Third loss Neptunus
ROTTERDAM / HAARLEM / BUSSUM / AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Sparta-Feyenoord handed league-leader DOOR Neptunus only its third loss of the season on Saturday, winning 1-0.
Corendon Kinheim outscored Almere Magpies, 12-0 and Konica Minolta Pioniers turned a 2-0 deficit into a 7-2 win vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW to close in on clinching a spot in the top-four.
The game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and ADO was initially postponed for 30 minutes but then was canceled due to rain and an unplayable field.
The game was re-scheduled for next Tuesday-evening.
At Rotterdam, Neptunus outhit fellow-Rotterdam-team Sparta-Feyenoord 6-4, but was unable to score.
Sparta-Feyenoord scored the lone run in the fifth inning.
Mike Bazuin led off with a triple off starter Diegomar Markwell, then scored when next batter Nick Eppinga grounded out.
Neptunus left 10 runners and failed to reach base in only two innings.
After a rain delay in the seventh inning, Neptunus got the bases loaded off reliever Berry van Donselaar, who had just taken over for starter Rudy Seebus, but the at bat ended when Benjamin Dille lined out.
Last Thursday, Neptunus became the first team in history to have played 1250 games on the highest level.
The last time Neptunus was beaten 1-0 was on May 14 last year, also vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, which defeated Neptunus 2-0 in 2008.
At Haarlem, Kinheim collected 17 basehits, including two homeruns by Bryan Engelhardt, who had five RBI's and scored three runs.
Rafael Jozefa went 4-for-4, while Remco Draijer was 3-for-4.
Kinheim-starter David Bergman gave up only one basehit in the five innings he pitched to raise his league-leading record to 11-1.
Almere registered only two basehits.
At Bussum, HCAW scored twice in the third inning thanks to a 2-run single by Wuillians Martin Vasquez, but these were to the lone runs in the game for the home team.
Pioniers was held scoreless for six innings by starter Kevin Miner (5 innings) and reliever Roger Luque, but then scored three runs in the seventh at bat when the team hit five hits off the Venezuelan hurler.
Pioniers got the bases loaded quickly when Jefferson Muzo and Mervin Gario singled and Mark Duursma was hit by a pitch.
Dè Flanegin was then brought in a pinch-hitter and delivered a 2-run single to tie the score.
A single by Norbert Lokhorst later in the at bat gave Pioniers a 3-2 lead.
In the ninth inning, Pioniers added four more runs on RBI-grounders by Shurty Tremus and Jefferson Muzo and two runscoring-grounders.