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Home teams turn deficit into victory
ROTTERDAM / VLEUTEN / BUSSUM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Aamigo ADO Lakers and Sparta-Feyenoord all had something in common on Tuesday-evening. They all were leading in their respective games, but ended up as the losing team. Or you can also say that the three home teams, DOOR Neptunus, UVV and Mr. Cocker HCAW had something in common, as they were all trailing in their respective games, but turned it into a victory.

Amsterdam led 5-1, but lost 6-5 in the last inning vs. Neptunus, ADO Lakers led 2-1 and lost 5-3 to UVV and Sparta-Feyenoord took an early 2-0 lead, but lost 10-8 to HCAW.

DOOR Neptunus vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates
At Rotterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates held an apparent comfortable 5-1 lead in the fourth inning behind again fine pitching of Ben Grover. But Amsterdam failed to expand its lead and was held scoreless from the fifth inning on. Neptunus, which committed five errors in the first four innings, started to play better defensively, turned three double plays between the fifth and eighth inning, narrowed the deficit and went on to win with two outs in the ninth inning. In that at bat, it were the Kemp-brothers that gave Neptunus s 6-5 victory.

In the first inning, Amsterdam's lead-off hitter Wesley Connor reached on an error, but then, after a strikeout, Neptunus turned a double play on a grounder by Sidney de Jong to end the inning. While making the first out retiring the sliding Connor and completing the double-play, second baseman Benjamin Dille sustained an injury to his shin, left the game and needed six stitches. He was replaced by Urving Kemp, who appeared in his first game of the season and would play a major role in the last at bat.

In its first at bat, Neptunus opened the score. With one out, RafaŽl Jozefa doubled and advanced on a single by Raily Legito. Jozefa then scored when a throwing error by catcher Bas Nooij followed a stolen base by Legito. And so, Amsterdam-starter Ben Grover gave up his first run of the season after having thrown 20 1/3 concescutive scoreless innings.

Amsterdam reacted with three runs off Neptunus-starter Tim Roodenburg in the second at bat. With one out, Kenny Berkenbosch became the 100th player to be hit by a pitch this season in the Dutch big league. Hereafter, Vince Rooi doubled and Berkenbosch then scored when an outfield-error followed. Rooi scored when Bas Nooij reached on a throwing error by short stop Dwayne Kemp, who made three errors in four innings. A single by Jesse Aussems and walk for BjŲrn Hato loaded the bases and Nooij then scored on a grounder by Wesley Connor, but two runners were left behing in scoring position.

Amsterdam added two runs in the fourth inning. Vince Rooi led off with a double and moved on a grounder, then Aussems was hit by a pitch. The latter was forced out on a grounder by Hato, but that enabled Rooi to score. An error was then made during Hato's steal attempt and he went on to score on Kemp's third error.

But herereafter, the Neptunus-defense made no more errors in the next five innings and only one more player of Amsterdam would reach second base. That was in the eighth inning when Kenny Berkenbosch doubled with two outs. Neptunus also turned three double plays in which Dwayne Kemp participated. The last of these, he turned a double play with his brother Urving Kemp.

Trailing 5-1, Neptunus got one run back in the fourth inning. Raily Legito led off with a single and stole second base. Another throwing error by catcher Bas Nooij followed and Legito then went on to score another unearned run on a sac-fly by Lennart Koster.

In the fifth inning, Neptunus made it 5-3. With one out, Adrian Anthony walked and he scored on a 2-out double by Dwayne Kemp. And so, Grover's streak of not giving an earned run ended after 24 2/3 inning. Last season, his teammate Rob Cordemans had a streak of 33 2/3 inning in which he didn't gave up an earned run.

After giving up the RBI-double to Kemp, Grover retired the next seven batters and lifted his strikeout-total to nine. In the eighth, Nick Stuifbergen took over and gave up the fourth run of Neptunus. Shaldimar Daantji led off with a single, moved on a sac-bunt by Dwayne Kemp and scored on a single by RafaŽl Jozefa. The latter then stole second base and reached third base on the third thrwoing error by Bas Nooij, but stranded there, as two outs followed to save the lead.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, leading 5-4, Jurrian Koks became the third Amsterdam-pitcher. But he was greeted with a double by Lennart Koster, who advanced on a sac-bunt by Rien Vernooij. Next, Urving Kemp brought in the tying run with a perfect squeeze bunt out of reach of Koks. A grounder by Adrian Anthony moved him to second base, then Shaldimar Daantji walked. The two runners moved on passed bal and Dwayne Kemp then followed with a single to third base enabling his younger brother to score the winning run.

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UVV vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers
At Vleuten, AamigoO ADO Lakers led 2-1 in the seventh inning, but then UVV turned the game around and won 5-3 to hand ADO it's fifth loss in a row. Like last Sunday, ADO outhit UVV, but again was left empty-handed.

Starting pitchers Thomas Macy (ADO) and Kyle Ward (UVV) both struckout nine batters, but it surely wasn't a pitching duel. ADO initially had good contact off Ward, as it scored twice in the first inning. With two outs, Phil Ortez singled, then Evan Porter doubled. The two scored when Rudy van Heydoorn also doubled.

But hereafter, Kyle Ward held team from The Hague scoreless in the next innings. The lefthander struckout the side in the second, was supported with a double play in the third inning and got out of runscoring situations in the next two at bats. In the fourth, he gave up a 2-out double to Anthony Hooi and walked Enrique Tromp, but then a foul-out followed. In the fifth, Gregory Hassell reached on an error with one out, stole second base and advanced on a wild pitch, but Ward struckout the next two batters.

On the other hand, UVV left two runners in the first inning and wasn't lucky in the second at bat. Stijn van der Meer led off with a single but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Mitchel Koot then singled, but a double play ended the inning.

UVV got one run back in the fourth inning. Danny Rombley led off with a triple and scored on a following single by Giovannie Samboe. This time, the inning ended with a force out and another double play. In the fifth, UVV left a runner on third base.

In the sixth and seventh inning, two ADO-runners were eliminated. In the sixth, Evan Porter led off with a single. After a strikeout, Jeroen de Haas took over for Kyle Ward, but gave up a double to Anthony Hooi. De Haas and UVV were then helped, as Porter was thrown out at the plate trying to score on the double and a strikeout ended the at bat. In the next inning, JaÔr Roseburg singled with one out and stole second base. But moments later, Roseburg was caught stealing after a pick-off.

And so, things started to turn UVV's way, which was underscored in the bottom of the seventh inning when the home team scored twice to take a 3-2 lead. Mitchel Koot led off with a walk and advanced on a sac-bunt by Jirka Bliek. A strikeout followed, but then the bases got loaded when Thomas Macy walked Brennan Nijhof and hit Austin Weymouth with a pitch. Rookie Rick van der Post was brought in, but he was credited with a Blown Save, as he walked Danny Rombley to bring in the tying run, then gave up an RBI-single to Giovannie Samboe (who was 3-for-4) that made it 3-2. The inning ended when Ryan Murphy grounded out, leaving the bases loaded.

ADO tied the score in the eighth inning off new pitcher Sedley Karel, who therefore also was credited with a Blown Save. Ludwin Obispo, who was 0-for-3 in his previous at bats, led off with a single to keep his hitting streak intact and extend it to 11 games. Obispo then stole second base and moved on a wild pitch, before scoring on a sac-fly by Phil Ortez.

UVV re-took the lead in the home of the eighth inning. Stijn van der Meer led off with a single and moved on a sac-bunt by Mitchel Koot. Ludwin Obispo then took over the pitching, but walked Jirka Bliek and hit Brian Biezen with a pitch. An error on a force play-grounder by Brennan Nijhof and a single by Austin Weymouth then made it 5-3, before a double play ended the inning. In the top of the ninth, Derek Tarapacki retired the side, including two strikeouts, to earn a save.

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Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. Sparta-Feyenoord
At Bussum, Sparta-Feyenoord was off to a good start (again), but some three hours later, it was the losing team (again). Tonight, the team lost 10-8 to Mr. Cocker HCAW to remain winless after nine games. With the win, HCAW ended a 5-game losing streak.

Sparta-Feyenoord outhit HCAW 10-8, but its two pitchers handed the HCAW-batters much more opportunities to reach base, as the duo combined on 15 walks and also hit a batter. By the way, four HCAW-pitchers walked six batters and hit one, meaning there were 23 free passes in this game.

Sparta-Feyenoord scored twice in the first inning off starter Dennis Burgersdijk. He gave up a lead-off single to Kevin van Nederpelt and walked Theodore van Heijningen, who advanced on a sac-bunt by Anthony Vrolijk. A grounder and an error the gave the Rotterdam-squad a 2-0 lead.

However, the lead was shortlived, as HCAW answered with three runs off Quinn Tramm, who initially was named as the probable starter for Thursday's game, but moved to tonight, as today's announced starter pitched briefly in relief on Sunday in the game that was halted in the seventh inning by the umpires. Tramm walked the first three batters he faced, then gave up a 2-run single to Randy Reiph, who played in his first game back after sitting out a 6-game suspension. Reiph then stole second base and at the same moment, Kody Hightower (who was on third base) took off to home to score the go-ahead run.

Burgersdijk then held Sparta-Feyenoord scoreless for the next five innings, giving up only two basehits, while the HCAW-defense turned a double play in the fourth at bat. HCAW left two runners in the second inning, then got its first two batters on base in the third when Kody Hightower singled and Randy Reiph walked. But these two runners were eliminated in a double play on a grounder by Kevin Gerard, who himself reached first base safely.

In the fourth, HCAW scored four runs. Jim Froberg walked and JuriŽn Overman reached on an error. The two moved on a sac-bunt by Barry Mastenbroek and a force play was set up by walking Glenn Romney intentional. Hereafter, Jurandy Girigori took over, but the lefthander walked Linoy Croes to bring in a run, then gave up an RBI-single to Kody Hightower. Next, two runs were scored on an infield-grounder by Randy Reiph to increase the lead to 7-2. In the sixth, another run was added when Croes walked and scored on a single by Dylan de Mello.

The game then suddenly became interesting again from the seventh inning on. Suri Betrian, a new addition to the Sparta-Feyenoord squad who entered the game in the fifth inning, first was hit by a pitch in his first big league at bat. Brian Raap followed with a single and a wild pitch moved the runners. With one out, a single by Jason Leonora and grounder by Jarred Duin made it an 8-4 score.

In the eighth, Caspar van Beest took over for Dennis Burgersdijk, but gave up three runs that narrowed HCAW's lead to only 8-7. He gave up singles to Klaas Baldee and Theodore van Heijningen. After an infield-fly, the bases got loaded when Suri Betrian hit his first big league basehit. Next, Brian Raap cleared the bases with a 3-run double, but was thrown out himself while trying to stretch it into a triple. That might have been costly for Sparta-Feyenoord, as a walk and single followed, before a force out ended the at bat, so it was unable to tie the score.

HCAW immediately took more distance by scoring two insurance runs in the home half of the eighth. Glenn Romney was hit by a pitch and Linoy Croes walked, then a single by Kody Hightower (3-for-4) and double play-grounder by Randy Reiph (4 RBI's) made it 10-7.

These were important runs, as Sparta-Feyenoord managed to add another run in the ninth and were close to more. While it appeared that the 10:30 PM curfew-rule had been reached, the ninth inning did start and it almost turned the game into a tie. New pitcher Bob Klaarenbeek walked the first three batters he faced and was quickly replaced by Sander Helmendach, who struckout the next two batters. But he then walked Brian Raap to bring in a run and leaves the bases loaded. Helmendach then struckout pitcher Jurandy Girigori, who had entered the batting order in the eighth as pinch-runner, and with that ended the game.

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