of the Dutch Hoofdklasse. Baseball website Grand Slam Stats & News announced this on June 12. Kevin Heijstek injured himself during the final of the European Champions Cup as he covered first …

European Champions Cup 2016: L&D Amsterdam Pirates a surprising winner?

You all may have noticed by now that L&D Amsterdam Pirates won the European Champions Cup by beating A.S.D. Rimini Pirates in extra innings. But was this a surprising win? Even though Curacao Neptunus won the cup last year, Italian club baseball was dominant in Europe over the past eight years. Since 1996, Neptunus from …