U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch beat Italy in close game

In a very close game against its eternal archrival, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bested Italy. Despite collecting fewer hits, the Dutch scored one run more than the Italians did as they took advantage of the miscues the Italians made. Final score: 2-1 In the first inning, the Italian defense was a bit shaky already. …

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U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch fall to Taiwan in consolation round

The Kingdom of the Netherlands had to swallow a loss vs Taiwan after wins vs Mexico (in the first round) and Nicaragua (in the consolation round). Some sloppy defense cost the Dutch the game as they fell to Taiwan 4-1.  It took the Dutch until the fourth inning to get on the board. In the …

U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch have a good start in consolation round

The Kingdom of the Netherlands moved on from where they left the first round: With a win. This time the Dutch put Nicaragua aside in a convincing 8-3 victory.  Nicaragua came close to score a run in the first inning when Anthony Valdez Solano got on base on a fielding error and advanced to third …

U18 World Cup 2017: Japan beats Kingdom of the Netherlands in hard fought victory

In a pitching matchup between Samurai Japan and Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dutch were on course to pull off an upset, but in the sixth inning, Japan turned the tables and eventually walked away with a 3-1 win. Both teams played very good baseball and because of that, it was an enjoyable game.  Donny …

U18 World Cup 2017: Japan beats Kingdom of the Netherlands in hard fought victory

In a pitching matchup between Samurai Japan and Kingdom of the Netherlands was on course to pull off an upset, but in the sixth inning, Japan turned the tables and eventually walked away with a 3-1 win. Both teams played very good baseball and because of that, it was an enjoyable game.  Donny Breek took a …

U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch take care of South Africa

After two losses, the Kingdom of the Netherlands finally clinched its first win. South Africa appeared to be no match for the Dutch. In a 4.5 -inning mercy rule shortened game, the Dutch trounced their opponent 22-3. In the first inning, the Kingdom of the Netherlands flexed its muscles and scored fourteen (!) runs and …

U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch fall to Cuba despite good game

In a rather close game between Cuba and the Netherlands, the Dutch stayed at the wrong side of the score (3-0) for the second day in a row. But the bright spot was it wasn't a trouncing like yesterday. Unlike yesterday, the Kingdom of the Netherlands managed to collect several hits, seven to be exact, …

2017 U18 World Cup: Dutch no match for USA

In their first game of the 2017 World Cup in Thunder Bay Canada, the USA was way too strong for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. No matter how hard they tried, but the Dutch pitching could not meet the challenge of the American offense.  Eventually the Dutch lost 11-1.  Not only the pitching wasn't able to …

U23 European Championship: Dutch advance to finals by beating Belgium

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team became the first finalist as they beat Belgium 10-5.  With this win, the Dutch also earned a ticket to the 2018 U23 World Cup. Even though the team remained unbeaten, today's victory wasn't as easy as it looked like on paper. In the first inning, Belgium took a …

U23 European Championship: Cumbersome victory for Dutch

After the first two innings, it looked like the Kingdom of the Netherlands would clinch an easy victory vs Russia, but after those innings the offense stalled. Only in the seventh, the Dutch scored a couple of runs again. Even though the Dutch had some problems adapting to the speed of the Russian pitchers, Russia …

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. …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch fall to Japan despite ninth inning rally

After an easy win vs Cuba, team Kingdom of the Netherlands did not stand a chance vs Japan. The team was outscored 7-3 and outhit 12-5. Except for the ninth inning, the Dutch did not take advantage of the few situations with runners in scoring position and were kept in check by the Japanese pitching. …

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 …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win first game

After falling to Chinese Taipei in the final inning last night, the Dutch bounced back vs Curaçao. In thirteen innings the Dutch clinched the 10-7 victory. In the regular innings, the runs did not come cheap. In the third inning, Rob Cordemans gave up two runs to Curaçao when Reangelo Beaumont was driven in from second …

Shawn Zarraga released by Reds

Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has been released by the Cincinnati Reds according to a MiLB transaction overview of Baseball America. In the offseason, Zarraga signed a minor league contract with the Reds because they gave him the best feeling. After a season that he split between AA Tulsa Drillers and AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, Zarraga …

WBC 2017: Kenley Jansen available for Dutch in championship round

If the Kingdom of the Netherlands will qualify for the championship round of the World Baseball Classic, the team can count on Kenley Jansen. The closer of the Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed his eventual participation. The Kingdom of the Netherlands made a huge step towards the championship round by beating Cuba 14-1 earlier today. If …

WBC 2017: Dutch take it easy and fall to Israel

This game was about nothing as both teams had reached the second round already. And that showed as the Dutch team took the hitting a bit too lightly. Eventually, the team lost 4-2 and finishes second in group A. In what could have been advertised as the clash of the Titans of group A, the …