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June 8, 2006
Compiled and Copyright © 1997-2006 by Marco Stoovelaar

Thursday, June 8
Tie for Kinheim and Neptunus
Victory for Pirates

Tie for Kinheim and Neptunus
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HAARLEM (Neth.) - Corendon Kinheim and DOOR Neptunus both scored early, but their game, that lasted ten innings, ended in a 2-2 tie and had to be stopped after that because of the 10:50 PM curfew-rule. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the game was interrupted for eight minutes when then on-field sprinkler-installation suddenly started to spew water on the field.
With the tie, Kinheim now has won only one of its last five games. Tuesday last week, there was a 0-0 (9-inning) tie (which ended an 11-game winning streak) vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, then a shutout-win was followed by two losses and tonights tie.

Neptunus failed to hold onto a lead twice and their pitchers had some problems finding the strike zone. Diegomar Markwell, with seven victories the winningest pitcher in the season, Martijn Nijhoff and Jan Naterop combined on eleven walks, which is a season-high for Neptunus. The previous high this year was nine on April 30 vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers. Three Kinheim-pitchers issued only two walks (both being pitched in the ninth inning by one pitcher).

Neptunus opened the score in the first inning. Johnny Balentina then led off with a double and advanced on a grounder by next batter Benjamin Dille. He then scored when Kinheim-starter Patrick Beljaards threw a wild pitch. With two outs, Yuji Nerei also doubled, but then Evert-Jan 't Hoen struckout.
Kinheim came alongside immediately in its first at bat. Danny Rombley led off with a single, moved on a one-out grounder by Dirk van 't Klooster and scored on a single by Tjerk Smeets.
In the second inning, Neptunus regained the lead. Lennart Koster, who played in rightfield tonight, led off with a single, advanced on a sac-bunt by Melfried Comenencia, then scored on a single by Jeffrey Arends. This time, a force play-grounder and a flyout ended the inning.
Kinheim tied the score again in the fourth inning. Neptunus-starter Diegomar Markwell started with a walk for Quincy Bernardus, who then stole second base and reached third on a grounder by Roel Koolen. The bases were then loaded when Markwell hit next batter Robin Longhurst with a pitch and walked Wouter Heemskerk. Denny Beljaards then flied out, but no run could be scored. That did happen when Danny Rombley singled, but Kinheim left the bases loaded when René Cremer ended the inning with a groundout.

Both teams got a scoring opportunity in the sixth inning, but both times runners were thrown out. In the Neptunus-sixth, Evert-Jan 't Hoen reached on an error with one out, then Lennart Koster followed with a double. 't Hoen was then caught in a rundown between home and third on a comeback-grounder by Melfried Comenencia. Pitcher Patrick Beljaards fielded the ball and started the rundown in which he also tagged out 't Hoen himself. Koster ended up at third and Comenencia at second base, but then Beljaards ended the inning with a strikeout for Jeffrey Arends. With this strikeout, he retired seven batters in a row, before being relieved. Beljaards struckout six batters, which is his season-high so far. His previous high this season was five which he accomplised on April 30 vs. Instant Holland Almere '90.
In the home sixth, Robin Longhurst and Wouter Heemskerk walked with one out. Denny Beljaards then doubled on which Longhurst tried to score, but was thrown out at home on a throw from centerfielder Yuji Nerei relayed by second baseman Benjamin Dille. Next batter Danny Rombley was then walked intentionally to set up a force play. The game then had to interrupted for eight minutes when the sprinkler-installation suddenly started to work and spew water on the field. When the game continued, the inning ended on a force play-grounder by René Cremer.
In the last four innings of the game, both Neptunus and Kinheim got only one more runner to reach second base. Neptunus with two outs in the ninth inning, Kinheim with two outs in the seventh inning.
(June 8)

Victory for Pirates
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AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Amsterdam Pirates took charge of the game in the first inning and hold onto a 2-0 lead on fine pitching. Four Pirates-pitchers gave up only two basehits, as their team won 3-1 vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers on Thursday-evening in front of a solid crowd in the baseball stadium on Sportpark Ookmeer.

Pirates scored twice in the first inning with two outs to take an early lead. After a groundout and a flyout, Tyson Arishenkoff and Boudewijn van Elswijk singled. Next batter Fausto Álvarez then followed with a towering double into leftfield, on which both runners were able to score. Álvarez made his comeback tonight after having unable to play due to a hamstring injury he sustained on May 14 vs. Corendon Kinheim. Álvarez also played in his first game defensively, as he was the first baseman tonight and did a great job there. In his earlier games, Álvarez was the Designated Hitter. With Álvarez on second base, the inning ended when Björn Henrichs grounded out.

Pirates-starter Robert van der Pol, who pitched well, ran into some problems in the third inning, but gave up only one run. Jaďr Roseburg led off with a single, which happened to be the lone basehit for Pioniers in eight innings! Roseburg first advanced on a wild pitch, but was then tagged out on a grounder to third by Jefferson Muzo. The bases were then loaded when Norbert Lokhorst was hit by a pitch and Glenn Romney walked. Next, Muzo scored on a force play-grounder by Michael Duursma on which Romney was eliminated and Lokhorst advanced. But the inning then ended on a groundout by Mark Duursma.

Pirates added an important insurance run right away in the fourth at bat. And they did it again with two outs. After two flyouts, Bas Nooij (who was 3-for-3) singled and Remco Draijer walked. Derick Francisca then hit the ball just out of reach for third baseman Marcel Venema where the ball jumped into short left field. With some agressive coaching by 3B Coach Ronald Stoovelaar, Nooij was sent home and he was safe as he beat the throw to home to give Pirates a 3-1 lead. But at the same moment, Draijer didn't pick up his coach and ran towards third base where he was thrown out by catcher Mark Duursma to end the inning. But Pirates had added an important run.

After walking lead-off hitter Jefferson Muzo in the fifth inning, Robert van der Pol was relieved by Robin Franken, who also did a fine job. The lefthander retired nine of the ten batters he faced and was credited with the win, as Van der Pol didn't pitched the required five innings for a starting pitcher to earn the win. In the sixth, he walked lead-off hitter Mark Duursma, who was on third base with one out after a sac-bunt and a passed ball, but then two infield pop-flies ended the inning.
In the home sixth, American Raul Quiroz came on in relief for Pionier-starter Erik Jan Lind, but gave up singles to Fausto Álvarez and Bas Nooij. But two force play-grounders and a regular grounder prevented more Pirates-runs. Pioniers also got some runners in the eighth and ninth, but was unable to score also. In the eighth inning, Robin Franken was relieved by Raban Schalm, who made his first appearance of the season after being sidelined with an injury. With two outs, the righthander walked two batters and was relieved by closer Maarten Mulder, who saw the inning being ended with a foul-fly.
In the ninth inning, Marcel Venema led off for Pioniers with a single, which was only the second for the Hoofddorp-team. Dč Flanegin, who didn't start because of a leg-injury, then pinch-hit for Jaďr Roseburg, but popped out on the first pitch he saw. Next batter Jefferson Muzo grounded the ball back to pitcher Maarten Mulder for a possible double play, but the righthander made a throwing error towards first, resulting in runners on second and third base with only one out. Norbert Lokhorst then popped out to second, followed by a flyout to leftfield by Glenn Romney that ended the game.
(June 8)

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