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Surprising results in Dutch big league

HOOFDDORP / AMSTERDAM / BUSSUM / ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - On Sunday (July 1), there were some surprising results in the Dutch big league, leading to a 3-way for fourth place. After today's games, the season will be interrupted for six of the eight teams. From Thursday-evening, only league-leaders L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus will play a 3-game series against each other. Thereafter, the international break follows, as the Baseball Week Haarlem will be played July 13-22.

Today, the four scheduled games all started at a different time. The day began at 1 PM with the game of MeerLease Pioniers against De Glaskoning Twins. An hour later, the match-up between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort went underway in the Dutch capital. Starting at 2:30 PM in Bussum, HCAW hosted Silicon Storks. And from 3 PM on, Curaçao Neptunus played against DSS.

...Catcher Jarreau Martina and runnner Mervin Gario... injured in the same situation on two different locations...
(© Photo: Jeanette van Drunen)
In Hoofddorp, playing under its new name after the signing of a sponsor-agreement, Pioniers won 6-3 against Twins after having lost the previous two games. Twins nipped Pioniers 1-0 on Thursday-evening, then recorded a comfortable 7-1 win on Saturday.

Today, Twins took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but then was held scoreless by Dion Steijl, who went the distance for Pioniers. The lefthander struckout only four hitters and gave up eleven basehits, but was supported with six runs by his teammates.

Pioniers collected only five basehits off of two pitchers, who walked eight batters. The Twins-defense contributed with three errors.

In the bottom of the third inning, Pioniers rallied for six runs to turn the game its way. In this at bat, five batters walked. Two wild pitches resulted in two runs, then a single by Mervin Gario tied the score. A 2-run single by Leandro Anasagasti and a sacrifice fly by Jelle Kroft made it a 6-3 score in favor of the home-team.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the game was delayed for nine minutes due to a double injury in the same situation. Mervin Gario, the playing coach of Pioniers, led off with a walk and moments later, he stole second base. Jarreau Martina, who had just entered the game in this inning as the new catcher for Twins, threw the ball to second base. But while doing so, he dislocated his shoulder and fell down in pain. While approaching second base, Gario made an weird movement with his ankle and also fell down in pain. With that, there were two severe injuries on two different parts on the field in the same situation. Both Gario and Martina left the game. In the evening, it was reported that Gario sustained an injury to both his knee and ankle, but appeared to have no fractures. Martina's injury was confirmed as a dislocated shoulder, but there were no torn ligaments. On Monday, the two players will undergo further examinations to determine their injuries.

At Amsterdam, the home-team took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on singles by Zerzinho Croes and Rashid Gerard, but was unable to take more distance in following at bats. In the seventh inning, Amsterdam got the bases loaded with no outs, but failed to score. Remco Draijer then flied out and that ended in a double play, as his brother Victor Draijer was eliminated at the plate trying to score. Another flyout ended the at bat.

Amsterdam then also failed to hold ont the lead. In the eighth, Quick scored a run run on a double by Remian Denis. The team then came alongside in the ninth when closer Jim Ploeger encountered problems with his control. The lefthander walked two batters, got the bases loaded with two outs when he hit a batter, then gave up the tying run when he also hit Joran Berkhout with a pitch.

The game went into extra innings, but remained scoreless, resulting in a surprise 2-2 tie. For Amsterdam, this was its first 12-inning game since 2010.

After completion of the top of the 10th inning, there was a 4-minute injury delay after Quick's Bryan Engelhardt tripped after being eliminated at first base. He fell down and remained lying in the ground for a few minutes. Luckily, he sustained no injuries and was able to continue the game.

At Bussum, HCAW outscored Storks 13-3 in eight innings. The team trailed briefly 1-0, but then scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.

HCAW collected 21 basehits, including four by Julian Goins, who also batted in three runs. Patrick Bok also had three RBI's, while Kevin Weijgertse scored three runs.

Storks had only two basehits off of starter Chris Pfau, who threw six innings. Trailing 9-1, Storks added two runs in the top of the eighth. HCAW then answered with four runs in its eighth to end the game via the mercy-rule.

In Rotterdam, DSS recorded a surprise 3-2 win against Neptunus. The Haarlem-squad opened the score in the fourth inning on a 2-run single by Tino van Erk. The team then added a run in the fifth on a single by Odion Gouverneur.

Neptunus got one run back in the seventh on a wild pitch. In the ninth, the home team narrowed the deficit to 3-2 on an one-out triple by Quintin De Cuba, but he then stranded on third base.

(the complete recaps will be added later)

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