Netherlands tops Spain 3-2 in extra-innings to win Euro Baseball Championship

?WBSC?September 19, 2016??HOOFDDORP, Netherlands In front of an electric, sold-out crowd of 3,350, Yurendell De Caster singled with the bases loaded in the bottom the 10th to push the Netherlands past Spain, 3-2, Sunday night and capture the CEB European Baseball Championship 2016.

2.16m / 71? tall Loek Van Mil pitched the final two innings for the Netherlands, shutting down Spain with a 154 km/h / 96 mph fastball to earn the win.
Netherlands outfielder Kalian Sams, who raced/arrived to the stadium in the fourth inning following the birth of his newborn son, told the Italian Baseball Softball Federation, I havent slept in 48 hours, but this is the best day of my life: Im a European Champion and father.

World No. 10 Netherlands went an undefeated 9-0 in Europes pinnacle baseball competition, including an extra-inning 6-5 victory over Europes current top-ranked country, No. 9 Italy, en route to defending their European title Netherlands 22nd in history.

For world No. 21 Spain (7-2), it was the first time in 61 years that the nation advanced to the championship final, using a no-hitter against No. 20 Germany on Saturday to earn a spot in the Finale.

Prior to the start of the Final, there was a moment of silence in honour of the Mexican Baseball Federation president and international baseball leader, Alonso Perez, who recently passed away.

With Italys third-place finish, the Netherlands is set again to become Europes top-ranked nation upon the next update of the WBSC Baseball World Rankings 2016. The Netherlands National Team programme also captured Europes U-18 title in July.

1. Netherlands?2. Spain 3. Italy 4. Germany 5. Czech Republic 6. Belgium
7. France 8. Sweden 9. Great Britain 20. Croatia 11. Greece 12. Russia