2021 World Cup U23: Dutch Don’t Stand a Chance vs Nicaragua

In their final game of the tournament, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did not stand a chance against Nicaragua. It wasn't a blowout score, but one cannot expect a team to win when it produces only three base hits. Nicaragua  6  -  1  Kingdom of the NetherlandsThe Dutch lineup was kept in check by the …

2021 World Cup U23: The Netherlands Clinches First Victory

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  PanamaKoen Postelmans pitched a stellar game, keeping …

2021 World Cup U23: Dutch Still Without a Win After Three Matches

After three games at the 2021 U23 World Cup of Baseball, the Dutch team is the only European team without a win. Last night the team was no match for Columbia as they were shutout 10-0. Until the fourth inning, the Dutch could keep pace with Columbia as they trailed 1-0. But in the fourth …

2021 World Cup U23: Dutch do Not Stand a Chance Against Venezuela, Czechs Pull Off a Surprise Against Mexico

In the opening game for team Kingdom of the Netherlands U23, the team did not stand a chance against Venezuela. The Venezuelan manager juggled with his pitchers and that kept the Dutch rather off balance. The Czech Republic, on the other hand, pulled off the first surprise of the tournament. Kingdom of the Netherlands  4  …

2021 European Championship: Italy Wins Bronze

A bronze medal game that was worthy to be a final game. Good pitching, good defense, and two teams that kept each other in check for most of the game. Spain  0  -  2  ItalyEven though both teams had their opportunities to open the score, neither team did cross home plate until the seventh inning. In …

2021 European Championship: Placement Matches

On the last day but one, six placement matches were played. France @ Slovakia, Greece @ Ukraine, Sweden @ Austria, Belgium @ Croatia, Russia @ Germany, and Great Britain @ Czech Republic. France  6  -  5  SlovakiaIn a matchup between two countries that were demoted to the B-group already, France stayed at the right side …

2021 European Championship: Israel Advances to Final After Convincing Win

Shortly before midnight, the dream of team Italy to win the European championship in its own country, shattered. Team Israel shoved the Azzurri aside as the tactics of manager Nate Fish worked pretty well. Italy  5  -  11  IsraelWhen Italy took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, it looked like Israel was no match. …

2021 European Championship: Placement Matches

Today, the first of the placement matches for the fifth to eighth places took place. Belgium took on Great Britain and the Czech Republic faced Croatia. Great Britain  12  -  11  BelgiumBelgium fought hard but just fell short against a team with 46% of foreign born players. Thanks to the many errors, this game didn't deserve …

2021 European Championship: Hard-Fought Victory for The Netherlands in Semi Final

A game that was a semi final worthy. A close affair in which the Kingdom of the Netherlands barely ended up at the right side of the score. The only thing that marred this semi final, were the three errors the Dutch committed. Kingdom of the Netherlands  9  -  8  SpainIt goes too far to …

2021 European Championship: Quarter Finals

Today the following quarter finals were scheduled: Croatia @ Italy, Belgium @ Spain, Czech Republic @ Israel, and Great Britain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. All games were quarter final worthy as all of them had close scores. Croatia  5  -  8  ItalyA four-run eighth inning saved Italy from losing to Croatia today. Croatia fought …

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. Great Britain  5  -  7  Kingdom of the NetherlandsIn the top of the first inning, Great Britain took a 1-0 …

2021 European Championship: Relegation Round, Day 2

On the second day of the relegation round, the following games were scheduled: Austria @ Russia and Sweden @ Germany. Both games had blowout scores as result. Austria  4  -  14  RussiaAn all-Austrian team was no match for a Russian team that contained several Cuban players. Austria took an early 3-0 lead but could not …

2021 European Championship: Small Loss by Belgium vs Spain

In the first quarter final of today, Belgium took on Spain. Likely not many would have thought the Belgians could beat a team loaded with South and Central American players of which some have MLB experience. Belgium lost but played a good game and doesn't need to be ashamed about the result. Belgium  2  -  …

2021 European Championship: Relegation Group, Day 1

Today four games were scheduled in the relegation group: Russia @ Ukraine, France @ Germany, Slovakia @ Austria, and Sweden @ Greece. In three of the four cases, it was a battle between neighboring countries. Russia  15  -  5  UkraineIn the first battle of neighboring countries, Ukraine was no match for Russia. After two innings, …

2021 European Championship: Day 3

On the third day of the 2021 European Baseball Championship, the following games were scheduled: Great Britain @ Israel, Russia @ France, Ukraine @ Germany, Sweden @ the Netherlands, Slovakia @ Czech Republic, Greece @ Belgium, Austria @ Italy, and Croatia @ Spain. Several countries clinched their first victory of the tournament. Great Britain  4  …

2021 European Championship: Belgium Clinches Come-From-Behind Victory

After two losses, Belgium finally managed to clinch a victory. Against a Greek team, loaded with American players, the Belgians turned the tables in the bottom of the ninth inning. Greece  4  -  5  BelgiumBelgium took an early lead in the first inning on a double by Drew Janssen and a wild pitch.In the following …

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. Sweden  5  -  15  Kingdom of the NetherlandsThe Kingdom of the Netherlands took an early 4-0 lead in …

2021 European Championship: Day 2

On the second day of the 2021 European Championship of Baseball, the following games were scheduled: Sweden @ Slovakia, Austria @ Greece, Croatia @ Ukraine, Spain @ Germany, Great Britain @ Russia, Israel @ France, Italy @ Belgium, Netherlands @ Czech Republic. Sweden  11  -  0  SlovakiaIn the matchup between two countries that lost their …