Finally! The Kingdom of the Netherlands won its first game at the U23 World Cup. In a real team effort with superb pitching and good offense, the Dutch beat Panama that had a 2-1 record before the start of today’s game.
Kingdom of the Netherlands 4 – 1 Panama
Koen Postelmans pitched a stellar game, keeping the Panamanians limited to one run on four hits and three walks as he struck out three. His splendid outing kept the Dutch team in the game.
Despite having runners in scoring position once, neither team did score in the first three innings. But in the fourth, the Kingdom of the Netherlands opened the score. After two quick outs, Meliton Arturo Reyes Vargas couldn’t get out of the inning and the Dutch took advantage of it. A fielders choice and two consecutive singles loaded the bases before Jeandro Tromp drew a walk that allowed Dave Janssen to score the opening run. The next batter, Julian Rip, was hit by a pitch. Tyriq Kemp followed with a single to center field, that drove in Shean Michel and Jeandro Tromp to give the Kingdom of the Netherlands a 4-0 lead.
But Panama put itself on the board when Joshwan Abdiel Wright Pitty singled to left center field, driving in their only run.
Next to Koen Postelmans, the relievers were doing well too. Aaron de Groot, who earned the win, pitched in the fourth inning and allowed one hit and a walk and struck out one. In 1.2 innings, Eric Mendez allowed two hits and struck out one. Jiorgeny Casimiri pitched 1.1 perfect innings which earned him the save. Meliton Arturo Reyes Vargas took the loss as he gave up four runs on five hits and two walks in 3.2 innings, in which he struck out two.
Both Delano Selassa and Tommy van de Sanden went 2 for 4. Van de Sanden scored one run.
Here is the final out of the game: