2021 European Championship: Netherlands Unbeaten to Quarter Finals

In the final game against Sweden, team Kingdom of the Netherlands had it their way as they won in eight mercy rule innings. As a result, the Dutch advance to the Quarter Finals as an unbeaten team.

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Sweden  5  –  15  Kingdom of the Netherlands
SWE flagThe Kingdom of the Netherlands took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning. After two stolen bases, Roger Bernadina scored the opening run on a sac fly. Singles by Sharlon Schoop and John Polonius drove in three more runs. In the next inning, the Dutch added four more runs to their score. But what appeared to become an easy victory, turned out to be harder than expected. With Kaj Timmermans on the mound, Sweden rallied for four runs in the third inning. One inning later the Swedes scored their fifth runs but that was all the team was capable of. After Timmermans was pulled after 3.2 innings, Jayden Gonesh pitched 2.1 no-hit innings in which he issued a walk and struck out two. Gonesh was replaced by Raf Cocu in the eighth inning. Cocu allowed one hit, and struck out three. 
Eventually, the Dutch rallied in the final two innings to end the game prematurely. A wild pitch, a throwing error to third base when Roger Bernadina stole that base and a sac fly, drove in three runs in the eight inning. In the ninth, A solo shot by John Polonius and back-to-back doubles by Roger Bernadina and Ray-Patrick Didder, drove in three more runs to end the game in eight frames. 
Jayden Gones earned the win, while Erik Marqvardsen took the loss after one inning, in which he allowed four runs on four hits and two walks. 
Dashenko Ricardo was the best Dutch hitter as he went 4 for 5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. 
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The Netherlands will face Great Britain in the Quarter Finals. The British won one game against France but lost against Russia and Israel. 




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