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Neptunus records comfortable win against UVV

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Curaçao Neptunus recorded a comfortable 18-7 victory in nine innings against Pickles UVV in an exhibition game on Sunday (March 19). The first game between the two teams on Saturday ended in a scoreless tie in seven innings.

On a chilly afternoon, Neptunus collected 23 basehits in today's game, which ended with a walk-off, 2-run homerun by Greg Muller with four (!) outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Muller also doubled and was 4-for-4, while walking twice. Shaldimar Daantji, Ruar Verkerk, Christian Diaz and Daniel Fernandes all had three basehits. Daantji doubled and had two triples, Verkerk doubled twice, Diaz tripled and homered.

For Neptunus, this is the third of four games played in which the team scored 10 or more runs. 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.

Coming weekend, Neptunus participates in a 2-day international tournament of Storks in the Hague. There, the Rotterdam-squad will play four games. Four players of the team are currently with the Netherlands Kingdom Team in the Final Round of the World Baseball Classic, being pitchers Diegomar Markwell, Loek van Mil and Orlando Yntema and infielder/outfielder Dwayne Kemp. After completion of the Second Round, Yntema was replaced on the roster by closer Kenley Jansen, but he will remain with the team through the end of the tournament. Because of this, Neptunus Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma again added some players from the Unicorns to his team for this weekend. The National Team returns home later in the week and so, he hopes to have a complete team again for coming weekend.

UVV will meet L&D Amsterdam Pirates in two games, Saturday at the site of Houten Dragons in Houten and Sunday in Amsterdam. Both games begin at 2 PM.

(March 19)

Complete exhibition schedule

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UVV and Neptunus play scoreless exhibition game. (March 18)
Neptunus registers huge exhibition-victory. (March 12)
Neptunus wins exhibition game at HCAW. (March 11)
Convincing exhibition win UVV against Orioles. (March 11)

UVV led 4-1 halfway the fourth inning, but then Neptunus rallied for four runs and turned the game its way.

UVV took an 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning off of starter Kevin Kelly. Lead-off hitter Rick Kuipers reached on an error, then the bases got loaded when Tijmen Takke walked and Bryce Cherry reached on a bunt-single. A sacrifice fly by Mike Bazuin and a grounder by Sergino Martis then gave UVV an early lead.

In the bottom of the first inning, Neptunus cut the deficit in half off of starter Timo van Ancum when Shaldimar Daantji led off with a triple, then scored on a double by Ruar Verkerk.

UVV took some more distance by scoring a run in the second and third inning. In the second, Julian Goins tripled with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cecil Comenencia. In the third, Mike Bazuin scored with two outs on a single by Sergino Martis to lift the lead to 4-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, off of new pitcher Kevin van Veen, Neptunus struck with four runs. Daniel Fernandes and Gianison Boekhoudt led off with singles, then the latter was forced out on a grounder by Urving Kemp. Moments later, Kemp stole second base, which was followed by an error that enabled Fernandes to score. A single by Greg Muller and a double by Jochem Koedijk then tied the score. With two outs, Shaldimar Daantji also doubled to give Neptunus a 5-4 lead.

In the fifth, Neptunus added a run when Christian Diaz tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

UVV scored its next run in the top of the sixth off of rookie-pitcher Mike van den Berg, who had taken over in the previous inning. He walked Sergino Martis, then gave up a single to Steven van Reem, but struckout the next two batters. A walk for Cecil Comenencia loaded the bases and a pick-off throwing error by the catcher then led to a run, but UVV stranded two runners.

In the bottom of the sixth, Neptunus rallied for five runs. Rookie Den Seelbach led off with a single. Hereafter, Shaldimar Daantji hit his second triple in the game and scored on a following double by Ruar Verkerk. The latter then moved on a grounder by rookie Ruendrick Pieternella, but was unable to advance on an infield-hit by Christian Diaz. A single by Daniel Fernandes, followed by a throwing error, led to two more runs. Gianison Boekhoudt then walked and Urving Kemp added a runscoring single that lifted the lead to 11-5. While there was only one out, it also ended this at bat.

In the seventh, Neptunus again rallied for five runs, highlighted by a 3-run homerun by Christian Diaz.

In the eighth, UVV was able to do some scoring again off of new pitcher Elton Koeiman. With one out, Berend Ruben tripled and scored on an error with two outs on a grounder by Cecil Comenencia, who later scored himself on another error.

In the bottom of the ninth, Roland Laurens pitched for UVV. With one out, he walked Christian Diaz, then retired the next two batters. While there were three outs, the inning continued and the next batter also was eliminated. With four outs and a runner on base, Greg Muller was the next batter and he homered to lift the lead to 18-7. And that also ended the game.

Curaçao Neptunus - Pickles UVV 18-7
Pickles UVV211001020-785
Curaçao Neptunus100415502-18235
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Timo van Ancum33-311

Kevin van Veen, BS (1), L (0-1)2.1 (*)-2131010

Jimmy Osinga1.2 (**)12654

Roland Laurens1 (***)-1122
(*) - Van Veen pitched one 1-out inning
(**) - Osinga pitched one 2-out inning
(***) - Laurens pitched a 4-out inning

pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Kelly, W (2-0)431442

Mike van den Berg, H (1)33321-

Elton Koeiman22-12-

Homeruns: Neptunus: Christian Diaz (1)(7th,3-run,off Osinga), Greg Muller (1)(9th,2-run,off Laurens).
Standings Exhibition Season
Exhibition Scores
Exhibition Schedule
Umpires: HP-Peter Brink, 1B-Antoine Loock.
Scorers-Judith de Heide (Neptunus), Carina Broersma (UVV).
Public Address Announcer-none.
Scoreboard Operator-none.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-3:05 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Exhibition Game.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 13° C (55,4° F); wind direction west-southwest;
wind speed 37 kmh (22,2 mph); wind force 6 Bft; humidity 78%.

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