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Kinheim also wins second game
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Two days after winning the opening game of the Holland Series, Corendon Kinheim also won Game Two of the best-of-seven final against DOOR Neptunus. The Series now moves to Haarlem for Games 3 and 4 and in needed, Game 5. The final two games, if needed, will be played again in Rotterdam.

Neptunus will have to do without Rafaël Jozefa in the remainder of the Series, as he was rushed to a hospital on Friday-evening. After experiencing pains, Jozefa was brought to a hospital by teammate Adrian Anthony where he had to stay and underwent emergency surgery to his bowels.

Today, Kinheim broke an 1-1 tie by scoring two runs in the top of the ninth inning and went on to win the game, 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the Holland Series.

Kinheim was the most productive team throughout the game. The Haarlem-squad left two runners in the first, third and fourth inning and then opened the score in the top of the fifth inning. René Cremer led off with a bunt-single, then Dirk van 't Klooster struckout when his bunt on the third strike went foul. But then, Cremer advanced to third base when an error by short stop Dwayne Kemp was made on a force play-grounder by Mervin Gario. Bryan Engelhardt then followed with a sacrifice fly to put Kinheim on top.

The lead was shortlived, as Neptunus came alongside in the home of the fifth at bat and here also, an error contributed to the run. Neptunus got only two baserunners in the first four at bats, but in the fifth, with one out, Lennart Koster reached on an error by short stop René Cremer and advanced on a single by following batter Mourik Huijser. Next, Shaldimar Daantji also singled to bring in Koster and tie the score. After a foul-out, Adrian Anthony walked to load the bases, which led to a pitching change. Steven van Groningen was brought in to take over for Nick Veltkamp. The new pitcher faced Benjamin Dille, who then grounded into a force out to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.

Kinheim left two runners in the sixth inning, then got its lead-off batter on base in the seventh inning when Dirk van 't Klooster was hit by a pitch. He advanced on a sac-bunt by Mervin Gario, but following batter Bryan Engelhardt was walked intentionally to set up a force play. Hereafter, Quintin de Cuba's hit was caught by short stop Dwayne Kemp, who was able to double up Van 't Klooster at second base to end the inning.

After coming alongside in the fifth, Neptunus left a runner on second base in the sixth at bat. In the next inning, Urving Kemp walked with two outs, but then was caught stealing. In the eighth, Benjamin Dille walked for Neptunus with one out, but then Raily Legito flied out to second base, which resulted in an inning-ending double play.

Kinheim then decided the game in the top of the ninth inning off closer Dushan Ruzic, who started the inning in relief of starter Kevin Heijstek. The Australian righthander walked lead-off hitter Remco Draijer, who then advanced on a sac-bunt by René Cremer and scored the go-ahead run when Dirk van 't Klooster followed with a double. Moments later, the latter scored the next run when Mervin Gario singled. With Gario on second base, Engelhardt was walked intentionally again, but Kinheim then got the bases loaded when Quintin de Cuba was hit by a pitch. But Kinheim left three runners, as Ruzic struckout Roy Seltenrijch and got Niels van Weert to ground out.

Kinheim-closer Arshwin Asjes took over the pitching in the bottom of the ninth. He gave up a lead-off single to Dwayne Kemp, but then three grounders followed to end the inning and the game, leaving Kemp at third base.

(August 18)

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