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Neptunus shuts out DSS to stay unbeaten

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - League-leader Curaçao Neptunus shutout DSS 9-0 on Saturday-afternoon (May 12) to win its eighth consecutive game since the start of the season.

Neptunus opened the 3-game series on Thursday-afternoon with a 12-5 victory.

In today's game, Neptunus collected only eight basehits. Two of them were hit by Gianison Boekhoudt, who batted in four runs of the nine runs.

Starting pitcher Orlando Yntema had another fine outing. The righthander struckout ten hitters and gave up only three hits in seven innings.

(May 12)

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Neptunus opened the score in the bottom of the first inning and it was done with a rare homerun by Benjamin Dille. This was only the fourth homerun in the career of the Belgian second baseman, who made his debut in the Dutch big league in 2004 and today played in his 499th regular season-game. Dille hit his last regular season-homerun on July 7, 2012 in an away-game against HCAW in Bussum. Six years ago, Dille hit a 3-run homerun in the second inning off of American starter Kody Hightower. Neptunus went on to win that game with a 24-3 score. There were only three players from that game who also played in today's game. Dwayne Kemp and Shaldimar Daantji then also played for Neptunus. The third player was Sander Helmendach, who today was the starting pitcher for DSS and gave up Dille's homerun. Six years ago, he pitched for HCAW and took over the pitching from Hightower. In this 6-year span, Dille hit one other homerun, but that was done during the 2015 Holland Series.

Helmendach encountered no problems in the next two innings, then gave up another run in the fourth. The righthander gave up a lead-off single to Dwayne Kemp, who moved on a grounder. Neptunus got the bases loaded when Gianison Boekhoudt walked and everyone was safe on a fielder's choice-grounder by Shaldimar Daantji. Kemp scored when Helmendach walked Quintin De Cuba, but three runners were left behind when two flyouts ended the at bat.

Neptunus doubled its lead with two outs in the fifth inning. With one out, Benjamin Dille was hit by a pitch and he stole second base with two outs. He then moved on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Dudley Leonora, who also stole second base moments later. Leonora scored the next run on a single by Gianison Boekhoudt to make it a 4-0 score.

For the third time in the game, Neptunus doubled its lead, this time in the seventh. After increasing an 1-0 lead to 2-0 in the fourth, then 4-0 in the fifth, the score was now lifted to 8-0. Stijn van der Meer led off with a walk, as did Dwayne Kemp with one out. A pitching change followed, as Robyn Clara took over from Sander Helmendach. He got the bases loaded when he walked Dudley Leonora, then gave up a baseclearing, 3-run double to Gianison Boekhoudt. He was the designated hitter again today. Moments later, Boekhoudt scored when rookie Darryl Collins also doubled.

Neptunus scored its last run in the eighth at bat, which was unearned, as DSS committed two errors. With one out, Stijn van der Meer reached on an error and later scored on another error with two outs.

DSS recorded only three basehits in seven innings off of Orlando Yntema, who struckout ten hitters. The Haarlem-squad got into scoring position only twice.

With two outs in the second inning, Tommy van de Sanden singled, but stranded on first base. In the fourth at bat, Tino van Erk reached on an error with one out, but also was left behind on first base.

DSS recorded its second basehit in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Odion Gouverneur singled and became the first runner to get into scoring position when Tino van Erk walked, but Yntema closed with a strikeout.

In the seventh, Omar Williams led off for DSS with a double. With one out, he moved to third base on a flyout, but Yntema again closed with a strikeout.

DSS got three more runners in the next two innings off of Riki Saito, but none of them came into scoring position. With two outs in the eighth, Odion Gouverneur singled off the lefthanded Japanese pitcher, but didn't get beyond first base. In the ninth, again with two outs, Tommy van de Sanden walked, but he was forced out on a grounder by Koen Halderman, which ended the game.

...Left: Head Coaches Ronald Jaarsma and Jerry Breek meet with umpires Henri van Heijningen and Rob Has...
...Right: Benjamin Dille hits his first regular season-homerun since 2012...

...Orlando Yntema and Sander Helmendach were the starting pitcher for Neptunus and DSS...

...Left: Gianison Boekhoudt was 2-for-4 with a double, had 4 RBI's, scored a run and walked for Neptunus...
...Right: Veteran umpire Henri van Heijningen was behind the plate today...

...Left: DSS 1B Tino van Erk catches a ball on foul territory in the 5th inning...
...Right: Benjamin Dille advances to 3rd base on a wild pitch in the 5th with 3B Omar Williams at right...

...Left: Dudley Leonora steals 2nd base in the 5th inning and avoids the tag of short stop Mitchel Dautzenberg...
...Right: Odion Gouverneur dives to 1st base in the 6th during a pick-off to 1B Benjamin Dille...

...Activities in the bullpen of Neptunus in the seventh inning...
...Left to right: Relievers Berry van Driel, Loek van Mil and Riki Saito, Pitching Coach Elton Koeiman...
...and catcher Murphy Moust; the 1B Coach for DSS is pitcher Nick Keur...

...Left: Dudley Leonora scores for Neptunus from 1st base in the 7th inning...
...Right: Darryl Collins at 2nd base after hitting an RBI-double n the 7th with Umpire Rob Has in front of him...

...Robyn Clara (left) and Riki Saito were the closers for DSS and Neptunus...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Curaçao Neptunus - DSS 9-0
Curaçao Neptunus10012041X-981
pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
Sander Helmendach, L (0-3)6.124566

Robyn Clara1.211332

pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema, W (3-0)71013--

Riki Saito2211--

Homerun: Neptunus: Benjamin Dille (1)(1st,solo,off Helmendach).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer-Linda Steijger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Tineke Has.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:12 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 22,8° C (73° F); wind direction southeast;
wind speed 11 kmh (6,8 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 40%.

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