The Netherlands defeated Spain 10-8. They needed two extra-innings to get their fourth win in the final round. It was an epic battle by two of the best teams in Europe.
The Dutch squad scored five runs with two outs in the top of the eleventh frame. RAYLINOE LEGITO had a RBI-double. DANNY ROMBLEY followed with a two-run single and scored on an error one batter later. DIRK VAN´T KLOOSTER made it 10-5 with a RBI-single.
Spain rallied in the bottom half but fell short. DEWIS NAVARRO and DANIEL J. FREIRE came through with RBI-singles. JUAN GARCIA struck out with the runner on first to end the game.
Before Netherlands scored three runs in the eight to force overtime. They loaded the bases with two outs. VAN´T KLOOSTER had a two-run single. YURENDELL DECASTER walked with three runners on base to tie the game. All after the Spanish team had taken the lead with five runs in the sixth.
SHARION MARTIS pitched five-plus innings. He allowed four hits, three runs (1 ER) and three base on balls. He got seven strikeouts. MANUEL OLIVERA started for Spain. He gave up four hits, two runs and six walks in five-plus innings. LEON BOYD got the win, FERNANDO GUTIERREZ the loss.
The game lasted 4 hours and 43 minutes.
The Netherlands will clash with Great Britain Sunday morning. Spain will close the championships in the afternoon with a match up against Sweden.