Few hits and four errors lead to third loss in Haarlem for USA
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The Haarlem Honkbal Week host team from the Netherlands defeated the NJCAA Baseball All-Stars, representing the United States, 4-1 Monday evening on the fourth day of action at the 2010 Honkbal Tournament. The loss moves the United States club to 1-3 after the first round of the double round-robin event. USA has two days off before playing the Netherlands in the second round on Thursday night at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern).
The start of the game was delayed for nearly two hours due to rain. Honkbal Tournament officials and field crew did a great job getting the field fit for play so the game could be played.
The Netherlands pitching staff, which has allowed just one run in 27 innings in the tournament, silenced the American bats from the early going. David Bergman tossed six scoreless innings for the Dutch team, giving up two hits and striking out seven.
Paul Davis (Pensacola JC, Fla.) had a solid outing for the American team, but picked up the loss. The 29th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2010 MLB Draft scattered seven hits and allowed just one earned run. Davis struck out five Netherlands batters, walked one and also hit a batter.
Along with their silent bats, the United States was undone by four errors. A botched double-play opportunity in the second inning led to two Dutch runs and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt in the eighth inning gave the host team its fourth run of the game.
The NJCAA All-Stars scored their only run of the contest in the top of the eighth frame. Tyson Workman (Pensacola JC, Fla.) led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single from Wade Hinkle (Cochise College, Ariz.). With Workman on third base, Marty Gantt (Spartanburg Methodist College, S.C.) flied out to right field for a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1. Tyler Hall (Grand Rapids CC, Mich.) then hit a solid line drive to the Dutch short stop for the second out of the inning. A.J. Regoli (Broward College, Fla.) then walked to bring up Jared Womack (Ranger College, Texas) who grounded out to end the potential rally.
Through four games the young American team has just 24 hits and scored only 10 runs. The club has also twice committed four errors in a game in losses to Japan and the Netherlands.
“It is disappointing that we are struggling at times in all three phases of the game (hitting, defense and pitching),” said a frustrated USA head baseball coach Jeff Willis after the contest. “We need to be more consistent in all three phases. If we do that I believe we will do better in the second time around against these teams.”
Anthony Bemboom (Iowa Western CC) and Hinkle both were 2-for-3 at the plate for the NJCAA All-Stars. The four hits between Bemboom and Hinkle were the only hits on the night for the United States.
Cody Scott (Midland College, Texas) and Kramer Champlin (Western Nevada College) both saw action on the mound in the eighth inning.
The NJCAA All-Stars open the second round of the double round robin tournament on Thursday, July 15 against the Netherlands at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern) and will then face Cuba at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern) on July 16th, Chinese Taipei at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. Eastern) on June 17th and Japan at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. Eastern) on June 18th.
You can follow the NJCAA All-Stars as they represent the United States at the Honkbal Tournament online at www.njcaausabaseball.wordpress.com and for live game stats, live webcam and live audio (Dutch) go to www.honkbalweek.nl.
BOX SCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY
Netherlands 4, United States 1 (Jul 12, 2010 at Haarlem)
United States……. 000 000 010 – 1 4 4
Netherlands……… 120 000 01X – 4 7 0
Pitchers: United States – DAVIS Paul; SCOTT Cody(8); CHAMPLIN Kramer(8) and WOMACK Jared.
Netherlands – BERGMAN David; VELTKAMP Nick(7); DRAIJER Dave(8) and JONG de Sidney.
Win-BERGMAN David Save-DRAIJER Dave Loss-DAVIS Paul T-2:18 A-1500
SCORERS: BANNINK Dieks, STEIJGER Linda
TC: GRONINGEN van Fred