2021 U15 European Championship: Italy Routs The Netherlands

In an easy 12-2 victory over the Netherlands, Italy clinched first place in Group B. Both teams already had clinched a spot in the semi-finals on the previous day. In the first inning, the Italians took a decisive lead thanks to an RBI groundout and a three-run home run. But the team continued to drive …

2021 European Champions Cup: Day 5

On the final day of the 2021 European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ Rouen Huskies (to decide who will be demoted to the 2022 CEB cup), Fortitudo Bologna @ Curaçao Neptunus (for third place), and Bonn Capitals @ Parmaclima (gold medal game). Heidenheim Heideköpfe    -    Rouen HuskiesIn the …

2021 European Champions Cup: Day 4

On the fourth day of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Rouen Huskies @ L&D Amsterdam, Parmaclima @ Fortitudo Bologna, Curaçao Neptunus @ Bonn Capitals, and Arrows Ostrava @ Heidenheim Heideköpfe. Rouen Huskies @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates https://dutchbaseballhangout.blog/2021/07/16/2021-european-champions-cup-rouen-huskies-ld-amsterdam-pirates/ Parmaclima  5  -  4  Fortitudo BolognaA surprising result in the first semi-final today. Favorite …

2021 European Champions Cup: Day 3

On the third day of the 2021 European Champions Cup, the following games were (re)scheduled: Parmaclima @ Arrows Ostrava, Curaçao Neptunus @ Heidenheim Heideköpfe, Parmaclima @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ Rouen Huskies, Curaçao Neptunus @ Fortitudo Bologna, and Arrows Ostrava @ Bonn Capitals. Parmaclima  13  -  8  Arrows OstravaArrows Ostrava wasn't blown away …

2021 European Champions Cup: Curaçao Neptunus vs Fortitudo Bologna

In another ridiculous game with a handball score, in which nothing but the seeding of Group A was at stake, Fortitudo Bologna stayed at the right side of the score. It was clear that neither team used its best pitchers. Curaçao Neptunus 14 - 18 Fortitudo BolognaApparently both teams agreed in advance to play only …

2021 European Champions Cup: Parmaclima @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates

As both teams still had only won one game, it was a must win situation for both Parmaclima and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Parmaclima  11  -  6  L&D Amsterdam PiratesL&D Amsterdam Pirated barely stood a chance against Parmaclima. Once again the pitching faltered. But also the team didn't hit at the right moments, with one exception. …

2021 European Champions Cup: Day 2

On the second day of the 2021 ECC, the following games were scheduled: L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ Bonn Capitals, Fortitudo Bologna @ Rouen Huskies, Curaçao Neptunus @ Heidenheim Heideköpfe, and Parmaclima Baseball @ Arrows Ostrava. L&D Amsterdam Pirates   @  Bonn Capitals https://dutchbaseballhangout.blog/2021/07/14/2021-european-champions-cup-ld-amsterdam-pirates-bonn-capitals/ Fortitudo Bologna  17  -  1  Rouen HuskiesIn a very lopsided game, Fortitudo Bologna …

2021 European Champions Cup: Day 1

On day one of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled:Rouen Huskies @ Curaçao Neptunus, Bonn Capitals @ Parmaclima Baseball, Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ Fortitudo Bologna, and Arrows Ostrava @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Rouen Huskies  4  -  14  Curaçao NeptunusNeptunus needed eight innings to clinch the victory in the opening game of the tournament. …

European Champions Cup to Start Tomorrow

Another week full of European Baseball ahead. Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 13th, the European Champions Cup will start in Ostrava, Czech Republic. You may consider this tournament the Champions League of European baseball. Once again the best teams from all over Europe will gather to decide who will be the next European Baseball champions. The following …

U18 European Championship: Dutch Repeat

Ladies and gentlemen. Your repeating U18 European Champion: The Kingdom of the Netherlands!! In what was a close game, the Dutch took full advantage of the collapse of the Italian pitching staff. Throughout the game, both teams kept each other in check but in the seventh, the Dutch scored five runs to reach a score …

Nettuno Continues its Shopping Spree

In order to be ready for the upcoming Scudetto competition in the Serie A, Nettuno BC 1945 has added another arm to its roster. A player with some experience in MLB and two years of experience in the NPB. Nettuno added Rhiner Cruz, former Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays farmhand to their …

U18 European Championship: Dutch fall to Italy

In the second match of the tournament, The Dutch had a tough night on which most of the pitching did not pan out and the bats stayed dormant when it mattered most. First it looked like things would go without a hitch but later in the game, the team faced an Italian team that took …

U18 European Championship: Watch Kingdom of the Netherlands vs Italy here.

Today, the second game of U18 team Kingdom of the Netherlands. A game against our eternal rivals Italy. Here is the link to the streaming of the game. Italy will be the road team but nevertheless they will have the home field advantage as the championship is played in Italy. https://www.baseballsoftball.tv/en-int/page/homeEnjoy. 

Documentary about Lenny Randle, “The Most Interesting Man in Baseball”

I bumped into this documentary about Lenny Randle on Youtube. I had the honor to interview him for my blog, about four years ago. This former MLB player was very friendly and helpful during the interview. Many Europeans baseball fans, except those in Italy, may think "Lenny Who?" After his MLB career, Lenny played for …

Italian Clubs Get Reinforcements in The Final Hour

Several Italian Serie A clubs have acquired some reinforcements just before the periode in which this is allowed will end. The most eye popping transactions will be mentioned below. Nettuno BC 1945 The oldest club of Italy is finally back at the highest level of Italian baseball. The promotion was earned last year. So far …

Fortitudo Bologna Signs Another Curaçaoan

Through their Facebook page, Fortitudo Bologna announced the signing of another foreign player. The club is the strongest in the Italian Serie A by far, so you can wonder how much stronger they want to be... The player concerned is Raywendley van Gurp from Curaçao. Born in 1989, Van Gurp made his first strides in …

Italian Serie A down to 32 Teams at The Eleventh Hour

Even though the Serie A had already started a bit when Group C took off two weeks ago, the biggest chunk of the league will start this weekend. Unfortunately, one team has decided to step back at the eleventh hour. So with the decision of Bollate BC 1959 to step back, the Serie A will …

Another Curaçaoan Heads to Italy

Another player from Curaçao is heading to the Italian Serie A. The Dutch Antilles are a popular resort for Italian clubs, since the inhabitants have a Dutch passport and thus, according to the rules, they can be regarded as Dutch citizens. The club that has signed another player from the Caribbean island is Milano United. …