In a matchup between two teams with a 2-2 record, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the Dominican Republic. By no means, the Dutch were capable to keep the Dominicans at bay as they lost 11-2.
With a win against the Dominicans, the Dutch would have reached the second round but it wasn’t meant to be. The U15 team of the Dominican Republic was too strong. Two four-run innings, a two-run inning and a one-run frame tamed the Dutch team. But even though the Dutch couldn’t keep pace with the opponent, they made it through seven innings nevertheless.
Despite giving up eleven runs on fifteen hits, the Dutch pitchers managed to keep their opponent scoreless in three innings. Nine of the runs the Dutch allowed were earned. Starting pitcher Arilson Rodriguez pitched 3.2 innings. In the first inning, he gave up four runs, but blanked the Dominicans in the second and gave up two more runs in the third. His replacement, Dorian Lippens, lasted two innings and gave up five runs on five hits and two walks as he struck out one. The final pitcher manager Michael Duursma used was Marten Blijleven. He lasted 1.1 innings and kept the opponent from scoring.
What did the Dutch do at the offensive side of the game? They scored when Jurrangelo Cijntje tripled to right center field and scored on Donovan Antonia’s single through the left side. In the fourth inning, the Kingdom of the Netherlands had a big opportunity to add more runs as it loaded the bases with only one out. But a double play killed the aspirations.
With Karim Ayubi at second base in the bottom of the fifth inning, Jurrangelo Cijntje singled through the right side to drive in the second run for the Dutch.
The result shows why baseball is the #1 sport in the Dominican Republic and it isn’t in the Netherlands.
Jurrangelo Cijntje was the best hitter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands with 2 for 4, a triple, an RBI and a run scored.