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ADO Lakers takes lead in decisive series
THE HAGUE (Neth.) - ADO Lakers has taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Play-Off vs. Twins on Saturday. First, the two teams had to complete the game of last Monday, which was then interrupted by rain in the top of the sixth inning with Twins leading 12-0.

Today, the remaining innings werd played and Twins won the game 12-1 to even the Series.

Next, ADO Lakers won Game 3 with a 2-1 score in a pitching duel between Timo van Ancum (ADO Lakers) and Kevin Roovers (Twins). van Ancum struckout six and gave up six hits, while Roovers struckout seven and gave upn only four hits.

Game 4 will be played on Sunday at Oosterhout.

At 12 o'clock, the remainder of the halted game of Monday-evening began in the top of the sixth inning. Roy de Milde stepped up to the plate with a 2-1 count and faced Sylvester Martina, who had come on in relief in the fifth inning on Monday and now returned to the mound. De Milde walked, but then two outs followed.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Stijn de Konick entered the game as reliever for Kevin Roovers, who started the game on Monday. He gave up an 2-out single to Kelvi Martinez, but he stranded on first base.

After Twins was retired in order in the top of the seventh, ADO Lakers scored its lone run in the bottom half. Julian Goins led off with a walk and scored with two outs on a single by Jeffrey Ruiz.

In the regular scheduled game, Kevin Roovers was the starter again for Twins, while Timo van Ancum started for ADO Lakers. Both went the distance.

After Twins left two runners in the first inning, ADO Lakers struck with two runs in the home of the second at bat. Reangelo Castillo and Julian Goins led off with singles, then both scored on a double by Jeffrey Ruiz. The latter then advanced on a sac-bunt by Glennton Poulo, but was eliminated at the plate when he tried to score on a grounder to short by Jurriaan Dijk. The inning ended with a strikeout.

Starting with that strikeout, Roovers retired 15 batters in a row, before walking Ruiz with two outs in the seventh inning. He then gave up a single to Poulo, but Ruiz was thrown out trying the advance to third base.

In the eighth inning, ADO Lakers got two runners in scoring position, but was unable to enlarge its lead. Jurriaan Dijk led off with a walk and moved on a sac-bunt, then advanced to third when Odion Gouverneur reached on an error. But after the latter had stolen second base, two outs followed.

Twins left two runners in the first inning. Jarreau Martina led off with a bunt-single and Bart Hanegraaf walked with one out, then two outs followed.

After having retired nine batters in a row, Van Ancum gave up an one-out double to Martijn Meeuwis in the fourth, but held Twins scoreless.

Twins then left another runner in the fifth and sixth inning, then was retired in order in the seventh.

In the meantime, ADO Lakers was still leading only 2-0 and Twins was getting on base more often, but the ADO-defense made the putouts.

The suspense was then building in the top of the ninth inning when Twins got the chance to come at least alongside. Martijn Meeuwis led off with a single, then Stijn Janssens walked with one out. The bases then got loaded when Rikkert Kempen also singled. Next, Tommie Smeets entered as pinch-hitter, but struckout. Twins then scored a run when Van Ancum walked next batter Lars Molenaar, keeping the bases loaded. But the game ended when former ADO-player Jarreau Martina flied out to rightfielder Odion Gouverneur, stranding three runners and ending an attractive game.

(September 21)

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