Dutch baseball-players caught the group win at the European Championships in Germany on Wednesday. The team of coach Evert-Jan 't Hoen won 13-4 against Israel, after which the remainder of the game with Great Britain was also successfully completed: 10-2.
It was the first defeat for Israel at the European Championship. The Orange, already certain of a place in the last eight, previously surprisingly lost to the Czech Republic, but that defeat remained unchecked by the victories in the last two group duels.
Ademar Rifaela was of great value to Israel for the title defender by hitting two homeruns. The leftfielder accounted for a total of five runs batted in. Kalian Sams and Hendrik Clementina also hit the ball into the fences.
A few hours later, the remainder against the British was closed in a good way. That game was stopped last week after eight innings at a 10-2 score due to incident darkness. In the ninth inning, both countries didn't score anymore on Wednesday.
The Netherlands, which is officially called Team Kingdom of the Netherlands at the European Championship, will play Belgium in the quarter-finals on Friday, the number four in group B. In the event of a win, the team will have earned a ticket for the Olympic qualifying tournament.
The tournament, which will be held in Italy from 18 to 22 September, will involve one ticket for next year's Games in Tokyo.