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May 2006
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Index News Archive MAY 2006

Fallen athletes remembered. (May 4)

Dutch Baseball
Starting Pitchers announced. (May 4)
HCAW sets club record. (May 6)
Pioniers ends HCAW's winning streak. (May 7)
Thursday's starters announced. (May 10)
Neptunus moves into first place tie. (May 11)
Weekend Starters announced. (May 11)
Blue Birds takes first place in 1st Division. (May 12)
Neptunus in first place; First win Sparta/Feyenoord. (May 13)
Neptunus hands HCAW another loss. (May 14)
Neptunus vs. Sparta/Feyenoord games switched. (May 17)
Starters coming weekend announced. (May 18)
Tridents, Almere extend streaks. (May 19)
First victory for Pirates. (May 20)
Pirates wins again. (May 21)
Pioniers replaces Venezuelan pitcher. (May 21)
Yurendell DeCaster makes Major League-debut. (May 21)
Thursday's starters announced; other news. (May 23)
Schedule European Baseball Series announced. (May 24)
Neptunus remains on top. (May 25)
Update Starting Pitchers. (May 26)
ADO snaps losing streak vs. Neptunus. (May 27)
Kinheim wins 11th game in a row. (May 28)
Almere '90 appoints General Manager and Committee. (May 28)
Three streaks broken on Tuesday. (May 30)
First loss Tridents. (May 31)

Dutch Softball Women
First loss Sparks Haarlem; Terrasvogels in first place. (May 6)
Judith van Kampen throws Perfect Game. (May 13)
Terrasvogels adds another win. (May 16)
Sparks beats Terrasvogels and takes first place. (May 20)
Big wins for Sparks and Terrasvogels. (May 25)
Roster for Canada Cup announced. (May 29)
Birds ends losing streak. (May 30)

Dutch Softball men
First loss for Kokolishi. (May 6)
TIW-Survivors, Kokolishi split two loooooong games. (May 13)

International Baseball
Brasschaat moves into first place. (May 4)
Barry Bonds ties Babe Ruth! (May 20)
Italian international Robert Fontana dies in accident. (May 21)
Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth! (May 28)

News Archive 2006

Fallen athletes remembered
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - On Thursday, May 4, which is National Memorial Day, the Netherlands remembers its war victims.
For the second time, there was a special remembrance for athletes, who died because of war violence.
This years memorial, in front of the Olympic Stadium, was held on Thursday-afternoon at 12:30 PM.
(May 4)

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Dutch Baseball
Starting Pitchers announced
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - The starting pitchers have been announced for the upcoming 2-game series to be played on Saturday and Sunday.

Nothing much changed in the assignments, as all named pitchers have started before this season. The lone exception is RHP Cliff Foster, who will make his first start on Sunday for Mr. Cocker HCAW, which will meet Konica Minolta Pioniers.
On Saturday, there will be an interesting match-up in Bussum in the first game between HCAW and Pioniers, as RHP Patrick de Lange (HCAW) and RHP Roger Kops (Pioniers) will start. The two are both 3-0 and are the only two pitchers this season with three victories.

Amsterdam Pirates hasn't decided yet who their starters will be against ADO. This because the team currently has three injured pitchers, being RHP Tom Stuifbergen, RHP Raban Schalm and RHP Maarten Mulder. Probable starters might be RHP Kevin Miner and RHP Pim Walsma.

DOOR Neptunus only named a starter for Saturday-evening's game against Instant Holland Almere '90, being LHP Diegomar Markwell. A starter for Sunday has not been named yet, but might be RHP Leoš Kubát, who has started the last two weekends in Game Two. Another possible starter is RHP Kevin Heijstek, but as Neptunus has a Thursday-game coming up, he might start that game, as he did last week.
(May 4)

HCAW sets club record
BUSSUM (Neth.) - In a weird, over four-hour game, Mr. Cocker HCAW won 19-17 vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers to set a clubrecord. The victory was the seventh in a row since the start of the season for the Bussum-club to mark their best start in club history. The previous record was 6-0, set in 1996.
On Saturday, HCAW was two runs away from a 10-run difference victory, but after that failed, Pioniers came back with six runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a grand slam homerun by Dè Flanegin, who will play his 500th career game on Sunday.
In Saturday's game, one of the longest nine inning games ever, both teams used five pitchers, who gave up a total of 38 hits and 36 runs and issued 20 walks.

At Haarlem, Corendon Kinheim was leading only 3-1 after six innings, then added eight runs in the next two at bats, when seven walks were issued, to win 11-1 vs. Sparta/Feyenoord. In this game, a total of 13 walks were registered.

At The Hague, ADO scored seven runs in the second innings and won 11-5 vs. Amsterdam Pirates in a game that saw 12 walks.

At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus trailed 4-0 in the second inning, but won 9-4 vs. Instant Holland Almere '90, that committed eight errors. Any walks here? Yes, 'only' seven.
(May 6)

Game Recaps, Line Scores & Box Scores

Pioniers ends HCAW's winning streak
HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Konica Minolta Pioniers on Sunday won 4-3 by breaking a 3-3 tie in the ninth inning to defeat Mr. Cocker HCAW and end that team's 7-game winning streak since the start of the season.
Before the game, Pionier-players Dè Flanegin and Lars Koehorst were honored for playing their 500th career big league-game.

At Almere, Instant Holland Almere '90 shutout DOOR Neptunus, 3-0 on a combined 6-hitter.

At Amsterdam, ADO won 8-4 vs. Amsterdam Pirates and at Rotterdam, Corendon Kinheim won 6-2 vs. Sparta/Feyenoord.
(May 7)

Game Recaps, Line Scores & Box Scores

Thursday's starters announced
HOOFDDORP / ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Konica Minolta Pioniers and DOOR Neptunus are playing their second weekly game against each other on Thursday-evening at Hoofddorp. Just as last time, this game was moved up to make room in June when the two teams participate in the European Cup-tournaments.
RHP Roger Kops will start for Pioniers, while RHP Leoš Kubát takes the moud for Neptunus.
(May 10)

Neptunus moves into first place tie
HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - With an 8-4 come-from-behind victory vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers on Thursday-evening, DOOR Neptunus moved into a first place tie with Mr. Cocker HCAW.
HCAW and Neptunus have the same amount of points, but Neptunus played two more games.
(May 11)

Game Recap, Line Score & Box Score

Weekend Starters announced
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Most starters have been announced for the upcoming games on Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. Cocker HCAW, ADO, Corendon Kinheim and Instant Holland Almere '90 are coming back with the same starters as last weekend (in the same order). HCAW has an extra arm in its bullpen now RHP Nick Stuifbergen has completed his suspension he was handed at the end of last season.
Sparta/Feyenoord moved RHP Elton Koeiman in the rotation, while RHP Satoru Fujii returned to Sunday's game.
Konica Minolta Pioniers and DOOR Neptunus, who met each other on Thursday-evening, have not announced their starters yet. Only Pioniers confirmed that LHP Richard Orman starts on Saturday. Neptunus probably will start with LHP Diegomar Markwell on Saturday, but that isn't confirmed yet. Neptunus has still to do without RHP Martijn Nijhoff, who is on his way back, while LHP Ferenc Jongejan will be out for the season.
Amsterdam Pirates also hasn't announced its starters yet, because of injuries, but RHP Pim Walsma and RHP Kevin Miner probably will be the starters again, only it is not known yet who will start on Saturday and who on Sunday. RHP Maarten Mulder, one of three injured pitchers, might start his rehab coming weekend in the First Division-team of Pirates. The status of RHP Tom Stuifbergen and RHP Raban Schalm is that they will probably see no action yet coming weekend.
(May 11)

Blue Birds takes first place
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - With a 10-5 Interleague-victory vs. Amsterdam Pirates 2 on Friday-evening, Blue Birds moved into first place of Pool A in the First Division for the first time this season.
Last year, Blue Birds played in Second Division and promoted.

In Pool B of the First Division, DOOR Tridents (which is the second team of Neptunus) remained unbeaten and won its ninth game in a row, a 6-3 victory vs. Sparks Haarlem.
Sparta/Feyenoord 2 snapped a 7-game losing streak by winning 8-7 against Jeka.
(May 12)

Neptunus in first place; First win Sparta/Feyenoord
BUSSUM (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus won 4-2 vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW on Saturday to become the sole leader in the Dutch big league. Winning pitcher Diegomar Markwell raised his record to 4-1, while Patrick de Lange suffered his first loss and now also is 4-1.

At Rotterdam, Sparta/Feyenoord broke an 8-game losing streak with a 15-6 win vs. Instant Holland Almere '90, which committed ten errors. In its first eight games, Sparta/Feyenoord had scored only nine runs.

At Amsterdam, Amsterdam Pirates extended its losing streak to nine games, as the team lost 7-1 to Corendon Kinheim.

At Hoofddorp, ADO won 6-1 vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers in an interesting pitching match-up between Rob Cordemans and Richard Orman.
(May 13)

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Neptunus hands HCAW another loss
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus on Sunday also won the second game vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, this time winning 10-5. It was the first time this season, that HCAW was swept in a weekend series.

At Almere, Sparta/Feyenoord narrowly won 4-3 vs. Instant Holland Almere '90. Japanese pitcher Satoru Fujii went the distance and earned his first win.

At The Hague, ADO was leading 4-0 after five innings and starting pitcher Akira Okamoto gave up only one basehit in seven innings. But after he was relieved, Konica Minolta Pioniers came back with two runs in the eighth and ninth inning to tie the score, then took the lead in the eleventh inning. But in the home eleventh, ADO scored twice to win 6-5.

At Haarlem, Amsterdam Pirates played a good game, but was unable to get into a rally and lost its tenth game in a row, this losing only 5-4 vs. Corendon Kinheim.
(May 14)

Game Recaps, Line Scores & Box Scores

Neptunus vs. Sparta/Feyenoord games switched
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - The two games to be played between DOOR Neptunus and Sparta/Feyenoord, scheduled for coming Saturday and Sunday, have been switched.

Due to two important soccer-games on the Neptunus-complex, the baseball-team of Neptunus will play its home team against Sparta/Feyenoord on Saturday instead of Sunday. The next day, Neptunus travels to 'neighbour' Sparta/Feyenoord. Both games will start at 2:00 PM.
(May 17)

Starters coming weekend announced
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - The starting pitchers for most teams are predictable when it comes to 2-game series. But after coming weekend, the teams will play two 3-game series, forcing the coaches to make adjustments to their rotations, as well as how to use some of their pitchers on game days. But we shall see when those series arrive.
As for now, the starters are known for the upcoming series this weekend.

One pitcher will make his first start of the season, being RHP Robbert van der Pol of Amsterdam Pirates, which has the availability again of RHP Maarten Mulder in the bullpen. Last weekend, Mulder already pitched briefly. Still on the disabled list are RHP Raban Schalm and RHP Jan-Willem Geerts.
Pirates is playing against Instant Holland Almere '90, which still has to do without RHP Erik Remmerswaal, who has an inflammation in his elbow. It is predicted he will be available again in about a week.

Mr. Cocker HCAW switched its rotation for coming weekend against ADO.
Last weekend, RHP Nick Stuifbergen returned to the pitching staff after sitting out a suspension, but the Bussum-team will be without utility-player Rodney Michel for probably a month. Michel, who returned to the line-up last week after also sitting a suspension, injured himself last Sunday. While diving to stop a basehit, he dislocated his arm and is expected to be out for at least a month.

DOOR Neptunus only named a starter for Saturday, as the starter for Sunday will be announced after Saturday's game. But that either will be RHP Kevin Heijstek or RHP Leoš Kubát.
(May 18)

Tridents, Almere extend streaks
ROTTERDAM / ALMERE (Neth.) - League-leader DOOR Tridents extended its winning streak in Pool B on Friday-evening to eleven games by winning 3-1 in a First Division Interleague-game vs. Blue Birds. Tridents is the only team in First Division which is still unbeaten.
Almere '90 2, which is in last place in Pool B, also extended its streak, but this one is a losing streak, which now stands on eleven games. Almere lost 14-4 to Robbers Robur '58 and is the only team without a victory.
In Pool A, RCH-Pinguïns is the lone leader again after winning 16-6 vs. ADO 2, as Blue Birds, which shared first place, lost to Tridents.
(May 19)

First victory for Pirates
ALMERE (Neth.) - After losing its first ten games of the season, Amsterdam Pirates was finally victorious on Saturday-evening, beating Instant Holland Almere '90 6-3 in ten innings. Pirates had led twice before in the game, but Almere tied the score both times. In the tenth inning, Almere helped with three of its six errors and Pirates scored three runs. Derick Francisca went 5-for-5 for Pirates.

At Haarlem, Corendon Kinheim registered a huge 17-0 shutout-win vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers on 17 basehits.

At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus won big vs. Sparta/Feyenoord, 15-5 and saw its leftfielder Melfried Comenencia collect his 500th career basehit.

At The Hague, ADO nipped Mr. Cocker HCAW, 2-1. Winning pitcher Rob Cordemans raised his record to 5-0.
(May 20)

Game Recaps, Line Scores & Box Scores

Pirates wins again
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Amsterdam Pirates on Sunday won again vs. Instant Holland Almere '90, this doing it convincingly with a 10-3 score on 15 basehits. 17-year old righthander Kevin Miner gave up only six hits in seven innings to earn his first big league-victory.

At Rotterdam, Sparta/Feyenoord was leading 10-2 after three innings vs. DOOR Neptunus, but the score was tied at 10 apiece after seven. In the eighth, Jeffrey Sprott homered to give Sparta/Feyenoord an 11-10 win.

At Hoofddorp, Corendon Kinheim won its ninth game in a row, beating Konica Minolta Pioniers 5-1 on a fine pitching performance by David Bergman.
At Bussum, ADO registered its eighth consecutive win and handed Mr. Cocker HCAW its fifth loss in a row, winning 5-3.
(May 21)

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Pioniers replaces Venezuelan pitcher
HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Konica Minolta Pioniers has decided to replace its Venezuelan pitcher Erkly Esteban Hinojosa Viloria, who went home on Sunday-morning.
Replacing Hinojosa will be righthanded American pitcher Raul Quiroz, who will arrive on Tuesday-morning and is eligible to play in the coming 3-game series that opens on Thursday.
Quiroz recently has played for the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas, where he was 11-2 for the Cardinals in his Junior-year. Pioniers confirmed the switch on Sunday.

The lefthanded Hinojosa was not successful in the two appearances he had with Pioniers this season.
On April 27, he pitched to four batters in the game against DOOR Neptunus and walked three of them, while being credited with three earned runs.
On May 6, he pitched one-third inning against Mr. Cocker HCAW and gave up two hits and two runs, of them earned.
(May 21)

Yurendell DeCaster makes Major League-debut
CLEVELAND, Ohio (USA) - Dutch National Team-player Yurendell DeCaster has made his debut in the Major League on Sunday, after being recalled on Saturday.

Yurendell DeCaster was recalled to the Major League-team of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday to fill the spot of infielder/outfielder José Bautista, who will be in the Dominican Republic for the funeral of his grandmother.
DeCaster, who also can play in both the infield and outfield, was recalled for his defensive qualities and also because of his hitting. This season, he hits .252 with four homeruns and 18 RBI's in 40 games with the Indianapolis Indians, the triple-A team of the Pirates. On Sunday-afternoon, DeCaster made his debut when he entered the game against the Cleveland Indians as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning. Pittsburgh lost the game 3-2. During Spring Training, DeCaster was one of the last players to be send back to the minor league. Last winter, he had an impressive season in the Venezuelan League and became a serious candidate to be on the Opening Day Roster for the Pirates.

DeCaster has played in 23 games for the Dutch National Team, including two during the World Baseball Classic last March in Puerto Rico. DeCaster becomes the player from Curaçao to play in the Major League since Ivanon Coffie played in the highest league in 2000. Since last year, Coffie plays for Instant Holland Almere '90 in the Dutch big league. The first player from Curaçao and from the Netherlands Antilles was Hensley 'Bam Bam' Meulens with the New York Yankees. In 2000, Meulens participated with the Dutch team in the Olympic Games in Sydney (Australia) and later became one of the coaches of the Dutch squad. Since last year, Meulens is the Hitting Coach for the Indianapolis Indians, where Yurendell DeCaster is one of his players.
(May 21)

Thursday's starters announced; other news
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - The (probable) starting pitchers have been announced for the games to be played on Thursday (when the weather cooperates). This is the first game of a 3-game series, which continues on Saturday and Sunday.
Some teams also already have announced their starters for these weekend games, while other teams will make decisions after Thursday's games.

Four pitchers will make their first start of the season on Thursday and all will do it in a home game.
LHP Gregory Gustina starts for DOOR Neptunus vs. ADO. This will be an interesting match-up, as Neptunus will face its former pitcher of the last 12 years, RHP Rob Cordemans.
RHP Nick Stuifbergen makes his first start for Mr. Cocker HCAW against Corendon Kinheim.
RHP Bobbie van Duuren, who recently has been added to the roster from the second team, makes his first start for Amsterdam Pirates and meets Sparta/Feyenoord. Konica Minolta Pioniers sends newly acquired Raul Quiroz to the mound to start against Instant Holland Almere '90. The righthanded American arrived Tuesday-morning and is the replacement for Venezuelan lefthander Erkly Esteban Hinojosa Viloria, who was released and left last Sunday.

Other news...
Mr. Cocker HCAW has do without rookie outfielder Nick Makkinje the coming weeks. Last Sunday, Makkinje injured himself in the game against ADO and is out with a torn hamstring. Besides that, C/1B Sidney de Jong is also slightly hurt, as is Utility Rodney Michel.
Instant Holland Almere '90 shall not use RHP Erik Remmerswaal the coming series. He is still out with an inflammation of his elbow and might start a rehab in two weeks by throwing in the second team.
DOOR Neptunus-lefthander Ferenc Jongejan underwent surgery last week on his shoulder and, as mentioned earlier, will be out for the season.
ADO appealed a 6-game suspension given to outfielder Kalian Sams, meaning he probably will be eligible to play in the coming series against DOOR Neptunus.
Corendon Kinheim will miss catcher Tjerk Smeets on Thursday, as they did last Sunday, as he is abroad for his work.
Amsterdam Pirates probably will have to do again without DH Fausto Álvarez in the coming series. Álvarez injured his leg on May 14 vs. Corendon Kinheim.
(May 23)

Schedule European Baseball Series announced
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - On Wednesday, the game schedule was announced for the first edition of the European Baseball Series, which will take place from July 7-12 in The Netherlands and Italy and is a series of six games between the national baseball teams of the two countries.
The name was changed from European Baseball Classic, as it was originally called, to European Baseball Series, preventing confusions with the World Baseball Classic, which held its first edition in March.

The national teams of The Netherlands and Italy open the series this year in The Netherlands, where the first three games will be played. All these games are to be played in the Neptunus Familystadium in Rotterdam and are scheduled for July 7, 8 and 9.
The next three games will be played in Italy. Is the Netherlands using one location for the three games, Italy will use three different sites for its part of the series. The games scheduled for July 10, 11 and 12 will be played respectively in Grosseto, Nettuno (both close to Rome) and Messina (which is on Sicily).

Friday, July 7Netherlands vs. Italy8:00 PMRotterdamMonday, July 10Italy vs. Netherlands9:00 PMGrosseto
Saturday, July 8Italy vs. Netherlands1:00 PMRotterdamTuesday, July 11Netherlands vs. Italy9:00 PMNettuno
Sunday, July 9Netherlands vs. Italy1:00 PMRotterdamWednesday, July 12Italy vs. Netherlands6:00 PMMessina

Neptunus remains on top
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - In a much anticipated game, DOOR Neptunus faced its former pitching ace Rob Cordemans on Thursday, but won the game vs. ADO 8-4 to become the lone leader.

At Amsterdam, Amsterdam Pirates won its third game in a row, beating Sparta/Feyenoord 6-5, thanks to two homeruns by Ralph Lagas.

At Hoofddorp, newly acquired American pitcher Raul Quiroz made a fine debut for Konica Minolta Pioniers, but ended up with a no-decision, as his new team won 2-1 vs. Instant Holland Almere '90 after scoring the winning run in the ninth inning.

At Bussum, the game between Mr. Cocker HCAW and Corendon Kinheim had to be canceled. A lot of work to the field in the hours leading up to the game proved to be for nothing, as a new rain shower made the playing field unplayable. The game is re-scheduled for next Tuesday.
(May 25)

Game Recaps, Line Scores & Box Scores

Update Starting Pitchers
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - After completion of the three games played on Thursday and the one that was canceled because of rain, some adjustments has been made to the starting rotations for the upcoming games to be played on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Besides that, new starting pitchers have named or confirmed.
Of course, starting pitchers can change on game days as a result of decisions made by the coaching staff.
(May 26)

ADO snaps losing streak vs. Neptunus
THE HAGUE (Neth.) - With a 2-1 victory on Saturday, ADO ended a 19-game losing streak against DOOR Neptunus, that started in 2002. With the win, ADO also remained unbeaten at home this season.
Winning pitcher Akira Okamoto sruckout ten batters in a game, which saw a bench-clearing brawl in the eighth inning, resulting in four ejections.

At Haarlem, Corendon Kinheim trailed 3-1 when it scored five runs on only one basehit in the eighth inning to win 6-3 vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, which now has lost six in a row. For Kinheim, this was its tenth consecutive victory.

At Rotterdam, Sparta/Feyenoord trailed 3-0, but got some help from two errors to win 5-3 vs. Amsterdam Pirates, which had a 3-game winning streak. The game was stopped in the eighth inning because of rain.

At Almere, the game between Instant Holland Almere '90 and Konica Minolta Pioniers, scheduled for Saturday-evening, was canceled because of rain after a 30-minute delay. The game is re-scheduled for next Tuesday-evening.
(May 27)

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Kinheim wins 11th game in a row
BUSSUM (Neth.) - Corendon Kinheim on Sunday trailed 1-0, but came alongside in the seventh inning, then scored two runs in the eleventh inning to win 3-1 vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW and register its 11th win in a row. For HCAW, this was their seventh consecutive loss.

At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus won big vs. ADO, 11-1 and Diegomar Markwell became the first pitcher this season with six victories.

At Amsterdam, Amsterdam Pirates handed Sparta/Feyenoord a convincing 12-0 shutout-loss in which 17-year old Kevin Miner went the distance for the home team.

At Hoofddorp, Konica Minolta Pioniers trailed 4-2, then turned around the game to take an 11-7 lead, but finally won only 11-10 vs. Instant Holland Almere '90.
(May 28)

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Almere '90 appoints General Manager and Committee
ALMERE (Neth.) - Instant Holland Almere '90 on Sunday announced that it has appointed a General Manager, who will chair a special commission that has to guide the big league-team organizationally and technically.
Former big league-coach Gerard Stenzler has been named General Manager and Chairman of the Committee.

Because of the disappointing results so far, the team is in last place with a 2-12 record, both the board of Almere '90 and that of the Foundation VIP (Almere's Business Club), has reviewed the first part of the season, which is now one-third in the books. It was decided to name a Commission Top Baseball Almere, effective immediately. The mission for this commission is to guide the big league-team of Almere in both organizational and technical matters, a press release stated. The commission has been asked to do everything that's needed, in cooperation with the team staff and the players, to come to better results.
Named to the commission were Arie Wels (former Chairman of OVVO Amsterdam), Marco Wels (last years Head Coach of Almere '90), Dick van Putten (member of the board of Almere '90) and a to be named person from within the club. The committee will be chaired by Gerard Stenzler, who is very wellknown in Dutch baseball. He had a coaching career that spanned more than 30 years in different divisions with Arsenal, AMVJ, De Spartaan (which he led for 28 years) and Kinheim, as well a being the Head Coach of the national team of France during the European Championships of 1973. Most recently, until last season, Stenzler was the General Manager the last few years with Kinheim. Besides that, Stenzler also was the longtime Chairman of De Spartaan.

With the appointment of this committee, the board of the Foundation VIP decided to leave its policy of governing from a distance, also because of the results of recent years. The board has a great confidence in both the team staff and the group of players and expects that with the naming of this commission the 2006 season can be influenced positively.
Since it first played in the big league in 2001, Almere has not finished above seventh place. Despite having good players on its roster, it finished in ninth place in the first half of the season from 2001-2003, then remained in the big league through the promotion/relegation pool every year. After finishing in seventh place in 2004, Almere last season finished in eighth and last place. Since 2001 until Sunday, the overall record for Almere is 42 wins, 130 losses and five tie scores. Its highest win-total was 12, accomplished in 2004.
(May 28)

Three streaks broken on Tuesday
BUSSUM / ALMERE (Neth.) - Three streaks ended on Tuesday-evening when two rained out games were made up. Besides that, both games had lot to talk about.

At Bussum, the game between Mr. Cocker HCAW and Corendon Kinheim ended in a unique 0-0 tie and was stopped after nine innings because of the 10:50 PM curfew-rule. Therefore, the game couldn't go into extra innings, as it already had lost almost an hour earlier in the game. Before the start of the third inning, the game was delayed for 58 minutes because of the lowstanding sun during sunset.
With the tie score, Kinheim's 11-game winning streak ended. Also, HCAW's losing streak of seven games ended.

At Almere, Instant Holland Almere '90 won 7-3 vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers to end a 6-game losing streak.
In the game, there was a strange situation in which the batter/runner passed the previous runner after an overthrow, resulting in two runners on the same base. No one was called out, as the runners were awarded the next base on the overthrow. A discussion and an ejection followed, while it originally should have been a double play. More in the recap.
(May 30)

Game Recaps, Line Scores & Box Scores

First loss Tridents
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - DOOR Tridents, the unbeaten leader in Pool B of the First Division, on Wednesday-evening, suffered its first loss of the season.
In a make-up game, in which Czech righthander Leoš Kubát started for Tridents, the home team lost 7-5 to Omron Pioniers, which is in second place, and therefore ended a 12-game winning streak.

At Almere, home playing Almere 2 kept its streak intact, as it lost its 14th game in a row, this time loseing 14-4 to Mr. Cocker HCAW 2.
(May 31)

Dutch Softball Women
First loss Sparks Haarlem; Terrasvogels in first place
HAARLEM (Neth.) - After winning its seventh game, Sparks Haarlem was beaten 6-3 by Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers to suffer its first loss of the season. Sparks won the opener, 4-0.

At Zoetermeer, A4 Terrasvogels remained unbeaten and won 6-1 and 5-0 vs. Birds.

At Haarlem, Van der Peijl DSC '74 shutout Euro Stars, 10-0, to register its first win, but lost Game One, 4-3.

At Oosterhout, Twins won twice vs. Centrals, 5-4 and 5-3.
(May 6)

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Judith van Kampen throws Perfect Game
SANTPOORT (Neth.) - Judith van Kampen threw a 7-inning Perfect Game on Saturday, as league-leader A4 Terrasvogels shutout Twins, 4-0. In Game Two, Terrasvogels registered another shutout, 3-0.
The Perfect Game was only the third 7-inning one since 1989 and the first since Maaike Zijlstra pitched one on July 10, 2004. All three have been thrown by pitchers of Terrasvogels, as Fredy van Offeren pitched the one in 1989. The Perfect Game was the fifth in Terrasvogels-history, as Els Koks threw two in 1984. More Perfect Game-details are coming up in the game recap.

At Zoetermeer, Van der Peijl DSC '74 also had two shutout-victories, winning 7-0 an 6-0 vs. Birds.

At De Bilt, Sparks Haarlem won twice vs. Centrals, 10-1 and 7-0.

At Enschede, Euro Stars won 1-0 vs. Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers in a game that was delayed 29 minutes because of thunder, then lost 4-3 in the tie-break in Game Two.
(May 13)

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Terrasvogels adds another win
SANTPOORT (Neth.) - League-leader A4 Terrasvogels added another shutout-victory Tuesday-evening, winning 3-0 vs. Centrals.
Only three days after throwing a Perfect Game last Saturday, winning pitcher Judith van Kampen was close to pitching another one on Tuesday. She threw a one-hitter and allowed only one player to reach base.

At Haarlem, Sparks Haarlem won 6-3 vs. Van der Peijl DSC '74.
At Zoetermeer, Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers shutout Birds, 4-0.
At Oosterhout, Twins won only 1-0 vs. Euro Stars.
(May 16)

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Sparks beats Terrasvogels and takes first place
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Sparks Haarlem on Saturday won twice against unbeaten league-leader A4 Terrasvogels, 3-2 and 5-4, to move into first place.
This double-header was the only one of four scheduled that could be played. The other three were canceled because of rain and were re-scheduled for Monday, June 5.
(May 20)

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Sparks beats Terrasvogels and takes first place
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Sparks Haarlem on Saturday won twice against unbeaten league-leader A4 Terrasvogels, 3-2 and 5-4, to move into first place.
This double-header was the only one of four scheduled that could be played. The other three were canceled because of rain and were re-scheduled for Monday, June 5.
(May 20)

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Big wins for Sparks and Terrasvogels
HAARLEM / SANTPOORT (Neth.) - League-leaders Sparks Haarlem and A4 Terrasvogels remained on top by both winning big on Thursday.
Sparks shutout last placed Birds (which has now lost nine in a row), 13-0 and 15-0 on two one-hitters, while Terrasvogels won 7-0 and 8-1 vs. Euro Stars.

At Haarlem, Twins won its first game on the road, beating Van der Peijl DSC '74, 6-0, but then lost Game Two, 7-0.
At De Bilt, Centrals and Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers also split. In the opener, Centrals won 7-0, in the next game, Tex Town Tigers came back and won 10-3.

Except for the opening game between DSC and Twins, all other seven games ended prematurely, as all these games ended with a 7-run (or more) difference.
(May 25)

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Roster for Canada Cup announced
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - Liz Kelly, the Manager of the Dutch National Women Team, and her staff have announced the names of the players that are on the roster for the Canada Cup.
The Canada Cup will be played July 1-9 in Surrey (Canada) and the Dutch team has been a frequent particpant of this annual international tournament in the last years.
The Canada Cup will be part of the preparations for the World Championships in Beijing (China), which will take place in August. Later in the year, the Dutch team also will participate in the Japan Cup in Yokohama (Japan).

Selected for the Canada Cup are:
Kristi DeVries (Ohio State University), Judith van Kampen (A4 Terrasvogels), Areke Spel (Euro Stars) and Rebecca Soumeru (Macerata, Italy).
Position Players:
Noémi Boekel, Kinge Bouma, Marloes Fellinger, Lynn Geertman, Chantal Versluis (all Sparks Haarlem), Debby Connor (Euro Stars), Nathalie Gosewehr, Femke Haage, Petra van Heijst, Marieke Jansen (all A4 Terrasvogels), Sandra Gouverneur (Nuoro, Italy), Saskia Kosterink (Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers), Daisy de Peinder, Marjan Smit (both Twins) and Ellen Venker (Van der Peijl DSC ’74).
Linda Hoenderdos (A4 Terrasvogels) has been appointed first back-up player.
(May 29)

Birds ends losing streak
DE BILT (Neth.) - Birds ended a 9-game losing streak on Tuesday-evening by winning 2-1 vs. Centrals.

At Santpoort, A4 Terrasvogels won 4-1 vs. Van der Peijl DSC '74 and Judith van Kampen earned her ninth victory.

At Enschede, Twins rallied for seven runs in the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie vs. Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers, which had tied the score with three runs in the home seventh. Twins won 12-6.

At Capelle a/d IJssel, the game between Euro Stars and Sparks Haarlem rained out and was re-scheduled for Thursday-evening.
(May 30)

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Dutch Softball Men
First loss for Kokolishi
THE HAGUE (Neth.) - As was the case in the baseball and softball women big league, the leader in the highest softball men league also lost its first game. On Saturday, Kokolishi first won 5-1 vs. AIMS EHS, but then lost its first game, 6-4.

At Heemstede, RCH-Pinguïns won its first game of the season, 11-8 vs. TIW-Survivors, but lost Game One of the double-header, 15-10.

At De Bilt, Centrals shutout Storks 5-0, then was leading 5-1 in Game Two, which had to be stopped in the middle of the fourth inning. After ejection of a Storks-player, the team became incomplete. According to the rules, the game was stopped and forfeited to Centrals.
(May 6)

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TIW-Survivors, Kokolishi split two looooong games
DIEMEN (Neth.) - The headline also could have read 'TIW-Survivors, Kokolishi split too long games', as the game in the Men Softball Big League seems to get longer and longer.
On Saturday, TIW-Survivors won Game One of its double-header vs. Kokolishi 9-8 in a game that lasted two hours and 40 minutes. Then Game Two took three hours and 37 minutes (!!!) minutes to complete seven innings and was won by Kokolishi, 20-19.

At Haarlem, AIMS EHS split with Centrals, winning Game One 4-2, then losing the next game, 5-4.

At Spijkenisse, Spikes shutout RCH-Pinguïns twice, 8-0 and 5-0.
(May 13)

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International Baseball
Brasschaat moves into first place
1Brasschaat Braves81
2Borgerhout Squirrels72
Royal Greys Merksem72
4Hoboken Pioneers73
5Mortsel Stars54
6Gent Knights17
7Namur Angels18
8Royal Antwerp Eagles09
BRASSCHAAT (Belgium) - Brasschaat Braves moved into first place in the Belgian competition last weekend, as Borgerhout Squirrels and Royal Greys split their series.

Royal Greys, which was in first place since the season had opened, on Saturday won 4-1 vs. Borgerhout Squirrels, but then lost 1-0 in Sunday. As a result, the two teams now share second place.

Brasschaat Braves won twice against Namur Angels, 11-2 and 5-0 and moved into first place, because of the losses by Borgerhout and Greys.

Antwerp Eagles remained winless and is now 0-9 after losing 4-2 and 6-1 to Hoboken Pioneers, which therefore remained in fourth place.

Mortsel Stars, which is still in fifth place, won twice against Gent Knights, 9-6 and 7-2.
(May 4)

Barry Bonds ties Babe Ruth!
OAKLAND, California (USA) - Barry Bonds hit his 714th career homerun on Saturday-evening to come alongside with the legendary Babe Ruth on second place of the all-time list. The list is headed by Hank Aaron, who has hit 755 homeruns.

Bonds hit his 714th homerun when he led off the second inning for the San Francisco Giants against pitcher Brad Halsey of the Oakland A's.
The homerun came after 12 days without one, as he hit number 713 on May 7 in Philadelphia. Since then he went 4-for-29, walked ten times and was hit by a pitch once.
(May 20)

Italian international Robert Fontana dies in accident


...Robert Fontana...
(December 12, 1973 - May 19, 2006)
(Photo: FIBS)

BOLOGNA (Neth.) - Tragic has struck the Italian baseball world on Friday, as player Robert Fontana was involved in an accident and passed away. Fontana was only 32 years old.

Robert Fontana was a member of Italian champion Fortitudo Bologna, where he played in centerfield and also was used as a reliever.
Last Friday-evening, Fontana went 0-for-3 in a 3-1 victory of Bologna in the second game of a 3-game series against T&A San Marino. The day before, Bologna had won, 1-0. After completion of Friday's game, Fontana was en route on his scooter to a restaurant close to Gianni Falchi Stadium for an after game diner when he got involved in an accident with a car. Sadly, the Bologna-centerfielder didn't survive the accident.
After learning of the accident, the third scheduled game between Bologna and San Marino, to be played on Saturday, was canceled, while there was a moment of silence before the start of other games in the Italian league.

Robert Fontana started his career in the Italian Serie A/1 in 1990 as a player for Mediolanum Milano. In the following years, he would play for Caserta, Paternò, Codogno, Parma and Bologna. Last Friday, Fontana played in his fourteenth game this season for Bologna. He was 6-for-43 this year.
Fontana, who was a very valuable player for the clubs he played for, also played for the Italian National Team, with whom he participated in the European Championships of 2003 in the Netherlands and last year in the Czech Republic, amongst other events.
Robert Fontana will surely be missed by all his baseball friends in Italy and abroad.
Grand Slam * Stats & News and the Dutch baseball family offer their condolences to Robert's family and the team and organization of Bologna.
(May 21)

Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth!
SAN FRANCISCO, California (USA) - Barry Bonds on Sunday-evening hit his 715th career homerun to pass Babe Ruth on the All-time list. Bonds now only trails Hank Aaron, who has 755.
With his homerun, Bonds becomes the recordholder with most homerun by a lefthanded batter.

The outfielder of the San Francisco Giants hit his 715th homerun (a 2-run shot) in the fourth inning of a 6-3 loss at home vs. the Colorado Rockies off pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim.
(May 28)

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