Dutch baseball players still have a chance to qualify for the Olympic Games in the Olympic qualifying tournament (OKT) in Italy. The team of national coach Evert-Jan 't Hoen won 7-1, while its competitor Israel lost.
The Orange led 2-0 against South Africa in the first inning on singles by Sicnarf Loopstok and Yurendell Decaster. Thanks in part to a homerun Sharlon Schoop, the European champion was already 6-1 in the third inning.
Starting pitcher Donny Breek had a hard time and had to allow one run. He was replaced by Mike Bolsenbroek after two innings. Shurendy Valeriano and Shairon Martis also appeared on the hill. They gave no points away.
Earlier this week, "Team Kingdom of the Netherlands" lost to Israel, leaving a ticket for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo out of reach. However, the Israelis lost 4-7 to the Czech Republic on Saturday-evening. In the event of a victory, they had assured themselves of Olympic participation.
Orange depending on Israel result
Like Israel, the Dutch team now stands at six points, but in a final match against Italy it depends on Israel's result against South Africa, which is still scoreless. With an equal number of points, the mutual result is the deciding factor.
Italy lost 3-4 to Spain on Saturday and has two points less than the Netherlands. If the formation of 't Hoen does not win this OKT, then in second place there is one more chance of Olympic participation in a qualifying tournament in Taiwan.