2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 5

On the fifth and final day of the European/African Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: Israel @ South Africa, Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Italy and Spain @ Czech Republic.  Israel  11  -  1  South Africa The only way Israel could blow its ticket to Tokyo was by losing to South Africa. But Israel …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 4

On the fourth day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Italy @ Spain and Czech Republic @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Kingdom o/t Netherlands  To keep the chance of qualifying alive, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did what it had to do: beating …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch South Africa @ Netherlands here

Today the Kingdom of the Netherlands will face South Africa. Both countries did not face each other much, but the South Africans managed to win once. That was during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Two days after the Dutch had stunned the baseball world by beating Cuba, South Africa pulled off a stunt against the …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 3

On the third day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Czech Republic, Israel @ Italy and Spain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. Besides these games, the remainder of the game between South Africa and Italy, that was rained out on Wednesday, was resumed.  Italy  10  -  4  South Africa …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 2

On day two of the Olympic Qualifier the following games were scheduled:  South Africa @ Spain, the Czech Republic @ Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Spain After a strong part of a game vs Italy yesterday, South Africa appeared to continue to surprise the baseball community …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 1

On the first day of the Olympic Qualifier, the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted the Czech Republic, South Africa "hosted" Italy and Israel took on Spain. Only the winner of this tournament will qualify directly for the 2020 Olympics. If the Kingdom of the Netherlands would not qualify in this tournament, it cannot clinch an …

U-18 World Cup 2019: Dutch no-hit South Africa in six innings

With the seventh place already clinched, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on South Africa that was still without a win. Unfortunately for the South Africans, the Dutch were not willing to change this as they beat Africa's top baseball nation 10-0 in six frames. Manager Eric de Bruin used three pitchers today. Starter Chris …

Kingdom of the Netherlands drops one spot in World Rankings

After the U23 World Cup, that was won by Mexico, the WBSC has presented the new World Ranking. Some changes occurred as Japan regained first place again and the USA dropped into second place. Most of the countries that reached the Super Round of the U23 World Cup gained a spot in the World Rankings. …

U23 World Cup Baseball: Dutch move on to consolation round

Despite two consecutive wins, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will continue the U23 World Cup tournament in the consolation round. The results against Colombia is a disadvantage for the Dutch as they start with a 1-1 record in the standings of the consolation round, while Colombia is starting with a 2-0 record. The Australians also …

U15 World Cup 2018: Dutch crush South Africa

The Kingdom of the Netherlands needed only five innings to seal the fate of South Africa as they outhit them 17-4 and outscored them 18-2. In the first inning, South Africa boldly took a 2-0 lead when Philip Escreet tripled to deep center field and thus allowed Luca Wentzel to score and Escreet scored on …

Schedule of U-15 World Cup released

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC for short) has released the schedule of the U-15 World Cup that will be played from August 10 through August 19 in Panama. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is in the tough group B together with Japan, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia and South Africa. On day one, …

WBC Qualifier 1: Aussies advance to main tournament after flattering result

As expected, Australia has won the first World Baseball Classic Qualifier of 2016. In the final they outscored and outhit South Africa 12-5 and 17-7. But the score didn't reflect the course of the game as the Australians only dealt the decisive blow in the eighth inning. The lack of depth in the South African bullpen …

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: South Africa 1 – Australia 4

Okay, Australia won the night cap of today's double header vs South Africa. And it was in a convincing way as they never really got into trouble. But despite the loss, the South Africans kept the damage limited and can be really proud of their performance. For Australia it was a case of "Noblesse oblige". …

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 …

History of Dutch baseball: 2000 –

The new millennium started with a blast for the Dutch baseball world. With the Olympic baseball tournament in Sydney, the Dutch upset the Cubans by beating them 4-2. For the first time, the best possible team with (former) pro players that played in the US was put together. Players like Hensley Meulens, Rikkert Faneyte, Ralph …