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Kinheim beats Neptunus on walk-off HR Engelhardt
AMSTERDAM / HAARLEM / HOOFDDORP / ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Bryan Engelhardt hit an one-out, 3-run, walk-off homerun to give Corendon Kinheim a 3-1 win vs. DOOR Neptunus on Sunday, the second day of the warmest Easter Weekend in the Netherlands since 1901 with a temperature of more than 25 degrees Celsius. League-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates registered another big victory, this time winning 13-3 vs. ADO. Vaessen Pioniers also won big, defeating Mr. Cocker HCAW 14-3. Sparta-Feyenoord led 4-1 in the first inning vs. UVV, but ended up empty-handed, losing 7-5.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. ADO
At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates scored four runs with two outs in a 29-minute home of the first inning in which 10 batters came to bat for the league-leader. Lead-off hitter Wesley Connor reached on a throwing error, then Roelie Henrique reached on a bunt-single off American starter Nick Martin. A flyout followed, then a grounder by Percy Isenia, which gave Amsterdam its first run. Next, a single by Bas de Jong made it 2-0, followed by another error that enabled Vince Rooi to reach first base. The bases were then loaded when Bas Nooij walked. Hereafter, Nick Martin also walked Seb Visser and Rashid Gerard to bring in two more runs, before a flyout ended the long at bat.

ADO got one run back in the second inning when Sidney Ensermo led off with a double and scored on a sac-fly by Jaïr Roseburg, but then Amsterdam anwered with a run of its own in the home part. Roelie Henrique reached on an infield-hit, stole second base and later scored on a single by Percy Isenia.

ADO narrowed the deficit to 5-3 by scoring twice in the third inning. Amsterdam-starter Jos de Jong first gave up singles to Gernald Nicolaas and Jan Baldee, then the bases got loaded after an error. A single by Jarreau Martina and a double-play grounder by Harvey Gumbs then led to two runs and a 5-3 score, making it appearance that this would become a very slow and therefore long game. But for ADO the scoring was over hereafter, while Amsterdam went on to add eight more runs and finish with a 10-run difference.

In the third, Amsterdam added a run when Seb Visser reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a single by Rashid Gerard. In the next at bat, the lead was increased when two more runs were scored. Henrique hit his third hit in three at bats and scored on a sac-fly by Sidney de Jong, while Bas de Jong singled and scored on a double by Vince Rooi in deep centerfield.

After a scoreless fifth inning, Amsterdam added three runs in the sixth. First, Percy Isenia led off with his fourth homerun of the season, then Bas de Jong also hit his third basehit in the game and went on to score on a 2-out single by Seb Visser, who then scored on a double by Rashid Gerard.

Leading 11-3, the home team reached the 10-run difference with two outs in the seventh inning. With one out, Sidney de Jong singled and Tim Vermij walked. The two then scored on 2-out singles by Vince Rooi and Bas Nooij to end the game.

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Corendon Kinheim vs. DOOR Neptunus
At Haarlem, DOOR Neptunus took an 1-0 lead in the fifth inning and this appeared to be enough for the Rotterdam-squad, but things changed with one swing in the home of the ninth.

Neptunus left two runners behind in the first inning, then got the bases loaded in the second at bat. Eldrion Regina then led off with a single and advanced on a grounder by Urving Kemp. Next, Sape Wagenaar reached on an error and Shaldimar Daantji singled to load the bases. But then the inning ended when Eugène Kingsale lined into a double play.

Kinheim turned another double play in the third inning, but in the fifth, Neptunus opened the score off Duko Jansen. Eugène Kingsale led off with a single and was awarded second base on a balk. With two outs and after Raily Legito walked, Kingsale scored when Jeffrey Arends reached on an error. But hereafter, Neptunus didn't reach base anymore in the remainder of the game, as the last 13 batters were retired in order, including the last six by reliever Patrick Beljaards.

Neptunus-starter Kevin Heijstek retired the first nine batters he faced. He then gave up a lead-off single to Remco Draijer in the fourth, but eliminated the next three batters again. In the fifth, Jason Halman led off with a double, then again three outs followed. In the sixth, Draijer singled with one out, but then Heijstek retired the next nine batters in order.

Just as it appeared that one run could be enough for Neptunus, the home team turned the game around in the ninth. After lead-off hitter Remco Draijer lined out to pitcher Kevin Heijstek, René Cremer and Dirk van 't Klooster singled. And then Bryan Engelhardt (who had homered in each of the first three games of the season) followed with a walk-off, 3-run homerun to give Kinheim a 3-1 win.

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Vaessen Pioniers vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
...Centerfielder Wesley Bernardus ends up short catching a ball...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
At Hoofddorp, Vaessen Pioniers rallied for four runs in the first at bat vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, which came back to 4-3, but in the end, the home team won big 14-3.

With one out in the first inning, Mark Duursma walked, Nik Gumeson doubled and Dè Flanegin also walked to load the bases. Next, Norbert Lokhorst singled in two runs, then two more were added when Linoy Croes hit a 2-run double with two outs.

Trailing 4-0, HCAW came back immediately with three runs in the second inning. Pionier-starter Eddie Aucoin gave up lead-off singles to Lennart Koster and Julio Miguel Gonzalez. Then, the latter was forced out on a grounder by Adrian Anthony. A run was then scored on a single by Bart Sabel. Next, the bases got loaded when Randy Daal also singled. Another single, this time by Rodney Daal led to the second run, followed by an RBI-grounder by Wesley Bernardus, which also led to two outs and the end of the inning. For HCAW, the scoring ended here. In the remainder of the game, the team got only three more runners into scoring position. In the third, Koster doubled with two outs, but was left at second base. In the seventh, HCAW got the bases loaded. Lead-off hitter Bart Sabel was hit by a pitch, then the next batter struckout. Hereafter, Aucoin was relieved by Kjeld de Lincel, who loaded the bases by walking Rodney Daal and hitting pinch-hitter Mitchel Koot with a pitch. But then, Dirimo Enrique Chavez grounded into a double play to end the game, as Pioniers had taken a 10-run difference lead.

...1B Randy Daal leaps up high for an errant throw...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
In the third, Norbert Lokhorst walked and scored on a single by Jefferson Muzo, but Pioniers also left the bases loaded after a pitching change. Two runs were added in the fifth inning. HCAW-reliever Robin Schel, who had taken over for starter Joey Eijpe in the third, hit lead-off hitter Linoy Croes (who stole second), then gave up a single to Jefferson Muzo. After the latter also stole second base, a force play was created by walking Michael Duursma intentionally, but then Mark Duursma followed with a 2-run single.

In the sixth inning, Pioniers obtained a 10-run differece when seven runs were scored. After Dè Flanegin led off with a single and Norbert Lokhorst walked, Kyle Ward was brought in as new pitcher for HCAW. The bases were then loaded when Kevin Dirksen also singled. A sac-fly by pinch-hitter Skip Visser followed, then the bases were re-loaded when Zerzinho Croes walked. Next, Jefferson Muzo (who was 3-for-4), Michael Duursma and Mark Duursma all singled, with the one hit by the latter accounting for two runs. Later in the at bat, an error on a basesloaded force play-grounder by Flanegin (in his second turn at bat in this inning) led to two more runs and increased the lead to 14-3.

Michael Duursma, Mark Duursma and Norbert Lokhorst all reached base four times.

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Sparta-Feyenoord vs. UVV
...Winning pitcher Jurjen van Zijl...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
At Rotterdam, Sparta-Feyenoord took a 4-1 lead in the first inning, but lost 7-5 to UVV, leaving the team without a win in five games.

UVV opened the score in the top of the first inning when Norbert Jongerius led off with a walk and went on to score on a 2-out single by Juriën Overman.

With one out in the home of the first inning, and trailing 1-0, Emeron Lourens, Brian Biezen and Jourick Blanco all singled to load the bases. Hereafter, a walk for Ramiro Balentina and a grounder by Rensver Jansen produced the first two runs, followed by a 2-run single by Rudney Balentien to give Sparta-Feyenoord an apparently comfortable early lead. However, in the remainder of the game, Sparta-Feyenoord added only one more run and got only one baserunner in the last four innings. In the sixth, Balentien led off with his third basehit in the game off starter Jurjen van Zijl, but hereafter, the next 12 batters were retired in order. Six by Van Zijl and six by closer Derek Tarapacki.

UVV got one run back in the third inning thanks to a single by Fausto Álvarez Rizo, then came alongside in the fifth. Rutger Veugelers led off with a double and scored when a throwing error was made on a grounder by Danny Rombley, who later scored on a single by Jeroen Hermans, but UVV also left the bases loaded.

...Fausto Álvarez batted in tying run and scored go-ahead run...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
Sparta-Feyenoord re-took the lead briefly in the home of the fifth. With one out, Emeron Lourens (who was on base with a fielder's choice) then scored on a single by Ramiro Balentina, but then two runners were left behind.

In the seventh inning, UVV was close to the tying run. With one out, Glenn Romney and Jeroen Hermans singled. Shurty Tremus then followed with his third single, but then Quincy Cairo, the pinch-runner for Romney, was eliminated in a rundown trying to score.

In the eighth inning, UVV took a 7-5 lead by scoring three runs. First, Rutger Veugelers singled and scored the tying run on a force play-grounder by Álvarez. The latter then scored the go-ahead run on a single by Cairo, while Juriën Overman (who had reached on an error) later scored on a single (his third) by Jeroen Hermans after Ruderly Manuel had been brought as reliever for starter Gregory Gustina.

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