Holland Series 2018: Cordemans guides L&D Amsterdam Pirates to opening game win

A solid outing by veteran pitcher Rob Cordemans led to a convincing 8-2 victory over Curaçao Neptunus in game one of the 2018 Holland Series. In the first inning, Curaçao Neptunus took an early 1-0 lead when Stijn van der Meer, who got on base on a single scored on a fielding error by third baseman …

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 …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Narrow escape for Kingdom of the Netherlands

In a game in which Italy had the lead for most of the time, the Dutch came alongside in the seventh inning and pushed for the walk-off run in the ninth as they beat Italy 2-1. It was one of those games in which the losing side collected more hits than the winner. Italy got …

Dutch roster for Baseball Week Haarlem unveiled

In a press release, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) announced the roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands for the upcoming Baseball Week Haarlem. The roster contains three players that will debut with the team. One of the debuting players is Misja Harcksen of De Glaskoning Twins. The other two are catcher …

European Champions Cup 2018: Curaçao Neptunus repeats as champion

In the final of the 2018 European Champions Cup, Curaçao Neptunus was vastly dominant over A.S.D. Rimini Pirates, outscoring the Italian champion 5-0 and outhitting them 10-4. For former Neptunus member Kevin Kelly, the outcome could not have been more bitter. Apparently, without a starting pitcher, Rimini manager Paolo Ceccaroli threw him in to be the …

European Champions Cup 2018: Rimini eliminates L&D Amsterdam Pirates from semis

After the devastating loss vs the Rouen Huskies yesterday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had to take on A.S.D. Rimini Pirates from Italy in the decisive game of group A. Even though it wasn't a blowout like yesterday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates finished the game at the wrong side of the score as Rimini won 3-2. In the …

Dutchies Around the World

In this episode of Dutchies around the world we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Ademar Rifaela, Ray-Patrick Didder, Kirvin Moesquit, Wladimir Balentien and Kevin Kelly. MLB Andrelton Simmons is still one of the best shortstops in the game. He is capable of the most amazing plays. In the past few years, his fielding percentage was in …

Curaçao Neptunus acquires Japanese pitcher

After De Glaskoning Twins, Curaçao Neptunus will be the second Dutch hoofdklasse club who will use a pitcher from Japan in 2018. In a press release, the club announced the signing of left-hander Riki Saito. After pitcher Kevin Kelly unexpectedly decided to join A.S.D. Rimini Pirates from the Italian Serie A, a void needed to be …

Kevin Kelly a signature away from joining A.S.D. Rimini Pirates

Just like a few other clubs from the Italian Baseball League, A.S.D. Rimini Pirates will acquire a player from the Dutch hoofdklasse. Will... because the contract hasn't been signed yet. If everything goes according to plan, Kevin Kelly will sign tomorrow to join Rimini for the 2018 season. Kelly won't be the first player from …

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 …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2017: L&D Amsterdam Pirates stays at the right side of the score

In a close game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus, the Amsterdam based team barely stayed at the right side of the score. In the ninth inning, Neptunus came within one run of Pirates but their rally fell short, so Pirates took the 5-4 win home. Both teams did not score in the first …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win consolation game vs Cuba

In what was the last game for both teams, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bested Cuba 3-1. A three-run inning was all the Dutch needed to beat Cuba for the second time this week. Manager Sidney de Jong used four pitchers to keep the Cubans in check. Before the game, pitcher Rob Cordemans and infielder …

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. …

European Champions Cup 2017: Curaçao Neptunus clinches spot in semis

Until the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, Rouen Huskies was a tough opponent for Curaçao Neptunus. Only after the Dutch team took a 5-2 lead, things started to roll. Eventually, Neptunus beat the Huskies 9-3.  Today's game started better for Curaçao Neptunus than yesterday's. With two outs, Christian Diaz hit a line drive to the …

First win in WBC preparation match for Kingdom of the Netherlands

Today, after a couple of rainouts earlier this week, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Gateway Community College from Phoenix in Arizona, an NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division II team.. In a very lopsided game vs the Geckos, the Dutch  Lars Huijer started on the mound for the Dutch as he cruised …

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 …

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 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 …