2018 Haarlem Baseball Week

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The 2018 Haarlem Baseball Week was the 29th edition of the Haarlem Baseball Week. It originally was announced that 2016 would be the last year due to financial problems but the organizers were able to provide sponsors to keep it going. The field expanded back to 6 teams, after having had 5 in 2016 and 4 in 2014. The host Netherlands was joined by Cuba, Taiwan, Japan, Germany and Italy. Japan sent a team of collegiate stars while Cuba sent some of the top players from the Serie Nacional, a B team of stars as their A team was going to the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Italy's team included former major leaguer Chris Colabello and former NPB hurler Alessandro Maestri. The Netherlands sent a team of Hoofdklasse stars with two players active in Italy, one in Germany and one in Curacao added. Germany sent mostly Bundesliga stars, including former AAA pitcher Wes Roemer as well as several native Germans with experience in the US minors. Taiwan sent stars from its industrial league primarily; many of their players had been on the team that won the 2017 World Port Tournament. The average attendance was 1,760 per game.

Rosters[edit]

Games[edit]

July 13[edit]

July 14[edit]

  • Japan 1, Taiwan 0. Japan again has a 1-0 win, again allowing four hits. Matsumoto Wataru and Hiroshi Kaino combine for 14 Ks, while 1B Yuma Tongu drives in RF Toshiya Sato (3 H) with the only run in the 4th. Sheng-Feng Wu takes the tough loss.
  • Netherlands 7, Italy 0. 43-year-old legend Rob Cordemans does it again, allowing two hits and two walks in six shutout frames, fanning nine, then Lars Huijer and Loek van Mil close it out. 2B Nick Urbanus goes 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI while Andrea Pizziconi takes the loss. The only Italian hits go to RF Nicola Garbella and 3B Mattia Mercuri.
  • Germany 5, Cuba 4. For the first time ever, Germany beats Cuba on the international stage. It is also the first win for Germany at a Haarlem Baseball Week. Cuban native Enorbel Marquez, never a star in his homeland, plays a big role in a big day for 43-year-old pitchers, stifling the big bats to one hit in three innings of relief for the win over Frank Medina. 3B Eric Brenk has 3 hits and 3 runs, 1B Max Boldt raps three hits and LF Simon Gühring drives in two on his 36th birthday. Germany overcomes six errors. The winner comes in the 7th when DH Maurice Wilhelm hits into a run-scoring double play to bring in SS Philip Schulz.

July 15[edit]

  • Taiwan 3, Netherlands 2. The hosts fall for the first time. LF Ju-Liang Tai leads off the game with a double off Diegomar Markwell and scores on a single by 1B Chen-Ming Chiang. The Netherlands load the bases in the first against Tsung-Hao Wang but 2B Nick Urbanus strikes out. In the 2nd, C Chia-Wei Huang doubles and scores on a sacrifice by DH Yi-Teng Lin and a squeeze bunt by RF Hsiao-Yun Chen. After 3B Dwayne Kemp singles and CF Gilmer Lampe doubles to open the 3rd, Wang is removed (having given up 4 hits and 2 walks but no runs yet) in favor of Wei-Fen Tsai. Former big leaguer DH Yurendell de Caster whiffs, but 1B Dudley Leonora hits a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. Urbanus singles but Lampe is thrown out by CF Chia-Yu Lin while trying to score on the play. Taiwan again got to Markwell in the 4th, for their final run. 2B Po-Ting Hsiao doubled, advanced on a Huang grounder and scored on a squeeze by Yi-Teng Lin, a near duplicate of their second run. The Dutch blow another attempt in the 3rd after getting the first two men aboard, stranding two. Leonora homered in the 5th off Chia-Chun Tang but Tang and Cheng-Hao Wang (a 3-inning save) shut the Netherlands down the rest of the way.
  • Japan 7, Cuba 1. Japan finally gave up a run but also finally scored more than one. C Takashi Umino homered, scored twice and drove in three as Yosvany Torres took the loss. Noboru Shimizu got the win; he was one of six Japanese hurlers who combined to allow one run, when LF Jorge Jhonson drove in 3B Orlando Acebey in the 3rd.

July 16[edit]

July 17[edit]

July 18[edit]

  • Japan 5, Netherlands 3. Japan finishes round one unbeaten but it takes 10 innings and 17 strikeouts by 7 pitchers. Hiroshi Kaino gets the win, while SS Ryosuke Kodama drives in two. C Rodney Daal drives in two for the Netherlands, while NPB and AAA veteran Loek van Mil takes the loss.

July 19[edit]

  • Taiwan 12, Cuba 2. Cuba's woes continue as Dachel Duquesne doesn't last through the first. 1B Chen-Ming Chiang scores three runs, DH Yi-Teng Lin has 3 runs and 3 RBI and Chih-Hung Cheng gets the win. 2B Aníbal Medina (2 for 4, R) is one of the few bright spots for Cuba.

July 20[edit]

  • Japan 8, Taiwan 1. Wataru Matsumoto gets the win as Japan stifles Taiwan to remain unbeaten and make it to the finals. RF Ryosuke Tatsumi drives in three. Sheng-Feng Wu falls to 0-2 while 1B Chen-Ming Chiang has 3 hits for Taiwan.

July 21[edit]

July 22[edit]

  • Finals: Japan 5, Taiwan 0. Japan finished their perfect run through the field. Masato Morishita, Wataru Matsumoto (W), Hiromi Ito and Hiroshi Kaino combined on a 4-hitter, whiffing 10 and walking only one while Yu-Hsiang Lin takes the loss despite a solid game (1 UER in 3 IP). PH Shunya Iwaki hits a 3-run homer while DH Yi-Teng Lin gets half of Taiwan's hits.

Records[edit]

  • Japan 7-0
  • Taiwan 5-3
  • Netherlands 4-3
  • Cuba 2-5
  • Italy 2-5
  • Germany 1-5

Awards[edit]

The following awards were handed out: