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Neptunus sets record; new ones in sight; Records for Rijst!
ALMERE (Neth.) - Dutch champion DOOR Neptunus set a new single-season record on Tuesday-evening, but that also tied a record and now has its eye on the overall consecutive win-record as well as the consecutive unbeaten record.

On Tuesday-evening, Neptunus deteated Almere Magpies 6-1 in a make-up game and registered its 19th victory in a row, to set a new single season record. In 1989, Neptunus also set the original record by winning 18 consecutive games. That record was tied by ADO in 2000 and then by Mr. Cocker HCAW, which closed the 2004 season with 18 wins in a row. On April 10, 2005, HCAW opened the new season with another victory to become the first team with 19 consecutive wins on the highest level, despite being registered in two different seasons.

That means that while Neptunus set a new single-season record with 19 consecutive wins, it has to share the overall consecutive win-streak which was set by HCAW in the 2004-2005 seasons. So, when Neptunus wins on Friday-evening, it will be their 20th, meaning it also will have the overall consecutive win-record. With this, another record comes in sight, the consecutive unbeaten record, which was set in 1988 by Haarlem Nicols, which remained unbeaten in 25 consecutive games, including one tie.

On Tuesday-evening, Neptunus broke a scoreless tie by scoring two runs in the fourth inning, thanks to basesloaded walks for Raily Legito and Danny Rombley. Almere reacted with a run in its fourth when Giovanni Samboe doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ferd van Stekelenburg.

Neptunus took more distance by scoring three runs in the seventh at bat. Jeroen Sluijter and Mourik Huijser singled in the first two runs, the another was scored on a force play-grounder by Dwayne Kemp. Neptunus added its sixth run in the eighth inning when Rombley scored on an error.

Records for Rijst

...René Rijst...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
In the ninth inning, veteran pitcher René Rijst made his comeback on the mound for Almere. With this, he played in his record-setting 28th season in the Dutch Major League! He already was the recordholder with 27. Rijst, who turned 46 last October, got first batter Mourik Huijser to groundout, then struckout Dwayne Kemp. Next, Benjamin Dille and Raily Legito singled, but Rijst ended the inning when Danny Rombley grounded out.

By appearing in tonight's game, Rijst, who made his debut in 1980, tied another record, as he now has played in four decades in the Dutch big league. He tied the record, which was held since 1970 by Han Urbanus, who played in the Dutch big league from 1947-1970.

But while being 46, Rijst isn't the oldest pitcher in the Dutch big league. In 1992, former Major League-pitcher Stan Bahnsen pitched for Haarlem Nicols at the age of 47 years old. Of course, Rijst can tie that record next season....

The record for the oldest player in the Dutch big league is held by Fausto Álvarez Rizo, who was 48 when he played for L&D Amsterdam Pirates last season. This year, Álvarez plays for First Divisionist UVV.

(June 22)

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