by PONY League Baseball
In Game 12 of the Colt World Series, European Zone Champions Netherlands continued their torrid offensive pace, as they smoked Asia Pacific Zone Champs Seoul, Korea 12-2 in five innings. Jeandro Tromp reached base all four times he came to the plate and Leanardo Anasagasti drove in four runs to lead the Dutch offense.
The Netherlands jumped on Korean starter Lee Yoon Ki right away as Jeandro Tromp led off the game with a single up the middle. Both Denzel Bryson and Tyler Boersma were hit by pitches, and Darryl Collins drew a walk to plate the first run of the game, giving the Netherlands a 1-0 lead. Ruendrick Piternella followed with a single that squeezed through the left side of the infield to score another and stretch the Netherlands lead to 2-0. Tyler Boersma scored on a passed ball, and the Netherlands were up 3-0. Leanardo Anasagasti grounded into a fielder’s choice to the shortstop Na Seung Yeup, but that was enough to bring home Collins and extend the Netherlands lead to 4-0.
Korea got their offense going in the bottom of the second, as Shim Jae Young got the inning going with a single to left. Kwon Oh Ryun hit into a fielder’s choice at first, but Netherlands first baseman Darryl Collins threw the ball into left field while trying to get the out at second, and that put runners at second and third with no outs. After Heo Chan Min lined out to second, Cho Geon Hee hit a grounder up the middle, forcing a fielder’s choice that allowed Young to come home with Korea’s first run of the game, closing the deficit to 4-1. Yun Jae Yeong flied out to left, ending the inning.
The Netherlands responded immediately in the top of the third when Darryl Collins led off the inning with a single to center, followed by a double off the bat of Ruendrick Piternella, putting runners at second and third with no outs. Nolan Buegeling singled to center and Collins came home, making the score 5-1. Max Kops hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, which was enough to score Piternella, and extend the Netherlands’ lead to 6-1. Mick Vos followed with a ground ball that took a wicked hop and snuck into center field, which allowed Beugeling to come around to score and add to the lead, making it 7-1 in favor of the Netherlands.
Korea clawed another one back in the bottom of the third after Jeon Jin Woo reached on an error by shortstop Mick Vos. Na Seung Yeup followed with a single to left and Lee Gyu Min walked, loading the bases with no one out. No Jee Woo lifted a fly ball to center that was deep enough to bring home Jeon Jin Woo and close the gap to 7-2. A flyout and a fielder’s choice would end the inning, and the Netherlands escaped the jam almost unscathed.
The Netherlands’ bats continued to cook in the top of the fourth, as Tyler Boersma started the inning by reaching on an error by the second baseman Jeon Jin Woo. He moved to second on a wild pitch and reached third on Darryl Collins’ single to center. Ruendrick Piternella was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded yet again with no outs. Nolan Buegeling followed with an infield hit, scoring Boersma and moving the lead to 8-2. Leanardo Anasagasti launched a ball deep to right center that hit off the wall and was good for a bases-clearing triple. The throw from Cho Geon Heein right field was wild and Anasagasti came home to score and run the total to 12-2. After Max Kops grounded to second, Mick Vos drew a walk and Jeandro Tromp singled to shallow right to put runners at first and second, but the next two batters were retired to end the threat.
After sending down the Netherlands 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth, Korea went to the bottom of the frame needing to score to extend the game past the fifth inning. Stephon Mohamed came in to pitch the final frame and try to seal the victory for the men in orange. An incredible diving play from first baseman Darryl Collins recorded the first out, Mohamed struck out Lee Jong Min for the second out, and Lee Gyu Min grounded to short to end the game, giving the Netherlands the 12-2 win.