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Pioniers shuts out Pirates, closes in on Play-Offs
HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Vaessen Pioniers tonight won 5-0 vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates in their make-up game, after the original game was cancelled on Thursday. With the win, Pioniers moved closer to qualifying for a spot in the Play-Offs. A victory on Saturday would clinch a spot in the final four for Pioniers. But, there are still several possibilities, including Pioniers being eliminated for the first and second place in the first half of the season. However, everything can also could be decided on Saturday with the right win-loss combinations.

On Thursday, this game was cancelled early this morning, reportedly around 10 AM. The reason for the cancellation was that the clay which is used for the infield, the catching-area/batter's box and pitching mound was to muddy due to the rain of the previous two days. Instead of the regular gravel, which is used on other sites, a sort of clay is used in the new stadium in Hoofddorp, where a protective tarp to cover the infield hasn't arrived yet.

On some photos, it appeared that the playing field looked fine, but the site was checked by an official and it was confirmed that the clay indeed was too muddy to play.

With the cancellation, Pioniers won't face Amsterdam's pitching ace Rob Cordemans. The righthander was scheduled to pitch the opener on Thursday-afternoon. But he wasn't available to pitch tonight, as he got married in the afternoon. For that reason, he also won't be with the team during the weekend for the second and third game.

And so, Pirates was forced to change its rotation for the series with the starters for Game 2 and Game 3 moving up a spot. Starting tonight was Kevin Heijstek and Jos de Jong moves to Game 2 on Saturday. Chris Mowday now has been named to start Sunday's Game 3.

(May 30)

Vaessen Pioniers vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates

At Hoofddorp, Pioniers opened the score in the first inning, scoring twice off of Kevin Heijstek, who suffered his first loss of the season and is now 5-1. Zerzinho Croes led off with a single, but Heijstek then struckout next batters Dirk van 't Klooster and Danny Rombley. Vince Rooi then followed with a homerun down the leftfield-line, which gave Pioniers a 2-0 lead.

...Vince Rooi...
...Double, Homerun, 2 Runs, 2 RBI's...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the second inning, Mark Duursma led off with a single, but Pirates then turned a double play. Heijstek gave up a lead-off double to Kevin Dirksen in the fifth inning, but he was left on third base.

Pioniers then added two runs in the sixth inning. Dirk van 't Klooster led off with a single and moved on a grounder by Danny Rombley. Hereafter, Vince Rooi was walked intentionally, but then Mark-Jan Moorman followed with a runscoring single that brought in Van 't Klooster. Rooi, who advanced to third base on the throw to the plate then also was able to score when a throwing error followed from catcher Bas Nooij. And that lifted the lead to 4-0.

Pioniers-starter Ricardo Hernandez Sanchez held Amsterdam hitless for 5 1/3 innings. In the first inning, he saw Remco Draijer reach on an error with two outs, but he then picked him off on first base. In the third, the lefthander walked Roelie Henrique with two outs, but he was forced out. Hernandez then retired the next seven batters in a row, but then lost his No-Hitter with one out in the sixth inning when Roelie Henrique singled in front of the catcher. He moved on a sacrifice bunt by Björn Hato, but then was left behind.

In the home of the eighth, Pioniers scored its fifth run. Dirk van 't Klooster led off with a single, then Daan Hendrix took over the pitching for Heijstek. With one out, he gave up a double to Vince Rooi that brought Van 't Klooster to third base. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark-Jan Moorman to make it 5-0.

In the top of the eighth, Amsterdam had added two more basehits, but Pioniers then ended the at bat with a double play. In the ninth, Amsterdam got the bases loaded with two outs. Pinch-hitter Koen Nooij led off with a single and Hernandez then struckout next batters Remco Draijer and Kenny Berkenbosch. Singles by Bas de Jong and Percy Isenia then loaded the bases. The game ended on a grounder by Rashid Gerard back to Hernandez, who then made the final out himself. With the win, Hernandez improved his record to 5-1.

Vaessen Pioniers - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 5-0
L&D Amsterdam Pirates000000000-061
Vaessen Pioniers20000201X-581
pitcher Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek, L (5-1)7 (*)72755
Daan Hendrix1--1--
(*) - Heijstek pitched to 1 batter in the eighth inning
pitcher Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Ricardo Hernandez Sanchez, W (5-1)9726--
Homerun: Pioniers: Vince Rooi (2)(2-run,1st,off Heijstek.
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Niek Elshof, 3B-Fred Groenewegen.
Official Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Time-2:26 hr.

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