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 …

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The 2017 season in review by Ronald Jaarsma

He was the projected heir to the throne of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the follow up of manager Charles Urbanus. But he accepted an offer of rival Neptunus to become the head coach for the 2017 season. In what was supposed to be a transition year for Curaçao Neptunus, first-year manager Ronald Jaarsma won every prize …

Holland Series 2017: Neptunus wins 18th title

For a long time, nothing seemed to be wrong for L&D Amsterdam Pirates as the team took a 3-0 lead. But a two-run seventh inning brought Curaçao Neptunus back in the game. Eventually, the Rotterdam based team scored the game-tying run in the top of the ninth and with only one out the team pushed …

Astros leave void in Appalachian League

The Houston Astros announced they will not return to the Appalachian League next year, thus leaving a hole in the ten-team league. The Greeneville Astros joined the Appy League in 2004 and reached the championship series twice, winning one in 2015. All teams in the Appy League are owned by their MLB name sakes. Astros …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2017: L&D Amsterdam Pirates stays at the right side of the score

In a close game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus, the Amsterdam based team barely stayed at the right side of the score. In the ninth inning, Neptunus came within one run of Pirates but their rally fell short, so Pirates took the 5-4 win home. Both teams did not score in the first …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2017: Curaçao Neptunus wins in comeback-from-behind fashion.

After trailing 5-0 at the start of the fifth inning, Curaçao Neptunus managed to come back in the ninth inning and walk away with the 7-5 victory in extra innings. L&D Amsterdam Pirates' bullpen did not manage to do the job as they gave up four runs in the ninth inning. A passed ball and …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win consolation game vs Cuba

In what was the last game for both teams, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bested Cuba 3-1. A three-run inning was all the Dutch needed to beat Cuba for the second time this week. Manager Sidney de Jong used four pitchers to keep the Cubans in check. Before the game, pitcher Rob Cordemans and infielder …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch fall to Japan despite ninth inning rally

After an easy win vs Cuba, team Kingdom of the Netherlands did not stand a chance vs Japan. The team was outscored 7-3 and outhit 12-5. Except for the ninth inning, the Dutch did not take advantage of the few situations with runners in scoring position and were kept in check by the Japanese pitching. …

World Port Tournament 2017: Easy victory for Dutch vs Cuba

A juvenile team Kingdom of the Netherlands beat Cuba in a surprisingly easy way. The Dutch pitching limited the Cubans to one run and seven hits in a 6-1 victory as the Dutch outhit them 12-7.  After Gianison Boekhoudt doubled home Stijn van der Meer from second base, Cuba tied the game in the bottom …

European Champions Cup 2017: Major upset in group A

Today Dutch champion Curaçao Neptunus faced the Mainz Athletics. One grand slam home run made the difference today. Who did hit it? Max Boldt of the Mainz Athletics. Eventually, it prevented Neptunus from winning the game as the Rotterdam-based team lost 7-6. Misja Harcksen started on the mound for Curaçao Neptunus. It was quite a while …

European Champions Cup 2017: Another solid Dutch victory

After L&D Amsterdam Pirates beat their "Italian" opponent this morning, it was Curaçao Neptunus' turn to face an Italian team. So far in the Dutch hoofdklasse, Neptunus did not show their best baseball yet, but today vs Fortitudo Bologna, it was the way it used to be. In a walk over victory, the Rotterdam-based team beat …

Stijn van der Meer released by Astros

Through his Instagram account, Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer announced he was realeased by the Houston Astros. Van der Meer was drafted by Houston in the 34th round of last year's amateur draft. Stijn was sent to the Gulf Coast League where he tore apart the opponent's pitching with an aversge of .667 in …

Dutchies around the world: the minor leagues

Yesterday it was opening day in the minor leagues (AAA, AA, A-Advanced and A Full Season). Quite some players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands have made their first strides in the 2017 season. Here is an overview of those who played yesterday. Ozhaino Albies batted leadoff for the Gwinnett Braves vs the Durham Bulls. Unfortunately, his season …

WBC 2017: Dutch humiliate Cuba in seven innings

In a must-win situation for both teams, the Dutch totally humiliated Cuba in a walk over. It was painful to see how Cuba was slaughtered by the Dutch. As a fan, you always hope for an exciting game, but this one was very lopsided as the Dutch beat Cuba 14-1 in seven innings. Diegomar Markwell …

First win in WBC preparation match for Kingdom of the Netherlands

Today, after a couple of rainouts earlier this week, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Gateway Community College from Phoenix in Arizona, an NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division II team.. In a very lopsided game vs the Geckos, the Dutch  Lars Huijer started on the mound for the Dutch as he cruised …

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands loses first practice game

In the first practice game since the start of their training camp in preparation of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the Dutch team traveled to Tucson to face the KT Wiz from the Korean Baseball Organization for a practice game. Thanks to some sloppy defense by the Dutch, the Koreans won 5-2.  The KT Wiz …