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Neptunus beats UVV in make-up game; Starting Pitchers announced
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus won 9-1 vs. UVV on Monday-evening in a make-up game to move back into first place of the Dutch big league. The game had rained out on Sunday. For UVV, this was their fourth loss in a row, meaning the team, which is in fifth place, is getting further behind fourth placed Vaessen Pioniers, which therefore gets closer to clinching a spot in the Play-Offs. On Tuesday-evening, Pioniers meets Corendon Kinheim in a make-up game. When Kinheim wins, the Haarlem-squad will become the third team to reach the final four.

Neptunus struck early, scoring two runs in the first and four in the second inning to take a quick commanding lead.

In the first at bat, Dwayne Kemp led off with a double and scored moments later when Mike Bazuin singled. The latter than scored on a passed ball.

In the second inning, Sape Wagenaar walked with one out. After he was awarded second base on a balk by pitcher Jurjen van Zijl and with two outs, Dwayne Kemp also walked. Next, Mike Bazuin again singled in a run and Raily Legito followed with a 3-run homerun to make it 6-0. In the third and fourth inning, Van Zijl retired Neptunus in order, but then gave up a double to Raily Legito and single to Jeffrey Arends to start the fifth at bat. Derek Tarapacki took over the pitching and started with a wild pitch, enabling Legito to score. Hereafter, Tarapacki struckout Tom Brice and Rien Vernooij and ended with a groundout, but Neptunus had added another run.

Neptunus then appeared to finish the game in the seventh inning off rookie Rick Heijman, who had just entered the game and made his big league-debut. However, Neptunus failed to reach the 10-run difference. Bazuin led off with his third single in the game, then a throwing error on a grounder by Arends followed. A groundout by Brice and single by Vernooij then led to two unearned runs, making it 9-0. But then a groundout ended the at bat.

In the first seven innings, UVV reached third base only once. That happend in the top of the seventh at bat. With one out, Lindell Finsy and Austin Weymouth singled. The two then advanced on a groundout to put runners on second and third base, but a groundout left them behind.

UVV hit eight basehits off starter Kevin van Veen, who threw eight innings. In the ninth, Australian lefthander Craig Anderson took over and gave up UVV's lone run. With one out, Norbert Jongerius doubled, advanced on a grounder and then scored on a double by Weymouth, but that was to be all.

Also on Monday-evening, most coaches set out their rotations for the busy days ahead, including a make-up game on Tuesday, then the start of a new 3-game series on Thursday.

(July 25)

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