ADO Lakers opens relegation series with victory
OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) -
ADO Lakers began the best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Play-Off on Sunday with a 6-2 win against Twins, the champion of the second highest league.
ADO Lakers outhit Twins 10-5, including three by Kelvi Martinez.
Starting pitcher Timo van Ancum threw eight-plus good innings, striking out seven and giving up only five basehits.
The Series continues on Monday-evening in The Hague, where the cancelled game of Saturday will be made up.
In the Play-Downs, ADO Lakers got eight points subtracted for using ineligible player Eugene Henson in four games, one of which was won.
With that, ADO Lakers, which won three games in the Play-Downs, missed securing a spot for next years big league.
And so, the team now has to play a best-of-five series to secure their spot in the highest league for 2014.
Today, Eugene Henson returned in the starting line-up for ADO Lakers, but this time, all paperwork was done properly and he was now eligible to play for the team.
Henson batted third and was the first baseman and scored one of the two runs in the first at bat.
In the second inning, a run was scored when he reached on an error.
Starting for Twins was Jeremy Ishak, who has some big league-experience playing for Sparta-Feyenoord.
But today, he gave up four hits and five runs in the first two innings, while his defense committed three errors.
Besides Ishak, Twins has several other former big leaguers on its roster, such as Martijn Meeuwis (Neptunus), Jarreau Martina (ADO), Anthony Vrolijk (Sparta-Feyenoord), Shurty Tremus (several teams) and Kevin Roovers (HCAW).
In the first inning, Jason Jakobus singled for ADO Lakers with one out, then Eugen Henson was hit by a pitch.
The first run was then scored when Thomas Gei followed with a single.
Next, Henson scored on a squeeze bunt-single by Kelvi Martinez.
However, the inning ended when Ishak first picked off Gei at second base, then did the same with Martinez after he had moved to second base when Glennton Poulo had walked.
In the second inning, ADO Lakers added three runs.
Julian Goins led off with a double, then advanced on a sac-bunt by Jurriaan Dijk and then scored when Kelvin Knape reached on an error.
Next, Carlos Ocilia also reached on an error.
Knape and Ocilia then advanced on a sac-bunt by Jason Jakobus, followed by a runscoring wild pitch.
Ocilia then scored the third run in the at bat when Eugene Henson reached on another error, which would have been the third out.
Moments later, Henson was caught stealing to end the inning.
Hereafter, the veteran player had to leave the game due to an injury.
ADO Lakers scored its sixth run in the sixth inning when Goins singled with one out and advanced on an outfield-error and later scored on a 2-out single by Knape.
Twins, which committed six errors, registered only five basehits off of starter Timo van Ancum, who struckout seven batters in 8 2/3 inning.
With a 2-0 lead, Van Ancum walked lead-off hitter Lars Molenaar in the bottom of the first inning, but then followed by striking out Shurty Tremus and Jarreau Martina, who both have big league-experience.
The latter played for ADO in 2011, while Tremus has also played for ADO in the past.
Former big leaguer Martijn Meeuwis then added a single, but the inning ended with a groundout.
Hereafter, Van Ancum retired 18 of the next 21 batters.
In the eighth inning, Twins finally was able to do something back.
Lead-off hitter Christopher Ge reached on an error, then Tremus walked with one out.
After the two advanced on a grounder, both scored on a single by Meeuwis, but that was to be it.
In the ninth inning, Van Ancum gave up a 2-out single to Rikkert Kempen and was replaced by Martijn Riphagen.
He began with a walk, but then a force out ended the game.