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Game 3 ADO vs. Euro Stars halted by umpires
Nederlands
THE HAGUE (Neth.) - Game 3 of the Promotion/Relegation Play-Off between ADO and Euro Stars was halted after seven complete innings by the umpiring crew. Trailing 2-1, ADO rallied for nine runs in the home of the seventh inning, but moments before the eighth inning was about to start, the three umpires stopped the game. Reason for the umpires to leave the field was the fact that Peter van den Akker, the Head Coach of Euro Stars, was still around the playing field after being ejected some innings earlier. The Dutch Federation has now to look into the situation to determine the status of this game, which also saw a bench-clearing, two ejections and some discussions with umpires. The game can be declared valid, meaning the final score will be 10-2 in favor of ADO, but it also can be decided that the game have to resume in the eighth inning to complete it. Game 4 is scheduled for next Saturday, to be played in Capelle a/d IJssel.

Euro Stars, which had only three basehits in today's game, took an 1-0 lead in the first inning. ADO-starter Lennart Bol then walked lead-off hitter Aldy Guzman, who then advanced on a sac-bunt by Calvin Simmonds and scored on a 2-out double by Aldrin Martis.

In the third inning of Euro Stars, Guzman walked with one out and Jeffrey Sprott walked with two outs, but the two stranded on third and second base respectively.

In the sixth, Euro Stars scored another run. First, Simmonds led off with a single, but was caught stealing. Then Sprott walked and Martis reached on an error. Brent Buffa followed with an RBI-double and with runners on second and third base, Ben Groenendijk walked intentionally to set up a force play and that worked. With the bases loaded, Jurandy Girigori took over for Lennart Bol and he saw next batter Jochem Pronk ground into a double play. The latter disputed the call at first base by umpire Fred Groenewegen, threw his helmet away and was ejected. Moments later, Head Coach Peter van den Akker came out to argue with Groenewegen about the call and the ejection and also was ejected himself. It was reported that one of the reasons for Van den Akker to come out and argue the decision was that in the first inning ADO-batter Gregory Hassell threw away his bat into the crowd after striking out and was not ejected.

In the home of the sixth, ADO got one run back when Remco Seitzinger singled and scored on a 2-out single by Gino Henson, who was then picked off at first base to end the inning.

In the next inning, ADO, which had only two hits up to that moment, rallied for nine runs on nine hits to take a commanding 10-2 lead. In this inning, things also heated up a little as a bench-clearing erupted, but no one was ejected. It all started with a single by Gyenuar Lopez, who then stole second base. Next, Jar Roseburg was hit by a pitch from former big league-pitcher Derrick Isenia. Next, six consecutive singles followed, including a 2-run single by Gino Hersilia and RBI-singles by Remco Seitzinger and Quensley Bazoer. The latter was eliminated at second base on a throw from leftfield, which led to the bench-clearing. After a pitching change, Bazoer stole home in a double-steal situation, then the bases got loaded and a single by Roseburg led to two more runs, as did a following single by Gumbs. Another pitching change followed and this time, a strikeout ended the inning.

ADO had taken a 10-2 lead, only two short to end the game with a 10-run difference. However, the game did end there after all. After Euro Stars' Head Coach Peter van den Akker was ejected, he remained visible near the dug-out for a moment and later on another location near the field. According to the rules, someone who is ejected has to leave the field and remain out of sight for the remainder of the game. It was reported that Van den Akker was somewhere in centerfield when the seventh inning ended and because he didn't comply to the umpires ruling, the umpires decided to stop the game and leave the field themselves.

(September 4)

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