Grand Slam

Baseball Recaps
April 21, 2007

Compiled and Copyright © 1997-2007 by Marco Stoovelaar

Saturday, April 21
Narrow escape for ADO.
HCAW wins in last inning.
Kinheim scores late vs. Pirates.
Neptunus remains on top.



Narrow escape for ADO
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THE HAGUE (Neth.) - Playing on their own field, ADO on Saturday registered its first win of the season, but it became an 8-7 narrow escape-victory against MediaMonks RCH, which scored six runs in the ninth inning.

ADO held a comfortable 8-1 lead after five innings, but that vanished in the last regular at bat, thanks to four walks. ADO scored its first run in the first inning off starter Alexander Plakke. With one out, Maikel Benner reached on a bunt-single, stole second and advanced on a wild pitch. Hereafter, Plakke loaded the bases by walking Marvin Bleij and Percy Isenia, but only one run was scored on a grounder by Harvey Monte.

Control-problems also contributed to three runs in the third at bat. With one out, Marvin Bleij singled and moved on a wild pitch. Percy Isenia then walked and the two runners advanced on a grounder. With two outs, Jason Halman struckout, but the third strike was a wild pitch. This not only resulted in another run, but kept Alexander Plakke responsible for the runs, which remained earned because of the wild pitch. Another walk for Adrian Anthony followed, then JaÔr Roseburg followed with a 2-run single to make it 4-0.

In the fifth inning, RCH did something back after it already had left runners on second and third in the first inning. But now, the team scored a run. With one out, Sefard Seferina singled, then reached third base when a throwing error followed a bunt-single by Czech Petr Baroch. Seferina then scored on a sac-fly by Jeroen Bakker.

In the home of the fifth, ADO appeared to bring the game out of reach for RCH by scoring four runs and lift the lead to 8-1. With Harvey Monte (walk) and Jason Halman (single) on base, Alexander Plakke was replaced by Ewout Bos, but he gave up RBI-singles to Adrian Anthony and JaÔr Roseburg. The two advanced on a sac-bunt by Dimitri Leon, then Anthony was thrown out at the plate on a grounder to first base by Jermaine Esprit. Next, Roseburg score in a double-steal situation with Esprit, who himself would strand on third base. Hereafter, Bos silenced ADO and allowed only two more runners in the remaining three innings.

RCH became more threatening from the sixth, but left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh inning off Venezuelan starter Elvis Polanco, who made his first start for ADO. In those two innings, they loaded the bases with two outs, but in the sixth Sefard Seferina ended the at with a flyout and in the seventh, Giovanni Josefa was called out on strikes to end the inning. Leading 8-1, Dennis Burgersdijk took over the pitching for ADO in the eighth and was supported with a double play. But in the ninth, RCH almost turned the game around in its favor by scoring six runs. Jeroen Bakker led off with a double, then Jim Leijenaar and Jan Drabek walked to load the bases. Churandy La Cruz then struckout, but walks for Giovanni Josefa and Floris Morang resulted in two runs. Burgersdijk was relieved by Berry van Driel, who first struckout Kevin Gerard. Then, no play was made on a grounder to short by Sefard Seferina, which gave RCH a run and kept the bases loaded. Seferina was credited with a fielder's choice. Petr Baroch followed with a 2-run single, then Seferina scored on a wild pitch to narrow the lead to only 8-7. But Van Driel then ended the RCH-comeback and the game by striking out Jeroen Bakker (called) and earned a save.
(April 21)



HCAW wins in last inning
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BUSSUM (Neth.) - Mr. Cocker HCAW on Saturday again came back in the ninth inning to win its second game in a row and handed Sparta/Feyenoord its first loss of the season with the 2-1 win.

In the first five innings, there were only three basehits in the entire game. Starting pitchers Elton Koeiman (Sparta/Feyenoord) and Kevin Roovers (HCAW) both pitched well, but it wasn't really a pitching duel. The pitchers didn't dominate, but it were the batters who didn't produce, therewith strenghtening the two pitchers. Roovers did better than Koeiman, as the righthander would give up only two basehits in the six innings he pitched. HCAW got five hits off Koeiman, who focused on two throwing spots. Especially in the first few innings, he appeared to throw more on first base with a runner on than towards the batter, meaning 1B Umpire Henk Meerleveld almost could have called balls and strikes on first base also. Because of this, the game, which wasn't that spectacular, slowed down. In the last four innings, HCAW got the bases loaded each time, but scored only two runs. In the end, that was enough.

Both teams weren't that secure on the basepaths in the beginning of the game. In the first inning, Dwayne Kemp walked for Sparta/Feyenoord with two outs, but was caught stealing. In the third, Earmy Isabella reached on a throwing error with one out, but was thrown out trying to advance to second base. In the third HCAW-at bat, Ralph Milliard walked with two outs, but also was caught stealing. In the fifth, Bart GabriŽls led off with a single, but then also was eliminated in a stealing-attempt.

Finally, in the sixth inning, the first run was scored. By both teams. Sparta/Feyenoord, which left a runner on third base in the fourth inning and registered its first basehit in the fifth, had two outs in this at bat when Dwayne Kemp struckout. But the ball went by catcher JuriŽn Overman and Kemp scored when Jeffrey Sprott followed with a double.
In the home of the sixth, JuriŽn Overman led off with a single, moved on a bunt-single by Ralph Milliard and a walk for Shurty Tremus, meaning HCAW had the bases loaded with no outs. But then Ronald Jaarsma struckout and Gino Henson flied out, but his fly resulted in the tying run.

In the last three innings, Sparta/Feyenoord got only one more baserunner off relievers Joep de Wit (who was recovered from an injury) and Rutger Zwaal, while HCAW got ten, but scored only once. In the seventh, HCAW loaded the bases with two outs, but then Shurty Tremus lined out to second. In the eighth, Daan Baecke relieved Elton Koeiman, but immediately ran into problems. He walked Ronald Jaarsma, hit Gino Henson with a pitch, then Bart GabriŽls reached on a fielder's choice-sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Baecke was quickly relieved by Leon de Bijl. Nothing happened hereafer, no squeeze or other things were tried and the three runners stranded, as De Bijl retired three batters in a row with a flyout, infield-fly and grounder.

In the ninth, HCAW loaded the bases again. With one out, Ralph Milliard walked and with two outs, Ronald Jaarsma was hit by a pitch. The two moved on a double steal, then the bases were loaded when Gino Henson was walked intentionally. Next, rookie Ronald de Bont, who made his big league-debut last weekend, was brought in. With HCAW's three veteran players on base, De Bont faced Bart GabriŽls, who singled into leftfield to end the game.
(April 21)



Kinheim scores late vs. Pirates
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AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Corendon Kinheim scored five runs in the last three innings to beat Amsterdam Pirates 7-1 and win its third game in a row.

Kinheim opened the score in the fourth inning when it got the bases loaded with two outs. Tjerk Smeets led off with a double, but then Pirate-starter Kenny Berkenbosch struckout Vince Rooi. Next Roel Koolen was hit by a pitch and the two runners advanced on a passed ball. Berkenbosch again followed with a strikeout, this time for Jeffrey Verbij, but loaded the bases by also hitting Wouter Heemskerk with a pitch. Denny Beljaards followed with a single that gave Kinheim the lead, but Koolen, who also tried to score, was thrown out at the plate on a throw by centerfielder Remco Draijer to end the inning.


...Umpire Arnold Verbrugge leaves no doubt, as he calls out Roel Koolen in the fourth...
...Players in the background think otherwise, but catcher Sidney de Jong...
...had just tagged out the runner. Tjerk Smeets (38) looks on...
(Photo: Rien)
In the fifth inning, Kinheim added a run. Danny Rombley led off with a single and stole second base. He then advanced on a sac-bunt by Renť Cremer and scored when Dirk van 't Klooster singled.

Kinheim scored three more runs in the seventh inning. Denny Beljaards led off with a walk, then advanced to third base on a throwing error which followed on a force play and possible double play-grounder by Danny Rombley. Hereafter, Kenny Berkenbosch was relieved by Mark Kan. With runners on first and third, another error followed when Rombley got caught in a rundown, which resulted in a run. Rombley couldn't move when Renť Cremer followed with an infield-hit, but then stole third base. Next batter Dirk van 't Klooster struckout, but the third strike was wild, enabling Rombley to score and Cremer to move to third base. Cremer then scored when Tjerk Smeets into a double play.

Pirates then scored its lone run in the home of the eighth, after it was silenced in the first six innings and leaving the bases loaded in the seventh at bat. Kinheim-starter David Bergman retired the first eleven batters he faced, before giving up a 2-out single to Sidney de Jong in the fourth inning. Bergman then again retired the next six batters. With two outs in the sixth, he gave up a double to BjŲrn Henrichs, which was followed by an infield-hit by ZaÔr Koeiman, but then Sidney de Jong flied out. In the seventh, Bas de Jong led off with a single, then Bergman walked Roderick Simon with one out and got the bases loaded when Roy Harteveld reached on an error with two outs. Jean-Paul Gulinck came in to relief Bergman with the bases loaded and got out of the inning when Remco Draijer flied out. In the eighth inning, ZaÔr Koeiman singled with one out, moved on a wild pitch and scored on a 2-out single by Bas de Jong, which would be Pirates' lone run in the game.

Kinheim scored two more runs in the ninth. Denny Beljaards, who reached base four times, led off with a walk and Danny Rombley, who also reached base four times, followed with a single. Beljaards, who had advanced to third on the single, then scored on an one-out grounder by Dirk van 't Klooster, followed by an RBI-double by Tjerk Smeets, who now has hit four doubles in his first three games.
(April 21)



Neptunus remains on top
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ALMERE (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus on Saturday-evening broke an 1-1 tie in the sixth inning and defeated Almere Magpies 3-1 to remain on top. Almere had only three basehits in this game.

Both teams scored a run in the first inning. With one out, Benjamin Dille singled for Neptunus, then Raily Legito followed with a double. Dille then opened the score when <Evert-Jan 't Hoen hit a sacrifice fly.
In the home of the first, Almere came alongside immediately. Eugene Kingsale led off with a single and reached third base when a throwing error was made on a sac-bunt by Emeron Lourens, who ended up on second base. Kingsale then scored on a sac-fly by Rodney Michel, but Almere failed to add another run. After Bryan Engelhardt struckout and Lourens advanced to third base on a passed ball, Randy Daal walked. But the inning ended when Lourens was caught in a rundown in a double-steal situation and was tagged out.

Kingsale's lead-off single was to be the only one hit off starter Leon Boyd. After giving up the single, Boyd threw 6 2/3 hitless innings, before being relieved with two outs in the seventh inning. Did Almere reached base three times in the first at bat, in the next 5 2/3, only one batter reached base and that even wasn't accomplished by the batter himself. In the fourth, with two outs, Boyd accounted for that runner, as he hit Randy Daal with a pitch. Starting with the sac-fly, Boyd retired 19 of the 21 batters he faced. After two groundouts in the seventh, Boyd was relieved by Gregory Gustina, who ended the at bat with a foul fly. In the eighth, with one out, Ricky Daal singled and Wesley Bernardus walked, but then Eugene Kingsale grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the ninth, Emeron Lourens led off with a single, but another double play also would end this at bat.

Neptunus left a runner on third base in the third inning, but re-took the lead in the sixth off starter and former Neptunian Erik Remmerswaal. In the sixth, Benjamin Dille and Raily Legito led off with singles, then Evert-Jan 't Hoen again produced a run, this time with a single. After Lennart Koster struckout, the inning ended when Martijn Meeuwis grounded into a double play.
In the seventh, Neptunus made it 3-1. Jeffrey Arends led off with a single and Jurriaan Korff walked. Next, Jeroen Sluijter grounded into a double play, but moments later Arends scored when a throwing error followed on a grounder by Johnny Balentina.
In the eighth, Neptunus left a runner on second base and in the ninth, they got the bases loaded with two outs, the 2-run margin prooved to be enough.
(April 21)


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