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HCAW, UVV also eliminated for 1st half PO-qualification
HAARLEM / DORDRECHT / AMSTERDAM / THE HAGUE (Neth.) - The current top-4 in the Dutch big league will decide who will be the first two teams that qualify for the Play-Offs at the end of the season, as the bottom-4 teams were all eliminated this weekend. Yesterday, 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. Today (Sunday, May 18), these two were joined by Mr. Cocker HCAW and UVV.

In the final two weeks of the first half, there are several interesting series remaining involving the top-4. In the final 3-game series, current league-leaders Vaessen Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam Pirates will meet, as will DOOR Neptunus and Corendon Kinheim. Starting next Thursday, Amsterdam plays a 3-game series vs. Neptunus.

Today, DOOR Neptunus won 7-2 vs. Corendon Kinheim to win their series 2-1.

Vaessen Pioniers shutout Mampaey The Hawks 4-0 to complete a 3-game series.

After winning the first two games with a small score, L&D Amsterdam Pirates today won with a big 9-1 score vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW and also completed a 3-game sweep.

ADO Lakers won 4-3 vs. UVV on a basesloaded, walk-off walk in the ninth inning. UVV had won on Saturday after the opener on Thursday had ended in a 4-4 tie.

(May 18)

Corendon Kinheim vs. DOOR Neptunus

At Haarlem, DOOR Neptunus broke an 1-1 tie with two runs in the third inning. The Rotterdam-squad held onto the small lead and went on to win 7-2 vs. Corendon Kinheim. Neptunus collected eleven basehits, including three by Dwayne Kemp.

After both teams were retired in order in the first at bat, they both scored once in the second inning.

...Dwayne Kemp...
...3 Hits, Triple, 2 RBI's, 2 Stolen Bases...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the top of the second inning, Kinheim-starter Nick Veltkamp struckout the first two batters, but then gave up singles to Adrian Anthony and Daniel Fernandes. Hereafter, Urving Kemp also singled to bring in Anthony. Fernandes advanced to third base on the hit and Kemp himself moved to second base on an outfield-error, but Veltkamp then ended the inning with another strikeout.

In the home of the second inning, Kinheim came alongside immediately off of Misja Harcksen. Bryan Engelhardt led off with a double and scored when Jeffrey Arends followed with a single. He moved on the throw to the plate and advanced to third base on a grounder, but then was left behind.

Neptunus re-took the lead in the next at bat. Veltkamp first walked Gyenuar Lopez, who today was the lead-off hitter in the starting line-up of Head Coach Evert-Jan 't Hoen. Lopez advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Benjamin Dille and Raily Legito then also walked. The two then scored when Gianison Boekhoudt followed with a double to give Neptunus a 3-1 lead.

For Kinheim, Jefferson Muzo led off with a walk in the bottom of the third inning and advanced on a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, but then stranded on third base.

In the fourth inning, it was Jeffrey Arends who walked for Kinheim with one out, but then Dashenko Ricardo grounded into a double play.

Neptunus left a runner in the fourth and fifth inning, then saw Kinheim narrow the deficit to 3-2 in the sixth inning. René Cremer led off with a single and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Björn Henrichs. After a following flyout, Kevin Kelly was brought in to relieve Misja Harcksen. He saw Cremer advance to third base on a passed ball, then walked Bryan Engelhardt and gave up a runscoring single to Jeffrey Arends.

Neptunus then decided the game by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, the bases got loaded when Gyenuar Lopez and Benjamin Dille singled and Raily Legito walked. That marked the end for Nick Veltkamp, who was relieved by Pim Walsma. He began with a runscoring wild pitch, then gave up a 2-run single to Dwayne Kemp that gave Neptunus a 6-2 lead.

Neptunus added another run in the ninth off of new pitcher Raymond Rutte when Raily Legito homered with two outs.

After scoring a run in the sixth inning, Kinheim reached base only one more time in the remaining three innings. In the seventh, Kinheim was retired in order by Kevin Kelly and Jorian van Acker did the same in the eighth inning. Closer Berry van Driel gave up a 2-out single to Dashenko Ricardo in the ninth, but then ended the game with a strikeout.

Kinheim-starter Nick Veltkamp was credited with his first loss of the season after having won his first four starts.

Corendon Kinheim - DOOR Neptunus 2-7
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Corendon Kinheim010001000-251
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Misja Harcksen, W (3-0)5.2-2322
Kevin Kelly, H (1)1.1111--
Jorian van Acker1-----
Berry van Driel11-1--
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Nick Veltkamp, L (4-1)6.183866
Pim Walsma1.22-1--
Raymond Rutte1--211
Homerun: Neptunus: Raily Legito (2)(solo,9th,off Rutte).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Johan Brandsma, 1B-Edwin Louisa, 3B-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel.
Official Scorer-Dennis Duin.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Time-2:43 hr.

Mampaey The Hawks vs. Vaessen Pioniers

At Dordrecht, Vaessen Pioniers shutout Mampaey The Hawks 4-0 on eleven basehits. With the win, Pioniers has now a winning streak of seven games, while The Hawks' losing streak also was extended to seven games.

...Ricardo Hernandez Sanchez...
...while pitching for Spain during the...
...2012 European Championship...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Starting pitcher Ricardo Hernandez Sanchez struckout eleven batters in the seven innings he pitched. The lefthander gave up only five basehits.

Pioniers scored three of its runs in the first two innings, then added only one more in the remainder of the game.

In the first at bat, Pioniers scored quickly. Zerzinho Croes led off the game with a single off of Evan Simons and Dirk van 't Klooster followed with another single, resulting in runners on second and third base. Croes then scored the first run on a sacrifice fly Danny Rombley. Moments later, Van 't Klooster advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored on a following single by Vince Rooi. With two outs, Mark Duursma hit the fourth basehit in the inning, but Pioniers then left two runners behind.

The Hoofddorp-squad then added a run in the second at bat. Djewi Appelman led off with a walk and moved on a single by Chris Williams, but then was picked off on second base. Williams then stole second and third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dirk van 't Klooster to make it 3-0.

Evan Simons then threw six fine innings, giving up only four more basehits and held Pioniers scoreless. The righthander gave up lead-off singles in the third and fourth inning. But in the third, he was supported with a double play and in the fourth, three outs followed. Simons then retired the side in the fifth inning and struckout three batters in the sixth.

Pioniers then added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Chris Williams led off with a walk and stole second base, then moved on a grounder by Zerzinho Croes and scored on a wild pitch. With two outs, Danny Rombley singled and Vince Rooi walked, but they were left behind.

In the eighth, Simons gave up a 2-out single to Appelman, but he then was caught stealing.

In the ninth, Danny Stolk took over for Simons and had a good outing. He gave up an one-out single to Zerzinho Croes, but then two outs followed.

Trailing 2-0 after the opening at bat, The Hawks threatened to come back right away. Bob de Bruijn and Berend Ruben led off with singles, then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Gregory Trinidad. But they then were left behind, as a flyout and groundout followed.

In the next six innings, Hernandez allowed only three batters to reach base. The Venezuelan/Spanish lefthander gave up an one-out single to Gino Hersilia in the second inning, but he was caught stealing. Hernandez, who pitched for the National Team of Spain against the Netherlands during the 2012 European Championship, then retired eight batters in a row, five of them with a strikeout, the first four in a row.

In the fifth, it again was Hersilia who singled off of Hernandez with one out. He was awarded second base on a balk with two outs, but then was left behind, as Hernandez followed with another strikeout.

In the seventh, Dayron Puriel led off with a double, but this time Hernandez struckout the next three batters.

Swen Huijer took over in the eighth inning. He gave up a 2-out single to Bob de Bruijn, but a grounder then ended the at bat.

Sedley Karel threw the ninth inning for Pioniers. He walked Rodney Michel with two outs, then gave up a double to Shurendell Borgschot, but then ended the game with a strikeout.

Mampaey The Hawks - Vaessen Pioniers 4-0
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Mampaey The Hawks000000000-070
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Ricardo Hernandez Sanchez, W (4-0)711-5--
Swen Huijer1--1--
Sedley Karel1111--
pitchers The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
Evan Simons, L (0-4)8541044
Danny Stolk1--1--
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Peter Brink, 1B-Olav Steijger.
Official Scorer-Leo van den Brun.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Linda Steijger.
Time-2:33 hr.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW

At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates today won comfortably with a 9-1 score vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW after having won the first two games with small results. With the win, Amsterdam now has a 5-game winning streak. HCAW now has a 6-game losing streak and was officially eliminated for the Play-Off Qualification in the first half of the season. A win would have kept HCAW in contention for a Play-Off spot.

...Jesse Aussems...
...1 Run, 1 Hit, Double, 2 RBI's, Walk...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Amsterdam collected ten basehits, including two by Jesse Aussems and Patrick Bok. Kevin Weijgertse hit two of HCAW's four basehits in the game.

Both starting pitchers retired the side in order in the first inning, but then Amsterdam took a 2-0 lead in the next at bat, scoring two unearned runs. Lead-off hitter Kenny Berkenbosch reached on an error, then the bases got loaded when HCAW-starter Maickel Rietel walked Rashid Gerard and Jesse Aussems with one out. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Patrick Bok then led to the first two runs for the home team.

After leaving two runners in the third inning, Amsterdam rallied for four runs in the fourth at bat. With one out, Patrick Bok and Björn Hato singled and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Roelie Henrique. A single down the rightfield-line by Michael Duursma then brought in both runners and doubled the lead for Pirates. It also led to a pitching change. Bob Klaarenbeek took over for the talented Maickel Rietel. The lefthander saw Duursma steal second base and advance when a throwing error followed. He then gave up an RBI-single to Remco Draijer. The latter also stole second base moments later and scored when Kenny Berkenbosch followed with a single to make it 6-0.

Amsterdam-starter Jos de Jong held HCAW scoreless and gave up only three hits in the six innings he pitched, while striking out six batters. He retired the side in the first, third and sixth inning. The fourth was the lone inning in which HCAW got two baserunners. With two outs, Sergino Martis singled and stole second base, then Kevin Weijgertse walked, but a flyout ended the inning.

In the top of the seventh inning, Jurrian Koks took over the pitching for Amsterdam. He gave up a lead-off double to Weijgertse, who then scored on a throwing error with one out on a grounder by Jim Froberg. The inning ended when next batter Levine Gabriëls grounded into a double play.

Amsterdam then scored three more runs in the home half of the seventh to take more distance. Tony Kreisel started the inning for HCAW, but began with walks for Bas de Jong and Rashid Gerard. Next, Jesse Aussems hit a line drive double down the leftfield-line to bring in both runners and make it an 8-1 score. After Aussems advanced on a single by Patrick Bok, Kreisel was relieved by Gijs van Els, who got Björn Hato to ground into a force play, but that also led to a run.

Jurrian Koks retired the side in the eighth inning, then hit Martis with a pitch with one out in the ninth at bat. But a pop-foul and flyout then ended the inning and the game, meaning Koks had earned his second save of the season, as he was the last pitcher in the game and threw three complete innings.

...Roy Seltenrijch connects off of Jos de Jong...

...Roelie Henrique steals 3rd base in the 8th inning...
(© Both Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - Mr. Cocker HCAW 9-1
Mr. Cocker HCAW000000100-143
L&D Amsterdam Pirates02040030X-9101
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Maickel Rietel, L (1-2)3.2-4453
Bob Klaarenbeek2.1--311
Tony Kreisel- (*)-2233
Gijs van Els2111--
(*) - Kreisel pitched to 4 batters in the seventh inning
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Jos de Jong, W (3-2)6613--
Jurrian Koks, SV (2)31-11-
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Fred van Groningen Schinkel, 1B-Fred Groenewegen, 3B-John Beltman.
Official Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Techn. Commissioner-Willem Broertjes.
Time-2:43 hr.
Game Notes:
HCAW eliminated for Play-Off Qualification 1st/2nd place first half.

ADO Lakers vs. UVV

At The Hague, ADO Lakers trailed 3-1 in the eighth inning vs. UVV, then came alongside and won 4-3 on a walk-off, basesloaded walk in the ninth inning. With the loss, UVV was officially eliminated for the Play-Off Qualification in the first half. A win also would have eliminated UVV, as both league-leaders Vaessen Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam Pirates won to become out of reach for UVV.

The game remained scoreless in the first three innings, while both teams reached base off of starters Dennis Burgersdijk (ADO Lakers) and Kenny Van Den Branden (UVV).

...Odion Gouverneur...
...1 Run, 3 Hits, Double, 1 RBI...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In his first appearance since April 26, Burgersdijk began the first inning with a strikeout and retired the side. The righthander, who was sidelined with an injury, also started the second inning with a strikeout, then saw Mike Bazuin reach on an error, but Burgersdijk then followed with two more strikeouts. In the third, UVV got runners on first and second base with two outs, but then a force play ended the at bat.

For ADO Lakers, Odion Gouverneur led off the first inning off of Van Den Branden with a single, but the Belgian pitcher was then supported with a double play. The righthander then retired the side in the second and third inning, which both included two strikeouts.

In the fourth inning, both teams scored a run. For UVV, Dennis De Quint led off with a double, moved on a grounder by Mike Bazuin and scored on a wild pitch. Joris van Ballegooy followed with a single, but he was left on second base.

ADO Lakers came alongside immediately in its fourth at bat. They also opened with a double, which was hit by Odion Gouverneur. He was unable to advance on a following grounder to short, but then scored on a single by Christian Diaz, who was caught stealing moments later.

UVV got the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning, but failed to re-take the lead. With two outs, Norbert Jongerius walked, Gilmer Lampe singled and Dennis De Quint also walked, but a groundout left the bases loaded.

In the sixth inning, Jurandy Girigori took over the pitching for Burgersdijk and retired the side. But the righthander then gave up two runs in the seventh inning in which UVV again left three runners behind. With one out, Brennan Nijhof walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Rick Kuipers. Next, Norbert Jongerius was hit by a pitch. A passed ball and stolen base moved the runners and after a groundout, Dennis De Quint was walked intentionally to set up a force play. But that failed. Mike Bazuin followed with a squeeze and reached on a bunt-single, bringing in Kuipers to take a 2-1 lead. Hereafter, Joris van Ballegooy walked to bring in another run. A flyout followed, leaving the three runners behind, but UVV had taken a 3-1 lead.

ADO Lakers left a runner in the seventh inning, but then tied the score again by scoring twice in the eighth. With one out, Irving Redan doubled, then Joshua Zara reached on a fielder's choice, which didn't result in an out. That brought in new pitcher Gilian van Lith, while Glenn Romney entered the game as pinch-hitter for Stephen Henson. Van Lith loaded the bases by walking Romney, who then was replaced again by pinch-runner Wamaer Bordewijk. With the bases loaded, Odion Gouverneur reached on an infield-hit that moved all runners. Redan scored, but Zara was eliminated after he overran third base. Next, Jason Jakobus also delivered an RBI-single that tied the score, but also resulted in an out on the basepaths. While Bordewijk scored from second base, Gouverneur moved from first to second, but also overran the base and was eliminated in a rundown to become the third out, but at that time the tying run had already scored.

UVV then left a runner in the top of the ninth. Moments later, ADO Lakers had another productive at bat. With two outs, the bases got loaded when Martijn Riphagen singled and Brian Raap and Irving Redan both walked. Hereafter, Van Lith also walked Joshua Zara and that brought in Riphagen with the winning run.

ADO Lakers - UVV 4-3
ADO Lakers000100021-482
(two outs when winning run was scored in the ninth inning)
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Kenny Van Den Branden7.15-522
Gilian van Lith, BS (1), L (0-3)1.1-4322
pitchers ADO Lakersinn.SOBBHRER
Dennis Burgersdijk543411
Jurandy Girigori, W (1-0)424222
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Efrem Silvania, 1B-Henri van Heijningen, 3B-Roy van de Wateringen.
Official Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Time-2:54 hr.
Game Notes:
UVV eliminated for Play-Off Qualification 1st/2nd place first half.

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