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Pioniers again spoils Neptunus' hunt for 1,000th win
HOOFDDORP / THE HAGUE / DORDRECHT / VLEUTEN (Neth.) - Two days after losing 5-3 in its first attempt to register its 1,000th victory on the highest level, DOOR Neptunus was left empty-handed again today (Saturday, April 26). The reigning champion trailed 3-0 after the first inning, was held hitless for four innings by Steven van Groningen, but then came alongside in the fifth at bat. But the score remained at 3-3 in the next four innings and so, the game went into extra innings. Neptunus then failed to move its two tie-break runners, while Pioniers was more successful. After having the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly by Danny Rombley gave Pioniers a 4-3 win to remain unbeaten. The next try for Neptunus to win its 1,000th game comes on Sunday when it plays at home vs. Pioniers.

ADO Lakers surprised with a 7-5 win vs. Corendon Kinheim, which last Thursday won the opener of the 3-game series with a huge 18-0 score. ADO Lakers was held scoreless in its first four games of the season, but now struck with five runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a 3-run triple by Odion Gouverneur. With this, ADO Lakers registered its first win, while Kinheim was handed its first loss of the season.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates again won big vs. Mampaey The Hawks. After winning 17-0 on Thursday, Amsterdam today won 19-1 on 20 basehits, including four by Michael Duursma and Bas de Jong. The latter hit a grand slam homerun, while Kenny Berkenbosch also homered.

Mr. Cocker HCAW registered its second win of the season with a 10-0 shutout-victory at UVV. Kevin Weijgertse contributed with a homerun.

(April 26)

Vaessen Pioniers vs. DOOR Neptunus
At Hoofddorp, the second game of the season between last year's finalists again belonged to Vaessen Pioniers, which won 4-3 in 10 innings vs. DOOR Neptunus. And so, Neptunus' second consecutive try to register its historic 1,000th victory wasn't successful.

That today's game was going the way of the home team became apparent in the first four innings. Pioniers took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning, while starting pitcher Steven van Groningen held Neptunus hitless. However, Neptunus then appeared to turn the game its way when it broke the No-Hitter and scored three runs in the fifth inning to come alongside. Hereafter, the Rotterdam-squad got several baserunners, while Pioniers didn't got much chances to do someting back. However, Neptunus stranded seven runners in the last five innings, then Pioniers decided the game in the home of the 10th inning.

...Danny Rombley...
...walk-off sacrifice fly...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Neptunus-starter Orlando Yntema wasn't sharp in the first inning and gave up three runs with two outs. He walked lead-off hitter Zerzinho Croes, then gave up a single to Dirk van 't Klooster. A flyout and foul-out followed, but then both runners scored when Mark-Jan Moorman hit a 2-run double. Moorman then advanced when an error was made on a grounder by Kevin Dirksen and scored on a following single by Dè Flanegin. Yntema then closed with a strikeout, but Pioniers had taken a 3-0 lead and had set the tone for the game.

In the second inning, Yntema gave up two singles with one out, but this time prevented more runs. From the third inning on, Yntema threw much better and held Pioniers from scoring. In the third, he walked lead-off hitter Moorman, but then was supported with a double play. And in the fourth, he gave up an one-out single to Max Draijer, but he was left on second base.

In the meantime, Neptunus was unable to produce off of Steven van Groningen. The righthander hit lead-off hitter Gyenuar Lopez with a pitch (he was eliminated in a double play) in the first inning, but then retired the next eleven batters in a row.

Things changed in the top of the fifth inning. Neptunus then not only broke the No-Hitter, but also the shutout and went on to come alongside. Dwayne Kemp led off with a single and stole second base, then moved when Gianison Boekhoudt also singled. Next, Kemp and Boekhoudt scored when Daniel Fernandes followed with a triple. With one out, Van Groningen walked Mourik Huijser and then gave up an RBI-single to Shaldimar Daantji that tied the score and made it a new ballgame. After a flyout, Neptunus got the bases loaded when Benjamin Dille was hit by a pitch, but then failed to take the lead, as next batter Raily Legito fouled out, leaving the bases loaded.

In the next four at bats, Neptunus got several runners in scoring position, but was unable to break the tie. In the sixth, off of new pitcher Dennis Buring, Dwayne Kemp led off with a walk, but stranded on second base.

In the seventh, Mourik Huijser led off with a single and was bunted to second base by Daantji, then was eliminated at the plate when he tried to score on a 2-out single behind second base by Dille.

In the eighth, Pioniers brought in new pitcher Scott Ronnenbergh with two outs, but he walked Boekhoudt, who then advanced to second base on an errant pick-off throw. But he stranded there, as Ronnenbergh followed with a strikeout.

In the ninth, Sedley Karel became the new pitcher for the home team. He walked lead-off hitter Urving Kemp, who moved on a sac-bunt and reached third base on a single by Daantji. But again, Neptunus left the runners behind.

Pioniers got only one baserunner into scoring position from the sixth through ninth inning. In the 6th inning, Yntema hit Dè Flanegin with a pitch, but his pinch-runner Chris Williams was eliminated in an inning-ending double play. Yntema then retired the side in the seventh at bat.

In the eighth, Jorian van Acker took over and also retired the side. Then, in the home of the ninth, Neptunus-closer Berry van Driel walked lead-off hitter Kevin Dirksen, who then advanced on a sac-bunt by next batter Chris Williams. But he stranded at second base, meaning the game went into extra innings and thus, the tie-break.

In the top of the 10th inning, Gyenuar Lopez (2nd base) and Benjamin Dille (1st base) were the tie-break runners for Neptunus. But Raily Legito's attempt for a sacrifice bunt ended in a pop-up and next hitter Dwayne Kemp also popped out (infield-fly). The inning ended when Gianison Boekhoudt flied to leftfield.

In the home of the 10th, Mark Duursma (2nd base) and Max Draijer (1st) were the runners. Pioniers was successful in moving the runners on a sacrifice bunt by Zerzinho Croes, then, as was expected, an intentional walk was issued to Dirk van 't Klooster to set up a force play. But Danny Rombley then hit the ball into leftfield for a walk-off sacrifice fly to give Pioniers a 4-3 win.

...Danny Rombley's pose on the big photo is characteristic for him, before stepping into the batter's box... is shown in the above series of photos since 2011...
(© All Photos: Henk Seppen)

Vaessen Pioniers - DOOR Neptunus 4-3 (10 inn.)
DOOR Neptunus000030000 0-371
Vaessen Pioniers300000000 1-471
(two outs when winning run was scored in the 10th inning)
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema752732
Jorian van Acker1-----
Berry van Driel, L (0-1)1.212-1-
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Steven van Groningen521433
Dennis Buring2.2212--
Scott Ronnenbergh0.111---
Sedley Karel1-11--
Bayron Cornelisse, W (1-0)1-----
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Olav Steijger, 1B-Fred Oosterling, 3B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer-Linda Steijger.
Play-by-Play-Ger van Dongen.
Techn. Commissioner-Arnold Verbrugge.
Time-3:04 hr.

ADO Lakers vs. Corendon Kinheim
At The Hague, ADO Lakers trailed 3-1 in the fourth inning against Corendon Kinheim. While the run-difference was small, it appeared that the home team was off to its sixth consecutive loss, especially after losing 18-0 last Thursday to Kinheim. But after narrowing the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth, ADO Lakers rallied for five runs in the sixth at bat and went on to hand Kinheim a surprise 7-5 loss. The win was the first for ADO Lakers this season and the first in the big league for rookie Head Coach Eugene Henson.

...Odion Gouverneur...
...3-run triple...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
After a scoreless first inning, Kinheim opened the score with two runs in the second at bat off of starter Dennis Burgersdijk. The righthander walked lead-off hitters Bryan Engelhardt and Jeffrey Arends, then gave up an one-out, RBI-double to Dashenko Ricardo. After Sven van de Sanden lined out, Kinheim added a run when Justin Martinus reached on an error.

ADO Lakers got one run back in the third inning off of rookie starter Glenn Wassink. Kelvin Knape led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Odion Gouverneur. The latter then advanced to third base on a pick-off throwing error by Wassink and scored on a 2-out single by Christian Diaz.

Kinheim made it a 2-run difference again in the fourth at bat, but could have scored more runs. The Haarlem-squad got the bases loaded when Mervin Gario walked and both Dashenko Ricardo and Sven van de Sanden singled. Ricardo was then forced out at third base on a grounder by Justin Martinus, but that also brought in Gario. With runners on first and second base, Burgersdijk struckout René Cremer, then eliminated baserunner Van de Sanden to end the inning.

ADO Lakers again made it an one-run difference moments later when the Kinheim-defense committed three errors. Lead-off hitter Brian Raap reached on a fielding error, then moved when a throwing error followed. With one out, he was unable to advance when another error was made on a grounder by Odion Gouverneur, but the two runners then moved on a double-steal. Raap then beat the throw to home on a grounder to second base by Stephen Henson to make it 3-2, before a double play ended the inning.

In the top of the 6th inning, Kinheim got an opportunity to expand their lead, but failed to do so. With two outs, Justin Martinus and René Cremer singled, then the bases got loaded when Niels van Weert walked. But three runners were left behind, as Martijn Riphagen (who had taken over the pitching in the 5th) struckout Quintin De Cuba to end the inning.

And then, ADO Lakers struck with five runs in the home of the sixth inning. For Kinheim, Jean-Paul Gulinck took over the pitching for Glenn Wassink. The lefthander walked lead-off hitter Jesper van Aken, but followed with a strikeout. However, ADO Lakers then loaded the bases when Joshua Zara was hit a pitch and Jason Jakobus reached on a bunt-single. Gulinck then hit Brian Raap with a pitch, resulting in the tying run and a pitching change. Pim Walsma took over, but he was greeted with an RBI-single by pinch-hitter Glenn Romney and then gave up a baseclearing, 3-run triple to Odion Gouverneur that made it 7-3.

Kinheim answered with two runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Jeffrey Arends singled and Mervin Gario walked, then both scored when Dashenko Ricardo followed with a double. Jurandy Girigori took over the pitching for ADO Lakers and retired the Martinus-brothers to end the inning and earn a 'Hold'.

Kinheim was unable to turn the game around again in its favor. It left a runner on first base in the eighth inning, then was retired in order in the ninth by Ibrahin Redan, who earned a save.

ADO Lakers - Corendon Kinheim 7-5
Corendon Kinheim020100200-5104
ADO Lakers00101500X-762
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Glenn Wassink53132-
Jean-Paul Gulinck, BS (1), L (0-1)0.111144
Pim Walsma2.223211
pitchers ADO Lakersinn.SOBBHRER
Dennis Burgersdijk4.224432
Martijn Riphagen, W (1-0)1.212522
Jurandy Girigori, H (1)1.21-1--
Ibrahin Redan, SV (1)1-----
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Efrem Silvania, 3B-Martijn Bosschaart.
Official Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Play-by-Play-Francis Speters.
Techn. Commissioner-Paul Bokern.
Time-3:00 hr.

Mampaey The Hawks vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates
At Dordrecht, L&D Amsterdam Pirates again won big vs. Mampaey The Hawks. After winning 17-0 on Thursday, Amsterdam today won 19-1. Amsterdam used its area code for the amount of basehits in this game, as it collected 20. Four of them were hit by Mark Duursma and Bas de Jong. The latter hit a grand slam homerun and had six runs batted in, while Kenny Berkenbosch contributed with a 3-run homerun.

...Bas de Jong...
...3 Runs, 4 Hits, Grand Slam, 6 RBI's, Stolen Base...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
All starting players in the Amsterdam line-up hit at least one basehit. All also collected at least one run batted in, except Percy Isenia and all scored at least one run, except lead-off hitter Roelie Henrique. Five players scored three runs, being Michael Duursma, Remco Draijer, Kenny Berkenbosch, Bas de Jong and Percy Isenia.

The Hawks collected only six basehits off of two pitchers, including four off of starter Kevin Heijstek, who struckout five batters in five innings to earn his second win of the season.

The Hawks-starter José Moreno walked lead-off hitter Roelie Henrique in the first inning, but he was then caught stealing moments later. Hereafter, Pirates got the bases loaded when Michael Duursma and Remco Draijer both singled and Kenny Berkenbosch walked. Bas de Jong then drilled an 0-1 pitch of Moreno over the leftfield-fence for a grand slam homerun to give Amsterdam an early 4-0 lead. Percy Isenia then added another single, advanced to third base when an error was made on a force play-grounder by Rashid Gerard and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jesse Aussems.

Amsterdam-starter Kevin Heijstek then gave up a lead-off single in the first inning to Jules Peters, who then scored on a 2-out single by Rodney Michel, who was later forced out to end the inning. For The Hawks this would be its lone run of the afternoon.

In the second inning, Amsterdam rallied for six runs on four basehits. With one out, Bas de Jong again came to bat with the bases loaded and this time, he hit a 2-run single. The bases were re-loaded when Percy Isenia walked and that was followed by a 2-run single off the bat of Rashid Gerard. A single by Jesse Aussems and a sacrifice fly by Björn Hato then accounted for the next two runs and made it an 11-1 score.

Amsterdam then got another rally in the third at bat, this time scoring five runs. These runs were scored off of new pitcher Ronald de Bont, who was the scheduled starting pitcher for Game 3 on Sunday. The probable starter for that game now will be righthander Quinn Tramm. De Bont gave up singles to Duursma and Draijer and this time Berkenbosch followed with a 3-run homerun. A sac-fly by Gerard and single by Henrique produced the next runs and increased the lead to 16-1.

After leaving two runners in the fourth, Amsterdam added two more runs in the fifth at bat. Aussems led off with a double and Hato singled, then Duursma hit an one-out, RBI-double and Draijer added an RBI-grounder.

Pirates had one more run left in the game which was scored in the seventh inning off of Shurendell Borgschot, who was the centerfielder until then. By the way, Kevin van Veen took over in centerfield and he is one of the pitchers on the roster of The Hawks. The final run was scored on a grounder by Duursma.

Chris Mowday took over the pitching for Heijstek in the sixth inning and then retired the side including two strikeouts. In the seventh, he gave up 2-out singles to Shurendell Borgschot and Steven Wharwood, but then ended the game with another strikeout.

Mampaey The Hawks - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1-19 (7 inn.)
L&D Amsterdam Pirates5650201-19202
Mampaey The Hawks1000000-161
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek, W (-0)551411
Chris Mowday23-2--
pitchers The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
José Moreno, L (0-2)21581110
Ronald de Bont4--1177
Shurendell Borgschot1-1111
Homeruns: Pirates: Bas de Jong (1)(grand slam,1st,off Moreno); Kenny Berkenbosch (1)(3-run,3rd,off De Bont).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Edwin Louisa, 1B-Johan Brandsma, 3B-Antoine Loock (debut).
Official Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Play-by-Play-Stefan Slinger.
Time-2:20 hr.

UVV vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
At Vleuten, Mr. Cocker HCAW shutout UVV 10-0 on ten basehits, including three by Linoy Croes and Kevin Weijgertse. Both also had three runs batted in, as Croes double and Weijgertse tripled and homered, missing the double to hit for-the-cycle.

...Kevin Weijgertse triples in the 6th inning...
...he scored 3 Runs, had 3 Hits & 3 RBI's and also homered...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Last season, HCAW as 1-5 vs. UVV after it was swept in six games in the 2012 season. HCAW also won two of its six games in 2011 vs. UVV, which then made its comeback in the big league.

For HCAW, this was only its fourth 10-run difference shutout-win after shutting out Almere '90 11-0 in 2006. HCAW won 10-0 in 2010 vs. ADO and added two 14-0 wins against the team from The Hague in 2011 and 2013.

HCAW immediately struck with three runs with two outs in the first inning off of starting pitcher Kevin Noordzij. Linoy Croes led off with a walk, but then was doubled up at first base after next batter Jasper Keijzer flied out to rightfield. Next, Jorin van Amstel walked and Sergino Martis reached on an error and then Kevin Weijgertse followed with a 3-run homerun.

HCAW added its next run in the second at bat when Max Clarijs led off with a double and went on to score on an one-out single by Linoy Croes.

After two scoreless innings and leaving two runners, HCAW rallied for five runs in the fifth inning to take a commanding 9-0 lead. The Bussum-squad got the bases loaded when Van Amstel reached on an error, Martis walked and Weijgertse singled. A grounder by Rossini Frolijk and single by Roy Seltenrijch then brought in two runs, but also led to a pitching change. Martijn van Soest took over for Kevin Noordzij. Seltenrijch then stole second base and Clarijs walked to re-load the bases, then a run was scored when Jim Froberg singled. Two more runs were then added when Linoy Croes followed with a double.

HCAW scored its final run in the sixth inning when Weijgertse tripled with two outs and scored on a single by Frolijk to lift the lead to 10-0.

HCAW's Venezuelan starter Ivan Granados went five innings and struckout six batters. With a 3-0 lead, the lefthander saw UVV load the bases with no outs in the home of the first inning. Brennan Nijhof led off with a double, Norbert Jongerius reached on an error and Gilmer Lampe walked. But then a flyout, strikeout and pop-out ended the at bat to save the lead.

In the second inning, Granados added two strikeouts, but he then allowed two more baserunners in the third. Nijhof again led off with a double and Lampe again walked (this time with one out), but the latter was caught stealing after a pick-off by Granados. Nijhof stranded at third base.

UVV got several chances to score runs, as it reached base frequently. However, the team left 14 baserunners!

In the fourth and fifth inning, UVV left two runners both times. They did the same in the sixth off of new pitcher Roel Bellinga, who gave up one-out singles to Cecil Commenencia and Rick Kuipers.

In the seventh, trailing 10-0, UVV got the bases loaded. With one out, Dennis De Quint and Mike Bazuin singled, then Thomas Smits walked with two outs. But the three runners were left when a flyout ended the game.

...Kevin Weijgertse homers in the 1st inning; the ball hits the top of the fence in leftfield, as seen by leftfielder Brennan Nijhof...
(© Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

UVV - Mr. Cocker HCAW 0-10 (7 inn.)
Mr. Cocker HCAW3100510-10101
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Ivan Granados, W (1-1)5464--
Roel Bellinga2114--
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Noordzij, L (0-2)4.114684
Martijn van Soest1.211422
Thijs Steenwijk1-2---
Homerun: HCAW: Kevin Weijgertse (1)(3-run,1st,off Noordzij).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen, 3B-Niek Elshof.
Official Scorer-Huub Nelissen.
Play-by-Play-Harumi Ueda.
Techn. Commissioner-Gerben Hardeveld.
Time-2:49 hr.

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