Netherlands Topple Japan For 2019 World Port Tournament Crown

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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.

Tournament MVP
Dwayne Kemp, Netherlands

Best Hitter
Ryuma Seki, Japan (.560 Batting Average)

Top Pitcher
Vance Ross, United States (0.00 ERA, Tourney-Best 14 K’s)

Top Power Hitter
Denzel Richardson, Netherlands (2 Homers)

Most RBIs
Ryuma Seki, Japan (11)

Best On-Base Man
Nick Dibenedetto, United States (.609 OBA, 5 HBP)

Stolen Bases
Dwayne Kemp, Netherlands and Daisuke Ezake, Japan (4)

Top Rookie
Delano Selassa, Netherlands

Photo: World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)

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