U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch humiliated by Australians

Yesterday the woes for the Kingdom of the Netherlands continued. After a surprising loss vs the Czech Republic, Australia was much too strong for the Dutch as they fell 16-3. Nothing went the Dutch' way. The pitching did not pan out the way it should and the lineup was kept in check by the Australian …

U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch fall to host nation in first game

In their first game of the U23 World Cup in and against host nation Colombia, six errors led to three unearned runs for the South Americans as the Dutch fell 9-5. Of the three pitchers manager Sidney de Jong used, Kaj Timmermans lasted the longest. In 4.1 innings, he gave up five runs (two earned) …

European Champions Cup 2018: Hard fought victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

An unexpected close game today between the Heidenheim Heideköpfe and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Pirates had to go deep but eventually came back from trailing 2-0 and won 4-2. Kevin Heijstek wasn't sharp today. Before he knew it Heidenheim had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the six innings he lasted on the …

Hoofddorp Pioniers loses out in strength

During the 2017 transition period, Hoofddorp Pioniers has lost many players of its core. Luckily, the club managed to get players in return, but it remains to be seen if the club can play a role of any importance in 2018 with the new roster. Dudley Leonora and Quintin De Cuba left for Curaçao Neptunus. …

Plenty of roster moves for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

At the end of the transaction period (November 1st), L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced the roster moves for the 2018 season. Even though the core of the team stayed together, there are five new additions and four players left for greener pastures. The new players on the roster of L&D Amsterdam Pirates are: Jim Ploeger, Maickel …

European Baseball Series 2017: Kingdom of the Netherlands avoids sweep

In the third game of this series between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy, the Dutch stayed at the right side of the score this time. Both teams collected six hits but the three errors the Italians committed, costed them the game as the Dutch scored four unearned runs and won 5-2.  Even though …

European Baseball Series 2017: Dutch lose indolent game vs Italy

In the first game of a series with nothing at stake but bragging rights, Italy outlasted the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In a game with very little going on, the Italians beat the Dutch 3-2 as they outhit them 9-5. For the third time in the history of European Baseball, this European Baseball Series was …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Heijstek goes deep for win

As a deluge hit the Netherlands in the past days, all games but one were canceled. Only the game between Hoofddorp Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam was played. Both teams were each other's match but in the end, L&D Amsterdam prevailed as they scored a run in the ninth to clinch a 5-4 victory. It was …

U23 European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands wins championship in extra innings

In a real nail biter, the Kingdom of the Nethelrlands beat the Czech Republic in extra innings. The Dutch gave away the lead thrice but eventually ended at the right side of the score: 10-9. The plan was to win the championship, but the championship game was nearly a bridge too far for the Kingdom …

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: Dutch clinch victory vs Belarus

In the seventh game of the day, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team took on Belarus. Belarus starting pitcher Branislau Tatarevich kept the Dutch in check rather well, but eventually, in the eighth inning he collapsed and the Dutch walked away. In the end, the Dutch won 9-0. The Dutch took a slim lead …

Finally. HCAW has found its manager

After Dutch Hoofdklasse club HCAW and former Major Leaguer Ralph Milliard parted ways at the end of last season, the Hoofdklasse club from Bussum had to look for a new manager. It took the club long as it only became clear last Friday that it had found its man. After an extensive search, the club from …

Asia Winter League: Despite solid outing by Rietel, Europe at the wrong side of score

Another solid outing by a Dutch pitcher, but once again Europe stayed at the wrong side of the score. The European lineup was totally kept on a leash by the Japanese pitching staff. Ren Kajya was one of the two pitchers that surrendered hits as he allowed three, walked two and struck out six in five innings. …

Asia Winter League: Europe falls to KBO in close game

Despite getting a 5-1 lead and playing some solid defense, Europe couldn't hang on to it as they fell 8-6 to the KBO. Europe led off with a double by left fielder Urving Kemp to left field, followed by a single hit by Sebastiano Poma. A wild pitch by pitcher Jaeyong Cha allowed Kemp to …

Asia Winter League: NPB limits Europe to three runs

In today's game vs the NPB delegation, Maickel Rietel lasted four innings. He did a decent job as he allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out one. After the fourth inning Rietel was replaced by Daniel Thieben. The 22-year old gave up two runs (one earned ) on one hit and …

Asia Winter League:Europe vs KBO ends in tie

Another report of the European team during the Asia Baseball Winter League . In a in which the score went back and forth, team Europe took on the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) today. European starter Maickel Rietel was hit hard in 1.1 inning of work in which he allowed four runs. A throwing error led to two …

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 …