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Top-3 wins; Big win Pioniers vs. UVV
THE HAGUE / AMSTERDAM / ROTTERDAM / HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - The current top-3 in the Dutch big league won again on Thursday-evening in the openers of their next 3-game series. League-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates, which is heading in almost all offensive categories, defeated Mr. Cocker HCAW 8-4 to become the first team this season with more than 100 runs scored. Sidney de Jong homered for Amsterdam, which leads the league with a .327 batting average. Vince Rooi tied a record by hitting four doubles to become the leading hitter in the league with a .500 average.

Corendon Kinheim led only 1-0 after six innings vs. ADO, but went on to win 4-1 with two pitchers throwing a combined 3-hitter.

DOOR Neptunus shutout Sparta-Feyenoord 9-0 to register its fifth win in a row. Four pitchers also combined on a 3-hitter for Neptunus, which again decided the game late. Leading only 3-0 after seven innings, Neptunus rallied for six runs in the eighth to take a more commanding lead.

Vaessen Pioniers, which had lost its last three games, won big vs. UVV, 11-2. UVV hit only two basehits off four pitchers, while Pioniers had 13, including a homerun by Dè Flanegin.

ADO vs. Corendon Kinheim
At The Hague, the game between last placed ADO and third placed Corendon Kinheim remained scoreless for four innings, then Kinheim led only 1-0 when then seventh inning began, but went on to win 4-1. David Bergman went eight innings, struckout seven and gave up only three basehits to earn his third win of the season. Nick Stuifbergen threw a hitless ninth and picked up his first save of the year.

ADO-starter Nick Martin gave up only two basehits in the first five innings, but nevertheless trailed 1-0. In the second inning, the lefthander walked lead-off hitter Jason Halman, then gave up a single to Rafaël Jozefa. While Halman moved to third base, Jozefa tried to advance to second base, but was thrown out there by rightfielder Remco Seitzinger. Halman stranded at third base, as a strikeout and flyout followed. In the third inning, Martin hit lead-off hitter Roy Seltenrijch, but he also was left behind.

ADO left four runners on base in the first four innings. In the second inning, Jaïr Roseburg singled with one out, but stranded on third base. In the fourth, ADO had runners on first and second base with two outs, but they also were left.

Kinheim then opened the score in the fifth at bat. Niels van Weert led off with a walk, then stole second base, which was followed by a throwing error. Roy Seltenrijch then also walked, but was picked off first base by the catcher moments later. Hereafter, Björn Henrichs reached on an infield-hit, which enabled Van Weert to score, but Henrichs himself was eliminated moments later when the first baseman Dave Steward got the ball under control and threw it to second baseman Jaïr Roseburg. The inning then ended with a strikeout.

In the sixth inning, Dirk van 't Klooster and Jason Halman singled with one out, but then a force play and pop-fly followed. Kinheim then finally took more distance by scoring three runs in the seventh at bat. Niels van Weert led off with a single and Roy Seltenrijch then reached on a bunt-single, which was followed by a throwing error that brought the runners to second and third base. With one out, Remco Draijer then grounded to first baseman Dave Steward, who threw the ball to catcher Jarreau Martina, but Van Weert beat the throw and scored. This led to a pitching change, as Martin was replaced by Carlos Tabares Castro. With two outs, Dirk van 't Klooster then tripled to bring in two more runs and make it 4-0.

ADO was able to score only one run and did it in the seventh inning. Lead-off hitter Jaïr Roseburg struckout, but reached on a wild pitch, which even brought him to second base. Roseburg then advanced on a grounder and scored on an error, but hereafter Bergman struckout four of the next five hitters.

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L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
...Vince Rooi hit four doubles...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
League-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates defeated Mr. Cocker HCAW 8-4 to become the first team this season with more than 100 runs scored. The home team set the tone right away in the first at bat off rookie starter Robin Schel, who made the first start in his short big league-career. With one out, the lefthander gave up a double to Vince Rooi, then walked Sidney de Jong and loaded the bases by giving up a single to Percy Isenia. Next, Schel also walked Bas de Jong to bring in a run, resulting in a visit from his Pitching Coach Frans Groot. But after he had returned to the dug-out, Schel gave up a sac-fly to Bas Nooij to bring in another run, before a grounder ended the at bat.

Amsterdam added a run in the second inning. Seb Visser and Koen Nooij walked, but then Roelie Henrique grounded into a double play. Next, Vince Rooi hit his second double to make it 3-0.

In the third inning, Amsterdam left the bases loaded off new pitcher Joey Eijpe, also a lefthander. Percy Isenia and Bas de Jong led off with singles and after two outs, Seb Visser walked, but then the three runners stranded when the latter was forced out.

...Dirimo Chavez had 3 hits for HCAW...
(© Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
The fourth run was added in the fourth inning when Vince Rooi doubled again and went on to score on a single by Sidney de Jong, but again two runners were left behind.

Amsterdam-starter Rob Cordemans dominated. After retiring the side in the first, the veteran righthander started with two strikeouts in the second inning, then gave up singles to Randy Daal and Mitchel Koot, but then a pop-fly followed. Cordemans then retired the side again in the third and fourth inning, but gave up two unearned runs in the fifth with two outs. With one out, Mitchel Koot walked, then Cordemans struckout another batter. Next, Wesley Bernardus bunted for a basehit, which was followed by a throwing error from the Pirate-third baseman. Koot scored, while Bernardus moved to second and advanced to third on the throw to home. Moments later, Bernardus scored when Dirimo Enrique Chavez singled, but Cordemans added another strikeout.

...2B Seb Visser catches a line... by Lennart Koster... the 4th inning...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Amsterdam got one run back in the fifth inning when Rashid Gerard walked, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a double by Seb Visser. Another run was added in the sixth inning when Sidney de Jong led off with a homerun.

In the eighth inning, Rik Geestman took over for Rob Cordemans, who struckout eight batters and gave up only four basehits. The lefthander started and ended with a strikeout, but in between gave up singles to Dirimo Enrique Chavez and Lennart Koster, but both were left behind.

In the home of the eighth, Amsterdam scored two more runs. Vince Rooi (who was 4-for-5) led off with hit record-tying fourth double, which brought in a new pitcher. Marco Schel, the brother of starter Robin Schel, took over and made his big league-debut. The righthander started by walking Sidney de Jong and Percy Isenia (who was 4-for-4), then saw Bas de Jong ground into a double play, but that also led to a run. A double by Bas Nooij then made it 8-2.

In the ninth inning, HCAW again scored two unearned runs (again with two outs), this time off Jurrian Koks. With one out, Randy Daal walked and Mitchel Koot singled. The second out was then registered on a force play-grounder, but a grounder towards third by Wesley Bernardus (again) then resulted in a throwing error (again) by 3B Rashid Gerard to give HCAW a run. The third hit by Dirimo Enrique Chavez then accounted for another run, but a strikeout then ended the game.

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...Left: 3B Rashid Gerard's two throwing errors led to four unearned runs...
...Right: HCAW-reliever Marco Schel made his big league-debut...
(© Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

DOOR Neptunus vs. Sparta-Feyenoord
At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus shutout Sparta-Feyenoord 9-0 to register its fifth win in a row. But the home team again decided the game late. Leading only 3-0 after seven innings, Neptunus rallied for six runs in the eighth to take a more commanding lead. In the first seven innings of the game, Neptunus left 10 runners, before its rallied in the eighth inning.

In the first inning, Eugène Kingsale led off for Neptunus with a tripled, but was left there. In the second at bat, the team scored its first run. Dwayne Kemp led off with a walk and scored all the way from first base on a double by Rien Vernooij, who stranded on second base.

In the third inning, Jeffrey Arends doubled with two outs, but also was left behind. Two innings later, two runners stranded. With one out, Eugène Kingsale reached second base on a bunt-double (!), as the ball rolled near the foul line, but never went foul. While the defense waited for the ball to cross the line, Kingsale raced to second base. With two outs, Raily Legito walked, but then the third out followed. Then, in the sixth, Neptunus added its second run and it was again Dwayne Kemp who scored the run. Kemp reached on an error, stole second base and moved on a following throwing error, then scored when Rien Vernooij followed with a sac-fly. Hereafter, Neptunus got the bases loaded when Eldrion Regina and Sape Wagenaar singled, then Eugène Kingsale was hit by a pitch, but all three were left behind.

In the seventh inning, Neptunus made it 3-0. With one out, Jeffrey Arends walked, then Rudy Seebus took over from starter Ruderly Manuel and started with a flyout, but then gave up an RBI-triple to Rien Vernooij, who therefore had batted in all three runs for Neptunus at that moment.

On the side of Sparta-Feyenoord, there were no scoring opportunities at all in the six innings that Diegomar Markwell threw. The lefthander gave up a lead-off single in the first inning to Rubinet Koko, which was the lone basehit he would give up. Moments later, Koko was elimimated in a caught stealing-rundown after a pick-off. Later in the at bat, Markwell walked a batter, but he was forced out. After having retired the side in the second and third inning, Markwell walked the lead-off hitter in the fourth, but then was supported with a double play. In the fifth, he walked the lead-off hitter, but he then was caught stealing.

In the seventh inning, leading only 2-0, Jorian van Acker took over the pitching and retired the side. An inning later, now with a 3-0 lead, Berry van Driel became the third Neptunus-pitcher and gave up two one-out singles, but then Neptunus turned a double play to end the inning.

In the home of the eighth, Neptunus struck with six runs to take a commanding 9-0 lead. Sape Wagenaar led off with a single and after a flyout, Eugène Kingsale also singled, as did Benjamin Dille to bring in a run. Next, Raily Legito also delivered an RBI-single and the bases got loaded when next hitter Jefrey Arends walked. A force play on a grounder by Dwayne Kemp led to no outs, a run, kept the bases loaded and brought in new pitcher Quinn Tramm. He then walked Rien Vernooij bring in another run and then gave up a 2-run single to Eldrion Regina that made it 9-0.

In the ninth inning, Arshwin Asjes closed the game for Neptunus. He hit a batter with one out, but then ended with two strikeouts.

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Vaessen Pioniers vs. UVV
...Pionier-starter Conrad Orman...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
At Hoofddorp, Vaessen Pioniers won big vs. UVV, which had won six of its last seven games. Pioniers struck in the fourth inning and went on to win comfortably, 13-2. UVV registered only two basehits in this game, while Pioniers collected 13, including at least once by all nine players in its batting order.

Pioniers opened the score with three runs in the second inning off starter Orlando Yntema with two outs. The bases then got loaded when Kevin Dirksen, Zerzinho Croes and Jefferson Muzo all singled. Next, Dirksen scored the first run when Yntema threw a wild pitch. Hereafter, Mark Duursma hit a slow roller towards third base for an infield-hit. As there were two outs and a full count on the batter, the runners were on the move, enabling Croes and the speedy Muzo both to score on the infield-hit to make it 3-0.

In the third inning, Pionier-starter Conrad Orman walked the first two hitters, who then advanced on a sac-bunt. Orman then helped himself by cathing a line drive by Rutger Veugelers and doubled up the runner at second base.

But in the fourth inning, UVV answered with two runs with two outs. Danny Rombley walked, Fausto Álvarez Rizo singled and Jeroen Hermans also walked to load the bases. Orman then followed with a strikeout, but a wild pitch then resulted in the first run. A force out on a grounder by Juriën Overman enabled Álvarez to score and narrow the deficit to 3-2, but then a strikeout ended the at bat.

...UVV-starter Orlando Yntema delivers a pitch...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
Pioniers then produced a decisive 5-run rally in the fourth inning to increase the lead to 8-2. Jefferson Muzo led off with a walk and advanced on a single by Michael Duursma, but was then forced out on a grounder by Mark Duursma. An error on a force play-grounder by Norbert Lokhorst then loaded the bases. Next, the bases were cleared when Nik Gumeson hit a 3-run double, then Dè Flanegin followed with a 2-run homerun to make it 8-2.

After three scoreless innings, Pioniers added three more runs in the eighth inning off reliever Sedley Karel. With one out, Mark Duursma reached on an error and Norbert Lokhorst hit a single, then both scored on a 2-out double by Dè Flanegin, who was 3-for-5, scored twice and had four RBI's. Moments later, Flanegin scored on a single by Randy Reiph.

In the fifth inning, Conrad Orman again issued two walks to the first two batters to bring his total to seven and was relieved by Mika de Lincel. The latter was then supported with a double play and ended the inning with a strikeout. Another double play followed in the seventh inning, then his brother Kjeld de Lincel took over and retired the side (two strikeouts) in the eighth inning. After walking the first batter in the ninth, closer Dave Draijer took over and retired all three batters he faced to end the inning.

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