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UVV ends losing streak with win vs. Neptunus
ROTTERDAM / BUSSUM / THE HAGUE (Neth.) - UVV ended its 5-game losing streak on Tuesday-evening by coming from behind with a 5-run rally in the ninth to beat DOOR Neptunus, 9-6. League-leader Corendon Kinheim won big in Bussum, handing Mr. Cocker HCAW a 15-0, mercy-rule shutout-loss. L&D Amsterdam Pirates moved into second place by winning 11-2 vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers.

Tonight's schedule existed of three make-up games, two from last Thursday, one from last Sunday.

DOOR Neptunus vs. UVV
At Rotterdam, UVV initially failed to hold on to an early 4-0 lead and faced a 5-4 deficit when the ninth inning began. But then UVV staged a 5-run rally and went on to win 9-6 to end its 5-game losing streak. Besides that, this also was the first road-victory of the season for UVV, as well as its first night win.

UVV got on base early in the first at bat off Neptunus-starter Bobby Carrington. Norbert Jongerius led off with a walk, then Austin Weymouth singled. But Danny Rombley then grounded into a double play and Giovannie Samboe lined out to end the inning.

...Ryan Murphy scores the first UVV-run in the 2nd inning...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
But UVV then struck with four runs in the second inning. Carrington hit lead-off batter Ryan Murphy with a pitch, then threw a wild pitch and gave up an RBI-single to Stijn van der Meer. The latter advanced on a sac-bunt by Shurty Tremus, but couldn't on a grounder by Shurty Tremus. But UVV would add three more runs hereafter. Carrington walked Jeff Delfina, then gave up an RBI-single to Norbert Jongerius and Austin Weymouth followed with a 2-run double to make it 4-0.

Neptunus answered with three runs in the home half of the second inning off Jurjen van Zijl, who gave up four consecutive basehits. Jeffrey Arends led off with a double and scored when Benjamin Dille followed with a single. The Belgian player then scored all the way from first base on a double by Rien Vernooij. Next, Adrian Anthony singled to bring Vernooij to third base and he then scored the third run on a wild pitch. Still with no outs, Neptunus had the tying run at third base, but then Mourik Huijser grounded out and both Shaldimar Daantji and Dwayne Kemp popped out to end the inning.

Bobby Carrington, who had retired the side in the third inning, including two strikeouts, got two runners again in the fourth. With one out, he gave up a single to Brian Biezen (who stole second) and walked Jeff Delfina. It marked the end for Carrington, who again couldn't impress yet in his three starts so far and had his shortest outing tonight. In 12 innings, the American struckout eight batters, but also issued nine walks, gave up 11 basehits and nine runs. After going five innings in his first start vs. Sparta-Feyenoord (no-decision), he was the losing pitcher the next week vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates. He then left after 3 2/3 inning and today, he again didn't pitch beyong the fourth inning. When he left the mound tonight, he was the losing pitcher of record, but he got a no-decision when Neptunus took the lead later in the game. Kevin van Veen took over and then Neptunus turned a double play on a grounder by Norbert Jongerius to end the inning.

After Van Veen had retired the side in the fifth, Neptunus came alongside in the home half of the inning. Dwayne Kemp led off with a single, moved on a sac-bunt by Rafaël Jozefa, then scored on a 2-out double by Jeffrey Arends, who would strand on second base himself.

...Danny Rombley didn't look happy after his first at bats...
...He grounded into a double play, struckout and flied out twice...
...but in the 9th, he hit a 3-run, game-winning double...
(© Photo: Frans van Elst)
Van Veen had another good inning in the sixth and then Neptunus, with the score tied at 4-4, gave the ball to Dushan Ruzic in the seventh to prevent UVV from scoring more runs and of course hoping to score at least one more run themselves. Initially, that was indeed what happened. In the seventh, Ruzic hit Jongerius with a pitch with one out and gave up a single to Weymouth (3-for-5), but came unharmed out of the inning. In the home of the seventh, Neptunus did score the run they needed at the moment to take a 5-4 lead. Facing new pitcher Jeroen de Haas, Rafaël Jozefa walked with one out, then Raily Legito was hit by a pitch. The two moved on a grounder by Jeffrey Arends and then the bases got loaded when Benjamin Dille also walked. Neptunus then took a 5-4 lead when De Haas also hit Rien Vernooij with a pitch. But Neptunus failed to add an insurance run when Adrian Anthony struckout and left the bases loaded.

In the top of the eighth, Ruzic retired the side and then Neptunus got another chance to increase their lead in the home half off new pitcher Derek Tarapacki. With one out, Shaldimar Daantji and Dwayne Kemp singled. Rafaël Jozefa then popped up for an infield-fly, but moments later, the two runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. But with runners on second and third base, Raily Legito struckout looking to end the inning.

The ninth inning, which started several minutes before the 10:30 PM curfew-rule was reached, then was decisive. In the top of the ninth inning, UVV struck off Dushan Ruzic, as the first eight batters in the at bat all reached base safely. Ruzic walked Brian Biezen, then gave up bunt-singles to Jeff Delfina and Norbert Jongerius that loaded the bases. Ruzic then forced out Biezen at home on a comeback-grounder by Austin Weymouth. Next, Ruzic faced former teammate Danny Rombley, as both played together two years ago for Neptunus. The centerfielder drilled a delivery of Ruzic into rightfield for a 3-run double that gave UVV a 7-5 lead. Next batter Giovannie Samboe then got hit by a pitch, but Ryan Murphy, who was silenced in his previous four at bats, followed with a single that scored Rombley and made it 8-5. The bases got loaded again when Stijn van der Meer also singled and then UVV added another run on a sacrifice fly by Shurty Tremus, the ninth batter in the inning and first not to reach base. A strikeout for Biezen ended the inning, but UVV had taken a 9-5 lead.

Neptunus could score only one more run in its ninth off Derek Tarapacki. Jeffrey Arends led off with his third double of the game and went on to score on an one-out sac-fly by Rien Vernooij, but then Tarapacki struckout Adrian Anthony to end the game.

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...Stijn van der Meer scores in the first inning...

...Winning Head Coach Frank Koene...
(© Photos: Frans van Elst)

Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. Corendon Kinheim
At Bussum, league-leader Corendon Kinheim needed less than two hours to hand Mr. Cocker HCAW a big 15-0 loss, which extended two streaks. Kinheim extended its winning streak to six games, while HCAW's losing streak was extended to five games. Also, Kinheim stayed unbeaten in night games, as it is now 4-0 under artificial lights. Kinheim collected 12 basehits, including two more homeruns by Bryan Engelhardt, who now leads the league with five after only nine games. In this rate, Eneglhardt could threaten the all-time record of 24, which was set by Jacky Jakoba in 1984.

...Bryan Engelhardt...
...two homeruns...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
It was Engelhardt who started things in Bussum on Tuesday-evening. HCAW-starter Bob Klaarenbeek first started with two strikeouts, but he then gave up a single to Dirk van 't Klooster, which was followed by a homerun by Bryan Engelhardt. Initially, Dennis Burgersdijk was announced as starting pitcher, but for the second time, his assignment changed. Last Saturday, he was to be the starting pitcher in Game 2 of the series, but instead Sander Helmendach started. And tonight, Klaarenbeek took the mound.

In the second inning, Kinheim left runners on second and third base, but in the third inning, four runs were added. Mervin Gario walked and Dirk van 't Klooster singled. After next batter Bryan Engelhardt fouled out, Dennis Burgersdijk was brought in after all to pitch. He gave up a single to Ramiro Balentina, which was followed by an error and led to a run. The bases were then loaded when Quintin de Cuba walked. Next, an error on a grounder by Rachid Engelhardt gave Kinheim two more runs and a wild pitch made it 6-0, before two strikeouts ended the at bat.

In the fourth inning, six more runs were scored. The bases were loaded when Marvin Evangelista and Mervin Gario walked and Dirk van 't Klooster hit his third basehit off the evening. Bryan Engelhardt then followed with a single that brought in two runs, but also led to an error that enabled the third runner to score also and brought Engelhardt to second base. Moments later, he scored himself when an error was made on a grounder by Ramiro Balentina. A double by Quintin de Cuba followed and both he and Balentina scored on an one-out single by Björn Henrichs that made it 12-0.

In the fifth inning, Mervin Gario led off with a double and scored on a following single by Onno Jansen, who pinch-hit for Dirk van 't Klooster (who was 3-for-3). Hereafter, Bryan Engelhardt hit his second homerun of the evening and brought his RBI-total in tonight's game to six.

After Engelhardt's homerun, the scoring ended for Kinheim, while HCAW was unable to put up even one run on the scoreboard. In the first inning, Kody Hightower singled with two outs, but then was eliminated when he tried to advance from first to third base on a wild pitch. Kinheim-starter Nick Veltkamp then retired six batters in a row, the last four with a strikeout. In the fourth, the lefthander gave up a lead-off single to Linoy Croes, but later in the at bat, the Kinheim-defense turned a double play. In the fifth, Dylan de Mello led off with a double and became HCAW's lone runner to reach third base, but stranded there. Steven van Groningen took over in the sixth, saw HCAW reach base twice in the seventh, but finished with a strikeout.

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AamigoO ADO Lakers vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates
At The Hague, L&D Amsterdam Pirates again registered a big win vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers, this winning 11-2. With this, Amsterdam extended its winning streak to five games.

Amsterdam-starter Ben Grover extended a personal streak, as he now has pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings. In his three starts so far, Grover gave up only eight basehits, struckout 15 batters and walked only four.

In tonight's game, Pirates reached base 25 times, but only ten of through a basehit. Eleven times, an ADO-pitcher walked a batter, two times a batter was hit with a pitch. The remaining two batters reached on an error and a fielder's choice.

Amsterdam scored its first run in the second at bat when Sidney de Jong led off with a walk and scored on a 2-out single by Rachid Gerard. The second run was added in the third inning. This time, Wesley Connor led off with a single and went on to score on a 2-out single by Percy Isenia.

In the fourth inning, Amsterdam scored twice, but also left the bases loaded. Bas Nooij was hit by a pitch from rookie starter Wimsley van Heijningen, who then got two outs, but gave up a 2-run homerun to Wesley Connor that doubled the Amsterdam-lead. Next, Björn Hato walked and rookie Rick van der Post was brought in as new pitcher. He also walked Vince Rooi and Sidney de Jong to load the bases, but a flyout then ended the at bat.

...Ben Grover - 20 consecutive scoreless innings...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the fifth inning, ADO Lakers turned its second double play of the evening and then gave up its fifth run in the sixth inning. With two outs, Hato walked, then two errors followed when he stole second base, enabling him to score. After five innings, Amsterdam was leading 'only' 5-0, but then the reigning champion added six more runs in the next two innings to take a 10-run difference lead.

Four runs were added in the seventh. Sidney de Jong led off with a walk, then Percy Isenia was hit by a pitch. A double by Kenny Berkenbosch then produced a run, before two groundouts followed. Hereafter, Roelie Henrique singled to bring in two more runs and a new pitcher. Martijn Riphagen took over and saw Wesley Connor reached on an error, then gave up an RBI-double to Björn Hato, who had walked in each of his previous four at bats.

Leading 9-0, Amsterdam scored two more runs in the eighth inning. Sidney de Jong walked for the fourth time tonight and Percy Isenia followed with a double. The bases were loaded by walking Kenny Berkenbosch intentionally, not only to set up a force play, but of course also to prevent a 10-run difference, which would end the game prematurely through the mercy-rule. Riphagen then struckout Bas Nooij, but gave up a 2-run single to Rachid Gerard that made it 11-0 after all. It brought in another pitcher and another rookie, Ricky Voorn, who then got two outs to end the inning in his first appearance of the season.

Amsterdam-starter Ben Grover never ran into problems in the seven innings he pitched, or maybe he would be his seventh inning when he got runners on second and third with one out. In the second inning, he walked Enrique Tromp with two outs and gave up a single to Anthony Hooi, but then a flyout followed. In the third, Grover hit Remco Seitzinger and Jaïr Roseburg with a pitch, but a strikeout and double play ended this at bat. After hitting lead-off hitter Rudy van Heydoorn in the fourth, Grover retired the next nine batters in a row. In the seventh, he gave up a lead-off double to Evan Porter and hit next batter Enrique Tromp. After Anthony Hooi flied out, a wild pitch enabled both runners to get into scoring position, but Grover then struckout the next two batters to end this inning.

Nick Stuifbergen pitched the eighth inning for Amsterdam and gave up ADO's two runs. The righthander hit pinch-hitter Gino Hersilia with a pitch, then gave up a double to Ludwin Obispo Groundouts by Phil Ortez and Rudy van Heydoorn then produced the two runs, but a flyout ended the inning. And also the game, as the 10:30 PM curfew-rule was reached.

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