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Twins hands Neptunus first loss with 9th inning homerun

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - De Glaskoning Twins struck late and took the lead in the top of the ninth inning to win 7-5 against league-leader Curaçao Neptunus on Sunday (May 20).

With the win, Twins hand Neptunus its first loss and ended its winning streak. The Rotterdam-squad had won eleven games in a row since the start of the season.

Because of the loss, Neptunus now shares first place with L&D Amsterdam Pirates, which today completed a 3-game sweep against Silicon Storks.

Neptunus led 4-0 after five innings, but failed to hold onto the lead. Twins came alongside in the sixth inning, then took a 7-4 lead in the top of the ninth when Sam Kennelly hit a 3-run homerun.

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The game began with two starting pitchers throwing against their former team. 45-year old Neptunus-starter Elton Koeiman pitched for Twins in three different decades. He made his big league-debut playing for the squad in 1994 and 1995. Koeiman again played for Twins in 2004 and again in 2016. Twins-starter Misja Harcksen pitched for Neptunus the past few seasons, but also briefly played professionally in the organization of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year, Harcksen pitched in relief in 18 games for Neptunus when Koeiman also played there and was his Pitching Coach.

So far this season, Harcksen had some fine outings, but today, he walked four batters and gave up five baseshits and four earned runs in five innings.

The righthander retired the side (two strikeouts) in the first inning, but gave up a run in the second at bat. With two outs, Harcksen gave up a single to Shaldimar Daantji, who scored on a following double by Quintin De Cuba. The latter advanced on a wild pitch, then stranded on third base.

With two outs in the third inning, Neptunus added two runs. With one out, Stijn van der Meer doubled and with two outs, he scored on a triple by Dwayne Kemp. After Gianison Boekhoudt walked, Dudley Leonora delivered a runscoring single that made it a 3-0 score. On Leonora's single, Boekhoudt tried to advance to third base, but was eliminated there, ending the inning.

Neptunus scored another run in the fourth off of Harcksen. With one out, Quintin De Cuba and Darryl Collins walked. The bases got loaded when Jochem Koedijk was hit by a pitch. A run was scored on a grounder by Stijn van der Meer, but two runners were left behind.

In the next four innings, Neptunus was held scoreless by the Twins-pitching.

Elton Koeiman didn't encounter much problems in the first five innings, as he held Twins scoreless. In the first inning, the righthander gave up a 2-out double to Sam Kennelly, but he stranded. In the third inning, Twins got a runner on third base. With one out, Brian Biezen singled, moved on a wild pitch and advanced on a grounder, but also stayed behind. Koeiman then retired the side in the fourth and fifth inning.

With a 4-0 lead, Koeiman returned to the mound in the top of the sixth, but this time, he ran into problems and saw Twins come alongside. Brian Biezen led off with a triple and Sam Kennelly walked with one out. Both scored when Dennis De Quint followed with a double. Hereafter, Koeiman hit pinch-hitter Nick Peels with a pitch, then gave up another 2-run double, this time hit by (former Neptunian) Shurman Marlin that made it a 4-4 score! It also led to a pitching change, as Taylor Clemensia took over. He got a grounder and flyout that ended the inning.

...Pitcher Thijs Steenwijk and catcher Dave Janssen...
...embrace each other to celebrate the win...
(© Photo: Robert Bos)
Neptunus got a runner on third base in the bottom of the sixth off of new pitcher Jan Evertse, but failed to re-take the lead. With one out, Darryl Collins walked and stole second base, but later stranded on third base. In the seventh inning, a runner was left behind on second base.

In the top of the seventh, Twins also got into scoring position again. Taylor Clemensia walked lead-off hitter Bob van der Meer. He followed with a strikeout, then Van der Meer was caught stealing, but got another baserunner when he walked Ruar Verkerk, another former Neptunian. A pitching change followed and Brendan Schoemaker took over. Last year, the righthander pitched for Twins, but he transfered after the season to Neptunus to play for Tridents, the club's second team in the second highest league. Today, he made his first appearance in the main squad. Schoemaker walked Sam Kennelly, but a foul-out ended the at bat.

Schoemaker struckout the side in the top of the eighth, while Neptunus left runners behind on first and second base in its eighth at bat off of new pitcher Thijs Steenwijk.

Twins then struck in the top of the ninth. With two outs, Schoemaker walked Brian Biezen and gave up a single to Ruar Verkerk. Hereafter, Australian Sam Kennelly drove the ball over the leftfield-fence for a 3-run homerun that gave Twins a 7-4 lead. When next hitter Dennis De Quint singled, Berry van Driel took over the pitching and got an inning-ending grounder.

In the bottom of the ninth, Neptunus got two quick outs. Dudley Leonora then singled and moved on a wild pitch. Shaldimar Daantji followed with a runscoring single that made it a 7-5 score, but the game then ended when Quintin De Cuba popped out.

...Elton Koeiman (left) and Misja Harcksen were the starting pitchers for Neptunus and Twins...

...Left: Twins Head Coach Kevin Knollenburg and Pitching Coach Olaf Tates look on from the dug-out...
...Right: Brian Biezen dives to 1st base during a pick-off to 1B Dudley Leonora in the 3rd inning...

...Where is his head? Rightfielder Bob van der Meer tries to catch a ball hit by Dwayne Kemp in the 3rd inning...
...At right, Kemp has arrived at 3rd base with Umpire Stenar van Groningen Schinkel behind him...

...Left: Gianison Boekhoudt is tagged out by 3B Ruar Verkerk in the 3rd inning...
...Right: Sam Kennelly scores a run for Twins in the 6th inning...

...Taylor Clemensia (left) and Jan Evertse pitched in relief for Neptunus and Twins...

...Left: Bob van der Meer is caught stealing and tagged out by his brother Stijn van der Meer in the 7th inning...
...Right: Brendan Schoemaker pitched in relief for Neptunus and threw against his former team...

...Left: Former big league-umpire Ton van de Wouw was amongst the spectactors today...
...Right: Thijs Steenwijk pitched in relief for Twins and was the winning pitcher...

...Left: Leftfielder Darryl Collins watches the 3-run homerun by Sam Kennelly leave the field in the 9th inning...
...Right: Berry van Driel closed the game on the mound for Neptunus...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Curaçao Neptunus - De Glaskoning Twins 5-7
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pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Misja Harcksen534544

Jan Evertse2-21--

Thijs Steenwijk, W (1-0)2-2211

pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Elton Koeiman5.111644

Taylor Clemensia1.112---

Brendan Schoemaker, L (0-1)242333

Berry van Driel0.1-----

Homerun: Twins: Sam Kennelly (2)(9th,3-run,off Schoemaker).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Martijn Bosschaart, 1B-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel.
Official Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Brendy De Smet.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:58 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 20,3° C (68,5° F); wind direction east-northeast;
wind speed 11 kmh (6,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 43%.

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