SWE Can't Stop NED
Netherlands RF and Los Angeles Angels prospect, Ray-Patrick Didder had 3 runs off 2 hits and 2 RBIs for a 2.167 OPS from the 3-spot in the Kingdom’s 15-5 W against Sweden on Tuesday. Falling the standard triple shy of the cycle, the RF was certainly an invaluable offensive contributor. Catcher Dashenko Ricardo, hitting 6th, had an even better day at the plate however going 4/5, including a homerun, with 2 runs and 3 RBIs for an .800 BA on the day.
The men in orange wasted no time hopping on the board. They posted up 9 runs before the 3rd came to a close. In the 1st four Dutchmen crossed the plate. Calten Daal started things off with a single to center. Roger Bernadina took a walk and Didder took one for the team to load them up. DH Denzil Richardson sacrificed his at bat to bring Daal around. Sharlon Schoop singled up the middle, driving in Didder. John Polonius singled through the left side bringing around Schoop and Dashenko Ricardo, who had singled to the now, very popular, centerfield.
In the bottom of 2nd with two outs recorded Didder took one for yard for a solo shot. Richardson singled to left and Schoop went back up the middle putting runners on the corners. Ricardo Dashenko hit the second homerun of the inning driving everyone in and putting the Dutch ahead by 8.
The Swedish bats warmed up in the top of the 3rd. Oskar Jerfsten singled down the right field line, Per Sjors singled to short and Tommy Lindell singled to center to load them up. Daniel Johnson doubled just left of center to bring all three men around. Niklas Melin picked up Johnson driving him in with a single to right.
In the 4th, with two outs recorded, Sjors was back at the plate, this time doubling down the left field line. Lindell drove him in with a single to short. At the close of four, The Netherlands were ahead by 4.
Both pens settled in and there was no further scoring before the bottom of the 7th. Once again, with a double to center left, Daal started things off for the offense. CF Roger Bernadina and Didder both walked on with Daal scoring on a wild pitch during Didder’s at bat. During Didder’s at bat all the runners were on the move with Bernadina stealing both 2nd and 3rd during his plate appearance. Roger then took home on an error by Sweden’s 3B Thomas Paulich. Didder crossed the plate on an error by Sweden’s SS Daniel Johnson making the Swedes pay heavily for their four errors on the day.
In the 8th, and final, inning John Polonius had a solo shot to left center. Julian Rip singled to left before Roger Bernadina hit a 2-out double to bring Rip around. Didder backed up that double with one of his own to the same area and Bernadina came around to give The Netherlands a 10-run lead and the mercy victory.