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2008 Haarlemse Honkbalweek

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2008 Haarlemse Honkbalweek

The 2008 Haarlemse Honkbalweek was the twenty-fourth edition of the Haarlemse Honkbalweek, held every two years. It was held from July 4 to July 13, 2008 in Haarlem, Noord-Holland. The six teams competing were from the USA, the Netherlands, Cuba, Taiwan, Japan and the Netherlands Antilles/Aruba (fielding a combined squad). As it is shortly before the 2008 Olympics and five of the six countries involved are in the Olympics, Cuba and the Netherlands used it as a warm-up event. Taiwan and the USA used the event as a warm-up for the 2008 World University Championship, sending their college national teams.


July 4[edit]

July 5[edit]

July 6[edit]

July 7[edit]

  • Japan 12, Dutch Antilles/Aruba 5. Shinji Iwata throws five scoreless innings before a late rally by the Dutch Antilles against the bullpen; LF Lorvin Louisa cracks a 3-run homer. 3B Hiroki Nakazawa goes 3 for 3 with 2 runs and a RBI while DH Ryoji Nakata is 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 RBI for the strong Japanese offense as they go to 2-1.

July 8[edit]

  • USA 11, Dutch Antilles/Aruba 0. Andrew Oliver and A.J. Griffin combine on a 3-hitter while Dutch starter Raymond Martes gives up 8 runs in under 3 innings. Eight different US players score in a balanced attack.
  • Japan 3, Netherlands 2. David Bergman pitched no-hit ball for 7 innings but Japan rallied to win. Still leading 2-1 in the 9th, Bergman allowed a solo homer to 1B Ryoji Nakata. Japan then loaded the bases and SS Noriharu Yamazaki singled in Jumpei Komichi while facing Michiel van Kampen to give Japan the come-from-behind win. Japanese hurlers combined for 12 strikeouts. Roel Koolen's solo homer was the big blow for the Netherlands.

July 9[edit]

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July 11[edit]

  • USA 3, Taiwan 1. RF Josh Fellhauer has a solo homer and sacrifice fly and six US hurlers combine to put the team at 5-0 after the round-robin phase.
  • Taiwan 8, Dutch Antilles/Aruba 5. C Randolph Kirindongo homers, scores two and drives in two but it is not enough for the Antilles squad as three errors let in four unearned runs. 3B Chih-Pei Huang goes 2 for 4 with a homer, 2 runs and 2 RBI to lead Taiwan to its second win.
  • Cuba 6, Japan 4. Yusuke Inoue only lasted 2 2/3 innings as Cuba scored four in the 3rd for some early support for Norge Luis Vera. Japan got four of their own off reliever Yuliesky González in the 5th. In the bottom of the 7th, RF Alexei Bell took Toshiki Tsuboi deep with 2B Yulieski Gourriel aboard for the winning blow.

July 12[edit]

July 13[edit]


  • USA 7-0
  • Cuba 5-2
  • Taiwan 3-4
  • Japan 3-4
  • Netherlands 1-4
  • Dutch Antilles/Aruba 0-5


The following awards were handed out: