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 …

Asia Winter League: Europe falls to Chinese Taipei 1-5

In the second game that the European delegation played at the Asia Winter League, team Chinese Taipei was too strong. One of the highlights was the 2-6 double play that Italian catcher Alberto Mineo made in the first inning. Another positive thing was that starting pitcher Maickel Rietel pitched three good frames before he was …

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 …

Dutch Hoofdklasse Play Offs, Saturday August 22: No-hit bid spoiled

Today the following games were scheduled in the Play Offs:  Vaessen Pioniers @ Curacao Neptunus and Corendon Kinheim @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates.  Two exciting games . One in which both teams were almost each other’s match and another in which a no-hit bid was spoiled late in the game. Vaessen Pioniers @ Curacao Neptunus  1 …

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 …

Dutch Hoofdklasse, Thursday July 30: NO-HITTER FOR ORLANDO YNTEMA

On day one of round six in the second half of the season the following games were scheduled: Curacao Neptunus @ UVV, Pronto DSS @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Vaessen Pioniers @ HCAW and Mampaey the Hawks @ Corendon Kinheim. Two major surprises today. Curacao Neptunus @ UVV  5 - 0 Orlando Yntema made the history …

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 …

Holland Series 2014: Game 3

  vs  In game one Diegomar Markwell was hit hard and Kevin Heijstek was practically unhittable. Game three was the other way around. Kevin Heijstek struggled in the first two innings. He allowed two runs on four hits in the first inning. In the second he allowed one more run on two hits, but eventually …

Holland Series 2014: Game 3 probables

       vs     Tonight, game three will be played at the home field of L&D Amsterdam Pirates. I am going to attend, so I am really looking forward to this game. I wonder who will be the starters for both teams. Since Kevin Heijstek pitched on Saturday, he has had four days …

Holland Series 2014: Game 1

  vs  Yesterday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates headed to Rotterdam to take on still reigning champion DOOR Neptunus. In the first game of the best of seven series, things went rather different than I expected. Even though I am rooting for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, I think that DOOR Neptunus is the team to beat. IMHO, DOOR …

European Cup 2014: Dutch win first game in second round

In the second round of the European Cup,the numbers 1, 2 and 3 of group A will play the numbers 1, 2 and 3 of group B. The two teams that finish on top after these games, will play in the championship game on Sunday. The Dutch took on the Germans in their first game …

European Cup 2014: Dutch play their short game vs Croatia

In today's second game in Ostrava (Czech Republic), the Dutch took on Croatia. Ostrava was lucky since Regensburg in Germany was bothered by the rain and the first game there was rained out. The Dutch were the road team and started the game at bat. Hainley Statia led off but grounded out to first base …

European Cup 2014: Final roster of team Netherlands and Italy

The final roster for the Dutch has been published. To me there are some surprises. The last cuts have been made by manager Steve Janssen. After Roger Bernadina was called up to the Majors, one cut didn't have to be made. Now a second one doesn't need to be made. Juan Carlos Sulbaran has been …

European Cup 2014: Dutch provisional roster

Less than a day after I posted the probables, the Dutch baseball and softball federation (KNBSB) announced the provisional roster of the Dutch national team.The Dutch will go to Sénart with the following players* :Pitchers:Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam Pirates) Diegomar Markwell  (DOOR Neptunus)David Bergman (Corendon Kinhiem)Kevin Heijstek (L&D Amsterdam Pirates)Orlando Yntema (DOOR Neptunus)Wendell Floranus  (Gulf …

European Cup 2014: Dutch probables

Now the play offs are over, the Dutch will focus on the upcoming European Cup first.Two years ago, the Dutch celeberated the 100th birthday of the Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB). Because of that the 2012 European Cup was played in the Netherlands. But what had to be a cherry on the cake turned …