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GB Baseball U23 Win against the Netherlands

Author: BBF , 07/08/19

Wed 7th Aug FINAL result from the European Championship 2019 in Czech

GB BASEBALL WIN at the European Championship U23 Tournament in Czech (Wed 7th Aug)

On an overcast day, the Great Britain Baseball U23 National Team took on the mighty Netherlands National Team in game one, in the European Championship U23 Tournament in Czech. Moreover, GB Baseball won in an epic effort.

GB Baseball was led by first-year Manager, Drew Spencer and his coaching staff (Jonathon Cramman, Brian Lainoff, Jonathan Rodriguez and Richard Minford).

The GB Baseball game-day lineup consisted of the following:

KEY: Number in batting order | Position | Full Name

  1. SS Juan Diaz
  2. 3B Johnny Freithem
  3. CF Carlos Casal
  4. 1B Matteo Sollecito
  5. DH Conor McGrath
  6. LF Dexter Bohn
  7. RF Jamie Dix
  8. 2B Miguel Rodriguez
  9. C Freddy Mosier
  10. P Paul Kirkpatrick

Recap of the game:

GREAT BRITAIN top of the 1st

DIAZ flied out to cf. FRETHEIM struck out swinging. CASAL struck out looking.

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

NETHERLANDS bottom of the 1st

Van der MEER struck out swinging. RIP singled to third base, bunt (0-0). RIP stole second. TAKKE struck out swinging (2-2 SBFFFFBS).

CLEMENSIA flied out to rf (1-1 BK).

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of the 2nd

SOLLECITO grounded out to ss (1-2 BKK). McGRATH grounded out to 3b (1-2 BFS). QUACKENBUSH walked (3-1 BBBKB). DIX struck out looking (3-2 BKFBBK).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

NETHERLANDS bottom of the 2nd

SELASSA struck out swinging (2-2 SSBFBS). VD SANDEN flied out to cf (0-2 KK). VD WIIJST grounded out to 3b (0-0).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of the 3rd

RODRIGUEZ fouled out to 1b (0-0). MOSIER hit by pitch (0-2 KK).

MOSIER failed pickoff attempt. DIAZ singled through the right side (0-0); MOSIER advanced to third. FRETHEIM popped up to 3b (0-0).

DIAZ failed pickoff attempt. DIAZ advanced to second on the throw; MOSIER scored on a throwing error by p. CASAL singled to third base (1-1 BF); DIAZ advanced to third, out at home 1b to c.

1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

NETHERLANDS bottom of the 3rd

CREMER singled through the left side (0-0). TROMP walked (3-1 KBBBB); CREMER advanced to second. Van der MEER fouled out to 3b (0-0). RIP reached on a fielder's choice to third base (2-2 BFKB); TROMP advanced to second; CREMER out at third 3b unassisted. TAKKE struck out swinging (1-2 KFBS).

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of the 4th

SOLLECITO hit by pitch (0-1 F). SOLLECITO failed pickoff attempt.

McGRATH reached on a fielding error by 3b (1-2 FBF); SOLLECITO advanced to second. SOLLECITO failed pickoff attempt.

QUACKENBUSH struck out swinging (3-2 BSBBKS). DIX flied out to rf (0-2 FK). McGRATH stole second; SOLLECITO stole third, scored on a throwing error by c, unearned. RODRIGUEZ walked (3-2 BBBKFFB).

Dutch Coach visited to mound, however, no change.
MOSIER struck out looking (0-2 SFK).

1 run, 0 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.

NETHERLANDS bottom of 4th

CLEMENSIA struck out swinging (1-2 BKSS). SELASSA singled up the middle (1-1 KB). VD SANDEN walked (3-0 BBBB); SELASSA advanced to second. The Dutch Coach visited the mound.
VD WIIJST flied out to lf (1-1 KB); SELASSA advanced to third.

CREMER singled to right field, RBI (1-1 BK); VD SANDEN advanced to third; SELASSA scored. TROMP reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop (0-0); CREMER out at second ss to 2b.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of the 5th

WERNET to p for SCHUTTE. DIAZ fouled out to 1b (1-0 B).

FRETHEIM fouled out to 1b (2-2 KBFB). CASAL flied out to cf (1-0 B).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

NETHERLANDS bottom of 5th

Van der MEER struck out looking (1-2 KBSFK). RIP popped up to 2b (1-0 B). TAKKE struck out swinging (3-2 BKBKBS).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of the 6th

SOLLECITO walked (3-2 BKFBFFBB). SOLLECITO failed pickoff attempt.

SOLLECITO stole second. McGRATH flied out to rf (2-2 SBSB).

QUACKENBUSH struck out swinging (2-2 SSBBS). DIX struck out swinging (1-2 KFBFS).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

NETHERLANDS bottom of the 6th

CLEMENSIA struck out swinging (0-2 SSS). SELASSA struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (3-2 SBBKFBS). VD SANDEN flied out to cf (1-2 BKFF).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

GREAT BRITAIN top of the 7th

COCU to p for WERNET. RODRIGUEZ struck out swinging (1-2 KBKS).

MOSIER walked (3-1 BKBBB). DIAZ grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-0 B); MOSIER advanced to second. FRETHEIM grounded out to 3b (2-2 KSBB).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

NETHERLANDS bottom of the 7th

For GB Baseball BOHN moved to lf for QUACKENBUSH.

VD WIIJST struck out swinging (1-2 KBFS). CREMER struck out looking (1-2 BSFK). TROMP doubled down the lf line (0-1 K).

Van der MEER struck out swinging (2-2 KBKBS).

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

In this first epic complete seven-inning game win for GB Baseball, witnessed the pitching mastery of Paul Kirkpatrick. Paul pitched a complete game for the win, e.g., he gave up five hits only and one run earned. The mentioned on 103 pitches (an average of 14.7 pitches per inning), walking only two Dutch batters and striking out an incredible 12 hitters.

A spokesperson for the British Baseball Federation (BBF) said, " GB Baseball continues their quest in international play to make their mark. We are so excited about the win today, as it personified individual effort by Paul Kirkpatrick, but a supporting great team effort from the coaching to the entire roster to beat a great Dutch Team. Success usually comes to those sacrificing and not being afraid to fail to win. Further, we find as GB Baseball Teams go to play in each competition, they understand the importance and the passion of wearing the Great Britain team uniform. To earn success means you have to get out of your comfort zone and take some intelligent risks. The mentioned risks and strategy by our coaching staff are paying off. Success like today, breeds momentum going into the next game tomorrow, against Germany.  Our Programmes aim is not to play it safe in tournaments and place in the standings respectfully, rather we are going in to play to win the whole tournament. GO GB Baseball!" 

Next game, Thursday, 8th August at 14:00 BST in Czech: Germany v Great Britain.

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