2019 European Championship B-pool

Today, the European Championship B-pool will start. The tournament is split into two groups. One part will be played in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, the other will be played in Trnava, Slovakia. The tournament in Slovakia will only start tomorrow. The winners of both groups will play a "playoff" series from July 26 - July 28 to …

Dutch fall to Czechs in semi-final

The Dutch fought like lions but in the end, they fell short to the team that has won multiple European championships (nine) and only failed to reach the final two times since 2002: The Czech Republic. In this game, the Czechs proved to be too strong as they won 10-5. After the Dutch had taken …

U-12 European Championship 2018: Dutch clinch hard fought victory over Germany

The final score did not really show the course of the game. The game was much closer than the score implicates. In the final inning, the Dutch scored two insurance runs to reach the final score of 4-1. A bases-loaded wild pitch in the first inning allowed the Dutch to score the opening run. Two …

U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch beat Russia for fifth spot

After the Netherlands lost big to France yesterday, they had to take onRussia in the game for the fifth and sixth place. It wasn't a blowout victory, but the Dutch scored enough runs to beat the Russians by 9-5. The Dutch took a quick lead in the first inning when they scored four runs. With …

European Championship: September 16

A decisive day today in the relegation group. All teams were tied for first place, so the losers of today's game would move down to the B group of Europe.  Also a decisive day for Spain and Italy. If Spain beat Belgium, they are in the final. For Italy it was a must win game vs the …

European Championship: September 15

In the super round three games were played today: Belgium vs Czech Republic, Germany vs Italy and Spain vs Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the relegation round, two games were played: Greece vs Russia and Great Britain vs Croatia.   Belgium  3  -  4  Czech Republic   In a game that needed ten innings to …

European Championship: September 13

Today Russia took on Great Britain in a game with a somewhat surprising outcome. France was not beaten up but not really a match for Spain. Germany beat the Czech Republic. Italy needed seven innings vs Croatia and Belgium mashed Greece.   Great Britain  5  -  11  Russia   Quite a surprising score in the …

European Championship: September 12

Today the following games were scheduled: Greece vs Croatia, Germany vs Russia, Great Britain vs Sweden, Italy vs Spain and France vs Belgium.   Croatia  10  -  0  Greece   Greece hosted Croatia but never was a match for the Croatians. After two innings Croatia had a 5-0 lead already. The achilles heel of the Greek …

European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands vs Russia

Today, Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted Russia. So far Russia is one of the weakest teams in this championship. So could we expect an easy victory? Well, not quite.  The Russian team played some unexpected good baseball. Before the game five former Dutch internationals were laureled:  Michael Duursma, Shaldimar Daantji, David Bergman, Danny Rombley and …

European Championship: September 10, 2016

On day two of the European Championship in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, the following games were played: Sweden vs Russia, Spain vs Greece (the second mercy rule victory for the Spaniards), Czech Republic vs Great Britain, Italy vs France, Croatia vs Belgium and the Netherlands vs Germany.   Greece  1  -  12  Spain   Another mercy rule victory …

European Championship: September 9, 2016

On the opening day of the European Cup in the Netherlands, six games were played. No surprises as the Czech Republic blanked Russia, France beat up Croatia, Spain kicked teh butt of Belgium and Italy did not show any mercy with Greece. The only "normal" score was in the game between Germany and Sweden.   Sweden …

Groups for 2016 European championship announced

The groups of the 2016 European Championship have been announced by the CEB (European basebal confederation). The tournament will be played in the super duper, brand new Park 21 in Hoofddorp, home of the Vaessen Pioniers. The European Championship will be played from September 9 through September 18. Twelve countries will participate. The current European …

European Cup 2014: Dutch unbeaten to next round

There was never any doubt if the Dutch would beat Russia. But for a long time it looked like the Russians could force the Dutch into nine innings. Dutch team manager Steve Janssen started a couple of bench players: Jurrian Koks (SP), Danny Rombley (RF), Gilmer Lampe (LF) and Dashenko Ricardo (C). After three innings …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day Two

No surprises on day two. There were a couple of mercy rule shortened games, a game that needed extra inings and a rain shortened game. Sweden and Great Britain led off the day at 9.30. They had to catch up yesterday's rained out game. The British won 7-1. Spain only needed six innings to beat …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day One

On day one, only one game was decided in less than nine innings. The Dutch had no mercy with Croatia. The first game in Regensburg (Sweden vs Great Britain) was rained out and has been rescheduled for tomorrow. The French beat the Germans 3-2, but the score could have been a lot bigger. In the …

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 …

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