|Compiled and Copyright © 1997-2021 by Marco Stoovelaar|
(Story by Marco Stoovelaar)
Netherlands wins and loses on Day 3 European Championship
LEDENICE / SEZIMOVO ÚSTÍ (Czech Rep.) -
On day 3 of the 15th Men's Softball European Championship in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands recovered after ending up short twice on Tuesday.
On that day, the team suffered two one-run difference losses.
On Wednesday (June 23), the team opened with a 13-2 victory against Israel.
Leading only 2-1 after five innings, the team decided the game in the final two at bats by scoring eleven more runs.
In the evening, the Orange Team lost 5-1 against Denmark.
Defending champion Czech Republic added two victories and now has won all five games it has played.
On Thursday, the Netherlands plays against Sweden and the Czech Republic.
The two finalists will qualify for the WBSC Men's World Cup 2022, which will be organized November 26-December 4 next year in Auckland, New Zealand.
The World Cup initially was scheduled for February this year, but was postponed.
Other scores of Day 3
Israel vs. France 1-13 (4 inn.); Lithuania vs. Sweden 2-13 (4 inn.); Croatia vs. Czech Republic 0-7 (5 inn.); Lithuania vs. France 6-18 (4 inn.); Slovakia vs. Czech Republic 1-11 (5 inn.); Sweden vs. Croatia 0-17 (4 inn.).
Netherlands vs. Israel
The Netherlands opened the score with one run in the top of the first inning.
Jeff Delfina led off with a single and moved to second base when an outfield-error followed.
With one out, Delfina stole third base, then scored on a 2-out single by Emeron Lourens.
The Orange Team doubled its lead in the third inning.
Myron Juaquin then led off with a walk and got into scoring position when Dyron Juaqui also walked with one out.
Revin Brooks followed with a RBI ground-rule double, but the team left runners behind on second and third base.
In the bottom of the third, Israel cut the deficit in half off of Emeron Lourens.
With one out, Ron Shelem Roye walked and he scored on a 2-out single by Bar-Arie Shrim.
After two scoreless innings, the Netherlands decided the game with a 6-run rally in the top of the sixth inning.
First, Emeron Lourens led off with a single and he scored when next batter Glennsig Polonius homered.
Later in the at bat, four more runs were added on a runscoring single by Job Kremer and a 2-run triple by Jeff Delfina, who himself scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the sixth, Israel scored once.
With one out, the bases got loaded, then the run was scored when Emeron Lourens hit the next batter with a pitch.
Hereafter, a force play at the plate followed, then three runners were left behind when Lourens closed with a strikeout.
By scoring a run, Israel erased the mercy-rule run-difference.
The Netherlands then scored five more runs in the seventh.
Forstine Coenraad and Jim Wursten led off with singles.
With one out, pinch-hitter Enrique Javier was walked intentionally, but thereafter, Jeff Delfina hit a grand slam homerun.
With two outs, the fifth run in the at bat was scored on a single by Jazz Voogd.
Delfina was 3-for-5 and batted in six runs.
|Israel - Netherlands 2-13|
|Sontje Angelista||- (*)||-||-||-||-||-|
|Emeron Lourens, W (1-0)||6||9||4||2||2||2|
|(*) - Angelista was announced as starting pitcher, but was replaced by Lourens when bottom 1st inning began|
|Kfir Leon, L (1-2)||5 (*)||7||5||6||7||7|
|(*) - Leon pitched to five batters in the sixth inning|
|Homeruns: Netherlands: Glennsig Polonius (1)(6th,2-run,0 outs,off Leon), Jeff Delfina (1)(7th,grand slam,1 out,off Dabush).|
Netherlands vs. Denmark
In its 65th game against Denmark, the Netherlands was unable to be productive off of dominating pitcher Kim Hansen, who struckout seventeen batters.
When the lone Orange-run was scored in the sixth inning, the team already trailed 5-0.
Denmark opened the score in the first inning.
Martin Simonsen (lead-off) and Frederik Terkelsen (with one out) walked, then Alejandro Wong delivered a runscoring single with two outs.
In the second inning, Denmark again scored with two outs off of Emeron Lourens, who walked four batters in this at bat.
With one out, Jacob Berger walked and he went on to score on a wild pitch.
Denmark left three runners behind.
In the fourth inning, Daniel Julenon singled in the third Danish run.
In the top of the sixth, Denmark raised the lead to 5-0 by scoring twice.
The first run was on a triple by Jens Terkelsen, who himself was eliminated at the plate when he tried to make it an inside-the-park-homerun.
Hereafter, his brother Frederik Terkelsen doubled and later scored on a single by Alejandro Wong.
In its first five at bats, the Netherlands got only two baserunners.
In the first inning, Revin Brooks singled with two outs and in the fourth, Emeron Lourens did the same.
Both were left behind on first base.
In the bottom of the sixth, Forstine Coenraad led off for the Netherlands with a homerun off of Kim Hansen, who struckout the side in the third and fifth inning.
He accomplished this feat for the third time in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
|Netherlands - Denmark 1-5|
|Kim Hansen, W (2-0)||7||17||-||4||1||1|
|Emeron Lourens, L (1-1)||5.2||4||8||6||5||5|
|Homerun: Netherlands: Forstine Coenraad (2)(6th,solo,0 out,off Hansen).|
HP-Thomas Lohnert (Germany), 1B-Brian Aron (Israel), 3B-Branislav Sušila (Slovakia).
Official Scorers-Michaela Jiráčková (Czech Rep.), Albert Míka (Czech Rep.)
Play-by-Play Scorer-Petr Borovka (Czech Rep.).
Starting Time-9:00 PM.
Time Played-2:13 hrs.
Site-Sharks Bay, Ledenice, Czech Republic (site Žraloci Ledenice).
288th international game of the Netherlands Men's Softball Team.
65th game between the Netherlands and Denmark.
Weather conditions at game time:
Partly cloudy, 22° C (71,6° F); wind direction northeast; wind speed 6 kmh (3,7 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 75%.
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