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(Story by Marco Stoovelaar)
Neptunus splits double-header against Pirates and Pioniers
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) -
Curaçao Neptunus played a double-header on Sunday (April 2), first playing against L&D Amsterdam Pirates, then against Hoofddorp Pioniers.
Initially two 7-inning games were scheduled.
In the first game against Pirates, the score was 2-2 after six innings.
However, Pirates Head Coach Charles Urbanus wanted to give one of his pitchers also an inning to pitch, since this was the lone game his squad played this weekend.
As Neptunus already had a game played on Saturday and had another scheduled later in the afternoon, Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma was short of pitchers.
Especially, since closer Loek van Mil is injured at the moment and starter Orlando Yntema is currently in the Dominican Republic due to family circumstances.
And so, it was decided that Pirates only played an additional inning in defense and it was in this seventh inning that Neptunus scored a run to win 3-2.
Urbanus used six pitchers in the game and was happy to play today.
,,We had games scheduled initially for this weekend.
These were cancelled awhile ago, but no replacements were arranged'', said Urbanus.
,,So, it was a very nice of Neptunus to play an additional game.
It was fine weather and so, we were happy to get the opportunity to play after all.''
The past four years, Jaarsma was the 3B Coach in the staff of Urbanus at Amsterdam Pirates.
Later in the day, Neptunus ended up short against Pioniers and lost 6-1 in a game that lasted eight innings.
Shurman Marlin had a great day for Pioniers.
He batted 3-for-4, being two doubles and a homerun, and batted in four of the six runs.
Complete exhibition schedule
Neptunus wins against Pioniers in attractive game. (April 1)
Neptunus wins North Sea Cup in The Hague. (March 26)
DSS unbeaten winner Van de Vegte Memorial. (March 26)
Game Amsterdam Pirates vs. UVV ends in tie. (March 26)
Pioniers, DSS, HCAW win on first day Van de Vegte Memorial. (March 25)
Amsterdam Pirates holds UVV scoreless. (March 25)
Pirates wins twice to win Loek Loevendie Tournament. (March 19)
Neptunus records comfortable win against UVV. (March 19)
Pioniers again wins against RCH-Pinguïns. (March 19)
Pioniers opens exhibition season with two wins. (March 18)
UVV and Neptunus play scoreless exhibition game. (March 18)
Two games end in tie at Loek Loevendie Tournament. (March 18)
Neptunus registers huge exhibition-victory. (March 12)
Neptunus wins exhibition game at HCAW. (March 11)
Exhibition games Amsterdam Pirates cancelled. (March 11)
Neptunus vs. Amsterdam Pirates
Neptunus outhit Pirates 9-5, but it was the Amsterdam-squad that was the better of the two in the first four innings.
Pirates reached base frequently, scored two runs, while Neptunus reached base only once in the first three at bats and scored its first run in the fourth inning.
In the top of the first inning, off of starter Kevin Kelly, Amsterdam Pirates opened the score.
With one out, Zerzinho Croes reached on an error, then scored on a 2-out double by Gilmer Lampe.
After stranding a runner on second base in the second inning, Amsterdam added a run in the third.
Remco Draijer led off with a walk, but was forced out on a grounder by Zerzinho Croes.
Moments later, Croes advanced to third base on a single by Nick Urbanus, then scored his second run on a sacrifice fly by Gilmer Lampe, who was credited with his second RBI.
Amsterdam-starter Kevin Heijstek retired the side in the first inning (two strikeouts), then was supported with a double play in his second inning on the mound.
After Kyle Ward had retired the side in the third inning, Neptunus scored its first run in the fourth off of Robin Schel.
Urving Kemp (bunt) and Jochem Koedijk began with singles.
Kemp then stole third base and scored when Shaldimar Daantji followed with a single.
Schel followed with two strikeouts and a force out ended the at bat for Neptunus, which had eleven batters in its batting order.
Neptunus came alongside in the fifth off of Daan Hendrix.
He got the bases loaded when Gianison Boekhoudt walked and Rien Vernooij and Daniel Fernandes both reached on an infield-hit.
When the latter was forced out on a grounder by Ruar Verkerk, Boekhoudt scored the tying run.
A double play then ended the at bat.
In the top of the sixth, Berry van Driel took over the pitching.
Gilmer Lampe, who had batted in both Amsterdam-runs, was the scheduled lead-off hitter.
Hwoever, he had been removed from the batting order, as he was in the bullpen preparing to pitch the bottom of the sixth inning.
Patrick Bok and Danny Rombley opened the inning with basehits, but then Neptunus turned a double play on a fielder's choice-grounder by Linoy Croes.
Initially, Rombley was forced out at second base on the grounder, but then Bok was also eliminated while advancing to third base.
A grounder then ended the at bat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Gilmer Lampe walked Urving Kemp, who then stole second base, but was picked off by the catcher shortly thereafter.
With two outs, Shaldimar Daantji singled, then Lampe closed with a strikeout.
With the score tied at 2-2, Neptunus has ran out of pitchers, but Amsterdam had one pitcher left to pitch.
And so, Pirates didn't bat in the top of the seventh, while Neptunus got an extra at bat.
With that, a seventh inning followed, or maybe you can call it an extended sixth inning.
In this final at bat, Tom de Blok took the mound for Amsterdam.
He gave up a lead-off single to Christian Diaz, who went on to score on a 2-out double by Rien Vernooij.
De Blok closed the inning and the game with a strikeout.
|Curaçao Neptunus - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3-2 (6½ inn.)|
|L&D Amsterdam Pirates||101||000||X||-||2||5||0|
|Kyle Ward, H (1)||1||-||-||-||-||-|
|Robin Schel, H (1)||1||2||-||3||1||1|
|Daan Hendrix, BS (1)||1||-||1||2||1||1|
|Tom de Blok, L (0-1)||1||2||-||2||1||1|
|Berry van Driel, W (1-0)||1||-||-||2||-||-|
Neptunus vs. Hoofddorp Pioniers
In the second game today, Neptunus Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma shuffled his batting order.
With that, he created an inventive batting order, as his regular lead-off hitters were now hitting in fifth and sixth place, while his clean-up hitters were hitting in seventh and ninth position.
But of course, this was another exhibition game and so, everything is possible and (almost) everything is allowed.
Like in the first game, Neptunus again had eleven batters in its batting order.
Veteran righthander Elton Koeiman started for Neptunus and pitched against one of his former teams.
After retiring the side in the first inning, the righthander saw six consecutive batters reach base in the second inning, but none of them scored!
In the second, Jeffrey Arends led off with a single and Shurman Marlin walked.
Marlin was then forced out on a grounder by Sander Paap.
That brought Arends to third base and he was then eliminated in a rundown trying to score on a following grounder by Glenn Bakker.
While Arends was eliminated, Paap advanced to third base and Bakker moved to second.
The bases got loaded when Joey Eeman walked, then another fielder's choice-grounder followed.
On Duco Nuijten's grounder, Bakker was forced out and so the inning ended and three runners were left behind.
Koeiman retired the side again in the third, but then gave up a run in the fourth.
Jeffrey Arends led off with a triple and scored on a following double by Shurman Marlin.
Pioniers-starter Lars Huijer encountered no problems in the first two innings, then Maickel Rietel threw the next two innings.
He retired the first five batters, including three strikeouts, and also threw two solid innings.
In the fifth, Neptunus came alongside off of new pitcher Darryl Jamoena.
He gave up a lead-off double to Shaldimar Daantji, who moved on a bunt-single by Benjamin Dille and scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian Diaz.
Pioniers re-took the lead in the sixth off of new pitcher Mike van den Berg.
The rookie walked lead-off hitter Jeffrey Arends, then saw Shurman Marlin hit his second homerun of the exhibition season to make it a 3-1 score.
In the seventh, Pioniers rallied for three runs on five basehits.
The bases got loaded on three consecutive basehits, then a run was scored on a sacrifice fly by Mervin Gario.
Jeffrey Arends followed with a runscoring single, which led to a pitching change.
Misja Harcksen took over from Van den Berg, but was greeted with an RBI-double by Shurman Marlin, who batted in four of the six runs.
Hereafter, Sander Paap flied out, but that also ended the inning, as Arends was eliminated trying to score to complete a double play.
Rookie Angelo Wicklert pitched the final two innings for Pioniers against his former club, where he pitched in its second team (Tridents).
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, he got runners on first and third base with two outs, but a flyout then ended the game.
|Curaçao Neptunus - Hoofddorp Pioniers 1-6 (8 inn.)|
|Darryl Jamoena, BS (1), W (2-1)||2||-||-||2||1||1|
|Mike van den Berg, L (0-1)||1.1||-||1||5||5||5|
|Homerun: Pioniers: Shurman Marlin (2)(6th,2-run,off Van den Berg).|
Umpires: HP-André Ficken, 1B-Henri van Heijningen,|
3B-Roy van de Wateringen.
Scorer-Judith de Heide (Neptunus).
Public Address Announcer-none.
Starting Time-2:30 PM.
Time Played-0:00 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.
Neptunus had eleven batters in its batting order.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 14,9° C (58,8° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 18 kmh (11,3 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 65%.
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