L&D Amsterdam Pirates wins first round of the Hoofdklasse

Tonight one more first round game had to be played between Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. For Pirates it was a must win situation because with a loss, Corendon Kinheim from Haarlem would clinch the second place and thus a play off spot. Neptunus already had clinched a play off spot, only the outcome …

Holland Series 2014: Game 5

        vs   Where L&D Amsterdam Pirates managed to win Saturday's game in a comeback fashion, they couldn't on Sunday. DOOR Neptunus took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Gianison Boekhoudt led off the inning with a doube and advanced to third on a 4-3 groundout hit by Kalian Sams. Dwayne Kemp drove in …

Holland Series 2014: Game 4

      vs  Despite my fear that Rob Cordemans wouldn't pitch, he was sent to the mound by manager Charles Urbanus. But even with Rob Cordemans on the mound, L&D Amsterdam Pirates trailed after one inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Kalian Sams proved his value for DOOR Neptunus. When he …

Holland Series 2014: Game 1

  vs  Yesterday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates headed to Rotterdam to take on still reigning champion DOOR Neptunus. In the first game of the best of seven series, things went rather different than I expected. Even though I am rooting for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, I think that DOOR Neptunus is the team to beat. IMHO, DOOR …

European Cup 2014: Dutch still unbeaten

Mike Bolsenbroek going nine shutout innings and two homeruns. That's the story of the game between the Netherlands and Italy in a nutshell. Both teams didn't score in the first inning. But the Netherlands took a small lead when Yurendell de Caster hit a mammoth solo homerun  over the left field fence.  It cleared the …

European Cup 2014: Dutch win first game in second round

In the second round of the European Cup,the numbers 1, 2 and 3 of group A will play the numbers 1, 2 and 3 of group B. The two teams that finish on top after these games, will play in the championship game on Sunday. The Dutch took on the Germans in their first game …

European Cup 2014: Dutch show two faces

In tonight's game, the Dutch squad showed two faces. One that gave seven runs in three innings and one that could turn around the game. Dutch starter Orlando Yntema gave up three runs in the first inning on two singles by Daniel Martinez and Oscar D. Angulo and a homerun by Jesus E. Golindano. Golindano: …

European Cup 2014: Perfect game for Bolsenbroek

In a game in which it seemed that the Dutch pulled the breaks a bit, starting pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek dominated the Greek lineup through seven innings. In those seven frames Bolsenbroek struck out ten and didn't allow a single Greek baserunner. In 2012 Bolsenbroek participated at the WBC qualifiers as a part of the German …

European Cup 2014: Dutch convincing in five innings

The Dutch needed five innings tonight to beat the Czech Republic. No, it wasn't a mercy rule victory. The game was called after five innings due to rainfall. The Dutch had a score to settle. Two years ago, the Czechs beat the Dutch in overtime. This was the first win by the Czech Republic over …

European Cup 2014: Dutch play their short game vs Croatia

In today's second game in Ostrava (Czech Republic), the Dutch took on Croatia. Ostrava was lucky since Regensburg in Germany was bothered by the rain and the first game there was rained out. The Dutch were the road team and started the game at bat. Hainley Statia led off but grounded out to first base …

European Cup 2014: Final roster of team Netherlands and Italy

The final roster for the Dutch has been published. To me there are some surprises. The last cuts have been made by manager Steve Janssen. After Roger Bernadina was called up to the Majors, one cut didn't have to be made. Now a second one doesn't need to be made. Juan Carlos Sulbaran has been …

France International Baseball Tournament: Dutch win not convincing

Tonight the Dutch got their "revenge" for the 12-8 loss vs France last night. The Dutch won 3-2, but the win wasn't convincing. The Dutch started with Rob Cordemans on the mound. The hero of the 2011 World Cup final recently burned his hand and was pulled after one inning in which he allowed one …

European Cup 2014: Dutch provisional roster

Less than a day after I posted the probables, the Dutch baseball and softball federation (KNBSB) announced the provisional roster of the Dutch national team.The Dutch will go to Sénart with the following players* :Pitchers:Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam Pirates) Diegomar Markwell  (DOOR Neptunus)David Bergman (Corendon Kinhiem)Kevin Heijstek (L&D Amsterdam Pirates)Orlando Yntema (DOOR Neptunus)Wendell Floranus  (Gulf …

European Cup 2014: Dutch probables

Now the play offs are over, the Dutch will focus on the upcoming European Cup first.Two years ago, the Dutch celeberated the 100th birthday of the Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB). Because of that the 2012 European Cup was played in the Netherlands. But what had to be a cherry on the cake turned …

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