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Netherlands outscores Czechs in exhibition game

BUSSUM (Neth.) - The Netherlands Baseball Team recorded an 8-4 victory against the Czech Republic in an exhibition game on Sunday (September 16) at the site of HCAW in Bussum. For both teams, the game was the final preparation for the upcoming first edition of the Super 6 Baseball Softball, which opens on Tuesday at the complex of Hoofddorp Pioniers in Hoofddorp (Netherlands).

In the baseball-tournament of the Super 6, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic will be joined by Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Last Thursday and Friday, Belgium and Spain played two exhibition games against each other in Rotterdam.

Participating in the softball-tournament are the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Greece, Italy and Russia.

(September 16)

Recap first exhibition game Belgium vs. Spain.
Recap second exhibition game Belgium vs. Spain.

In today's game, Czech Manager Mike Griffin used nine different pitchers, one in each of the nine innings played. The Netherlands collected 11 basehits, including two by Dwayne Kemp, Randolph Oduber and Dudley Leonora.

Sicnarf Loopstok, Kirvin Moesquit and Ademar Rifaela made their debut in the Netherlands Kingdom Team. Loopstok doubled in his first at bat.

Besides hitting two basehits, Leonora reached base in four at bat and batted in three runs. Gilmer Lampe scored twice for the Orange squad.

The Czechs recorded eight basehits off five pitchers, including two by Martin Schneider and Jakub Hajtmar. Schneider homered, as did Martin Mužik.

The Czechs trailed 7-0 after seven innings, but then scored four runs in the final two at bats.

Kaj Timmermans started for the Netherlands Team and threw five solid innings. The righthander is not on the Orange-roster for the Super 6 and was a guest-player in today's game. Timmermans pitches for HCAW, which hosted the game today on its site in Bussum. Last year, Timmermans made his debut in the Dutch Team during the World port Tournament in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

...Kaj Timmermans was the winning pitcher...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Timmermans allowed only one Czech batter to reach base in the five innings he pitched. With two outs in the top of the first inning, Jakub Malík singled. Thereafter, Timmermans retired the next 13 batters in a row. His third inning on the mound ended with a nice catch by short stop Dudley Leonora on a hard line drive by Martin Schneider. In the fifth, Daniel Vavruša led off with a line drive into leftfield, but there, rookie Ademar Rifaela made a nice catch.

The Netherlands opened the score in the second inning off of Jan Tomek, who last season pitched in the Dutch big league for Curaçao Neptunus. This year, he plays in the German Bundesliga for Munich-Haas Disciples. Tomek gave up a lead-off triple to Gilmer Lampe, who scored the first run on a following grounder by Ademar Rifaela. Hereafter, debuting Sicnarf Loopstok doubled in his first Orange at bat, but later stranded on third base.

The Netherlands added three runs in the fourth inning off of Tomáš Duffek. With one out, the lefthander gave up a single to Ademar Rifaela, then got the bases loaded when he walked Sicnarf Loopstok and gave up another single to Dudley Leonora. After an infield-fly accounted for the second out, Dwayne Kemp delivered a 2-run single. Randolph Oduber followed with a runscoring single to increase the lead to 4-0.

Two more Orange-runs were scored in the fifth inning off of Lukáš Hlouch. He gave up a lead-off single to Yurendell De Caster, then walked Gilmer Lampe. With two outs, both scored on a single by Dudley Leonora.

The Netherlands lifted the lead to 6-0 in the sixth inning off the sixth Czech pitcher in this game, Ondřej Furko. Dwayne Kemp led off with a double, then his pinch-runner Stijn van der Meer advanced on a single by Randolph Oduber and scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Gianison Boekhoudt.

...Dudley Leonora was 2-for-4, reached base 4x, scored once,...
...batted in 3 runs and made a great catch on a line drive...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Hereafter, the team of Manager Evert-Jan 't Hoen added only one more run in the final three at bats, while the Czechs scored four. A defesive highlight came in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Czech leftfielder Matěj Hejma made a nice diving catch on a hit by lead-off hitter Stijn van der Meer.

In the sixth inning, veteran righthander Rob Cordemans took over the pitching from Kaj Timmermans. With one out, he gave up singles to Jakub Hajtmar and Martin Schneider, but then was supported with a nice double play.

After lefthander Jim Ploeger had retired the side in the seventh, the Czechs scored three runs off of Kevin Heijstek with two outs in the eighth. With one out, pinch-hitter Přemek Chroust doubled. He advanced on a grounder, then scored on a single by Jakub Hajtmar. Moments later, Martin Schneider followed with a 2-run homerun to narrow the deficit to 7-3.

In the top of the ninth, the Czechs scored another run off of Kevin Kelly. With two outs, he also gave up a homerun, this time hit by Martin Mužik.

Despite a 7-4 lead for the Netherlands, it was decided to continue playing. In the bottom of the ninth, Ondřej Satoria became the ninth Czech pitcher. He began with a walk for Gianison Boekhoudt. With one out, he also walked Ademar Rifaela and Dashenko Ricardo to load the bases. Ricardo was forced on a following grounder by Dudley Leonora, but that also enabled Boekhoudt to score. The grounder also ended the game, as Satoria had reached his pitch-count limit for today.

On Tuesday-evening (7:30 PM), the two teams will face each other again, but then in the opening game of the Super 6.

...Left to right: Rob Cordemans, Jim Ploeger, Kevin Heijstek & Kevin Kelly pitched in relief for the Netherlands...

...Sicnarf Loopstok (left), Kirvin Moesquit (center) & Ademar Rifaela (right) made their debut in the Netherlands Team...

...Left: Dwayne Kemp singled and doubled for the Netherlands and batted in two runs...
...Right: Jakub Hajtmar was 2-for-3, scored and batted in a run for the Czech Team...

...Left: Randolph Oduber had two singles and batted in a run for the Orange squad...
...Center: Gilmer Lampe hits a triple for the Netherlands in the 2nd inning; 3B Petr Zýma waits for the ball...
...Right: Netherlands Team Manager Evert-Jan 't Hoen looks on from the dug-out...
(© All Photos: Henk Seppen)

Netherlands - Czech Republic 8-4 (9 inn.)
Czech Republic000000031-480
(game ended with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning)
pitchers Czech Republicinn.SOBBHRER
Petr Minařík11-1--

Jan Tomek, L (0-1)1--211

Boris Bokaj111---

Tomáš Duffek111433

Lukáš Hlouch1-1222

Ondřej Furko11-211

Jiří Vavruša111---

Daniel Padyšák11----

Ondřej Satoria0.2-3-11

pitchers Netherlandsinn.SOBBHRER
Kaj Timmermans, W (1-0)53-1--

Rob Cordemans1--2--

Jim Ploeger11----

Kevin Heijstek1--433

Kevin Kelly11-111

Homeruns: Czech Rep.: Martin Schneider (1)(8th,2-run,off Heijstek), Martin Mužik (1)(9th,solo,off Kelly).
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer & Play-by-Play-Marco Stoovelaar.
Scoring Assistant ('eye-in-the-sky')-Rob Schuurman.
Public Address Announcer-Han Monsees (HCAW).
Scoreboard Operator-Nico van de Luitgaren (HCAW).
Starting Time-2:05 PM.
Time Played-2:38 hrs.
Site-Rob Hoffmann Vallei, Sportpark Zanderijweg, Bussum (site HCAW).

Game Notes:
Exhibition game to prepare for the Super 6 Baseball Softball.
11th international game between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
10th victory of the Netherlands against the Czech Republic.
Sicnarf Loopstok, Kirvin Moesquit and Ademar Rifaela make their debut in the Netherlands National Team.
Sicnarf Loopstok hits a double in his first Orange at bat.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy & sunny, 19,9° C (67,8° F); wind direction southwest;
wind speed 21 kmh (13 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 54%.

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