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Updated: May 31, 2015
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Neptunus first to qualify for Play-Offs
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Reigning champion became the first team to secure a spot in this years Play-Offs by winning 3-1 on Saturday (May 30) vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates. With the win, Neptunus took sole possession of first place again and became unreachable for Corendon Kinheim and Vaessen Pioniers.

To lone team to move ahead of Neptunus is Amsterdam Pirates and that can happen when it wins vs. Neptunus in the make-up game of Friday's rainout, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9. However, the date for the make-up game is just two days after completion of the European Cup Tournaments in which Pirates and Neptunus play six games in six days. Pirates returns home from Paris the day before the re-scheduled game.

Neptunus scored two unearned runs today in the first inning, thanks to three errors, then added another unearned run in the seventh at bat.

(May 30)

Neptunus took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and that proved to be enough. Amsterdam Pirates committed four errors in the game. Neptunus made no errors and that was only the seventh errorless game for the Rotterdam-squad this season. The team committed 14 errors in its six games and has made 27 so far in its 20 games. Last season, Neptunus made 37 errors in 42 games.

But in this game, it were the errors made by Amsterdam that decided the game.

Initially, Pirates left two runners behind in the top of the first inning, then gave up two runs in bottom half. With one out, Benjamin Dille and Raily Legito singled, but when an outfield-error followed on Legito's hit, he advanced to second base, while Dille was able to score when another error followed. A third error on a grounder by Gianison Boekhoudt then brought in the second run.

Amsterdam got one run back in the third inning. Linoy Croes led off with a bunt-single, then Michael Duursma walked. Moments later, Croes stole third and scored on a single by Nick Urbanus. The inning ended with a double play and this was to be the lone run scored by the Amsterdam-squad.

Pirates got a chance of coming alongside in the fifth inning when it got the bases loaded with two outs off of Kenny Van Den Branden, who had relieved starter Orlando Yntema in the fourth at bat. With two outs, the Belgian righthander walked Michael Duursma and Nick Urbanus, then got the bases loaded when Kenny Berkenbosch singled. But three runners stranded when a grounder ended the at bat.

In the eighth inning, off of reliever Kevin Kelly, Amsterdam left two more runners.

After giving up the two runs in the first inning, Amsterdam-starter Kyle Ward retired ten batters in a row. He then walked a batter in the fifth inning and gave up an one-out single in the sixth, but in both at bats, the Amsterdam-defense turned a double play.

Neptunus then added an insurance run in the seventh inning off of new pitcher Tom de Blok. With two outs, Dwayne Kemp singled and advanced on a throwingh error. A single by Rien Vernooij then brought him in to make it a 3-1 score.

Closer Loek van Mil, who had relieved Kelly in the eighth inning, then retired the side in the top of the ninth to secure the win.

Curaçao Neptunus - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3-1
L&D Amsterdam Pirates001000000-134
Curaçao Neptunus20000010X-360
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kyle Ward, L (3-2)612321
Tom de Blok1--21-
Daan Hendrix1-11--
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema314211
Kenny Van Den Branden, W (4-1)3421--
Berry van Driel, H (2)1-----
Kevin Kelly, H (5)0.222---
Loek van Mil, SV (4)1.11----
Box Score
Umpires: HP-René Ras, 1B-Edwin Louisa, 3B-Coen van Lierop.
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Technical Commissioner-Willem Broertjes.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Time-2:37 hr.

Game Notes:
Neptunus first team to qualify for Play-Offs.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 13° C (55,4° F), west-southwestern wind 21 kmh (13 mph), humidity 53%.

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