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Neptunus writes history as it wins 1,000th big league game
ROTTERDAM / BUSSUM / AMSTERDAM / HAARLEM (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus wrote baseball-history today (Sunday, April 27) by winning its 1,000th game on the big league-level. After losing the first two tries on Thursday and yesterday, Neptunus today won convincingly with a 12-4 score vs. Vaessen Pioniers. And they did it in front of a home crowd at the Neptunus Family Stadium in Rotterdam.

In the fourth inning, leading 3-0, it briefly appeared as if Pioniers would turn the game around again in its favor, as the Hoofddorp-squad took a 4-3 lead. But after coming alongside in the home of the fourth, Neptunus rallied for four runs in the fifth and sixth inning to make sure it would win today.

Neptunus becomes the first team to win 1,000 games on the highest level in Dutch baseball, which has now a history of 93 years. Neptunus made it debut in the Dutch big league in 1979, then relegated in 1984, therefore playing in 1985 in the second highest division. The Rotterdam-squad came back immediately and now plays in the big league consecutively since 1986.

Today, the 1,000th win came almost exactly 35 years after it won its first game in 1979.

Also today, there were two rainouts. In Haarlem, the game between Corendon Kinheim and ADO Lakers was the first game to be cancelled. Later in the afternoon, the match-up between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Mampaey The Hawks in Amsterdam also was scrubbed. Both games were re-scheduled for Tuesday-evening, April 29, starting at 7:30 PM.

In Bussum, the game between Mr. Cocker HCAW and UVV also didn't start due to rain and field conditions and was postponed. The game eventually went underway at 3:45 PM and UVV won 9-2 after having lost the first two games vs. HCAW.

(April 27)

DOOR Neptunus vs. Vaessen Pioniers
At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus led 3-0, then trailed 4-3, came alongside and went on to win 12-4 vs. Vaessen Pioniers to become the first team in history with 1,000 victories in the highest Dutch division. In 1922, four teams formed the first-ever league (then First Division) and played a competition for the Dutch National Championship. This year is the 93rd in which teams go after the championship-title.

500 or more victories, Dutch big league
784Sparta (Sparta/Feyenoord)1629
663Haarlem Nicols963
619Amsterdam Pirates1168
606ADO (ADO Lakers)1530
532Hoofddorp Pioniers953
Neptunus is followed on the list of all-time wins by Kinheim, which has won 816 games. Only eight teams have won 500 or more games on the highest level.

Besides becoming the first team in history with 1,000 wins, today also was a special one for Jan Collins, as he was with the team during all of these victories! The Aruban is the lone person to be an active member of the Neptunus-squad during all of its 1387 games on the highest level. In 1979-1988, he was the regular catcher of the team and since 1989, he is one of the coaches of Neptunus.

Today's 1,000th win came almost exactly 35 years after Neptunus won its first game on the highest level. The team made its big league-debut in 1979 after winning the championship the year before in the First Division, resulting in promotion. After having lost the first two games of the 1979 season to Haarlem Nicols, Neptunus won its first game a week later on Saturday, May 5 against Storks. Playing in The Hague, Neptunus won 8-2 and then also won at home the next day with a 6-5 score.

Today, Neptunus took an 1-0 lead in the first inning off of veteran starter Elton Koeiman, who himself is a former pitcher of Neptunus. with two outs, Raily Legito doubled and scored the first run when Dwayne Kemp followed with a single.

Two runs were added in the next at bat, again with two outs. Urving Kemp walked with one out, then Mourik Huijser singled. The two advanced on a grounder by Wendley Wawoe and then scored when Gyenuar Lopez and Benjamin Dille followed with RBI-singles.

Neptunus-starter Floris Timmer held Pioniers hitless in the first three innings. After retiring the side in the first inning, he walked Kevin Dirksen with two outs in the second, then retired the side again in the third.

But in the top of the fourth inning, Timmer ran into problems and saw Pioniers take a 4-3 lead. With one out, he hit Danny Rombley with a pitch and gave up a single to Vince Rooi. Hereafter, Dè Flanegin hit an RBI-single and the bases got loaded when Kevin Dirksen walked. Mark Duursma and Djewi Appelman then followed with two more RBI-singles to tie the score. And Pioniers then took a 4-3 lead on a sacrifice fly by Max Draijer, followed by a force play-grounder that ended the inning.

...Urving Kemp...
...3 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 RBI's...

...Gyenuar Lopez...
...2 Hits, 3 RBI's...
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)
It was a good inning for Pioniers, but that was to be it today for the Hoofddorp-team, which committed five errors. Hereafter, it went Neptunus' way, as the home team came alongside and added two 4-run rallies.

Koeiman's pitches got higher and in the bottom of the fourth inning, he gave up the tying run. The veteran righthander walked lead-off hitter Urving Kemp, who then moved on a grounder and a wild pitch, then scored on a grounder by Gyenuar Lopez to make it a 4-4 score.

After Pioniers left two runners in the top of the fifth inning, Neptunus took charge of the game by scoring four runs in the home half. Raily Legito led off with a single, which led to the departure of Koeiman. He was relieved by Dennis Buring, who then made a throwing error while trying to pick off Legito. The latter then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Dwayne Kemp and scored the go-ahead run on a double by Gianison Boekhoudt. With two outs, Boekhoudt scored when Urving Kemp tripled into leftfield, where leftfielder Kevin Dirksen dove to the ball. But while trying to catch the ball Dirksen injured himself, as he overstretched his left arm. The game was delayed for some three minutes, while Dirksen was treated, but he stayed in the game. Thereafter, Scott Ronnenbergh was brought in as new pitcher (the third in this at bat), but he walked Mourik Huijser. Next, Wendley Wawoe reached on an error, enabling Kemp to score and then Gyenuar Lopez added an RBI-single, but he was eliminated moments later on second base after Huijser had scored to make it 8-4.

After Pioniers was retired in order in the top of the sixth, Dirksen didn't return to leftfield and was replaced by Chris Williams. With this, Pioniers lost its second player today, as first baseman Mark-Jan Moorman left the game in the second inning with a hamstring-injury after he grounded out to short.

In the bottom of the sixth, Neptunus again rallied for four runs, this on two hits, as the Pioniers-defense committed three errors. The first three runs were scored on two errors, plus a single by Urving Kemp. This led to a former pro relieving another former pro, as Ronnenbergh was replaced by Swen Huijer, who then gave up an RBI-grounder to Mourik Huijser that lifted the lead to 12-4.

Pioniers got a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Vince Rooi singled and Dè Flanegin walked. Misja Harcksen then relieved starter Floris Timmer and saw the inning end with a force play. Harcksen retired the side in the sixth, then gave up a single to Danny Rombley with two outs in the seventh, followed by a double by Vince Rooi, but they also stranded.

In the eighth, Harcksen had an one-two-three inning again, then gave up an one-out single in the ninth, but the game then ended when Dirk van 't Klooster grounded into a double play.

In the top of the eighth inning, Shavently Profar made his debut in a Neptunus-uniform and in the Dutch big league, as he took over in rightfield. He is the nephew of Jurickson Profar, who last season played in the Major League for the Texas Rangers. Currently, Profar is on the 60-day disabled list, recovering from a torn muscle in his right shoulder. The infielder sustained the injury during Spring Training and might be sidelined until July.

DOOR Neptunus - Vaessen Pioniers 12-4
Vaessen Pioniers000400000-485
DOOR Neptunus12014400X-12120
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Elton Koeiman, L (1-1)4 (*)12755
Dennis Buring0.2--221
Scott Ronnenbergh0.2-2352
Swen Huijer2.211---
(*) - Koeiman pitched to one batter in 5th inning
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Floris Timmer4.213544
Misja Harcksen, W (1-0)4.12-3--
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Johan Brandsma, 1B-Edwin Louisa, 3B-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel.
Official Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Play-by-Play-Leo van den Brun.
Techn. Commissioner-Willem Broertjes.
Time-3:10 hr.

Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. UVV
At Bussum, the game between Mr. Cocker HCAW and UVV was postponed due to the weather conditions, then started one hour and 45 minutes later than scheduled. UVV won the game 9-2 after having lost the first two games of the series. For UVV, this was its first win of the season.

...Jasper Keijzer is forced out at...
...2B in the 1st inning...
...Mike Bazuin completes a double play...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
UVV collected 13 basehits, including three by Thomas Smits and the first big league-basehit by Sam van Dijck, who delivered a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning. Smits also had four runs batted in.

UVV had good start, as it scored four runs in the first inning off of starter Tony Kreisel. Brennan Nijhof led off with a single, then Norbert Jongerius reached when an error was made on his sacrifce bunt, which put runners on second and third base. Gilmer Lampe followed with an RBI-single, then the bases got loaded when Dennis De Quint also singled. After a strikeout accounted for the first out, Jirka Bliek singled to bring in the next two runs, then a sacrifice fly by Thomas Smits made it 4-0.

For HCAW, Linoy Croes and Jasper Keijzer led off with walks in the first at bat off of Duko Jansen, who was then supported with a double play. A hit batter followed, but HCAW left two runners behind.

UVV increased its lead to 7-0 by scoring three runs in the third inning. Lead-off hitter De Quint was hit by a pitch, moved on a grounder and a single by Bliek, then scored on a double by Smits. The next run was then added when Rick Kuipers reached on an error. Smits and Kuipers then moved on a sacrifice bunt by Cecil Commenencia and Nijhof followed with an RBI-single to make it 7-0. This also led to a pitching change, as Robin Schel took over for Kreisel.

Two more runs were scored in the fourth inning. Gilmer Lampe led off with a walk, but was forced out on a grounder by Dennis De Quint. The latter then advanced to third base on a single by Mike Bazuin, who himself advanced on the throw. Moments later, De Quint and Bazuin scored on a single by Thomas Smits.

But hereafter, UVV was held scoreless in the remainder of the game. The team left two runners in the fifth, then added only three more hits in the sixth through ninth inning off of new pitcher Maickel Rietel, who struckout three batters.

HCAW was retired in order in the second and third inning, then scored twice in the fourth inning. With one out, Sergino Martis walked and then Kevin Weijgertse connected for a homerun, his second in the weekend.

But HCAW was unable to add more runs. After Weijgertse's homerun, HCAW left two runners. The home team also stranded two runners in the fifth, then another one in the sixth.

In the seventh inning, Jurjen van Zijl took over the pitching for Duko Jansen and gave up only one more basehit to HCAW in the remaining three innings. He struckout five batters and earned a save.

...Kevin Weijgertse is greeted after...
...his 4th inning homerun...

...HCAW-reliever Maickel Rietel...
....3 strikeouts in 4 innings...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

Mr. Cocker HCAW - UVV 2-9
Mr. Cocker HCAW000200000-247
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Duko Jansen, W (1-1)635322
Jurjen van Zijl, SV (1)35-1--
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Tony Kreisel, L (0-2)2.22-774
Robin Schel2.112322
Maickel Rietel43-3--
Homerun: HCAW: Kevin Weijgertse (2)(2-run,4th,off Jansen).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-John Beltman, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen, 3B-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Official Scorer-Dennis Duin.
Play-by-Play-Feiko Drost.
Time-2:45 hr.

Corendon Kinheim vs. ADO Lakers
At Haarlem, the game between Corendon Kinheim and ADO Lakers was initially postponed for 30 minutes, but then was cancelled due to continuing rain.

The game is re-scheduled for Tuesday-evening, April 29, starting at 7:30 PM.

Corendon Kinheim - ADO Lakers cancelled (rain)
ADO Lakers -000
Corendon Kinheim -000
(game cancelled due to rain; re-scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 PM)
pitcher ADO Lakersinn.SOBBHRER
Timo van Ancum------
pitcher Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Nick Veltkamp------
Umpires: HP-Rob Has, 1B-Peter Brink, 3B-Olav Steijger.
Official Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Play-by-Play-Linda Steijger.
Time-0:00 hr.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. Mampaey The Hawks
At Amsterdam, the game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Mampaey The Hawks also was postponed due to rain. As it also continued raining in Amsterdam, the umpire crew decided not to start and in the end cancelled it.

The game is re-scheduled for Tuesday-evening, April 29, starting at 7:30 PM.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - Mampaey The Hawks cancelled (rain)
Mampaey The Hawks -000
L&D Amsterdam Pirates -000
(game cancelled due to rain; re-scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 PM)
pitcher The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
Quinn Tramm------
pitcher Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Jos de Jong------
Umpires: HP-Niek Elshof, 1B-Winfried Berkvens.
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play-Alex van den Berg.
Time-0:00 hr.

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