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Updated: June 25, 2017
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DSS nips Pioniers to stay in race for Championship Pool

HAARLEM (Neth.) - DSS closed its 3-game series against Hoofddorp Pioniers on Sunday (June 25) with a 7-6 victory to avoid a sweep. In recent weeks, DSS staged several late-innings comebacks, but today, the Haarlem-squad decided the game in the middle innings, scoring six runs. DSS suffered two mercy-rule losses in the first two games, 12-0 and 11-1.

With the win, DSS remains a contender to reach the top-4 (Championship Pool) and also ended a 6-game losing streak. A loss today would have meant elimination for DSS. When Pioniers had won today, only Pickles UVV still would have a chance of finishing above the Hoofddorp-squad. But now, three teams are still theoretically in the race.

After today's games, the season will be interrupted for the World Port Tournament. The season then resumes again on July 13 with a series between L&D Amsterdam PIrates and Curaçao Neptunus. The other teams resumes their season a week later.

On Thursday, July 20, Pioniers could have become the fourth team to reach the Championship Pool, but that decision now will come somewhat later. It is even theoretically possible that Pioniers, DSS and UVV end up in a tie for fourth place after the regular season ends on August 6. In that case, Pioniers will advance based on the head-to-head games between the three teams. When Pioniers ends up in a tie with either DSS (4-2) or UVV (5-1) it also will be in its favor based on the head-to-head results.

However, a first decision is possible on July 20. When Pioniers wins on that evening against Curaçao Neptunus and DSS ends up short against UVV, this will mean elimination for DSS. Pioniers then can become the fourth team two days later with the right win-loss combination.

The only chances for DSS or UVV to reach the top-4 is finishing above Pioniers. And in order to do so, they have to win most of their remaining games, while Pioniers may only win one of its six remaining games.

Anyway, there will be some interesting games remaining when the season resumes after the World Port Tournament.

(June 25)

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DSS trailed 2-0 after the third inning, then scored six runs in the next two at bats to turn the game its way. Leading 6-2, the suspense got back when Pioniers scored four runs in the eighth and ninth inning combined. However, DSS also scored a run in its eighth, which was the difference in today's final score.

Pioniers opened the score in the top of the first inning off of starter Donny Breek. With one out, Mervin Gario doubled and scored when next batter Dudley Leonora singled. Leonora advanced on a passed ball and a wild pitch, but stranded on third base.

Pioniers added its second run in the third at bat. With one out, Joey Eeman tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mervin Gario.

Pioniers-starter Nick Keur held DSS scoreless in the first three innings. The lefthander retired the side in the first inning. He then gave up a lead-off single to Tino van Erk in the second inning, but was later supported with a double play. In the third, he walked Mitchel Dautzenberg with one out, but the Pioniers-defense then turned another double play.

DSS came alongside in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Tino van Erk was hit by a pitch and Djewi Appelman singled. The two advanced on a wild pitch, then both scored on a single by Omar Williams to tie the score at 2-2.

In the top of the fifth, it was the DSS-defense that made a double play. The team then rallied for four runs in the home half of the fifth to turn the game its way and it also led to a pitching change. Devano Pieter led off with a single, then scored all the way from first base when pitcher Nick Keur made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Mitchel Dautzenberg, who himself ended up on third base. Hereafter, Kevin Nieveld walked and with one out, the bases got loaded when Levine Gabriëls walked. A run was scored when Tino van Erk was hit by a pitch to give DSS a 4-2 lead. Keur struckout the following batter, but then was relieved by Glenn Wassink, who was greeted with a 2-run double by Omar Williams that increased the lead to 6-2.

After having scored in the first and third inning, Pioniers was held scoreless by Donny Breek. In the fourth, the righthander gave up a lead-off single to Jeffrey Arends and walked Shurman Marlin, who moved a base when a balk was called with one out. But the two were left behind. In the fifth and sixth inning, DSS made another double play. In the sixth, Pioniers got the bases loaded. Dudley Leonora led off with a double and with one out, Shurman Marlin and Glenn Bakker walked. Hereafter, Reggie Bomberg took over the pitching from Donny Breek and the inning ended with a double play.

Trailing 6-2, Pioniers got two runs back in the top of the eighth off of closer Bayron Cornelisse. The righthander initially started the season on the roster of Pioniers, but didn't pitch for the team, as the two separates shortly before the start of the season. In May, Cornelisse transfered to DSS. In the eighth, he gave up a lead-off single to Duco Nuijten, then saw Dudley Leonora reach on an error. With one out, Shurman Marlin delivered a runscoring single, as did Max Draijer with two outs. These two then moved to second and third base on a wild pitch, but were left behind when Cornelisse closed with a strikeout.

In the bottom of the eighth, DSS added an insurance run off of new pitcher Angelo Wicklert. With one out, Sven van de Sanden walked. He scored on a following double by Devano Pieter, who himself was eliminated at third base trying to make it a triple.

In the top of the ninth, Pioniers made it an one-run score. Cornelisse began with two strikeouts, then gave up an infield-hit to Duco Nuijten and hit next batter Dudley Leonora with a pitch. The two moved on a wild pitch and scored when Jeffrey Arends followed with a double. Cornelisse then closed the inning and the game with another strikeout.

DSS - Hoofddorp Pioniers 7-6
Hoofddorp Pioniers101000022-6114
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Nick Keur, L (2-2)4.243463

Glenn Wassink1.1112--

Maickel Rietel12----

Angelo Wicklert111111

pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
Donny Breek, W (1-3)5.145622

Reggie Bomberg, H (1)1.21----

Bayron Cornelisse25-543
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Olav Steijger, 3B-Efrem Silvania.
Official Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Technical Commissioner-Guus Slauerhof.
Public Address Announcer-Yvonne de Vries.
Scoreboard Operator-Edward van Dijck.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-3:00 hrs.
Site-Pim Mulier Sportpark, Haarlem.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 17° C (62,6° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 21 kmh (13,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 81%.

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