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Top-4 takes more distance
Nederlands
BUSSUM / HOOFDDORP / THE HAGUE / ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - The current top-4 took some more distance from 'the rest' on a cloudy Saturday-afternoon, as the four league-leaders all won today. It was also a day on which Mr. Cocker HCAW and ADO Lakers became the second and third team to officially being eliminated for first place, a week after Sparta-Feyenoord became the first. The team that finishes the regular season in first place qualifies for participation in next years European Cup Final Four Qualifier.

League-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates won 9-1 at ADO Lakers on a 4-hit, complete game appearance by Ben Grover, who struckout nine batters. Initially, Pirates was held hitless and scoreless in the first three innings by rookie Ricky Voorn, but then opened the score with two runs on four hits in the fourth inning. Amsterdam then added three runs in both the sixth and seventh inning. In each of these innings, Bas Nooij doubled to bring in a total of three runs. Bas de Jong homered in the eighth at bat for Amsterdam, which had 13 basehits, including four by Rashid Gerard. The lone ADO-run was a homerun by Rudy van Heydoorn in the seventh inning.

Vaessen Pioniers again won big vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, this time 14-0. It appeared that the home team again was en route to a huge score, as it rallied for seven runs in the first inning, then added five in the next at bat. Pioniers, which batted around in the first two innings, hit 11 of their 15 hits in these opening at bats, including a 2-run homerun by Jourick Blanco and 2-run singles by Jefferson Muzo and Michael Pluijmers. Pionier-starter Joey Evans retired the first nine batters in order, then gave up a lead-off single to Kevin van Nederpelt in the fourth.

DOOR Neptunus, which is in third place, broke an 1-1 tie in the fourth inning on a 2-run triple by Adrian Anthony and went on to win 6-1 after adding three more runs in the seventh, thanks to a 2-run single by RafaŽl Jozefa and a double by Jeffrey Arends. Winning pitcher Bobby Carrington gave up only three hits in the seven innings he pitched, then Dushan Ruzic closed the game.

Corendon Kinheim also won big vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, registering a 15-0 shutout on 17 basehits. Kinheim batted around in the first and second inning, scoring four and six runs respectively. In the first, Roy Seltenrijch, who has returned from college in the States, contributed with a 2-run double. In the second, Bryan Engelhardt hit a 3-run homerun and leads the league with seven, while Mervin Gario added a 2-run single. In the third, Renť Cremer hit a 2-run double to lift the lead to 13-0. Starter Nick Veltkamp gave up only three hits in five innings, then Steven van Groningen completed the game.

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