HCAW secures fifth place
BUSSUM / HOOFDDORP / AMSTERDAM / ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - With a come-from-behind 5-4 win vs. Sparta-Feyenoord on Thursday-evening, Mr. Cocker HCAW secured itself of fifth place. With this, the team will probably meet Almere Magpies in the best-of-five Play-Down, that starts next week. Almere was beaten 5-1 by Konica Minolta Pioniers. Corendon Kinheim won 6-2 at L&D Amsterdam Pirates, while DOOR Neptunus shutout ADO, 10-0.
At Hoofddorp, Pioniers took an 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Almere came alongside in the second. Pioniers then rallied for three runs in the fourth to take a decisive lead. In the inning, the go-ahead run was scored on a throwing error, then a double by Wouter Kamstra and a single by Mervin Gario increased the lead to 4-1. In the fifth, Michael Duursma (who was 3-for-3 and scored twice) led off with a triple and scored the fifth run for Pioniers when Norbert Lokhorst flied into a double play.
At Bussum, HCAW trailed 4-0 when the home of the sixth inning started, but the home team managed to come alongside and scored the winning run in the ninth. In the first inning, Rensver Jansen tripled with one out for Sparta-Feyenoord and scored on a single by Rutger Veugelers. The Rotterdam-team had a remarkable fourth at bat. Berry van Donselaar, who is one of the pitchers of the team, but today played at first base, led off with a single and advanced on a single by Sape Wagenaar. Next, Gregory Gustina, who also is a pitcher and tonight was the DH, also singled to bring in a run. After a flyout, Nick Eppinga doubled and Kevin van Nederpelt singled to bring in two more runs and make it 4-0. Hereafter, Joey Eijpe took over the pitching for HCAW-starter Joran Klarenbeek and stopped the scoring. In the sixth inning, HCAW got two runs back when Tim Roodenburg gave up four hits. A throwing error and a single by Bart GabriŽls gave HCAW the runs in this at bat. In the seventh, HCAW tied the score. With one out, Laurens Dammers walked and Quensley Bazoer doubled, then a single by Adrian Anthony accounted for a run, plus a following throwing error tied the score. In the ninth, when Gustina took over in leftfield and outfielder Rensver Jansen became the new pitcher for Sparta-Feyenoord, Laurens Dammers, Adrian Anthony and Michael Pluijmers (the last two with one out) all walked to load the bases. A throwing error on a possible double play-grounder by Wuillians Vasquez then gave HCAW the winning run.
Sparta-Feyenoord had to do without its first baseman Percy Isenia and HCAW without its Assistant Coach Ronald Jaarsma tonight. Both are currently in Venezuela with the Dutch National Women Baseball Team, which participates there in the Women Baseball World Championship. Isenia is the Manager of the team, Jaarsma is one of the coaches.
At Rotterdam, Danny Rombley singled in the first run for Neptunus in the third inning. The home team then decided the game with a 6-run rally in the fifth at bat on seven basehits. First, a single by Raily Legito and a sac-fly by Rombley made it 3-0. Next, Marvin Bleij (who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, scored twice and had three RBI's) doubled in two runs, which was followed by an RBI-single by Mourik Huijser and a basesloaded walk for Benjamin Dille. Two more runs were added in the sixth inning and another one in the eighth to end the game with a 10-run margin.
At Amsterdam, David Bergman threw seven solid innings, struckout 12 and raised his league-leading record to 12-1. Bergman's lone loss this season came on May 13, when he lost 3-2 to DOOR Neptunus. With the 12 strikeouts in his last regular season-start, Bergman reached the 100-mark, which is a career-high for the righthander. Bergman retired the first 13 batters he faced, but then his Perfect Game was broken by a double down the third base-line by Kenny Berkenbosch, who then advanced on a passed ball and scored on a grounder by next batter Bas de Jong. In the seventh, Bergman gave up three consecutive singles that loaded the bases. With one out, Roelie Henrique drove the ball into deep right-centerfield, but ended up with a long single, as only one run was scored. The speedy Henrique was already en route to second base but had to return as the previous two runners were held to their bases. Kinheim opened the score in the second inning when runs were scored on a grounder by Niels van Weert and single by Onno Jansen. A 2-run homerun by Bryan Engelhardt made it 4-0 in the third at bat. In the fifth, Jason Halman added a solo-homerun. Kinheim's sixth run was scored in the sixth when Tjerk Smeets scored on a single by Remco Draijer.