Singapore vs Denmark (0:1, 2:0, 1:0, 0:3, 0:0, 0:0, 0:1)
All 3 of Singapore’s runs came off homers. Marcus Chew sent one deep to center to bring Jeron Tan, who reached on balls, along for a trot. In the 3rd, Mohammad Noorham had a solo shot out of left.
Though the scoring for Denmark happened, primarily on a 3-run dinger from Tobias Holmelund, once again it was their consistent game of small ball that put the runners in position. The same held true for both their runs in the 1st and 7th as well. Of all the tournament teams, the Danish runners seem to be capitalizing best on pitches that go wild.
On the block for Denmark Jens Terkelsen pitched the full game striking out 10.
Netherlands vs Australia 3:7 (0:0, 0:0, 1:1, 2:6, 0:X)
The game rained to a close with the Netherlands trailing Australia in their closest game since their opener. The Dutch finished initial rounds tied at the bottom of the heap with South Africa and Singapore. They fell to the African nation but beat the Asians. Australia completes their day 6-1 with a firm grip on the #2 spot for B-Pool and is heading to the playoffs.
Behind the Aussies 7-3 in the bottom of the 5th, Mother Nature decided The Kingdom had, had enough. The game was called with 1 out in the bottom of the inning.
Both teams were scoreless through 2 and then each put 1 on the board in the 3rd. The Netherlands scored on an error by centerfielder Callum Beshel who wiped the slate clean again with a solo run around the bases to end the inning.
Bottom 4 is where the Dutch pitching fell apart. After the change was made, Jeffry Visser committing an error threw 2 wild and hit a batter. The Aussies walked out of the inning with 6 more runs.
Cuba vs Czech Republic (1:1, 0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:2, 1:0, 2:2)
In the biggest game of the day, the Czech Republic pulled off the upset over Cuba to take the last playoff spot in the A-Pool. With a final score of 5-4 through 7, and finishing just before the rain came, you have to wonder if fate, as much as skill, was playing 12th man for local favorite.
Both teams scored a run in the 1st then went scoreless through the next 3. In the bottom of the 5th, the Czech Republic put 2 up small ball style.
Roger Rosete did his part to answer on Cuba’s behalf with a solo shot. In the top of the 7th they put up two more, taking advantage of mistakes from the ring, to jump ahead a run. They finished their offensive ups hoping to hold on.
The Czechs had other ideas. David Mertl was walked on and ready when Marek Maly took one out to cross the plate as the winning run.
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