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The best six men'sbaseball and women's softball European teams compete in Hoofddorp at thefirst-ever Super 6, an event. organized by WBSC Europe.

Italy vs Germany Baseball

When LuisLugo from Italy went set, kicked and fired the first pitch to home plate at thebeautiful ballpark in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, it was a historic moment, asit was the start of a new era. The first WBSC Europe tournament was kicked off.

Later in thegame, Lugo pitched quite a gem, allowing only on run over six innings, keepingGermany’s offense rather quite. Meanwhile, the Italian lineup, packed withveteran Major League players like Alex Liddi (Seattle Mariners) or ChrisColabello (Toronto Blue Jays), could put some more pressure on the Germanpitching staff. Daniel Thieben was pulled after only 1.2 innings, but alsoSteinlein and Marquez didn’t last long, allowing a combined three runs over thefirst three frames.


When TeamItaly went to bat in the sixth, they started their first big firework. LeonardoZileri, Andrew Maggi, Nicola Garbella and Alex Liddi all homered in the inningto give themselves an 8-1 lead. Just one inning later, the former MLB starChris Colabello gave Germany the final stroke, hitting the ball over the fencefor the 11-1, which ended the game after seven innings.


Belgium vs Spain Baseball

The secondgame of the day featured a hot matchup between Belgium’s Red Devils and Spain’sLa Furia Roja. Both teams are contenders at the Super 6 tournament. While Spainis trying to surprise once again and compete for the crown here in the Kingdomof the Netherlands, the Belgians are hunting the rest of the squad, trying to passsome higher seeded teams at the event.

Belgiumstarted off red-hot, landing single after single but only managed to score onerun. The runs you don’t score will come right back at yo, they say. And so itwas: A leadoff homerun by former New York Mets (MLB) Infielder Luis Guillorme tiedthe game, a triple and a misplayed ball to the shortstop got Spain the 2-1lead. An inning later, Yancarlo Franco added another dinger, 6-1.

The Spanishpitching ace recovered after his first inning and from then on kept the reddevils rather cool. Meanwhile his offense gave him a decent run-support, pilingup more runs. Engel Beltre, who once wore the jersey of the Texas Rangers(MLB), not only added two more runs with a homerun to make it 13-1, he alsomade a spectacular diving catch to end this second game of Super 6 baseballtournament. 

Postgame interview with Engel Beltre

The Netherlands vs the Czech Republic Baseball

In thenight game, the local fans could finally see their Team Kingdom NL, as theNetherlands entered the tournament with a matchup against the Czech Republic. OrlandoYntema, a pitching ace in Dutch’s highest league, the Hoofdklasse, kept themotivated Czech in check. His counterpart Radim Chroust also started off wellinto the game, but with two outs in the third inning, the Oranje started anoffensive rally, landing a double, a triple and a homerun in that order 4-0the Netherlands.

In the sixthinning, the Czech started off with a Matej Hejma to deep left field and wasfollowed by another double, this time off the bat of Daniel Vavrusa, scoringtheir team’s first run. The Dutch jumped right back, adding two more runs throughafter a couple of singles, making it 7-1.


As somemight have written off the contending team from central Europe, but they provedthem all wrong, putting up a great seventh inning, taking advantage of a fewwalks and hustling out a few singles. The Czech piled up five runs in theinning, making it a 1-run ballgame. After that, the Dutch pitching staff, inthe person of Kevin Kelly, recovered and closed the door for a 7-6 win, walkingaway with their first win in the tournament. 

Postgame interview with Dwayne Kemp
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