2021 European Championship: Italy pushes over Belgium

After the unexpected loss vs Austria, today's game vs Italy should be a must win game. But deep down inside, this game might have been a calculated loss for the Belgians. Italy  14  -  3  BelgiumIt was one of those games. The Belgian lineup was kept in check by the Italian pitching staff and the …

2021 European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands clinches easy victory

Since the Czech Republic managed to beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands twice in previous tournaments, the Dutch were warned. Unfortunately, the Czech Republic was very disappointing today. The Dutch did not have to go deep to clinch the victory. Kingdom of the Netherlands  11  -  1  Czech RepublicAfter Ray-Patrick Didder doubled home Roger Bernadina …

2021 European Championship: Day 1

On the first day of the 2021 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Czech Republic @ Sweden, Germany @ Croatia, Belgium @ Austria, Greece @ Italy, Slovakia @ the Netherlands, Ukraine @ Spain, Russia @ Israel, and France @ Great Britain. And on the very first day, there were a couple of surprising results. …

2021 European Championship: Major Upset, Belgium Falls to Austria

Belgium  11  -  12  Austria In the third game of the tournament, Austria upset Belgium in a narrow escape and a walk-off victory. Trailing 4-2 at the start of the bottom of the sixth inning, Austria grabbed the lead thanks to a two-run single by Ferdinand Obed and a three-run jack by Sammy Hackl. A …

2021 European Championship: Dutch Need Seven Innings

Slovakia  0  -  11  Kingdom of the NetherlandsSlovakia wasn't quite an equal opponent. Slovakia was pushed aside by the Kingdom of the Netherlands in only seven mercy rule innings. A Slovakian miscue in the first inning, gave the Dutch a 1-0 lead. It took them a bit to heat up against the debuting country. In …

2021 European Championship: Percentage of Foreigners Per National Team

Since the last World Baseball Classic, this is a pet peeve of mine. National baseball teams which have hardly any locals in it. It caught my attention that "Israel" sent a team to Korea to take on the Dutch, Taiwan and Korea. But this team Israel was hardly FROM Israel. But in fact, Israel isn't …

Belgium Presents Roster for European Championship

In an e-mail with loads of information, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) announced the roster of the Red Hawks, the Belgian national team. The intriguing part of this roster is that it contains hardly any foreign players. One to be exact. Compare this to "Israel" and "Greece," which both have over 90% …

2021 Belgian Baseball Gold Division: Round 2

There was still one game scheduled today. The one between the Deurne Spartans and the Brussels Kangaroos. Where the Spartans suffered just a 2-0 loss yesterday, they were put on the rack today. Brussels Kangaroos 18 - 5 Deurne SpartansAfter the Kangaroos took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Spartans …

2021 Dutch hoofdklasse, Playoffs And Bottom Four

On the third day of the playoffs, the following games were scheduled: Oosterhout Twins @ Curaçao Neptunus and HCAW @ L&D Amsterdam. In the Bottom Four group, the following games were scheduled: Silicon Storks @ Hoofddorp Pioniers and DSS/Kinheim @ Quick Amersfoort. Playoffs: Oosterhout Twins  0  -  5  Curaçao NeptunusCuraçao Neptunus is the first team …

2021 Belgian Baseball Gold Division: Round 2

On the first day of the second round in the Belgian Baseball Gold Division, the following games were scheduled: Mont-Saint-Guibert @ Brasschaat Braves (doubleheader), Brussels Kangaroos @ Deurne Spartans, and Borgerhout Squirrels @ Hoboken Pioneers (also a doubleheader). Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix  4  -  14  Brasschaat BravesIn both games of the doubleheader Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix did not stand …

Mortsel Stars @ Namur Angels: A Photo Impression

Yours truly headed to Namur, in the deep South of Belgium, to attend two baseball games between the Mortsel Stars and the Namur Angels, that were played in the Belgian Silver League, something that would have been the relegation group. But since the Royal Greys withdrew from the Division 1 before the start of the …

2021 Dutch hoofdklasse, Playoffs And Bottom Four

On the first night after the regular season, in the playoffs, the following games were scheduled: HCAW @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Oosterhout Twins @ Curaçao Neptunus. In the bottom four group, the following games were scheduled: Silicon Storks @ Hoofddorp Pioniers, and DSS/Kinheim @ Quick Amersfoort. Play Offs HCAW  5  -  6  L&D Amsterdam …

Dutch Roster For The European Championship: Rejuvenation… Really?

Today, the KNBSB held a round table conference about the rejuvenation of team Kingdom of the Netherlands. A few weeks ago, the federation let some players at the right side of 30 know that they would not get an invitation. When you see the current roster, it is even more mind boggling than expected. Let's …

International Baseball Partners and FEBEKO Join Forces

In a statement on its website, International Baseball Partners announced it has entered a Collaboration Agreement with the FEBEKO, the Baseball Federation of Curaçao. It is not the first time that International Baseball Partners shows its interest in the island of the Dutch Caribbeans. Back in 2015, IBP signd a Memorandum Of Understanding with the …

Today in Baseball: The First Father And Son Combo on The Same Team

On this day in 1990, the very first father and son combo played together on the same team. Throughout the history of MLB, there have been many fathers and sons in the game, but until this day, no father and son played on the same team. Of course we are talking about the Griffeys. Ken …

Mapping The Path is on The Road Again

Two years ago, Matt Burns and his son visited all Major League and Minor League ballparks in their home state California. The planing was to visit sixteen ballparks in eighteen days in the Carolinas in 2020 but the corona virus threw a spanner in the works. But now, Matt and his dad are making up …