Our Past | 1996: Waterville graduate plays baseball in Holland

Selected by Karen Larsen

The following are excerpts of an article by Jim Rogers published in the Aug. 22, 1996 edition of the Douglas County Empire Press that tells of Kevin Daling’s baseball playing tour in Holland.

 

Daling pitches for U.S. team in Holland

By Jim Rogers

Kevin Daling, 1995 graduate of Waterville High School and pitcher for the Spokane Falls Community College baseball team, returned victorious after a successful tour of the Netherlands this July.

Daling and the Warriors, a team of 13 students from various colleges from throughout the U.S., spent their time in the provinces of Utrecht and Flevoland in the lowland north-central part of Holland.

The Warriors were coached by SFCC coach Hal Deberry.

Games and tour opportunities centered around the towns of Amsterdam and Haarlem in the canal areas along the North Sea and inland in the city of Apeldoorn.

The Warriors traveled eight and a half hours by plane out of Seattle to Amsterdam, arriving on the morning of their first afternoon game. The Warriors won in a rain-shortened game, 5-3, against the Sparks, a local Dutch team.

As a Warrior, Daling pitched two winning games and a save. He had the team’s lowest ERA of .84.

The Warriors team is part of World Sports, an international sports tour organization.

“I made some good friends,” Daling said. “Even though we weren’t together very long, we got to know each other very well. They were good guys, and we all had a lot of fun.”

The major tournament of the tour was held in Apeldoorn, a town of about 150,000 people. The Warriors finished second after a close game with another American team in the finals. Dutch teams finished third and fourth.

Daling noted that the Warriors had little chance to work together as a team. However, the caliber of Holland baseball was below Daling’s expectations. Their club teams were made up of men age 18 to 30.

“It was a fantastic experience,” Daling said. “We played great baseball. My visits with the people is an experience I will never forget. I hope to go back someday.”

Daling returns to Spokane Falls Community College this fall to pitch for his team. He is majoring in education.