Team Kingdom of The Netherlands did not adjust in the evening game against Japan. The effort against the Cuban team of the evening before, claimed its toll. This resulted in a finalization of
the Japanese team which started offensive and this resulted in the third inning already in a 0-2 lead after Masaki Otani and Koya Araki came across the homeplate. Both players scored from a two-point match of Kenta Fukuhara.
With this, Japan’s hitting team was still slow, because Magashi Yamagishi, Kazuya Suzuki and Daisuke Yamagi made a further lead to 0-5. It did not last for a inning later it was Naoyuki Wakiya and then Yusuke Nakamura, fresh in the team, who expanded the position to 0-7.
A final rally in the ninth inning of the Kingdom team yielded two runs: Both Stijn van der Meer and Max Draijer entered a RBI of Dudley Leonora. A hit by pitcher action then again all bases where loaded, followed by an infield fly. Rachid Engelhardt came in the box with two outs and came on firstbox through base on balls where Gianison Boekhoudt scored for the 3-7. Dwayne Kemp then got three strikes and then became the last out of the game.
Tomorrow, Team Kingdom of The Netherlands plays against Chinese Taipei at 19.00