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Pioniers back on top
AMSTERDAM / HOOFDDORP / BUSSUM / DORDRECHT (Neth.) - After dropping out of first place on Tuesday, Vaessen Pioniers returned on top after only two days after winning 4-1 vs. Corendon Kinheim on Thursday-evening (May 22). Pioniers rallied for four runs in the third inning and that was all they needed.

It is now Pioniers that has taken sole possession of first place, as L&D Amsterdam Pirates lost 4-3 vs. DOOR Neptunus. Amsterdam was leading 3-1 in the top of the ninth inning, but then the bullpen failed and Neptunus was able to score three runs to turn the game around.

Because of the Amsterdam loss, there will be no decision yet this series who will qualify for the Play-Offs in the first half of the season. When Amsterdam would have won, both Pioniers and Pirates could have qualified this weekend when they also would have won both games in the weekend. But now, we have a different situation because of the Amsterdam loss, as all teams of the top-4 are still in the race to finish in first or second place. The top-2 now almost surely will be decided in next week's final series of the first half. That includes the series between Amsterdam and Pioniers. However, with the right combinations in the coming days, we already could have the first qualifier next Tuesday-evening.

ADO Lakers needed only one run tonight. The team from The Hague won 1-0 at Mr. Cocker HCAW, which still needs one victory to register its 800th. The lone run was scored in the sixth inning.

UVV appeared the lead comfortably with a 5-0 score vs. Mampaey The Hawks. But the team from Dordrecht again had a comeback-rally, as it scored four runs in the eighth inning, but again was left empty-handed. Making his debut for The Hawks was American Edilberto (Eddie) Oropesa, who arrived on Wednesday. He threw two innings in relief. Oropesa's father pitched in the Dutch big league in 2007 for Sparta-Feyenoord.

(May 22)

L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. DOOR Neptunus

At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates entered the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead vs. DOOR Neptunus. The Rotterdam-team then scored three runs off of three pitchers to win 4-3, as with one out and a runner on first base, two relievers failed to hold to lead.

Last Tuesday, Amsterdam took sole possession of first place after Vaessen Pioniers (with whom they shared first place) played a 4-4 tie. But now, Amsterdam drops out of first place, because of the loss, while Pioniers is now back op top after winning tonight.

...Daniel Fernandes...
...Single, Double...
...Batted in winning run...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Veteran pitchers Rob Cordemans (Amsterdam) and Diegomar Markwell (Neptunus) held each other in balance in the first six innings. It was Cordemans, who dominated (again), as he retired the side in six of the seven innings he pitched. The lone at bat in which the righthander encountered some problems was the fourth inning in which he gave up three hits and a run. Markwell allowed more baserunners in the 6-plus innings he pitched. The lefthander also gave up only three hits and one run in the first six innings, but then was credited with two more runs in the seventh at bat.

Amsterdam opened the score in the first inning. With one out, Michael Duursma reached on a throwing error, then moved to third base on a double by Bas de Jong. A grounder by Kenny Berkenbosch then produced the run and gave Amsterdam a quick 1-0 lead. Starting with the grounder of Berkenbosch, Markwell retired the next seven batters, then Duursma again reached on an error with two outs in the third. But this time, he stranded and then Markwell was supported with a double play in the fourth inning after a lead-off single by Berkenbosch. In the fifth, he got three baserunners, but two of them were forced out on second base. In the sixth, Markwell gave up an one-out single to De Jong. After he had moved to second base on a grounder, Markwell walked Percy Isenia intentionally and ended the inning with a strikeout.

Cordemans retired the first nine batters he faced. In the fourth inning, he gave up singles to Gyenuar Lopez and Benjamin Dille. With one out, the bases got loaded when Dwayne Kemp also singled. After an infield-fly accounted for the second out, Neptunus scored the tying run when Cordemans walked Adrian Anthony. A grounder followed, meaning Neptunus left the bases loaded. After issuing the walk, Cordemans retired the next ten batters in a row again.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Pirates re-took the lead by scoring two runs. Markwell walked lead-off hitter Rashid Gerard, then Bas Nooij reached on a bunt-single. The two advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Roelie Henrique and that brought in reliever Kevin Kelly. He was greeted with a single down the rightfield-line by Björn Hato, which brought in both runners and gave Amsterdam a 3-1 lead. In the top of the eighth inning, Daan Hendrix took over the pitching for Cordemans. He gave up a lead-off single to Daniel Fernandes, who stole second base and moved to third on an one-out grounder, but then was left behind.

In the ninth, Hendrix walked Dwayne Kemp with one out and was replaced by Kyle Ward. And then, the game turned the way of Neptunus, as two relievers were unable to protect the lead. Ward walked Gianison Boekhoudt and then gave up an RBI-single to Adrian Anthony that made it 3-2. Hereafter, Urving Kemp followed with another runscoring single that tied the score. Closer Jurrian Koks was brought in as new pitcher, but he was greeted with a double by Daniel Fernandes, which gave Neptunus a 4-3 lead. Anthony scored on the double and Kemp also tried to score, but he was eliminated at the plate. A grounder ended the inning, but Neptunus had turned the game in its favor.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Neptunus-closer Berry van Driel took the mound. He walked lead-off batter Remco Draijer, but then a bunt-attempt ended in a strikeout for next batter Rashid Gerard. Moments later, Draijer was caught stealing after a pick-off and Van Driel ended the game by striking out Bas Nooij to earn his second save of the season.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - DOOR Neptunus 3-4
DOOR Neptunus000100003-472
L&D Amsterdam Pirates100000200-350
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Diegomar Markwell6.133432
Kevin Kelly, W (1-0)1.2--1--
Berry van Driel, SV (2)121---
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans711311
Daan Hendrix, H (2)1.1-1111
Kyle Ward, BS (1), L (1-1)- (*)-1222
Jurrian Koks0.2--1--
(*) - Ward pitched to 3 batters in the ninth inning
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen, 3B-Martijn Bosschaart.
Official Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Marijke van den Berge.
Techn. Commissioner-Willem Broertjes.
Time-2:59 hr.

Vaessen Pioniers vs. Corendon Kinheim

At Hoofddorp, Vaessen Pioniers rallied for four runs in the third inning vs. Corendon Kinheim and that was enough, as they won 4-1. 35 minutes later, Pioniers learned that L&D Amsterdam Pirates had lost vs. DOOR Neptunus after having led 3-1 for eight innings. The combination of the win by Pioniers and the loss of Pirates moved the Hoofddorp-team back into first place.

...Elton Koeiman...
...fourth victory...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Initially, it was Kinheim that was productive in the first three innings off of Elton Koeiman, but the Hoofddorp-defense prevented them from scoring by turning three double plays. Koeiman threw seven fine innings and earned his fourth win of the season.

In the first inning, Niels van Weert singled with one out, then Quintin De Cuba grounded into a double play. In the second, Jeffrey Arends led off with a single, but was eliminated when next batter Dashenko Ricardo grounded into a double play. Mervin Gario then was hit by a pitch and advanced on a failed pick-off, but was left behind. In the third, former Pionier Jefferson Muzo singled with one out, but then the third double play followed on a grounder by René Cremer.

Kinheim-starter David Bergman gave up a lead-off single to Zerzinho Croes in the first inning, but then retired the next six batters.

In the home of the third inning, the righthander gave up four hits and four runs, one of them unearned. Kevin Dirksen led off with a single and moved on sacrifce bunt by Max Draijer and a single by Zerzinho Croes. Hereafter, Dirk van 't Klooster (one-run) and Danny Rombley (2-run) then delivered runscoring singles to put Pioniers ahead, 3-0. A strikeout followed, but then Pioniers added a run when Mark-Jan Moorman reached on an error.

In the remainder of the game, Pioniers reached base only three more times. Bergman retired the side in the fourth and fifth inning. After having retired eight batters in a row, the righthander have up an one-out double to Moorman and a single to Mark Duursma. The Kinheim-defense then turned a double play when Dè Flanegin flied out to second baseman Niels van Weert. He then initially threw the ball to second base in an attempt to double up Duursma. But when Moorman was off base at that time, short stop René Cremer threw the ball to catcher Dashenko Ricardo. He then got the ball in time to third baseman Mervin Gario, who tagged out Moorman to end the inning.

In the eighth inning, off of reliever Jean-Paul Gulinck, Pioniers got its last baserunner, but Kinheim then turned another double play. Dirk van 't Klooster led off with a single, moved on a wild pitch and a flyout, but then was eliminated trying to score when Vince Rooi flied out.

Trailing 4-0, Kinheim got a run back in he fifth inning when Dashenko Ricardo led off with a homerun, but that was it for the Haarlem-team. In the sixth, Jefferson Muzo led off with a single, but stranded. And in the seventh, Mervin Gario singled with two outs and also was left behind.

Swen Huijer took over the pitching for Pioniers in the eighth and retired the side. In the ninth, closer Bayron Cornelisse gave up a 2-out single to Jeffrey Arends and walked Dashenko Ricardo, but a flyout then ended the game.

Vaessen Pioniers - Corendon Kinheim 4-1
Corendon Kinheim000010000-171
Vaessen Pioniers00400000X-481
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
David Bergman, L (2-2)75-743
Jean-Paul Gulinck1--1--
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Elton Koeiman, W (4-1)71-611
Swen Huijer, H (2)1-----
Bayron Cornelisse, SV (3)1-11--
Homerun: Kinheim: Dashenko Ricardo (1)(solo,5th,off Koeiman).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Fred Oosterling, 1B-Peter Brink, 1B-Olav Steijger.
Official Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Brigitta Zaal.
Techn. Commissioner-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Time-2:24 hr.

Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. ADO Lakers

At Bussum, it was only one run that decided the game between Mr. Cocker HCAW and visiting ADO Lakers. The lone run was scored in the sixth inning by ADO Lakers, which won its first game of the season on the road and also registered its first night-win. With the loss, HCAW's losing streak now stands at seven games.

It was the first 1-0 score since August 19, 2013. On that date, HCAW lost 1-0 vs. Mampaey The Hawks at Dordrecht. In May of last year, Vaessen Pioniers registered two 1-0 victories against ADO Lakers and UVV.

...Red-colored clouds covered the site in Bussum...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Both teams got several scoring opportunities tonight in the game, which was halted due to a sun-delay for 28 minutes after the first half of the sixth inning.

In the first inning, Odion Gouverneur led off for ADO Lakers with a walk. He advanced on a groundout and then Christian Diaz flied out. Moments later, Gouverneur was called out on appeal, as he had left second base too early before advancing to third base on the flyout. And so, a double play ended the at bat.

In the third inning, Jason Jakobus led off with a double and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Joshua Zara, but stranded on third base. In the fourth at bat, ADO Lakers got its first two batters on base as HCAW-starter Sander Helmendach walked both Stephen Henson and Christian Diaz. But the righthander then recovered, struckout the next two batters and ended with a pop-fly.

In the fifth, Helmendach gave up a single to Brian Raap, who then stole second base. Hereafter, Odion Gouverneur walked, but then the inning ended when Raap was caught stealing at third base.

For HCAW, Jasper Keijzer singled with one out in the first inning off of Timo van Ancum, but he was then caught stealing. In the second at bat, Kevin Weijgertse singled with one out and Jim Froberg with two outs, but both stranded.

Van Ancum, who had a good outing, then retired the side in the third inning. He then walked Weijgertse with two outs in the fourth inning, but then retired the next seven batters in a row.

In the top of the sixth inning, ADO Lakers opened the score. Stephen Henson led off with a double, which was narrowly missed by rightfielder Jasper Keijzer. Henson then advanced when Christian Diaz flied out to Keijzer. Next, Martijn Riphagen also flied out to the rightfielder and was credited with a sacrifice fly, as this time, Henson was able to score. And this would remain the lone run of the game.

Both teams reached base again in the seventh inning. For ADO Lakers, Joshua Zara walked with two outs, then Brian Raap singled. Bob Klaarenbeek then took over the pitching for Helmendach. He gave up a hard grounder to Odion Gouverneur which was touched by runner Raap. And so, Raap was ruled out and Gouverneur was credited with a single, but the inning ended and so, two runners stranded.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sergino Martis led off with a single. After the next batter struckout, Martijn Riphagen took over the pitching and gave up a single to Roy Seltenrijch. The righthander followed with two strikeouts, meaning HCAW also left two runners behind.

In the eighth, Klaarenbeek retired the side, as did Leon Elshof in the ninth inning.

In the bottom eighth, HCAW left a runner on first base off of new pitcher Ibrahin Redan, but then got a runner on third base in the home of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Kevin Nieveld led off with a walk, then his pinch-runner Dillon True stole second base and advanced to third base on an one-out grounder by Seltenrijch. True then stranded, as a groundout ended the game.

...Rightfielder Jasper Keijzer tries to catch the double hit by Stephen Henson in the 6th inning...

...Winning pitcher Timo van Ancum...

...Out or Safe?...
...1B Odion Gouverneur jumps to catch the ball, while Linoy Croes approaches...
(© All Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

Mr. Cocker HCAW - ADO Lakers 0-1
ADO Lakers000001000-150
Mr. Cocker HCAW000000000-050
pitchers ADO Lakersinn.SOBBHRER
Timo van Ancum, W (1-3)6.1514--
Martijn Riphagen, H (1)0.22-1--
Ibrahin Redan, SV (2)222---
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Sander Helmendach, L (2-3)6.255411
Bob Klaarenbeek1.11-1--
Leon Elshof11----
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Fred Groenewegen, 3B-Efrem Silvania.
Official Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Ger van Dongen.
Time-2:48 hr.
Game Notes:
Between top & bottom 6th inn. - 28-minute sun-delay

Mampaey The Hawks vs. UVV

At Dordrecht, UVV had an apparent comfortable 5-0 lead in the eighth inning vs. Mampaey The Hawks. But they almost lost the lead when the home team rallied for four runs in the home of the eighth. The at bat ended when the potential tying run was eliminated at the plate and so, UVV won 5-4.

The comeback of The Hawks almost spoiled a great outing by UVV's starting pitcher Kenny Van Den Branden. The Belgian took a No-Hitter into the sixth inning and had allowed only one player to reach base in the first five innings.

In the first three innings, UVV was held to only one basehit by Ronald de Bont. The veteran righthander walked a batter with two outs in the first inning, then retired the next five. In the third, he walked Nick Peels with one out, but he then was caught stealing. De Bont then walked Brennan Nijof and gave up a ground-rule double to Norbert Jongerius, but the two runners were left behind.

...Norbert Jongerius...
...Double, Triple, Run, RBI...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
UVV then opened the score in the fourth inning. Dennis De Quint led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder Mike Bazuin. After a walk for Joris van Ballegooy, the two runners advanced on a grounder by Jirka Bliek and both scored on a double by Thomas Smits.

Two runs were added in the fifth at bat. Brennan Nijhof led off with a double and scored when Norbert Jongerius followed with a triple. The latter then scored on a sacrifice fly by Gilmer Lampe, which ended in an outfield-error, enabling him to reach second base. Next, Dennis De Quint was hit by a pitch. Moments later, Lampe was eliminated after all, as he was not back in time on second base after Mike Bazuin flied out, which led to a double play. A walk for Van Ballegooy followed, but UVV left two runners.

In the sixth inning, newcomer Edilberto (Eddie) Oropesa took over the pitching for The Hawks. Oropesa, who has the American nationality, arrived in Dordrecht on Wednesday and so, he made his debut in the Dutch big league. He was greeted with a double by Thomas Smits, then was supported with a double play. Next batter Nick Peels lined out to second baseman Berend Ruben, who then completed the double play by throwing the ball to short stop Rodney Michel, as Smits wasn't back in time on second base.

UVV then added a run in the seventh inning off of Oropesa. With one out, De Quint singled and advanced to third base on a single by Bazuin. De Quint then scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

In the eighth inning, Henk van Heijningen became the new pitcher for The Hawks and retired the side. He gave up a lead-off single in the ninth, but then held UVV also scoreless.

Kenny Van Den Branden had an impressive start for UVV. He faced the minimum of 15 batters in the first five innings and took a No-Hitter into the sixth. In the second inning, the righthander walked Jules Peters with two outs, but he was then caught stealing. Van Den Branden then retired the next eleven batters in a row. With two outs in the sixth, his No-Hitter ended when pinch-hitter Aschwin Rokx singled into right-centerfield. Bob de Bruijn followed with another single and Rokx moved an additional base on an outfield-error, but both runners were left behind.

In the seventh inning, Van Den Branden gave up a 2-out triple to Rodney Michel, but he also stranded.

In the eighth, The Hawks rallied for four runs and almost came alongside. Van Den Branden began with a strikeout, then gave up a single to Frans van den Heuvel and followed with another strikeout. Bob de Bruijn then also singled, which brought in Gilian van Lith as new pitcher. He was greeted with an RBI-double by Berend Ruben and walked Gregory Trinidad, which loaded the bases. That led to another pitching change, as Duko Jansen took over for Van Lith. The veteran righthander then walked Berry van Donselaar to bring in another run and then gave up a double to Rodney Michel. Ruben and Trinidad scored to narrow the deficit to 5-4. Van Donselaar also tried to score, but he was eliminated at the plate on a throw from centerfielder Gilmer Lampe to short stop Dennis De Quint to catcher Joris van Ballegooy, which ended the inning. The out at the plate broke the rally, as The Hawks could have had runners on second and third base with two outs.

In the home of the ninth inning, Jansen walked Gino Hersilia with one out, then gave up a single to Frans van den Heuvel. The two avdanced on a grounder and Jansen then ended the game with a strikeout to earn a save.

Mampaey The Hawks - UVV 4-5
Mampaey The Hawks000000040-481
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Kenny Van Den Branden, W (1-1)7.261522
Gilian van Lith- (*)-1122
Duko Jansen, SV (1)1.1222--
(*) - Van Lith pitched to 2 batters in the eighth inning
pitchers The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
Ronald de Bont, L (0-3)5-5544
Edilberto Oropesa2-1311
Henk van Heijningen22-1--
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Edwin Louisa, 1B-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel.
Official Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Time-2:42 hr.

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