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Netherlands edges out Germany in Extra-Inning to capture Bronze Medal at Baseball European Championship
01/10/2023 1 Minute Read

Netherlands edges out Germany in Extra-Inning to capture Bronze Medal at Baseball European Championship

In a dramatic game for third place at the Baseball European Championship 2023 on Sunday afternoon at YD Stadium in Brno in front of almost 1,000 fans, the Netherlands prevailed 5-4 over Germany in dramatic fashion. Dashenko Ricardo ended the game with a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth inning. For the Dutch team it’s the first bronze medal in tournament history. They have captured a medal at every Baseball European Championship they have participated in.

The game started with a pitcher’s duel between young talent Titus von Kapff from Germany and former Major Leaguer Shairon Martis for the Netherlands. Germany struck first and scored in the fourth inning for a 1-0 lead. Eric Brenk reached on a seldom throwing error from Didi Gregorius and moved to second and third on a walk and a double play ball. He then scored on a two-out RBI single by Simon Bäumer.

Meanwhile the powerful Dutch offense needed until the sixth inning to get anything on the scoreboard. Juremi Profar tied the game leading off the frame with a solo home run. Sicnarf Loopstock then followed with a double, got to third on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch to put the Netherlands ahead 2-1. A solo home run by Dashenko Ricardo made it 3-1 with a solo home run later in the same inning.

But everyone who thought that the Netherlands now ran away with the win got disappointed. Germany came back with a solo home run by Shawn Larry in the seventh and tied the game on a sac fly by David Dinski in the top of the ninth plating pinch runner Cody Schultz, who had replaced Larry who had led off the inning with a double.

The game went into extra innings. With the tiebreaker runner on second Germany was able to score when Alexander Schmidt scored on a RBI single by Yannic Walther to get a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the tenth Delano Selasso grounded out, but then Dashenko Ricardo stepped to the plate and hit a two-run walk-off home run on the first pitch of the relieving Mark Harrison to end the game 5-4 in favor of the celebrating Dutch players.  

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Photo by Grega Valancic