Kinheim, Neptunus, Pirates share first place
ROTTERDAM / THE HAGUE / VLEUTEN / BUSSUM (Neth.) -
League-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates lost 8-3 to DOOR Neptunus, while Corendon Kinheim shutout ADO Lakers 18-0, resulting in a 3-way tie for first place in the Dutch big league.
Also on Sunday, Vaessen Pioniers and Mr. Cocker HCAW took some more distance from their 'rivals', which currently are respectively UVV and Mampaey the Hawks.
Pioniers won 1-0 vs. UVV, while HCAW downed The Hawks, 5-3.
DOOR Neptunus vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates
At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus handed league-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates its second loss in two days to move into a tie for first place.
The two teams got company from reigning champion Corendon Kinheim, which also won today.
Neptunus decided the game early, thanks to a 5-run rally in the second inning.
Amsterdam narrowed the deficit to 6-3 in the fifth inning, which was the lone at bat in which Neptunus encountered some problems.
Moments later, Neptunus enlarged the lead.
Amsterdam collected only six hits off of four pitchers.
Four of these hits came in the fifth inning in which Amsterdam scored its three runs.
The team was held hitless in the final four frames.
Neptunus opened the score in the first inning.
With two outs, Raily Legito, Dwayne Kemp and RafaŽl Jozefa all singled to make it 1-0.
In the next at bat, Neptunus rallied for five runs off of Amsterdam-starter Jos de Jong.
The righthander walked lead-off hitter Adrian Anthony, who then stole second base.
With one out, he advanced to third base when Ruar Verkerk reached on an infield-hit in his first big league at bat.
As the ball was thrown by the first baseman trying to eliminate the rookie, Anthony was able to continue running and score the second run for the home team.
The bases then got loaded when Gianison Boekhoudt and Benjamin Dille walked.
After an infield-fly accounted for the second out, De Jong struckout Dwayne Kemp, but the third strike went into the ground for a wild pitch, resulting in a run and keeping the bases loaded.
A single by Jozefa into centerfield then produced two more runs, while a following error in centerfield gave Neptunus an additional run.
For Pirates, Kenny Berkenbosch singled with one out in the second inning, but was forced out, then BjŲrn Hato led off with a single in the third, but was eliminated in an inning-ending double play.
Amsterdam then scored three runs in the fifth inning off of Tim Roodenburg, who went on to win his fifth game of the season.
In the fifth, Berkenbosch led off with a single, then advanced to third base when a throwing error followed an infield-hit by Bas Nooij.
Next, the runners were awarded the next base on a balk, resulting in a run.
With two outs, Nooij scored on a single by Roelie Henrique, who went on to score the third run on a single by Michael Duursma.
But that was to be it for Amsterdam, which reached base only three more times in the remainder of the game, including two times by Berkenbosch, who reached base in all of his four plate appeances.
Neptunus enlarged the lead to 8-3 by scoring twice in the sixth inning.
Nick Stuifbergen, who had relieved De Jong in the fourth, gave up a lead-off double to Benjamin Dille, then an RBI-single to Raily Legito.
Hereafter, rookie Daan Hendrix took over the pitching and eliminated Legito with a pick-off.
But with two outs, he gave up a single to RafaŽl Jozea, walked Rudy Van Heydoorn and gave up an RBI-double to Adrian Anthony.
With runners on second and third base, Shaldimar Daantji reached on an infield-hit to load the bases, as the runners were unable to advance.
Hendrix was then relieved by Kyle Ward, who ended the at bat with a flyout.
|DOOR Neptunus - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8-3|
|L&D Amsterdam Pirates||000||030||000||-||3||6||2|
|Jos de Jong, L (4-1)||3.1||1||4||6||6||5|
|Nick Stuifbergen||1.2 (*)||2||1||3||1||1|
|(*) - Stuifbergen pitched to two batters in the sixth inning|
|Tim Roodenburg, W (5-0)||6||-||-||6||3||3|
|Jorian van Acker||1||-||2||-||-||-|
Umpires: HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-Johan Brandsma, 3B-Mario Blaauw.|
Official Scorer-Dennis Duin.
ADO Lakers vs. Corendon Kinheim
At The Hague, Corendon Kinheim won big vs. ADO Lakers with an 18-0 shutout to move into a tie for first place with L&D Amsterdam Pirates and DOOR Neptunus.
In two days, Kinheim scored 30 runs against ADO Lakers, which was held scoreless after winning the opener on Thursday-evening.
Today, Kinheim collected 15 basehits, including three by Rachid Engelhardt.
Kinheim set the tone with a 7-run rally in the first at bat off of starter Rick van der Post.
With one out, Dirk van 't Klooster singled and stole second base, then Ramiro Balentina was hit by a pitch.
The bases got loaded when Engelhardt walked.
Two runs were then scored on a double by Jeffrey Arends and two more on a single by Quintin de Cuba, who then stole second base.
Hereafter, Roy Seltenrijch followed with an RBI-single and so, Kinheim had a quick 5-0 lead.
Moments later, Seltenrijch reached second base safely when an error was made on a force play-grounder by BjŲrn Henrichs.
The situation at second base also led to the ejection of ADO's short stop Rodney Michel, who was credited with the error.
And that resulted in several defensive changes, as third baseman Wamaer Bordewijk moved to short, while leftfielder Quensley Bazoer took over at third base.
Laurens Oele, a pitcher, became the new leftfielder.
Besides Oele, another pitcher was in ADO's starting line-up, as rookie Rick Spanjer was the designated hitter.
When play resumed, Seltenrijch and Henrichs advanced when Remco Draijer grounded out, then both scored on a single by Renť Cremer in his second turn at bat in the opening inning to make it 7-0.
Kinheim added three runs in both the second and third at bat.
In the second inning, Balentina (walk) and Engelhardt (double) scored on a force play-grounder/error by Seltenrijch.
De Cuba, who was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on the error, scored the next run on a sac-fly by Henrichs.
In the third, a grounder by Balentina and back-to-back doubles (off of two pitchers) by Engelhardt and Arends produced the runs.
Kinheim-starter Nick Veltkamp (who raised his record to 5-0) struckout five of the first eight batters he faced, then gave up a single to Rick Spanjer in his first big league at bat with one out in the third inning.
But hereafter, Veltkamp followed with two more strikeouts.
The lefthander would strikeout 10 batters in the five innings he pitched.
Kinheim scored two more runs in the fourth inning off of Spanjer, who had taken over as pitcher after Engelhardt's double the inning before.
A force play-grounder by Van 't Klooster and a sac-fly by Balentina accounted for the runs.
In the fifth, Henrichs singled with one out in the fifth and scored on a triple by Draijer, who then scored on a grounder by Cremer.
Kinheim scored its 18th and final run in the sixth when Balentina led off with a double and scored on a sac-fly by Arends.
After Spanjer's single in the third, ADO Lakers added only one more basehit in the remainder of the game.
That was a 2-out single by Edison Bito in the seventh, but he was then forced out to end the game.
|ADO Lakers - Corendon Kinheim 0-18 (7)|
|Nick Veltkamp, W (5-0)||5||10||1||1||-||-|
|pitchers ADO Lakers||inn.||SO||BB||H||R||ER|
|Rick van der Post, L (0-1)||2.1||-||2||8||13||8|
Umpires: HP-Jos van Eijsden, 1B-Fred van Groningen Schinkel, 3B-Fred Groenewegen.|
Official Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
UVV vs. Vaessen Pioniers
At Vleuten, Vaessen Pioniers won 1-0 vs. UVV to record its second one-run shutout in a short period.
A week ago, Pioniers won 1-0 vs. ADO Lakers.
Today's win was the third shutout-win for Pioniers against UVV to complete a 3-game sweep.
It also was Pioniers' fourth shutout in its last five games.
Just as a week ago, today's run was scored in the fourth inning and again Vince Rooi was involved.
In the first 1-0 shutout, Rooi scored the lone run, today, he batted in the run.
UVV's starter Chris Mezger retired the first nine batters he faced, then gave up a lead-off single to Zerzinho Croes in the fourth inning.
Croes then advanced on a sac-bunt by Phil Ortez and a single by Danny Rombley, then scored when Rooi also singled.
But as two outs followed, Pioniers also stranded runners on second and third base.
In the sixth, Ortez was left at third base and in the seventh, Mark-Jan Moorman was left in scoring position.
Swen Huijer started for Pioniers and allowed only two batters to reach base in the six-plus innings he pitched.
The former pro walked Mike Bazuin with two outs in the second inning and gave up a lead-off double to Ferd van Stekelenburg in the fifth at bat.
With one out in the seventh inning, Huijer was relieved by Dennis Buring, who gave up a 2-out single to Van Stekelenburg, but he again was left behind.
In the eighth inning, closer Bayron Cornelissen took over and faced his namesake Daan Cornelissen, who connected for UVV's third and last basehit.
Hereafter, the next six batters were retired in order, including three with a strikeout.
|UVV - Vaessen Pioniers 0-1|
|Swen Huijer, W (2-0)||6.1||5||1||1||-||-|
|Dennis Buring, H (2)||0.2||-||-||1||-||-|
|Bayron Cornelissen, SV (4)||2||3||-||1||-||-|
|Chris Mezger, L (3-3)||8||6||-||5||1||1|
Umpires: HP-Peter Brink, 1B-Henri van Heijningen, 3B-Winfried Berkvens.|
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. Mampaey The Hawks
At Bussum, Mr. Cocker HCAW won 5-3 vs. Mampaey The Hawks to complete a 3-game sweep.
HCAW collected eleven basehits off of veteran pitcher Elton Koeiman, who went the distance (again) for The Hawks.
HCAW's starter Kaj Timmermans gave up only one basehit in the six innings he pitched for the home team.
The lone hit was a lead-off single by Bob de Bruijn in the fourth inning.
HCAW opened the score in the first inning.
Dylan de Mello led off with a single, stole second base, moved on a grounder and scored on a sac-fly by Tim Vermij.
The Hawks then got the chance to come alongside in the second at bat when it got the bases loaded.
With two outs, Berend Ruben and Thomas Soederhuijsen both reached on an error, then Joris Naber walked.
But a grounder ended the at bat.
HCAW doubled its lead in the third inning when Max Clarijs led off with a double and scored on a following single by Barry Mastenbroek.
This not only produced a run, but also in the departure of centerfielder Frans van den Heuvel, who hurt his hamstring.
The Bussum-squad then added two more runs in the fourth at bat.
With one out, Sergino Martis and Linoy Croes singled and both scored on a 2-out single by Max Clarijs.
Trailing 4-0, The Hawks almost turned the game around in the seventh inning off of Marco Schel, who had come in to take over for Timmermans.
With one out, Ruben reached on an error by third baseman Jorin van Amstel, who then also made a throwing error following a single by next hitter Soederhuijsen.
The bases then got loaded when Naber walked.
Next, Van Amstel eliminated batter Niels McCartan, which led to a run, followed by a 2-run single by Friso Arkenbout, that made it 4-3.
Sedley Karel was brought in as new pitcher, who began with a walk, but then the inning ended with a flyout.
In the remaining two innings, only one more batter reached base for The Hawks.
HCAW added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Kevin Nieveld reached on an error with one out and scored on a 2-out single by Linoy Croes.
|Mr. Cocker HCAW - Mampaey The Hawks 5-3|
|Mampaey The Hawks||000||000||300||-||3||3||1|
|Mr. Cocker HCAW||101||200||01X||-||5||11||4|
|pitcher The Hawks||inn.||SO||BB||H||R||ER|
|Elton Koeiman, L (2-5)||8||3||1||11||5||4|
|Kaj Timmermans, W (2-4)||6||3||3||1||-||-|
|Sedley Karel, H (1)||1.1||-||2||-||-||-|
|Leon Elshof, SV (3)||1||-||-||-||-||-|
Umpires: HP-Henny Jansen, 1B-Jan-Willem van der Paauw, 3B-Efrem Silvania.|
Official Scorer-Sven van Eijk.