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Cordemans reaches another milestone
BUSSUM / ROTTERDAM / HOOFDDORP / THE HAGUE (Neth.) - Did the home teams win their games last Tuesday, tonight the four home playing teams were left empty-handed in the openers of yet another 3-game series. In this series, the current top-4 meets the current bottom-4. Three of the top-4 teams won their game, while the fourth ended up short and therefore was passed in the ranking.

One of the highlights of the evening was the reaching of another milestone by veteran pitcher Rob Cordemans, as he moved into third place on the all-time StrikeOut-list. Cordemans threw seven scoreless innings for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, which won 10-1 at Mr. Cocker HCAW.

League-leader Corendon Kinheim won 8-2 at Sparta-Feyenoord, while DOOR Neptunus won big vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers, 12-1. With this, Neptunus took possession of third place, passing Vaessen Pioniers, which lost 4-2 to UVV.

Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates
At Bussum, L&D Amsterdam Pirates led 5-1 when the ninth inning started, then staged a late 5-run rally to make it a 10-1 victory vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW.

Veteran righthander Rob Cordemans entered the record books with yet another milestone in his illustrious career. Before tonight's game started, Cordemans needed five strikeouts to tie Craig McGinnis for third place on the all-time StrikeOut-list and of course, he needed a sixth strikeout to take possession of the third spot himself. In the seven innings he pitched tonight, Cordemans struckout nine batters. In the sixth inning, he both tied and passed McGinnis. He started the at bat by striking out rookie Peter van Doesburg for his 1571st career strikeout that moved him into a tie with McGinnis. Three batters later, Cordemans struckout Randy Reiph to pass the lefthanded American pitcher, who pitched in the Dutch big league in 1980-1989 for Giants Diemen and Haarlem Nicols, then went on to coach for Mr. Cocker HCAW. As Cordemans finished the evening with nine strikeouts, he now has 1575. His next goal now will be moving into second place, which is occupied by Peter Callenbach. His total of 1636 is reachable this season, as Cordemans needs only 61 to move into a tie. The all-time record is held by Bart Volkerijk, who has 1942 strikeouts. If Cordemans continues pitching like he is currently, that record could also be in his reach and could be broken somewhere in 2014.

...Rob Cordemans passed Craig McGinnis to move into...
...third place on the All Time StrikeOut-list...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Tonight, Cordemans threw seven scoreless innings and gave up only five basehits, while walking only one batter. This season, he gave up only two runs in the 32 innings he pitched and he raised his record to 5-0. During his pitching tonight, only two runners reached second base, but both were eliminated at third base. After giving up an one-out single to Glenn Romney in the first inning, Cordemans retired the next seven batters in a row. He then gave up a double to Peter van Doesburg, but he was thrown out at third base trying to make it a triple. In the fifth inning, Cordemans was supported with a double play, then he gave up another double in the sixth, this time to Glenn Romney. But moments later, Romney was caught stealing at third base.

Pirates was held scoreless in the first three innings by rookie Leon Elshof, but then opened the score in the fourth at bat. Sidney de Jong led off with a single, then moved on an one-out single by Kenny Berkenbosch. Next, Vince Rooi homered to make it 3-0.

Two runs were added in the fifth inning. With two outs, De Jong singled again, as did following batter Percy Isenia. Following singles by Berkenbosch and Rooi then lifted the lead to 5-0.

In the sixth inning, three batters walked off new pitcher Bob Klaarenbeek, but the three stranded when the inning ended with a groundout. In the seventh inning, designated hitter (and first baseman/outfielder) Glenn Romney took over the pitching. Amsterdam reached base off him in both the seventh and eighth inning, but left two runners in each of these at bats.

The ninth inning then suddenly became a long affair, as Amsterdam rallied for five more runs and HCAW scored its lone run in the home half. Romney, who hadn't pitched on the big league-level for more than seven years, walked Vince Rooi and Bas Nooij and was relieved by Caspar van Beest, who started with an infield-fly. But then, Roelie Henrique, Wesley Connor and Jesse Aussems delivered RBI-singles to make it 8-0. A force out followed, but two more runs were added on singles by Percy Isenia and Kenny Berkenbosch, who was 4-for-6.

After Cordemans had struckout the last four batters he faced, Rik Geestman took over in the eighth. He began with a walk, but a groundout and two strikeouts followed. In the ninth, trailing 10-0, HCAW scored its lone run. Kody Hightower led off with a walk, moved to third base on a throwing error on a grounder by Randy Reiph, who advanced to second base. Hightower then scored on a wild pitch, which brought Reiph to third base and walked Dylan de Mello. Moments later, Reiph tried to score on another wild pitch, but was tagged out at the plate by pitcher Rik Geestman. Another walk for Barry Mastenbroek followed, but then a double play ended the inning and the game.

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...HCAW's catcher JuriŽn Overman tries to catch a foull ball...
...hit by Rashid Gerard; Umpire Efran Silvania looks on...

...Randy Reiph is tagged out by pitcher Rik Geestman...
...when he tried to score in the ninth inning...
(© Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

Sparta-Feyenoord vs. Corendon Kinheim
At Rotterdam, Corendon Kinheim won 8-2 vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, which is now 0-10 since the start of the season.

Did Rob Cordemans dominate again for Amsterdam in the game vs. HCAW, David Bergman had another strong outing for Kinheim. The righthander struckout 12 batters in eight innings in which he delivered only 97 pitches. Sparta-Feyenoord's lead-off hitter Kevin van Nederpelt was the lone player of the Rotterdam-squad who reached on all his four at bats off Bergman. In the first inning, Van Nederpelt reached second base on an outfield-error, but then a flyout and two strikeouts followed. After eight batters were retired in order, Van Nederpelt reached base again when he doubled with two outs in the third, but Bergman followed with a strikeout. In the fourth inning, Bergman gave up two runs and never ran into problems again in his next four innings, before Arshwin Asjes took over and retired the side in the ninth inning.

Kinheim opened the score with two runs in the first inning. With one out, Renť Cremer singled and advanced on an error, then scored on a single by Dirk van 't Klooster, who stole second base and went on to score on a 2-out single by Mervin Gario.

Two runs were added in the fourth inning. Gario led off with a single and Quintin de Cuba, who last season played for Sparta-Feyenoord, followed with another single. With one out, the two runners scored when an error was made on a grounder by BjŲrn Henrichs.

In the home of the fourth, Sparta-Feyenoord narrowed the deficit to 4-2. Anthony Vrolijk and Michiel Ruiter led off with singles, then David Bergman struckout the next two batters. But then Emerson Paulo singled in a run and as an error followed, Ruiter also was able to score. Paulo is another new player in the squad and was added by Head Coach Dino Anasagasti from the Rookie Team of the club. Anasagasti already had stated that he will promote several players to give them a chance in the main squad, as he is still searching for a winning formula. In the remainder of the game, Sparta-Feyenoord reached base only four more times, but no one went beyond first base.

Kinheim was held scoreless in the fifth and sixth inning by starter Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro, but then added a run in the seventh inning. With one out, Niels van Weert walked, moved to third on a single by Renť Cremer and scored on a sac-fly by Dirk van 't Klooster.

The next run followed in the eighth inning when Quintin de Cuba walked, stole second base and scored on a double by Rachid Engelhardt. The lead was increased to 8-2 in the ninth inning. Van Weert then singled and Cremer was hit by a pitch and both scored on an one-out single by Bryan Engelhardt.

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Vaessen Pioniers vs. UVV
At Hoofddorp, UVV was the lone team from the bottom-4 that managed to win tonight, beating Vaessen Pioniers 4-2 to take sole possession of fifth place and winning its fourth game in a row. UVV broke an 1-1 tie with three runs in the seventh inning, then hold onto the lead in the game, which was stopped after eight innings, due to the 10:30 PM curfew-rule.

After three scoreless innings, UVV opened the score in the fourth at bat. Danny Rombley led off with a double off Kevin Miner, who then walked Giovannie Samboe. Rombley advanced when Ryan Murphy grounded into a double play and scored on a single by Stijn van der Meer.

Jurjen van Zijl held Pioniers (for whom he pitched in 2010) scoreless for four innings, but then gave up the tying run in the fifth inning. Kevin Dirksen led off with a double, then Van Zijl struckout the next two batters, but then gave up an RBI-single to Michael Duursma, the team's leading hitter, as well as RBI-leader.

In the fifth inning, UVV hit two basehits, but left both runners, then another runner was left in the sixth at bat. In the seventh inning, UVV faced former pro Swen Huijer, who took over the pitching for Kevin Miner. Huijer began good with two strikeouts, but then walked pinch-hitter Rossini Frolijk. Norbert Jongerius was then brought in as pinch-runner and 'stole' second base, thinking the batter walked, but instead had a full count. Next, Austin Weymouth singled to bring in Frolijk and give UVV a 2-1 lead. Danny Rombley followed with an RBI-triple that scored Jongerius and brought in new pitcher Jan ŘehŠček. But the Czech reliever was greeted with a double by Giovannie Samboe that gave UVV a 4-1 lead.

After UVV left two runners in the eighth inning, Pioniers got only one more chance to do someting about the score. The 10:30 curfew has been reached, meaning no new inning was to get started after completion of the eighth. Pioniers appeared to do something back off closer Derek Tarapacki, who pitched in relief of Sedley Karel, who had taken over in the sixth. Gyenuar Lopez led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Mark-Jan Moorman. DŤ Flanegin and Norbert Lokhorst then singled to bring in Moorman, but Tarapacki then struckout pinch-hitter Jourick Blanco and Michael Pluijmers to finish the game and earn his second save in three days. Last Tuesday, he also earned a save, as Karel was credited with the win, just like last Tuesday-evening.

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AamigoO ADO Lakers vs. DOOR Neptunus
At The Hague, the score in the game between DOOR Neptunus and AamigoO ADO Lakers was tied at 1-1 after four innings, making it appear that this might be a close game. However, an inning later Neptunus rallied for five runs, added six more in the seventh and went on to win 12-1, while ADO has now lost six in a row.

ADO Lakers came close to the opening run in the second inning. With one out, Neptunus-starter Diegomar Markwell walked Rudy van Heydoorn, then gave up a single to Enrique Tromp that brought the runner to third base. But things then turned the way of Neptunus, as Markwell picked off Tromp from first base and a grounder ended the at bat.

Neptunus was held scoreless for three innings by Reggie Bomberg, but then opened the score in the fourth inning. Raily Legito led off with a walk and moved on a grounder, then Lennart Koster also walked. After the two advanced on a double-steal, Legito scored on a sac-fly by Rien Vernooij, but Koster stranded at third base.

In the home of the fourth inning, ADO came alongside immediately. With two outs, Evan Porter walked, then was awarded second base on a balk and scored when Rudy van Heydoorn followed with a double. But that was to be all for the team from The Hague, which left two runners in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Phil Ortez and Evan Porter led off with singles, but after they moved on a double-steal, they both were left.

ADO's leading hitter Ludwin Obispo went 0-for-4 tonight, meaning his hitting streak was stopped at eleven games.

In the fifth inning, Neptunus broke the 1-1 tie with a 5-run rally. Mourik Huijser led off with a double and Shaldimar Daantji walked, then everyone was safe on a sac-bunt/fielder's choice by Dwayne Kemp. A single by RafaŽl Jozefa then brought in two runs and the bases were re-loaded when Raily Legito walked. Next, a double by Jeffrey Arends produced two more runs and a double play-grounder by Lennart Koster made it 6-1.

In the seventh inning, Neptunus added six more runs. With one out, Legito and Arends walked and scored on a single by Koster, who went on to score on a double by Vernooij, who later scored on a wild pitch. The bases were loaded when Adrian Anthony walked, Mourik Huijser was hit by a pitch and Shaldimar Daantji reached on an error. A sac-fly by Dwayne Kemp and single by RafaŽl Jozefa then made it a 12-1 score.

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