The Dutch National Team closes the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup ranking seventh with a 1-6 mark. 

Netherlands recorded their first win in the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup, via a 6-2 victory over Colombia, in both team’s last game in the world championship tournament.

During the tournament, the National Team from the Netherlands took over Softball Europe Instagram account to show what a day at the WBSC U-18 Softball World Cup looks like and reply to some of the questions from the European Softball community. All the stories can be found here.

In their debut at the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup, the Dutch squad outhit Peru (6-4) but ended up losing the game, 3-1. The losing pitcher for the Netherlands was Esmee Ames, in 3.2 innings of relief. She struck out six but surrendered the two game-winning runs for Peru.

On day 2, the Netherlands faced Chinese Taipei. Chinese Taipei got the lead in the game with a three-run third inning. And, even when the Netherlands came close to tying the game on a pair of occasions, Chinese Taipei answered with some insurance runs, closing with an 11-5 victory over the Netherlands.

In the European match, the Czech squad topped the Netherlands, 2-1. Dutch ace Esmee Ames pitched seven innings and allowed five hits, two runs (only one earned), and two walks. With runners on third and second with two outs, Marina Burkovicova scored on a wild pitch, and Magdalena Kavanova took advantage of a throwing error in the same play to put the game 2-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Sanne Van der Putten singled-in Reganied Franka to make it a one-run ballgame. But after that, Kindermannova was dominant, allowing only one more hit.

On day 4, the USA defeated the Netherlands, 10-0, in four innings, with a perfect performance by Alissa Humphrey. 

Puerto Rico defeated the Netherlands, 10-4, on the fifth day of the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup in Lima. The Netherlands took the lead in the second, with a two-run single by Laura Schouten. However, the Puerto Rican line-up exploded with five in the top of the third to take control of the game. 

The Netherlands was defeated by Mexico, 3-0. The only hit for the European squad was a single to left field by Sietske Drijvers at the bottom of the second inning.

On day 6, the Netherlands recorded their first win at the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup. Esmee Ames was the winning pitcher after 4.1 innings of work, with six hits, two runs, and five strikeouts. Lisa Brink tossed the last 2.2 frames giving up a pair of hits and a walk. The Netherlands took advantage of five defensive errors from Colombia to score four unearned runs in the game.

Game results, standings, and streaming links can be found on the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup website.

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