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Updated: August 30, 2015
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DSS closes first big league-season with shutout-win
HAARLEM (Neth.) - DSS closed its first season in the highest division on Sunday (August 30) with a 3-0 shutout-victory vs. UVV. The Haarlem-squad can look back to a successful year in which it made its debut in the Dutch big league. It ended up in a tie for first place in the Play-Downs with UVV, but because the latter had won the previous two games (and thus the series), DSS officially ends up in second place, or sixth overall.

UVV underscored in today's game that it was its last one of the 2015 season and so, it was time to have some fun. Almost all players on its roster, including pitchers, participated in the game, resulting in multiple changes each inning. Head Coach Ferenc Jongejan used 19 players and made 40 changes (!) throughout the game.

Most players played in unfamiliar positions and some switched each inning. Six pitchers played in either the infield or outfield or both. The team played without a designated hitter, meaning all pitchers also hit. Starting pitcher Ian Delemarre threw the first three innings, then played two innings in centerfield. From the fourth inning on, five different position players took their turn on the mound. Five pitchers played several positions except pitching. Gilian van Lith (who was the lead-off hitter) played all three outfield-positions and finished at first base. Timo van Ancum played as short stop in the first five innings. Delemarre, Van Lith and Van Ancum were all replayed after five innings. In the sixth inning, two other pitchers entered the game. Thijs Steenwijk played in centerfield and rightfield, then as second baseman. Kevin Noordzij played in rightfield, then at second and first base.

DSS only made one unfamiliar change, as it used back-up catcher Shane Boeree as closer in the ninth inning. It earned him a save.

(August 30)

DSS opened the score in the first at bat off of starter Ian Delemarre. He walked lead-off hitter Mark Smit, who then stole second base. Hereafter, Lex Leijenaar also walked. Smit advanced on an errant pick-off, then scored on force play-grounder by Mitchell Koot.

In the second inning, Levine Gabriëls and Joffrey Heus led off with singles, but an infield-fly and double play followed.

DSS got four baserunners in the fourth off of new pitcher Norbert Jongerius, who is the regular rightfielder, but today was the starting third baseman. He walked Ryan Miner, but then next batter Seb Visser lined into a double play to first baseman Gilian van Lith, who is a pitcher. Hereafter, Jongerius walked Levine Gabriëls and hit Joffrey Heus with a pitch, but a force play ended the inning.

Short stop, but today outfielder, Dennis De Quint became UVV's third pitcher in the fifth inning. He gave up a 2-out single to Lex Leijenaar, who advanced on a wild pitch, but then stranded.

In the sixth, eight new players entered the game defensively for UVV, including new pitcher Thomas Smits, who also was supported with a double play, which included the same two DSS-players. Smits, who is a first baseman, walked Ryan Miner, then Seb Visser flied into a double play. Levine Gabriëls and Joffrey Heus then singled and the first scored when Shane Boeree also singled.

In the seventh, Belgian (first baseman) Jamie Verheyleweghen became the new pitcher for UVV. He was successful, as he retired the side.

In the eighth, outfielder Mike Bazuin became the sixth and last pitcher for UVV in this game. He began with a strikeout, but then walked Visser and gave up a double to Gabriëls. A wild pitch enabled Visser to score the third run for DSS.

Mark van Deursen had a fine outing as starting pitcher for DSS. The righthander struckout eight batters, walked none and gave up only four hits in throwing six scoreless innings. He struckout the first two batters in the first inning, then gave up a single to Dennis De Quint, but he stranded. In the second inning, Van Deursen struckout the side.

In the third, Dennis Ribbens led off for UVV with a single, but hereafter the DSS-defense turned a double play to support Van Deursen, who closed with another strikeout. In the fourth, DSS turned another double play after Cecil Commenencia had led off with a single. Timo van Ancum followed with a single, but stranded. Van Ancum was the lone regular UVV-pitcher in this game who connected for a basehit.

Van Deursen retired the side in the fifth and sixth inning, adding two more strikeouts.

Jorn van Ingen took over the DSS-pitching in the seventh. He saw Jordan Illis reach on an error, but then DSS turned another double play. With two outs in the eighth, UVV got two baserunners when (pitcher) Kevin Noordzij was hit by a pitch and Jamie Verheyleweghen reached on an error. But a force play ended the at bat.

Back-up catcher Shane Boeree closed the game on the mound for DSS in the ninth inning. He got two quick outs, including a strikeout, then gave up a single to Omar Williams, but he was left behind when a grounder ended the game.

Despite all changes, this was one of the fastest games of the season, lasting only one hour and 55 minutes.

DSS - UVV 3-0
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Ian Delemarre, L (0-2)3-2211
Norbert Jongerius1-2---
Dennis De Quint1--1--
Thomas Smits1-1311
Jamie Verheyleweghen1-----
Mike Bazuin112111
pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
Mark van Deursen, W (1-1)68-4--
Jorn van Ingen, H (1)21----
Shane Boeree, SV (1)11-1--
Box Score
Standings Play-Downs
Overall Final Standings
Umpires: HP-Jos van Eijsden, 1B-Niek Elshof, 3B-Winfried Berkvens.
Official Scorer-Huub Nelissen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Technical Commissioner-Guus Slauerhof.
Public Address Announcer-Bert Daniëls.
Time-1:55 hr.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 22° C (71,6° F), east-northeastern wind 18 kmh (11,2 mph), wind speed 3,2 Bft, humidity 69%.

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