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Third loss for Dutch Men
AUCKLAND (New Zealand) - The Dutch Men Softball Team on Sunday was beaten 6-1 by Colombia and so, the squad has now lost all three games it played on the World Championship in New Zealand. For Colombia, this was their second victory.

The Dutch Team plays its fourth game on Monday-morning (Sunday-evening 11 PM, Dutch time) against Argentina.

...Enrique Javier scored lone Dutch run...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar
The Dutch was retired in order in the first inning, then Colombia scored four runs in its first at bat. Dutch starter Jeroen Mulder hit lead-off hitter Jamir Gomez with a pitch, but then two outs followed. The inning then could have been over, but an error was made on a grounder by Yerson Santana, giving Colombia its first run. Next, Luis Pren, Gari Pacheco and Cesar Jiminez Velaz Uribe all singled to bring in two more runs and the fourth run was then added in a steal-situation.

In the second inning, Enrique Javier walked with one out, but was left. Moments later, Colombia added two more runs. Royce Camacho led off with a walk, which led to the departure of Jeroen Mulder, who was relieved by Erwin Visser. After a sac-bunt, Pablo Vega tripled in a run and scored himself on a 2-out single by Yerson Santana to make it 6-0.

The Dutch got two baserunners in the third inning when Glennsig Polonius and Tim Verbrugge both reached on errors with one out, but then a strikeout and groundout followed.

In the fourth inning, the Dutch scored their first run. Mike den Braven led off with a walk, but was forced out on a grounder by Enrique Javier. The latter then stole second base and scored on a 2-out single by Randy Lo-A-Tjong, which was the first Dutch basehit of the game.

Kenny Dame accounted for the second Dutch basehit with two outs in the fifth inning, but was left behind.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Ernestp Aparicio led off with a double, but pitcher Erwin Visser then retired the next two batters. Visser then issued a walk, but ended the inning with a strikeout. And with this, the Dutch avoided its third mercy-rule loss in a row, as the game went into the seventh inning.

But in that at bat, three batters were retired in order and so, the Dutch had to settle for its third loss.

Other games today:

Game 17: Mexico vs. Canada
Canada registered its third win in three days to open Day 3, beating Mexico 6-0. Canada outhit the Mexicans 9-2. However, Canada led only 1-0 after five innings. In the first at bat, Canada scored its run on a double by Jeff Ellsworth The second run was added in the sixth inning on a basesloaded hit by pitch. Canada then rallied for four runs in the seventh, including two on a single by Jason Sanford. Game 18: USA vs. South Africa

...Matt Palazzo...
...2 homeruns...
South Africa, which began the tournament with two losses, today won 5-3 vs. the USA, which has now all three games it has played so far. The Americans, which finished in fourth place four years ago, outhit the Africans 8-5, but nevertheless ended up empty-handed. South Africa opened the score in the first inning when Renier Viljoen led off with a homerun. The USA reacted with two runs in their first at bat. With two outs, the score was tied when Matt Palazzo homered. Joshua Johnson then doubled and scored on a single by Derrick Zechman. South Africa came alongside in the third inning on back-to-back doubles by Phomolo Phaladi and Gregory Barrett, then took a 5-2 lead by scoring three runs in the fifth at bat. With two outs, two hitters were hit by a pitch and then Grant Olivier followed with a homerun. The USA added only one more run in the seventh inning when Palazzo hit his second homerun, but ended up losing again.

Game 19: Indonesia vs. Samoa
The third game today was a crazy one with an unexpected line score. Samoa had started the event with two surprise wins vs. Great Britain and the USA, while Indonesia suffered two big losses. On paper, this appeared to be a sure win for Samoa, but the island-country failed to hold onto a comfortable 9-run lead and even needed an extra inning win to remain unbeaten. Samoa scored three runs in the first inning, including two on a single by Bernard Hale. The next run was added in the second inning on a double by Tony Niu and another run was scored in the fifth. In the sixth inning, the lead was increased to 7-0. And so, Samoa needed only three more outs to end the game through the mercy-rule. But moments later, Indonesia scored its first run in the bottom of the sixth when Andospa Saputra led off with a triple and scored on a following error. In the top of the seventh inning, Samoa scored three runs when Duane Jerard homered with one out and Michael Niu added a 2-run homerun to make it 10-1. Indonesia then accomplished the almost unthinkable, as it rallied for nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score and force an extra inning. Eight of the runs were scored with two outs! Indonesia, which hit only one basehit in the previous six at bats, now collected eight basehits, including RBI-singles by Andospa Saputra (2-run), Aditya Rachman (1-run), Fricharda Oestabima (2-run), Heri Haeruman (1-run) and Dikdik Darmawan (2-run) that tied the score. Hereafter, a new pitcher was brought in and a flyout ended the at bat. In the eighth inning, with a tie-break runner on second base, two errors on a sac-bunt led to a run that eventually gave Samoa the victory.

Game 20: New Zealand vs. Japan
Host New Zealand remained unbeaten by winning 7-2 vs. Japan, which has now lost two games in a row after winning its first game against the Netherlands. Japan initially took an 1-0 lead in the second inning on a hit batter with the bases loaded, but three runners were left behind. In the bottom of the second inning, New Zealand reacted with five runs, which were scored with two outs. Two runs were then scored on a ground-rule double by Thomas Makea, followed by an RBI-single by Tyron Bartorillo and a 2-run homerun by Nathan Nukunuku. Japan got one run back in the third, but New Zealand scored two more runs in the fifth at bat when Brad Rona hit a 2-run homerun.

Game 21: Argentina vs. the Philippines
Argentina, which was 1-1 before today, won 5-0 vs. the Philippines, which is now 0-3. Argentina decided the game early by scoring three runs in the first inning on a double by Bruno Motroni and singles by Manuel Godoy and Nicolas Carril. In the second inning, Mauricio Caceres led off with a homerun to make it 4-0. The fifth run was scored in the fifth inning on a grounder. Argentinian starter Maximiliano Montero threw three hitless innings, then Francisco Sabate pitched the final four innings, giving up only two hits.

Game 22: Australia vs. Great Britain
Australia won 7-0 vs. Great Britain to remain unbeaten, while the British squad lost its third game in a row. Australia rallied for six runs in the second inning, thanks to an RBI-single by Adam Folkard, 2-run single by Michael Tanner, RBI-triple by Joel Southam and two runscoring errors. The seventh run to end the game through the mercy-rule came in the fifth inning when Mark Harris hit a lead-off, walk-off, homerun. Great Britain hit only two basehits off of Adam Folkard, who struckout 12 batters.

Game 24: Venezuela vs. Czech Republic
Venezuela shutout the Czech Republic 7-0 to remain unbeaten, while the Czechs suffered their first loss after having won its first two games with big scores. Venezuela scored its first run in the first at bat on an error, then added a run in the fourth on another error. In the fifth, the South Americans rallied for five runs to reach the 7-run difference and end the game through the mercy-rule. In this at bat, Iran Paez led off with a single, then Edwin Linares and Rafael Flores followed with back-to-back homeruns. Carlos Ojeda then singled and Frances Rojas doubled, followed by a sacrifice fly by Kenlis Rivero that made it 6-0. A single by Yeider Chirinos then led to the fifth run in this inning and ended the game.

(March 3)

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