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Neptunus, Pirates win tournaments
NIJMEGEN / DORDRECHT / THE HAGUE (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the two finalists in last years Holland Series, both were tournament-winners on Sunday. At Dordrecht, Neptunus remained unbeaten in the tournament of Mampaey The Hawks in Dordrecht, winning 12-3 vs. Sparta-Feyenoord and 10-5 vs. host Mampaey The Hawks. Day 2 of the tournament started with a surprise 8-3 win of The Hawks vs. Sparta-Feyenoord. At Nijmegen, Amsterdam lost 2-1 to Vaessen Pioniers, but then won big vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, 8-3. The day started with a 7-2 win of Pioniers vs. host De Hazenkamp. As Amsterdam, HCAW and Pioniers all won against each other, the three ended in a 3-way tie in first place. According to the tournament-rules, the tie-break is the total of players having reached third base, which was in favor of Amsterdam, which therefore was awarded first place. At The Hague, UVV handed ADO another huge loss. After winning 16-0 on Saturday, the Utrecht-team today won 15-3.

With today's results, Neptunus moved into first place of the exhibition standings. In the cellar of the standings, ADO is winless after four games and now has given up 55 runs, while scoring only six.

Next weekend, the eight big league-teams all will participate in the next series of tournaments. Amsterdam Pirates, Hoofddorp Pioniers and Corendon Kinheim all will join organisor HCAW for the 29th edition of the In Memoriam Charles Urbanus, Sr. Tournament in Bussum, which starts on Friday-evening, April 1. Neptunus and ADO are participating in the 13th Hudson John Tournament in Rotterdam of organisor Sparta-Feyenoord, which also opens on Friday-evening. The three will get company from Savigny-sur-Orly Lions from France. UVV will travel to Enschede to participate in the 29th J.C.J. Mastenbroek Tournament of Tex Town Tigers (Overgangsklasse). Also participating there is Mainz Athletics from Germany.

De Hazenkamp vs. Vaessen Pioniers (game 4 Jan van de Vegte Memorial Tournament)
At Nijmegen, Vaessen Pioniers defeated host De Hazenkamp 7-2 in the first game of Day 2 of the tournament on eleven basehits.

...Mervin Gario...
...2 Hits, Run, RBI...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Pioniers took charge of the game early by scoring twice in the first inning. With one out, Jason Orman singled and scored all the way from first base when Mervin Gario followed with a double. Moments later, Gario scored on a single by Dè Flanegin.

The third run was added in the second at bat when Kevin Dirksen doubled and scored on a force play-grounder by Orman. Another run followed in the fourth when Flanegin scored on a single by Dirksen, who was 3-for-4.

Trailing 4-0, De Hazenkamp scored its first run in the third. Erik van Zomeren struckout, but reached on a wild pitch, then scored on a single by Steffen Vos.

Pioniers increased the lead by scoring more runs in the fourth and sixth inning. In the fourth, Jefferson Muzo led off with a single, then Jason Orman was hit by a pitch. After a pitching change, the bases got loaded when Mervin Gario also singled. Next, Dè Flanegin hit a sacrifice fly, enabling Muzo to score, but it also ended up in a double play, as Orman was eliminated at third base, trying to advance. In the sixth, two errors led to two runs and increased the lead to 7-1.

De Hazenkamp was able to get one run back in the home of the sixth when Roy Beuker singled with two outs and scored on a single by Erik van Zomeren.

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Vaessen Pioniers vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates (game 5 Jan van de Vegte Memorial Tournament)
At Nijmegen, Vaessen Pioniers also won its next game, nipping L&D Amsterdam Pirates 2-1. Both teams scored in the fourth inning, then Pioniers won the game in the seventh and last at bat of the game.

...Mark Duursma...
...Run, RBI, 2 Hits...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Both teams got baserunners in the first three at bats, but the defense prevented runs. Pirates turned two double plays in this span, while Pioniers turned one.

In the fourth, Amsterdam opened the score off new pitcher Shane Gnade, who had just relieved starter Conrad Orman. Sidney de Jong led off with a single, moved on a single by Percy Isenia and a flyout, then scored when Bas Nooij (who was 3-for-3) singled. Next, Pioniers turned another double play, as it also did in the fifth inning.

In the home of the fourth, Pioniers came alongside immediately. With one out, Mervin Gario walked and scored when Mark Duursma followed with a double.

In the fifth inning, Jurrian Koks took over the pitching for Amsterdam-starter Frank van Heijst and retired the first six batters in a row, but then gave up a run in the seventh. Mark Duursma and Norbert Lokhorst led off with singled, then Linoy Croes doubled to make it 2-1 in favor of Pioniers.

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Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates (game 6 Jan van de Vegte Memorial Tournament)
At Nijmegen, L&D Amsterdam Pirates ended the tournament with an 8-3 win vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW after having trailed 2-0 after two innings.

...Sidney de Jong...
...3-run double, 2 Runs...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Two errors by Amsterdam rookie short stop Tim Vermij led to two runs in the second inning and gave HCAW a 2-0 lead. That lead was shortlived, as Amsterdam reacted with three runs in the third at bat. With one out, HCAW-starter Dennis Burgersdijk walked Wesley Connor, Seb Visser and Sidney de Jong. After an infield-fly accounted for the second out, Bas de Jong followed with a single to tie the score. After next hitter Bas Nooij also walked, Burgersdijk was replaced by Kyle Ward, but he was greeted with a single by Rashid Gerard that gave Amsterdam a 3-2 lead.

A 5-run rally followed in the fourth inning. The bases got loaded when Tim Vermij and Wesley Connor singled, then an error was made on a force play-grounder by Seb Visser. Next, Sidney de Jong cleared the bases with a 3-run double and later scored when Percy Isenia doubled with one out. A 2-out single by rookie Koen Nooij then led to the fifth run in the at bat and increased the lead to 8-2.

In the sixth inning, Amsterdam left the bases loaded, then reliever Al Morales Gomes gave up HCAW's third run in the home of the sixth. With one out, the Mexican gave up three consecutive singles to Lennart Koster, Adrian Anthony and Mitchel Koot to load the bases, then walked Randy Daal to bring in the run, but then was supported with a double play that ended the inning and the game.

With this, Amsterdam, HCAW and Pioniers all ended in a tie for first place. Amsterdam was declared the winner of the tournament, as it had reached third base more than the other teams.

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Mampaey The Hawks vs. Sparta-Feyenoord (game 4 The Hawks Tournament)
At Dordrecht, Sparta-Feyenoord lost 8-3 in a surprise opening of Day 2 of the tournament. Sparta-Feyenoord played nochalantly and committed four defensive errors.

...Shurendell Borgschot...
...3 times on base...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Sparta-Feyenoord took the lead twice in this game, but failed to hold onto it. In the first inning, Quintin De Cuba singled with two outs and scored on an error, then The Hawks scored twice in their first at bat. With one out, Joris Naber singled and Ashwin Rockx reached on an error. A double by Bob de Bruijn and a 2-out single by Berend Ruben then made it 2-1.

Sparta-Feyenoord re-took the lead in the second inning when Max Bijster (hit by pitch) and Anthony Vrolijk (single) scored on a sac-fly by Arthur Bonevacia and single by Jesus Castillo. But that was it for Sparta-Feyenoord, which then added only one more basehit in the next three innings and left four runners.

Sander Klop, who took over for starter Rudy Seebus in the second inning, held The Hawks two innings scoreless, but then gave up three runs in the fourth inning. With one out, he hit Thomas Soederhuijsen and Louie-Jay Sinders with a pitch. An error on a force play-grounder by Shurendell Borgschot (who reached base three times) then loaded the bases, followed by an RBI-grounder by Joris Naber and 2-run single by Ashwin Rockx.

In the fifth inning, off new pitcher Quin Tramm, The Hawks added three more runs when the Sparta-Feyenoord defense committed three errors.

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Sparta-Feyenoord vs. DOOR Neptunus (game 5 The Hawks Tournament)
At Dordrecht, the second game on Sunday didn't see the best defense, as the two teams combined on seven errors, four of them made by Sparta-Feyenoord, which lost 12-4 to DOOR Neptunus.

...Raily Legito...
...3 Hits, 4 RBI's...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Neptunus opened the score in the first inning off starter Ludwin Obispo. Eugène Kingsale and Benjamin Dille led off with singles and advanced on a passed ball, then scored when Jeffrey Arends singled and Dwayne Kemp hit a sacrifice fly. Three runs were added in the second at bat. Sape Wagenaar led off with a walk, then a single followed from 'the other Kemp', rookie Urving Kemp (the brother of Dwayne and of course also the son of 1B Coach Adonis) to bring Wagenaar to third after the latter had advanced on a passed ball. The bases got loaded when Shaldimar Daantji walked. Next, Kingsale also walked to being a run, then a force play-grounder by Dille and a single by Raily Legito increased the lead to 5-0.

Neptunus-starter Kevin van Veen gave up two unearned runs in the third at bat. Rubinet Koko led off with a single, then Kevin van Nederpelt was hit by a pitch. After the two advanced on a grounder and a strikeout accounted for the second out, two errors followed. First, Ramiro Balentina reached on an error by Dwayne Kemp, which brought in Koko. Van Nederpelt advanced to third and also went towards home. Kemp threw the ball to catcher Sape Wagenaar and Van Nederpelt would have been out, but the Neptunus-catcher dropped the ball.

In the fourth inning, Neptunus took more distance by scoring four runs, as this time the Sparta-Feyenoord defense committed three errors. Shaldimar Daantji led off with a single, then advanced to third base on a throwing error to second base by catcher Quintin De Cuba on a bunt in front of the plate by Eugène Kingsale. Next, Kingsale stole second, which was followed by another throwing error, enabling Daantji to score and bringing Kingsale to third base. With one out, a single by Legito brought in Kingsale. Hereafter, Jeffrey Arends singled and when an outfield-error followed, Legito was able to score. Arends later scored on a single by Dwayne Kemp before a double play ended the inning.

In the home of the fourth, new pitcher Jorian van Acker gave up two runs to Sparta-Feyenoord. Former Neptunian Rensver Jansen led off with a double, then Emeron Lourens singled. A single by Max Bijster (another player who played in the Neptunus-organization) then brought in Jansen, while Lourens later scored from second base on a passed ball, which jumped back into the infield.

Neptunus scored three more runs in the fifth with two outs on a single by Benjamin Dille and a 2-run double by Raily Legito, who was 3-for-4 and had four RBI's. In the home of the fifth, Churandy La Cruz led off for Sparta-Feyenoord with a hit into deep leftfield and just missed a homerun, but the ball was caught by Eugène Kingsale.

Former professional Arthur Bonevacia entered the game for Sparta-Feyenoord as a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning and walked, but then was eliminated in a double play.

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DOOR Neptnus vs. Mampaey The Hawks (game 6 The Hawks Tournament)
At Dordrecht, DOOR Neptunus remained unbeaten and won 10-5 vs. Mampaey The Hawks, which initially appeared to register another surprise victory, as the team took a 5-0 lead in the first at bat.

After starting the day with a surprise win vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, The Hawks boldly took a 5-0 lead in the first at bat against Dutch champion Neptunus. Starter Tim Roodenburg ran into problems quickly.

...Eugène Kingsale...
...3 Hits, HR, 3 RBI's...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
He hit lead-off hitter Shurendell Borgschot, who was his teammate the last three seasons at Sparta-Feyenoord. Next, Ashwin Rockx singled and the bases got loaded when Berend Ruben walked. Borgschot was then forced out at home on a grounder by Berry van Donselaar (another former teammate of Roodenburg at Sparta-Feyenoord), but then a single by Manuel Chacon Martis gave The Hawks its first run. Thomas Soederhuijsen then hit what also appeared to become a force out at home, but third baseman Rien Vernooij committed an error, leading to another run and leaving the bases loaded. A walk for Rodijs Martinus brought in the next run. After a strikeout, Niels McCartan singled to bring two more runs and make it a 5-0 lead, much to enjoyment of the home crowd.

In the home of the first inning, Neptunus reacted with four runs off starter Jörgen Klaverdijk. Eugène Kingsale led off with a single, then Raily Legito doubled with one out. The bases got loaded when Jeffrey Arends walked. Next, Dwayne Kemp cleared the bases with a 3-run triple and went on to score himself on a sacrifice fly by Rien Vernooij.

In the second inning, Diegomar Markwell took over the pitching for Neptunus and gave up a lead-off single to Ashwin Rockx, but the lefthander picked him off first base and didn't encounter any problems thereafter. In the home of the second inning, Neptunus took over the lead. With one out, Shaldimar Daantji doubled, then Eugène Kingsale homered to make it a 6-5 score in Neptunus' favor.

Four runs then were added in the third at bat on five hits, including three doubles. Dwayne Kemp led off with a double, then Rien Vernooij walked. With one out, back-to-back doubles by Urving Kemp and Shaldimar Daantji followed, then a single by Eugène Kingsale (who was 3-for-3) led to two more runs.

Arshwin Asjes took over for Markwell in the third and earned his second save in two days.

With the win, Neptunus remained unbeaten and won the tournament. Afterwards, it was handed the Rob Noorlander Trophy by Jacques Krützen, the treasurer of The Hawks.

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At The Hague, UVV won 15-3 vs. ADO on 16 basehits. Besides that, 14 UVV-batters received a walk. In total, 33 (!) players of UVV reached base, including five times by Norbert Jongerius, who was 3-for-4. All eleven players in the UVV-batting order scored at least once. Except for Jirka Bliek, all players hit at least one basehit. The first seven players in the batting order all scored at least once, hit at least one basehit and had at least one run batted in.

...Orlando Yntema...
...4 hitless innings...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
ADO collected only five basehits, including two by Bas Mol, who entered the game in the fifth inning. UVV-starter Orlando Yntema, who made his first appearance for UVV, threw four hitless innings and struckout two. In the fifth inning, Bencho Janssen took over and gave up the first ADO-hit, a single by Bas Mol. In the same at bat, Janssen gave up the three runs to ADO, which at that moment already trailed 10-0. In the inning, Janssen walked Irving Redan, then gave up the single to Mol, which was followed by a 2-run triple by Jarreau Martina, who at that moment was the catcher, but had started the game as pitcher. Martina scored the third run on a grounder by next hitter and former pro Jan Baldee.

UVV set the tone for the game by scoring five runs in the opening at bat of the 9-inning game. With one out, Rutger Veugelers reached first base when a strikeout ended in a passed ball, then Danny Rombley walked. A single by Glenn Romney then gave UVV it first run, followed by a 2-run triple by Jeroen Hermans, RBI-single by Shurty Tremus and a runscoring passed ball.

After adding a run in the third inning, four more were scored in the fifth at bat. With Shurty Tremus (walk), Norbert Jongerius (single) and Jirka Bliek (walk) on base and one out, Jurandi Girigori was brought in as new pitcher. But then Lynell Koolman doubled in two runs and Lindell Finsy added a 2-run single.

Three runs followed in the seventh inning, including two on a double by Danny Rombley. A triple by Jeff Delfina and single by Rutger Veugelers accounted for the last two runs in the ninth inning.

As UVV reached base frequently, it also left 15 runners behind, including the bases loaded in the third, fourth and sixth inning.

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