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Neptunus wins fifth in a row; First loss Amsterdam
ROTTERDAM / AMSTERDAM / HAARLEM / BUSSUM (Neth.) - Dutch champion DOOR Neptunus remained unbeaten on Sunday, winning convincingly vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers, 11-1, to complete a 3-game sweep against the vice-champion. L&D Amsterdam Pirates suffered its first loss of the season, losing 2-1 to Sparta-Feyenoord, which scored two unearned runs. Corendon Kinheim won 5-3 vs. ADO, but trailed 2-0 in the third and 3-2 in the fifth. Mr. Cocker HCAW won 2-1 vs. Almere Magpies in 10 innings.

DOOR Neptunus vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers, 11-1 (8)
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Dutch champion DOOR Neptunus remained unbeaten on Sunday, winning convincingly vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers, 11-1, to complete a 3-game sweep against the vice-champion. Neptunus outhit Pioniers 13-2, including three hits by Marvin Bleij (who also had four RBI's), who is in his first season with the Rotterdam-squad after having played for L&D Amsterdam Pirates last year. Starter Kevin Heijstek gave up only one basehit in the six innings he threw, then the second was added in the eighth inning off closer Berry van Driel, who also gave up the lone Pionier-run in the eighth at bat.

Neptunus set the tone right away in the first inning by scoring two runs. Pionier-starter Ramon Romeijn made his first appearance for the team since 2007 and gave up lead-off singles to EugŤne Kingsale and Benjamin Dille. Romeijn then walked Raily Legito to load the bases. Next, a run was scored when Danny Rombley grounded into a double play and the second run followed on a single by Marvin Bleij. In the last two seasons, Romeijn pitched professionally in the Rookie League, but was released.

Neptunus added a run in the second inning when Jeroen Sluijter doubled and scored on a grounder. A 2-run single by Marvin Bleij increased the lead to 5-0 in the third at bat, which came off Nelson Miguel Santander Olajo, who had just taken over the pitching. Two more runs were scored in the fourth off the Venezuelan. This time on a sac-fly by Danny Rombley and another RBI-single by Bleij. In the fifth, now with Shane Gnade on the mound, the lead was lifted to 9-0, thanks to a basesloaded walk for EugŤne Kingsale and an error. While approaching the 10-run difference, Neptunus was held scoreless in the sixth and seventh inning by veteran Dave Draijer, then Pioniers appeared to avoid a 10-run difference loss by scoring a run in the eighth inning off Berry van Driel. With two outs, Edwin de Graaf reached on a single, then the bases got loaded when Shurty Tremus was hit by a pitch and Kevin Dirksen reached on an error. De Graaf then scored when Van Driel walked Norbert Lokhorst, but a grounder ended the at bat. Van Driel took over the pitching in this inning from Kevin van Veen, who had made his big league-debut in the previous inning in relief of starter Kevin Heijstek. The righthander had retired 13 of the first 14 batter he faced, including four strikeouts. After his fourth strikeout, which accounted for the first out in the fifth inning, Heijstek's No-Hitter was broken when Mervin Gario singled, which was to be the lone hit off Heijstek.

Leading 9-1, Neptunus reached the 10-run difference after all in the home of the eighth inning off new pitcher Jean-Paul Gulinck. The lefthander gave up a lead-off single to Benjamin Dille, then retired the next batter, followed by a single off the bat of Danny Rombley. The bases got loaded when Marvin Bleij walked and the game ended when Eldrion Regina followed with a 2-run single to make it 11-1.

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L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, 1-2

...Rob Cordemans...
...first appearance... a Pirate...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates suffered its first loss of the season, losing 2-1 to Sparta-Feyenoord, which scored two unearned runs. Both runs were scored by rookie Kevin van Nederpelt, who advanced safely on an error on a possible double play-grounder in the third and later scored, then reached first base after a dropped pop-fly in the fifth and went on to score the second run. Amsterdam came close to tying the score in the seventh inning when two runners were sent home on a single by Wesley Connor. However, the first runner scored, the second was thrown out at the plate.

Sparta-Feyenoord opened the score in the third inning off starter Ben Grover. With two outs, Kevin van Nederpelt walked, then reached second base safely when an error was made on a double play-grounder by next batter Nick Eppinga. A single by Roderick Simon (who was 3-for-4) then loaded the bases, followed by a sacrifice fly by Percy Isenia.

In the fourth inning, the Rotterdam-club was close to another run. With one out, Shurendell Borgschot, who returned to action the day before, after having been sidelined with a hamstring-injury, walked and advanced on a passed ball. After Sape Wagenaar also walked, Borgschot got into a rundown after a pick-off, then Wagenaar later advanced to third base on a wild pitch, but stranded there.

...Umpire Stenar van Groningen Schinkel made...
...his debut in the Dutch big league in this game...
...His first game on the highest level came...
...37 years, 11 months and 12 days after his father...
...Fred made his debut as a big league-umpire...
...Fred is now in his record-setting 39th season... a father-son combination is in the making...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Sparta-Feyenoord then did score another run in the fifth inning off Rob Cordemans, who made his first appearance in a Pirate-uniform after having pitched for Sparta-Feyenoord the last two seasons. Kevin van Nederpelt, the first batter to face the veteran pitcher, reached base when a routine pop-fly ended up in an 'one-handed-catch' error, then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Eppinga and scored when next batter Roderick Simon singled.

In the seventh inning, Jan Baldee led off with a double off new pitcher Frank van Heijst, but was later eliminated in a rundown. Van Heijst then retired four batters in a row, before being relieved by Mexican Al Morales Gomes, who gave up another single in the ninth, but no more runs.

Amsterdam was silenced by Sparta-Feyenoord starter Tim Roodenburg, who gave up only three basehits in six innings. He retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced. After walking ZaÔr Koeiman with one out in the first inning, Roodenburg retired the next 10 batters, before Bas de Jong reached on an error with two outs in the fourth inning. With one out in the fifth, rookie Roeland Henrique, Jr. bunted for a basehit to break the No-Hitter, but was then eliminated on second base on a short fly ball to leftfield by Rashid Gerard. Next, Michael Kramer singled, but a pop-fly ended the inning.

After stranding two more runners in the sixth inning, Amsterdam got its biggest scoring opportunity in the seventh inning off new pitcher Rudy Seebus. With one out, Rashid Gerard reached second base on a 2-base error in the outfield. He then advanced to third base when Michael Kramer followed with a double in centerfield, which led to a change of centerfielders. With runners on second and third base, Wesley Connor singled to leftfield and both runners were waved home. Gerard scored, but Kramer was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw by leftfielder Nick Eppinga. In the ninth inning, off Josť Ventura, two Amsterdam-batters walked, but one was forced out and the second caught stealing. A strikeout ended the game and gave Sparta-Feyenoord its first win of the season.

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...Michael Kramer is tagged out by catcher Sape wagenaar... the seventh inning...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)

Corendon Kinheim vs. ADO, 5-3
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Corendon Kinheim won 5-3 vs. ADO, but trailed 2-0 in the third and 3-2 in the fifth. Kinheim took a 4-3 led in the sixth inning, then added an insurance run in the eighth. Kinheim collected 10 basehits, including three by Bryan Engelhardt. Matt Ryan homered for ADO.

After David Bergman struckout two batters and ADO stranded a runner in the first inning, the team opened the score in the second inning. Michel Korzeniewski led off with a single, then advanced on a walk for Patrick Wabbijn and scored on a 2-out single by Jeroen Stentler. But with runners on second and third base, a flyout ended the inning. ADO made it 2-0 in the third inning when Matt Ryan homered with two outs.

Kinheim got runners on second and third base with one out in the second inning, but then a strikeout and groundout followed. In the third inning, Kinheim tied the score with two outs off American starter Bobby Carrington. Remco Draijer led off with a double, then Dirk van 't Klooster walked with one out. Draijer was then forced out on third base on a grounder by Jason Halman, but then Bryan Engelhardt singled in a run and Halman was able to score also, as an outfield-error followed. Engelhardt advanced to third base on the error, but stranded there.

ADO re-took the lead in the fifth inning. With one out, Koen Meershoek doubled and went on to score when an error was made on a grounder by Michel Korzeniewski. Kinheim stranded runners in scoring position in the fourth and fifth inning, but then scored twice in the sixth at bat to take a 4-3 lead. Rafael Jozefa led off with a walk, then the bases got loaded when Rodney Michel and BjŲrn Henrichs both singled. A grounder by Remco Draijer enabled Jozefa to score the tying run, then a sacrifice fly by Renť Cremer put Kinheim ahead.

ADO got five runners off Nick Veltkamp, who pitched the sixth and seventh inning, but didn't score. Patrick Beljaards and Michiel van Kampen then both retired the side in the eighth and ninth inning respectively. Kinheim added an insurance run in the eighth at bat off Jurrian Koks. Rafael Jozefa led off with a walk and went on to score on a single by Remco Draijer.

In this game, the second foreign-born Official Scorer in Dutch history was assigned, as Harumi Ueda, who was born in Japan, made her debut in the Dutch big league. The first foreign-born Official Scorer is Roger Huys, who was born in Belgium.

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Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. Almere Magpies, 2-1 (10)
BUSSUM (Neth.) - Mr. Cocker HCAW won 2-1 vs. Almere Magpies in 10 innings. Both teams waited until the ninth inning to score, then HCAW scored the winning run in the tenth on an error. Three HCAW-pitchers combined on 15 strikeouts. Venezuelan Dirimo Enrique Chavez had three of HCAW's eight basehits.

Almere reached base nine times in the first eight innings, while HCAW reached base 12 times. Four of the eight Almere-runners and six of the HCAW-runners got into scoring position. In the first inning, Wesley Bernardus led off for Almere with a walk and Joey Berkenbosch singled with one out, but then a double play followed. In the third inning, Almere got the bases loaded. Sytse Visbeen led off with a single and Bernardus followed with a bunt-single. After the two advanced on a sac-bunt by DaniŽl Zijderveld, a strikeout followed, then Mitch Graham was walked intentionally by HCAW-starter Joey Eijpe. The lefthander then ended the inning by striking out Churandy la Cruz. In the next four innings, only two batters reached base.

In HCAW's second inning, Dirimo Enrique Chavez doubled with two outs off starter Dennis Burgersdijk, but stranded on second base. In the third at bat, Adrian Anthony singled with two outs and reached second base safely on an error, then Bart GabriŽls walked and a foul-fly ended the inning. In the fifth, Sebastiaan Olgers led off with a single, then Laurens Dammers was awarded first base on catcher's interference, but a strikeout and double play ended this scoring opportunity. The same happened in the next at bat off new pitcher Scott Ronnenbergh. With one out and Bart Sabel (fielder's choice) and Randy Daal (single) on base, a line drive by Mitchel Koot led to a double play. In the seventh, Ronnenbergh gave up a lead-off double to Dirimo Enrique Chavez, who advanced on a passed ball, but stranded on third base. Two more runners were left behind in the eighth inning.

...Randy Daal is hugged by teammates after scoring the winning run...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
In the ninth inning, Almere took an 1-0 lead off Kyle Ward, who had taken over the pitching in the seventh inning. With one out, Churandy la Cruz singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Andy Raaff, who advanced on a wild pitch. With two outs, JuriŽn Overman walked. Kevin Roovers then was brought in as new pitcher, but was greeted with an RBI-single by JaÔr Roseburg. Raaff scored on the single, but Overman was eliminated at third base, trying to advance.

In the home of the ninth, off Justin Prinstein, HCAW came alongside, but left the bases loaded. Dirimo Enrique Chavez led off with a single and Sebastiaan Olgers was hit by a pitch, which led to a pitching change. Martin Kuipers took over and got a force play-grounder out of Laurens Dammers, but then hit next batter Quensley Bazoer. After Kuipers struckout the next batter, he walked Bart GabriŽls to load the bases. But the game went into extra innings, as Kuipers struckout Bart Sabel to end the at bat.

In the top of the tenth inning, Sytse Visbeen, who is a former HCAW-player, led off with a double and (with one out) advanced on a grounder, but stranded on third base. In the home of the tenth, Randy Daal, who is a former Almere-player, led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Mitchel Koot. After next batter Dirimo Enrique Chavez was walked intentionally, a throwing error on a force play-grounder by pinch-hitter Joep van Els enabled Daal to score the winning run.

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