Top-4 wins at home
ROTTERDAM / AMSTERDAM / HOOFDDORP / HAARLEM (Neth.) -
The current top-4 in the Dutch big league, which played at home, opened its new 3-game series tonight (Thursday, July 3) with a victory, including two abbreviated games due to a 10-plus run difference and one extra inning victory.
At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus shutout Mampaey The Hawks 13-0 on only seven basehits.
For The Hawks, two pitchers issued 13 walks.
Five of these runners went on to score.
Neptunus led only 1-0 after three innings, then scored three runs in the fourth after three batters walked.
In the fifth, five more batters walked, while another one was hit by a pitch and Neptunus added four runs.
A 5-run rally followed in the sixth, highlighted by a 3-run homerun by Raily Legito.
American Will Dismukes went the distance for Neptunus and struckout 12 batters.
With the win, Neptunus remained unbeaten in the second half of the season and extended its winning streak to 15 games.
At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates won 8-3 vs. ADO Lakers, which has now lost 10 games in a row and is still winless in the second half of the season.
Amsterdam struck early and held a 6-0 lead after two innings.
Leading 2-0, four runs were added in the second inning, highlighted by a 2-run double by Michael Duursma.
In the third, Bas de Jong added a 2-run triple.
Christian Diaz hit a 2-run homerun for ADO Lakers in the third inning off of veteran Rob Cordemans, who is now 7-0.
At Hoofddorp, Vaessen Pioniers won 16-2 vs. UVV, which now starts to loose ground opposed to Amsterdam Pirates and Kinheim, the two main contenders to clinch the Play-Offs in the second half.
Dirk van 't Klooster contributed with an RBI-triple and was 1-for-4.
The outfielder now needs nine basehits to equal the All-Time Basehit Record, which is held by Marcel Joost since 2002.
Pioniers rallied for eight runs in the second inning off of starter Duko Jansen.
The rally ended with a 3-run homerun by Vince Rooi.
At Haarlem, Corendon Kinheim faced a possible loss vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW when it trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning, but then scored three runs and won 5-4.
Kinheim took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a 2-run double by Mervin Gario, but HCAW came alongside in the fourth on a double by Kevin Weijgertse and a single by Jorin van Amstel.
In the top of the 10th, HCAW scored twice thanks to a single by Roy Seltenrijch.
In the bottom of the 10th, the two tie-break runners advanced on a sac-bunt by Quintin De Cuba.
To create a force play, Jefferson Muzo was walked intentionally, but then Jeffrey Arends followed with a walk-off, 3-run triple to give Kinheim the win.
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