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May 7, 2003
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Dutch Baseball
Dutch team wins under Tornado-lights. (May 7)

Dutch Baseball Recaps
...Tornado's Leen Volkerijk Stadium...
(Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Dutch win exhibition game under Tornado-lights
Box Score
THE HAGUE (Neth.) - The Dutch national baseball team played its first game of 2003 on Wednesday-evening, an exhibition game against Dutch Major League-team Tornado's. The Dutch shutout their opponent, 5-0.
The game is part of the national team's preparations for the upcoming international events this Summer: World Port Tournament, European Championships and Olympic Qualifying Tournament. During the pre-game ceremony, the recently installed artificial light-installation on the Tornado-complex was officially opened.

The Dutch national baseball team has a busy schedule in 2003. Besides the above mentioned events the squad of Manager Robert Eenhoorn also will participate in the World Championships, which will be held in October in Cuba. As part of its preparations, the team is practicing twice weekly and played an exhibition team on Wednesday-evening on the complex of Tornado's in The Hague. Earlier in the day, players and coaches participated in clinics for youth players. Before the game started, the artificial light-installation on the Tornado-complex was officially opened. With the opening, all current ten Dutch Major League-clubs now have a light-installation.
The Dutch team struck early in the game off of starter Duko Jansen, scoring three (unearned) runs in the first inning when Tornado's played shaky defensively. Ralph Milliard led off with a walk on four consecutive balls and advanced on a single by Raily Legito. Next, a force play grounder by Dirk van 't Klooster ended up in a throwing error on second base and runners on all bases. After Percy Isenia flied out, Raily Legito was forced out at third on a grounder by Evert-Jan 't Hoen, while Ralph Milliard scored the first run. The ball however was also thrown passed first base, enabling Dirk van 't Klooster to score a run from second base. A grounder by Stijn GabriŽls, who made his national team-debut, ended in the third defensive error and scored Evert-Jan 't Hoen.

...Patrick de Lange.......Kevin Roovers...
(Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)
After a scoreless second, the Dutch scored their fourth run in the third inning when Raily Legito doubled and scored on a single by Dirk van 't Klooster off of veteran Orlando Stewart. In the fifth, off of Erwin Bonis, the third Tornado-pitcher, the fifth Dutch run was scored. Ralph Milliard walked and scored on the second double by Raily Legito, who went 3-for-4 in the game and had three of the five Dutch hits. Dirk van 't Klooster (in the third) and Tjerk Smeets (in the seventh) had the other basehits.

Tornado's reached base only four times off of five Dutch pitchers. Starter Patrick Beljaards gave up back-to-back basehits to David Leer and Berry van Driel in the second after having retired the first five batters he faced. In the third, Rob Cordemans walked a batter, while Kevin Roovers, who made his debut, gave up a double in the seventh to Elston Hansen, but also struckout two. Beljaards and Cordemans also struckout two. In between, Patrick de Lange pitched a one-two-three inning in the third, as did Michiel van Kampen in the fourth inning. Both are coming back from an injury. Van Kampen made his first appearance in the regular season last weekend for HCAW, while De Lange is on a rehab-program in the second team of HCAW and missed the entire 2002 season. Starter Beljaards was credited with the win.

(May 7)

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