U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch beat Russia for fifth spot

After the Netherlands lost big to France yesterday, they had to take onRussia in the game for the fifth and sixth place. It wasn’t a blowout victory, but the Dutch scored enough runs to beat the Russians by 9-5.

The Dutch took a quick lead in the first inning when they scored four runs. With the bases loaded and no outs, Russian pitcher Milanes Sevilya gave up a walk that allowed Miquel Willem to score the first run. Sevilya had some control issues as two of the next three runs were scored on wild pitches.

In the next two innings, Russia cut the score in half as the scored a run in the second and one in the third.  But after scoring a run in the bottom of the third inning, the Dutch rallied for two runs in the fourth and two runs in the sixth.
With runners in scoring position in the fourth, Otis Ward grounded out 4-3 and drove in Jamie Beerman. When Tygo Rojer singled to the pitcher, Miquel Willem scored the seventh run for the Dutch.

In the sixth frame, the Dutch had runners in scoring position once more and Jamie Beerman scored on Otis Ward’s sac fly. Miquel Willem scored the final run for the Dutch on Diego van den Boogaard’s single to center field.

After Russia scored a run in the top of the third inning, they scored three more in the top of the ninth, but that did not really hurt the Dutch.

High fives after the game (photo courtesy of Jan Kruijdenberg photography)

Even though they did not make it to the final, the Dutch finished the tournament with a win.

Ryan Hoogendoorn earned the win. In four innings, he gave up two unearned runs on two hits and two walks and struck out five.

Best hitter for the Netherlands was Tygo Rojer, who went 3 for 3 with a RBI and two runs scored.

In the final, France must have felt the same way the Dutch felt yesterday as they were beaten up by Italy 12-1. Italy outhit France 9-4 and France committed four errors that led to five unearned runs for the Italians.

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