Germany 200 000 010 3 6 2 Netherlands 000 013 01X 5 7 0
The Netherlands have defended their title at the France International Baseball Tournament Yoshida Challenge. On Sunday they came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat Germany 5-3 in the final. In the preliminary phase the Dutch team had prevailed 12-4.
Germany took a perfect start into the contest, when Chris Howard went deep for a two-run home run off his Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg teammate Mike Bolsenbroek. Fellow Regensburg pitcher Jonathan Eisenhuth meanwhile kept the Dutch team hit and scoreless until a solo home run by Dashenko Ricardo to lead off the fifth.
Eisenhuth then was replaced by Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez in the sixth and the Dutch team turned the score around. Yurendell de Caster tied the game with a RBI single. With two outs Ricardo followed with two-run single to get the Netherlands a 4-2 lead. Howard drove in Marcel Jimenez (also from Regensburg) in the eighth to make it a 3-4 ball game. But a RBI fielder’s choice by Dudley Leonora and a perfect ninth by Loek van Mil secured the Dutch win.
France 240 000 210 3 12 13 4 International Stars 200 113 200 0 9 13 4
Earlier on the day France clinched third place in the final standing with a 12-9 extra-inning win over the International Stars. It was a slugfest, where France blew and early 6-2 lead and then tied the game in the eighth to force extra innings. In the tenth Frederic Hanvi and Bastien Dagneau drove in three runs with a pair of singles to give France the win. Dagneau also homered and collected four RBI overall. Jack Shannon and Brandon Marshall had four hits apiece for the International Stars.
All information about the Yoshida Challenge is available through www.yoshidachallenge.com