In one of the tightest games of the tournament to date, Croatia defeated The Netherlands 7-6, in one of the first games we’ve seen go the distance.
The Netherlands took the lead in the top of the 3rd, 2-0 but Croatia answered in the bottom of the inning recording three of their own to take the lead. For good measure, they tacked on three more in the 4th before The Netherlands closed the gap with three in the 5th. With their lead cut to two Croatia wasted no time answering in the bottom half of the 5th with a good measure run that would be the difference as The Netherlands were only able to rally for two more in the 7th.
The top offensive contributor from the Dutch bench was Dyron Juaquin who sits in the two-spot when he’s not in the field at short. Juaquin went 2/4 with a triple, a homerun and 4 RBIs.
The top of the Croatian lineup did the heavy lifting on offense. In the top spot was LF Matej Kamenski who had 3 runs and a hit but just 2 at bats. Thanks to his patience at the plate Kamenski got two free passes to finish the day hitting .500. Up second was SS Kristijan Belas who only had a single at bat thanks to his two walks. Still, he made his appearance count recording a hit and 2 runs on the day to maintain a perfect average. Rounding out the top of the order was 3B Hrvoje Jerbic who recorded 3 hits and 2 runs over 3 at bats. Two of those hits went the distance helping Jerbic knock in 6 of the team’s 7 runs and earning himself the right to answer you bet when some says that kid’s batting 1000!
On the hill for Croatia Bruno Kukolja recorded the W putting in 7.0 innings of work. He gave up 6 runs off 8 hits with 14 strikeouts. At day’s end 67% of all his pitches landed down the heart of the plate.