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Netherlands Team-roster announced for Super 6 Baseball Softball

NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - Netherlands Baseball Team Manager Evert-Jan 't Hoen has announced the roster for the upcoming first edition of the Super 6 Baseball Softball. The inaugural edition of the Super 6 Baseball Softball opens on September 18 and ends on the 23rd. The event will be organized at the site of Hoofddorp Pioniers in Hoofddorp (Netherlands). In the Super 6 Baseball Softball, the six best European countries in both men baseball and women softball will get together to play in two tournaments at the same site. The roster for the Netherlands Softball Team will be announced shortly.

In the baseball-tournament, the Netherlands meets Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Spain.
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...Sicnarf Loopstok...
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Seven players who were active in North American professional leagues this year will be part of the Netherlands Team 24-man roster for the Super 6. Four other players also play abroad, two of them are active in Italy, one plays in the Curaçao-competition and the fourth plays in Germany. The remaining 13 players all play in the Dutch big league.

The seven professional players are catchers Sicnarf Loopstok and Dashenko Ricardo, infielder Kirvin Moesquit, outfielders Randolph Oduber, Ademar Rifaela and Kalian Sams and infielder/outfielder Curt Smith.

This season, Loopstok played in 58 games for Akron RubberDucks, the Double-A team of the Cleveland Indians. He batted .225 (41-for-182) with nine homeruns. Aruba-born Loopstok, who plays professionally sine 2013, scored 29 runs and batted in 35. In June, Loopstok was sidelined with a broken nose. He didn't play since early July.

Curaçao-born Moesquit played for Delmarva Shorebirds in Single-A (Baltimore Orioles). There, he batted .251 (103-for-411) with 18 doubles and four homeruns in 112 games. Moesquit, who is the younger brother of Kevin Moesquit, led the entire Minor League with 49 stolen bases. Kevin Moesquit played in the Dutch big league for The Hawks and Kinheim and also played in the Netherlands National Team. He currently plays in Italy for UnipolSai Bologna.

Rifaela, who also comes from Curaçao, this season played for Bowie Baysox, which is the Double-A team of the Baltimore Orioles. The outfielder batted .265 (95-for-359) with 22 doubles and seven homeruns. Rifaela scored 36 runs and batted in 41.

Ricardo, Smith and Oduber all played for Lincoln Saltdogs in the American Association, which is an independent league not affiliated with a Major League-organization. Last week, Smith was named Most Valuable Player of the team chosen by fans. Last Monday, he was named to the league's All Star Team and on Tuesday, Smith was named Player of the Month for August. This season, Smith batted .315 and led the team with 115 basehits and 74 runs batted in. In 92 games, he collected 21 doubles, hit 18 homeruns and scored 53 runs.

...Curt Smith (left) and Kalian Sams...
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)
Oduber was the best hitter of the Saltdogs with a .346 batting average. In 69 games, he recorded 93 basehits, including a team-best 24 doubles. Oduber homered seven times, scored 45 runs and batted in 50. Oduber played in the Netherlands for Neptunus.

Ricardo played in 73 games and batted .269 with 68 basehits, including 13 doubles and five homeruns. The catcher scored 29 runs and batted in 35. Ricardo played in the Dutch big league for Kinheim and Neptunus.

Sams again played for Canadian-based Les Capitales de Québec in the independent CanAm League. He batted .311 (82-for-264) in 72 games with 15 doubles and eleven homeruns. Sams scored 46 runs and batted in 48. On Wednesday, Sams opens the best-of-five Play-Offs with Québec against Rockland Boulders. Sams is eligible to play for L&D Amsterdam Pirates in the Dutch big league.

Pitcher Kevin Kelly and outfielder Gilmer Lampe played in the Italian Baseball League this season. Kelly pitched in 15 games for Pirati dei Rimini, all in relief. The righthander was 0-0, but earned three saves. He struckout 19 hitters in 15 2/3 inning and closed the season with an 1.72 ERA.

Lampe played in 23 games for UnipolSai Fortitudo Bologna and batted .301 (25-for-83). Lampe, who missed some games due to an injury, scored 26 runs, batted in 16 and homered three times. In the Dutch big league, Kelly pitched for Neptunus, while Lampe played for UVV and Amsterdam Pirates. Both are eligible to play for Neptunus and Amsterdam in the remainder of this season. Lampe currently plays in the Championship Series of Italy against Parma.

...Gilmer Lampe during the...
...European Champions Cup...
...this year in Rotterdam...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Infielder/outfielder Yurendell de Caster plays in the Curaçao-competition, while pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek plays in the German Bundesliga. Both also played for the Orange squad during this years Baseball Week Haarlem.

Three players will make their debut in an Orange uniform. They are Sicnarf Loopstok, outfielder Ademar Rifaela and infielder Kirvin Moesquit. Pitcher Tom Stuifbergen returns to the team after being absent during this Summer's Baseball Week Haarlem. In that period, the righthander was recovering from an injury.

Making his debut in the coaching-staff is Sharnol Adriana, who played in 135 official international games for the Netherlands Baseball Team through 2009. With the Orange squad, Adriana participated in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, as well as the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic. He also was a member of the Dutch Teams that captured the titles at the 2003 and 2007 European Championship. The former first baseman played professionally in 1991-2014. After having played in the organization of the Toronto Blue Jays in his first eight professionall seasons, Adriana continued his career in Mexico. He also played in independent leagues and briefly played for Neptunus in 2008 and 2009 in the Dutch big league. Since 2016, Adriana is coaching in the Minor Leagues. In the Orange coaching-staff, Adriana will be the Bench Coach of Manager Evert-Jan 't Hoen.

...Sharnol Adriana with the...
...Netherlands Team during...
...the 2007 World Championship... Taiwan...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
The roster looks as follows:

Pitchers (11):
Mike Bolsenbroek (Buchbinder Regensburg Legionäre, Germany), Rob Cordemans, Kevin Heijstek, Jim Ploeger (all L&D Amsterdam Pirates), Berry van Driel, Diegomar Markwell, Loek van Mil, Orlando Yntema (all Curaçao Neptunus), Lars Huijer (Meerlease Pioniers), Kevin Kelly (Pirati dei Rimini, Italy), Tom Stuifbergen (DSS).

Catchers (3):
Gianison Boekhoudt (Curaçao Neptunus), Sicnarf Loopstok (Cleveland Indians-org., USA), Dashenko Ricardo (Lincoln Saltdogs, USA).

Infielders (6): Yurendell de Caster (Wild Cats, Curaçao), Dwayne Kemp, Dudley Leonora, Stijn van der Meer (all Curaçao Neptunus), Kirvin Moesquit (Baltimore Orioles-org., USA), Curt Smith (Lincoln Saltdogs, USA).

Outfielders (4):
Gilmer Lampe (UnipolSai Fortitudo Bologna, Italy), Randolph Oduber (Lincoln Saltdogs, USA), Ademar Rifaela (Baltimore Orioles-org., USA), Kalian Sams (Les Capitales de Québec, Canada).

Coaching Staff:
Evert-Jan 't Hoen (Manager), Sharnol Adriana (Bench Coach), Wim Martinus (1B Coach), Ben Thijssen (3B Coach), Sidney de Jong (Hitting Coach), Robin van Doornspeek (Pitching Coach).

Supporting Staff:
Paul Venner (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Kevin Sprengers (Physical Therapist), Greta Schouten (Team Manager).

(September 5)

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