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Sixth win Neptunus; Pioniers spoils No-Hitter
HAARLEM / AMSTERDAM / ROTTERDAM / THE HAGUE (Neth.) - In the opening game of the first 3-game series of the season, league-leader DOOR Neptunus remained unbeaten on Thursday-evening by winning its sixth game in a row, beating Mr. Cocker HCAW 8-1.
Frank van Heijst, starting pitcher for L&D Amsterdam Pirates took a No-Hitter into the eighth inning vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers and then gave up a double. Later in the at bat, after Van Heijst was relieved, Pioniers opened the score thanks to an error and went on to win 4-0, breaking a 4-game losing streak. Amsterdam failed to support Van Heijst with some needed runs when it got the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth inning.
Corendon Kinheim won big vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, 11-1, scoring eight runs in the fourth inning.
ADO trailed 2-1 in the home of the ninth inning vs. Almere Magpies, but then turned the game around to register its first win of the season, 3-2.

Corendon Kinheim vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, 11-1 (7)
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Corendon Kinheim won big vs. Sparta-Feyenooord, 11-1, to register its third win in a row.

Initially, Sparta-Feyenoord took an 1-0 lead in the first at bat off starter David Bergman, but that was to be all for the Rotterdam-squad. In the opening at bat, rookie Kevin van Nederpelt led off with a single, then scored on an one-out double by Percy Isenia. But from that moment on Bergman dominated in the remainder of the game.

...David Bergman...
...10 StrikeOuts...
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The righthander retired 14 batters in a row, before giving up a lead-off bunt-single to Jan Baldee in the sixth inning. Bergman struckout ten batters and was credited with his second win of the season. In the seventh, what would be the last at of the game, Onno Baur pitched for Kinheim and struckout all three batters he faced.

Trailing 1-0, Kinheim tied the score immediately in the home of the first inning. With one out, Dirk van 't Klooster walked, advanced on a single by Jason Halman and a walk for Bryan Engelhardt, which loaded the bases. Van 't Klooster then scored the tying run on a grounder by Tjerk Smeets.

In the second and third inning, Rodney Michel and Dirk van 't Klooster led off with a double, but both stranded at third base. Kinheim then decided the game with an 8-run rally in the fourth inning to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Eleven of the first 12 batters reached base safely, including six with a basehit. Rafael Jozefa led off with a single, then the bases got loaded when Sparta-Feyenoord's starting pitcher José Ventura walked Rodney Michel and Björn Henrichs. Hereafter, all three runners scored when Remco Draijer followed with a double. Next, René Cremer reached on a bunt-single and the bases got loaded again when Ventura hit Dirk van 't Klooster with a pitch. It marked the end for the Dominican pitcher, who was relieved by Herman Gaarman. The lefthander was greeted with a 2-run double by Jason Halman, then, after a pop-out, gave up a 2-run single to Tjerk Smeets, which increased the lead to 8-1. The bases got loaded again when Rafael Jozefa walked and Rodney Michel singled, then the eighth run in the at bat was scored when Björn Henrichs drew his second walk in the inning. A double play then finally ended the productive at bat.

After leaving four runners in the fifth and sixth inning, Kinheim reached the 10-run difference in the seventh at bat. With one out, Jason Halman (who was 4-for-5 and reached base five times) singled and Bryan Engelhardt reached on an error. Again, Kinheim loaded the bases when Onno Jansen (who had just entered the game) also singled. Hereafter, Rafael Jozefa hit his third single in the game, which led to a run, then a force play-grounder by Rodney Michel made it 11-1 to end the game.

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L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers, 0-4
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Frank van Heijst, who was pitching in only his tenth big league-game for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, took a No-Hitter into the eighth inning vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers, but didn't get offensive support from his teammates. In the eighth inning, the No-Hitter ended, Pioniers took a 2-0 lead and went on to win 4-0 to end a 4-game losing streak. For Amsterdam, it was its second loss in a row after losing to Sparta-Feyenoord last Sunday.

...Frank van Heijst... hitless innings...
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Frank van Heijst did a great job on Thursday-evening. He not only was pitching a No-Hitter, he also was almost perfect in seven innings. After the first six batters were retired in a row, Jakub Malik led off the third inning by reaching first base safely when third baseman Vince Rooi dropped a flyball. Hereafter, the Czech, who played in his first game for Pioniers, was eliminated in a double after Linoy Croes lined out. From here on, Van Heijst retired the next 14 batters in a row, meaning Malik was the lone Pionier to reach base in seven innings.

Amsterdam was held to only three basehits in seven innings by Pionier-starter Jurjen van Zijl, but got a big opportunity to open the scoring in the fourth at bat. Zaïr Koeiman led off with an infield-hit, then the bases got loaded when Van Zijl hit Kenny Berkenbosch with a pitch and walked Sidney de Jong, who, by the way, became the proud father of a son last Sunday. With the bases loaded and no outs, Amsterdam failed to score, as three outs followed. Bas de Jong's grounder towards first base led to a force out at home, then next batter Vince Rooi popped up for an infield-fly and Nick Urbanus flied out to leftfield. In the fifth inning, Amsterdam stranded a runner at third base after Rashid Gerard had led off with a single, but then Jurjen van Zijl retired the next nine batters in a row.

In the eighth inning, Frank van Heijst walked lead-off hitter Mark Duursma, then gave up an one-out double to Mervin Gario, which broke his No-Hitter. With runners on second and third base, Jakub Malik was walked intentionally and Rik Geestman was brought in to relief Van Heijst. But then, Pioniers scored its first run when pinch-hitter Jeffrey de Vrieze's grounder to third baseman Vince Rooi ended in a throwing error towards home. After a foul-out, Geestman hit Jefferson Muzo with a pitch to bring in another run. In the ninth inning, Pioniers scored two more runs off Geestman. Norbert Lokhorst and Dè Flanegin (with one out) then singled and both scored on a 2-out double by Jakub Malik to make it 4-0. Amsterdam got a runner on base in both the eighth and ninth inning off closer Dave Draijer, but was unable to score.

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DOOR Neptunus vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, 8-1
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus defeated Mr. Cocker HCAW an 8-1 loss to register its sixth win in a row and remain the unbeaten league-leader. Neptunus collected 12 basehits off three pitchers, including infielder Laurens Dammers, who pitched the last two innings for HCAW. Neptunus-starter Dushan Ruzic threw six innings, struckout five and gave up three hits to win his second game of the season.

HCAW came close to a run in the first inning. Adrian Anthony walked and Michael Pluijmers singled, then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Bart Sabel, but the two stranded in scoring position. The same happened in the Neptunus-first. HCAW-starter Kevin Roovers hit lead-off hitter Eugène Kingsale, then walked Benjamin Dille. The latter was then called out when he was hit by the batted ball by Dwayne Kemp, who was credited with a single. Next, Kingsale and Kemp advanced in a double-steal, but also were left behind.

Neptunus then opened the score in the third inning. With one out, Benjamin Dille walked again and scored on a 2-out triple by Danny Rombley, who later scored himself on a single by Marvin Bleij. The third run was added in the fourth at bat when rookie Mourik Huijser walked, moved on a single by Shaldimar Daantji, stole third base and scored on a grounder by Kingsale. Neptunus then broke open the game by rallying for four runs in the sixth inning, all with two outs when five consecutive basehits were hit. With two outs, Shaldimar Daantji walked and Eugène Kingsale singled. Benjamin Dille then hit a 2-run double, followed by RBI-singles by Dwayne Kemp and Danny Rombley. Jeffrey Arends then registered the fifth hit in a row and the bases got loaded when Marvin Bleij walked, but a pop-fly then ended the bat. Neptunus made it 8-0 in the seventh inning on back-to-back doubles by Shaldimar Daantji and Eldrion Regina. Neptunus then failed to reach the 10-run difference when it stranded three runners in its eighth inning.

In the ninth inning, Neptunus lost its shutout when HCAW scored its lone run off Richard Orman, who had just taken over the pitching. With one out, the veteran lefthander walked Laurens Dammers, then Bart Gabriëls was awarded first base on catcher's interference. A force play-grounder accounted for the second out, but a single by Joep van Els led to HCAW's lone run.

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ADO vs. Almere Magpies, 3-2
THE HAGUE (Neth.) - ADO took an 1-0 lead in the seventh inning vs. Almere Magpies, but then trailed 2-1 when the home of the ninth started. ADO was able to recover again and scored twice to win 3-2 and register its first win of the season, which it had started with four consecutive losses.

In the first six innings, the runners was sparse, as Almere reached base only twice, while ADO got on base only three times. Wesley Bernardus led off the game for Almere with a single, but then next batter Sytse Visbeen grounded into a double play. From here on, ADO-starter Ludwin Obispo retired eleven batters in a row, before Mitch Graham led off the fifth inning with a triple. However, he also was eliminated, as (after a strikeout), Juriën Overman grounded into a double play. For ADO, Anthony Vrolijk was hit by a pitch by Justin Prinstein to start the first inning, but he stranded on second base. Prinstein retired eight batters in a row, before Vrolijk reached base on an error with two outs in the third at bat. Berti Richardson led off the fourth with a bunt-single, but then Matt Ryan grounded into a double play.

In the seventh inning, Wesley Bernardus led off with a double and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Sytse Visbeen. But then Bernardus was eliminated on a grounder by Joey Berkenbosch. A single by Mitch Graham put runners on first and third base, then a grounder ended the at bat.

In the home of the seventh, ADO took an 1-0 lead. With one out, Matt Ryan walked and advanced on a wild pitch, then scored when Koen Meershoek followed with a double. Hereafter, Joep de Wit took over for Justin Prinstein and ended the inning.

Almere tied the score in the eighth. Ludwin Obispo walked lead-off hitter Juriën Overman, who then stole second base and advanced on a sac-bunt by Sergio Paulina. A single by pinch-hitter Giovanni Samboe enabled Overman to score the tying run.

In the home of the eighth, ADO stranded two runners, then saw Almere take a 2-1 lead in the ninth at bat. with one out, Ludwin Obispo gave up a single to Joey Berkenbosch. Hereafter, Obispo was replaced by Martijn Riphagen, who struckout the next batter, but also saw Berkenbosch steal both second and third base, then loaded the bases by walking Churandy la Cruz and Juriën Overman. Tjibbe van Dijk was brought in to relief Riphagen and gave up a grounder to Sergio Paulina, which ended up in a throwing error, the go-ahead run and the third out, but Almere had taken a 2-1 lead.

In the home of the ninth inning, Dennis Burgersdijk took over the pitching for Almere, but became their third pitcher to be credited with a Blown Save in five games. Burgersdijk, the scheduled starting pitcher for next Sunday, gave up a lead-off single to Matt Ryan, who was then replaced by pinch-runner Gregory Hassell, who second base and advanced on a wild pitch. After next batter Koen Meershoek had reached on a throwing error, Michel Korzeniewski singled to bring in the tying run. An error on a following grounder by Boudewijn van Elswijk enabled Meershoek to score the winning run.

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