U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch beat Russia for fifth spot

After the Netherlands lost big to France yesterday, they had to take onRussia in the game for the fifth and sixth place. It wasn't a blowout victory, but the Dutch scored enough runs to beat the Russians by 9-5. The Dutch took a quick lead in the first inning when they scored four runs. With …

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U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch finish off Austria in five innings

In a game in which Austria was no match for the Netherlands, the Dutch finished the game in five innings, beating the Austrians 17-6. The difference was not only the Austrians being outhit by the Dutch but also the number of walks (8) the Austrian pitching gave up. Add the number of extra base hits …

Haarlem keeps faith in organizing baseball week again

It seems there is a glimmer of hope that the Haarlem Baseball Week will continue. A few baseball fans from Haarlem want to cooperate to continue the bi-annual event in 2018 According to the local Haarlem newspaper, two of the initiators are Robert Sant and Gerrit Ligtenberg, who always have felt a strong involvement with …

WBSC announces groups for inaugural Premier 12 tournament

This morning the World Baseball and Softball Confederation has presented the pairings of the two groups for the first ever Premier 12 tournament that will be held later this year. One thing that catches my eye is that the USA has been paired to Japan and Korea. So obviously, the WBSC has struck a deal …

London instead of the Netherlands?

In an article at the website of FOX sports about MLB Spring Training games in Cuba, a short quote about MLB games in Europe stated that MLB has been discussing playing games in London. They think about that city because other leagues (NFL and NBA) drew large crowds when playing in England's capital. The only …

Logo and schedule Premier 12 presented

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) presented the logo of the new "world championship tournament" called the Premier 12. This tournament will be played in Taiwan and Japan and the best twelve baseball countries of the world will participate. The first round and the quarter-finals will be staged in Taiwan. The semi-finals and …

U21 World Cup: Dutch beat Kiwis for second win of the tournament

    vs  In the second game of the losers bracket, the Dutch took on New Zealand, also called the Diamondblacks. It was a high scoring  game in which the score went back and forth and in which both teams committed some errors. So for the neutral fan there was much to enjoy. A disastrous …

U21 World Cup: Dutch make step to avoid last place

     vs  In the second round, the losers group in this case, the Dutch U21 squad made a big step to avoid the final spot in the final standings of the U21 World Cup tournament. Mexico appeared to be no match for the Dutch team. Dutch starter Tom de Blok pitched five solid innings …

U21 World Cup: Results of day five

The fifth day of the U21 World Cup baseball brought some more upsets. First of all for me and the many Dutch fans: The Dutch team lost again in the final inning. After trailing most of the game they tied it at three in the seventh. Eventually Venezuela scored three runs in the ninth for …

U21 World Cup: Dutch still without a win

                                                                                        vs  Once again the Dutch U21 squad played a good game, but once again they blew it in one inning. For five and a half innings the Dutch trailed; first 1-0, from the fourth with 3-0. But this time they had the flexibility to get back in to the game. In the …

U21 World Cup: Results of day four

Day four brought at least one surprise as the Czech Republic beat Italy 3-1. A one run third, fourth and fifth inning sealed Italy's fate. Czech starter Marek Cervenka had a hell of an outing. He pitched a complete game in which he fanned eleven and allowed just one run on two hits. Cervenka gave …

U21 World Cup: Dutch eliminated

         vs   Playing your best game so far and still ending up at the wrong side of the score. That is what happened to the Dutch U21 squad today. Versus Nicaragua the Dutch took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Kirvin Moesquit doubled down the left field line. Moesquit promptly stole …

U21 World Cup: Results of day three

Unbeaten Nicaragua took on team Australia that is fielding a team of minor leaguers. So far Australia fell to Japan and beat the Netherlands. This game turned out to be a close one. Nicaragua scored the opening run in the bottom of the third inning. When Australia tied the game in the top of the …

U21 World Cup: Results of day one

Today the World Cup for players under the age of 21 has started in Taiwan. To be honest I don't know how strong each team is. One of the games that I could predict a winner was the game between Italy and New Zealand. The Italians beat the Kiwis 7-2. After two innings, Nicaragua had …

European Cup 2014: Dutch clinch 21st title

Yogi Berra said it once: "It aint over until it's over." Italy proved that this Berraism is very true. After the Dutch took a 5-0 lead, all runs but one were scored on solo homeruns, the Italians started to get back into the game. In the top of the fourth, the Italians started to see …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day Seven

On day seven of the tournament, the Duch clinched a playoff spot by beating the French team 14-5. Sweden earned it's first win of the tournament by beating Greece 2-0. Both teams are tied for last place in the relegation group.  Sweden scored twice in the first inning and their  SP Joakim Klasson kept the …

European Cup 2014: Dutch advance to championship game with one game left in round two

Today, the Dutch made a decisive step into the championship game. France was the opponent. About two weeks ago, the two had met at a preparation tournament and the French left a good impresssion. Could they repeat this today? On both sides the first inning was a 1-2-3 inning with three consecutive outs. But in …