Pioniers fourth Play-Off team
HOOFDDORP / ALMERE / ROTTERDAM / DEN HAAG (Neth.) - Konica Minolta Pioniers became the fourth and final team to clinch the Play-Offs on Sunday, despite being shutout 3-0 by DOOR Neptunus.
However, Pioniers secured a spot in the top-four when Mr. Cocker HCAW unexpectedly was beaten 6-3 by Almere Magpies.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout Sparta-Feyenoord 3-0 in a complete game 1-hitter by Rob Cordemans.
At The Hague, the game between ADO and Corendon Kinheim rained out.
At Hoofddorp, the game between Pioniers and Neptunus was scoreless for five innings, before the latter scored their first run in the sixth at bat.
With two outs and two runners on base (who both walked), Jeffrey Arends singled to give Neptunus an 1-0 lead.
Neptunus again had problems to score runs (as it did on Saturday), as the run was the lone one in eight innings.
Neptunus then increased its lead to 3-0 by adding two runs in the ninth inning on singles by Eldrion Regina and Shaldimar Daantji off Arshwin Asjes, the fifth of six pitchers for Pioniers in this game.
Pioniers hit only three basehits (two by Mervin Gario), which were all hit off starter Leon Boyd, who went seven innings and struckhout eight.
At Almere, the Magpies struck early and scored five runs in the first two innings off starter Kyle Ward, who walked the first two batters he faced in the first inning.
The bases were then loaded when a sac-bunt by JaÔr Roseburg resulted in no outs.
Singles by Ferd van Stekelenburg, JuriŽn Overman (with one out) and Siegert Flaneur (with two outs) then made it 3-0 in Almere's favor.
In the second inning, Almere added two runs when Van Stekelenburg delivered a 2-run single.
HCAW reacted with three runs in the third at bat on back-to-back doubles by Wuillians Vasquez (2-run) and Bart GabriŽls, but that was all for the Bussum-club.
Almere scored another run in the seventh when Churandy La Cruz homered to make it 6-3.
At Rotterdam, Rob Cordemans threw his first complete game of the season and gave up only one basehit, while striking out eight against his former team.
After having retired the first nine batters he faced, Cordemans gave up a lead-off double to rookie Kevin Nederpelt in the fourth inning, but that was it.
Hereafter, the veteran righthander retired the next nine batters, before walking Rensver Jansen in the seventh, who was to be the second and last baserunner for Sparta-Feyenoord.
Amsterdam scored its three runs in the fifth.
With one out and a runner at second base, Rashid Gerard delivered an RBI-single to make it 1-0.
Later in the at bat, Nick Urbanus doubled and Sidney de Jong singled to increase the lead to 3-0.