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Neptunus wins big vs. Storks; Markwell wins 6th game

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Curaçao Neptunus recorded a big 17-3 win in 6½ inning against Silicon Storks on a rainy Friday-evening (June 1) in the second game of their 3-game series. The game started 10 minutes late due to maintenance to the playing field after rain.

On Thursday-evening, Neptunus trailed halfway the fourth inning, but went on to record a comfortable 13-4 victory in the opener.

Initially, Neptunus trailed again tonight, as Storks scored twice in the top of the first inning. However, Neptunus got two big innings, scoring seven runs in the first and nine in the sixth at bat.

Neptunus collected 15 basehits, including four by Dwayne Kemp, who also had four basehits in the opener on Thursday-evening. He had three basehits in last Sunday's game. In the last three games, Kemp batted 11-for-12. In the last six games, he collected 16 basehits in 26 at bats.

Diegomar Markwell started for Neptunus, gave up three hits in five innings and became the first pitcher this season with six victories.

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After the game went underway ten minutes late due to rain, Storks opened the score in the top of the first inning off of Diegomar Markwell. The lefthander gave up a lead-off double to Gino Gil, then an infield-hit to Quinlan de Windt. Hereafter, Kendrick Delima followed with a 2-run single to give the team from The Hague an early lead. The Neptunus-defense then turned a double play and a flyout ended the at bat.

The lead was shortlived, as Neptunus answered with a 7-run rally off of starting pitcher José Moreno. He made his first start of the season after having pitched in relief in nine earlier games. Storks had some injuries in its pitching staff, including Aaron de Groot, Eduardo Guerra and Darryl Jamoena. Initially, Martin Kram was announced as possible starter for tonight, but Moreno started instead.

With one out, Moreno gave up five consecutive basehits. First, Benjamin Dille reached on an infield-hit, then Dwayne Kemp reached on a bunt-single. Gianison Boekhoudt followed with a 2-run double to tie the score. Next hitter Dudley Leonora also delivered an RBI-double and Shaldimar Daantji added a runscoring single. The bases got loaded when Quintin De Cuba walked and Gregory Muller was hit by a pitch. Moments later, Daantji was forced out at the plate on a grounder by Jochem Koedijk, then Stijn van der Meer followed with a 3-run double in his second at bat in this inning to make it a 7-3 score.

Neptunus scored its next run in the third inning when Quintin De Cuba homered with one out.

Despite already having given up eight runs and ten basehits, José Moreno was left in the game and returned to the mound in the sixth. In that at bat, Neptunus staged another big rally, this time scoring nine runs on five hits. With runners on second and third base, Benjamin Dille delivered a runscoring single. The bases got loaded when Dwayne Kemp also singled. Gianison Boekhoudt then also singles to bring in another run. A pitching followed, as Ivar Meijer was brought in to make his big league-debut. Meijer joined Storks earlier in the week. With the bases loaded, Meijer walked Dudley Leonora and Ruendrick Piternella, resulting in two more runs. Meijer struckout the next hitter, but then gave up a sacrifice fly to Gregory Muller and walked Jochem Koedijk, which loaded the bases again. During the at bat of next hitter Stijn van der Meer, Meijer got to a count of three-balls-and-one-strike, but sustained a minor injury and another pitching change followed. This time, Ricky Voorn, one of the two Pitching Coaches of the team, took the mound, but he ran into problems. He first completed the walk to Van der Meer (which was credited to Meijer), then also walked Benjamin Dille and Dwayne Kemp to bring in three more runs. Hereafter, a single by Gianison Boekhoudt (his second in this at bat) accounted for the ninth run in the inning. A force play finally ended the long at bat.

After having giving up the two runs in the first inning, Diegomar Markwell retired the side in the second at bat. He was supported with a double play in the third and retired the side again in the fourth.

In the fifth, Storks got into scoring position again. With one out, Jurriaan Dijk walked and Tyron de Windt was hit by a pitch, but they stranded on second and third base.

Elton Koeiman took over the pitching for Neptunus in the sixth and also was supported with a double play. The righthander gave up the third run of Storks in the seventh inning. With one out, Aldi Guzman singled and scored on a 2-out double by Tyron de Windt. Hereafter, Koeiman closed the inning and the game with a strikeout.

...Diegomar Markwell (left) and José Moreno were the starting pitchers for Neptunus and Storks...

...Quinlan de Windt steals 2nd base (left) and scores a run for Storks in the 1st inning...
...Short stop Dudley Leonora (left) and catcher Gianison Boekhoudt cannot avoid that; #27 = Gino Gil...

...Left: Dwayne Kemp scores the tying run for Neptunus in the first inning...
...Right: Shaldimar Daantji is forced out in the 1st inning by catcher Jurriaan Dijk as watched by HP Umpire Henri van Heijningen...

...Left: Gino Gil returns to 1st base in the 3rd inning, while 1B Benjamin Dille waits for the ball...
...Right: 2B Dwayne Kemp begins a double play in the third inning...

...Left: Storks-leftfielder Aldi Guzman makes a catch in foul territory in the bullpen in the 5th inning...
...Right: Ivar Meijer made his debut pitching in relief for Storks...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Curaçao Neptunus - Silicon Storks 17-3 (6½ inn.)
Silicon Storks2000001-360
Curaçao Neptunus701009X-17151
pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
José Moreno, L (2-3)5 (*)12141313

Ivar Meijer0.214-33

Ricky Voorn0.1 (**)-2111
(*) - Moreno pitched to five batters in the sixth inning
(**) - Voorn took over with a 3-1 count on the hitter, who walked, which was credited to Meijer

pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Diegomar Markwell, W (6-0)521322

Elton Koeiman22-311

Homerun: Neptunus: Quintin De Cuba (2)(3rd,solo,off Moreno).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Edwin Louisa.
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Francis Speters.
Technical Commissioner-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-7:40 PM.
Time Played-2:05 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Game started 10 minutes later due to maintenance to field after rain.
Ivar Meijer (Storks) made his debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Rainy, 13,9° C (57° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 11 kmh (6,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 95%.

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