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Amsterdam hands Neptunus first loss
ROTTERDAM / HOOFDDORP / VLEUTEN / THE HAGUE (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout DOOR Neptunus 3-0 on Saturday-afternoon on a combined 5-hitter to hand the Rotterdam-squad its first loss of the season. Vaessen Pioniers decided the game against Mr. Cocker HCAW in the eighth inning on a basesloaded hit batter to win 1-0. Corendon Kinheim won 9-6 vs. UVV, which had a late rally to narrow the deficit, but ended up empty-handed. Sparta-Feyenoord led 4-0 in the third inning, but lost 8-6 to AamigoO ADO Lakers to remain winless in five games.

Some pitchers today had problems finding the strikezone, as 23 batters walked and 13 were hit by a pitch!

DOOR Neptunus vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates
At Rotterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout league-leader DOOR Neptunus 3-0 to hand the team its first loss of the season, meaning all eight teams now have been beaten. A year ago, Neptunus suffered its last regular season-shutout, when it was beaten 8-0 by Corendon Kinheim.

Today, Neptunus was held to only five basehits by Rob Cordemans and Nick Stuifbergen. Cordemans, who pitched the majority of his impressive big league-career for Neptunus, struckout six batters and gave up four hits in seven innings. In the first inning, the righthander gave up a lead-off double to Dwayne Kemp, who then advanced on a wild pitch. But then Cordemans struckout next batter Rafal Jozefa, followed by a groundout and foul-out.

After Cordemans had retired nine batters in a row, he gave up up back-to-back singles to Jozefa and Raily Legito to start the fourth at bat, but then the Amsterdam-defense turned a double play and another grounder ended the inning.

In the sixth, the righthander have up a 2-out single to Jozefa, but he again was left behind. Nick Stuifbergen then took over in the eighth and allowed only one player to reach base, which again happened to be Rafal Jozefa, who hit three of Neptunus' five basehits. The fourth through ninth batter of Neptunus went 0-for-19.

Amsterdam left a runner on first and third base in the first inning, then two more in the second. In the third, Neptunus turned a double play, but then Pirates opened the score in the fourth. With one out, Kenny Berkenbosch reached on an error and then stole second base. Neptunus-starter Kevin Heijstek then struckout next batter Bas Nooij, but then gave up an RBI-single to rookie Jesse Aussems that gave Amsterdam an 1-0 lead.

In the fifth inning, lead-off hitter Wesley Connor was hit by a pitch and stole second base, but then was eliminated in a double play when next batter Roelie Henrique flied out to centerfield.

In the sixth inning, the Neptunus-defense again supported Heijstek. With one out, he gave up a double to Percy Isenia and a single to Kenny Berkenbosch, but then Nooij grounded into Neptunus' third double play.

In the seventh inning, Berry van Driel took over for Heijstek, but ran into problems immediately. He hit lead-off hitter Jesse Aussems with a pitch, then gave up singles to Bjrn Hato and Wesley Connor that loaded the bases. An infield-fly followed, but then Van Driel walked Vince Rooi to bring in a run and was relieved by Jorian van Acker, who gave up a sac-fly to Bas de Jong that made it 3-0.

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Vaessen Pioniers vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
At Hoofddorp, Vaessen Pioniers scored its lone run vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW on a basesloaded hit batter and got a great outing from pitcher Joey Evans, who went the distance for the home team.

It was a game in which nothing really happened and it also wasn't a real pitching duel. Pioniers reached base frequently, but the HCAW-defense held them from scoring in the first seven innings. They also held them from scoring in the eighth, as it was the pitching that gave Pioniers the lone run.

In the first inning, Pioniers got the bases loaded. HCAW-starter Dennis Burgersdijk hit lead-off hitter Michael Duursma, who then moved on a grounder and stole third base. With two outs, Burgersdijk also hit Mark-Jan Moorman with a pitch and walked Norbert Lokhorst, but then D Flanegin grounded out.

...Going the distance - Joey Evans struckout 13 and gave up 3 hits...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
In the third, Duursma led off with a single, but was left. In the sixth and seventh inning, Pioniers left the bases loaded again. In the sixth, Mark Duursma led off with a single and moved on a sac-bunt by Moorman. With two outs, Flanegin was walked intentionally and Michael Pluijmers singled to load the bases, but then Zerzinho Croes grounded out.

In the seventh, Burgersdijk hit Jefferson Muzo and Michael Duursma with a pitch and gave up an one-out single to Mark Duursma. Burgersdijk was then relieved by Bob Klaarenbeek to face Mark-Jan Moorman, who then fouled out. Next, Caspar van Beest was brought in as new pitcher and got Norbert Lokhorst to line out and end the inning.

In the eighth inning, Sander Helmendach became HCAW's fourth pitcher. He walked lead-off hitter D Flanegin, who was replaced by pinch-runner Kevin Dirksen. He advanced on a sac-bunt by Michael Pluijmers and a single by Zerzinho Croes, who then stole second base. Next, a force play was set up by walking Jefferson Muzo intentionally. A hit by pitch must never have felt better than in this case, as Michael Duursma then was hit by one to bring in Dirksen for what would be the lone run in the game. By the way, this was Duursma's third hit batter in this game. An infield-fly and line out followed, meaning Pioniers left the bases loaded for the fourth time.

HCAW reached base only four times off Joey Evans, who threw a complete game 3-hitter. After retiring the first eight batters in order, including six with a strikeout (the first four batters struckout), he gave up a double by Barry Mastenbroek, but he was left on second base. In the fifth, Glenn Romney reached on an error for Pioniers, but then HCAW turned a double play. In the sixth, a crucial defensive play was made. With two outs, Jasper Keijzer singled, then tried to score on a single to rightfield by next batter Linoy Croes. But Keijzer was eliminated at the plate on a 9-4-2 throw to end the inning. Evans then eliminated the next nine batters in a row to close the game. The American righthander walked none and struckout 13 batters, which is a season-high so far.

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...Michael Duursma steals 3rd base in the first inning...

...Jasper Keijzer is eliminated at home in the 6th inning...
(© Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

UVV vs. Corendon Kinheim
At Vleuten, Corendon Kinheim led 9-3 in the ninth inning vs. UVV, which then staged a late rally to narrow the deficit to 9-6, but that would be the final score. With the win, Kinheim moved into a tie for first place with DOOR Neptunus, which was shutout by L&D Amsterdam Pirates.

Kinheim opened the score right away in the first inning. With two outs, Dirk van 't Klooster singled and Bryan Engelhardt doubled, then both scored when Ramiro Balentina followed with a single. Kinheim doubled its lead in the next at bat. UVV-starter Jurjen van Zijl walked Bjrn Henrichs, who moved on a sac-bunt by Marvin Evangelista and then scored when Remco Draijer singled. With two outs, Van 't Klooster and Engelhardt singled to bring in Draijer and make it 4-0.

...Winning pitcher Luke Sommer...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
Van Zijl then held Kinheim scoreless in the next three innings, while UVV scored three runs to move within one run. UVV scored the three runs, all unearned, in the third off starter Luke Sommer. The lefthander gave up a lead-off double to Rossini Frolijk, who then scored when Sommer made a throwing error on an one-out sac-bunt by Jeff Delfina. With two outs, Danny Rombley singled to score Delfina. Singles by Ryan Murphy and Giovannie Samboe then led to the next run and made it 4-3, but a force play ended the at bat. In the next four innings, Sommer gave up only one more basehit and retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced in that span, including seven on a strikeout. From the fourth through sixth inning, Sommer struckout six batters in a row.

In the top of sixth inning, Kinheim scored three more runs with two outs to expand their lead to 7-3. Jurjen van Zijl first walked Onno Jansen, who then moved on a sac-bunt by Bjrn Henrichs. Hereafter, Jeroen de Haas was brought in as new pitcher, who started with a strikeout. But then an error followed on a grounder by Remco Draijer, the enabled Jansen to score. Mervin Gario then added an RBI-single and Dirk van 't Klooster followed with an RBI-double to bring in the next run.

After UVV turned a double play in the seventh inning, Kinheim added two more runs in the eighth. Marvin Evangelista walked and scored on a wild pitch and Mervin Gario singled and scored on a 2-out single by Bryan Engelhardt to make it 9-3.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Pim Walsma took over for Luke Sommer, gave up an one-out single, but then followed with two strikeouts. And so, leading 9-3 in the bottom of the ninth, it was a save thought to hand the ball to rookie Dion Steijl, but then UVV rallied for three runs and had the tying at the plate at one moment. With one out, Lindell Finsy singled, Rossini Frolijk walked and Norbert Jongerius also singled to load the bases. A foul-fly then followed, but singles by Austin Weymouth and Danny Rombley (who was 3-for-5) then resulted in three runs and narrowed the deficit to 9-6. With runners on second and third and powerhitter Ryan Murphy coming to the plate to represent the tying run, Arshwin Asjes was brought in to close the game. Asjes struckout Murphy to end the game and earn his third save of the season.

Kinheim collected 13 basehits, including three by Dirk van 't Klooster, Bryan Engelhardt and Ramiro Balentina.

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...Quintin de Cuba is caught stealing in the 3rd inning...

...Austin Weymouth reaches third base in the 9th inning...
(© Photos: Frans van Elst)

AamigoO ADO Lakers vs. Sparta-Feyenoord
At The Hague, Sparta-Feyenoord took a 4-0 lead, but in the end was left empty-handed for the fifth time this season, losing 8-6 to AamigoO ADO Lakers.

Thomas Macy, who went the distance a week ago for ADO Lakers, today gave up three runs in the first at bat, but also went on to strikeout 12 batters in the seven innings he pitched. In the first, Kevin van Nederpelt first reached on an error, then Theodore van Heijningen was hit by a pitch. A double by Anthony Vrolijk, sac-fly by Churandy La Cruz and grounder by Brian Raap then made it 3-0 in favor of Sparta-Feyenoord.

After Macy struckout the side in the second inning, he gave up another run in the third. Van Nederpelt walked and moved on a grounder and a passed ball. Vrolijk then also walked and stole second base, which led to Van Nederpelt scoring a run. But later in the inning, Macy struckout two batters to leave two runners behind.

Sparta-Feyenoord's starter Gregory Gustina retired the first six batters he faced, but the lefthander then gave up five runs in the third inning that appeared to turn the game around. Glennton Poulo and Remco Seitzinger led off with singles, then an error on a sac-bunt by Jar Roseburg led to a run and runners on second and third base. With one out, Ludwin Obispo singled in the next run and then ADO took a 5-4 lead when Phil Ortez hit a 3-run homerun.

ADO Lakers added a run in the fourth inning when Poulo walked, stole second and went on to score on a 2-out single by Roseburg.

But in the fifth inning, Sparta-Feyenoord was able to tie the score. Theodore van Heijningen led off with a walk, then stole second, advanced on a following error and scored on a single by Anthony Vrolijk. The latter was eliminated on a grounder by Churandy La Cruz, who then went on to score the tying run on a single by Brian Raap. With two outs, Jarred Duin walked, but with runners on second and third base, Macy struckout Jochem Pronk to end the inning.

In the eighth inning, ADO Lakers re-took the lead off Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro, who had taken over the inning before. With one out, Gregory Hassell walked, then a costly error was made on a force play-grounder by Glennton Poulo. After a grounder accounted for the second out, Hassell and Poulo both scored when Jar Roseburg followed with a single to make it 8-6.

Sparta-Feyenoord got two more runners on base in its last two at bats off new pitcher Rick van der Post, who was credited with the win.

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(April 14)

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