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ADO Lakers, The Hawks eliminated for PO-qualification 1st half
ROTTERDAM / HOOFDDORP / BUSSUM / VLEUTEN (Neth.) - The first decisions of the 2014 baseball season are a fact. With their losses today (Saturday, May 17), ADO Lakers and Mampaey The Hawks became the first two teams to be eliminated for the Play-Off Qualifcation in the first half of the season.

This year, a new formula is introduced with the regular season of 42 games being split into two periods of 21 games. The two best teams of each half qualifies for the Play-Offs, which will be played after completion of the 42-game schedule. When the two best teams of the second half are the same as in the first half, the number 3 and 4 teams will qualify.

With two full weeks (two 3-games series) left in the first half, ADO Lakers and Mampaey The Hawks officially were eliminated today after losing their game. UVV and Mr. Cocker HCAW both can be eliminated on Sunday. This leaves the current top-4 to decide who will be the first two teams to qualify for the Play-Offs.

ADO Lakers lost 6-1 to UVV, which won its first home game of the season, while The Hawks, which again led 3-0, was beaten 14-4 in seven innings by Vaessen Pioniers, which remaines unbeaten at home.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates scored twice in the ninth inning to win 3-1 vs. HCAW.

Corendon Kinheim, which failed to hold a 2-0 lead last Thursday, today turned a deficit into a win itself. Trailing 1-0 vs. DOOR Neptunus, Kinheim tied the score in the eighth and won 3-1 in 10 innings.

(May 17)

DOOR Neptunus vs. Corendon Kinheim

At Rotterdam, Corendon Kinheim turned an 1-0 deficit around in a 3-1 victory in 10 innings vs. DOOR Neptunus to hand the Rotterdam-squad its first home loss of the season and end their 6-game winning streak. Last Thursday, Kinheim led 2-0, but then Neptunus came alongside and won 3-2 in the ninth inning.

Today, it was another interesting pitching duel. Did Diegomar Markwell (Neptunus) and David Bergman (Kinheim) held each other in balance last Thursday, today Orlando Yntema (Neptunus) and Jerrold Martijn (Kinheim) were well up against each other. Yntema struckout ten batters and gave up five hits in the seven innings he pitched. Martijn struckout six and gave up only two basehits in seven innings, but also trailed 1-0.

In the first five innings, Kinheim reached base every at bats, except the second. In the first inning, lead-off hitter René Cremer reached on an error, but was caught stealing. In the third, Calvin Martinus singled with one out, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and became the first of two Kinheim-players to reach second base in the first five at bats. In the fourth, lead-off hitter Niels van Weert reached on an error, but then was eliminated trying to advance to second base on the play. Quintin De Cuba followed with a single, but was left behind. In the fifth, Dashenko Ricardo (with one out) and Jefferson Muzo (with two outs) singled, but stranded.

...Arshwin Asjes...
...second victory in relief...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Neptunus left two runners behind in the third inning, then opened the score in the fifth. Martijn retired the side in the first, then walked Gianison Boekhoudt in the second, but was supported with a double play. In the third inning, Urving Kemp and Mourik Huijser walked, but then a force out, foul-out and another force out followed. Martijn then struckout the side in the fourth inning.

In the fifth inning, Neptunus opened the score off of Martijn. Adrian Anthony led off with a single and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Urving Kemp. After Mourik Huijser walked, Shaldimar Daantji followed with a double to put Neptunus ahead, 1-0. But with runners on second and third base, Martijn struckout Daniel Fernandes and then the inning ended when Benjamin Dille grounded out.

In the sixth inning, it was Kinheim that stranded runners on second and third base. With one out, Quintin De Cuba walked and moved when Jeffrey Arends doubled with two outs, but both were left. Kinheim then was retired in order in the seventh inning, as was Neptunus in the sixth and seventh at bat.

In the top of the eighth inning, Kinheim came alongside off of new pitcher Jorian van Acker. With one out, Niels van Weert singled and moved on a grounder by Quintin De Cuba, then Bryan Engelhardt walked with two outs. Next, Jeffrey Arends grounded to first for the apparent third out, but then first baseman Daniel Fernandes threw the ball past covering pitcher Van Acker for a 2-base error, enabling Van Weert to score the tying run. Hereafter, Will Dismukes took over the pitching for Van Acker and got pinch-hitter Björn Henrichs to groundout, stranding runners at second and third base.

In the home of the eighth inning, Kinheim's closer Arshwin Asjes was brought in as new pitcher and retired the side. The same was done in the top of the ninth by Dismukes, who then struckout three batters.

In the home of the ninth inning, Neptunus got an opportunity to decide the game, but left the bases loaded. First, lead-off hitter Dwayne Kemp drove the ball into rightfield where Calvin Martinus made a great catch to save a possible triple. With one out, Gianison Boekhoudt and Gyenuar Lopez singled. Adrian Anthony then connected for the third single in a row, which moved the runners. Rightfielder Calvin Martinus threw the ball to catcher Dashenko Ricardo, holding Boekhoudt at third base. But Lopez overran second base, which was noticed by Ricardo, who threw the ball to short stop René Cremer, who tagged the runner out. Instead of having the bases loaded with one out, there were now runners on first and third base with two outs. And of course, no one knows what would have happened with the bases loaded, but now next batter Urving Kemp walked. Would that also have happened with the bases loaded, Neptunus would have won, but now it had the bases loaded. Asjes followed with a strikeout to end the inning, meaning the game went into extra innings.

Kinheim then struck with two runs in the top of the tenth inning. Tie-break runners Calvin Martinus (2nd base) and Jefferson Muzo (1st base) moved on a sacrifice bunt by René Cremer and then Niels van Weert and Quintin De Cuba followed with RBI-singles to give Kinheim a 3-1 lead.

For Neptunus, Urving Kemp ran at 2nd base and pinch-runner Wendly Wawoe at 1st base and they advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Shaldimar Daantji. Next, Kemp was eliminated at home trying to score on a grounder to short by Daniel Fernandes. The game ended when Benjamin Dille grounded out, leaving runners at second and third base.

And so, Neptunus lost its second tie-break game of the season. The first came on April 26, when Neptunus lost 4-3 at Vaessen Pioniers in ten innings.

DOOR Neptunus - Corendon Kinheim 1-3 (10 inn.)
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DOOR Neptunus000010000 0-153
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Jerrold Martijn764211
Arshwin Asjes, W (2-0)3113--
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema71015--
Jorian van Acker, BS (1)0.2-111-
Will Dismukes, L (0-1)2.14-22-
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Fred Groenewegen, 1B-Fred van Groningen Schinkel, 3B-Coen van Lierop.
Official Scorer-Huub Nelissen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Time-2:45 hr.

Vaessen Pioniers vs. Mampaey The Hawks

At Hoofddorp, Mampaey The Hawks again took a 3-0 lead in its second game against Vaessen Pioniers, but was left empty-handed and lost 14-4 in seven innings.

Last Thursday, The Hawks took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, then Pioniers answered with a 7-run rally and won 12-5. Today, The Hawks (which committed six errors) scored three runs in the first at bat and led 3-2 in the fourth inning, but then Pioniers scored eight runs in the home half en route to a 14-4 victory.

...Mark Duursma...
...2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Walks...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The Hawks opened the game with three runs in the first inning off of Elton Koeiman, who last year pitched for The Hawks in its first season in the Dutch big league. The veteran righthander, who turned 41 on May 8, gave up three hits in the inning, but all three runs were unearned, as the at bat started with an error. Lead-off hitter Bob de Bruijn reached on an error, then Berend Ruben followed with a single. The two moved on a sacrifice bunt by Gregory Trinidad and then a strikeout followed, which would have been the third out in the inning. But now Rodney Michel connected for a 2-run triple that gave The Hawks an early lead. Moments later, Michel scored the third run in the inning on a single by Jules Peters, who later advanced to third base on an errant pick-off. Gino Hersilia then was hit by a pitch and stole second base, but these two runners were left behind when Koeiman ended the at bat with a strikeout.

Pioniers left a runner in the first inning and two more in the second at bat off of Henk van Heijningen, but then got two runs back in the third inning. Zerzinho Croes then led off with a single, stole second base, moved on a wild pitch and scored on a following single by Dirk van 't Klooster. The latter then advanced on a grounder and a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Vince Rooi. Another single followed, hit by Mark-Jan Moorman and Mark Duursma walked, but they were left behind.

Elton Koeiman recovered after the first inning and retired the next seven batters in a row from the second inning on. He then walked a batter with one out in the fourth, but he was caught stealing.

In the home of the fourth inning, Pioniers took charge of the game with an 8-run rally on four hits. With one out, Max Draijer and Zerzinho Croes walked, then Dirk van 't Klooster delivered an RBI-single to tie the score. Pioniers then took the lead when Danny Rombley followed with a 3-run homerun, which was the first hit at the new stadium in Hoofddorp. That marked the end for Van Heijningen and rookie Danny Stolk took over. In his last outing vs. DOOR Neptunus, Stolk saw ten consective batters reach base, who all scored. He now walked Vince Rooi, but then followed with a strikeout. After Rooi had stolen second base, Mark Duursma walked and Kevin Dirksen then hit an RBI-double. Another run was then scored on a wild pitch and the bases got loaded when Dè Flanegin and Max Draijer both walked. Zerzinho Croes then contributed with an RBI-single and an error on a force play-grounder by Dirk van 't Klooster brought in the next run and lifted the lead to 10-3.

Pioniers added two runs in the fifth inning off of rookie pitcher Michel Offerman, who took over the pitching for The Hawks. With one out, Mark-Jan Moorman reached on an error and Mark Duursma singled. The two then respectively scored on following singles by Taylor Clemensia and Dè Flanegin. In the next at bat, Moorman brought in another run with a 2-out double.

Leading 13-3, Pioniers entered the seventh inning. But The Hawks then scored a run to make it a 9-run lead for Pioniers, hoping to avoid a 7-inning, 10-run difference, mercy-rule loss. Bayron Cornelisse took over the pitching for Pioniers and gave up an one-out single to pinch-hitter Joris Naber, who then scored on a 2-out triple by Bob de Bruijn.

But in the home of the seventh inning, Pioniers immediately made it a 10-run difference and had the bases loaded when the game ended. With one out, Dè Flanegin singled and Chris Williams walked. Zerzinho Croes then flied out, but a throwing error enabled both runners to move a base. Next, Djewi Appelman walked and the game then ended when Offerman hit Danny Rombley with a pitch, which made it a 14-4 score.

Vaessen Pioniers - Mampaey The Hawks 14-4 (7 inn.)
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Vaessen Pioniers0028211-14142
(two outs when 10-run difference was reached in the seventh inning)
pitchers The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
Henk van Heijningen, L (0-1)3.1-4666
Danny Stolk0.214243
Michel Offerman2.2-2643
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Elton Koeiman, W (3-1)54143-
Dennis Buring1--1--
Bayron Cornelisse1-1211
Homerun: Pioniers: Danny Rombley (1)(3-run,4th,off Van Heijningen).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-Efrem Silvania, 3B-Antoine Loock.
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Techn. Commissioner-Arnold Verbrugge.
Time-2:39 hr.
Game Notes:
The Hawks eliminated for Play-Off Qualification 1st/2nd place first half.

Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates

At Bussum, the game between Mr. Cocker HCAW and L&D Amsterdam Pirates was tied at 1-1 when the ninth inning began. Amsterdam then scored twice to win 3-1, extending its winning streak to four games. HCAW, which lost its catcher Max Clarijs with an elbow-injury in the eighth inning, now has a losing streak of five games.

Starting pitchers Ivan Granados (HCAW) and Kevin Heijstek fought out an interesting pitching duel. Granados gave up only three hits to the hard-hitting Amsterdam-squad in six innings, while Heijstek gave up five hits in 7 1/3 inning. Both hurlers gave up a run.

...The game in Bussum was well-visited...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
In the first four innings, Amsterdam got four batters on base via a walk. In the second at bat, Rashid Gerard walked with two outs, but then was eliminated when he overran second base after advancing when next batter Bas Nooij reached on a throwing error. In the third, Jesse Aussems led off with a walk, but stranded on second base. Aussems returned to the line-up today after recovering from an ankle-injury. In the fourth, Remco Draijer led off with a walk, then Gerard walked again with two outs, but again two runners stranded.

In the fifth inning, Björn Hato ended the No-Hitter of Granados when he singled with two outs. He moved on a wild pitch, then Michael Duursma received the fifth walk issued by the Venezuelan lefthander. But again, HCAW prevented Pirates from opening the score.

In the sixth inning, Amsterdam did score, but only once. With one out, Bas de Jong doubled and Rashid Gerard walked. While Gerard received his fourth ball, De Jong stole third base and that was an important moment. Moments later, he scored when Bas Nooij singled. It was the lone run this at bat, as Amsterdam stranded runners on second and third base when a strikeout and groundout followed.

Heijstek retired the first nine batters in a row, then gave up a lead-off single to Linoy Croes in the fourth. He advanced on a sac-bunt by Jasper Keijzer and a groundout, but stranded on third base.

In the fifth, HCAW left two runners behind. With two outs, Kevin Weijgertse and Max Clarijs both singled, a but a force out ended the inning.

After leaving a runner in the sixth inning, HCAW came alongside in the seventh. With one out, Roy Seltenrijch walked and advanced when an error was made on a force play-grounder by Kevin Weijgertse. The two moved on a grounder by Max Clarijs, then Seltenrijch scored when Jim Froberg followed with a single. Weijgertse also tried to score on Froberg's single, but was thrown out at the plate on a nice throw by rightfielder Bas de Jong.

In the top of the eighth inning, Leon Elshof took over the pitching for HCAW to make his first appearance of the season after being sidelined with an injury. He got two quick outs, then saw, Rashid Gerard reach on an error. But Elshof ended the inning by striking out Bas Nooij. The strikeout also resulted in an apparent severe injury for catcher Max Clarijs. With his follow-through, Nooij hit Clarijs, who just moved a little forward, hard on his left elbow with his bat. Clarijs fell down in pain and a 19-minute injury delay followed. Initially, an ambulance was called (and didn't came), but Clarijs was attended by a doctor who was amongst the spectators. In the hospital, it was diagnosed that Clarijs' arm luckily wasn't broken, but he suffered a severe bruise. He will undergo another examination later in the week, but he will be out for awhile. Two innings earlier, in the home of the sixth, HCAW also lost third baseman Jorin van Amstel, who was hit by a pitch and then left the game when HCAW took the field in the top of the seventh.

After the game resumed, Linoy Croes led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single and moved on a grounder. Kyle Ward then took over for Heijstek, saw Croes advance to third base on another grounder, but ended the inning when Sergino Martis also grounded out.

Amsterdam then struck with two runs in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Roelie Henrique reached on a bunt-single and stole second base. He then moved to third base on a grounder to short by Björn Hato. It was attempted to eliminate Henrique at third base, but the throw wasn't in time. With runners on first and third base, Tom de Blok took over the pitching for HCAW. De Blok began the season with Amsterdam Pirates, then traveled to the USA to start a professional adventure in the organisation of the Seattle Mariners. But he returned home after a brief stay and was added to the roster of HCAW. Michael Duursma, the first batter he faced, put down a successful safety squeeze bunt towards De Blok, that brought in Henrique and gave Amsterdam a 2-1 lead, while Duursma reached on a sacrifice bunt-fielder's choice. A double-steal followed, but Hato was thrown out at third base. Next, Remco Draijer walked, a passed ball moved the runners and then the bases got loaded when Kenny Berkenbosch walked. A run was then scored when De Blok hit next batter Bas de Jong with a pitch to make it 3-1. Three runners stranded, as De Blok ended with a strikeout.

HCAW was unable to erase this deficit, as Kyle Ward struckout the side in the home of the ninth to end the game.

...Leon Elshof returned on the mound for HCAW...

...Catcher Max Clarijs is in pain after being hit on his elbow...
...Catcher Bas Nooij tags out Kevin Weijgertse in the seventh inning...
...Roelie Henrique scores the go-ahead run for Pirates in the 9th inning, sliding past catcher Levine Gabriëls...
(© All Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

Mr. Cocker HCAW - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1-3
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Mr. Cocker HCAW000000100-152
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek7.16151-
Kyle Ward, W (1-0)1.23----
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Ivan Granados636311
Roel Bellinga11----
Leon Elshof, L (0-1)1.12-111
Tom de Blok0.212-11
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Henny Jansen, 1B-Rob Has, 3B-Olav Steijger.
Official Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Time-2:59 hr.
Game Notes:
Bottom 6th inn. - 2-minute injury delay (Van Amstel, 3B, HCAW, hit by pitch), 2 outs, no baserunners
End top 8th inn. - 19-minute injury delay (Clarijs, C, HCAW, hit by bat on elbow by follow-through), end of at bat

UVV vs. ADO Lakers

At Vleuten, UVV won 6-1 vs. ADO Lakers to win its first home game of the season.

It was a tough day for UVV, as the club lost two of its icons in two days. On Friday-evening, the club learned that former player/coach Jan Kars had passed away. Today (Saturday), Cees Hiele, who also played and coached at the club, passed away. Both Kars and Hiele were 83 years old and were Members of Merit of UVV. They will live on in our memories.

...Brennan Nijhof...
...2 Runs, 3 Hits, Triple...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
And so, it was only fittingly that UVV won today to honor these two greats in Utrecht-baseball.

Duko Jansen went the distance for UVV and gave up only four basehits. UVV supported Jansen with 14 basehits, but the home team led only 2-0 after six innings.

UVV opened the score in the second inning off of Ibrahin Redan. He gave up a lead-off double to Dennis De Quint, who then advanced to third base on a bunt-single by Joris van Ballegooy. Moments later, De Quint scored on a sacrifice fly by Giovanni Samboe. UVV got another baserunner when Jirka Bliek reached on an error, but then the inning ended with a double play. Thomas Smits first grounded out to short, but then Van Ballegooy was the second out in the double play and was tagged out by the catcher after overrunning third base.

UVV got a scoring opportunity in the third and fifth inning, but then stranded five runners. In the third, Norbert Jongerius was hit by a pitch with two outs and Gilmer Lampe then singled, but both were left. In the fifth, Thomas Smits led off with a walk and Brennan Nijhof singled with one out. After the two moved on a sac-bunt by Jongerius, Lampe walked to load the bases, but this time three runners were left behind.

But in the sixth inning, UVV doubled its lead when Van Ballegooy led off with a double and scored on a wild pitch with one out.

The home team added two runs in the seventh at bat. This time, Nijhof (who was 3-for-5) led off with a triple and scored on a following single by Jongerius. After the latter had stolen base, he advanced to third base on a single by Lampe, who himself was eliminated trying to advance to second base on the throw back to the infield. Moments later, De Quint singled to bring in Jongerius and lift the lead to 4-0. A walk for Van Ballegooy and a wild pitch followed, which brought in Jeremy Winkel as reliever for Ibrahin Redan. He loaded the bases by walking Bliek, but then prevented more runs by ending the inning with a strikeout, meaning UVV again left three runners behind.

UVV made it a 6-0 score by scoring two more runs in the eighth inning. Nick Peels and Brennan Nijhof then led off with singles, which brought in new pitcher Sylvester Martina. He was greeted with an RBI-single by Jongerius and later saw another run being scored on a sacrifice fly by Van Ballegooy.

ADO Lakers left a runner in each of the first three innings off of Duko Jansen. The veteran righthander retired the side in the fourth and fifth inning. He then saw Jason Jakobus lead-off the sixth inning on an error, but moments later, he picked him off on first base. In the seventh, Jansen walked Irving Redan, who then stole second base, but he then was eliminated in a double play.

In the ninth inning, Jansen's shutout ended. He gave up a lead-off double to Christian Diaz, who moved on a grounder and then scored on a single by Brian Raap. After the next batter popped out, Jansen ended the game with a strikeout.

UVV - ADO Lakers 6-1
ADO Lakers000000001-141
pitchers ADO Lakersinn.SOBBHRER
Ibrahin Redan, L (0-3)6.1131044
Jeremy Winkel0.2 (*)21222
Sylvester Martina1--2--
(*) - Winkel pitched to 2 batters in the eighth inning
pitcher UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Duko Jansen, W (2-2)924411
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Edwin Louisa, 1B-Johan Brandsma, 3B-Jan-Willem van der Paauw.
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Time-2:50 hr.
Game Notes:
ADO Lakers eliminated for Play-Off Qualification 1st/2nd place first half.

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