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Updated: April 23, 2012
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'Top-Four' wins on Saturday
HAARLEM / ROTTERDAM / AMSTERDAM / VLEUTEN (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates, DOOR Neptunus, Corendon Kinheim and Vaessen Pioniers, who form the Top-4 in the Dutch big league since 2007, on Saturday all won their respective games.

Luke Sommer gave up only one basehit and struckout 10 in eight innings for Kinheim in an 8-0 shutout vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW.

Pioniers collected 17 basehits and handed Sparta-Feyenoord another mercy-rule loss, winning 15-3.

Rob Cordemans struckout eight and gave up four hits to earn his third win, as Amsterdam won 9-3 vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers. Amsterdam had eleven basehits, including homeruns by Bas Nooij and Percy Isenia.

Diegomark Markwell struckout eight and gave up five hits, as Neptunus shutout UVV, 4-0.

Corendon Kinheim vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
At Haarlem, Corendon Kinheim shutout Mr. Cocker HCAW 8-0 on Saturday-afternoon to remain unbeaten at home.

American lefthander Luke Sommer played a major role, as he gave up only one basehit in the eight innings he was on the mound for Kinheim. He struckout 10 batters, walked none and allowed only three players to reach base. Two of them were the very first batters he faced in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Glenn Romney reached on a throwing error, but then was forced out on a grounder by following hitter Linoy Croes, who therefore became the second runner. Croes also became the lone HCAW-player who reached second base, as he advanced thanks to an error while being caught stealing. From there on, Sommer retired the next 13 batters in a row. In the fifth, with two outs, Seb Visser singled through the middle to register what would be HCAW's lone basehit in the game. After giving up the hit, Sommer retired the next 10 batters again in a row, then Arshwin Asjes retired the side in the ninth, meaning the last 13 batters of HCAW were retired in order.

Kinheim faced rookie Sander Helmendach, who initially was not named as today's starter, but was moved into the rotation instead of Dennis Burgersdijk. Helmendach retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, only hitting Mervin Gario with a pitch one out in the first inning. But with one out in the fourth at bat, he gave up back-to-back doubles to Dirk van 't Klooster and Bryan Engelhardt, that gave Kinheim an 1-0 lead.

The home team added its next run in the fifth inning when RenÚ Cremer singled with two outs and scored on a double by Mervin Gario. The lead was increased to 4-0 in the sixth when Helmendach issued basesloaded walks to Remco Draijer and RenÚ Cremer. That marked the end for the rookie pitcher. Caspar van Beest took over, ended the fifth and gave up no runs in the seventh.

In the eighth, HCAW's American short stop Kody Hightower took the mound and gave up four more runs, which were all unearned. A hit by lead-off hitter Bj÷rn Henrichs ended in a 2-base error in the outfield and he then moved on a single by Remco Draijer and scored on a wild pitch. Moments later, after a walk for RenÚ Cremer, Draijer was eliminated on a grounder by Marvin Evangelista, then Cremer was thrown out at the plate on a comeback-grounder by Dirk van 't Klooster. But then singles by Bryan Engelhardt and Ramiro Balentina followed to bring in three more runs and make it 8-0.

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L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers
At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates won 9-3 vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers, collecting 11 basehits, its hightest total so far this season.

...Rob Cordemans...
...8 strikeouts, 3rd win...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Amsterdam opened the score right away in the first inning. ADO-starter Reggie Bomberg walked Roelie Henrique, Vince Rooi and Sidney de Jong with one out. A force play-grounder by Bas de Jong, then resulted in an out, a run and a throwing error that enabled Rooi to score the second run.

Four runs were added in the third at bat. Sidney de Jong led off with a walk, then Bas de Jong singled. The two advanced on a wild pitch, then scored when Percy Isenia doubled. Bas Nooij followed with his first homerun of the season and that made it an early 6-0 score.

The seventh run was scored in the fifth inning, but Amsterdam then also left the bases loaded. Percy Isenia led off with a double and Bas Nooij was hit by a pitch, then a single by Rachid Gerard loaded the bases. A run was then scored when the three runners were awarded the next base on a balk by Bomberg, who then walked Bj÷rn Hato to re-load the bases. Bomberg, who walked eight batters, was relieved by Martijn Riphagen. After an infield-fly, Nooij was eliminated at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch. A walk for Roelie Henrique then made it another basesloaded situation, but the three runners stranded when a flyout followed.

In the meantime, Amsterdam-starter Rob Cordemans dominated again. The righthander struckout eight batters in six innings and gave up only four basehits. After walking his lone batter in the second, he gave up a bunt-single to Irving Redan in the third, but then Pirates turned a double play. In the fourth, Phil Ortez singled with one out, but then Cordemans followed with two strikeouts. In the sixth, with two outs, Ludwin Obispo and Ortez singled, but Cordemans again ended with a strikeout.

Lefthander Rik Geestman took over in the seventh and would give three runs. In the sixth, Rudy van Heydoorn led off with a double and went on to score on a single by Irving Redan. In the seventh, Phil Ortez hit his third single of the day (with one out) and scored on a 2-out double by Rudy van Heydoorn, who then scored himself on a single by Gino Hersilia. Nick Stuifbergen took over in the ninth and retired the side.

Amsterdam added two more runs in the eighth when Bas de Jong led off with a single and Percy Isenia followed with a homerun. Next, Bas Nooij tripled, but would strand on third base, as three outs followed.

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...ADO's Head Coach Dave Daniels asks HP Umpire...
...Henri van Heijningen for an explanation...

...Irving Redan is forced out at 2B by Bj÷rn Hato...
...who completes a double play in the 3rd...

...Bas Nooij is greeted after his homerun... the third inning...

...Bas Nooij is tagged out by pitcher Martijn Riphagen...
...trying to score in the fifth inning.

...Percy Isenia is welcomed after his 2-run homerun... the eighth inning...

...Umpires Rob Has (left) and Niek Elshof show...
...that is still was a cold day in Spring...
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)

Sparta-Feyenoord vs. Vaessen Pioniers
At Rotterdam, Vaessen Pioniers won 15-3 vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, which ended another game with a 10-run, mercy-rule loss.

Pioniers racked up 13 of its runs in the first four innings. In the first inning, Sparta-Feyenoord's starter Gregory Gustina gave up back-to-back doubles by Michael Duursma and Gyenuar Lopez and so Pioniers already had an 1-0 lead after only two batters. An one-out single by Jourick Blanco accounted for the second run moments later.

In the second inning, five runs were added. Kevin Dirksen was hit by a pitch and Michael Pluijmers doubled, then both scored on an one-out double by Michael Duursma, who went on to score on an error. Gyenuar Lopez (walk) and Mark Duursma (error) later scored on a 2-out single by Norbert Lokhorst.

Two runs followed in the third at bat off new pitcher Quinn Tramm. Dirksen led off with a single, moved on a passed ball, then was eliminated trying to score on a double by Pluijmers. Jefferson Muzo then also doubled to bring in a run and scored himself on a single by Michael Duursma.

In the fourth, the lead was increased to 13-0. With one out, Lokhorst walked and advanced on a single by DŔ Flanegin, then scored on a single by Dirksen. An error on a grounder by Pluijmers loaded the bases, then Muzo struckout out. But then, Michael Duursma hit a 3-run double to make it 13-0. For Duursma, this was not only his third double of the game, but also his fourth basehit in four at bats in four innings!

The scoring then stopped briefly, but Pioniers scored two more runs in the seventh. Duursma led off with his fifth basehit and Lopez also singled. A single by Mark Duursma and sac-fly by Mark-Jan Moorman led to the runs and the 15-0 lead.

Pionier-starter Joey Evans (who struckout eight) retired the first 13 batters he faced, but then gave up a single to Edison Bito. He was replaced as pinch-runner by Elton Koeiman, the scheduled starting pitcher for Sunday's game! Churandy La Cruz followed with another single, but Koeiman tried to reach third base on this hit and was thrown out there. In the sixth inning, Evans gave up an one-out single to Brian Raap, who then eliminated moments later at first base when he was back too late after next batter Kevin van Nederpelt flied out to leftfield.

Sparta-Feyenoord was able to score three runs off reliever Shane Gnade in the seventh inning. He gave up a lead-off single to Jarred Duin, which was followed by an error on a grounder by Anthony Vrolijk. After two pop-outs, the two runners scored on a double by La Cruz, who then moved on a single by Klaas Baldee and scored on a single by Siegert Flaneur, but a force out then ended the game.

Besides Elton Koeiman, another pitcher of Sparta-Feyenoord entered the game in another position, as Jurandy Girigori took over in leftfield in the fourth inning.

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...Winning pitcher Diegomar Markwell...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
UVV vs. DOOR Neptunus
At Vleuten, DOOR Neptunus shutout UVV 4-0 in a game that was scoreless for four innings.

In the first four at bats, Neptunus was held to two hits by UVV-starter Orlando Yntema and only one runner would reach second base. UVV also hit two basehits off Neptunus-starter Diegomar Markwell in their first at bats, but got much more scoring opportunities.

In the first inning, Norbert Jongerius led off with a walk and Austin Weymouth reached on a sac-bunt/fielder's choice, but then Neptunus turned a double play and a runner stranded at third base.

...UVV's Head Coach Frank Koene needs... explanation from 3B Umpire...
...Henk van der Linde...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
In the second inning, UVV left runners at first and second base. In the next at bat, the home team got the bases loaded, but left all three runners. Jongerius reached base on an error, then Danny Rombley's grounder was misplayed. Markwell then struckout Ryan Murphy, but have up a single to Giovannie Samboe that loaded the bases. The scoring chance ended when Stijn van der Meer grounded out.

And so, Neptunus struck when it got its first scoring opportunity in the fifth inning, resulting in a 3-run rally. Benjamin Dille led off with a triple and scored when Adrian Anthony followed with a single. And error was then made on a sac-bunt by Shaldimar Daantji and a wild pitch by Yntema moved the runners. A sac-fly by Dwayne Kemp and double by RafaŰl Jozefa then made it 3-0.

Neptunus added its fourth run in the seventh inning. With one out, Kemp singled and Jozefa walked. Sedley Karel took over the pitching, gave up a single to Raily Legito that loaded the bases, but then struckout Jeffrey Arends. A single by Lennart Koster then produced a run, but Jozefa was eliminated at the plate when he also tried to score.

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