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Neptunus decides game with 8-run rally in 7th inning

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Curaçao Neptunus outscored HCAW 12-2 on Saturday-afternoon (May 5). Neptunus led only 4-2 halfway the seventh inning, but the home-team then rallied for eight runs to end the game via the mercy-rule.

Today, it was National Liberation Day in the Netherlands, which is celebrated the day after National Memorial Day (May 4).

In today's game, Neptunus collected 19 basehits, including eight that were hit in the seventh inning. Benjamin Dille was 4-for-4, scored twice and batted in three runs. Gregory Muller had three basehits, also batted in three runs and score two runs. All nine players in the batting order hit at least one basehit. Except for catcher Quintin De Cuba, all players scored at least once.

On Thursday-evening, Neptunus also decided the game late. The team then led only 1-0 after four innings, but went on to record a comfortable 9-1 victory. Neptunus hit 16 basehits in the series-opener.

(May 5)

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It was HCAW that opened the score in the top of the first inning off of righthander Orlando Yntema. The team failed to enlarge its lead and left three runners behind. Jeandro Tromp led off with a single and the bases got loaded with one out when Roelie Henrique also singled and Vince Rooi walked. Bryce Cherry followed with a runscoring single to give HCAW an early. But three runners were left behind when the next two hitters flied out.

In the next two innings, HCAW got another chance to do some scoring, but both times, a runner was left behind on second base. In the second at bat, Denzel Bryson was on second base with one out, then Yntema struckout the next two hitters. In the third, Vince Rooi was on second base with two outs when Yntema again closed with a strikeout. In the five innings he pitched, Yntema struckout eight hitters.

Neptunus got into scoring position in its first at bat off of Dennis Burgersdijk. With one out, the righthander gave up singles to Benjamin Dille and Dwayne Kemp, but then was supported with a double play. In the second inning, Burgerdsdijk gave up a lead-off single to Shaldimar Daantji, who was caught stealing shortly thereafter.

Neptunus came alongside with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. Darryl Collins led off with a double, but he was then eliminated on a grounder towards third base by next hitter Jochem Koedijk. With two outs, Koedijk advanced on a single by Benjamin Dille and scored on a single by Dwayne Kemp. Neptunus then left runners behind on first and third base.

Neptunus failed to take the lead in the fourth. Shaldimar Daantji led off with a single. He moved on a grounder and a single by Gregory Muller, but they stranded on first and third base.

After HCAW had left another runner in scoring position in the top of the fifth, Neptunus scored twice in its fifth at bat. The team got runners at the corners when Stijn van der Meer and Benjamin Dille both singled. Hereafter, a double run-down followed. Dudley Leonora grounded the ball to third baseman Vince Rooi. Van der Meer took off, but got in a run-down between third base and the plate, while Dille advanced to second base. Van der Meer was able to return safely to third base, but in the meantime, Dille also had arrived there, who then got hung up in the second run-down. This time, Van der Meer was more successful and scored, while Dille reached third base safely. Also, Leonora had advanced to second base in this situation. Moments later, Dille scored the next run on a wild pitch.

...Denzel Bryson breaks hit bat while hitting for HCAW...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
HCAW got another scoring opportunity in the top of the sixth off of new pitcher Jiorgeny Casimiri, who got the bases loaded quickly. He walked lead-off hitter Seb Visser, then gave up an one-out single to Kevin Weijgertse and walked Denzel Bryson. A force play at the plate followed on a grounder by Jeandro Tromp and a grounder to first base ended the at bat, meaning HCAW left three runners behind for the second time.

Neptunus added a run in the bottom of the sixth. Lead-off hitter Gregory Muller reached on an error, moved to second and third base base on two passed balls, while Darryl Collins walked. Muller scored on an infield-hit by Jochem Koedijk to make it a 4-1 score. With one out, Collins and Koedijk advanced on a sacrifice bunt, but stranded on second and third base.

HCAW cut the deficit in half in the top of the seventh off of Casimiri. With two outs (double play), Bryce Cherry singled, then moved to second base on a wild pitch while Seb Visser struckout. He scored when Patrick Bok followed with a single.

Leading only 4-2, Neptunus decided (and ended) the game with an 8-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Thirteen batters stepped up to the plate, who produced eight basehits. Dudley Leonora and Shaldimar Daantji led off with singles. With one out, the two executed a double-steal, then scored on a single by Gregory Muller. That led to a pitching change, as Moreno Vork took over from Dennis Burgersdijk. Vork walked Darryl Collins and gave up a single to Jochem Koedijk to get the bases loaded. A run was then scored when he walked Stijn van der Meer and Benjamin Dille followed with a baseclearing, 3-run double that made it a 10-2 score. Moments later, Dille scored the next run when Dwayne Kemp reached on an error. In his second at bat in the inning, Dudley Leonora again singled and after a flyout, the bases got loaded again when Quintin De Cuba also singled. The game then ended via the mercy-rule when Gregory Muller delivered a runscoring, walk-off single that made it a 12-2 score.

...Left: Dennis Burgersdijk had a fine start for HCAW...
...Right: Short stop Roelie Henrique tags out Darryl Collins in the 3rd inning, while 3B Umpire Edwin Louisa looks into the action...
(© Both Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

...Left: Orlando Yntema was the starting pitcher for Neptunus...
...Right: Bryce Cherry batted in the first run for HCAW in the 1st inning...

...Left: Kevin Weijgertse is forced out by 2B Dwayne Kemp in the 2nd inning...
...Right: Dwayne Kemp batted in the tying run for Neptunus in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma coaching at 3rd base for Neptunus...
...Right: Darryl Collins reacts after being eliminated at 3rd base in the 3rd inning...
...Standing at right are 3B Vince Rooi and SS Roelie Henrique...

...Left: Roelie Henrique was 2-for-3 for HCAW...
...Right: Seb Visser is about to make contact for HCAW...

...Left: Jochem Koedijk dives back to 1st base during a pick-off to 1B Patrick Bok...
...Right: Kevin Weijgertse slides into 2nd base where short stop Dudley Leonora receives the ball...

...Vince Rooi (left) hopes that the ball hit by Stijn van der Meer in the 5th inning turns foul...
...At right, Van der Meer, 1B Patrick Bok and 1B Umpire Jos van Eijsden share a laugh after the ball stays fair...

...In the 5th inning, Stijn van der Meer (right) got in a rundown on a grounder by Dudley Leonora (left)...
...Catcher Denzel Bryson drives Van der Meer back to third base, where Benjamin Dille has arrived...

...Left: Stijn van der Meer safely reaches 3rd base during the rundown, then Benjamin Dille got into another rundown...
...Left to right: Umpire Edwin Louisa, SS Roelie Henrique, 3B Vince Rooi, Stijn van der Meer, C Denzel Bryson and Benjamin Dille...
...At right, catcher Denzel Bryson stops the second rundown trying to avoid Van der Meer from scoring a run...

...Dudley Leonora steals 3rd base in the 7th inning, while 3B Vince Rooi has received the ball...

...Jiorgeny Casimiri (left) and Moreno Vork closed for Neptunus and HCAW...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Curaçao Neptunus - HCAW 12-2 (7 inn.)
Curaçao Neptunus0010218-12190
(two outs when 10-run difference was reached in the seventh inning)
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Dennis Burgersdijk, L (0-1)6.1311476

Moreno Vork0.1-2554

pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema, W (2-0)583511

Jiorgeny Casimiri, SV (1)223311
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-Jos van Eijsden, 3B-Edwin Louisa.
Official Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Technical Commissioner-Henk van der Linde.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:33 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 19,6° C (67,3° F); wind direction east-northeast;
wind speed 18 kmh (11,2 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 46%.

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