L&D Amsterdam Pirates reinforces its ranks with pitcher from Curaçao

Runner up in last year's Holland Series, L&D Amsterdam Pirates have acquired a new player from the Isle of Curaçao. The 24-year old lefty Johan Rifaela will join the club before the start of the upcoming season. Rifaela has played for the Santa Maria Pirates during the 2018 season. He is a very versatile pitcher …

2019 Dutch hoofdklasse

The KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) has released the competition schedule of the Dutch hoofdklasse. The Dutch season will start on Thursday, April 4 and the final game of the regular season will be played on July 28. With the upcoming European Championship in early September, followed by the Olympic Qualifier, the Dutch …

Lots of changes for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

At the end of the transition period, it becomes clear that L&D Amsterdam Pirates has lost quite some players that left a mark on the team. Of course the club acquired plenty of players to fill those gaps. The biggest surprise of them all is the fact that Nick Urbanus, son of manager Charles Urbanus …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates announces new head coach

After Charles Urbanus jr. hung up his spikes, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had to look for a new manager. Through its website, the club announced the new manager of the flagship team.   After his name swirled around in the Dutch baseball scene for several weeks, L&D Amsterdam Pirates did not want to confirm if he …

Charles Urbanus hangs ’em up

The rumours were there for quite a while already. Today the word came out. Manager Charles Urbanus is leaving L&D Amsterdam Pirates.  A decision that was made earlier in the season. Urbanus decided to call it quits because he cannot combine the job with his regular (real life) job with Topsport Amsterdam as general manager CTO …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Neptunus wins title, Storks remains in hoofdklasse

As expected, Curaçao Neptunus won the Dutch championship for the sixth time in a row. After two poor games, the team fought back and won the Holland Series in Six games. In the promotion/relegation series, Silicon Storks from The Hague prolonged its stay in the hoofdklasse with one more year. After Neptunus won 4-1 in …

Neptunus ties Holland Series at two

Tonight's game was exactly the opposite of last Thursday's one. Rob Cordemans was far from dominant and Diegomar Markwell was a lot more effective than last week. Key to Neptunus' victory was Pirates' bullpen that could not stop its offense as Pirates lost 13-4. After Curaçao Neptunus took a 1-0 lead, L&D Amsterdam Pirates bounced …

Holland Series 2018: Neptunus brings back tension

He wasn't as dominant as Kevin Heijstek yesterday, but Neptunus' starter Elton Koeiman kept the Pirates' lineup in check. Pirates did not have an answer to his variety of pitches that he mixed very well. Neptunus took advantage of one poor inning of Kyle Ward and walked away with the 4-1 victory. It was a …

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 …

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 …

Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort announces new head coach

The musical chairs in the Dutch hoofdklasse continue. Today Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort presented its new head coach: Glenn Romney. Romney announced the other week to step down as head coach of the farm team of L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Today it became clear why. Last week DSS from Haarlem announced Marco Wels as its new …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Day two of the final playoff round

On the second day of the final playoff round, next to the regular game between HCAW and De Glaskoning Twins, the remainder of yesterday's rained out game was played.  De Glaskoning Twins  5  -  2  HCAW De Glaskoning Twins needed two days to win this game. Yesterday's game was suspended at the start of the …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Most games rained out today.

In both the playoff group and the relegation group the games were bothered by bad weather. As a result, only one game was played. Curaçao Neptunus hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates in what was quite a lopsided game. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  10  -  3  Curaçao Neptunus In a series with nothing more at stake than home …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Playoffs, round 2, day 3

Today, both main candidates for a spot in the Holland Series had to work hard to clinch a win. Curaçao Neptunus hosted HCAW from Bussum and L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted De Glaskoning Twins. HCAW  3  -  6  Curaçao Neptunus After two scoreless innings, HCAW took the lead in the third. A throwing error by pitcher Brendan Schoemaker …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Playoffs, round 2, day 1

Curaçao Neptunus hosted HCAW and had to deal with a major upset. L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted De Glaskoning Twins clinched a hard-fought victory. HCAW  13  -  0  Curaçao Neptunus Where Neptunus has been rather superior throughout the season so far, it didn't stand a chance against HCAW tonight. In seven innings, HCAW finished the job. The …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Playoffs, round 1, day 3

On the third day of the playoffs in the Dutch hoofdklasse, Curaçao Neptunus made short work of De Glaskoning Twins and L&D Amsterdam Pirates had to go deep for the win. Curaçao Neptunus  10  -  0  De Glaskoning Twins A bleak performance by De Glaskoning Twins that could not cope with the experience and the strength …

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 …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Playoffs round 1, day 1

On the first night of the playoffs, the Netherlands was hit by inclement weather. The game between De Glaskoning Twins and Curaçao Neptunus was bothered by a rain delay twice. The other game in the playoffs, L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs HCAW could be played without rain delays. HCAW  0  -  3  L&D Amsterdam Pirates For …