Honkballers losses in the run-up to the World Baseball Classic
Photo: Hollandse Hoogte
The Dutch honkballers also have their second practice game in the run-up to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) is lost.
The European champion had to Friday in Tucson to bow to the Korean club NC Dinos: 9-10. Orange, that is located in Arizona preparing for the prestigious tournament in which players from Major League to participate, had a day earlier lost to the KT Wiz (2-5).
The team of coach Hensley Meulens put an early deficit of 4-1 to a lead of 6-4, thanks in part to a homer from Kalian Sams, who a moment later with a slight foot injury as a precaution stopped. The honkballers gave the initiative then out of your hands, but home runs from Nick Urbanus and Curt Smith it seemed that The Dutch are still the profits. In the ninth inning boosted the Korean team, however, return errors to the Orange side, making it 9-10.
The team of Meulens will play next week for three practice matches before the South Korea flies for the first round of the WBC. Orange will open the tournament on march 7 against the Koreans, followed by matches against Taiwan and Israel.