Athens, Greece (August 15, 2004): Former Newark Bears pitcher
Calvin Maduro won the
Netherlands' first Olympic contest today at the Helliniko Olympic Complex in
Athens. Calvin threw seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits,
walking one, and hitting one batter, while racking up four strikeouts.
Coming off a successful outing in the Netherlands, where he was named MVP of
the Haarlem Honkbal tournament, Calvin had excellent command of the ball and
worked out of a couple of situations where he had runners in scoring position.
Scoring six runs in the fourth inning and five more in the ninth, the Dutch beat
the Greeks 11-0.
Sharnol Adriana, another former Bear, is also on the Netherlands squad
and started the Dutch bombardment in the fourth inning with a leadoff double,
sliding safely (barely) into third on a fielder's choice by the next batter and
scoring on a three-run homer. Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens is a coach
for the Netherlands. (
saw all three of Calvin, Sharnol, and Bam Bam
in Aruba last November.)
Pete Maestrales, of the
current Bears team, is a member of the Greek team. Pete was not in today's
lineup, but we did get to see him and talk to him, and hope to see him in a
arrived in Athens
yesterday and will be following both teams through Tuesday's matches.
Tomorrow Greece plays Cuba, and the Netherlands plays Japan. Cuba and
Japan are both considered formidable opponents.
Special thanks to Roger Huys of the Royal
Netherlands Baseball and Softball Page for Calvin's statistics from the