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Neptunus shuts out Brno in final game

BRNO (Czech Rep.) - Curaçao Neptunus closed its series of games against Draci Brno on Sunday (March 25) with a 7-0 shutout-victory in 6½ inning.

The Season Opening Series of Brno began on Friday-evening with a 6-inning intersquad-game between the two teams, which was won by the host-club, 4-1. In the game, several youth-players of Brno participated and youth-pitchers threw for both teams. Filip Čapka and Martin Kalábek pitched for Neptunus, while Jan Vašarek and Václav Tauš threw for Brno. Neptunus Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma played in rightfield for the Rotterdam-squad.

On Saturday, Brno recorded a 4-1 win in a 9-game match-up. Today, Neptunus was more productive offensively and recorded 13 basehits, which was more than in the first two games combined.

Neptunus was not complete in Brno, as first baseman Gregory Muller, outfielders Shaldimar Daantji and Melvin Perdue and closer Loek van Mil (sick) were unable to be with the team this weekend. As a result, Jaarsma used only eight hitters in his batting order, while one of his pitchers was the third outfielder in the games it played.

Besides that, rookies Stefan Iannelli (pitcher), Darryl Collins (infield) and Ruendrick Piternella (outfield) also were not with the team. They are currently in Sant Boi (Spain) participating with a Netherlands Team in the MLB Academies Spring Tournament.

Jaarsma: ,,This trip was also used for team-building, but we played some good games. Today, we showed what we were capable off. Brno is somewhat further in its preparations, as they open their new season coming week. Brno has a good team. Luckily, we were able to play after a long time. This has been a good weekend for us.''

The team flew back home again on Sunday-evening.

Draci Brno opens its new season coming Friday against Olympia Blansko.

(March 25)

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In today's game, Neptunus collected 13 basehits off three pitchers, who all are members of the Czech National Team. Three of the hits were recorded by Stijn van der Meer (one double), who also scored twice and batted in a run. Den Seelbach was the lone Neptunus-hitter without a basehit, but he walked three times and scored three runs.

...Stijn van der Meer...
...3 Hits, double, 2 Runs, 1 RBI...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
On a cold afternoon in Brno, Neptunus had a good start and took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning off of starter Radim Chroust. Stijn van der Meer and Benjamin Dille led off with singles to put runners at the corners. With one out, Van der Meer then scored the first run on a grounder by Gianison Boekhoudt. Hereafter, the inning appeared to end when Dudley Leonora popped up into rightfield. However, the ball was dropped after being caught and that enabled Dille to score the next run.

Orlando Yntema started for Neptunus. With one out, he gave up a single, but hereafter, the veteran righthander struckout the next five hitters in a row!

After giving up the two runs, Chroust did well in the next two innings he pitched. He struckout the first two batters he faced in the second, followed with a walk, but then a pop-fly ended the at bat. With two outs in the third inning, the righthander gave up a double into left-centerfield to Quintin De Cuba, but then closed with another strikeout.

In the bottom of the third inning, Yntema's spot on the mound was taken over by a surprise reliever, as catcher Gianison Boekhoudt became the new pitcher! And he did very well. Boekhoudt, who started the game as designated hitter, started too late taking over first base on a grounder towards first base by lead-off hitter Lukáš Řehůřek, who therefore reached on an infield-hit. Moments later, Řehůřek was eliminated at second base trying to advance on a passed ball and hereafter, Boekhoudt struckout the next two hitters! In his second inning as pitcher, Boekhoudt retired the side in the bottom of the fourth, adding another strikeout.

Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma: ,,Boekhoudt had been a pitcher when he played some years ago for Tridents and he has been training as a pitcher this off-season. Will we use him a lot this season? No, he has far more value for us as a catcher and a hitter, but if needed, we have an extra arm. And he showed that he has the tools and can pitch''.

Neptunus took some more distance in the top of the fourth inning off of new pitcher Michal Sobotka, scoring two runs. He walked lead-off hitter Den Seelbach, who moved on an one-out single by Benjamin Dille, then scored on a following single by Dwayne Kemp. After the latter was forced out, Dille scored the next run on a single by Quintin De Cuba to make it a 4-0 score.

Neptunus again scored twice off of Sobotka in the top of the fifth inning. Seelbach led off with another walk and Van der Meer followed with a single. With two outs, Gianison Boekhoudt (who re-entered in the batting order) and Dudley Leonora delivered runscoring singles. Boekhoudt didn't bat in the third inning, while warming-up to pitch and his spot in the batting order also was skipped while he was pitching in the fourth. With that, the batting order of Neptunus was reduced to only seven hitters. The team played with an 8-man batting order, as it did in Saturday's game.

Neptunus added another run in the sixth inning off of new pitcher Petr Minařík. With one out, Seelbach walked for the third time and he went on to score his third run on a double by Van der Meer, which was his third basehit in the game.

Radim Šedý threw the fifth and sixth inning for Neptunus. The 19-year old righthander was a guest-pitcher, as he plays for the Under-21 team of Brno. Šedý allowed only one player to reach base.

Neptunus added three more basehits, but no runs, in the top of the seventh inning. This was to be the final at bat in the game, as it ended after the third out was recorded.

...The players and coaches of the two teams pose together after the game...
(© Photo: Draci Brno)

Draci Brno - Curaçao Neptunus 0-7 (6½ inn.)
Curaçao Neptunus2002210-7130
Draci Brno000000X-021
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema, W (1-0)25-1--

Gianison Boekhoudt, H (1)23-1--

Radim Šedý211---

pitchers Brnoinn.SOBBHRER
Radim Chroust, L (0-1)341321

Michal Sobotka212644

Petr Minařík221411
Standings Exh. Season
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-, 1B-, 3B-.
Starting Time-1:06 PM.
Time Played-2:01 hrs.
Site-Městský Stadium, Brno (Czech Rep.).

Game Notes:
Exhibition Game.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 6,5° C (43,7° F); wind direction south;
wind speed 29 kmh (18,4 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 63%.

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