THE NETHERLANDS – Sharlon Schoop drove in three scores and the Netherlands rallied from an early two-run hole Sunday to claim their first World Port Tournament title in two decades with a 3-2 victory over Japan at Neptunus Family Stadium in Rotterdam.
Schoop delivered a two-run double in the fifth to knot the score at 2-2, and plated the eventual game-winning score two innings later with a base hit. The 32-year-old former San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles farmhand is the brother of Minnesota Twins infielder Jonathan Schoop.
Japan opened the scoring in the opening frame on a run-scoring single off the bat of Ryuma Seki, and added another run in the fourth on Masaya Higshimoto’s solo blast.
Former Toronto Blue Jays prospect Diegomar Markwell worked three shutout relief frames to earn the win. A trio of relievers – Juan Carlos Sulbaran, Kevin Kelly and Tom Stuifbergen – blanked Japan over the final two innings to seal the championship-clinching win.
Dwayne Kemp, Netherlands
Ryuma Seki, Japan (.560 Batting Average)
Vance Ross, United States (0.00 ERA, Tourney-Best 14 K’s)
Top Power Hitter
Denzel Richardson, Netherlands (2 Homers)
Ryuma Seki, Japan (11)
Best On-Base Man
Nick Dibenedetto, United States (.609 OBA, 5 HBP)
Dwayne Kemp, Netherlands and Daisuke Ezake, Japan (4)
Delano Selassa, Netherlands
Photo: World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)