Haarlemse Honkbalweek Day 1 July 9:
USA – Taiwan 3-1
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Team USA opened the Haarlemse Honkbalweek with a 3-1 win over Taiwan. Man of the match A.J. Regoli broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a RBI single to put the American squad up in front. Jared Womack followed with a sac fly. Taiwan had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth on a RBI single by Chen Yo Hung, but Marty Gantt scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the same frame to tie the game. Andrew Morris (USA) struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, a run and five bb. Kramer Champlin (W) picked up the win. Kuan Yu Chen (L) issued five hits, three runs and a walk to take the loss.
Cuba – Japan 6-0
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Due to the flight delay by the Venezuelan team on their way to Haarlem, Cuba kicked off the Honkbalweek one day earlier, facing Japan in the evening game on Friday. 21-year-old Freddy Alvarez (W), according to Peter C. Bjarkman one of the best pitching prospects in Cuba, delivered and led his team to a 6-0 shutout. He allowed just four hits and a walk in eight innings against a Japanese lineup dominated by left-handed batters. He struck out eight.
After three scoreless innings at the beginning of the contest, Cuba decided the outcome by putting four runs on the board between the fourth and the sixth. Yunier Mendoza went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and three RBI. Alexei Bell also collected three hits, while scoring twice. Yudai Ohno (L) surrendered six runs (5 ER) on 13 hits in 7 1/3 innings for the loss.
Notes: When Takashi Tsubukora stepped to the plate in the opening frame to lead off the game, he became the 250th Japanese player to play in the Haarlemse Honkbalweek. He also set another milestone, as his single to right field was the 6500th hit in tournament history….. 69-year-old Ruud Zijlstra threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. He had pitched in the first Haarlemse Honkbalweek back in 1961.
Schedule Day 2:
- 11:30 Japan – Venezuela
- 16:00 Netherlands – Taiwan