Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Cubans still without a win

After Cuba fell to Germany, Japan and Italy, it also was beaten by the Netherlands tonight. Even though the score may indicate a close game, Cuba never really was dangerous. The Dutch won 6-4.  After Cuba took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bounced back in the second inning. …

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U-18 European Championship 2018: Kingdom of the Netherlands brings home title

The Dutch U-18 squad managed to win the 2018 European title by beating Spain 6-3. Luuk ter Beek pitched a gem and kept the Spanish scoreless in eight innings.  It wasn't really a close game but the Dutch did not manage to walk away from their opponent. In the first four innings, the Dutch jumped …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Dutch lose first game of tournament

Despite getting one hit more than their opponent and despite the error their opponent committed, the Dutch could not clinch the win today as they fell 3-2 to Taiwan. Most of the action happened in the first half of the game as both teams scored their runs in or before the fifth inning. In the …

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 …

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 …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Dutch secure spot in semis

In a game of which the score moved back and forth, the Dutch stayed at the right side of the score. The pitching struggled at times and gave away the lead in the sixth but eventually the Dutch bounced back to walk off the field with a 17-7 win.  The 17-7 may not reflect the …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Relatively easy win for Dutch over Czechs

After a day of rest, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the Czech Republic. Until the seventh inning, the Czechs could keep pace with the Dutch but eventually, the Kingdom of the Netherlands walked away and won 9-5. In the first two innings, both teams kept each other in balance but in the third, …

U-18 European Championship 2018: Great Britain no match for Dutch

Only five innings was what the Dutch needed to shove aside Great Britain. The Kingdom of the Netherlands showed no mercy as the team outscored their opponent 21-2 and outhit them 15-4. Eight of the twenty-one runs the Dutch scored were unearned thanks to the five errors the British defense committed.  After a slow start …

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 …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch finish job vs Croatia in three innings

One hour and three minutes were all the Dutch needed to finish the game vs Croatia. In three innings the Dutch beat up the Croatian pitching and won 20-0. For the Croatians, this was the third big defeat in a row. In the previous two games, the team from the Balkan fell to Italy 24-0 and …

U-12 European Championship: Easy win for the Netherlands

The Dutch team had a solid start at the U-12 European Championship. Austria didn't stand a chance as it was beaten in four innings 19-4. The Dutch had a modest start as they scored one run in the first inning when Otis Ward crossed home plate on a wild pitch. But in the second inning …

Schedule of U-15 World Cup released

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC for short) has released the schedule of the U-15 World Cup that will be played from August 10 through August 19 in Panama. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is in the tough group B together with Japan, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia and South Africa. On day one, …

Road to Tokyo long but manageable for Kingdom of Netherlands

Today the website of the Italian Baseball federation (FIBS) published an article on the final qualifying process for the Olympic baseball tournament in Tokyo. This process is an extensive one for the European countries. Even if the Kingdom of Netherlands qualifies for the Premier 12 tournament that will be held in November 2019, it will …

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 …