WBC Qualifier 1: South Africa moves on to final

In this game between South Africa and New Zealand it became clear that New Zealand is still quite a bit away from competing with the rest of the world. But since the New Zealand baseball federation was founded in 2002, you can say that baseball in New Zealand is pretty much in its infancy so …

WBC Qualifier 1: Diamondblacks keep hopes alive

In a must win situation for both New Zealand and the Philippines, the Diamondblacks stayed at the right side of the score.in an entertaining and high scoring game. The Philippines took a 1-0 lead. Eric Farris hit a lead off double off Andrew Marck and advanced on a fly out to right field hit by …

WBC Qualifier 1: New Zealand no match for South Africa

Today the World Basecall Qualifier 1 in Sydney took off. In the first game New Zealand hosted South Africa. The final score was rather lopsided as the winner only walked away in the final inning. The game was rather close until the ninth and the runs did not come cheap until then. South Africa started …

World Baseball Classic Qualifier 1 preview

With the ABL season just finished, the Australian team can prepare itself for the upcoming qualifier of the World Baseball Classic, next week in Sydney Australia. Australia will host New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa in a qualifier that will last a weekend and that will have a tight schedule of six games in …

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: 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: 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: 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 …