Grand Slam
Baseball Recaps
August 10, 2006
Compiled and Copyright © 1997-2006 by Marco Stoovelaar

Thursday, August 10
Rain results in tie between HCAW vs. Almere
Pioniers wins big vs. Sparta/Feyenoord
Neptunus wins in 9th vs. Pirates
Extra inning win for ADO

Rain results in tie between HCAW vs. Almere
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BUSSUM (Neth.) - Mr. Cocker HCAW trailed 1-0 when it came alongside vs. Instant Holland Almere '90 in the home seventh, moments before the umpire crew stopped the game due to heavy rain. As it was impossible to resume playing after a 30-minute delay, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

There was some rain an hour before game time, but that lasted only a few moments, so the game could start without any problems. HCAW got its first batter on base right away, when Almere-starter Nick Veltkamp walked lead-off hitter Ralph Milliard. But Milliard then was caught stealing when Veltkamp was successful with a pick-off. Next, Ronald Jaarsma singled, which was to be HCAW's lone basehit until the seventh inning. Gino Henson followed with a double play-grounder to end the at bat.

In the second inning, Bryan Engelhardt led off with a drive into leftfield, but tried to stretch his single into a double and was thrown out at second base. Ferd van Stekelenburg then reached on an error, but he also was eliminated moments later when he tried to steal. The third batter in the inning, Jeffrey de Vrieze also reached base when he walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, but stranded there when Niels van Weert grounded out.
In the fourth inning, Almere opened the score when Ivanon Coffie homered with one out off HCAW-pitcher Jurjen van Zijl. That was to be Almere's only run, as Van Zijl allowed only three more batters to reach base. After Coffie's homerun, Van Zijl struckout Bryan Engelhardt, then gave up a single to Ferd van Stekelenburg, who was forced out, ending the inning.
With one out in the fifth inning, Van Zijl gave up a bunt-single to Ricky Daal, who was then caught stealing. After this, Van Zijl retired the next seven batters in a row.

HCAW got different chances to come alongside in the home of the fifth inning. Martijn Meeuwis led off with a walk, then was safe on second base on a fielder's choice grounder by Juriën Overman. But then Meeuwis was caught stealing. Overman was able to move up, then Bart Gabriëls walked. With runners again standing on first and second base, a passed ball enabled only the lead runner to advance. No runs were scored, however, as next batter Dimitri Leon grounded into a double play.

After the top of the seventh inning, it started to rain again, but this time heavier. The game continued despite some heavy rain, but that lasted for only a few minutes. In the at bat Sidney de Jong led off with a walk, then Bas de Jong singled, which was only the second basehit for HCAW. Jerry Breek was brought in to relief starter Nick Veltkamp, but started with a wild pitch, then walked Martijn Meeuwis to load the bases. The first out of the inning was the registered when Juriën Overman grounded to second baseman Randy Daal, who forced out the lead runner at home. Still with the bases loaded and only one out, Breek struckout Bart Gabriëls. As it started to rain heavier again, Dimitri Leon also walked, bringing in the tying run. But then, with a 2-0 count in next batter Ralph Milliard, Home Plate Umpire Fred Groenewegen and his crew decided to stop the game, because of the heavy rain. In a few moments time, it not only started to rain even more, but the field became unplayable. After the required waiting period of at least 30 minutes, the game was called definitively. As the home team had gotten the opportunity to tie the score or take a lead in the home half of the seventh inning, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Would the game have ended one batter earlier, it would have end in a 1-0 win for Almere.
(August 10)

Pioniers wins big vs. Sparta/Feyenoord
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HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Konica Minolta Pioniers shutout Sparta/Feyenoord 8-0 on Thursday-evening to complete a sweep, winning their season-series of six games.

Pionier-starter Richard Orman struckout seven and gave up only five innings in the eight innings he threw. Dave Draijer pitched the ninth inning, retiring three batters in a row. Sparta/Feyenoord got only two runners on third base in the game. In the fourth inning, Ramphis Trinidad led off with a single and was on third with two outs when Rutger Veugelers walked, but then Jeffrey Sprott struckout. In the eighth inning, the lead-off hitter again singled, but also stranded on third base. Patrick Wabbijn opened with a single, then Marwin Kleinmoedig walked. After the two runners advanced on a grounder, the inning ended when Nick Eppinga also grounded out.

After leaving four runners in scoring position in the first three innings, Pioniers scored its first run in the fourth at bat. With two outs, Norbert Lokhorst (fielder's choice) stole second, advanced on a wild pitch, then scored on a double by Lars Koehorst.
The second run was added in the fifth inning when Michael Duursma led off with a walk, stole both second and third base and scored on a 2-out single by Dč Flanegin.
In the seventh inning, Pioniers rallied for five runs. Michael Duursma (walk), Jefferson Muzo (infield-hit) and Glenn Romney (bunt-single) loaded the bases, then Dč Flanegin followed with a 2-run double, which marked the end for starter Daan Baecke. Guy Hermans took over, but gave up RBI-singles to Mark Duursma and Marcel Venema. Later in the inning, a sac-fly by Lars Koehorst increased the lead to 7-0.
The eighth run was scored in the eighth inning when Glenn Romney reached on an infield-hit with two outs, then scored on a double by Dč Flanegin, who was 3-for-5 and had four RBI's.
For Sparta/Feyenoord-pitcher Guy Hermans this was his first appearance of the season and first since May 29 of last year when he threw one inning vs. Tornado's. In between, Hermans was hampered by an injury.
(August 10)

Neptunus wins in 9th vs. Pirates
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ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus trailed 5-4 with two outs in the home ninth when it hit four singles in a row to win 6-5 vs. Amsterdam Pirates on Thursday-evening.

Neptunus opened the score in the first inning. Johnny Balentina led off with a single, which was his 50th basehit of the season. With that, he became only the third player in history with twelve 50-plus hit seasons. Balentina shares the record with Marcel Joost (currently 1B Coach with Corendon Kinheim) and Jeffrey Cranston (who currently plays for First Divisionist PSV). Balentina, who is having a great season, then stole second base and reached third on a wild pitch, then scored when an error was made on an one-out grounder by Raily Legito.
After leaving two runners in scoring position in the second inning, Neptunus increased its lead to 3-0 in the third at bat. Benjamin Dille singled, then Yuji Nerei doubled with one out. A passed ball enabled Dille to score and Nerei to reach third base. Pirates-starter Mark Kan then walked Lennart Koster and gave up an RBI-single to Jurriaan Korff that made it 3-0.

Pirates came back with a run in the fourth inning. An early scoring opportunity failed in the first at bat. Derick Francisca led off the game with an infield-hit, then advanced to third base on an one-out single by Tyson Arishenkoff. Next, Arishenkoff took off from first base, appearing to steal second, but instead Francisca was eliminated while running towards home. Arishenkoff returned to first base, then Boudewijn van Elswijk struckout to end the inning. In the fourth, Tyson Arishenkoff led off with a double and scored on a one-out single by Fausto Álvarez Rizo.
In the next inning, Pirates rallied for four runs to take a 5-3 lead. With out out, Neptunian starter Kevin Heijstek allowed five batters in a row to reach base. First, he gave up a single to Derick Francisca, followed by a double from Roderick Simon in leftfield. Francisca tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate. After Tyson Arishenkoff walked, Pirates was luckier. Simon and Arishenkoff both scored and tied the score on a double by Boudewijn van Elswijk, then Fausto Álvarez Rizo followed with a 2-run homerun to give Pirates a 5-3 lead. Martijn Nijhoff took over the pitching, but also allowed the next two batters to reach base, but the second of them was with a fielder's choice-grounder that ended the at bat.

After giving up the two runs in the third inning, Mark Kan, who started his first game of the season for Pirates, did fine in the next five innings. He retired the side in the fourth, gave up an one-out double in the fifth to Yuji Nerei, then eliminated the Japanese with a pick-off. In the sixth, he got out of the inning when Neptunus got runners on first and second with two outs.
In the seventh, the righthander gave up Neptunus' fourth run. With one out, Raily Legito doubled, moved on a wild pitch and scored on a sac-fly by Yuji Nerei, but Pirates remained on top, 5-4.
In the eighth inning, Kan walked two batters with two outs and was replaced Robin Franken, who ended the inning by striking out Johnny Balentina.

Pirates failed to add more runs after the fifth inning. In the seventh inning, Roderick Simon led off with a single and was on third base with two outs, but then Fausto Álvarez struckout. In the ninth inning, Pirates got the bases loaded with only one out. Remco Draijer led off with a single and Derick Francisca followed with a bunt-single. After the two advanced on a sac-bunt by Roderick Simon, Tyson Arishenkoff was walked intentionally. Jan Naterop took over for Martijn Nijhoff and struckout Boudewijn van Elswijk, then ended the inning when Álvarez grounded out.
Still leading 5-4, Pirates came close to victory in the home ninth. Maarten Mulder became Pirates' third pitcher and got two quick outs when Benjamin Dille grounded out and Raily Legito lined out to a leaping short stop Tyson Arishenkoff. Mulder then had a 1-1 count on Yuji Nerei, who then singled on the next pitch. His next delivery also was hit away for a single by Lennart Koster. Mulder then got a 2 strike-count on Jurriaan Korff, but he also singled to bring in Nerei and tie the score. With Evert-Jan 't Hoen hitting, Koster and Korff then executed a double-steal, leaving first base open. With a 2-0 count and rookie Andy Leer on deck, it appeared that 't Hoen was to be walked intentionally to set up a force play, like Neptunus did in the top ninth with Arishenkoff. Instead, it was opted to pitch to 't Hoen, who connected two pitches later for the game-winning single.
(August 10)

Extra inning win for ADO
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THE HAGUE (Neth.) - ADO came back from behind to beat league-leader Corendon Kinheim 5-4 in ten innings. With the win, ADO moves further ahead from Mr. Cocker HCAW, which is in fifth place.

Kinheim scored the first run of the game in the third inning after it had left a runner on third base the inning before. In the third, rookie pitcher Jurrian Koks walked lead-off hitter Wouter Heemskerk, who moved on a single by Denny Beljaards and a fielder's choice grounder by Danny Rombley. Heemskerk then scored on a throwing error after a grounder by René Cremer, but Kinheim stranded two runners.
ADO came alongside in the home third. With one out, Quensley Bazoer singled, then Shurty Tremus walked. A force play followed by a throwing error enabled Bazoer to score the tying run.

Kinheim reacted with two runs in the fifth inning. With Danny Rombley (fielder's choice) on first base and one out, René Cremer and Quincy Bernardus both walked, loading the bases. Next, Tjerk Smeets delivered an RBI-single to give Kinheim a 2-1 lead. A grounder by Edward Illidge resulted in a force out at home, but a throwing error by catcher Maikel Benner trying to complete a double play at first base enabled Bernardus to make it 3-1.
ADO tied the score for the second time by scoring twice in the sixth at bat. Maikel Benner led off with a single and moved on a sac-bunt by Harvey Monte. Benner then scored on a single by Percy Isenia, who stole second and went on to score the tying run on a 2-out throwing error by first baseman Robin Longhurst. Adrian Anthony followed with an infield-hit and James Rutherford walked to load the bases. Kinheim-starter David Bergman, who had a chance of becoming the first 10-game winner of the season, was then relieved by Duko Jansen, who ended the inning with a flyout.

Two innings later, ADO took a 4-3 lead. Percy Isenia led off with a single and moved on a grounder by Marvin Bleij, who had returned to the line-up after sitting out a 2-game suspension. Berry van Driel was then walked intentionally after which the bases were loaded when short stop René Cremer made an error on a grounder by Adrian Anthony. A force play-grounder by James Rutherford enabled Isenia to score the go-ahead run.
This time, it was Kinheim that came alongside in the ninth inning. Alex Smith, who had relieved starter Jurrian Koks in the seventh, gave up a lead-off single to Wouter Heemskerk, who was then forced out on a grounder by Denny Beljaards. Danny Rombley then walked, followed by an RBI-single from René Cremer that tied the score. The bases were then loaded when Quincy Bernardus also walked, but Smith then struckout Tjerk Smeets. Next batter Edward Illidge also struckout, but catcher Maikel Benner had no control over the third strike, however, he stepped on home plate to force out Rombley and end the inning.

ADO decided the game in the tenth inning. Michiel van Kampen came in to pitch for Kinheim and gave up a lead-off single to Percy Isenia, who moved on a sac-bunt. With two outs, Adrian Anthony reached on an infield-hit, then James Rutherford followed with a single on which Isenia scored the winning run.
(August 10)

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