The St. Maarten national baseball team, The Pelicans, will face Generals in Double A Baseball at John Cooper Jose Lake Sr. Ballpark this evening. First pitch is set for 7:00pm. Double A started Sunday with two games. Pelicans faced Mets and won 21-0. In the other game Tigers bested Blue Jays 11-1. Last night Generals clobbered Astros 26-3. In the early game today, a 3:00pm start, Tigers will go up against Astros. Sunday Pelicans meet Tigers at 2:00pm and Blue Jays take on Mets at 6:00pm.

MARIGOT—While the strategy for the Velo Club de Grand Case (VCG) elite team did not always work out as planned during the recently finished 2017 Tour of Guadeloupe, the team can be proud of finishing in second place in the overall classification from all the teams in the region.

FLORIDA-- Antigua & Barbuda scored twice in the first five minute of the game to defeat St. Maarten in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Championship in Bradenton Florida.

Number 55, Franklin Van Gurp, was on the mound for the Arizona Giants as they faced the Reds in Minor league action August 12.  Van Gurp who was born on St. Maarten started and worked two innings. He gave up one hit and struck out six to pick up the 1-0 win. Van Gurp now has a 1.84 earned run average, with two wins, one loss and two saves.  In 10 games he was worked 14.2 innings walked two and struck out 24. (Phrake Photograph)

CZECH REPUBLIC—St. Maarten’s Denzel Richardson dominated the European U 23 Championship as he led the Netherlands to victory.  Netherlands won the championship going undefeated and besting Czech Republic 10-9 in the final Sunday.

FLORIDA--Len Koornwinder scored in the second minute to give St. Maarten the lead and eventual win in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under 15 Championship in Bradenton Florida.

Netherlands wins U-23 Championship 10-9 Sunday.   ( CZECH REPUBLIC VS. NETHERLANDS - FINAL GAME) :

Netherlands defeated Belgium 10-5 Saturday to advance to the final! In that game St. Maarten’s Denzel Richardson had five at bats. He had two hits, scored one run and stole a base and had two put outs.

The weekly R.H. Pool Club competition has grown so big, the tournament has been divided into two groups and will be played at two different venues Sunday. The A League will break in the double elimination games at the 8/9 Pool Bar in Sucker Garden. In the A League are  Franklin David,  Rudolph Hyman,  Joey Priest,  Tony Watken,  Willkings Richardson,  Patrick Austria and  Michael Paris. The B-League will play at Café Rembrandt starting at 2:00pm.  In the B group are Irish Williams, Jessy Solamon, Alex Denzic and Marcus Temmer. Shooters must pre-register to play by Thursday 7:00pm.  Cost is US $15.

St. Maarten professional baseball pitcher, Franklin Van Gurp, made another appearance in the Arizona League for the Giants as they faced the A’s August 5.  Van Gurp worked one inning.  He struck out one, walked zero, gave up a hit but no one scored.

The St. Maarten Soccer Association’s Under  15 national selection is off to Bradenton, Florida to compete in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Championship.

The Senior St. Maarten Male National Volleyball Team that will be traveling to St Lucia today.  The team will compete in the second round of the FIVB/NORCECA World Championship Qualifying tournament. St. Maarten won their pool in the first round. They now go up against St Lucia, Anguilla and Saint Martin. (From L-R )Assistant Coach Raymond Jacobs, Riegmar Valies, Stephan Ellis, Shaquille Rombley, Garwaine Thomas, Juwon Hans and Head Coach Dimitri Beauperthuy. Kneeling team captain Leonardo Jeffers, Allinton Augustine, Nicholas Henrietta and Evander Blijden. Missing from picture is Jagdeo Gumbs.  The winner will advance to the third and final round of the World Championship Qualifiers to be held in Jamaica before the end of the year.

Denzel Richardson, of St. Maarten,  had another good game for Netherlands at the U23 Championships in the Czech Republic. In four at bats, he had three hits and a walk. He scored four times and had an Run Batted In as Netherlands beat Russia 9-1.

PHILIPSBURG--The three St. Maarten Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (SMBBFA) athletes, who participated in the Ben Weider Classic in Aruba over the weekend, said they had no regrets with their results at an event regarded as one of the biggest and most competitive international shows.

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