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Neptunus scores early to win second game

HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - On a cloudy and sometimes rainy Saturday-afternoon (April 28), Curaçao Neptunus scored early against Hoofddorp Pioniers and won 5-1. On Thursday-evening, Neptunus opened with a 4-1 victory.

Neptunus scored twice in both the first and second inning to take an early led, but then was limited to only one more run in the remainder of the game, which was scored in the ninth. Pioniers scored its lone run in the eighth inning.

Before the game, Pioniers opened its new season with the introduction of the players and coaches of both teams. Hereafter, Adam Elzakalai, the Alderman for Sports of the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer (to which Hoofddorp belongs), threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Pioniers, Amsterdam Pirates and HCAW are the only three big league-teams who have a long tradition of introducing the players and coaching-staffs of both teams on Opening Day. The players and coaches are always accompanied by youth-players of the host-club and there are several other activities before (and during) the game, including the throwing of a ceremonial first pitch.

(April 28)

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In the opener on Thursday at home in Rotterdam, Neptunus scored all its runs in the third inning. Today, the team scored most of its runs before the third inning. With that, the reigning champion now has scored eight of its nine runs scored so far in the first three at bats. In the other eleven innings combined, Neptunus scored only once.

Neptunus got on base quickly in the top of the first inning off of starter Dion Steijl. The lefthander walked lead-off hitter Stijn van der Meer, then gave up a single to Benjamin Dille. The two moved on a wild pitch, then Van der Meer scored the first run on a grounder by Dwayne Kemp. That moved Dille to third base and he went on to score the second run on a grounder by Dudley Leonora.

Neptunus doubled its lead by adding two more runs in the second inning. This time, Gregory Muller led off with a single and scored on a following double by Ruendrick Piternella. Hereafter, the rookie advanced to third base on a grounder by Jochem Koedijk and scored the next run on a single by Stijn van der Meer to make it a 4-0 score.

In the following six innings, Neptunus was unable to take more distance, as Dion Steijl recovered and threw four more fine innings. The team left seven runners behind, six of them in scoring position.

In the third, Dudley Leonora led off with a single, but stranded on third base. In the fourth, Jochem Koedijk and Stijn van der Meer both walked with one out, but they were left behind on second and third base. After being retired in order in the fifth, Neptunus again left runners behind on second and third base in the sixth at bat.

Neptunus was retired in order again in the seventh by rookie Andrew Wanapa, who made his big league-debut. The Rotterdam-squad then got two more baserunners in the eighth and this time, they stranded on first and second base.

In the top of the ninth inning, Neptunus was finally able to add another run when Dwayne Kemp homered with one out off of Daniel Vos, who also made his debut at the highest level.

Pioniers was silenced by righthander Orlando Yntema, who threw six strong innings. He struckout eight hitters, walked one and gave up only three basehits. The first basehit he gave up was hit with two outs in the bottom of the first inning by former teammate Steven Wharwood, who transfered from Neptunus to Pioniers in the off-season.

Pioniers got only two runners in scoring position off of Yntema. In the second at bat, with one out, Mark Smit singled. He stole second base with two outs, but then was left behind.

In the fifth inning, with two outs, Tyler Boersma (who also made his debut) reached on an error and advanced to second base on a single by Joey Eeman. Hereafter, playing coach Mervin Gario flied out.

Rookie Jiorgeny Casimiri took over from Yntema in the seventh inning. He gave up a lead-off single to Mark Smit, but then the Neptunus-defense turned a double play on a grounder by Glenn Bakker. Last Thursday, Casimiri made his debut and threw two innings. In both innings, he also got baserunners, but was supported both times with a double play.

In the eighth inning, Pioniers scored its lone run, off of Casimiri. Tyler Boersma then led off with a walk, moved on an one-out single by Mervin Gario and scored on a 2-out single by Leandro Anasagasti to make it a 4-1 score. Anasagasti had entered the game in the previous inning as third baseman to make his debut in the big league. And now he recorded an RBI-single in his first at bat at the highest level.

Loek van Mil pitched the ninth inning for Neptunus. With two outs, he gave up an infield-hit to Duco Nuijten, but then closed with a strikeout.

Hoofddorp Pioniers - Curaçao Neptunus 1-5
Curaçao Neptunus220000001-5101
Hoofddorp Pioniers000000010-170
pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema, W (1-0)6813--

Jiorgeny Casimiri2-1311

Loek van Mil12-1--

pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Dion Steijl, L (0-1)613844

Andrew Wanapa2211--

Daniel Vos1--111

Homerun: Neptunus: Dwayne Kemp (1)(9th,solo,off Vos).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Martijn Bosschaart, 1B-André Ficken, 3B-René Ras.
Official Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Harumi Ueda.
Public Address Announcer-Karel van Veen.
Scoreboard Operator-none (scoreboard didn't work properly).
Starting Time-1:00 PM.
Time Played-2:22 hrs.
Site-ETO Ballpark, Sportpark Pioniers, Park21, Hoofddorp.

Game Notes:
Opening Day Regular Season.
Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Adam Elzakalai, Alderman for Sports of the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer.
Tyler Boersma, Andrew Wanapa, Leandro Anasagasti and Daniel Vos (all Hoofddorp Pioniers) make their debut in the Dutch big league.
Leandro Anasagasti (Hoofddorp Pioniers) hits a single in his first big league at bat in the 8th inning.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 13,4° C (56,1° F); wind direction southwest;
wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 83%.

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