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ADO Lakers ends 16-game losing streak
HAARLEM / AMSTERDAM / DORDRECHT / HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - While an 85 percent chance of rain was predicted for today, it only rained in the morning and so, it stayed dry in the evening, meaning all four scheduled games could be played. But the day went into the recordbooks, as it was the coldest May 23 ever in the Netherlands with an average temperature of only 10 degrees Celsius.

It also was the day on which ADO Lakers ended its 16-game losing streak. At the ends of the streak are two consecutive Dutch champions. On April 13, ADO Lakers beat L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the champion of 2011 and tonight, the team from The Hague won against Corendon Kinheim, last years champion. ADO Lakers won 5-3 to end Kinheim's 11-game winning and ends it own losing streak after 40 days. For Kinheim, it also was its first home loss of the season.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates extended its winning streak to 13 games by winning 5-2 vs. DOOR Neptunus, while Mr. Cocker HCAW ended a 6-game losing streak by winning 4-2 at Mampaey The Hawks. Vaessen Pioniers shutout UVV, 10-0.

Of the current top-4, only league-leader Amsterdam won tonight.

Corendon Kinheim vs. ADO Lakers
At Haarlem, ADO Lakers ended its 16-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory at Corendon Kinheim. After beating 2011 champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3-1 on April 13, ADO Lakers tonight defeated the reigning champion after a 40-day period in which the team ended up empty-handed every time. For Kinheim, the loss meant the end of its 11-game winning streak, as well as its first home loss.

ADO Lakers opened the score with two runs in the fourth inning off of Leon Boyd. Rodney Michel led off with a walk and moved on a grounder, then scored on a triple by Gino Hersilia. The latter then scored himself on a grounder by Martijn Riphagen.

In the home of the fourth inning, Kinheim came alongside immediately off of Timo van Ancum. Ramiro Balentina led off with a double, then Bryan Engelhardt followed with his second homerun of the season. Kinheim then loaded the bases when Jeffrey Arends (following the homerun), Niels van Weert and Remco Draijer (the latter two with two outs) all walked, but a force play then ended the at bat.

Kinheim took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning when Dirk van 't Klooster led off with a double, moved on a flyout and scored on a single by Engelhardt, who was 3-for-5.

In the top of the sixth inning, ADO Lakers threatened to score again when it got the bases loaded. With one out, Rodney Michel singled and Dayron Puriel and Gino Hersilia both walked. But then Martijn Riphagen grounded into a 3-2-3 double play to end the inning.

In the seventh inning, Jean-Paul Gulinck took over for Boyd and the lefthander retired the side to earn his fifth Hold of the season. He was followed by Pim Walsma in the eighth and then things went wrong for Kinheim. Walsma gave up a lead-off single to Nurison Leonora, then catcher Ramiro Balentina made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Odion Gouverneur, which brought Leonora to third base. After Gouverneur stole second base, a single by Rodney Michel brought in both runners to put ADO Lakers ahead, 4-3. Michel then advanced on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch, before Walsma ended the inning with a strikeout. In the ninth inning, Wamaer Bordewijk, who entered the game in the sixth inning, tried to score an insurance run on a 2-out single by Leonora (who was 3-for-5), but he was thrown out at the plate to end the at bat.

Kinheim got on a runner on second base in each of the last three innings. In the seventh, Martijn Riphagen took over for Van Ancum with two outs, then saw Bryan Engelhardt reached on an error. He then stole second base, but stranded there. In the eighth, Mervin Gario doubled with one out, but also was left behind. And in the ninth, Ramiro Balentina reached second base with two outs after an outfield-error. But next batter Bryan Engelhardt then flied out to end the game. And that ended two streaks.

Corendon Kinheim - ADO Lakers 3-5
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Corendon Kinheim000210000-381
pitchers ADO Lakersinn.SOBBHRER
Timo van Ancum6.233733
Martijn Riphagen, W (2-1)2.1--1--
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Leon Boyd653522
Jean-Paul Gulinck, H (5)11----
Pim Walsma, BS (1), L (1-1)221231
Homerun: Kinheim: Bryan Engelhardt (2)(2-run,4th,off Van Ancum).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Efrem Silvania, 1B-Olav Steijger, 3B-Renť Ras.
Official Scorer-Huub Nelissen.
Play-by-Play-Harumi Ueda.
Time-2:57 hr.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. DOOR Neptunus
At Amsterdam, league-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates, which was outhit 11-9, won 5-2 vs. DOOR Neptunus to extend its winning streak to 13 games. Starting pitcher Rob Cordemans went 5-plus innings, struckout six batters and raised his record to 7-0.

Initially, Cordemans and Pirates faced an 1-0 deficit when Gianison Boekhoudt homered with one out in the first inning. But the home team came alongside in the second at bat off of Orlando Yntema. Kenny Berkenbosch, the league's leading hitter, led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. He then scored the tying run on a 2-out single by Rashid Gerard.

Amsterdam took the lead in the third inning. Michael Duursma led off with a double, moved on a grounder and scored on a sacrifice fly on foul territory by Percy Isenia.

Neptunus left runners on first and second base in the fourth inning and another runner on second base in the fifth at bat. In the fifth, lead-off hitter Gyenuar Lopez reached second base on an error, but while reaching second base, he twisted his knee and had to leave the game. His pinch-runner then was left behind. In the sixth, Benjamin Dille (fielder's choice) was on first base with one out when Rudy Van Heydoorn singled to bring the Belgian player to third base. Hereafter, Ben Grover took over for Cordemans and ended the inning when Adrian Anthony grounded into a double play.

Amsterdam stranded a runner on third base in the fifth and another one on second base in the sixth, but then added three runs in the seventh inning. With one out, Roelie Henrique singled, which marked the end for Yntema. Jorian van Acker took over, saw Henrique steal second base, then gave up an RBI-single to Michael Duursma. He followed by striking out Jesse Aussems, but then gave up a 2-run homerun to Percy Isenia, which lifted the lead to 5-1.

In the top of the eighth inning, rookie Daan Hendrix became the new pitcher for Amsterdam, but he ran into problems. With one out, he gave up singles to RafaŽl Jozefa and Benjamin Dille, then walked Rudy Van Heydoorn. Next, Adrian Anthony also singled to bring in a run and kept the bases loaded. Hendrix was relieved by closer Jurrian Koks, who then also was supported with an inning-ending double play.

Koks then retired the side in the ninth to earn his league-leading sixth save.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - DOOR Neptunus 5-2
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pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema, L (4-1)6.112633
Jorian van Acker0.22-222
Diornick Sanchez12-1--
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (7-0)5.162711
Ben Grover, H (3)1.21-1--
Daan Hendrix0.1-1311
Jurrian Koks, SV (6)1.21----
Homeruns: Neptunus: Gianison Boekhoudt (1)(solo,1st,off Cordemans); Pirates: Percy Isenia (1)(2-run,7th,off Van Acker).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Peter Brink, 3B-Henk van der Linde.
Official Scorer-Brigitta Zaal.
Play-by-Play-Jeanette van Drunen.
Time-2:59 hr.

Mampaey The Hakws vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
At Dordrecht, Mr. Cocker HCAW ended a 6-game losing streak by winning 4-2 vs. Mampaey The Hawks.

The game remained scoreless for six innings, while HCAW got the most scoring opportunities. In the second inning, Kevin Nieveld (lead-off) and Linoy Croes (with one out) walked, but were left. After leaving a runner on first base in the third inning, HCAW got runners on second and third base in the fourth at bat. With one out, Sergino Martis singled and moved to third base on a 2-out single by Jesus Latte, who then stole second base. But a grounder then ended the at bat. In the sixth inning, another runner stranded in scoring position. With one out, Kevin Nieveld walked, then Henk van Heijningen took over for starter Kevin Noordzij, who initially was announced to start Saturday's game. Nieveld then advanced on a sac-bunt by Sergino Martis, but was left at second base.

The Hawks left only one runner in scoring position in the first six innings. HCAW-starter Sander Helmendach had a good outing and gave up only two basehits in the seven innings he pitched. In the second inning, Bob de Bruijn was on first base after a fielder's choice and then stole second base to become the lone player to reach that base until the seventh inning.

HCAW then opened the score in the seventh inning. Lead-off hitter Jesus Latte reached on an error, moved on a sac-bunt by Max Clarijs and a grounder, then scored on a single by Jasper Keijzer. The latter then stole second base and was able to continue running on a wild pitch. Moments later, he scored the second run on a single by Tim Vermij. Jorin van Amstel followed with another single, which brought in new pitcher Rick van Dijck, who then ended the at bat with a strikeout.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Helmendach gave up a lead-off single to Berry van Donselaar, who also had hit the only other basehit for The Hawks in the fourth inning. Urving Kemp was brought in as pinch-runner, moved on a sac-bunt, but then stranded.

In the eighth inning, Van Dijck hit Martis and Croes with a pitch and was relieved by Tim Sloots. He then made a double play on a fly by Latte and escaped the inning unharmed.

In the home of the eighth inning, The Hawks was able to come alongside off of new pitcher Sedley Karel, who was credited with a Blown Save. With one out, Karel walked Joris Naber and gave up a single to Shurendell Borgschot. The two were awarded the next base on a balk, then scored on a 2-out single by Steven Wharwood to tie the score. Wharwood advanced to second base on the throw to home, then Urving Kemp was walked intentionally to set up a force play. Hereafter, Karel was relieved by Bob Klaarenbeek, who ended the inning with a comeback-grounder by Bob de Bruijn. Klaarenbeek threw only two pitches and would become the winning pitcher, as HCAW scored twice moments later in the top of the ninth inning.

Facing new pitcher Ronald de Bont, pinch-hitter Dylan de Mello then led off with a walk and stole second base. With two outs, it was decided to walk Jorin van Amstel intentionally to set up a force play, but that didn't work out well. A wild pitch moved the runners and then the bases got loaded when Kevin Nieveld received a 'regular' walk. Hereafter, Elton Koeiman, the scheduled starter for Sunday's game, was brought in as new pitcher. But he began with a wild pitch that scored De Mello with the go-ahead run, then gave up a runscoring single to Sergino Martis that made it 4-2, before a grounder ended the at bat.

In the bottom of the ninth, Leon Elshof became the new pitcher for HCAW and struckout the first batter he faced, then a flyout followed. He then gave up a single to Coen Merkx, but ended with a strikeout to end the game and earn a save.

Mampaey The Hawks - Mr. Cocker HCAW 2-4
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Mampaey The Hawks000000020-251
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Sander Helmendach7712--
Sedley Karel, BS (2)0.212222
Bob Klaarenbeek, W (1-0)0.1-----
Leon Elshof, SV (2)12-1--
pitchers The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Noordzij5.1243--
Henk van Heijningen1.1--32-
Rick van Dijck0.1 (*)1----
Tim Sloots1-----
Ronald de Bont, L (0-1)0.2-3-22
Elton Koeiman0.1--1--
(*) - Van Dijck pitched to two batters in the eighth inning
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Martijn Bosschaart, 1B-Fred van Groningen Schinkel, 3B-Jos van Eijsden.
Official Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Play-by-Play-Harry Wedemeijer.
Time-3:18 hr.

Vaessen Pioniers vs. UVV
At Hoofddorp, Vaessen Pioniers won big vs. UVV with a 10-0 score to move into a tie with this team in fourth place.

Pioniers collected 10 basehits, but four UVV-pitchers also contributed with 10 free passes, including three hit batters. Josh Rickards went the distance for Pioniers, struckout 11 batters and threw a 7-inning 5-hitter.

After being retired in order in the first inning, Pioniers rallied for three runs in the second inning off of starter Jurjen van Zijl. With one out, Mark Duursma was hit by a pitch, then Mark-Jan Moorman singled. The two runners scored when Kevin Dirksen followed with a triple. With two outs, Dirksen scored on a single by Zerzinho Croes.

Pioniers added two runs in the third inning. Phil Ortez led off with a single, then Danny Rombley walked. After the two had advanced on a wild pitch, the bases got loaded when Vince Rooi also walked. Mark Duursma and Mark-Jan Moorman followed with sacrifice flies to make it a 5-0 score. Kevin Dirksen then also walked, which led to the departure of Van Zijl, who was relieved by Jeroen de Haas, who completed the inning.

In the fourth, De Haas hit Ortez and Rombley with a pitch, then gave up a single to Rooi, which made it 6-0.

Three runs were added in the sixth inning off of Oscar Meuris Zerzinho Croes and Jefferson Muzo led off with singles, then Phil Ortez followed with an RBI-double and Danny Rombley accounted for the next run with a sac-fly. Next, Rooi walked, but was forced out on a grounder by Duursma. The bases got loaded when Meuris also walked Moorman and Dirksen and was relieved by Jerremyh Angela, who ended the inning with a flyout, leaving the bases loaded.

Pioniers reached the 10-run difference in the seventh inning. With one out, Muzo singled and with two outs, Rombley walked, then Rooi followed with a walk-off double.

UVV got only two runners to reach second base. In the first inning, Norbert Jongerius led off with a single and moved on a sac-bunt, but was left behind. In the third inning, Josh Rickards gave up lead-off single to Dennis Ribbens, but then Brennan Nijhof grounded into a double play. Jongerius followed with his second basehit, but then Rickards retired nine batters in a row, including five strikeouts. In the top of the seventh inning, Ferd van Stekelenburg (fielder's choice) was on first base with two outs and he became UVV's second player to reach second base when Joris van Ballegooy singled, but then Rickards followed with his eleventh strikeout of the evening.

Vaessen Pioniers - UVV 10-0 (7)
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(two outs when 10-run difference was reached in the 7th inning)
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Jurjen van Zijl, L (3-3)2.233455
Jeroen de Haas1.1--111
Oscar Meuris1.223333
Jerremyh Angela111211
pitcher Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Josh Rickards, W (4-2)71115--
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Niek Elshof, 1B-Rudsel Schoobaar, 3B-Roy van de Wateringen.
Official Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Play-by-Play-Maaike Houtkamp.
Time-2:23 hr.

(May 23)

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