2021 U15 European Championship: Dutch Blow Away Austria

Instead of the usual seven innings, the Dutch U15 team needed only four innings to win the opening game of the 2021 U15 European Championship. Except for a scoreless first inning, the Dutch scored at least one run in the remaining three frames.

This year’s tournament is hosted by two countries: The Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czechs are hosting Group A with the Czech Republic, Germany and France. The Slovakians are hosting Group B with Slovakia, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands.

Austria 0 – 15 The Netherlands

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After a scoreless inning, the Dutch made up for the not scored runs in the bottom of the second. The first run was scored with a bases-loaded situation when Kimi Verkruijssen singled to left center field. Still with the bases loaded, Tyrell Mercado Reyes drove in another run when he drew a walk. When Mauricio Montenegro Espinoza hit into a fielders choice, Kimi Verkruijssen scored the Dutch third run. A walk, several singles, a double and a wild pitch allowed the Dutch to score a total of eleven runs in that second inning. By then the race was already run, but the Austrians still had to work their way through two more innings.

A 6-3 groundout by Otis Ward, drove in the sole run of the third inning. In the fourth inning, the final score was reached when Junairo Ostiana hit a bases clearing double that drove in three more runs.

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The Dutch pitching, Kimi Verkruijssen and Tristan Kuijer did no-hit the Austrians. Only Verkruijssen allowed a walk.

Tomorrow, the Dutch will face Slovakia and on Friday, the runner up of 2019, Italy, will be the opponent.

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