(Story by Marco Stoovelaar; Photos by Henk Seppen)
Kingdom Team shuts out Curaçao All Stars
WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao (Neth.) -
The National Baseball Team of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is currently on the island of Curaçao, where it will prepare itself for the upcoming Premier12 next month in Taiwan.
On Friday-evening (October 16), the Orange-squad played its first of two exhibition games in Tio Daou Ballpark against an All Star-team from Curaçao.
Last week, the Curaçao-squad won three games against the American baseball-team of Dallas Baptist University.
In the first game, the Dutch Team shutout the Curaçao-squad, 7-0.
The second game will be played on Saturday-evening.
The Netherlands Team was held scoreless in the first six innings and was limited to only three baseshits off of three pitchers.
...Starting pitcher Rob Cordemans...
...4 StrikeOuts in 2 Innings...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Chris Garia, who made his debut in the national squad, singled in his first at bat in the first inning off of starting pitcher Ruderly Manuel, but was left behind.
In the second at bat, Sharlon Schoop led off with a walk, but then Manuel struckout the next three batters.
In the top of the third inning, the Dutch Team got the bases loaded.
With two outs and Randolph Oduber on base, the bases got loaded when Andruw Jones and Yurendell DeCaster walked.
But the inning then ended when the latter was forced out on a grounder by Sharlon Schoop.
In the fifth, Randolph Oduber led off with a single, but then was eliminated in a double play on first base when next batter Chris Garia lined out.
The Netherlands Team opened the score with two runs in the seventh inning.
Gianison Boekhoudt led off with a walk and with two outs, the bases got loaded when Dwayne Kemp and Gilmer Lampe also walked.
After a pitching change, the first run was scored when Quintin De Cuba also walked, then the second run was added moments later on a wild pitch.
A 5-run rally followed in the ninth inning.
Kevin Moesquit led off with a single, then Dwayne Kemp homered to lift the lead to 4-0.
With one out, Quintin De Cuba and Yurendell DeCaster singled, then scored on a 2-out double by Kalian Sams.
After a pitching change, Gianison Boekhoudt walked, then Gianfranco Wawoe (another rookie in the Dutch squad) singled in the fifth run in this at bat to increase the score to 7-0.
Veteran Rob Cordemans started for the Netherlands-squad.
With two outs, Curaçao-batter Alexander Rodriguez reached on an error, but hereafter the righthander struckout the next four batters.
Diegomar Markwell pitched the third and fourth inning.
In the third, he hit lead-off hitter Ramiro Balentina with a pitch.
Markwell struckout the next two batters, then gave up a single to Ardley Jansen, but he was forced out.
Markwell then retired the side in the fourth inning.
Each following inning was then thrown by a different pitcher.
Jim Ploeger threw the fifth and struckout three batters.
With one out, the lefthander walked two batters, they were left behind.
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the sixth, Wendell Floranus also struckout three batters.
Floranus saw one batter reach on an error and he went on to become the winning pitcher in this game.
Jonathan Balentina gave up a 2-out single in the seventh, but then closed with a strikeout.
In the eighth, Curaçao came closest to a run off of Berry van Driel.
With one out, he gave up a single to Edinho Meyer, but followed with a strikeout.
Meyer then tried to score on a double by Gurtney Doran, but was eliminated at the plate.
Mike Bolsenbroek closed the game and retired the side in the bottom of the ninth.
The Dutch Team then got an additional at bat in the tenth, but the bottom of the tenth was not played.
The starting players (and their replacements) in this game for the Dutch Team were:
Catcher-Dashenko Ricardo (Gianison Boekhoudt), 1st Base-Andruw Jones (Quintin De Cuba), 2nd Base-Hainley Statia (Kevin Moesquit), 3rd Base-Sharlon Schoop (Dudley Leonora), Short Stop-Carlton Daal (Gianfranco Wawoe), Leftfield-Randolph Oduber (Dwayne Kemp), Centerfield-Chris Garia (Gilmer Lampe), Rightfield-Kalian Sams, Designated Hitter-Yurendell DeCaster.
Manager Hensley Meulens used seven pitchers in this game: Rob Cordemans, Diegomar Markwell, Jim Ploeger, Wendell Floranus, Jonathan Balentina, Berry van Driel and Mike Bolsenbroek.
Three players made their National Team-debut: Carlton Daal, Chris Garia and Gianfranco Wawoe.