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Big league-season opens with rain and an almost surprise
ROTTERDAM / BUSSUM / HAARLEM / AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - After a winter without snow and without a real cold period, the exhibition season also went flawless, as no game was cancelled due to weather conditions. And so, tonight, it was Opening Day in the Dutch Big League. And tonight, it rained!

In Amsterdam, the game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and UVV didn't start because of drizzling rain, then was cancelled 30 minutes later. The game is re-scheduled for Friday-evening, April 18.

In Rotterdam, reigning champion DOOR Neptunus opened with a 9-0 shutout win vs. ADO Lakers in a game that was halted after five complete innings due to the rain.

In Haarlem, Mampaey The Hawks almost started with a surprise victory at Corendon Kinheim, leading 1-0 in the ninth inning. However, a 2-out error tied the score and Kinheim went on to win 2-1 in 10 innings.

In Bussum, Vaessen Pioniers broke an 1-1 tie with a 4-run sixth inning vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW and won 6-2.

(April 17)

DOOR Neptunus vs. ADO Lakers
At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus led 2-0 after three innings, rallied for six runs in the fourth and went on to win its opening game of the 2014 season with a 9-0 shutout against ADO Lakers. During the game, it started to rain and after five complete innings, the game was halted, but was valid.

Diegomar Markwell threw all five innings for Neptunus. The lefthander gave up only one basehit, which was a lead-off single in the second inning by Jesper van Aken in his first big league at bat. Markwell struckout seven batters.

Neptunus collected eleven basehits off of two pitchers, including two by Raily Legito, Dwayne Kemp, Gianison Boekhoudt and Shaldimar Daantji.

The reigning champion opened the score in the first at bat off of starter Ibrahim Redan when Raily Legito and Dwayne Kemp hit back-to-back doubles with two outs. The second run was added in the third inning. With one out, Benjamin Dille singled, moved on a single by veteran Legito and scored on a 2-out single by Gianison Boekhoudt.

Neptunus then decided the game with a 6-run rally in the fourth inning on four hits, while the ADO Lakers-defense contributed with two errors. Daniel Fernandes led off with a walk and stole second base, then advanced on a double by Adrian Anthony and scored when a throwing error followed. Shaldimar Daantji followed with an RBI-single and then the bases got loaded when Gyenuar Lopez and Benjamin Dille both walked. That led to a pitching change. Martijn Riphagen took over and struckout Raily Legito, but then gave up runscoring singles to Dwayne Kemp (2-run) and Gianison Boekhoudt (1-run). An outfield-error following Boekhoudt's single accounted for the sixth run in the at bat and lifted the lead to 8-0.

After giving up the lead-off single to Jesper van Aken, Diegomar Markwell was charged with a balk, but he then retired the next 12 batters in a row, including striking out the side in the third inning.

Neptunus added its ninth run in the home of the fifth when Urving Kemp singled with one out, moved to third on a double by Shaldimar Daantji and was awarded home on a balk by Riphagen.

DOOR Neptunus - ADO Lakers 9-0 (5 inn.)
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DOOR Neptunus10161 -9110
(game halted after five complete innings due to rain)
pitchers ADO Lakersinn.SOBBHRER
Ibrahim Redan, L (0-1)3.124777
Martijn Riphagen1.21-421
pitcher Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Diegomar Markwell, W (1-0)5711--
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen, 3B-Martijn Bosschaart.
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play-Huub Nelissen.
Time-1:33 hr.

Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. Vaessen Pioniers
In Bussum, the opener between Mr. Cocker HCAW and Vaessen Pioniers remained tied at 1-1 for five innings. Pioniers then rallied for four runs in the sixth inning and went on to win 6-2.

...Ricardo Hernandez...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Pioniers opened the score in the second inning off of starter Sander Helmendach. Mark-Jan Moorman led off with a single, but was eliminated moments later trying to advance to third base on a following single by Kevin Dirksen. After veteran Dè Flanegin walked, Dirksen scored on a single by Chris Williams.

HCAW came alongside in the third at bat off of Venezuelan starter Ricardo Hernandez. The lefthander walked lead-off hitter Peter van Doesburg, who then stole second base, moved on an one-out grounder and scored on a single by Jorin van Amstel. Another single by Sergino Martis followed, but HCAW stranded two runners.

Pioniers, which left two runners in the second inning and another one in the third, got another scoring opportunity in the fourth inning. With one out, Helmendach walked Flanegin, gave up a bunt-single to williams and also walked rookie Max Draijer to load the bases. But then, an infield-fly and flyout ended the at bat, leaving three runners.

Both teams left a runner in the fifth, but Pioniers then struck with four runs in the sixth at bat off of new pitcher Bob Klaarenbeek, who took over from Helmendach. Flanegin led off with a walk, but was forced out on a grounder by Williams, who then stole second base. Draijer then also walked and a double-steal brought the two runners into scoring position. A single by Zerzinho Croes then gave Pioniers a 2-1 lead. With two outs, two veteran players contributed with RBI-singles. First, Dirk van 't Klooster singled in Draijer, then Croes scored on a following error. Next, Danny Rombley also singled to bring in Van 't Klooster and make it a 5-1 score.

In the home of the sixth, HCAW appeared to do something back. Martis led off with a single, then Kevin Weijgertse also singled, as did Roy Seltenrijch (with one out) to load the bases. That led to a pitching change, as Hernandez was replaced by sedley Karel, who last season pitched for HCAW. He gave up an RBI-grounder to Max Clarijs, but then closed with a strikeout to end the inning. In the seventh inning, Karel struckout the side and he was supported with a double play in the eighth inning.

Pioniers added another run in the ninth when Moorman led off with a double and scored on a single by Dirksen to make it 6-2.

In the home of the ninth, Karel retired the side again to earn his first save of the season.

Mr. Cocker HCAW - Vaessen Pioniers 2-6
Vaessen Pioniers010004001-6130
Mr. Cocker HCAW001001000-282
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Ricardo Hernandez, W (1-0)5.143722
Sedley Karel, SV (1)3.25-1--
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Sander Helmendach525611
Bob Klaarenbeek, L (0-1)112344
Maickel Rietel33-411
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Rudsel Schoobaar, 1B-Fred van Groningen Schinkel, 3B-Peter Brink.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play-Feiko Drost.
Time-3:12 hr.

Corendon Kinheim vs. Mampaey The Hawks
At Haarlem, Mampaey The Hawks almost accounted for the first surprise of the season. Against Corendon Kinheim, the team led 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out, then a throwing error following the second out tied the score. Kinheim then went on to win 2-1 in ten innings.

The game remained scoreless for five innings. Kinheim-starter David Bergman gave up a lead-off single in the first inning to Jules Peters, which was the first basehit of the 2014 big league-season. Hereafter, the righthander retired the next 13 batters in a row. In the meantime, Kinheim got several scoring opportunities off of Evan Simons, but failed to support its starting pitcher.

In the top of the 5th inning, Bergman gave up an one-out single to Gino Hersilia, but he was forced out moments later on a grounder by Frans van den Heuvel. With two outs, The Hawks got the bases loaded when Steven Wharwood singled and Berend Ruben walked. These two players didn't start the game, but entered in the bottom of the third inning at leftfield and 2nd base respectively. Initially, José Moreno and Ronald de Bont (both pitchers!) started the game in these positions. With the bases loaded, Bergman ended the inning with a strikeout.

But in the 6th inning, The Hawks took an 1-0 lead. Rodney Michel led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Bob de Bruijn. Next, Dayron Puriel walked. The latter then also was forced out at second base on a comeback-grounder by Gregory Trinidad, which moved De Bruijn to third base. Kinheim tried to complete a double play, but Trinidad reached first base safely. However, after receiving the ball, first baseman Jeffrey Arends then threw it to third base, but that ended up in a throwing error, enabling De Bruijn to score. Gino Hersilia followed with a single, which led to the elimination of Trinidad, who tried to advance to third base.

In its first six innings, Kinheim got eleven baserunners, but didn't score. And newcomer Dashenko Ricardo was involved in several situations. Kinheim stranded two runners in the first inning, then Ricardo doubled with one out in the second at bat. Rookie Sven van der Sanden then walked. Next, Ricardo was caught stealing and then the inning ended with a groundout.

In the fourth inning, Bryan Engelhardt led off with a double and then Jeffrey Arends walked. After a strikeout, the inning ended when Ricardo grounded into a double play.

After stranding a runner on second base in the fifth inning, Kinheim got the bases loaded in the sixth. With one out, Engelhardt reached on an error, Arends singled and Mervin Gario walked. This led to a pitching change and Henk van Heijningen took over for Simons. He faced Ricardo, but the former pro again grounded into a double play to end the inning.

In the seventh, eighth and ninth inning, The Hawks got two baserunners. In the eighth, off of new pitcher Pim Walsma, Jules Peters led off with a single, but was eliminated in a double play. In the ninth, off of closer Arshwin Asjes, Gregory Trinidad singled with one out, but then two strikeouts followed.

For Kinheim, Van der Sanden led off the seventh with a walk, but was left at third base. In the eighth, Engelhardt led off with a single and Gario was hit by a pitch with one out, but this time Ricardo and Van der Sanden grounded out.

And while a surprise loss came in sight, Kinheim came alongside in the home of the ninth with two outs on a similar error that gave The Hawks the lead. Jefferson Muzo led off with a single, then moved on a grounder by Cremer. Next, Niels van Weert grounded out to third for the second out, moving Muzo to third base. But after Van Weert was eliminated, first baseman Gregory Trinidad threw the ball to third base and that also ended up in a throwing error, enabling Muzo to score the tying run.

And so, the game went into extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, Gino Hersilia and Joris Naber became the tie-break runners. The latter was then forced out on a grounder by Steven Wharwood. Hereafter, the bases got loaded when a grounder by Berend Ruben ended up in a force play, but no out. Next batter Jules Peters then flied out to leftfield and the inning ended, as Wharwood was eliminated in a double play at second base.

In the home of the 10th inning, Quintin De Cuba and Bryan Engelhardt were the tie-break runners for Kinheim. They moved on a sacrifice bunt by Jeffrey Arends and then the bases got loaded when Mervin Gario walked. That brought Dashenko Ricardo again in the batter's box in a scoring situation. And this time, he was more successful, as hit the ball into centerfield for a walk-off sacrifice fly, giving Kinheim a 2-1 lead.

Corendon Kinheim - Mampaey The Hawks 2-1 (10 inn.)
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Corendon Kinheim000000001 1-261
(two outs when winning run was scored in the tenth inning)
pitchers The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
Evan Simons5.1454--
Henk van Heijningen, BS (1)3.21221-
Kevin van Veen, L (0-1)0.2-1-1-
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
David Bergman79251-
Pim Walsma11-1--
Arshwin Asjes, W (1-0)23-1--
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Johan Brandsma, 1B-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel, 3B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer-Dennis Duin.
Play-by-Play-Ger van Dongen.
Time-2:52 hr.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. UVV
In Amsterdam, the game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and UVV didn't start.

Shortly before the scheduled 7:30 PM starting time, it started to drizzle and it then rained somewhat harder when the first pitch had to be pitched. The 3-man umpiring crew decided not to start the game as long as it rained and postponed the start.

It kept on raining and so, 30 minutes later, the umpires came out again to discuss the situation with Head Coaches Charles Urbanus (Pirates) and Ference Jongejan (UVV). It was a brief meeting, as it became clear that there was to be no baseball in Amsterdam tonight. The game was cancelled and was re-scheduled for Friday-evening.

...No game tonight in Amsterdam...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - UVV cancelled, rain
UVV -000
L&D Amsterdam Pirates -000
(game cancelled due to rain; re-scheduled for Friday, April 18, 7:30 PM)
pitcher UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Gilian van Lith------
pitcher Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans------
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Niek Elshof, 3B-Fred Groenewegen.
Official Scorer-Fred van der Kade.
Play-by-Play-Marco Stoovelaar.
Time-0:00 hr.

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