Dutch release roster for Olympic Qualifier

The KNBSB, represented by manager Hensley Meulens has released the 26-man roster for the upcoming (final) Olympic Qualifier that will start on June 22nd. In the meantime, several countries have pulled back from the tournament. It all started with China, whose decision was likely politically motivated as the tournament was originally scheduled in Taiwan. But …

Corona: Different Situations in Europe’s main Baseball Competitions, an update

A month ago, you could read an overview of the baseball situation in each of the main baseball countries in Europe as they all were/are hit by the measurements that surround the coronavirus. Here is an update per country. Belgium: Last week, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) sent a letter to all …

My top ten of national team baseball caps

I have written several blog posts about my favorite ballcaps already. But so far, I never wrote one about my ten favorite caps of national teams. National team caps are known for their simplicity and the lack of abundancy. Here is my top ten of national team caps. 10. Croatia This cap was worn by …

Watch Germany @ the Netherlands here

Today, the Netherlands will face hosting nation Germany. After an easy victory over Sweden, the Dutch are looking for their second win of the tournament. Germany lost its unbeaten status yesterday after a heartbreaking loss vs Israel in ten innings. The game will be played as the nightcap of a long day of baseball. It …

Women’s European Championship: Solid win for Dutch ladies

In their final game of the round-robin, the Dutch women's baseball team beat the Czech Republic by a wide margin of fourteen runs. The Dutch ladies needed only five innings to end the game prematurely. Netherlands  17  -  4  Czech Republic A five-run first inning and a ditto second laid the foundation for this solid …

Women’s European Championship: Mixed results for the Netherlands.

On the second day of the European Championship, the Dutch ladies took on the Czech Republic and France. The Czechs, who were beaten up by France yesterday (30-7) were no match for the Dutch. Czech Republic    -    Netherlands The Dutch ladies came off with a scare after the first inning. The Czech ladies …

Women’s European Championship: Bitter loss for Dutch in opening game

For the first time in history, a Women's European Championship is played. Today it started in Rouen, France. Participating countries: Czech Republic, France, and the Netherlands. Each team will face the others twice. As the Dutch ladies have participated in the last three editions of the Women's World Cup, one would say they have a big …

U15 European Championship 2019: Dutch run aground in semi-final

For the third time this year, an Italian opponent was too strong for the Netherlands. Earlier this year, Fortitudo Bologna beat Amsterdam Pirates in the ECC's final. Two weeks ago, Italy beat the Dutch in the U12 European Championship final. Today, the Italian U15 team proved to be too strong for the Dutch in the …

U12 European Championship 2019: Dutch unbeaten to finals

In the first semi-final of the day, the Netherlands took on the number two of group B, Germany. The Dutch' neighbours didn't stand a chance against the Dutch lineup.  The Dutch clinched an easy 11-3 victory. This victory was the fourth in a row for the Netherlands as the team enters the final for the …

U12 European Championship 2019: Clear victory for Dutch over Italians

In their final game of the preliminary round, the Netherlands took on Italy. The reigning U12 European champion gave the Dutch a hard time before the Dutch could walk off as a victor with a 17-11 victory. Normally one would think that a 13-5 lead is enough for an easy win. Well, not so this …

U12 European Championship 2019: Dutch humiliate Belgium

Today, the Dutch U12 team took on Belgium, that lost in five innings to Italy yesterday. Against the Netherlands, Belgium neither did stand a chance as the Dutch needed four innings to beat Belgium 24-2. With this victory, the Dutch qualified for the semi-finals.  With two outs in the first inning, the Dutch managed to …

Brownsville sends the Netherlands home

In one of the Pony League World Series elimination games, the Netherlands took on Brownsville from Texas. Just like yesterday, the game didn't go well for the Dutch. The pitching was hit hard and had to allow twelve runs on fourteen hits. Eventually, the Dutch fell to Brownsville 12-4.  After Texas took a 4-0 lead …

U15 European Championship 2017: Germany clinches European title

Staying undefeated in the round robin doesn't mean a thing. That is the lesson that has to be learned from this championship. The Dutch won all their games in the first round, while Germany lost the one vs Spain. Still, Germany beat the Dutch 4-2 in the final. Germany proved to be too strong for …

U15 European Championship 2017: The Netherlands finishes on top of its group

Once again the opponent took a lead in the first few innings of the game, but also this time, the Dutch rallied for the lead and eventually the win. After the Czech Republic had taken a 4-1 lead, the Dutch walked off as a victory as they beat the Czechs 11-6.  The Czechs took a …

U15 European Championship 2017: Russia blanked by the Netherlands

In the fourth game of the Netherlands on the 2017 U15 European Championship, the team showed no mercy for Russia as they won 17-0 in four mercy rule innings. Russia managed to collect only one hit on the superb pitching of the Dutch and the Netherlands took advantage of eleven walks, four errors, one balk, …

U15 European Championship 2017: Dutch come off well against Poland

In the second game of the European U15 Championship, the Dutch had to step on it against Poland. Poland that lost in five innings against the Czech Republic the previous day, had a 4-0 lead after three innings. The Dutch had to make a last ditch effort to turn the tables and beat Poland 7-4. …

U15 European Championship 2017: Austria no match for the Netherlands

With the U12 European Championship barely over, the next one is up and running already. In Wiener Neustad (Vienna New town) in Austria, the Dutch took on the host country. The story of the game was one about the Austrian pitching lacking control as they gave up eight walks, threw one wild pitch and hit …

U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch no match for France

In a winner-takes-all game France bested the Netherlands 13-3 in six mercy rule innings. The Dutch let a 3-0 lead slip through their fingers. Both the hitting and the pitching did not work out today. The pitching was hit hard and the offense was kept in check by the French pitchers. The Netherlands took a …

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