U21 World Cup: Dutch make step to avoid last place



In the second round, the losers group in this case, the Dutch U21 squad made a big step to avoid the final spot in the final standings of the U21 World Cup tournament.

Mexico appeared to be no match for the Dutch team. Dutch starter Tom de Blok pitched five solid innings in which he gave up two runs on four hits, struck out six and walked two. He needed 76 pitches to get this done.

The Dutch took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. With runners on the corners, Kevin Weijgertse singled through the middle to drive in Kirvin Moesquit from third.

In the fourth inning Francesco Ferreiro scored the tying run for Mexico when Hector Ponce grounded into a force out at second base. The Dutch answered with two runs in the fifth. Dennis Gustina led off with a single to center field followed by a single by Kirvin Moesquit. Both were driven in by Kevin Moesquit who hit a double to left field.
On their turn the Mexicans answered with a run in the sixth inning.

The biggest inning for the Dutch was in the seventh. Despite the fact that Luis Gutierrez recorded two outs, he couldn’t get out of the inning. After he gave up a walk to Kevin Weijgertse he was replaced by Carlos Balboa. Weijgertse was replaced by pinch runner Jules Peters, who promptly stole second base. Balboa then loaded the bases by walking Aldair Adamus and hitting Milton Croes with a pitch. With a 1-1 count, Cezan Rafaela ripped the next pitch down the left field line for a bases clearing double to reach the final score of 7-2

Relief pithcer Byron Cornelisse, who replaced De Blok, pitched two innings in which he gave up only one hit and struck out three. The other two relievers, Scott Ronneberg and Aldair Adamus both pitched one perfect inning in which they fanned one batter each.

Since Venezuela beat New Zealand 9-8, the Dutch have climbed to the third spot in the losers bracket.

Standings in the losers group:

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