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Strong Orlando Yntema throws Neptunus to Holland Series-lead

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Curaçao Neptunus struck early on Saturday-afternoon (October 6) and went on to win 4-1 against L&D Amsterdam Pirates in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Holland Series. With the win, the Rotterdam-club took a 3-2 lead.

Amsterdam Pirates opened the Series a week ago with a convincing 8-2 victory against the reigning champion. Last weekend, Amsterdam shutout Neptunus 7-0 on Saturday to win its second game. On Sunday, Neptunus broke an 1-1 tie in de fourth inning and won 4-1 to force at least a fifth game. Last Thursday-evening, Neptunus led only 6-4, then rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to record a big 13-4 win and equal the Series at 2-2.

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The Series now moves back again to Amsterdam for Game 6 on Sunday. It was there that Amsterdam won the first two games on home-soil, so with that, the Series could turn around again. When Neptunus wins, it will capture its 19th Championship-title. When Amsterdam wins, a deciding seventh game is needed, which then will be played on Sunday, October 14.

In today's game, Neptunus took an early lead off of starter Kevin Heijstek. A week ago, the righthander threw a complete game, 3-hit shutout. Today, he gave up fourteen basehits in 7 2/3 inning. He held Neptunus scoreless from the fifth inning, but the early lead was enough.

Neptunus opened the score in the first inning, then added two runs in the third at bat. In the fourth, the lead was increased to 4-0.

Orlando Yntema started for Neptunus and had a strong outing. The righthander struckout ten batters and gave up six basehits in 6 2/3 inning. He saw Amsterdam get into scoring position several times, but allowed no runs. Until the seventh inning when Amsterdam scored its lone run. In the eighth, the 4-1 appeared to come in jeopardy. But with runners on second and third base and two outs, it was short stop Stijn van der Meer who saved the lead with a nice play.

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While being outhit 14-8, Amsterdam Pirates got several scoring opportunities. However, the clutch hit didn't come and so, the team stranded seven runners in scoring position.

Neptunus was most productive in the first four innings. In that span, the team recorded nine of its 14 hits today. That means, that Neptunus hit only five basehits in its final four innings. In these at bats, the team got several baserunners, but left three of them in scoring position.

It was Amsterdam that got into scoring position first off of starter Orlando Yntema, who appeared to have recovered from the cold, which prompted him to leave the team on both Thursday and Sunday. The righthander gave up lead-off singles to Remco Draijer and Nick Urbanus, who moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Gilmer Lampe. But they were left behind, as a flyout and strikeout closed the at bat.

Neptunus then settled things early off starter Kevin Heijstek by opening the score in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Benjamin Dille singled and got into scoring position when an outfield-error followed. The Belgian player then moved to third base on an infield-hit by Stijn van der Meer and scored on a following single by Dwayne Kemp. A double play ended the inning, but Neptunus led 1-0.

Amsterdam got a chance to come alongside in the third inning. Victor Draijer led off with a double and moved to third base on a grounder by his brother Remco Draijer. However, hereafter, Orlando Yntema struckout both Nick Urbanus and Gilmer Lampe.

After Amsterdam was unable to score, Neptunus added two runs in its third at bat. With one out, Darryl Collins and Benjamin Dille singled. The two went on to score when next batters Stijn van der Meer and Dwayne Kemp also singled to make it a 3-0 score. Neptunus left runners behind on first and second base when two flyouts followed.

In the fourth, Amsterdam stranded another runner in scoring position. With one out, Linoy Croes walked and stole second base with two outs, but was left behind.

Again, Neptunus reacted with a run of its own to increase the lead to 4-0. With one out, Shaldimar Daantji singled and stole second base. With two outs, he scored on a single by Darryl Collins.

...Winning pitcher Orlando Yntema struckout 10 batters...
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In the remainder, Neptunus was held scoreless. In the fifth, with one out, Dwayne Kemp singled and Gianison Boekhoudt walked. A double-steal was attempted, but Kemp was caught stealing on third base. Boekhoudt then stranded on second base when a grounder ended the at bat.

In the sixth, Neptunus got its lead-off on base for the first time when Quintin De Cuba was hit by a pitch. Next, Shaldimar Daantji hit the ball towards second baseman Victor Draijer for an apparent double play-grounder. De Cuba was forced out at second base, but while doing so, he interfered with short stop Nick Urbanus on the throw to first base. 2B Umpire Efrem Silvania immediately ruled out Daantji at first base for runner's interference, making it a double play. Neptunus' Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma briefly argued the call, but that was upheld. Jochem Koedijk singled hereafter, but stranded on first base.

Amsterdam Pirates got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh inning off of Yntema. Linoy Croes led off with a double and scored on a following single by Rashid Gerard. After next hitter Rodney Daal also singled, Yntema followed with a strikeout and then got a flyout. That marked the end for the righthander, who was relieved by Kevin Kelly. He got an inning-ending grounder.

In the bottom of the seventh, Neptunus also left a runner behind in scoring position. With one out, Stijn van der Meer singled and moved on a wild pitch, but stranded on second base.

In the eighth, trailing 4-1, Amsterdam Pirates threatened to narrow the deficit off of Loek van Mil, who took over from Kevin Kelly. Nick Urbanus led off with a single, but Van Mil then struckout Gilmer Lampe. Next hitter Kenny Berkenbosch also singled and the two runners moved on a grounder by Linoy Croes. Hereafter, Rashid Gerard lined the ball through the middle, but a nice play followed from both the short stop and first baseman. Short stop Stijn van der Meer made a possible game-saving play fielding the ball behind second base (at the first base-side). He got the ball in time to first baseman Dudley Leonora, who made a nice stretch to complete the action. When the ball would have gone through, both runners would have scored to make it a 4-3 score. Now the inning ended with Neptunus still leading 4-1.

Kevin Heijstek returned to the mound for Amsterdam in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, he gave up singles to Jochem Koedijk and Darryl Collins. That ended Heijstek's stay on the mound, as Maickel Rietel took over. He got an inning-ending pop-up.

In the top of the ninth, Berry van Driel closed the game for Neptunus. He retired the side to earn a save.

Darryl Collins, Stijn van der Meer and Dwayne Kemp all had three hits for Neptunus. Collins also scored once and batted in a run, while Kemp batted in two and Van der Meer one.

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Kevin Heijstek, L (1-1)7.2121443

Maickel Rietel0.1-----

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Orlando Yntema, W (1-1)6.2101611

Kevin Kelly, H (1)0.1-----

Loek van Mil, H (1)11-2--

Berry van Driel, SV (1)1-----
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Martijn Bosschaart, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen,
2B-Efrem Silvania, 3B-Winfried Berkvens.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Technical Commissioner-Henk van der Linde.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:39 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Game 5, best-of-seven Holland Series; Neptunus leads 3-2.
31st Holland Series.
Seventh Holland Series between Amsterdam Pirates and Neptunus.
24th Holland Series-participation for Neptunus, ninth for Amsterdam Pirates.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 21° C (69,8° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 11 kmh (6,8 mph); wind force 1 Bft; humidity 62%.

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