2021 European Championship: Dutch Have to go Deep For Quarter Final Win

In the last quarter final of the day, the Kingdom of the Netherlands clinched a hard-fought victory over Great Britain. The Brits made the Dutch go deep and never let them walk away too far.

2021 European Championship Groups drawn | Dutch Baseball Hangout

Great Britain  5  –  7  Kingdom of the Netherlands
GBR flagIn the top of the first inning, Great Britain took a 1-0 lead on a single by Aaron Singh but the Dutch countered in the bottom of the same frame with two runs on a double by Roger Bernadina and an error by the British first baseman. 
In the third inning, the Dutch extended their lead when Sharlon Schoop hit into a 5-3 groundout that allowed Jiandido Tromp to score but in the following inning, the Brits answered by scoring a run. 
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Dutch scored thrice, partially thanks to a throwing error by the British shortstop. Once again, the British answered by scoring the same nubmer of runs in the following inning on an RBI  single by Kennard Dawson and a two RBI double by Kent Blackstone. 
In the bottom of the sixth, the Kingdom of the Netherlands made another feeble attempt to walk away from Great Britain. With runners on first and second, Calten Daal bunted them over on a sac bunt. But instead of driving in both runners, a sac fly drove in just one run. 

Lars Huijer didn’t exactly bring his A-game today. The starter gave up five runs and needed a lot of pitches. Eventually, he was pulled in the top of the sixth, after he gave up three runs in that frame. Huijer was replaced by Kevin Kelly and with him, the Dutch defense settled down, also after he was replaced by Juan-Carlos Sulbaran and Wendell Floranus. As a result, the British didn’t score anymore but neither did the Dutch. 

Despite his rough outing, Lars Huijer earned the win. He gave up twelve hits and struck out seven. Wendell Floranus earned the save as he pitched a perfect ninth in which he struck out two. Daniel Cooper took the loss. He lasted five innings and gave up six runs (two(!)NED flag earned) on four hits and two walks as he struck out four. 
None of the Dutch batters collected more than one hit. Average-wise, Jiandido Tromp was the best hitter as he went 1 for 1 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored. 

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