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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Dutch rout Cuba, on verge of World Baseball Classic semis

In 2013, The Netherlands suprised the world by winning two times against Cuba, earning themselves a birth in the World Baseball Classic semi-finals.

History seems to have repeated in 2017 as the Dutch stormed by Cuba, winning 14-1 in 7 innings on Wednesday. Balentien (2), De Caster and Sams homered for the Dutch offense which collected 13 hits while Markwel limited Cuba to one run in 6 innings pitched.

While Cuba is now 0-3 and elimated, The Netherlands have one foot into the semis but have to wait for the result of Japan vs Israel. If Israel wins then all three teams are tied and need to be separated by Team Quality Balance (TQB).

Find below each European team's schedule at the global baseball event. All dates are CET.

Live streaming is available in Europe on Perform/DAZN for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Fox Sports for Italy, San Marino, The Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta and Israel and on BT Sport in UK & Ireland.

Israel's schedule
  • First round:
  • - W 2-1 vs South Korea on Monday March 6th (boxscore)
  • - W 15-7 vs Chinese Taipei on Tuesday March 7th (boxscore)
  • - W 4-2 vs The Netherlands on Thursday March 9th (boxscore)
  • Second round:
  • - W 4-1 vs Cuba on Sunday March the 12th (boxscore)
  • - L 12-2 vs The Netherlands on Monday March the 13th (boxscore)
  • - vs Japan on Wednesday March the 15th at 10.00am


Italy's schedule

  • First round:
  • - W 9-8 vs Mexico on Friday March 10th (boxscore)
  • - L 11-10 vs Venezuela Saturday March (boxcore)
  • - L 9-3 vs Puerto Rico on Sunday March 12th (boxscore)
  • - L tie-break 4-3 vs Venezuela on Monday March 13th (boxscore)


The Netherlands' schedule

  • First round:
  • - W 5-0 vs South Korea on Tuesday March 7th (boxscore)
  • - W 6-5 vs Chinese Taipei on Wednesday March 8th (boxscore)
  • - L 4-2 vs Israel on Thursday March 9th (boxscore)
  • Second round:
  • - L 8-6 vs Japan on Sunday March the 9th (boxscore)
  • - W 12-2 vs Israel on Monday March the 13th (boxscore)
  • - W 14-1 vs Cuba on Wednesday March the 15th (boxscore)


Standings

  • Pool A (first round):
  • - Israel 3-0
  • - The Netherlands 2-1
  • - South Korea 1-2
  • - Chinese Taipei 0-3


  • Pool D (first round):
  • - Puerto Rico 3-0
  • - Venezuela 2-2
  • - Italy 1-3
  • - Mexico 1-2


  • Pool E (second round):
  • - Japan 2-0
  • - The Netherlands 2-1
  • - Israel 1-1
  • - Cuba 0-3

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