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Pioniers wins two-field game
HOOFDDORP / AMSTERDAM / BUSSUM / DORDRECHT (Neth.) - The top-4 in the Dutch big league continued its dominance by also winning today (Saturday, July 5) and thus taking more distance for the bottom-4 clubs. It now appears that it is only a matter of time for L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Corendon Kinheim to secure a spot in the Play-Offs. DOOR Neptunus and Vaessen Pioniers qualified for the 9-game Play-Offs in the first half of the competition.

It was a rainy afternoon and that led to a rain-delay in three of the four games. One of those delays resulted in a rare decision and that happened in Hoofddorp.

The game between Vaessen Pioniers and UVV was halted after one-and-a-half inning when a brief, but heavy rain-shower hit the area. The shower lasted only some 10 minutes and after it cleared, the groundcrew started to work on the field. However, they were unable to get the field playable again!

This season, Pioniers is playing in its first season in a beautiful, new stadium. However, there were some problems with the field this season after it had rained. A few weeks ago, a home game against L&D Amsterdam Pirates was canceled early in the morning after it had rained overnight, as the clay which is used for the infield and the pitching mound had become too muddy. That day, the field was inspected and it was confirmed that it was unplayable.

This afternoon, it also wasn't possible to resume the game after the rain had cleared. And so, an unique decision was made. The game was moved to Field 2 of the complex and was completed there!

It is believed that this marks the first time that a regular season game in the big league has been played on two different fields. In 2001, Amsterdam Pirates played its first season on its current site at Sportpark Ookmeer. In that season, they played two games on Field 2 of that site, but those games transfered from the main field before they had started.

When today's game in Hoofddorp was halted in the second inning, Pioniers was leading 3-0. When the game resumed on a much windier Field 2, a lot of runs were scored. Pioniers was leading only 8-6 in the sixth inning, but went on to win 17-6.

At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates won 5-1 vs. ADO Lakers, which now has lost eleven games in a row. Initially, ADO Lakers opened the score in the first inning on a single by Christian Diaz, but Pirates came alongside in the fourth in a 2-out double by Patrick Bok. It also was Bok, who put Amsterdam ahead 2-1 when he singled in a run in the sixth at bat. Two runs were then added in the seventh and one more in the eighth. The same brief, but heavy rain-shower that struck Hoofddorp moved towards Amsterdam and some 10 minutes later, the game there also was interrupted. The game was delayed in the top of the third inning for one hour and six minutes, but then was resumed after the field had become playable again.

From Amsterdam, the rain-shower traveled eastwards on to Bussum, where it hit about 30 minutes later. The game between Mr. Cocker HCAW and Corendon Kinheim was interrupted in the top of the sixth inning, but the field in Bussum, which has an articifial infield, was made ready soon after the rain had cleared and the delay lasted only 22 minutes. When the game was halted, Kinheim led 3-1. After the game resumed, HCAW got a run back in the home of the sixth on a single by Roy Seltenrijch. Kinheim answered with two runs in the seventh when Quintin De Cuba hit a 2-run homerun. A wild pitch gave the Haarlem-squad an additional run in the ninth at bat.

At Dordrecht, the game between DOOR Neptunus and Mampaey The Hawks was the lone game that wasn't interrupted by rain. But for some reason, the game started seven minutes later than scheduled, maybe because it had drizzled somewhat during the preparations for the game. Neptunus won only 2-0, extending its winning streak to 16 games. Neptunus scored its first run in the first inning on a force play-grounder, then added its second run in the fourth on a double by Shaldimar Daantji.

(July 5)

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