Netherlands – Cuba 2-1
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The Netherlands have written European Baseball history and won the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup. The team of head coach Brian Farley stunned record title holder Cuba with a 2-1 in the championship game on Saturday evening at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City. It is not only the first world title, but also the first medal overall for the Dutch squad.
After Cuba had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a sac fly by Alfredo Despaigne, Bryan Engelhardt and Jonathan Schoop countered in the bottom half of the same frame with RBI singles to turn the deficit into a lead. They faced several critical scoring opportunities for Cuba afterwards, but either escaped with nice defensive plays or the Caribbean team trying to hit the long ball.
Rob Cordemans got the win, pitching a gem, allowing just two hits, a run and a walk in 7 1/3 impressive innings. Juan Carlos Sulbaran and David Bergman closed it out. Yulieski Gonzalez took the loss, getting charged with three hits, two runs and two baseball on balls in three-plus innings.
The start of the game was delayed for four hours due to rain, but after it got underway it wasn’t interrupted again. Curt Smith was named Most Valuable Player during the medal ceremony.