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Jul '18 21

Honkbalweek Haarlem 2018: Japan to finals, Netherlands walk off against Italy

Japan is the first finalist at the Honkbalweek Haarlem 2018. The still undefeated team beat Chinese Taipei 8-1 in a meeting of the best teams of the preliminary round on Friday afternoon. Chinese Taipei gets a second chance to reach the final, by playing the Netherlands on Saturday evening. The Dutch team downed Italy 2-1 on a walk-off RBI single. Earlier in the day Cuba won its first game in the tournament 7-1 against Germany. Germany will finish in sixth place. Cuba faces Italy on Saturday afternoon in a game for fourth place in the final standings.

Cuba    000 010 006  7 14 1
Germany 000 000 100  1  7 3

Box score

Cuba wouldn’t Germany upset them a second time during the Honkbalweek Haarlem with a 7-1 win on Friday morning. The score was tied entering the ninth inning with Cuba deciding the outcome with six runs in the last frame. Wesley Roemer had kept the record world champion to one run through eight innings but got tired in the ninth. Relievers Sascha Koch and Benjamin Thaqi couldn’t stop the bleeding. Eric Brenk had tied the game with a RBI single in the seventh.

Chinese Taipei 001 000 000  1  7 3
Japan          000 071 00X  8 10 1

Box score

Chinese Taipei was hoping to upset Japan after four innings. But Team Nippon scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to an 8-1 win and into the final of the Honkbalweek. Ryosuke Tatsumi highlighted the rally with a leadoff home run and a two-run single. Wataru Matsumoto pitched five solid innings for the win. Sheng Feng Wu got charged with the loss.

Italy       010 000 000  1 7 0
Netherlands 000 000 101  2 4 1

Box score

The evening matchup on Friday added a new story to the Netherlands-Italy rivalry, as the Dutch team overcome a 0-1 deficit to beat Italy 2-1. Alex Sambucci had scored in the second to give the Squadra Azzurri a 1-0 lead. But then came Yurendell De Caster. The former minor leaguer tied the game with a RBI single in the seventh and then won it for the Netherlands with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Kevin Kelly earned the win in relief of Orlando Yntema and Lars Huijer. Alessandro Maestri had excelled with nine strikeouts in seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball. The Netherlands had just two base runners in the first six innings. Alex Bassani took the loss.

All information about the Honkbalweek Haarlem can be found at www.honkbalweek.nl. A simple live stream is available at YouTube.


  1. Comment by fred4945
    July 21, 2018 | 9:22 pm

    Notice how they never show attendance in their box scores? The only statistic which is missing.

    This implies that the tournament — which was cancelled last year for financial problems — is not able to put fans in the stands. Will the next demise be this year? And will it be the last?

  2. Comment by mark
    July 22, 2018 | 11:32 am


    A quick research on the facebook pages of the tournament would gave shown you that all days but two were sold out BEFORE the tournament even started.
    I cannot speak for the Tournament, but financial problems and failing to put fans in the stands are two different things.
    A soccer world cup would have huge financial problems although selling out each game. Sports tournaments in general are not profitable without sponsors and public funding. And, if I remember correctly, these were the reasons why they put the honkbalweek on hold.

  3. Comment by fred4945
    July 22, 2018 | 9:20 pm

    Your post explains a lot. (Not a Facebook guy.)

    Thanks for posting!

  4. Comment by fred4945
    July 23, 2018 | 10:07 pm

    Tournament authorities announced the only sold-out games were those the Dutch team played in.

    The average attendance was 1,750 per game, which is still respectable.

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