Small exhibition win Dutch Team vs. Germany
VLEUTEN (Neth.) -
The Dutch National Baseball Team on Tuesday-evening won only 3-1 against Germany in an exhibition game, which is part of the final preparations for both teams for the upcoming European Championship, which opens next Friday in Rotterdam, Haarlem and Vleuten (Netherlands).
The two teams will meet each other again on Wednesday-evening at the site of UVV in Vleuten, starting at 7:30 PM.
Dutch National Team Manager Brian Farley will announce his roster for the Championship on Thursday, but today and on Wednesday it will become clear which professional players will join the squad.
In today's game, pro-players Nick Urbanus and Kalian Sams played for the Orange, meaning it can be assumed that they will be part of the Dutch Team during the Championship, but that won't be confirmed until Thursday-afternoon.
Sams and Urbanus both accounted for the three Dutch runs tonight.
...Dutch starter Kevin Heijstek...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
The Dutch Team opened the score in the second inning when Kalian Sams (who was the DH) led off with a homerun.
Next, Rudy van Heydoorn (who started the game as catcher) walked, moved to third base on a single by Wesley Connor and scored on a sac-fly by Nick Urbanus, who was tonight's short stop.
Michael Duursma, who was the starting short stop during the Haarlem Baseball Week in July, played at third base in tonight's game.
In the fourth inning, the Dutch Team added its third run.
With one out, Nick Urbanus doubled, advanced on a single by Shaldimar Daantji and scored on a passed ball.
In the remainder of the game, the Dutch Team was held scoreless and collected only two more basehits, which were both hit in the eighth and again by Urbanus and Daantji.
Dutch starter Kevin Heijstek struckout five batters and gave up only two basehits in the five innings he pitched.
Kyle Ward then took over in the sixth and gave up the lone German run.
Ward walked lead-off batter Lukas Jahn, who then advanced on a wild pitch.
Ward followed with a strikeout, but then gave up a single to Ludwig Glaser that moved Jahn to third base.
Moments later, the latter scored on a pinch-hit single by Max Boldt.
It marked the end for Ward, who was replaced by Nick Stuifbergen.
The two runners advanced on a grounder, but then stranded on second and third base when a flyout followed.
In the sixth inning, second baseman Dwayne Kemp made a great defensive play to retire batter Kevin Kotowski to support Stuifbergen, who gave up a 2-out double to pinch-hitter Daniel Hinz, which was then followed by a flyout.
In the eighth, Stuifbergen had another fine inning, then Bayron Cornelissen threw the ninth.
The closer walked a batter with one out, but then ended the game with two strikeouts.
Tonight's line-up and batting order was as follows:
1. Michael Duursma (SS), 2. Dwayne Kemp (2B), 3. Danny Rombley (RF), 4. Bryan Engelhardt (1B), 5. Kalian Sams (DH),
6. Rudy van Heydoorn (C), 7. Wesley Connor (LF), 8. Nick Urbanus (SS), 9. Shaldimar Daantji (CF).
Quintin de Cuba took over the catching in the seventh inning.
Kevin Heijstek was the starting pitcher and threw five innings.
Kyle Ward (1/3 inn.), Nick Stuifbergen (2 2/3 inn.) and Bayron Cornelissen (1 inning) threw in relief.
For-the-record, tonight's umpires were Fred Groenewegen (HP), Henri van Heijningen (1B) and Roy van de Wateringen (3B) with Fred van Groningen Schinkel being the Technical Commissioner.
Dieks Bannink and Fred van der Kade were the Official Scorers.
...'Krak-oe-Noot' played the national anthems...
...The teams line up for the national anthems...
...Short stop Nick Urbanus...
...HP Umpire Fred Groenewegen...
|(© All Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)|