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PLACEMENT ROUND. Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico and Denmark Advance

21.06.2019 | Sam Gilman, Denisa Józsová

In a game that took 9 to complete, Singapore beat the Philippines 4-3 to avoid last place. In the 2nd extra innings game for place, The Dutch grabed the W in 8. Mexico took down South Africa in a 7-0 shutout in today’s 6th place matchup. The Danish shut down Cuba 3-0 in the final placement game.

Singapore vs Philippines 4:3 (1:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:1, 1:0, 0:1, 0:0, 0:0, 2:1)

Singapore took an early lead with a run in the 1st by a guy who never should have been on base. Joshua Tam, the first batter of the ballgame, was walked on in 5 pitches.

Philippines’ LF Marlon Pagkaliwagan hit one out in the 4th to tie the game. In the 5th Mohammad Ng scored on an error in left. That made Marlon solely responsible for both the go-ahead run and losing the lead. Gino Riparip had his back, hitting another dinger to reinstate the tie.

That’s where things stood until the 9th. With two away Shuyler Seah scored on a wild pitch. Tai Tan then scored on an error by 1B Ernesto Binarao.

The Philippines would put one up to end the inning but it was not enough for the W.

Netherlands vs Botswana 6:5 (0:1, 4:0, 0:0, 0:1, 0:0, 0:0, 1:3, 1:0)

Out of the gate Botswana put one up with a single by Kabo Matlho that sent Eric Simwanza home.

The Kingdom answered with 4 runs in the 2nd. A triple by Danny Rombley scored 2. He went on to score on an error by 1B Tiro Mazulugwa before Idelgardo Raap drove one in on a ground out.

Botswana grabbed another run off a solo homer by Mazulugwa in the 4th. At the top of the 7th pinch runner Nigel Jones took 2nd on a wild pitch before stealing his way around the remaining bags. That put The Netherlands up by 3.

That’s when Botswana made it a ball game. They got some help around the bags from the Dutch pen going wild twice, but the Motswana played consistent small ball to earn another inning.

The Dutch scored the winning run in the top of the 8th off a double by Revin Brooks that sent the placed runner, Eldrick Dijkhoff, home.

South Africa vs Mexico 0:7 (0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:5, 0:2)

Through the first 3 innings, neither team’s bats were warm. At the bottom of the 4th however, Mexico did a little bit of everything to ensure some runs got on the board. There was some small ball, and base stealing, but they also took advantage of fielding mistakes. Their biggest asset on the day was the sheer volume of balls that went for yard.

In the 4th they had 3 runners cross off 2 homeruns. In the 5th their final two runs were off solo shots. Incredibly, all four dingers came off different bats.

In the ring for the North Americans Adan Duenas went the distance giving up 5 hits and a walk while striking out 6.

Cuba vs Denmark 0:3 (0:1, 0:0, 0:0, 0:2, 0:0, 0:0, 0:X)

Jens Terkelsen walked to start the offensive half of the 1st for Denmark. He was then bunted over by Jorgensen. Cuba intentionally walked Frederik Terkelsen to put runners on the corners. Daniel Julenon then singled up the right side to score Jens. In other words, Denmark stuck with the small ball strategy that has worked for them all week.

In the bottom of the 4th they added some insurance with another two walked on before Jens drove them in with a single to center. The Cuban pen gave up 5 walks and 3 of them cost them the game.

On the plate for Denmark Kim Hansen had himself a game. He threw 7 complete innings of shutout ball giving up 5 hits and a walk while flagging 18.