In the second game, the Dutch squad took on Belgium. Our Southern neighbours are also preparing themselves for the upcoming European Cup.
Tom Stuifbergen, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, took the mound for the Dutch. He retired the side in the first inning. The Dutch took off with a three run first inning. Gilmer Lampe led off with a single to the left side followed by a single by Nick Urbanus. Lampe advanced to third base on a foul out by Jurrendell de Caster. A double by Gianison Boekhoudt drove in both Lampe and Urbanus for the 2-0 lead. Belgian starter Thomas de Wolf then threw a wild pitch that made Boekhoudt advance to third base. Kalian Sams drove in Gianison Boekhoudt on a single through the middle of the infield.
In the third inning Gilmer Lampe lead off again, this time with a double to right center field. Nick Urbanus followed with a single up the middle and drove in Lampe for the fourth Dutch run. Jurrendell de Caster hit into a double play. With two outs Gianison Boekhoudt slugged a solo shot over the center field fence.
In the fourth inning, the stepped up a bit more. Singles by Sharlon Schoop, Danny Rombley, Michael Duursma, Gilmer Lampe and Nick Urbanus drove in four more runs to make it 9-0.
The tenth Dutch run was somewhat bitter. When Sharlon Shoop singled to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning, he advanced on a passed ball with Brian van Gaever at the mound. Eventually Michael Duursma singled Schoop home for the tenth and game ending (mercy rule) run.
For the Dutch, Nick Urbanus was the best hitter, going 3 for 3 with three runs batted in and a run scored.
Belgium collected two hits. Benjamin Dille, who is playing for the reigning Dutch champion DOOR Neptunus, hit one of the two Belgian singles.
Belgian starter Thomas de Wolf lasted four innings in which he allowed nine runs on twelve hits. De Wolf didn’t give up a walk.
Jordy van den Heuvel entered the game in the fifth inning and lasted two frames in which he allowed only two hits, walked two and struck out one.
His replacement in the seventh inning, Brian van Gaever, managed to get one out but gave up the game ending run. He gave up two hits and a walk.
For the Dutch, starter Tom Stuifbergen was pulled after two innings. He faced six batters of which he fanned two. His replacement Wendell Floranus also pitched two innings and earned the win. Floranus retired four of the six batters he faced with a strikeout.
Arshwin Asjes pitched the fifth and the sixth frame. He gave up a walk and struck out one batter.
David Bergman entered the seventh inning. David allowed one hit and struck out two.
Catcher Gianison Boekhoudt was named MVP. Boekhoudt went 3 for 4 with a double and a homerun and he drove in three runs. (photo: courtesey France International Baseball Tournament)