Honkballers after thrilling match against Italy to the final EK
The Dutch honkballers have Friday assured of a place in the european CHAMPIONSHIP final. The team of head coach Steve Janssen defeated the eternal rival Italy with 6-5.
The decision fell only in the tenth inning, which was necessary to become after the two European powerhouses meet in the regular nine innings in balance had held (3-3).
Stijn van der meer signed for the winning point, after a heavy blow from Christopher Garia.
Orange plays Saturday and the last game in the so-called winnaarspoule against Belgium, but is already sure of a place in the grand final on Sunday. The honkballers hunt in Hoofddorp on their 22nd European title.
The host country had a good start with a home run from Yurendell de Caster in the first inning, but then it was Orange for a long time but no barrel on the balls of the Italian designers.
The ‘Azzurri’, the Netherlands in 2012 at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in Rotterdam knocked in the final, struck twice in the sixth inning after the starting Dutch pitcher Diegomar Markwell was relieved by Berry van Driel.
He had to with two men on base see the situation to be saved, but could not prevent Italy the backlog is converted into a lead of 2-1. In the eighth inning made the ten-fold European champion there 3-1, on the casting of Tom the Block.
In the gelijkmakende ensure non playing did Orange give something back through ‘pinchrunner Dudley Leonora, that the thuisplaat reached after a tweehonkslag by Dwayne Kemp. The tension in the European honkbalklassieker ran high in the ninth inning.
Kalian Sams made sure that The Caster of the 3-3 could appeal, after which an extension followed, in which the first two bases already were occupied. Italy managed two times to score, but the Orange pulled out the tactical game of chess in the gelijkmakende turn to him.
Kemp hit Sams within, Van der meer made sure that Randolph Oduber was able to score and thanks to a direct hit from Garia could Of of More winning 6-5 annotate.