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Game 3 Holland Series: Neptunus records 1-hit shutout vs. Amsterdam Pirates in pitching-duel

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - With an one-hit, 2-0 shutout-victory on Saturday (October 9), Curaçao Neptunus recorded its first victory in the best-of-seven Holland Series against reigning champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates. With the win, Neptunus also snapped an 8-game losing streak in Holland Series-games against Pirates.

Amsterdam Pirates opened the Championship Final itself with a 2-0 shutout-win a week ago on a rainy Saturday, October 2. Last Thursday-evening (October 7), Pirates also won the second game, this time with a 3-1 score.

Game 4 will be played on Sunday in Amsterdam. Game 5 will then be played coming Thursday-evening (October 14) in Rotterdam. When needed, the sixth and seventh game will then be played the following weekend.

Since 2019, Amsterdam Pirates won eight consecutive Holland Series-games against Neptunus. Back then, the team initially lost the first three games of the Final, but then won the next four. Last year, Pirates also won the first two games of the Series, which then was halted due to stricter measures against the coronavirus (COVID-19), which also ended the entire baseball- and softball-season. This year, Pirates again won the first two games. The eight wins in a row by Amsterdam Pirates in consecutive Holland Series (2019, 2020, 2021) are a record. The previous record was seven, which was set by Neptunus.

Today was a pitching-duel between Kevin Kelly and Shairon Martis. Kelly was the starting pitcher and went the distance for Neptunus, while Martis threw his second complete game for Pirates. For Kelly, this was his first start since 2017 and the righthander allowed only one basehit to the powerful line-up of the Amsterdam-team. With that, Kelly threw the second complete game, 9-inning, one-hitter in Holland Series-history. The first was thrown by his Neptunus-teammate Diegomar Markwell, who threw an one-hitter for Neptunus on September 19, 2010 in Game 6, also against Pirates. Neptunus won that game with a 5-2 score.

Kelly threw the ninth complete game 9-inning shutout in the Holland Series, which was the second in this Final. In the opener, Shairon Martis threw a 9-inning, 2-0 shutout. It marks the first time that two complete game 9-inning shutouts are thrown in the same Holland Series.

There have now been four complete games in this Holland Series (three by Pirates). The last there were this many was in 1992 when there were five complete games in the Series between ADO and Kinheim. The record is eight, which was set during the 1989 Series between Haarlem Nicols and Neptunus. There also were five complete games in the first Holland Series in 1987 between Amsterdam Pirates and Neptunus.

The last time that two pitchers threw a complete game in the same game was on October 5, 1996 when Kinheim won 1-0 against HCAW. Tom Nanne then threw nine innings for Kinheim and Patrick Tensen eight for HCAW.

As mentioned, Shairon Martis threw his second complete game for Pirates. With that, Pirates had a pitcher throwing a complete game in each of the first three games. The only other time that a pitcher went the distance in the first three games was done during the first Series in 1989, but those were two 9-inning and one 8-inning game. Harry Koster threw the first two 9-inning games for Neptunus, then Wim Martinus threw eight innings in the third game of what was then a best-of-three against Amsterdam Pirates. Koster won the first game, but the lost the second game, while Martinus ended up short in the third. In that Series, Didi Gregorius went the distance for Pirates in Game 2, then Rikkert Faneyte threw the third game to win the title.

There has been only one occasion when there were three consecutive complete 9-inning games thrown for one team. That was in 1989 when Haitze de Vries, Ron Giroldi and Craig McGinnis did it in Game 5, 6 and 7 against Neptunus. Haarlem Nicols then won what was the first best-of-seven series. The following year, the format changed to five games. It returned to seven games in 2010.

(October 9)

Related Articles:
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Amsterdam Pirates shuts out Neptunus in rainy Holland Series-opener. (October 2)

Before today's game, the first two players received Awards for their accomplishments in the regular season. KNBSB-Chairman Mark Herbold handed out the Award for Most Homeruns to Shurman Marlin (Twins Oosterhout) and for Most Stolen Bases to Brendly Martina (Silicon Storks). Marlin hit seven homeruns, Martina stole 24 bases.

Hereafter, there was a ceremony by Neptunus to honor three players, who will retire after completion of the season, being righthanded pitcher Berry van Driel, infielder/outfielder Benjamin Dille and outfielder Shaldimar Daantji.

Van Driel started his big league-career in 2002 with ADO, where he was primarily an infielder, before turning to pitching. Van Driel played for Neptunus since 2008 and in 20 big league-seasons, he played in 435 regular season-games overall, including 277 as a pitcher, most of them as reliever.

In his 20-season career, Daantji played in 664 regular season-games in the highest division since making his debut in 2002 while playing for Neptunus. In 2005-2008, the outfielder also played for Amsterdam Pirates, Almere '90 and Sparta-Feyenoord (two seasons), but he returned into a Neptunus-uniform in 2009.

Dille played in 604 regular season-games in 18 seasons since 2004 and is the only foreign player to have played in 500 or more games in the Dutch big league. After making his debut with Neptunus, the Belgian played in one season for Sparta-Feyenoord, but he then played for Neptunus since 2006, primarily as second baseman.

...Kevin Kelly threw a complete game one-hitter...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Amsterdam Pirates was limited to only one basehit in the third game of the Holland Series. Not by one of the regular starting pitchers of Neptunus, but by reliever Kevin Kelly. In the previous two games, Pirates collected 17 basehits, including nine off of Diegomar Markwell, who started both games. Today, Pirates recorded a single in the top of the fourth inning, which was to be the team's lone basehit.

Kevin Kelly was a starting pitcher for Neptunus through the 2017 season. Back then, on October 1, in Game 3 of the Holland Series, Kelly was the starting pitcher and threw 4 1/3 inning against Amsterdam Pirates in a 7-3 loss. From the 2018 season on, Kelly moved to the bullpen and was used as a reliever and closer. Since his final start in 2017, Kelly pitched in 74 games in relief, before making his next start today. Besides starting the game, Kelly also went the distance and threw all nine ninnings! He threw his last complete game on April 30, 2017, which was a 7-inning game against Twins Oosterhout.

Neptunus opened the score with two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Shairon Martis. These were the lone runs scored in the game, which then developed into a pitching-duel between Kelly and Martis.

In the bottom of the first inning, Stijn van der Meer led off for Neptunus with an infield-hit, then advanced when that was followed by a throwing error from short stop Sharlon Schoop. Van der Meer moved to third base when next batter Roger Bernadina also reached on an infield-hit. Moments later, Van der Meer scored the first run on a wild pitch, which enabled Bernadina to move to third base. There was a throw to third base, but Bernadina slid in safely. He then scored the second run on a grounder by Dudley Leonora.

This first at bat proved to be crucial and decisive, as both teams were kept scoreless in the remainder of the game. Although Martis gave up ten basehits and Kelly only one, both allowed only a few runners to get into scoring position from the second inning on. Besides that, they were supported with some nice defensive plays, which included double plays and catches in the outfield.

Neptunus got its next runner in scoring position in the sixth inning. In the second, Dashenko Ricardo singled, but was forced out on a grounder by Christian Diaz. With two outs in the third, Dwayne Kemp reached on an error, but then was caught stealing.

In both the fourth and fifth inning, the Amsterdam-defense turned a double play. In the fourth, John Polonius singled with one out, then Gianison Boekhoudt grounded into a double play. In the fifth, Dashenko Ricardo led off with a single and this time, Christian Diaz grounded into a double play.

In the bottom of the sixth, Neptunus got runners on first and second base when Dwayne Kemp and Dudley Leonora singled with two outs, but a flyout ended the at bat.

Neptunus got into scoring position again in the seventh. Gianison Boekhoudt led off with a single and moved on an one-out single by Christian Diaz. Boekhoudt then moved to third base on a force play-grounder by Shaldimar Daantji, but runners were left behind on first and third base when Stijn van der Meer popped out.

Amsterdam Pirates got into scoring position twice off of Kevin Kelly. Both times, the team got its first two batters on base, but failed to score.

Trailing 2-0, Pirates got its first baserunners in the top of the third inning when Kenny Berkenbosch and Rashid Gerard both walked. With that, the team got a chance to do some scoring. However, Gerard was forced out on a following grounder by Raydley Legito. With Berkenbosch on third base and one out, Roelie Henrique hit a foul pop-fly that was caught. Hereafter, Legito was forced out on second base on a grounder by Gilmer Lampe.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Denzel Richardson singled for Pirates. He stranded on first base and accounted for the lone Amsterdam basehit.

Pirates then got its second scoring opportunity in the fifth when Kenny Berkenbosch and Rashid Gerard both reached base again. Berkenbosch led off with a walk, then Gerard was hit by a pitch. This time, Raydley Legito pop-fly into shallow left/centerfield was caught by short stop John Polonius, then Roelie Henrique grounded into a double play.

In the sixth, Pirates got its lead-off hitter on base again when Gilmer Lampe walked. Hereafter, Kevin Kelly struckout Sharlon Schoop, then Denzel Richardson grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Kelly then retired the side in the next three innings, striking out three batters in the seventh inning. The righthander retired the last eleven batters in a row. In the ninth, powerhitters Gilmer Lampe, Sharlon Schoop and Denzel Richardson all flied out to the outfield.

With that, Kelly completed a successful pitching-afternoon. He not only made his first start in four years, he also threw a complete game.

...Kevin Kelly and Shairon Martis both went the distance and accounted for a pitching-duel...

...Left: Dwayne Kemp is caught stealing and tagged out by 2B Raydley Legito in the 3rd inning...
...Right: Rashid Gerard is forced out in a double play by short stop John Polonius in the 5th inning...

...Left: Gilmer Lampe is forced out in a double play by 2B Dwayne Kemp in the 6th inning...
...Right: Dudley Leonora is eliminated by 1B Kenny Berkenbosch after a pick-off in the 8th inning...

...There were several nice catches in today's game, including by, from left to right...
...centerfielder Shaldimar Daantji, short stop Sharlon Schoop, rightfielders Denzel Richardson and Roger Bernadina...
(© All Photos: Henk Seppen)

...Before the game, Shurman Marlin (Twins Oosterhout) and Brendly Martina (Silicon Storks) are...
...presented the Awards for Most Homeruns and Most Stolen Bases of the 2021 season respectively... KNBSB-Chairman Mark Herbold...

...Left: Retiring players Berry van Driel, Shaldimar Daantji and Benjamin Dille are honored by Neptunus...
...Right: Umpires John Beltman, Edwin Louisa, Aad Otsen and Roy van de Wateringen...

...Kevin Kelly and Shairon Martis were the starting pitchers today...

...Left: Roger Bernadina reaches 3rd base in the 1st inning on a wild pitch; 3B Rashid Gerard catches the high throw...
...Center/Right: Dwayne Kemp and 2B Raydley Legito both look up to Kemp's pop-fly in the 1st inning, which is caught by Legito...

...Left: Dashenko Ricardo is forced out by 2B Raydley Legito in the 2nd inning...
...Right: Christian Diaz dives back during a pick-off in the 2nd inning, 1B Kenny Berkenbosch waits for the ball...

...Bench Coach Jan Collins has talk with pitcher Kevin Kelly and catcher Dashenko Ricardo in the 3rd inning...
...after the first two batters of Amsterdam Pirates walk...
...Right: Dwayne Kemp is caught stealing and tagged out by 2B Raydley Legito in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Short stop Sharlon Schoop participated in a double play in the 4th and 5th inning...
...Right: Gilmer Lampe dives back during a pick-off, while 1B Dudley Leonora waits for the ball in the 6th inning...

...Left: Rashid Gerard slides to 1st base in the 8th inning, but 1B Dudley Leonora has the ball in time...
...Right: Roger Bernadina ends up just short in the 8th inning, as 1B Kenny Berkenbosch will get the ball in time...
...1B Umpire John Beltman has a clear view of the play...

...In the 8th inning, Dudley Leonora is caught stealing, after pitcher Shairon Martis has stepped off...
...and then is tagged out by 1B Kenny Berkenbosch...
...Umpire John Beltman and catcher Sicnarf Loopstok follow the action...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Curaçao Neptunus - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 2-0
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pitcher Amsterdam Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Shairon Martis, L (1-1)84-1021

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Kevin Kelly, W (1-0)9941--

Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Edwin Louisa, 1B-John Beltman,
2B-Roy van de Wateringen, 3B-Aad Otsen.
Official Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Technical Commissioner-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk-Kloos.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:24 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Game 3, best-of-seven Holland Series 2021.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates leads 2-1.
Umpire Aad Otsen officiates in his first Holland Series-game.
Kevin Kelly (Neptunus) throws the second 9-inning, complete game 1-hitter in Holland Series-history.
Before the game, Shurman Marlin (Twins Oosterhout) and Brendly Martina (Silicon Storks) respectively receive the Awards for Most Homeruns and Most Stolen Base in the regular season.
Shaldimar Daantji, Benjamin Dille and Berry van Driel, who will retire after the season, were honored by Neptunus in a pre-game ceremony.
Weather conditions at game time:
Sunny, 15° C (59° F); wind direction east; wind speed 13 kmh (8,1 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 67%.

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