Group A: Netherlands – Germany
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The Netherlands picked up a 10-2 victory over Germany on Saturday evening at the European Championship. In front of an attendance of 3,100 at the ETO Ballpark in Hoofddorp the Dutch team took a quick 8-1 lead en route to the victory. During a six-run rally in the third Germany committed three consecutive two-out errors, which eventually decided the outcome.
Leading 2-1 entering the bottom half of the third, Kalian Sams opened the scoring with a two-out RBI double. After a walk loaded the bases, Germany’s shortstop Nadir Ljatifi made back-to-back throwing errors on a pair of groundballs by Dashenko Ricardo and Dwayne Kemp, which allowed three runs to score. On the next play he failed to cover second base on a stolen base attempt with the ball sailing into center field allowing another run to cross the plate. A balk call against Germany’s starter Andre Hughes led to the sixth run in the inning.
Sams, Rogear Bernadina and Yurendell De Caster scored two runs apiece for the Netherlands. Bernadina also hit a solo home run. Eric Brenk went deep for Germany. Simon Guehring, who was 3-for-4 with a triple in the game, scored the second run after a sac fly by Max Boldt.
On the mound Rob Cordemans dominated as usual with six strikeouts in five innings. He allowed just two runs on three hits. Shairon Martis, Loek van Mil, Tom de Blok and Kevin Kelly closed it out. Hughes took the loss, surrendering five hits, eight runs (3 ER) and three base on balls in three frames. Kevin Trisl, Jonathan Eisenhuth and Lukas Steinlein followed him.