Profhonkballer Bernadina didn’t hesitate for a moment about the invitation for EK
Photo: NU.nl/Daan the Knight
Three days after the end of his season in the Minor Leagues was Roger Bernadina Friday on the field at the first euro-duel of the Dutch honkballers. The experienced pro didn’t hesitate for a moment when he the question was whether he Orange to the European title would help.
“I think it’s great for the Dutch team to play, and then also at a european CHAMPIONSHIP in their own country,” said the 32-year-old Bernadina after the easy 11-1 victory of Orange to Britain in conversation with NU.nl.
“This was high on my wishlist, so I immediately said that I would love to come if I selected would be. I have a lot of meaning in this european CHAMPIONSHIP.”
The Curaçao born in the Netherlands raised buitenvelder was a Monday in the Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City is still good for two hits for the Las Vegas 51’s, the New York Mets affiliated team at the AAA level, one step below the U.s. Major League Baseball (MLB).
Bernadina, who between 2008 and 2014 548 games played in the biggest league in the world, got almost immediately after his 114th and final duel of the season for the 51’s on the plane, making it about 36 hours before the first euro-competition at the Dutch selection line.
“I was still suffering a little from jet lag, but the openingsduel I didn’t want to miss,” said Bernadina with a smile. “And, well, I’m used to the travel. In the league where I this season played, we were also very much in the plane.”
Honkballers in the first european CHAMPIONSHIP match after only seven innings to finish with British
The midvelder in America because of his defensive qualities, the nickname of ‘The Shark’ earned, was against Great Britain together with second honkman Nick Urbanus is the only Dutch basisspeler that without a single ended, all he was missing in the sixth inning, but just a homerun to the midrechtsveld.
The offensive qualities of Bernadina were not necessary, because the Orange showed against the inexperienced British team with twelve hits and eleven runs directly the potential of the line-up full of (ex-)pros.
“We have here a very good slagploeg”, said Bernadina. “And starting pitcher Diego Markwell pitched a very strong game. This was a very nice beginning of the CHAMPIONSHIP.”
The Dutch honkballers play Saturday at 19: 00 against the Germans as their second team contest at the tournament in Hoofddorp and Nieuw-Vennep.