2015 World Port Tournament

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The 2015 World Port Tournament was held from July 18 through July 26, 2015 in Rotterdam. Competing teams were the Dutch national team, Cuba (a B-squad as the Cuban national team was playing in the 2015 Pan American Games, a Japanese team, a team from Taiwan and a team from Curacao.


July 18[edit]

  • Japan 12, Curacao 2. 3B Yuto Shono (3 H, 2 R, 3 RBI) and RF Yuhei Konaka (3 R) led Japan's offense, while Kento Yoza got the win over Nick Veltkamp.
  • Netherlands 6, Taiwan 5. Taiwan jumped on Rob Cordemans for four in the first but he then tossed seven shutout innings. The Netherlands trailed 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of the 9th when Kevin Moesquit hit a clutch home run. In the 12th, Danny Rombley's sacrifice fly scored Gilmer Lampe with the winner. Bayron Cornelisse took the victory, Shih-Ying Peng the loss.

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July 24[edit]

  • Cuba 4, Taiwan 3. Alberto Bicet blanked Taiwan for 7 and held a 3-0 lead but allowed one run in the 8th and two inherited runners scored off José A. García but García allowed no more runs. In the bottom of the 8th, RF Yoelvis Fiss singled in 3B Jorge Luis Barcelán (who had three hits). LF Yasiel Santoya finished a triple shy of the cycle, walked and drove in the other three Cuban runs. Yen-Ching Lu took the loss.
  • Netherlands 19, Curacao 1. The Netherlands finished the first round unbeaten as Diegomar Markwell goes the distance, whereas Marvin Brown gives up 6 runs in 2/3 IP and four relievers fail to contain the Orange offense. 2B Kevin Moesquit and RF Danny Rombley drive in 3 apiece, C/1B Dudley Leonora and C Dashenko Ricardo each score 3 and Rombley, Ricardo and CF Shaldimar Daantji each have three hits. The Netherlands advanced to the title game with the win while Curacao would play Cuba for the other spot in the finale.

July 25[edit]

  • Japan vs. Taiwan rained out in 4th/5th place game
  • Cuba 4, Curacao 3. Yoelkis Cruz allows 3 runs in 7 for the win and Miguel Lahera notches the save. LF/CF Yasiel Santoya and DH Yordanis Samón each have two hits, a run and a RBI as Cuba moves to the finale. Evenon Martis struggles with 8 hits and 4 runs in 4 1/3 IP. Johnny Gregorius closes it out with 3 2/3 shutout, hitless innings (though he walks four) but it's too late.

July 26[edit]

  • Cuba 5, Netherlands 3. The Netherlands, unbeaten until the finale, found the wrong time to lose. Cuba got on board in the first against Rob Cordemans on a double by 2B Lourdes Gourriel Jr., a single by LF Yasiel Santoya and a double-play grounder from SS Yurisbel Gracial. In the third, the Netherlands tied it versus Frank Montieth on a walk by 2B Kevin Moesquit, a grounder by SS Stijn van der Meer to advance him and a two-out RBI single by DH Gianison Boekhoudt. Cuba had their big inning in the 4th. C Osvaldo Vázquez had a one-out single and advanced on a grounder by DH Yordanis Samón. Cuba then got to Cordemans for three straight hits, a RBI single by 1B Ariel Borrero, RBI double by 3B Jorge Luis Barcelán and RBI single by RF Yoelvis Fiss. In the fifth, Gourriel hit a solo homer to left-center for a 5-1 lead. Cordemans and Loek van Mil (who worked the final two) would allow nothing more but the damage had been done. In the bottom of the 6th, LF Christian Diaz drew a leadoff walk and CF Shaldimar Daantji rapped a two-out single, chasing Montieth in favor of José A. García. Daantji stole second and an error on the play by backup 2B Andy Sarduy let Diaz score to make it 5-2. In the 7th, 3B Dwayne Kemp singled with two out and took third on a wild pitch but was stranded when 1B Dudley Leonora grounded out. In the bottom of the 8th, Leonora walked and C Dashenka Ricardo singled. With one out, Moesquit hit into a two-base error by Gracial to make it 5-3 and put the potential tying run on second. Backup SS Mike Duursma struck out, though, and Miguel Lahera relieved to fan RF Danny Rombley as well to strand the two runners in scoring position. In the 9th, the Dutch had one more chance when Kemp had a one-out single (his third hit) but Diaz and Leonora grounded out to end it.

Awards were presented to:





  • Kento Yoza, P
  • Ryotaro Tamura, P
  • Makoto Ota, P
  • Tatsuya Yamamoto, P
  • Kazuto Nakagawa, P
  • Ryohsuke Hattori, P
  • Ryusei Sakamoto, P
  • Yuta Monzen, P
  • Yuki Kimura, C
  • Ryosuke Hata, C
  • Yuta Ohsugi, C
  • Kazuma Harada, IF
  • Ryosuke Shibumura, IF
  • Kazuki Kidoji, IF
  • Hiroki Natsumi, IF
  • Yuto Shono, IF
  • Teppei Ueda, IF
  • Tsuyoshi Tamura, IF
  • Takaya Kato, IF
  • Yuhei Konaka, OF
  • Hiromasa Mitsuya, OF
  • Keitaro Katada, OF
  • Shusaku Yamamoto, OF
  • Masatoshi Sawada, OF
  • Kazuhiko Nakano, Manager
  • Tadamasa Fujiwara, Coach
  • Toru Nakagawa, Coach



Source: World Port Tournament