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DSS rallies in ninth inning to avoid sweep

HAARLEM (Neth.) - DSS rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday (May 14) to win 5-4 against Pickles UVV and avoid a 3-game sweep. UVV nipped DSS in the first two games of the series, 5-4 on Thursday and 8-7 on Saturday.

For DSS, today was 'third time's a charm'. The Haarlem-squad also staged comebacks in the previous two games, but ended up one run short. Today, DSS trailed 4-0 halfway the seventh inning and then scored once. The team then scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, winning the game on a 2-out, 2-run, walk-off single by Odion Gouverneur.

UVV outhit DSS 10-7 and starting pitcher Kevin van Veen threw six strong innings, but the team was held scoreless in seven of the nine innings, including the final three at bats at the time that DSS struck and turned the game its way.

It was the fifth consecutive game of DSS that ended with an one-run difference. DSS won two of these games, including a 4-3 win against Hoofddorp Pioniers a week ago. So far this season, seven of the 15 games that DSS played ended with an one-run difference, including an 8-7 win in ten innings against HCAW.

(May 14)

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Today's game remained scoreless in the first four innings.

UVV left runners in scoring position in the second and third inning off of starter Mike Groen. In the second, Julian Goins reached on an infield-hit with one out and moved on a wild pitch, but stranded on second base. In the third, Rick Kuipers singled with one out, stole second base and then also was left behind.

DSS got closer to opening the score off of Kevin van Veen, who made his first start of the season for UVV. The righthander was supported with a double play in the first inning and retired the side in the second at bat. In the third, Van Veen got two quick outs, but then gave up an infield-hit to Mitchel Dautzenberg. Hereafter, Odion Gouverneur also singled. Dautzenberg advanced to second base and when he continued to third base, a throwing error followed. Dautzenberg then tried to score, but was eliminated at the plate.

UVV then opened the score in the top of the fifth. With one out, Steven van Reem and Berend Ruben hit back-to-back doubles to bring in the first run. Ruben later stranded on third base.

UVV took more distance by scoring three runs in the sixth. Lead-off hitter Tijmen Takke reached on an error and moved on a grounder. The bases got loaded when Bryce Cherry walked and Julian Goins reached on an infield-hit. A run was then scored when Sergino Martis was hit by a pitch and two more were added when Steven van Reem connected for his second double. Hereafter, Lars Vogelaar took over the pitching for DSS and closed with a strikeout, but UVV now led 4-0. Vogelaar got runners at the corners with one in the seventh. He was then relieved by Tim Halderman, who was supported with a double play.

...Odion Gouverneur...
...2-out, 2-run, walk-off single...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Kevin van Veen continued his fine performance after the scoring opportunity of DSS in the third ended with an out at the plate. In the fourth, fifth and sixth inning, Van Veen allowed only one batter to reach base. In the seventh, DSS got one run back. Kevin Nieveld led off with a single and the bases got loaded when Omar Williams walked and Tino van Erk singled. That led to a pitching change. José Moreno took over and gave up a sacrifice fly to Djewi Appelman, but then loaded the bases again when he hit next batter Levine Gabriëls with a pitch. With only one out, DSS had a chance to do some more scoring, but the inning ended when pinch-hitter Jordan Illis grounded into a double play.

After UVV was retired in order in the eighth inning, it tried to add an insurance run in the ninth off of closer Reggie Bomberg. Berend Ruben led off with an infield-hit, but his pinch-runner Cecil Comenencia was forced out on a grounder by Rick Kuipers. Moments later, Kuipers stole second base, but was caught stealing when he also tried to steal third base.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, DSS stage another late comeback, just as it had done in the previous two games and this time, it turned the game its way. (Former UVV-player) Omar Williams led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tino van Erk. When next batter Djewi Appelman walked, a pitching change followed. José Moreno was replaced by Jimmy Osinga, but he got the bases loaded when he walked Levine Gabriëls and Sven van de Sanden. Another pitching change followed, as Jonah Van Bemmelen was brought in. On Saturday, Van Bemmelen earned a save, but today, he was credited with a blown save. He began with a wild pitch that narrowed the deficit to only 4-3, but then followed with a strikeout. With runners on second and third base, two outs and the suspense rising again, Odion Gouverneur drilled an 0-1 pitch of Van Bemmelen into leftfield for a 2-run, walk-off single that brought in both runners and gave DSS a 5-4 victory.

DSS - Pickles UVV 5-4
Pickles UVV000013000-4101
(two outs when winning run was scored in the ninth inning)
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin van Veen6 (*)12511

José Moreno, H (1)2.1-2122

Jimmy Osinga, L (0-2)- (**)-2-22

Jonah Van Bemmelen, BS (1)0.11-1--
(*) - Van Veen pitched to three batters in the seventh inning
(**) - Osinga pitched to two batters in the ninth inning

pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
Mike Groen5.141743

Lars Vogelaar11-2--

Tim Halderman1.2-----

Reggie Bomberg, W (1-0)1--1--
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Rudsel Schoobaar, 1B-Henri van Heijningen.
Official Scorer-Brigitta Zaal.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Francis Speters.
Technical Commissioner-Guus Slauerhof.
Public Address Announcer-Yvonne de Vries.
Scoreboard Operator-Edward van Dijck.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:40 hrs.
Site-Pim Mulier Sportpark, Haarlem.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 16° C (60,8° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 27 kmh (16,2 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 72%.

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