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Big wins Pirates, Pioniers; Neptunus escapes in Vleuten
HAARLEM / THE HAGUE / VLEUTEN / DORDRECHT (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Vaessen Pioniers both registered a big victory tonight (Thursday, June 26) in the opener of their new 3-game series. DOOR Neptunus nipped UVV in 10 innings and the fourth game tonight ended in a tie.

Pioniers and Neptunus tonight resumed the regular season after losing the final of the European Champions Cup Qualifying Tournaments last Sunday.

At The Hague, Vaessen Pioniers initially trailed 1-0 after two innings vs. ADO Lakers, then came alongside and went on to score three runs in the fifth, followed by a 6-run rally in the sixth to win big with a 12-2 score. Reggie Bomberg started for Pioniers, instead of the announced Steven van Groningen. The team collected 17 basehits, including four by Zerzinho Croes, who also had three runs batted in and scored twice. Dirk van 't Klooster and Max Draijer both contributed with three basehits. With the win, Pioniers ended a 4-game losing streak, while ADO Lakers extended its losing streak to seven.

At Vleuten, the game between UVV and DOOR Neptunus remained scoreless in nine innings, but then the decision fell in the 10th at bat. In the tie-break, Neptunus took an 1-0 lead when Urving Kemp scored thanks to two errors and this would remain the lone run in the game. Neptunus-starter Will Dismukes struckout 14 batters and gave up only five hits in seven innings. He then was relieved by Kevin Kelly, who became the winning pitcher, while Berry van Driel earned a save by pitching the bottom of the tenth inning. Neptunus collected only six basehits off of Duko Jansen, who went the distance for UVV. The loss meant an end of UVV's 4-game winning streak. Neptunus extended its winning streak to eleven games.

At Haarlem, L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout Corendon Kinheim 10-0. Pirates led only 1-0 after six innings, then scored nine runs in the final three at bats. Pirates took an 1-0 lead in the first at bat when Bas de Jong homered, then enlarged the lead to 4-0 in the seventh when Remco Draijer hit a 3-run homerun. A 5-run rally the followed in the eighth inning. Amsterdam collected 12 basehits, including three by De Jong. With the win, Amsterdam ended Kinheim's 6-game winning streak.

At Dordrecht, Mampaey The Hawks led 2-1 after seven innings vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW and was en route to its first home victory of the season. But in the top of the eighth, HCAW came alongside. As it was a slow game, there was no time to go into extra innings, as the 10:30 PM curfew-rule was reached after nine complete innings. While The Hawks didn't win, the tie ended its 9-game losing streak.

(June 26)

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