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Big opening wins Amsterdam Pirates & Neptunus
THE HAGUE / ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates and DOOR Neptunus started the new baseball-season with big victories. At The Hague, Amsterdam won 12-1 at ADO Lakers, while Neptunus ended its opening game in Rotterdam moments later with a 17-0 shutout against Mampaey The Hawks, which made its big league-debut. Amsterdam and Neptunus not only combined on 29 runs, but also collected 28 basehits, while their opponents hit nine basehits combined.

The remaining two games on the first day of the new season were halted due to circumstances beyond someone's control.
In Haarlem, the game between Corendon Kinheim and Vaessen Pioniers was halted minutes after it began due to heavy fog and didn't resume after that.
In Bussum, the match-up between Mr. Cocker HCAW and UVV was stopped after two complete innings due to failing lighttowers.
Both games are re-scheduled for Friday-evening, April 12.

...Rob Cordemans closes in on 2nd... of All-time SO-list...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
ADO Lakers vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates
At The Hague, Bas de Jong of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the league's Best Hitter of last season, began the new campaign with three hits and was 3-for-4 in the opener on Thursday-evening at ADO Lakers, which was won 12-1. Amsterdam collected 16 basehits and all starting players hit at least one, while seven of the nine players scored at least once.

Veteran pitcher Rob Cordemans threw six innings and struckout six to win his first game of the season. With this, he extended his all-time record to 153 victories. Last season, Cordemans tied recordholder Bart Volkerijk with his 150th career win, then broke it towards the end of the season. With his six strikeouts, Cordemans increased his career-total to 1632, which is only six shy of Peter Callenbach, who is in second place on the all-time list with 1636 strikeouts. Bart Volkerijk is the all-time leader with 1942 strikeouts.

Amsterdam opened the score in the second inning. Wesley Connor then led off with a triple off of starter Timo van Ancum, then scored when Bas de Jong followed with a single. With one out, Bas Nooij walked, but a double play then ended the inning.

...Amsterdam's new coachingstaff Rob Cordemans,...
...Sidney de Jong and Percy Isenia...
...with club-chairman John Witte...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Three runs were added in the third inning. With two outs, Jesse Aussems doubled and scored on a following single by Percy Isenia. After the latter stole second base, Wesley Connor walked, then both scored on the next single by Bas de Jong.

A 6-run rally followed in the fifth at bat. Jesse Aussems and Percy Isenia led off with singles, which led to a pitching change. Sylvester Martina took over, but was greeted with an RBI-double by Wesley Connor, while Isenia was thrown out at the plate when he also tried to score. Bas de Jong then reached on an error, which enabled Connor to score, while De Jong himself was eliminated moments later. With two outs, Kenny Berkenbosch singled and Bas Nooij walked, then Rashid Gerard singled in the next run. Roelie Henrique (one-run) and Michael Duursma (2-run) then hit back-to-back doubles to increase the lead to 10-0.

The final two runs were added in the sixth inning off of new pitcher Rick van der Post. Percy Isenia then reached on an error and Wesley Connor walked. After the two advanced on a wild pitch, a single by Bas de Jong (who had four RBI's) and a double play-grounder by Kenny Berkenbosch made it 12-0.

In the first game of his 20th season in the big league, Rob Cordemans allowed only two players of ADO Lakers to get into scoring position. In the second inning, he gave up an one-out double to Tim Schaareman, who then was left behind. In the fourth, Edison Bito also hit an one-out double, but stranded. Hereafter, the righthander retired the next seven batters in a row. In the seventh inning, Jurrian Koks took over and gave up the lone run to ADO Lakers. Edison Bito then led off with a single, moved on grounders by Dayro Puriel and Tim Schaareman and scored on a single by Gino Hersilia.

With the big score, the three rookie coaches of Amsterdam Pirates made a successful debut in the big league. Former catcher Sidney de Jong made his debut as Head Coach, while starting pitcher Rob Cordemans and designated hitter Percy Isenia not only played tonight, but also made their debut as big league-coach, as they will assist De Jong this season.

ADO Lakers - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1-12
L&D Amsterdam Pirates0130620-12160
ADO Lakers0000001-163
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (1-0)66-4--
Jurrian Koks11-211
pitchers ADO Lakersinn.SOBBHRER
Timo van Ancum, L (0-1)423855
Sylvester Martina1-1555
Rick van der Post1-122-
Martijn Riphagen11-1--
Umpires: HP-Martijn Bosschaart, 1B-Fred van Groningen Schinkel, 3B-Henk van der Linde.
Box Score
Official Scorer-Sven van Eijk.
Play-by-Play-Ben Goorts.
Time-2:30 hr.

DOOR Neptunus vs. Mampaey The Hawks
At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus registered a big 17-0 shutout-win against Mampaey The Hawks, which played its first game on the highest level. Leading 7-0, Neptunus staged a 10-run sixth inning to finish the game with a huge final score.

All nine players in Neptunus' batting order scored at least once and except for Adrian Anthony all also had at least one RBI. The team collected 12 basehits in its opener, while The Hawks had three basehits. Yurendell Borgschot, who earlier played in the big league for Sparta-Feyenoord, became the first player to hit a big league-basehit for the team from Dordrecht.

...Winning pitcher Diegomar Markwell...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
For Neptunus, rookie Gianison Borghoudt made his big league-debut by going 4-for-4, including two doubles and a triple. The rightfielder also scored four runs, had three runs batted in, stole two bases, walked once and therefore reached base five times.

In the top of the first inning, Urving Kemp walked with one out to become The Hawks' first baserunner, but he was then eliminated in a double play. In the bottom of the second inning, facing former teammate Kevin van Veen, Neptunus opened the score. With one out, Gianison Boekhoudt hit a triple in his first at bat in the Dutch big league. Moments later, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Dwayne Kemp. The run was the first scored in the 2013 season and Boekhoudt also can become the first player of the new season to hit a basehit.' However, that depends whether the game between Mr. Cocker HCAW and UVV will be replayed in its entirety or resumes in the third inning on Friday. When it will resume, Ferd van Stekelenburg will be credited with the first hit of the season, when the game will start again in the first inning, that honor will go to Boekhoudt.

Neptunus added two runs in the second inning. With one out, Rudy Van Heydoorn and Adrian Anthony walked, then a single by Mourik Huijser and a grounder by Shaldimar Daantji produced the runs.

The 3-0 lead was doubled in the next at bat. Boekhoudt led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Dwayne Kemp. With one out, Benjamin Dille walked, then Rudy Van Heydoorn followed with a 3-run homerun to make it 6-0. And so, Van Heydoorn, who last season made his big league-debut playing for ADO Lakers, accounted for the first homerun of the 2013 season.

In the fourth inning, another run was scored. With one out, Boekhoudt doubled, which led to a pitching change. Tim Sloots took over, began with a strikeout for Dwayne Kemp, then saw Boekhoudt steal third base. But hereafter, RafaŽl Jozefa walked and Benjamin Dille followed with an RBI-single to make it 7-0.

Neptunus put the game out of reach with a 10-run rally on five basehits in the sixth inning, while five batters walked. With one out, Gianison Boekhoudt walked and stole second base, then scored on a double by Dwayne Kemp Hearefer, rookie Rick van Dijck became the new pitcher for The Hawks and walked RafaŽl Jozefa. A single by Benjamin Dille brought in the next run and Rudy Van Heydoorn followed with a 2-run double. The bases were then loaded when Adrian Anthony and Mourik Huijser walked and that led to another pitching change. Kevin Noordzij took over and saw Shaldimar Daantji reach on an error, which brought in the next run. A walk for Gyenuar Lopez re-loaded the bases, then Boekhoudt cleared the bases with a 3-run double. A following double by Dwayne Kemp brought Boekhoudt to third base and he then scored the 17th run on a grounder by Jozefa.

The win was the first for Neptunus under Evert-Jan 't Hoen, who made his debut as Head Coach in the big league. Jeroen Sluijter, like 't Hoen a former player of Neptunus, also made his debut in the highest league as coach.

Lefthander Diegomar Markwell started for Neptunus and gave up three hits in 5-plus innings. After walking a batter with one out in the first inning, Markwell retired the next seven batters in a row, the last five with a strikeout. He then gave up a lead-off single to Shurendell Borgschot in the fourth inning, but he stranded at first base. In the fifth inning, The Hawks came close to its first run. With one out, Berend Ruben doubled and Koen Merkx walked, then a single by Berry van Donselaar loaded the bases. But Markwell then followed with a strikeout and a force play-grounder ended the at bat.

After lead-off hitter Urving Kemp reached base on an error in the sixth inning, Markwell was relieved by rookie Diornick Sanchez. He began with a strikeout for Steven Wharwood, walked pinch-hitter Bob de Bruijn with two outs, but ended with a grounder.

DOOR Neptunus - Mampaey The Hawks 17-0
Mampaey The Hawks0000000-031
DOOR Neptunus12310(10)X-17122
pitchers The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin van Veen, L (0-1)3.134677
Tim Sloots232222
Rick van Dijck- (*)-3255
Kevin Noordzij0.2-1231
(*) - Van Dijck pitched to five batters in the sixth inning
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Diegomar Markwell, W (1-0)5 (*)723--
Diornick Sanchez222---
(*) - Markwell pitched to one batter in the sixth inning
Homerun: Neptunus: Rudy Van Heydoorn (1)(3-run,3rd,off Van Veen).
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Peter Brink, 3B-Edwin Louisa.
Box Score
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play-Stefan Slinger.
Time-2:44 hr.

(April 11)

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