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First win ADO; Another tie-break
UTRECHT / ROTTERDAM / BUSSUM / AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - ADO won 5-3 vs. UVV on Sunday to end an 8-game losing streak and register their first win of the season. On the other hand, the victory ended UVV's 6-game winning streak.

After suffering their first loss after nine victories on Saturday, league-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates today won big vs. Corendon Kinheim, 9-1, scoring eight runs in the second inning.

DOOR Neptunus won 10-3 vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, which now shares last place with ADO.

Sparta-Feyenoord won 5-4 vs. Vaessen Pioniers in another game that was decided through the tie-break, as the teams played eleven innings. Since last Monday, this was the fifth extra inning (and thus tie-break) game in the 16 games played since then and the second for Pioniers.

At Utrecht, ADO scored early, held a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning and hold onto it, beating UVV 5-3 on Sunday to win its first game of the season to end an 8-game losing streak and in the meantime also ending UVV's 6-game winning streak.

...Winning pitcher Jurandy Girigori...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
ADO opened the score in the second inning, the first time it did so this season. Jaïr Roseburg led off with a double off starter Martijn Riphagen, then scored when next hitter Kevin Nieveld followed with a single. The latter was then forced out on a grounder by Bas Mol, who later was left at third base.

In the third inning, Calvin Martinus led off with a double and Irving Redan walked with one out, but the two stranded at second and third base. Then, in the fourth inning, ADO added a run. Kevin Nieveld led off with a walk, then reached second base safely on an error on a grounder by Bas Mol. Nieveld was then caught stealing in a double-steal which brought Mol to second base. After a strikeout accounted for the second out, Mol scored on a single by Jarreau Martina to make it 2-0.

ADO doubled its lead in the sixth by scoring twice. Jaïr Roseburg led off with a single and Kevin Nieveld's sacrifice bunt was then misplayed. With one out, Gernald Nicolaas singled to bring in Roseburg and that also led to a pitching change. Timo van Ancum came in to make his big league-debut and he gave up an RBI-grounder to Jarreau Martina that made it 4-0, before ending with a strikeout.

UVV, which played some strong games the last weeks, was silenced by lefthander Jurandy Girigori, who was announced as the starter for this game earlier in the day. Initially, Head Coach Aldric Dunlop had named Raynard Doran as starter for this game, as Girigori (who initially was to be the starter for Saturday) already had pitched in relief in Game 1 on Thursday. But on Sunday-morning, Dunlop confirmed that he had made a switch and started with Girigori today.

...UVV's Head Coach Royce Holder looks on...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
In the first five innings, Girigori gave up only two hits, an 1-out single to Quincy Cairo in the third and a 2-out single to Juriën Overman in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, trailing 4-0, UVV scored its first run. With one out, Danny Rombley singled and stole second base, then scored on a 2-out double by Glenn Romney.

ADO got the run back in the seventh inning. Lead-off hitter Gino Hersilia walked, then advanced on a sac-bunt by Irving Redan and a single by Gyenuar Lopez and scored on a single by Jaïr Roseburg, who was 3-for-5.

In the home of the eighth, UVV got back into the game by scoring two runs. Rutger Veugelers led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch and passed ball. The bases were then loaded when Girigori walked Danny Rombley and Fausto Álvarez Rizo. Girigori then struckout Glenn Romney and was relieved by Raynard Doran, who started with a runscoring wild pitch, then saw another run being scored on a sac-fly by Norbert Jongerius, but then ended the at bat with a strikeout.

In the home of the ninth, UVV threatened again to score. Lead-off hitter Quincy Cairo reached second base on a throwing error, then moved on a grounder. Doran then hit Rutger Veugelers with a pitch and was replaced by Carlos Tabares Castro, who gave up an infield-hit to Danny Rombley that loaded the bases. The game then ended when Cuban powerhitter Fausto Álvarez Rizo grounded into a double play to seal ADO's first victory of the season.

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Sparta-Feyenoord vs. Vaessen Pioniers
At Rotterdam, Sparta-Feyenoord defeated Vaessen Pioniers 5-4 in an 11-inning contest to win its third game in a row after having lost the first six of the season. For Pioniers, this was their third concesutive loss.

Sparta-Feyenoord led twice before the game went into extra innings. In the second inning, the Rotterdam-squad took an 1-0 lead. With one out, Rudney Balentien singled and advanced on an error. The former pro then moved to third on a single by Emeron Lourens and scored on a sac-fly by Quintin De Cuba.

Bobby Carrington, the starter for Sparta-Feyenoord, walked Mark Duursma with one out in the first inning and was charged with a balk, but then retired seven of the next nine batters. However, in the fourth inning, he gave up the tying run. With one out, Dè Flanegin (fielder's choice) moved on a single by Norbert Lokhorst. Next, Kevin Dirksen lined out, but then an error was made on a grounder by Jefferson Muzo, which led to the tying run, but Pioniers also left two runners in scoring position as a grounder ended the at bat.

Sparta-Feyenoord got the run back immediately in the home of the fourth inning off starter Lars Huijer. Rudney Balentien led off with a double, moved on a sac-bunt by Emeron Lourens, then scored on a wild pitch by Huijer.

After leaving two runners again in scoring position in the sixth inning, Pioniers tied the score for the second time in the seventh at bat. Zerzinho Croes led off with a single, moved on a sac-bunt by Michael Duursma and a grounder by Mark Duursma, then scored on a single by Nik Gumeson.

Sparta-Feyenoord got two runners on base in the eighth inning off reliever Shane Gnade, but then a double play ended the at bat. Pioniers was close to a run in the ninth inning, the first thrown by reliever Maikel Berghmans. Linoy Croes led off with a single and ended up on third base with one out, but was left behind.

In the tenth inning, both teams scored twice. Pioniers' tie-break runners Jefferson Muzo and Linoy Croes moved on a sac-bunt by Zerzinho Croes, then Michael Duursma was walked intentionally, but Mark Duursma followed with a 2-run single, before two outs followed. In the home of the tenth, tie-break runners Kevin van Nederpelt (pinch-runner) and Rubinet Koko moved on a sac-bunt by Arthur Bonevacia. With first base open, no intentional walk was passed to Brian Biezen, who then doubled, leading to a run and a runscoring error, that tied the score. With Biezen ending up on third base, two intentional walks were issued, then the lead runner was forced out at home and a grounder ended the inning, forcing an eleventh inning.

In the top of the eleventh, Sparta-Feyenoord's Head Coach Luty Bernadina made several changes, leading to his pitcher Maikel Berghmans becoming part of the batting order. Pioniers got the bases loaded when Norbert Lokhorst walked to move the tie-break runners. But then, a force play, strikeout and grounder left the bases loaded. In Sparta-Feyenoord's eleventh, pitcher Maikel Berghmans became the tie-break runner on second base and Emeron Lourens on first base. The bases were then loaded when Quintin De Cuba singled. Moments later, Kevin van Nederpelt also singled, enabling Berghmans to score the winning run and becoming the winning pitcher.

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Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. DOOR Neptunus
At Bussum, DOOR Neptunus won 10-3 vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, which now has lost five games in a row and is in a share for last place with ADO. But as happened in some earlier games, Neptunus decided the game late again, scoring five runs in the last two innings to increase its lead from 5-3 to 10-3. HCAW today missed Venezuelan Juan Miguel Gonzalez as its third baseman, as he was sidelined with back-problems.

...Dwayne Kemp homers in the fifth inning...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Initially, Neptunus trailed 1-0, as HCAW opened the score in the first inning off Australian Craig Anderson, who made his first start of the season. With two outs, the lefthander gave up a double to Lennart Koster, then walked Adrian Anthony. Randy Daal followed with an RBI-single, but then two runners were left behind when Rodney Daal flied out.

Neptunus left four runners in the first three innings off starter Kevin Miner, but then came alongside in the fourth at bat. Dwayne Kemp led off with a single, stole second base and advanced on a wild pitch. Next, Rien Vernooij walked, then Eldrion Regina grounded into a double play, but that enabled Kemp to score the tying run. Neptunus then got the bases loaded when Shaldimar Daantji reached on an error and Eugène Kingsale walked. However, the Rotterdam-squad left the bases loaded when Miner struckout Benjamin Dille to end the inning.

In the fourth inning, Neptunus added a run to take a 2-1 lead. Raily Legito led off with a double and scored when Jeffrey Arends followed with a single, but later in the at bat, HCAW turned another double play. Two runs were scored in the sixth inning. Eldrion Regina and Mourik Huijser led off with singles and moved on a wild pitch. A run was then scored on a single by Shaldimar Daantji and the bases got loaded when Eugène Kingsale walked. Hereafter, Huijser scored while Benjamin Dille grounded into HCAW's third double play.

In the fifth inning, Dwayne Kemp led off with a homerun off Kevin Miner, his second in the Dutch big league and first in a Neptunus-uniform. Kemp hit his first homerun on the highest level on July 1, 2007, while playing for Sparta-Feyenoord in a game at home vs. Amsterdam Pirates off Jos de Jong. In the same game, he also faced Miner, who then was pitching for Amsterdam. Oh, by the way, four years ago, tonight's umpires Fred Groenewegen and Henri van Heijningen also witnessed Kemp's first big league-homerun, as did Rien Vernooij, Sape Wagenaar and Shaldimar Daantji, who then all played for Sparta-Feyenoord and this season are members of the Neptunus-squad.

...Moises Melendez made his debut...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
After giving up the homerun, Miner was relieved by Venezuelan Moises Levi Melendez Izaguirre, who arrived on Friday and now made his debut in Dutch baseball. The lefthander started by walking Rien Vernooij, but then HCAW turned its fourth double of the game.

In the home of the seventh, HCAW narrowed the deficit to 5-3 by scoring two runs off new pitcher Kevin van Veen. Mitchel Koot led off with a single, then Wesley Bernardus singled with one out. The first run was then scored on a sac-fly by Dirimo Enrique Chavez and Michael Pluijmers followed with a single, that marked the end for Van Veen, who was replaced by Tim Roodenburg. He was greeted with a single by Lennart Koster that loaded the bases, then issued a walk to Adrian Anthony that brought in Bernadus. But hereafter, Randy Daal grounded into a force out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

Neptunus then took more distance in the eighth inning by scoring four runs with two outs. With one out, Eugène Kingsale walked again and Raily Legito was hit by a pitch with two outs. HCAW then could have come out of the inning, but a throwing error on a grounder by Jeffrey Arends led to a run and runners on second and third base. Hereafter, Dwayne Kemp doubled to bring in two more runs, then scored himself when his brother Urving Kemp followed with a single to make it 9-3. Also in the eighth, Neptunus 1B Coach Adonis Kemp was ejected. With Eldrion Regina batting for Neptunus, there was an unclear situation whether it was a hit by pitch or foul ball. Home Plate Umpire Fred Groenewegen discussed the situation with his colleagues and then informed the Head Coaches that it was ruled a foul ball. But when Kemp argued that call and didn't returned to his coaching box, he was ejected.

In the ninth inning, Neptunus added another run. With one out, Eugène Kingsale walked for the fifth time in this game to set a record and went on to score on a single by Jeffrey Arends.

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L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. Corendon Kinheim
At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates rallied for eight runs in the second inning, was unable to accomplish a 10-run difference, but nevertheless won convincingly 9-1 vs. Corendon Kinheim.

In the second inning, the first eight batters reached base safely, with seven of them hitting a basehit off starter Nick Veltkamp and went on to score eight runs. Bas de Jong led off with a single, then Vince Rooi doubled. The two then scored when Bas Nooij followed with a triple. Next, Seb Visser singled in Nooij and Rashid Gerard was hit by a pitch. The bases were then loaded when Wesley Connor singled. Hereafter, two runs were added on RBI-singles by Roelie Henrique and Sidney de Jong to make it 5-0. Percy Isenia then flied out and Bas de Jong followed with a sac-fly to bring in Connor. Vince Rooi then added another single (his second basehit in this inning) to bring in two more runs and lift the lead to 8-0. After having faced 11 batters in this inning and giving up eight hits and eight runs, Veltkamp was relieved by Steven van Groningen, who finished the at bat by striking out Bas Nooij.

Amsterdam scored its ninth (and last) run in the fourth inning off Van Groningen. Sidney de Jong led off with a single, then later scored on an error, but also left two runners. In the remainder of the game, Amsterdam got several opportunities to make it a 10-run difference. In the sixth inning, off reliever Patrick Beljaards, Amsterdam left the bases loaded. The home team then left runners on first and third in the seventh inning and second and third base in the eighth off new pitcher Nick Stuifbergen. After scoring the run in the fourth, Amsterdam stranded 10 runners in the remainder of the game.

After leaving a runner on second base in the first inning, Kinheim got a runner on third in the fourth at bat when Dirk van 't Klooster tripled with one out, but he was left there. The Haarlem-squad then scored a run in the sixth at bat. Amsterdam-starter Ben Grover hit lead-off hitter Björn Henrichs, who then advanced on a single by Remco Draijer and scored on an one-out single by Van 't Klooster. Hereafter, Frank van Heijst took over the pitchhing and ended the inning with a force play and groundout. In the next three innings, Van Heijst gave up only one more basehit, was supported with two double plays (Amsterdam turned four in total) and earned his first save of the season.

A remarkable fact in this game was that Percy Isenia, who was a productive batter for Amsterdam in the previous games, today went 0-for-5 and was the lone Amsterdam-player not to reach base.

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