Dutch baseball players recovered from the defeat to Israel at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Italy on Friday. The Orange won 6-2 against Spain.
The team of national coach Evert-Jan 't Hoen lost Thursday against Israel (1-8), as a result of which the Orange does not have a ticket for the Olympic Games in Japan next year.
The Netherlands and Spain also met each other earlier this month at the European Championship. 'Team Kingdom of the Netherlands' then won 1-0 and again it was difficult.
Starter Rob Cordemans threw five solid innings, in which he only allowed one run in the fifth inning.
The Orange struck itself in the third inning. Yurendell Decaster doubled Hendrik Clementina and Sharlon Schoop over the home plate. John Polonius then, with some help from the Spanish field, arranged for Decaster to score.
The Dutch decide game in seventh inning
In the seventh inning, the formation of 't Hoen decided the game. On a single by Clementina, Curt Smith and Roger Bernadina provided the runs. Moments later, Decaster was responsible for the 6-1, then pitcher Lars Huijer had to allow another run in the last inning.
The Netherlands will face South Africa on Saturday and close the tournament on Sunday against Italy. If the European champion does not win the tournament, the team will get one more chance at a qualifying tournament in Taiwan.