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The Gilley's Shield
Australian Softball Championship
Jan. 2-8 at Blacktown (Australia)

The Cup - Indoor Softball
Jan. 13-15 at Schiedam (Netherlands)

MLB Hall of Fame Election - BB
Jan. 18 at Cooperstown (NY, USA)

Serie Latinoamericana - BB
Jan. 26-29 at Montería (Colombia)

Serie del Caribe - BB
Feb. 1-7 at Culiacán (México)

CEB / ESF Congress
Feb. 2-5 at Belgrade (Serbia)

Challenge Cup Intern. Men SB
Feb. 8-12 at Albany (New Zealand)

Intern. Down Under Series SB
Feb. 9-12 at Blacktown (Australia)

Trainingcamp Arizona Neth. BB Team
Feb. 11-26 at Scottsdale (Az., USA)

Netherlands Hall of Fame Induction
Feb. 17 at Heerhugowaard (Neth.)

Fastpitch Cup U17 - SB
Feb. 18 at Amstelveen (Netherlands)

West Asia Baseball Cup
Feb. 25-Mar. 1 at Islamabad (Pakistan)

WBC Spring Training Neth. BB Team
Feb. 27-March 6 at Seoul (S.Korea)

World Baseball Classic
March 6-12 - First Round
Pool A - Seoul (South Korea)
Pool B - Tokyo (Japan)
Pool C - Miami (Florida, USA)
Pool D - Jalisco (México)
March 12-19 - Second Round
Pool E - Tokyo (Japan)
Pool F - San Diego (Calif., USA)
March 20-22 - Finals
Los Angeles (Calif., USA)

Roef! Pre-Season Tourn. - SB Sr.
March 18-19 at Moergestel (Neth.)

MJFP Jan vd Vegte Memorial - BB/SB
March 25-26 at Nijmegen (Neth.)

North Sea Cup - BB/SB
March 25-26 at The Hague (Neth.)

Midden Nederland Cup - SB
March 25-26 at Loosdrecht (Neth.)

Roef! Pre-Season Tourn. - SB U17/U20
March 25-26 at Moergestel (Neth.)

J.C.J. Mastenbroek Tourn. - BB/SB
March 31-Apr. 2 at Enschede (Neth.)

Keistad Tournament - BB/SB
April 1 at Amersfoort (Neth.)

Ringvaart Tournament - BB
April 1-2 at Heemstede (Netherlands)

Major League Opening Day - BB
April 2-3 in USA/Canada

Haarlem Series - BB/SB
April 7-9 at Haarlem (Neth.)

I.M. Charles Urbanus Sr. Tourn. - BB
April 8-9 at Bussum (Neth.)

Jan de Wit Tournament - SB
April 8-9 at Haarlem (Neth.)

Jackie Robinson Day - MLB
April 15 in USA/Canada

Easter Cup - Men SB
April 15-16 at Spijkenisse (Neth.)

Koningsspelen
April 21, nationwide (Netherlands)

World Masters Games - BB/SB
Apr. 21-30 at Auckland (New Zealand)

Zeister Slot Tournament - Men SB
June 3-5 at Zeist (Netherlands)

Little League Neth. Champ.
1st Round - BB/SB
June 3 at to be decided (Neth.)

European Champions Cup BB
June 7-11 at Regensburg (Germany)

European CEB Cup BB
June 7-11 at Prague/Brno (Czech Rep.)

Eur. Federations Cup BB, Qualifier 3
June 12-17 at Stockholm (Sweden)

European Federations Cup BB
June 13-18 at Valencia (Spain)

Eur. Federations Cup BB, Qualifier 2
June 13-18 at Belgrade (Serbia)

Eur. Federations Cup BB, Qualifier 1
June 14-17 at Bratislava (Slovakia)

Little League Neth. Champ.
Finals - BB/SB
June 17-18 at to be decided (Neth.)

European Championship Softball
June 25-July 1 at Bollate (Italy)

Windmill Classic - Men SB
June 30-July 2 at Almere (Neth.)

World Port Tournament BB
July 1-9 at Rotterdam (Netherlands)

World Cup of Softball
July 5-9 at Oklahoma City (USA)

World Championship Men SB
July 7-16 at Whitehorse (Canada)

All-Star Futures Game - BB
July 9 at Miami (Florida, USA)

Canada Cup Intern. SB Champ.
July 10-17 at Surrey (Canada)

Eur. Champ. Coed Slowpitch SB
July 10-15 at Sofia (Bulgaria)

Eur. Champ. Jun. (U18) Qual. BB
July 10-16 at Zurich (Switzerland)

European Champ. Cad. (U16) SB
July 10-15 at Ostrava (Czech Rep.)

European Champ. Juv. (U12) BB
July 10-16 at Vleuten (Neth.)

Major League All Star Game - BB
July 11 at Miami (Florida, USA)

Apeldoorn BB & SB Series
July 11-16 at Apeldoorn (Netherlands)

European Champ. Cad. (U15) BB
July 17-23 at
Wiener Neustadt/Rohrbach (Austria)

Tex Town Tigers Cup U17 SB
July 21-23 at Enschede (Netherlands)

Battle at the Castle U12/U14 - BB/SB
July 23-28 at Oosterhout (Neth.)

World Championship Jun. SB
July 24-30 at Clearwater (Flo., USA)

European Championship B-Pool BB
July 24-30 at Miejska Gorka (Poland)

European Championship B-Pool BB
July 24-30 at Belgrade (Serbia)

Eur. Champ. U16 & U19 Men's SB
July 24-29 at Prague (Czech Rep.)

World Championship Juv. (U12) BB
July 28-Aug. 6 at Tainan (Taiwan)

MLB Hall of Fame Induction - BB
July 30 at Cooperstown (NY, USA)

World Children's Baseball Fair
July/Aug. at to be announced (Japan)

European Championship U23 BB
Aug. 7-13 at Brno (Czech Rep.)

Eur. Massimo Romeo Youth Trophy SB
Aug. 9-12 at Collecchio (Italy)

Summer Universiade - BB
Aug. 19-30 at Taipei (Taiwan)

European Premiere Cup SB
Aug. 21-26 at Haarlem (Netherlands)

European Cup SB
Aug. 21-26 at Montegranaro (Italy)

European Cup Winner's Cup SB
Aug. 21-26 at Caserta (Italy)

Joudrs Cup - Softball U17
Aug. 25-27 at Prague (Czech Rep.)

European Super Cup Men SB
Aug. 28-Sep. 2 at Amersfoort (Neth.)

World Championship Jun. (U18) BB
Sep. 1-10 at Thunder Bay (Canada)

TTT Slowpitch Fall Classic - Mixed SB
Oct. 20-22 at Enschede (Neth.)

EBCA Convention - BB
Nov. 10-12 at Belgium

Loek Loevendie Christmas Tourn. BB
December at Amsterdam (Neth.)
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Headlines 2017
Compiled and Copyright © 1997-2017 by Marco Stoovelaar
This is the archive of the articles Grand Slam * Stats & News brought you in 2017 covering Dutch and international baseball and softball.

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January
Radio-show 'Langs de Lijn' celebrates 50th anniversary. (Jan. 1)


March
Neptunus wins North Sea Cup in The Hague. (March 26)
DSS unbeaten winner Van de Vegte Memorial. (March 26)
Game Amsterdam Pirates vs. UVV ends in tie. (March 26)
Twins wins tournament in Belgium. (March 26)

Pioniers, DSS, HCAW win on first day Van de Vegte Memorial. (March 25)
Twins wins twice in Belgium. (March 25)
Amsterdam Pirates holds UVV scoreless. (March 25)

Didi Gregorius out for at least two weeks. (March 21)

Netherlands eliminated by Puerto Rico in 11-inning thriller. (March 20)
Didi Gregorius leaves Netherlands Team with injury. (March 20)
Ex-Pirates-chair, Amsterdam-exec Henk van Ede passed away. (March 20)

HCAW plays two 6-inning games and wins twice. (March 19)
Pirates wins twice to win Loek Loevendie Tournament. (March 19)
Neptunus records comfortable win against UVV. (March 19)
Pioniers again wins against RCH-Pinguïns. (March 19)

Netherlands loses exhibition game vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. (March 18)
Pioniers opens exhibition season with two wins. (March 18)
UVV and Neptunus play scoreless exhibition game. (March 18)
Two games end in tie at Loek Loevendie Tournament. (March 18)

Puerto Rico beats USA; Will meet Netherlands in Semi-Final. (March 17)

Netherlands to play exhibition game; Jansen joins team. (March 16)

Big W Netherlands vs. Cuba; in Semi-Finals after W Japan. (March 15)

A dream come true for Dutch WBC-umpire Winfried Berkvens. (March 13)
Netherlands wins convincingly against Israel. (March 13)

Neptunus registers huge exhibition-victory. (March 12)
DSS nips Quick to register first exhibition-win. (March 12)
Twins wins exhibition game in Belgium. (March 12)
Netherlands ends up short in extra innings vs. Japan. (March 12)

Neptunus wins exhibition game at HCAW. (March 11)
DSS empty-handed in exhibition game at Quick Amersfoort. (March 11)
Convincing exhibition win UVV against Orioles. (March 11)
Exhibition games Amsterdam Pirates cancelled. (March 11)

Oliver van der Wijst Severino signs contract with Astros. (March 9)
Curaçao-talent Ozzie Albies returns to action for Braves. (March 9)
Netherlands empty-handed vs. Israel; finishes 2nd in Pool. (March 9)

Spencer Kieboom returns to Major League Spring Training. (March 8)
Orange in 2nd Round WBC after walk-off W; Israel also in. (March 8)

Netherlands opens WBC with shutout vs. South Korea. (March 7)

Didder hits first SpringTraining-basehit; Wawoe added. (March 5)
Netherlands Team closes WBC-preparations with loss. (March 5)

Twins exhibition game for Sunday cancelled. (March 4)
HCAW opens exhibition season with small win. (March 4)

Netherlands Team wins big in Korean exhibition game. (March 3)

Spencer Kieboom returns to Minors; Sicnarf Loopstok added. (March 2)

Kieboom starts for 'Nats'; Lithuanian pitches for Pittsburgh. (March 1)
HCAW opens exhibition season Saturday; Twins plays Sunday. (March 1)

February
Spring Training-debut Ray-Patrick Didder; Schoop homers. (Feb. 27)

Jurickson Profar, Kieboom play 1st game; Juremi Profar added. (Feb. 26)

Netherlands closes exhibition series in Arizona with loss. (Feb. 25)
Daniel Arribas & Chris Pieters make Spring Training-debut. (Feb. 25)

1st game Netherlands vs. Twins ends in tie. (Feb. 24)
Didi Gregorius homers in first Spring Training at bat. (Feb. 24)

Netherlands Team wins big in exhibition game vs. Geckos. (Feb. 23)
Xander Bogaerts first Dutch player in Spring Training-action. (Feb. 23)

Schedule Dutch Major League finally released. (Feb. 22)

Exhibition losses Netherlands Team in Arizona. (Feb. 20)

Gé van Berkel inducted into Dutch Hall of Fame. (Feb. 18)

Julian Rip wins Talent of the Year Award in Utrecht. (Feb. 15)

Orange roster announced for World Baseball Classic. (Feb. 8-9)
Netherlands Team to prepare in Arizona. (Feb. 8)

Balentien and Jurrjens in Orange squad in WBC. (Feb. 6)

Season ends for Van Mil & Nooij; Brisbane in Australian Final. (Feb. 5)

Didier Seminet succeeds Jan Esselman as CEB-President. (Feb. 4)
Australia: Adelaide forces 3rd game; Good outing Van Mil. (Feb. 4)

Van Mil & Nooij open Australian Play-Off with loss. (Feb. 3)

Amsterdam Pirates adds pitcher Nick Veltkamp to roster. (Feb. 2)
Amsterdam Pirates chosen as Sports Team of the Year. (Feb. 2)

January
Van Mil & Nooij in Play-Offs Australian Baseball League. (Jan. 30)

De Caster, Ricardo, Smith, Tigres win Serie Latinoamericana. (Jan. 29)

Loss Tigres, but reaches Final Serie Latinoamericana by draw. (Jan. 28)

Tigres wins second game in Serie Latinoamericana. (Jan. 27)

Ricardo leads Tigres to opening-win in Serie Latinoamericana. (Jan. 26)

Amsterdam Pirates nominated for Sports Team of the Year. (Jan. 24)
Gregorius & Profar join Orange Team for World Baseball Classic. (Jan. 24)

Calvin Maduro wins Colombian title with Leones. (Jan. 23)

Award for Xander Bogaerts from Boston Media. (Jan. 21)

Amsterdam Pirates-Chairman Gerard van Tiggelen passed away. (Jan. 20)

Dutch players help Tigres win Nicaraguan title. (Jan. 18)

Tigres wins again; one win away from Nicaraguan title. (Jan. 17)

Gigantes avoids sweep by winning 3rd game Nicaraguan Final. (Jan. 15)
Former big league-player Rob Vakkers passed away. (Jan. 15)

Tigres also wins second game in Nicaraguan Final. (Jan. 14)

Dutch players open Nicaraguan Final with win. (Jan. 13)

Gigantes 2nd team to reach Nicaraguan Final; Vásquez MVP. (Jan. 11)

Dodgers confirm return of Kenley Jansen. (Jan. 10)

Gigantes takes lead in Nicaraguan Play-Off. (Jan. 8)

Smith, De Caster, Ricardo in Nicaraguan Final. (Jan. 5)

Loek van Mil, Bas Nooij enter final month Australian BB League. (Jan. 2)


March
Small win Tex Town Tigers in Mastenbroek-opener. (March 31)

Coming weekend Mastenbroek and Keistad Tournament. (March 29)

Centrals wins Midden-Nederland Cup. (March 26)

Terrasvogels registers two big exhibition victories. (March 25)

Sparks Haarlem adds New Zealand-outfielder Kingsley Avery. (March 23)

Virginie Anneveld wins New Zealand-title with Magpies. (March 19)

February
Australian outfielder Jasmine Peters joins Tex Town Tigers. (Feb. 28)

European Cup Tournaments awarded to Netherlands & Italy. (Feb. 12)

Saskia Kosterink named Talent Coach Softball. (Feb. 6)

Gabriel Waage succeeds André van Overbeek as ESF-President. (Feb. 4)

January
Former Official Scorer Olga Lablans passed away. (Jan. 17)

Former big league-player Inger van der Graaf passed away. (Jan. 14)

Big scores on Opening Night Indoor Cup. (Jan. 13)

New South Wales shuts out Queensland to win Australian title! (Jan. 8)

Queensland first to reach Final Australian Championship. (Jan. 7)

NSW hands Queensland 1st loss in Australian Finals. (Jan. 6)

Dutch Ump Wout vd Horst invited for Senior League World Series. (Jan. 5)
Queensland, NSW in Semi-Final Australian Finals. (Jan. 5)

Queensland remains unbeaten in Australian Finals. (Jan. 4)

Queensland adds 2 Wins in Australian Finals. (Jan. 3)

Britt Vonk to play for Bollate in Italy. (Jan. 2)
Saskia Kosterink, Belinda White open Australian Finals. (Jan. 2)



March
USA dominates in Final to win Classic-title. (March 22)

USA nips Japan to become second finalist. (March 21)

USA dethrones Dominican Republic; Qualifies for Semi-Final. (March 18)

Puerto Rico beats USA; Will meet Netherlands in Semi-Final. (March 17)

Dominicans shutout Venezuela. (March 16)

USA comes from behind to win against Venezuela. (March 15)

Puerto Rico defeats Dominicans in Second Round-opener. (March 14)
Japan wins vs. Cuba, but Pool is not decided yet. (March 14)

Venezuela comes from behind & eliminates Italy. (March 13)

3 teams qualify for 2nd Round; Tie-breaker Italy vs. Venezuela. (March 12)

Wins for Colombia, Venezuela, Dominicans & Puerto Rico. (March 11)

USA needs extra inning to win; Puerto Rico wins big. (March 10)
Cuba advances to Second Round WBC; Australia eliminated. (March 10)

Italy wins opener on walk-off single; Dominicans win big. (March 9)

Israel upsets South Korea in WBC-opener with 10-inning win. (March 6)

Sri Lanka surprise winner West Asia Baseball Cup. (March 1)

February
Laureus World Sports Award for Chicago Cubs. (Feb. 14)

Brisbane captures second consecutive Australian title. (Feb. 11)

Brisbane strikes first in Australian Baseball Final. (Feb. 10)

Puerto Rico wins first Serie del Caribe in 17 years. (Feb. 7)

Puerto Rico and México in Final Serie del Caribe. (Feb. 6)

Serie del Caribe: Dominicans remain winless; 1st loss México. (Feb. 5)
Brisbane in Australian Final. (Feb. 5)

Serie del Caribe: Important win Puerto Rico; 1st loss Cuba. (Feb. 4)
Didier Seminet succeeds Jan Esselman as CEB-President. (Feb. 4)
Australia: Adelaide forces 3rd game; Good outing Van Mil. (Feb. 4)

Serie del Caribe: 2nd win Cubans; México wins on walk-off slam. (Feb. 3)
Van Mil & Nooij open Australian Play-Off with loss. (Feb. 3)

Venezuela hands Puerto Rico 2nd loss in Serie del Caribe. (Feb. 2)

Cuban champion opens Serie del Caribe with shutout-win. (Feb. 1)

January
Van Mil & Nooij in Play-Offs Australian Baseball League. (Jan. 30)

De Caster, Ricardo, Smith, Tigres win Serie Latinoamericana. (Jan. 29)

Loss Tigres, but reaches Final Serie Latinoamericana by draw. (Jan. 28)

Tigres wins second game in Serie Latinoamericana. (Jan. 27)

Ricardo leads Tigres to opening-win in Serie Latinoamericana. (Jan. 26)

Calvin Maduro wins Colombian title with Leones. (Jan. 23)

Baseball-awards handed out in New York & St. Louis. (Jan. 22)
Granma sweeps Ciego de Ávila to capture first Cuban title! (Jan. 22)

Granma wins 3rd game; one win away from Cuban title. (Jan. 21)
Award for Xander Bogaerts from Boston Media. (Jan. 21)

Granma also wins 2nd game Cuban Final. (Jan. 20)

Granma wins opener Cuban Final in 10th inning. (Jan. 19)

Bagwell, Raines, Rodríguez elected into Hall of Fame. (Jan. 18)

Tigres wins again; one win away from Nicaraguan title. (Jan. 17)

Gigantes avoids sweep by winning 3rd game Nicaraguan Final. (Jan. 15)

Tigres also wins second game in Nicaraguan Final. (Jan. 14)

Dutch players open Nicaraguan Final with win. (Jan. 13)

Gigantes 2nd team to reach Nicaraguan Final; Vásquez MVP. (Jan. 11)

High Italian decoration for former player/coach Salvatore Varriale. (Jan. 9)

Gigantes takes lead in Nicaraguan Play-Off. (Jan. 8)


February
Japan wins International Down Under Series. (Feb. 13)

European Cup Tournaments awarded to Netherlands & Italy. (Feb. 12)

Gabriel Waage succeeds André van Overbeek as ESF-President. (Feb. 4)

January
New South Wales shuts out Queensland to win Australian title! (Jan. 8)

Queensland first to reach Final Australian Championship. (Jan. 7)

NSW hands Queensland 1st loss in Australian Finals. (Jan. 6)

Queensland, NSW in Semi-Final Australian Finals. (Jan. 5)

Queensland remains unbeaten in Australian Finals. (Jan. 4)

Queensland adds 2 Wins in Australian Finals. (Jan. 3)

Saskia Kosterink, Belinda White open Australian Finals. (Jan. 2)


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