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Game 5 Holland Series rains out; Game moved to Monday

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Game Five of the best-of-seven Holland Series, which was to be played on Sunday-afternoon (October 2), was cancelled by the umpiring crew due rain and field conditions. The game had been re-scheduled for Monday-evening in Amsterdam, starting at 7:30 PM.

Defending champion Curaçao Neptunus leads the Championship Final against L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3-1 and is one victory away from capturing its fourth consecutive Championship-title. When a sixth game is needed, that will be played coming Saturday at the site of Neptunus in Rotterdam. That also will be the site in case a seventh game is needed.

...No game today in Amsterdam...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The Final opened last weekend in Rotterdam. Amsterdam Pirates won the opener on Saturday in twelve innings, coming from behind to win 6-5. On Sunday, Neptunus won 8-5 to even the Series.

The third game initially was scheduled to be played on Thursday-evening, but then was cancelled due to rain around 4 PM. It had been raining steadily throughout the day in Amsterdam, resulting in the field become unplayable. The game was moved to Friday-evening and Neptunus won 7-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Series.

On Saturday, Neptunus scored four runs in the first two innings, then was held scoreless in the remainder of the game, but won 4-3 to take a 3-1 lead in the Final.

On Sunday, the fifth game was scheduled to start at 1 PM, one hour earlier than planned, due to live TV-coverage. Through the night, it already had rained for some hours, but in the morning, the sky cleared and the groundscrew worked hard to prepare the field. In the meantime, while the field was covered, players prepared for an eventual game in the indoor facility at the Pirates-complex. However, there was some steady rain again around 11 AM and more rain was expected. In order to give the groundscrew more time to prepare the field, the umpiring crew, after consulting the two Head Coaches, decided around noon to postpone the start from 1 PM to not earlier than 3 PM. During the delay, more rain showers hit the area, which made it almost clear that no game would be played today. It was reported that both Head Coaches wanted to wait even longer when possible and start the game around 7 PM. Unfortunately, the field had become unplayable, making it risky for the players. With that, the umpiring crew decided just before 3 PM to cancel the game definitively and postpone it to Monday-evening.

It is the second rainout during this Series. Last Thursday, Game 3, also to be played in Amsterdam, rained out. That game was moved to and played on Friday-evening.

(October 2)

Game 4 - Narrow win Neptunus; one victory away from title! (October 1)
Game 3 - Neptunus takes lead in Holland Series by winning Game 3. (September 30)
3rd Game Holland Series rains out; moved to Friday. (September 29)
Game 2 - Neptunus scores early to even Holland Series. (September. 25)
Game 1 - Amsterdam Pirates strikes first in Holland Series. (September 24)

Standings Holland Series
Final Standings Play-Offs
Final Overall Standings
Schedule & Starting Pitchers
Team Rosters

...Head Coaches Charles Urbanus and Evert-Jan 't Hoen...
...discuss the situation with each other...

...These two fans remain positive and take their seats...

...Home Plate Umpire Stenar van Groningen Schinkel... interviewed by Andy Houtkamp of NOS Studio Sport...
...explaining the situation to the viewers...

...Game 5 was cancelled on Sunday and is re-scheduled...
...for Monday-evening in Amsterdam...
...starting at 7:30 PM...
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)

...Head Coaches Evert-Jan 't Hoen (Neptunus) and Charles Urbanus (Pirates) are interviewed by Andy Houtkamp...
...for NOS Studio Sport concerning the cancellation and what this means for the Series...

...The field is covered for the rain...

...Home Plate Umpire Stenar van Groningen Schinkel... the signal: No game today...

...The groundscrew starts working again on Monday to make the field playable for the evening to host Game 5...
(© Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)

Amsterdam Pirates - Curaçao Neptunus cancelled
Curaçao Neptunus -000
L&D Amsterdam Pirates -000
pitcher Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Kenny Van Den Branden (announced starting pitcher)------
pitcher Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kyle Ward (announced starting pitcher)------
Standings Holland Series
Final Standings Play-Offs
Final Standings 1st half
Final Standings 2nd half
Final Overall Standings
Team Rosters
Assigned Umpires: HP-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel,
1B-Roy van de Wateringen, 2B-Winfried Berkvens, 3B-Martijn Bosschaart.
Assigned Official Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Assigned Play-by-Play Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Assigned Technical Commissioner-Johan Brandsma.
Public Address Announcers-Hans Jansen de Vries, Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Scheduled Starting Time-1:00 PM.
Time-0:00 hr.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Game Five best-of-seven Holland Series.
Start of the game initially postponed from 1 PM to 3 PM.
Game cancelled at 2:50 PM due to rain and field-conditions.
Game re-scheduled for Monday, October 2 in Amsterdam, starting at 7:30 PM.
Neptunus leads Holland Series, 3-1.

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