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UVV wins exhibition season
HOOFDDORP / UTRECHT / ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - UVV became the winner of the exhibition season on Saturday after winning 2-1 vs. Corendon Kinheim, who had lost all its previous seven exhibition games. The two teams will meet each other again on Sunday to close the exhibition season. Next Thursday, UVV will make its comeback in the Dutch big league and opens the season at home against Vaessen Pioniers, which on Saturday lost 12-6 vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW. Sparta-Feyenoord and ADO concluded their preparations on Saturday with a 7-2 win for the Rotterdam-squad.

Vaessen Pioniers vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
At Hoofddorp, both teams collected 15 basehits, but HCAW scored half as much runs as their opponent to win 12-6. The teams decided to play a 10-inning game and use the ninth and tenth at bat to practice the international tie-break rule, which is in effect for the first time this season in the Dutch big league. When a game is tied after nine innings, runners will be placed on first and second base from then tenth inning on. The Head Coaches have the option to decide where to start the tenth inning in the batting order with the previous two players of the hitter that will lead off being the two runners. From the tenth inning on, the new batting order will be used in all following at bats (if needed).

...Juan Miguel Gonzalez hits his 3-run homerun...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
HCAW used 16 players (including three pitchers) in this game. The team initially started with a 12-man batting order, but added a batter in the fifth, then used the same player as a additional batter (or pinch-hitter) in the sixth inning, when he was inserted between two other players. The player concerned was Michael Pluijmers, who hit himself in the foot two weeks ago and still has problems walking, but nevertheless got three plate appearances today. He reached base twice and was replaced both times as a pinch-runner by rookie Jillian Cijntje, who himself was the ninth batter in the batting order. It all resulted in another headache-scorecard, but this is custom for HCAW throughout this exhibition season. Oh, by the way, all 13 position players had at least one basehit.

Making his debut for HCAW was Venezuelan Juan Miguel Gonzalez, whose acquisition was announced earlier in the week. Gonzalez, who was the second baseman, went 2-for-5, scored twice and had five runs batted in, including three on a homerun in the ninth inning. Also playing for HCAW today was Dirimo Enrique Chavez, who returned to Bussum earlier this week and will play in his second season with the club. The third Venezuelan on HCAW's roster, pitcher Roger Luque, will arrive next Wednesday.

Pioniers also had a newcomer in its team, American Nik Gumeson, who was the rightfielder for the Hoofddorp-squad.

Initially, Pioniers took a 2-0 lead by scoring runs in the second and third inning off starter Kevin Miner. In the second, Norbert Lokhorst singled and scored on a single by Zerzinho Croes and in the third, Gumeson doubled and scored on a single by Dè Flanegin, but in the same at bat, Pioniers left the bases loaded.

HCAW answered with a 5-run rally in the fourth inning off starter Lars Huijer on four basehits, including 2-run singles by Juan Miguel Gonzalez (that tied the score) and Rodney Daal. HCAW added a run in the fifth on a single by Quensley Bazoer, then scored another run in the sixth on a pinch-hit single by Michael Pluijmers.

HCAW increased the lead to 9-2 by scoring twice in the eighth on a 2-run single by Lennart Koster, but then Pioniers got two runs back in the home of the eighth, thanks to a 2-run single by Michael Duursma.

HCAW made it a 12-4 score in the ninth when the tie-break rule was used for the first time and that worked out fine for the Bussum-club. Instead of starting with its fifth batter in the order (who should have been hitting under normal rules), HCAW opted to start with its number 3 batter, Lennart Koster, with Juan Miguel Gonzalez on deck. That meant that Wesley Bernardus (2nd) and Dirimo Enrique Chavez (1st) were put on base. In this situation, Koster fouled out, but then Gonzalez hit his 3-run homerun.

Pioniers scored once in their tie-break practice on a grounder by Mark Duursma, then added another run in the tenth on a sac-fly by Dè Flanegin.

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UVV vs. Corendon Kinheim
At Utrecht, UVV won 2-1 to become the winner of this years exhibition season. For UVV, this was their eighth win in a row.

The two teams combined on only seven basehits in this game, four by UVV, three by Kinheim. UVV-starter Orlando Yntema held Kinheim to only two hits in the six innings he pitched. The righthander retired the first eight batters he faced, but then gave up a 2-out single in the third inning to Björn Hato, who later this season will start his second professional season. But Yntema then followed with his third strikeout in this at bat to end the inning.

In the fourth inning, Yntema gave up a lead-off double to René Cremer, who then advanced when next hitter Onno Jansen flied out. Cremer then scored on a grounder by Bryan Engelhardt to give Kinheim an 1-0 lead. This lead not only was shortlived, but it also was to be Kinheim's lone run in the game.

UVV tied the score in the home of the fourth inning. In the second inning, they left a runner on second base, then stranded a runner on first base in the third at bat. In the fourth, Kinheim-starter Duko Jansen gave up a lead-off single to Norbert Jongerius, but he was forced out on a grounder by Rutger Veugelers. The latter then stole second base and with two outs, he scored when the Kinheim-defense made no out on a grounder by Fausto Álvarez Rizo, who ended up on second base and was left there.

After giving up the run in the fourth inning, Yntema retired the next nine batters in a row and was relieved by Martijn Riphagen in the seventh inning. With one out in the seventh, he walked Bryan Engelhardt and gave up a single to Jason Halman, but then struckout the next hitter. Moments later, the inning ended when Engelhardt was caught stealing in a double-steal situation.

In the eighth, Riphagen retired the side and then UVV took a 2-1 lead in the home of the eighth off Patrick Beljaards, who had taken over the inning before. The lefthander gave up a lead-off single to Jirka Bliek, then a bunt-single to Brennan Nijhof and loaded the bases by hitting Norbert Jongerius. Next, Rutger Veugelers hit a sacrifice fly that enabled Bliek to score the go-ahead run.

Closer Derek Tarapacki threw the ninth inning for UVV and retired the side to earn his second exhibition save.

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Sparta-Feyenoord vs. ADO
At Rotterdam, Sparta-Feyenoord won 7-2 on Saturday vs. ADO in the last exhibition game for both teams.

The two starting pitchers threw against their former team. Starting for Sparta-Feyenoord was Bobby Carrington, who arrived earlier in the week in Rotterdam after having thrown for five weeks in the Spanish competition for the Valencia Astros. Last season, Carrington played for ADO. Raynard Doran, who played part of last season for Sparta-Feyenoord, was the starter for ADO and gave up five runs in the first three innings. Carrington struckout seven batters and gave up only two hits in the four innings he pitched.

Sparta-Feyenoord decided the game early by scoring five runs in the first three innings. In the opening at bat, Rubinet Koko and Kevin van Nederpelt led off with singles, then scored on a one-out double by Ramiro Balentina. One run was added in the second inning when Emeron Lourens walked and scored on an error. In the third, the lead was increased to 5-0. First, Brian Biezen reached on a strikeout-wild pitch, then Ramiro Balentina singled. A single by Rudney Balentien then enabled Briezen to score. Hereafter, several plays on the bases followed. First, the bases were loaded when Rensver Jansen walked. Next, Balentina was forced out on a grounder by Emeron Lourens, then another force out was accomplished on a grounder by Max Bijster, but Balentien scored on this play. Moments later, the inning ended when Bijster was picked off and then caught stealing.

Sparta-Feyenoord scored its sixth run in the sixth inning. Position player Patrick Wabbijn took over the pitching for ADO and walked lead-off hitter Emeron Lourens. With two outs, Wabbijn loaded the bases by issueing two more walks, then also walked pinch-hitter Arthur Bonevacia to bring in a run. The seventh run followed in the eighth on a sac-fly by Balentina.

ADO reached base frequently in the first six innings, but stranded eight runners. The team then scored twice in the seventh. Gregory Hassell led off with a single, then the bases got loaded with one out when Sidney Ensermo walked and Jaïr Rosenburg was hit by a pitch. Singles by Enrique Tromp and Remco Seitzinger then brought in two runs, but also new pitcher Ruderly Manuel, who struckout the next two hitters, meaning ADO left the bases loaded. In the eighth, ADO left two more runners and one more in the ninth after Sparta-Feyenoord turned a double play, bringing the total to runners left on base to 14.

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