by PONY League Baseball
European Zone Champion Netherlands put on a spotlight performance in its first-ever Colt World Series game, as the team defeated Host Lafayette (All-Stars), Indiana 10-0 in a five inning, 10-run rule Game #4 Friday.
Netherlands starter Luuk Ter Beek nearly had a no-hitter, as he kept Lafayette hitters at bay until yielding a double to Jacob Kyle in the top of the fifth inning. Ter Beek struck out five and walked none in a dominating performance in which he was able to keep the Lafayette All-Stars off balance and uncomfortable throughout the duration of the game.
The Netherlands got their bats going early as they pounced on Lafayette starter Jackson Ross for four runs in the top of the first. After giving up a lead off walk to Jeandro Tromp, Denzel Bryson and Tyler Boersma both singled to load the bases. Ross hit Darryl Collins, allowing the first run of the game to cross the plate.
Ruendrick Piternella lined into a double play where centerfielder Jake Marin made the catch then threw the ball to second, doubling off the runner. Collins then stole second and Bryson crossed the plate on the throw to second, giving the Netherlands a 2-0 lead.
Nolan Beugeling reached base on an error by the third baseman TJ Preston and then stole second and advanced to third when the throw to second was misplayed, giving Collins the opportunity to score from third on the throw. Beugeling then scored from third on a wild pitch, pushing the lead to 4-0.
The Netherlands were able to tack on to their lead in the bottom of the fourth when Thomas Kwakernaak singled to right and stole second with one out. Mick Vos then singled to right and Kwakernaak was able to score when rst baseman Carson Barrett misplayed the throw in from the outfield and Vos advanced to second on the play, stretching the lead to 5-0. Jeandro Tromp drew a walk and Tyler Boersma was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.
Relief pitcher Adam Dienhart walked Darryl Collins, which scored a run and gave the Netherlands a 6-0 lead. Ruendrick Piternella reached on an error, which scored Tromp and Boersma, pushing the lead to 8-0. Beugeling lined a double to left center, which scored Collins and gave the Netherlands yet another run, making the score 9-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Netherlands had a shot to end the game due to the mercy rule, which comes into effect if a team is winning by ten or more runs in the fifth inning or later.
Shuruengelo Mingeli led off the inning with a single to center and was able to advance to second when the centerfielder fumbled the ball. Mick Vos grounded out to rst and Mingeli took third with some heads-up base running on the play. Max Kops hit a sharp grounder to second, and Trey Cochran tried to cut down the runner at the plate, but Mingeli beat the throw and crossed the plate with the game-clinching run, giving the Netherlands the 10-0 victory.
The Netherlands will have a day off tomorrow, as they await the winner of Game #8 between Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico and Seoul, Korea in Game #12 Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/US in the winner’s bracket. Lafayette next takes the field tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET/US in an elimination Game #5 against Greensboro, North Carolina.