2019 national champions in Europe

In the past two years, you could read an overview of the national champions in Europe. The Dutch Baseball Hangout would like to continue with that, so here is the 2019 edition. Austria: The Dornbirn Indians took a 2-0 lead over the Vienna Metrostars, with convincing victories (6-1 and 9-2) in the first weekend of …

WBSC suspends nine players after brawl

After Saturday's game between Spain and Italy (which was won by Spain), hell broke loose and both teams got involved in a brawl. As a result of this brawl, the WBSC studied the footage of the brawl and decided to suspend and fined nine players for a total of 67 games. The individuals suspended are …

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, 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: Dutch bounce back

For a long time, the Kingdom of the Netherlands had a hard time to walk away but eventually, in the seventh inning, the Dutch scored some insurance run that secured the 6-2 win.  Spain sent Holwuin Sacramento to the mound, the pitcher that made the Dutch life very hard during the European Championship's semi-final. But …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch Spain @ the Netherlands here

After yesterday's heartbreaking loss vs Israel, it is up to the Dutch team to bounce back. Today the opponent is Spain, a country that has made the Dutch go deep in the past few times the both countries faced each other. In the European Championship's semi-final, the Dutch won by the smallest possible margin: 1-0. To …

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 …

2019 European Championship: Spain clinches third place

In the battle for third place, a Spanish team with mainly players from South and Central America and an Israeli team with mainly players from the USA played a crazy and high scoring game in which Spain stayed at the right side of the score. Thirteen extra-base hits led to a 16-11 score.  In the …

2019 European Championship, day 8

On the eighth day, the following games were scheduled. Play downs: Croatia @ Great Britain. Consolation round: Belgium @ Czech Republic, Germany @ France. Semi-finals: Spain @ the Netherlands and Italy @ Israel. Play downs:  Great Britain  5  -  1  Croatia  A two-run first inning and a one-run second inning set the tone for the …

2019 European Championship: Dutch must go deep but reach final

This game was a semi-final worthy. In a real pitching duel, the Dutch lineup was kept in check by Lowuin Sacramento. He limited the Dutch to two hits in seven innings. It took the Dutch until the eighth inning to get through and take a 1-0 lead that proved to be enough for the win. …

Watch Spain @ the Netherlands here

In the first semi-final, Spain will take on the Kingdom of the Netherlands. So far the Netherlands has won all thirty-six games. But in the last few years, Spain has improved tremendously, mainly because of the many import players from South America and Central America. Spain reached the semi-finals as they finished second in group …

2019 European Championship, day 7

On the seventh day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled.  In the play downs:  Sweden @ Great Britain and Croatia @ Austria In the quarter-finals: France @ Israel, Belgium @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Czech Republic @ Spain and Germany @ Italy Play downs:  Sweden  2  -  12  Great Britain Despite …

2019 European Championship: Day 5

On the last day of the rounds-robin, the following games were scheduled: Belgium @ Italy, Spain @ Austria, Great Britain @ Sweden, the Netherlands @ Israel, Croatia @ France, Czech Republic @ Germany and the last part of the suspended game between the Netherlands and Great Britain.  Belgium  4  -  11  Italy Belgium wasn't a …

2019 European Championship: Dutch brush aside Israel and Great Britain

Two innings with an offensive outburst, were enough for the Kingdom of the Netherlands to shove aside Israel. The Middle East team was unbeaten until today. Israel took a 2-0 lead but eventually the Dutch bested them 13-4. The remainder of the suspended game vs Great Britain was won 10-2. With good ole' Rob Cordemans …

2019 European Championship, day 4

On the fourth day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: France @ Belgium, Israel @ Great Britain, Austria @ Croatia, Italy @ Spain, Sweden @ Czech Republic and Germany @ the Netherlands.  France  12  -  2  Belgium A tough loss for Belgium. The tiny country did not stand a chance against …

2019 European Championship, day 3

On the third day of the European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Austria @ Italy, Great Britain @ Czech Republic, Belgium @ Croatia, Sweden @ the Netherlands, France @ Spain and Israel @ Germany.  Austria  1  -  10  Italy In the opening game of today, Italy took on debuting Austria. Of course, the Austrians did …