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UVV and Neptunus play scoreless exhibition game

SOEST (Neth.) - Pickles UVV and Curaçao Neptunus played a scoreless 7-inning exhibition game on Saturday (March 18) in Soest at the site of Knickerbockers.

Last weekend, Neptunus registered two comfortable wins against HCAW, 11-7 and 16-1. UVV also had won big a week ago, winning 13-1 against The Orioles.

UVV and Neptunus will face each other again on Sunday, starting at 2 PM in Rotterdam.

(March 18)

Complete exhibition schedule

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In today's game, there were no runs and only three basehits. The pitchers of both teams controlled the game, as they struckout 12 batters combined. It were the three Neptunian pitchers, who were most successfull in this category, as they struckout nine batters. The five pitchers that took the mound in this game, walked six batters combined.

Behind the plate was international umpire Winfried Berkvens. Earlier in the week, he returned from México, where he had been one of the umpires in Pool D in the First Round of the World Baseball Classic.

Neptunus reached third base only once and got into scoring position only twice.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Ruar Verkerk singled for Neptunus, but next batter Daniel Fernandes grounded into a double play.

With one out in the second inning, UVV-starter Gillian van Lith saw Shaldimar Daantji reach on an error, but the next two batters flied out.

In the third, Neptunus again reached base with one out. Van Lith then gave up a basehit to Greg Muller, then walked Urving Kemp. Again, two flyouts followed.

In the top of the fourth, Neptunus came closest to scoring a run. Gianison Boekhoudt led off with a walk, advanced on an one-out grouder, then stole third base. But he stranded there, when a flyout ended the at bat.

...The players of UVV are ready to take the field...
(© Photo: Jan Kruijdenberg)
José Moreno took over the UVV-pitching in the fifth and retired the side. In the sixth, he walked Boekhoudt with two outs, but again, a flyout ended the at bat. Moreno retired the side again in the seventh, which was the last inning of the game.

UVV faced three pitchers and got into scoring position only once today.

Neptunus-starter Misja Harcksen walked Timo van Ancum with one out in the first inning, but he was forced out. In the second, Steven van Reem singled with one out and with that accounted for the lone UVV-basehit. He stranded on first base.

In the third, Cecil Comenencia led off with a walk and advanced on a passed ball to become the lone runner of UVV to reach second base and get into scoring position. He was left behind on second base, as Harcksen struckout two of the next three batters.

In the fourth inning, Stefan Iannelli took over the pitching. He walked Randy Daal with one out, but he was forced out. In the fifth, Iannelli began with two strikeouts, then hit Comenencia with a pitch, but closed with another strikeout.

Berry van Driel pitched the sixth and seventh inning for Neptunus and retired all six batters he faced. Five of them on grounders.

...Left: Umpires Winfried Berkvens and Jos van Eijsden meet coaches Etiënne Rijnbergen and Jan Collins...
...Right: 2B Randy Daal turns a double play in the first inning...

...Left: Misja Harcksen started for Neptunus...
...Right: Timo van Ancum hitting for UVV...

...Left: Berend Ruben watches the wind-up of Stefan Iannelli...
...Right: UVV's short stop Jelle Blaauw eliminates a batter...

...Left: José Moreno pitched the final three innings for UVV...
...Right: Tijmen Takke connects for UVV...

...Bryce Cherry makes contact for UVV...

...Left: Leftfielder Cecil Comenencia is about to catch a ball...
...Right: Berry van Driel closed the game for Neptunus...
(© All Photos: Jan Kruijdenberg)

Pickles UVV - Curaçao Neptunus 0-0 (7 inn.)
Curaçao Neptunus0000000-020
Pickles UVV0000000-011
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Misja Harcksen3521--

Stefan Iannelli231---

Berry van Driel21----

pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Gilian van Lith4122--

José Moreno321---
Standings Exhibition Season
Exhibition Scores
Exhibition Schedule
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Jos van Eijsden.
Scorer-Carina Broersma (UVV).
Public Address Announcer-none.
Scoreboard Operator-none.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-0:00 hrs.
Site-Sportpark Bosstraat, Soest (site Knickerbockers)

Game Notes:
Exhibition Game.
Game played at the site of Knickerbockers in Soest.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 10,4° C (50,7° F); wind direction west-northwest;
wind speed 16 kmh (9,6 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 92%.

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